Looking for a good quality camera:

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Looking for a good quality camera:

Postby FX-VFX on 11/1/2015, 5:22 pm

So I've been doing video editing for three years, and I've been doing visual effects and motion graphics for about two years. I've always used stock footage for anything when I wasn't doing all CGI on a project. However as of recently I've been looking into doing a short film, my only problem is that I don't have a camera and I have no idea how much a good quality one would be or really just anything. I'm gonna say my max budget is $400, and for starters I think that is decent enough. I'm basically looking for the best bang for my buck, so if anybody has any recommendations or any information in the field at all it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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Re: Looking for a good quality camera:

Postby VFXHive on 11/2/2015, 1:33 am

It depend a lots about the filming quality you want, if you need good quality 1080P video or 720P is enough. The other thing for the quality is the lens, for example Ipad film at 1080P, but if you film with a bigger lens, the quality will be even better, much much better, so that said.

I have a professional i can suggest, but it about 545$ over your budget you put, the price on my site is 945.25$ (list price is: 995.00$), but it a professional camera 1080P, amazing quality, interchangeable lenses and many many others features, here if you like to get information about it : Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera

You can also look at Ipad with good lenses adapters, searching google for ipad lenses you will find a lots of lenses and a last suggestion i can offer is to get a photo digital camera, a lots of them have the option to film in 720P or even in 1080P, for example this one can film at 1080P --> Sony Cyber-shot HX300 20.4MP 50x Optical Zoom Digital Camera
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Re: Looking for a good quality camera:

Postby plae57 on 11/2/2015, 5:17 am

FX-VFX wrote:So I've been doing video editing... I'm basically looking for the best bang for my buck...


It is slightly over your budget, but this is a very nice starting camera with relatively good glass. And a 25-600 FIXED lens. (So you don't get to change lenses.)

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1 ... m/alsVwDtl

It shoots up to 4k video at 24fps and 1080 at up to 60fps (I think).
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Re: Looking for a good quality camera:

Postby Dmaroc on 12/23/2015, 10:29 am

A great way to search for cameras yourself is http://www.bhphotovideo.com. They have pretty much every camera and accessory you can buy, they also have great search filters.

Some things you will want to look for are: Video quality (do you want 1080 or possibly 4K?), lens features (Auto-focus, Image stabilization, zoom, F-stop), and capability (Do the video files take up a lot of storage? How long is the battery life? or, do i need to buy accessories with the camera (Lens, rigs))?

You will want to look at every possibility to narrow it down to your specific needs...

Hope this helps!
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Re: Looking for a good quality camera:

Postby Guitarboy2828 on 12/24/2015, 1:23 am

plae57 wrote:
FX-VFX wrote:So I've been doing video editing... I'm basically looking for the best bang for my buck...


It is slightly over your budget, but this is a very nice starting camera with relatively good glass. And a 25-600 FIXED lens. (So you don't get to change lenses.)

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1 ... m/alsVwDtl

It shoots up to 4k video at 24fps and 1080 at up to 60fps (I think).


This is a great suggestion! Honestly, best bang for your buck. Has everything in one, great image quality, nice compact design. The other option is the trusty Canon T5i or a T4i. They are great cameras and give a great image quality. But also more expensive than your budget.
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Re: Looking for a good quality camera:

Postby Farmfield on 12/24/2015, 2:59 am

Buying a used Canon T2i (550D) or above and then running Magic Lantern (a DSLR filming hardware hack) on top of the firmware gives you a very good DSLR recording solution, you can even record raw using the new MLV format, giving your footage a very cinematic look...



H264 vs RAW quality:

*** Demos, RnD & tests: www.vimeo.com/farmfield ***
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