MovieMaker Magazine’s Suny Behar whittles down the three most essential elements to look at when doing camera tests, especially on a budget: color, dynamic range, and low light.
“You are testing the interrelationship of three separate elements: your imaging device, your subject and your targeted look. Knowing your imaging device is only a small part of being able to achieve your desired look. You need to understand how your source imager will interact with your subjects in trying to achieve said look,” Behar explains of the philosophy behind doing camera tests in the first place. “These principles have not disappeared simply because we are transitioning away from film onto digital acquisition. If anything, the interplay has grown exponentially more important, since our list of variables has easily quadrupled.”