This is from my child's middle school: As part of our discussion on the cinematography side of video production, on Monday we had a brief lesson on DSLR cameras and their use in modern filmmaking, both mainstream and independant. (If you would like to know what DSLR means, ask your student! ) That said, on Wednesday we will be familiarizing ourselves with DSLR cameras to shoot video. While it is NOT necessary to purchase a camera to participate in this class, several students have asked if they could bring their own personal DSLR cameras to class on Wednesday. I will permit this on two conditions: 1) that the camera is, in fact, a DSLR and 2) that students not share their personal cameras as the risk for breaking is high. If you don't know whether or not yours or your student's personal camera is a DSLR, please email me the make and model, and I will let you know. Again, it is NOT necessary to purchase a DSLR camera for this course. All assignments can be completed with the iPad camera. However, in order to expose students to this important filmmaking technology, I will be providing 4 cameras to be shared between groups of students. Thanks!