The Best Filmmaking Deals of the Week (11.15.19)
Headlining our Deals of the Week, save over $750 on the Sony PXW-FS5 Super 35 camera.
This week in filmmaking deals: Bundling means saving. Get the Panasonic LUMIX G7 Mirrorless Camera along with two lenses for under $500 for a whopping 50% discount, and get the DJI Ronin-SC Handheld Stabilizer along with a myriad of essential cables, cases, and other accessories for just $439. Also, Sony drops the price of its Super 35 4K camera, the PXW-FS5, down to just $3500, while the Syrp Genie Mini Camera Motion Control drops to $199. Finally, Adorama offers the SmallHD Cine 7 Monitor at a special price of $1499, saving you $300.
When the Sony PXW-FS5 launched in 2015, it was heralded as an affordable, compact, pro-level cinema camera, retailing at just $5600. As the tides turned more toward full-frame mirrorless shooters, we've seen some major price drops in cameras with Super 35 sensors, including the FS5 which now has a list price of $4250. So, if crop factor isn't a dealbreaker for you, and you want a camera that has lots of bells and whistles, like native 3200 ISO (up to 32,000), 14 stops of dynamic range, manual ND filters, built-in electric Variable NDs, and S-Log3 and S-Log3, then you might want to jump on this deal. You can get the Sony FS5 for just $3498 on Amazon right now.
The Panasonic LUMIX G7 is another shooter that came out in 2015 that offered filmmakers a budget-friendly version of a very powerful counterpart. This mirrorless MFT camera retailed for just $798 at launch but offered internal 4K recording (which was a big deal back then!), a DFD AF system, and an ISO of up to 25600. Not too shabby. If you're looking for a great beginner-level shooter that won't require you to forfeit your entire rent check, you can get the Panasonic LUMIX G7 on Amazon right now for just $497.99, and that includes two lenses, the LUMIX G Vario 14-42mm and 45-150mm.
When it comes to motion control, Syrp has always been a trusted name. The company's flagship panning camera motion control device, the Genie Mini, is great for time-lapses, video, panoramas, and even product turntable shots. It's compatible with a myriad of different cameras and smartphones and has an app that you can use for key-framing and other controls. The Syrp Genie Mini is now only $199.
If you're looking for a handheld gimbal stabilizer for your mirrorless camera, you might want to take a look at the DJI Ronin-SC. The Ronin-SC was built to handle smaller, lighter, mirrorless cameras, so except for its max payload (4.4lbs), it's like the Ronin-S in virtually every way. It features different shooting modes, including Panorama, Timelapse, Motionlapse, and Motion Control, ActiveTrack technology, and a design that allows for 360-degree roll movements. Originally over $700, you can get the DJI Ronin-SC bundle, which includes a smartphone holder, camera riser, cables, adapters, quick-release plate, extended grip/tripod, lens support, camera backpack, monopod, and a hard storage case, for just $439.
Looking for a great, pro-level on-camera monitor? Then you should check out the SmallHD Cine 7. It features a 7" touchscreen daylight viewable display with 100% DCI-P3 color and 1800 nits of brightness, Teradek RT overlay integration, several 1/4" -20 mounting points, and multiple 3G-SDI and HDMI inputs and outputs. Adorama is running a special on the Cine 7 right now that'll save you $300 off of the $1799 list price. Get it now for $1499.