October 16, 2015 at 1:09PM

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Canon 6D audio solutions: looking for ideas

Hi everyone,
I'm new to DSLR cinematography.
I'm thinking of buying a Canon 6D and I was trying to figure out the best audio solutions (without spending too much).

I was thinking of a Beachtek DXA-SLR -suggested by a friend- with two mics attached to it: one for the interviews and another one to capture environmental sound.
Here come the questions:
1)Is there anything less expensive than the Beachtek DXA-SLR which allows me to do more or less the same?

2) With this kit would I be able to use my camera to record the audio without recording video?
I.e.: when I shot long interviews I need several different framings, thus I need to move around the characters but in the meanwhile keep recording the sound.
3) What are the two type of mics you suggest buying?

Thanks in advance!

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The Beachtek DXA-SLR doesn't do phantom power (nor, apparently mic gain?) meaning that if your microphone is not generating a line-level signal, you are going to lose. For 2x more money the DXA-SLR ULTRA does have these two essential features. But at that price you might do better with a Zoom + Røde option. You might find some good ideas here: http://nofilmschool.com/2015/09/record-audio-budget-affordable-setups-zo...

October 16, 2015 at 3:47PM

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That was a very interesting video.
So, considering the dual setting (zoom + rode), I could use the rode shotgun to record interviews while the zoom could capture environmental sound, right?
And, finally, would I be able to just record audio on my camera when putting the video recording on pause?

October 17, 2015 at 12:59AM

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Riccardo Cavaliere
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First off : Why are you considering a Canon 6D, which is one of the WORST DSLR cameras for video work ? There are so many better choices available at or below this price range.

Second : What do you want to shoot ?

October 16, 2015 at 7:48PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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Thanks for your comment!

I want to shoot documentaries.

I am considering a Canon 6D because I thought it was a sort of less expensive relative of the 5D.
I didn't know it was considered as one of the worst DSLR cameras for video.
What would you suggest for the same budget (around 1900$ considering I'd also take a lens)?
Ah, I also thought of the 6D because I'd like something which could also be used as a still camera.

October 17, 2015 at 1:03AM

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Riccardo Cavaliere
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>>>What would you suggest for the same budget (around 1900$)?

From low to higher priced, here are the cameras I would look at...

Nikon D5200
( APS-C sensor, good video image, little moire or aliasing, good for low light )

Sony A6000
( APS-C sensor, very good video image, little moire or aliasing, good for low light, can use almost any lens with a mount adapter )

Nikon D5300
( APS-C sensor, good video image, little moire or aliasing, good for low light )

Panasonic G6
( Micro 4/3 sensor, very good video image, little moire or aliasing, can use almost any lens with a mount adapter )

Panasonic GH3
( Micro 4/3 sensor, very good video image, little moire or aliasing, 3+ hours battery, weatherproof, unlimited shooting time, same accessories as the GH4, can use almost any lens with a mount adapter )

Panasonic G7
( Micro 4/3 sensor, shoots 4K video, very good video image, little moire or aliasing, can use almost any lens with a mount adapter )

Nikon D7100
( APS-C sensor, good video image, little moire or aliasing, good for low light )

Panasonic GH4
( Micro 4/3 sensor, shoots 4K video, excellent video image, no moire and little aliasing, 3+ hours battery, weatherproof, unlimited shooting time, cine video image controls, can use almost any lens with a mount adapter )

Sony RX10 Mk2
( 1 inch sensor, shoots 4K video, very good video image, little moire or aliasing, has permanent 10x Zeiss f/2.8 lens, generally a very good lens for both stills and video )

Canon 7D Mk2
( APS-C sensor, very good video image, no moire and little aliasing, good for low light )

Canon 5D Mk3 : you might find one used in your price range
( Full Frame sensor, very good video image, no moire and little aliasing, good for low light )

Sony A7S Mk1 : you might find one used in your price range
( Full Frame sensor, shoots 4K video with external recorder, excellent video image, no moire and little aliasing, cine video image controls, the best camera for low-light shooting, can use Canon and Nikon Full Frame lenses with a mount adapter )

All of the cameras listed above can produce a good still photo, but Canon or Nikon cameras would produce a better image but you will sacrifice a tiny bit of video quality for this. 4K video is substantially better in terms of video image quality, but you have to deal with larger files that take longer to process.

October 17, 2015 at 11:32AM, Edited October 17, 11:33AM

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Guy McLoughlin
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Wow, thanks for this great list. I had a look at the cameras you are mentioning...mainly the last ones on the list.
I would definitely buy the Sony A7s but I've not been able to find it used in the last months here in my country (Italy).
I see you include the Canon7D mark II...I was actually really uncertain whether to choose the 6D or the 7DmkII.
I checked again and it actually seems the last one is very good for videos, so I'll probably decide to finally buy this one (considering the price is almost the same).
What do you think?

October 17, 2015 at 4:11PM

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Riccardo Cavaliere
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But well, actually also the Panasonic GH4 looks really great.
Canons, though, are more diffused so it might be easier to find second hand lenses or even to resell the camera in the future...
The more I think about it the more I can't decide.

October 17, 2015 at 4:29PM

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Riccardo Cavaliere
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The Sony A7S Mk2 is about to start shipping worldwide, so you should see lots of used A7S Mk1 cameras for sale between now and the end of the year.

October 17, 2015 at 7:31PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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