July 9, 2015 at 5:51PM
Who's got the best package at $1000-2000?
Everyone says that you can make good video with any camera, and that can be true. I've been doing corporate and professional work with a canon rebel for about three years now and have somehow managed decent results despite using one of the worst camera lines out there today.
I need an upgrade. I can light a scene, I can grade and edit sound decently enough. I'm limited now by the sensor of this $700 camera and the only thing that's really keeping some of my work from looking that much better is the terrible sharpness (a byproduct of the rebel line's image being upscaled to 1080p from a smaller resolution) and very limiting dynamic range (try filming anything around noon without a decent bounce and you'll have a fun time).
I'm looking for a new camera that will be able to give me a much more workable and cinematic-like (what an overused term these days) image. I was considering the GH4 for a while before I saw how bad it's dynamic range really is. In some ways it looks from the shots I've seen that my current camera beats it!
The A7s was another contender, but both its crop and its price put it out of my consideration. I really can't go over $2000, and even then I'd need an adapter to be able to use my EF lenses.
I was also considering the BMPCC but I'm not so sure I want a completely dedicated video camera with no option for stills. Sure, if I want truly cinematic footage I will need to make this trade off, but I still find myself put in the role of photographer every so often and it doesn't hurt to be flexible.
So great gurus of NFS, what should I do? I need a new camera; there's no argument there. I really can't decide if I should go GH4, or a blackmagic offering, or even a used professional cinema camera if that is doable for under $2000.