Hi all, I'm not the most knowledgable about hardware so IK'm after some advice. Our school has a rather behind-the-times media department. Whilst we do have a Mac suite, it never works and no-one knows how to get them working (IT are PC guys, not mac guys). All we have are some basic Flips for te kids to do their coursework with. Over the last few days, i've taken in my interchangeable lens camera and done some small group work on camera functions and played a few games like, 'throttle-your-own-ghost' which they loved. As the ehad wants to mvoe towards teaching media at A-Level, and I'm fed up of the lack of proper working equipment, I want to give him a proposal of a new set of cameras - so, help me with my shopping list please!
Firstly, the cameras need to be robust.
Secondly, they need to be cheap.
Thirdly, they need to be idiot proof... sorry I mean amateur friendly.
Fourthly, Manual controls for them to learn the functions.
Fifthly... fithly... fively... #5, pixel count doesn't matter.
#6, video capacity
Finally, second hand options are fine.
I'm thinking; 5x Canon SX220 (powerzoom, manual, HD video, cheap, great images - I used to have one), a couple of actual DSLRs such as the old XT Rebel along with the two kit lenses and flash gun, and some tripods. The only problem with the Rebels is they don't shoot video and actually, I'd like at least one DSLR that I can mount an external mic too for more professional video recording.
So, what can you help me with on my shopping list? I need a more appropriate DLSR, even a 4/3 would be fine and actually, they tend to have video function more readily than SLRs do. But I need plenty of options for the hotshoe so that I can buy some things in for the students to get involved in photography. The only condition is they've got to be on the affordable end.
There is no budget really, if it's too much, it's too much. If not, I'm looking forward to surrounding myself in new cameras!
PS - I'm an English teacher and there isn't actually a 'Media Department', it falls under our remit so I'm no specialist - but a hobbyist myself. I'm certainly not trained in this field.