Best Camera For Outdoor/Indoor Documentary?

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      Hello professional and semi-professionals. I am shooting a documentary this early spring in MI on fly-fishing and as you may know MI has a lot of changing weather patterns, etc. I recently purchased an EOS Rebel T5i but hav e15 days to return it if not satisfied.

      I am more of the creative type with more editing and screen writing skills but have decided to take on this project. I am wondering what your opinions are on the best intermediate to advanced cameras for this type of shoot. I am more familar with the traditional camcorder type bodies, etc. but I notice a lot of cameras are going the way of a traditional camera body with video.

      We are trying to capture natural elements as well as fine details of the fly-fishing. I spent around 1300 for the camera and accessories and my budget was around 1,000. Just hoping to receive some good knowlege or opinion on where I should look. Will also be filming a few interviews and indoor scenes as well.

      It seems that these flash cards are fairly expensive as well for camera with only 80 minutes or so of video recording. I may be missing some important concerns or questions here but hopefully you can steer me in the right direction.

      Again I am not a camera expert but wish to hold onto something that I can evolve into as I am learning the technical aspects, functionality, etc. Thank you for your tiime!

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      Hi Baetis – with a $1000 budget, you might be better off returning the T5i and getting a $610 Panasonic GH3 with a $300 14-42mm power zoom lens.


      This camera has a built-in headphone jack so you can actually monitor what you're recording to your soundtrack, an all-metal splashproof chassis for outdoor work, a viewfinder that keeps working while you're shooting video (your T5i's viewfinder is blanked by the mirror) and 1080/60p for in-camera slow motion (the T5i is limited to 1080/30p).


      Here is what this camera can do:







      Hope this is helpful and good luck with your decision!



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    • #211692

      Either camera would probably serve you pretty well. Don't plan on using the camera's audio for your soundtrack, though. DSLRs are really designed only to provide reference audio, even if they include a microphone jack.


      Most DSLR shooters I know record audio to a separate digital audio recorder (I'm partial to the Tascam DR-40). Audio and video get synced up in post, using either a clapper-board, an app like PluralEyes, or similar built-in functionality in the editing software.

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