October 25, 2016 at 9:15AM


Buying a Budget NON-Cinema Camera

I realize this is a forum for people making narrative & documentary movies, but I figured this would be a good place to ask since most of you will likely have more discerning eyes than the average consumer. I already have the ability to do professional quality video and film. I am looking for a camera suited for casual shooting that's better than my cell phone (LG G4, which takes surprisingly good stills but poor video). I'm talking about something for vacation or You Tube videos.

Criteria (in order of importance):
Under $1,000.
Must have manual exposure control.
I absolutely HATE HATE HATE rolling shutter, so this must be minimal.
Minimal alias/moire.
Decent dynamic range, like not blowing out highlights in daylight shots and not crushed shadows or a ton of noise.
Natural color.
Prefer 24p and 30p modes but not set in stone.
Decent bit rate for the CODEC used.

It doesn't have to be the sharpest image, don't need super long zooms or especially high ISO.



Either Panasonic Lumix GH3 or Canon EOS 70D. The GH3 has some more video features and an EVF but the 70D has some nice AF.

October 26, 2016 at 1:44AM

Eric Halbherr
Director, DP, Editor, Creative Storyteller

Thanks for the reply. I thought long and hard about the GH3 but I think the rolling shutter is still bad enough to annoy me. Any way, I wound up getting a good deal on a small 1/2" 3-chip camera with global shutter. It doesn't have quite as good latitude as the GH3 but I like the form factor better.

Thanks again!

October 28, 2016 at 8:30AM


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