Best Camera under $1000

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    • #71345

      Been lurking the forum for a wile..

      I currently own a sony a33 with a rode videomic and shoulder rig and its really not cutting it for what I do.. I shoot music videos for artists in my area, and I plan on doing some film making.. I'm really in search for that nice shallow depth of field.
      I guess my question is what is the best camera or setup that I can get around $1000? It can be a camcorder or a DSLR. Must shoot 1080p and I want the best quality possible.. I currently have my eyes on the Sony a77.

    • #209260

      For me Canon is the best when it comes to DSLR.

    • #209261

      Hi dyllengeorge – for less than $1000, here are a few choices for stepping up from your A33.


      First is the mirorless $498 Panasonic G6 with the kit lens (only a few are available at this price, marked down from $749 at Adorama via eBay).


      Like a camcorder (and your A33 DSLT), it has a viewfinder that keeps working when you're shooting video. Canon and Nikon DSLR viewfinders blank out.


      Also like a camcorder (and your A33), it has fast autofocus that works while you're shooting video.  Only one DSLR, the $1049 (body-only) Canon 70D, has faster autofocus.


      The G6 also has a built-in intervalometer for timelapse, has focus peaking for manual lenses, shoots 1080/60p (something no Canon DSLR or <$1000 Canon camcorder can do) and has wi-fi (plus NFC, if your phone has it) for wireless file transfer and remote control of the camera from your phone or tablet.  None of this matter without high quality video, however.


      Here is what this camera can do:


      Narrative: "I've Got My Fingers Crossed" by Avner Levona





      Music video: "A. Belkin – Good Morning Mr. Blues" by Romas





      Sports: "Wayward" by Andrew Johnson





      Travel: "Riverbanks" by emeric





      More examples at:


      If you miss the eBay deal, you can still get the camera for a little over $500 on Amazon, as of this post.


      Your second choice, if you can spend a few extra dollars, is the G6's big brother, the $898 (body only, on sale) Panasonic GH3 (plus a $39.95 Alpha to Micro 4/3 adapter for your Sony lenses until you decide whether to go with manual lenses or Panasonic system glass). This is a pro grade camera that is being used to shoot feature length motion pictures.


      It has a more robust all metal splashproof body, a headphone jack plus a wider choice of codecs and higher quality, high data rate recording options.


      Here is what this camera can do:


      Narrative: "Genesis" directed by Bruce Logan, ASC and DP'd by Philip Bloom





      Music video: "Titanium – Sky" by moonlightsounds





      More examples at:







      The third choice below $1000, if you want the absolute highest image quality, and don't mind dealing with a few ergonomic and workflow challenges (e.g., no viewfinder, almost nonexistent autofocus, short battery life, large RAW files), is the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera (with the same adapter for your current lenses).  This is the only camera below $1000 that shoots compressed lossless RAW video – which gives you a lot more "filmic" dynamic range than 8 bit DSL cameras and can be aggressively graded during post production to give you the precise "look" you want.


      This camera is $995 at Amazon:


      Here is what this camera can do:


      Narrative test: "Black Magic Pocket Test Film" by Alec Moore







      Music video test: "Very 'Happy' with the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera" by Kofa







      Marketing test: "The Case" by Paper Crane







      Travel: "Maui" by Kaz Kang







      Night cityscape: "First raw video from Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera" by Ron Stratton







      More examples at:


      I hope this isn't too much information, but wanted to give you the three best options in your price range.  Hopefully, one of them will meet your needs!


      Best of the holidays,



      Hybrid Camera Revolution

    • #209341

      Bill, you are amazing!! a veritable encyclopaedia of knowledge.I cannot believe the amount of trouble you go to to help a reader.Although this was not my post, I really enjoyed your helpful response.Have a great festive season.

    • #209345

      Thank you for the kind words, tunguy, they are greatly appreciated.  Happiness and health to you and yours during the "holy days" and in the New Year.



    • #209351

      I can recommend you the T4i or T5i Even the T3i if you want to save some money, i have a T4i and it works great, you can attach a microphone directly to save you post production time, you ucan even install Magic Lantern to have more features even RAW Video(not in 1080p but is RAW Video)

    • #209442

      t5i is one of the best, and if you want to try simething great go for the t3i install magic lantern and you will be able to record video in RAW! also it cost less so you will be abble to buy lenses and accesories

    • #209452

      Seconded. Thanks for your effort!

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