Here’s how I chose my camera

For my upcoming deanimation series, I’m going to take things to the next level of resolution.

I produced my original batch of motion photos/videos using my trusty digital camera from 2009. It could capture 1280×720/60fps and 1920×1080/30fps. These resolutions are quite low for making still images and prints. It was a clear limiting factor, and one of the reasons I saw my initial work as essentially a proof of concept.

Now that the concept has been proven, it’s time to invest in a better tool. I’ve done some careful research on currently available cameras. For my work, I’m interested in moving subjects of a variety of speeds, and I’d like to have a setup (with one camera or maybe two cameras) that can perform well across a wide spectrum of frame rates.

One criteria that I started with was the ability to record video at 4k/60fps. There’s a handful of consumer-grade cameras I’ve found that can do so. But I also want to be able to capture subjects at 30fps, and ideally a camera that can do 4k at 60fps can do even higher resolution at 30fps, and then again even higher resolution at 10fps, and so on.

It became apparent that I ought to consolidate all the resolution and frame rate specifications for the leading cameras, and so at first I did so in a spreadsheet. Then I decided I’d like to make a plot, and then I liked that plot so much, I decided to make a better plot, and make it interactive, and use it as an exercise for my javascript and data visualization programming skills.

Click here to check out the interactive plot and read more about my final decision (opens in a new tab).