Broadcast camera recommendations

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      I am in need of a broadcast camera for under $4,000 (not including lens) that shoots 50 mb/s or more. 


      I will be shooting an outdoor t.v show and it will air on a broadcast network. 

      The camera needs to be lightweight, durable and abe to do more of a run and gun style shooting. 


      I have interest in the AF100 however this only shoots 21 mb/s. I know you can use an external recorder, but I am unsure if this is 100% reliable, or if it is standard business practice. 


      What are your thoughts? Will an AF100 with an external recorder do the job for me? It seems every camera I see that shoots 50 mb/s or over is 7 to $15,000. 


    • #212612

      Instead of the 4:2:0, 21 mbps AF100, you might want to consider the $3495 (on sale) 4:2:2, 50 mbps JVC GY-LS300 (

      The LS300 has the same lens mount as the AF100, but it has a larger, Hollywood-sized Super 35 sensor and performs well in low light – plus it has the ability to live stream to USTREAM and other services from its own IP address with a $10 USB IP adapter (, as seen here:

      I’ve shot with this camera and it produces a very nice Ultra High Definition 2160p “4K” image, 4 times the AF100’s maximum 1080p resolution.

      Here is what this camera can do (please watch YouTube examples at 2160p and your monitor’s highest resolution):

      Here is a very nice overview from Zacuto:

      And a great review from Rick Young’s Movie Machine:

      In my view, this camera is much better suited for broadcast use than the AF100.

      Hope this is helpful and good luck with your show!

      Hybrid Camera Revolution

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      I have been in search of a run and gun camcorder and the LS300 seems to be the best camera on the market at its current price point. If wanting to set it up specifically for run and gun, which lens do you recommend to use for this application?

    • #212904

      The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera records 1080HD

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