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  • Stacey Dunleavy

    April 25, 2022 at 8:36 pm

    As I’m trying to pivot, what is a decent beginner’s camera for someone on a tight budget?

  • Shawn Miller

    April 26, 2022 at 1:17 am

    Hey, Stacey. It depends… what’s your budget and what do you want to do?

    Shawn

  • Eric Santiago

    April 26, 2022 at 6:44 pm

    Loaded question.

    As a beginner in film (2012), I bought a RED ๐Ÿ˜‰

    But back then choices were either DSLRs or better.

    Now you have so many and if it’s a tight budget, you can try BMDs options or a Gh4/5.

    Then you have the pricey RF mount mirrorless options.

    So yea loaded question.

    Maybe start with, how much money do you have ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Craig Seeman

    April 27, 2022 at 9:04 pm

    Of course, there are budget and use variables but the Panasonic GH6 might be worth noting.

    Price is about $2200. You have to buy lens(es) but they’re often much less expensive than lenses for larger sensor cameras. If you want the “larger sensor” look you can add a “speedbooster” type adaptor later. It shoots nearly 6K ProRes. Very flexible slow-mo. Great stabilization. Not quite the autofocus as other cameras but the latest version seems to be passable. Otherwise has lots of “professional” video features and it shoots good stills as well. Could be a nice all around starter camera.

  • Stacey Dunleavy

    April 28, 2022 at 6:42 pm

    I guess I could say as cheap as possible… I’d like to keep it below $1000…

  • Craig Seeman

    April 29, 2022 at 1:38 pm

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  • Neil Sadwelkar

    May 1, 2022 at 3:26 am

    For a complete beginner in video shooting, but someone who has experience in editing/post so is aware of ‘film grammar’. My recommendation is to go in for a camera with a smaller sensor and a fixed lens with a wide zoom range. These are called ‘superzoom’ cameras.

    Sites like DP Review or Cameralabs frequently have ’roundups’ to review the current crop of superzooms.

    Look for features like movable LCD, external mike support, HDMI out, depending on which you need.

    The problem with larger sensor cameras is that they are notoriously hard to keep subjects in focus and the viewfinder is not very helpful in focussing.

    The problem with interchangeable lens cameras is that they make the kit larger, and often you’re changing lenses when you should be shooting, particularly if you haven’t shot video with your own hands before.

    Hence smaller sensor, and fixed lens cameras for beginners.

    I own two such. Sony RX10m4 and RX100m3. These are my ‘carry-around’ cameras for shooting while travelling. As my mobile got better, I use my camera less. And you’ll find the same too.

    After a couple of months of shooting with a small superzoom, you’ll find what’s missing and then you can get a ‘better’ camera with those features. Or, you may (like me) find that a superzoom is ‘all the camera’ you want/need and not wish to invest in anything bigger/better.

    Neil

  • Greg Pasztor

    May 4, 2022 at 5:55 pm

    I think Neil is right on. In that vein I would take a hard look on eBay for a used Sony EX1R. Yes, only HD, but it will perform well and get you well on the road to professional shooting.

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