October 15, 2014 at 2:41AM


The A7 I used for my travel rig is a soft, moire-filled mess. Looking for replacement ideas.

I've been developing a smaller, simpler travel rig for my projects. I often shoot footage of clubs, concerts, festivals, and things of that nature. I have little control of lighting in these. It is more of a live/broadcast style production. As a bonus, I was looking for something I could also use for street photography, often at the same events.

I chose to rent the A7 as my camera because of the great low-light, autofocusing capabilities, and clean HDMI out. However, after reviewing footage, I noticed a ton of moire and aliasing.

I'm now looking to replace the A7 with another camera in that price range of $500-1500.

Obviously, the A7S is ideal but I can't afford it. I have no preference of brand or lens ecosystem.


Current rig: https://i.imgur.com/OLrynD8.jpg

The current frontrunner is the a6000 which, like the a5100, seems to have better sensor sampling (hence less moire). However, the a6000 would require an external HDMI recorder due poor in-camera recording but this is a very minor problem.

The a5100's 50mbps XAVCS codec is wonderful over the AVCHD found on the a6000 and a7. My issue with the a5100 is that it has no viewfinder and poor controls (just one dial, everything else must be done in-menu).

Other contenders were the FF Nikon DSLRs and the GH4, although I am not sure of the GH4's lowlight performance - especially considering the more extreme low-light conditions I face in clubs and festivals. I'm unsure how the video of something like the D610 or GH4 would stack up to the a5100/6000 using an external recorder.

There are many others that I have probably missed.

October 15, 2014 at 3:06AM


My main reason for buying the Panasonic GH4 was to be able to finally shoot video with zero moire and very little aliasing. Moire has been the curse of my corporate video career, but finally I can shoot 4K footage with no moire. ( which means downscaling my 4K footage to 1080 HD, as the GH4 1080 HD footage has a moderate amount of moire when shooting at 1080 HD. Always shoot at 4K for no moire. )

October 15, 2014 at 6:10PM

Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer

Since you don't need 4K, i recommend either the Panasonic Gh3 (quite affordable) or Olympus OMD EM5 II.

The new Olympus has 5-axis OIS and also is weather-proof which is great for travel. Both of them are lightweight and won't really attract potential thieves - a problem when you travel.

If you really have to choose, I would get the Panasonic Gh3. Absolutely no moiré or aliasing.

You can also get the Sony A6000 as John above suggests, however it does not have a headphone socket or a mic input, which makes it useless for your application.

March 1, 2015 at 4:43PM

Heri Rakotomalala
DP/Camera, Studio owner, Associate Producer

You can find a Sony a7s used for $1500 or less almost anywhere you look.

March 19, 2016 at 5:02PM

Adam Wright
Freelance Cinematographer

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