September 13, 2014 at 11:46PM


New Camera Suggestions


I'm in the market for a new camera and am after recommendations up to the $2000AUD mark.

I shot short films and advertisements/promos for small businesses so the camera needs to be versatile and perform well in low light conditions.

Was looking at the Sony HXR-NX30P ( but don't know if this really suits my needs, as you can't change lenses etc.

I'm in Australia, so the format would also have to be PAL.

Any recommendations would be helpful.



BTW - was trying to stick away from DSLR's....but if you think that's a better option please say so!

September 13, 2014 at 11:55PM


Given your budget range I reckon going with a DSLR/MILC is clearly the best idea for shooting narrative short film or advertisements for local businesses.

If that AU$2k (btw... presume you're an Australian? Welcome! I'm a Kiwi :-D Say hi if you ever come over to Auckland) is the budget for just the camera body then check out the Panasonic GH4 or Sony A7s (although... the A7s would stretch the budget a bit, but take a look at it anyway as it is a great camera).

If that is the budget for the camera body *and* lenses, then check out instead the Sony A6000/A5100, Nikon D5200/D5300 or Panasonic G6/GX7/GM1.

September 16, 2014 at 3:11AM

David Peterson
Wedding Cinematographer

Thanks for the info! Will check them out

September 21, 2014 at 10:17PM


A lot depends on what you want to shoot...

For live events an ENG style camera with a dedicated parfocal zoom lens is extremely useful to shoot very quickly. I would look at the new Sony X70 camera that is about to come out, as it has a good parfocal zoom and shoots in 10-bit 4:2:2 format. It will also have a 4K paid upgrade coming out for it around the end of the year.

For interchangeable lenses, I would look at either the new Panasonic GH4 or the Sony A7S cameras. The Sony is much better for low-light, but the Panasonic is much better for highly detailed wide-angle shots, and it shoots 4K internal format. Some people are even shooting with both of these cameras together to get the best of both cameras.

September 22, 2014 at 8:48AM

Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer

I second what the other guys are saying, but you mentioned a need for shooting in low-light situations. In that case, you must go with the Sony A7s. Philip Bloom has been shooting much of his work (and doing workshops) on this camera for almost 6 months now. For a guy that routinely tries new cameras, that says a lot.

December 6, 2014 at 8:44AM


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