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HAJIME’S VIDEO LAB / When picking a camera, an SLR or just a smartphone will do

Courtesy of Hajime

Hajime and his single-lens reflex camera

By Hajime / Special to The Yomiuri Chukosei ShimbunHey, readers, Hajime again.

This time, I’m gonna talk about something indispensable to making videos: cameras.

I have about 10 cameras right now. I usually use a single-lens reflex camera, but this summer I decided to go for a major purchase — a film camera for making movies, which cost me over ¥500,000!

With this super high-spec camera, the quality of my videos will be seriously next-level, I thought. I was so happy right after I bought it. When I actually used the camera, though, I was shocked. I realized right away the major problems that emerge when you try to use a film camera to make everyday videos, like what I do.

To put it simply, film cameras give you really high quality images, but they’re designed with the idea that you will always mess with the images afterward, like by adjusting the coloring and stuff. This means the editing process becomes super important but also tricky. It took me such a long time that I never touched the camera again after taking the first video.

So I’ve come to realize that a single-lens reflex camera is what I need to make my videos. I also use smartphones. You can shoot 4K videos with the latest smartphones, and more than anything else, their biggest advantage is how light they are. Add a stabilizer to your smartphone to get rid of camera shakes, and you can even shoot a nice video of someone talking while walking. I think they’re really useful.

When you start having fun making videos, I think that’s when you should get out there and try different cameras.

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Hajime, 24, comes from Toyama Prefecture. He is a YouTuber with more than 5 million subscribers to his account (www.youtube.com/user/0214mex). His physical and experimental videos are very popular, particularly among young people.

This article is a translation of the Hajime column that appeared last Friday in The Yomiuri Chukosei Shimbun, a weekly paper for junior high and high school students. The original text, in Japanese, and the translation will be carried alongside each other in the paper on the final Friday of every month.Speech

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