Best Cameras for Stop Motion
The best Cameras for stop motion on a budget are webcams as they are the easiest way to get in to stop motion animation. As long as you pay that little bit more for a good quality webcam you can achieve some very good results.
Use the best quality Camera that you can.
USB Webcams are good if you use a high quality one. And by that I mean branded and supported by your operating systems ( windows or Mac) .
Make sure your Camera has a manual focus capability. This is important to note as many cheaper webcams do not have this function. Its vital for the close up work used frequently in Brickfilms.
Good quality notebook webcams are handy if they have a clip on base so that you can attach them to simple Legos props. In the picture below I used a Lego base and a lump of plasticine to weight it down a bit. This camera has digital zoom which is very handy for making your brickfilms.
CCD chip based Webcams are better that CMOS chip based ones. Check the technical specifications of your webcam
(on the box or on the web)
Your camera should be capable of a good resolution setting
Good Resolution – 640 x 480 and a capture rate of up to 30 Frames per second (FPS) – 960×720 is better if your PC has a good CPU and memory as the images can mount up in time with larger stop motion projects.
You can check to see if your webcam has this capability by looking at the box that came with the Camera or by checking its technical specifications on the Internet.
We recommend Logitech webcams but if you don’t have one then that’s fine as long as it has good resolution capabilities and manual focus in particular the c920
For those who want to take stop motion to the next level we recommend DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex ) cameras.
On a Budget
The Canon EOS Rebel T7i is considered the best DSLR camera for beginners. Some of the technical specifications may be of interest as outlined here.
- 24.2 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor.
- Built-in Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth. Lens used: EF-S 18–55mm f/4–5.6 IS STM (at focal length of 55mm)
- High-Speed continuous shooting at up to 6.0 fps. Weight Approx. 18.77 oz. / 532g (including battery pack and SD memory card) Approx. 17.11 oz. / 485g (body only)
The camera has an easy to use interface. It has excellent live view and image quality and is widely supported by stop motion animation software.
Top of the Range – Best Stop Motion Camera!
The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV is probably the best DSLR camera for stop motion animators. This is a professional level camera with a hefty price tag in excess of $3,000. However you get what you pay for. It has an excellent live view interface at 960×640. It is also capable of 4K videos if needed for post production. There are numerous high end features that if you have the time you can master to achieve the absolute best images for you animations. In summary the below specifications give you an idea of where this camera sits in terms of power.
- 30.4 MP full-frame CMOS sensor for versatile shooting;Aspect ratio 3:2
- Up to 7.0 frames per second continuous shooting speed
- 61-point AF system with 41 cross-points for expanded vertical coverage
- ISO range 100-32000 with 50-102400 expansion. Providing approximately 12 stops of dynamic range, even in low light
- 4K video recording at 30p or 24p and in-camera still frame grab of 8.8MP images. Weight: Approx. 31.39 oz. / 890g (Including battery, CF card and SD memory card). Approx. 28.22 oz. / 800g (Body only; without battery, card, body cap and eyecup).Compatible Lenses:Canon EF Lenses (excluding EF-S and EF-M lenses)
- Touch-screen LCD monitor.Providing approximately 12 stops of dynamic range, even in low light