Need Help Choosing a New Cam

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    • #80556
      Avatariarekaisle
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      I recently got a job as a contracted videographer. The camera that my company provided me with is a Sony HDR-CX190. It's honestly a cheap/lower end camera that would be useful for home videos and that's about it. I'm currently looking to purchase a new camera/camcorder for personal use as well as work and I'd like some input on which direction I should go in. I'm debating getting a DSLR camera that I could also use as a camcorder but I'm not sure which ones will have the best quality. I also need the product I purchase to have an external audio jack that I can use for a wireless lavalier microphone. Any and all feedback/suggestions are greatly appreciated! 

    • #210885
      Avatariarekaisle
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      Note: My budget for the cam is around $500-$800.

    • #210888
      Avatarmcrockett
      Member

      I'm sorry to say that in that price range, you're not going to get much more than a high-end consumer camcorder that won't be good for much more than shooting home video, which it sounds like you want to avoid. If you can spend a little more, you can get a Panasonic GH3 for about $1200.  You would then need to acquire a lens for it.  But you can get a Panasonic Lumix 14-42mm lens for about $165.  I use a GH2 with this lens, and it is adequate for what I do.  The GH3 is obviously a step up from the GH2, and would work very well for you.  What will you be shooting?

    • #210891
      Avatarbrunerww
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      Hi iarekaisle – the best video-capable camera in your price range is the mirrorless Panasonic G6 with the 14-42mm kit lens ($699.99 in white and $747.99 for the all-black model, as of this post).

       

      This camera has a mic input, manual audio gain control and on-screen audio meters to manage your recording level.  It also has fast & silent video autofocus and a built-in electronic viewfinder (like a camcorder) that you can use while shooting video.  The viewfinder in a conventional reflex mirror DSLR is blocked when you switch to video mode.

       

      The G6 is also compatible with Panasonic power zoom lenses.  There are no power zoom lenses for Canon and Nikon DSLRs.

       

      Here is what this camera can do:

       

      Music Video:

      http://vimeo.com/88584840

      http://vimeo.com/84436275

      Narrative:

      http://vimeo.com/78037118

      http://vimeo.com/81339712

      Documentary:

      http://vimeo.com/97274302

      http://vimeo.com/73561266

      http://vimeo.com/87978429

      http://vimeo.com/78507820

      Slow Motion/Sport:

      http://vimeo.com/76503135

      Travel Video:

      http://vimeo.com/88543042

      http://vimeo.com/86145944 (shot with a power zoom lens)

       

      In my view, the G6 is the best still/video camera you can buy below $700.

      Hope this is helpful and good luck with your decision!

      Bill
      Hybrid Camera Revolution

       

       

    • #210892
      Avatarmcrockett
      Member

      Oh, good call, Bill.  I had forgotten about the G6.  Thanks for having my back.  πŸ˜‰

    • #210903
      Avatarbrunerww
      Member

      No worries. I consider the G6 as the true successor to your GH2 πŸ™‚

       

      The prices on the GH3 and GH4 are dirt cheap for pros – but still out of reach for many beginners and amateurs.

       

      The affordability of the GH2 was one of its best features.

       

      Cheers,

       

      Bill

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