October 22, 2016 at 7:13PM
Buying a budget cinema camera, any chance i can get some second opinions from you guys?
Videographer and aspiring film maker here. Ive been writing short film scripts for a while now and decided its time for me to pull the trigger on upgrading my gear so i can tackle these the way that i want to. I currently have a 5d mkIII, the thing takes beautiful photos and I'm sure is capable of producing more than adequate video. Personally I'm just not happy with the results that i have gotten out of it every time that I've used it for corporate and personal use.
Anyways I've basically narrowed it down to these cameras and im wondering if you guys could help me weigh the pros and cons of each and decide what the best choice is based on what I've said about each and whatnot.
So here are my options so far;
Canon c100: LOVE the feel of this thing in my hand. The ergonomics are just fantastic. Great run and gun camera. Pretty solid in low light performance so its not super restricting when it comes to shooting environments. Internal ND'S. Also records to SD's so thats good for my wallet. Ive worked with one it on a few corporate shoots and its perfect for that type of work, but I'm yet to see any really solid narrative or cinematic feeling footage come out of one. If anyone here has any examples that can prove me wrong thats cool. Also no 4k like the rest of these cameras on the list.
Black magic Production Camera 4K: It seems like people either love or hate these cameras. Personally this camera is in here because i love the cinematic look that you can get out of these cameras with ease. The ability to record 4k to an SSD is also really appealing to me. Also the global shutter is a plus. Downsides are that this camera looks awkward to work with without any sort of rigs/supports/handles. Ergonomics don't look good for that reason but i guess the accessories you can buy make up for it, just more money though. Also I've seen some solid low light footage from this camera but I've heard that its not that good. Any input here would be nice.
Blackmagic Ursa Mini 4k:
Ive seen phenomenal footage out of this camera. Captures that cinematic footage feel with ease in the same way that all Blackmagic cameras do. Difference between this and the production camera is that there ergonomics are much better. Ive never personally held one but I've read that they are surprisingly comfortable to shoot handheld and not as awkward as the production camera. Records 4k. Up to 60 fps. Downsides are that it records to cfast cards which are expensive af. Also again isn't an optimal low light camera but its still serviceable from what I've seen (let me know if I'm wrong). Also no global shutter like the production camera so thats kind of a bummer.
Blackmagic Ursa Mini 4.6k: The footage I've seen from this camera is incredible IMO. Has all of the positives of the 4k (though the footage is slightly better on this version as expected) but it suffers from all of the same problems as the 4k (cfast cards, low light performance, also slightly out of my budget right now).
If I’m missing anything regarding these cameras that i should keep in mind then please let me know. I’ve been looking at cameras for weeks and I’ve looked at so many that i just need a second opinion from someone. Also i realize there are probably other threads out there like this but what the heck, why not start a new one.
Im open to any other suggestions though keep in mind the lenses i currently have are Canon EF lenses so i don't really want to have to ditch those or buy adapters if at all possible. Absolute top end budget for now is $5000 CAD and i don’t mind buying used.
Thanks in advance for any help!