January 24, 2017 at 8:56AM
Picking My First Proper Video Camera
So I am at a bit of a cross road. I have been rocking a DSLR for 5-6 years now for my personally owned camera. I have shot a lot of small projects/shorts for various people and small businesses. The barrier entry was cheap and they make for awesome cameras. My only issue with them is the work arounds. Audio, image softness, record times, and battery life to name a few.
Now that I am looking to shift towards a full-time freelancer slash camera operator I am also looking to upgrade my A cam. I know for big projects that I can always rent the high end gear required, but I want something that removes all the barriers on the low end. I have thought about getting a newer DSLR where a lot of the hangups are removed, but I think I want a proper video camera.
Here are my thoughts. I know NAB 2017 is just around the corner and information leaks are bound to be coming sooner. My hopes is that Canon will release a 4K camera to replace the C100 Mk II. With that being said I don't think I want to drop 3-4 grand on a new camera due to the possibility of new products. Would it be a bad idea to get a used Sony FS100 for now for around $1200, and then upgrade sooner after new announcements at NAB, or should I look to get something newer now?