There is a long argument to

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AvatarJoseph
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There is a long argument to be argued over 1080p vs 4k. But that's not what you're asking here.

 

You want to know what camera you should go with, and really, it's a choice you need to make. I'm sure you've already scoured the specs online, weighed the pros and cons of each for the money and come up with the conclussion that they're both quite nice for the money you're going to pay for them. But a second opinion is always nice to have.

 

So consider this before you spend the money – how much are you going to make off these cameras? Will they pay for themselves? Does that matter? Are you going to make more by going with the more expensive camera? You might. You might not.

 

How much more are you going to enjoy using one over the other? As a guy who used to lug giant news cameras, I can appreciate a lot of knobs and switches on the outside of a camera as opposed to buried in touch screen menues.

 

Remember that most clients don't know a sony from a canon, let alone an EX1 from an NX5U. I had people fawning over my Canon XL-1 while the little Vixia sitting next to it (which shot better video, and in HD) went unnoticed.

 

Then consider where the videos are going to be shown. Are they going up in theaters equipped with 4k projectors? Or are they going to be shown on 15" laptops – or worse – 3" smart phones? I've seen more than a few XA10s and XA20s being used in the field by professional news agencies because they know their stuff is watched on the small screen.

 

Think of your own viewing habits. Do you jump on youtube and click 1080 and maximize every video that pops up on your screen? If you're like most people, that answer is probably not.

 

Here's the part you've been wating for, though. If it were my money, I'd buy the NX5U, and put the savings into audio equipment, lighting, etc. (Get yourself a REALLY nice tripod. It'll last forever.)

 

And if you decide 4k's your thing, the PXW-X70 is worth a look. But don't fall for the 1" sensor illusion. It's actual dimensions are 13.2mm x 8.8mm according to the Sony website.

 

Whatever you decide, just shoot great stories using the best production practices at your disposal. Edit cleanly, color correct in post. I'm sure they'll turn out great.

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