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November 20, 2014 at 9:17 PM #84509danieldebombParticipant
I would like to buy myself a new camera that would be good for filming (please do not suggest buying a camcorder). I need one that can shoot 1080p, good focusing during movement, and a couple inputs. I need a tripod input, microphone input, and sound output for earphones. My budget is $450 (temporary budget) for camera ITSELF.
Thanks everyone 🙂 Have a good day!
November 22, 2014 at 9:17 AM #211401brunerwwMember
Hi daniel – excluding camcorders, the only video capable camera you can buy for less than $1000 with a headphone jack is the Panasonic GH3.
Here is what this camera can do:
There are many more examples on Andrew Reid's GH3 channel over on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/groups/gh3
You can get a like new, open-box GH3 body from Samy's via eBay for $599, as of this post – but you're going to have a hard time finding one for $450.
November 23, 2014 at 7:32 AM #211404TeslaK20Participant
This is a difficult question to answer, even though I was in your exact situation 3 months ago. What has changed? The BMPCC Summer Offer. This cut othe price of the blackmagic pocket cinema cmaera (bmpcc), which records prores and raw, by 50%' down to 495. But now it is over, and the camera costs 995 again. So I think your best choice would be the Pannasonic Lumix G6. No dslr or mirrorless camera in your price range has a headphone jack, but the G6 has a mic jack. You can also attach an external shotgun mic which has a headphone output. Unfortunately, it is not available "body-only". You have to get it with a kit lens, the 14-42. (I use a 14-42 with my BMPCC and it is quite good) This costs $650. You get a $100 BH gift card if you buy it from B&H. If this is too expensive, your next choice is Nikon's entry-level DSLR, the D3300. It also has a headphone jack, but no mic jack. It is also not available body-only, and costs $500 and includes an 18-55 lens. It also includes several free accessories if you buy it from B&H. They are: Ruggard Hunter 35 DSLR Holster Bag ▪ SanDisk 16GB Ultra UHS-I SDHC Memory Card (Class 10) ▪ Luminesque 52mm Circular Polarizer and UV Slim PRO Filter Kits
I hope you find this post useful! Please reply to this comment, and tell me what you end up getting. Thanks.
December 1, 2014 at 6:43 PM #211424frelizdowParticipant
The GH3 IS A GOOD CAMERA FOR VIDEO. I have just ordered a used one. I will need to buy a tripod: I AM LOOKING FOR A PORTABLE TRAVEL TRIPOD THAT COULD USED WITH THE PANASONIC GH3. WHAT TYPE OF TRIPOD & FLUID HEAD CAN I BUY BETWEEN $100-200.00 THAT WILL BE STRONG ENOUGH TO USE FOR THE GH3?
March 10, 2015 at 2:10 PM #211878tthomassenParticipant
You might want to try this:
Unfortunately, tripods and fluid heads can be very expensive, but there are a few cheaper options.
B&H In NYC has several options, but I suggest that you do some reading about the tripods before you decide to purchase anything.
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