Best camera for stop motion animation in 2024

Best camera for stop motion
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Stop motion animation, or stop frame animation, involves sequencing a series of still images to create a movie. In between each still objects made from a range of materials are manipulated to give the illusion of movement. Famous examples include Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs and Aardman Animations’ Wallace and Gromit

Mainly shot indoors under constant, controllable lighting, animators favor high resolution stills cameras, both DSLR and mirrorless cameras are commonly used by amateurs all the way through to professionals that work on feature films. However, beginners might want to start on an inexpensive route by using a webcam or phone. The best cameras are chosen for their ability to feed Live View pictures through to a computer with specialized animation software and maintain a constant feed during lengthy shoots without a hitch. 

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Jase Parnell-Brookes is an award-winning photographer, educator and writer based in the UK. They won the Gold Prize award in the Nikon Photo Contest 2018/19 and was named Digital Photographer of the Year in 2014. After completing their Masters Jase has spent a good chunk of two decades studying and working in photography and optics shooting and writing all over the world for big-name brands and media outlets. Now the Channel Editor for Cameras and Skywatching at their speciality is in low light optics and camera systems.