RMITV Camera Guide

Blackmagic Production Camera 4K


RMITV newest camera, capable of producing extremely high detail 4K footage with great colour rendition and low compression. IF used correctly the BM4k will produce a stunning image that easily surpasses all other RMITV cameras.

Use When:

You have a competent camera and lighting crew.

You have time for a proper lighting setup.

You want maximum colour grading flexibility in post-production and a cinema-grade image.

Beware of:

Very high file sizes; expect around 1-4GB per minute (yes, minute), depending on resolution and codec settings.

Poor performance in low light – sunlight or film lighting are all but required.

Slower usability.

Sony V1P


A strong all in one camera with a very broad zoom range for use on location.

Use When:

You want maximum shooting flexibility.

You want in-built XLR inputs with gain control.

Need a good point and shoot camera – the V1P has a solid Auto mode.

Beware of:

Requires miniDV tape (each tape lasts an hour and costs around $5). To get the footage onto a computer you will need to use a tape deck and play it back (RMITV has one).

Small sensor size results in a video-like deep depth of field aesthetic.

Canon 650d


A DSLR camera intended for stills photography that shoots effective and aesthetically pleasing video.

Use When:

You want the ability to change lenses depending on the situation.

You want a light camera walk around with.

You want to take photographs.

Beware when:

You are recording audio, as you will need a external recorder such as a Zoom H4n with XLR inputs.


The Lenses

Carl Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 Prime

A fixed focal length lens that is strong in low light. Has a smooth and precise focus ring for effective focus pulls.

Canon 10-22mm f/3.5–4.5 Wide Angle zoom (EF-S)

An ultra wide angle lens with a very wide field of view without any fish-eye distortions.

Canon 24-105 f/4 L Series Zoom

The standard lens for use on the Blackmagic (but also compatible with the DSLR’s) high build quality ; read expensive so don’t break.

Canon 18-135 f/3.5-5.6 General Purpose Zoom (EF-S)

Standard issue with RMITV 650D DSLRs. It has a broad zoom range as well as image stabilisation to help with hand held shots. Not great in low light.

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