Low-light Camera

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      I have been in the wedding videography business for two years and have been shooting with DSLRs and though I love the versatility and options with DSLRs I am now in need of an upgrade. I would like to be able to shoot longer than 30 minutes without having to hit the record button again and miss a couple of seconds of action. Though this isn’t really a problem for most weddings, sometimes they do go a long time. Also, I am branching out into other productions such as sports and events. My budget is $3,000 or less. I would prefer 4k 60fps progressive and great at low-light but I know that is probably not a reality without a DSLR. Suggestions?


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      The best quality camera would have a sensor size of 1/4 or higher. I would recommend a Blackmagic camera or the Panasonic AG-DVX200

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      Hmm, 4K and low light do not go hand in hand with small sensor cameras… You need to pick between low light budget and 4K budget.

      For low light budget 1080p you need a camera with the lowest resolution sensor possible that still achieves 1080p to ensure the individual photosites (pixels) are as large as possible to collect as much ambient light as possible, a camcorder such as the new Canon XA30. It is very good in low light for a small sensor camcorder, and has an amazing lens… $2000 at B&H… For better video files add in the Atomos Ninja and you have 1080p 8 bit 422 Prores or DNxHD files!

      For a larger sensor 4K camera, I would recommend the Sony A7S paired with the Sony 18-105 f4 lens. Quite a package for live events and a beautiful smooth zoom range to ensure you never miss a kiss during a lens swap. Although you only have 1080p internally, pair it with an Atomos Assassin for 4K and you have a winning package! That to me is one of the best packages, and if you go the used route you can get that package for $2800… Add in a fast prime such as the Rokinon cinema lenses, you can have a wicked low light 4K combo for close to $3000! Amazing dynamic range too!

      All the best!
      Brennan Kirkpatrick

    • #213690

      Wouldnt it be better to just get the A7sII instead of getting external recorders. What are the benefits of it i know the camera can run cooler but how long can it run and what is the difference in quality between the a7s with external 4k recording and a7sii internal or a7sii external even. Is there a difference in write speeds or throughput or less compression or higher bit rate recording or what is ti exactly that makes it better. Please explain if you can. Because price wise the a7sii makes more sense because you have one unit for about the same cost but if your gaining quality with the external and the a7s does better than the a7sii externally or runs cooler and runs longer for some reason then it might make sense. Can you please elaborate you seem to know what you are doing or talking about with this.

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