Beginner "Budget" Camera

edited November 26 in Filmmaking

Hello everyone,

I am looking for some recommendations for a beginner "budget" camera to take my film making to the next level.  I want to start doing some short, 30 second to 1 minute, b-roll clips that contain some slow motion video.

Currently I use Gopro Hero6.  I have been using this for some basic vacation videos and to help me get more familiar with using Hitfilm.

So far the 2 cameras I have been looking at are the Canon EOS M50 and the Sony a6000(i think its a6100 now). I am looking for any suggestions/recommendations on some cameras, preferably under $1000, that can shoot at least 1080P at 60fps. If there are any 120fps that would be great to.

Thanks in advance

 

Comments

  • @piersonm what type of phone do you have? Seriously, the latest iPhones have really good cameras, especially with apps like Filmic Pro (which is fairly cheap!). I don't know about Samsung or Android but check your phone's specs. You may be surprised.

    I use my iPhone 8 with Filmic Pro to film my shorts and it works great. There are some limitations, yes, but it allows me to spend my money on things like Hitfilm Pro haha.

  • @HeySiri I appreciate the comment. But what I am really looking for is a DSLR/Mirroless camera. I want the the ability to manually change the aperture, focal length, shutter speed ect. 

    I know Smartphones can do some of that now but not to the extent of an actual camera. 

  • @piersonm

    The Panasonic Lumix G7 is a camera that a lot of people have had a lot of success with- especially early on- and a lot of people that have moved on to better cameras still use a their G7s for B-roll or B angles. Definitely worth looking into, especially if you're only looking at sub $1000.

  • edited December 1

    IMHO, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ2500 is a great starting camera for video.  It has a fixed zoom lens, but the overall video features are impressive for a camera in its price range.

    As already mentioned, the Panasonic G7 is another good option, as well as the G85.

  • I have a panasonic G7 and it keeps surprising me. Few days ago, I had a chance to record my friend cutting wood in a forest-ish area in evening golden hour with nice dried fall leaves in the background. With Panasonic G7 + 25mm F1.7 lens, I was able to shoot a video that was so beautiful that I didn't know my camera could do that.

    That being said, I already regret lack of stabilization in G7. Digital stabilization doesn't cut it and not all lenses have stabilization. So you should go with G85, which successor of G7 with same sensor/quality/performance and added benefit of IBIS (5 axis stabilization). It comes with  2 lens combo these days, just buy 25mm 1.7 lens on top and you will never regret it. All together this is still below $1000.

    Camera + 2 lenses $700: Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85 Mirrorless with 12-60mm OIS & 45-150mm Lenses.
    Only lens you will ever use once you have tried it $150: Panasonic Lumix G 25mm f/1.7

    As you still have some money left from $1000 budget,

    $20 Samsung SD card from amazon

    $75 Deity V-mic D3 (currently on sale, check this)

    OR $150 Deity V-mic pro (check same link as above)

    Total $700 + 150 + 20 + 75 = $945 (or $1020 if you get the pro mic).

  • I have the Canon SL2 and I love it. It doesn't do 4K, but it's a great camera. The dual pixel auto focus is great when you need autofocus. And, it's a light camera that works very well on a gimbal. 

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