May 6, 2016 at 11:32AM


buying a camera

I'm want to buy my first camera for film making only, and I'm looking at getting the Canon T5i. I've done a lot of research and this one's in my price range. I almost bought it, but I saw a Canon T6(not the T6i) for the same price on Amazon, and I was wondering if the T6 is slightly better for video? And I'm wondering about the free Magic Lantern firmware, I don't think the T6 supports it. So if I get the T6, is it a big loss not to get the Magic Lantern?


I would say get the T5i because the T6 is a smaller and lighter version of the T3i (if you look at the specs) and the T5i is much easier to operator in video mode than the T6 (the rotating screen for its own is the argument here).
Alternatively you could look for a 70D which has some improvements over the T5i and might be at the same price point soon because of the 80D.

May 6, 2016 at 1:18PM

Eric Halbherr
Director, DP, Editor, Creative Storyteller

Thank you Eric. I'll take a look around for the 70D as well.

May 6, 2016 at 5:39PM


For the price point, I would recommend the Panasonic GH3 over the T5i or T6.

The GH3 has focus peaking, 1080p at 60fps, higher bit rate, a headphone jack, longer battery life, and many more that the t5i doesn't have. I have used magic lantern on the t3i (I'm not sure if it's the same for the t5i) and personally, it doesn't work that well for me.

I don't know much about the GH3 since I've only used it twice, but I can tell it has a massive difference than the canon dslrs.

Also, I should mention the GH3 allows you to use the viewfinder while in live view, which I find frustrating that dslrs don't have because of the mirror.

May 7, 2016 at 7:57PM


I'd second your recommendation here. I currently have a GH3 and G7. I'd make one small correction though - the GH3 does *not* have focus peaking. Such a shame, since the G6 came out right after with peaking. All the other pros you listed hold true though. Love my GH3.

Chris Uy

May 12, 2016 at 6:31PM

T2 was the camera I learnt DSLR filmmaking with. I'd dismissed the entire thing as a fad till I saw a friends footage on a 550d (uk name) and it really turned my head. Any of the rebel series are great cameras to learn with and would recommend a model with a flip out screen. You'll find that handy.

May 8, 2016 at 9:20AM, Edited May 8, 9:22AM

Cole Black

What is your experience with filmmaking?
If you have none, I suggest shooting something with your smartphone or a borrowed camera first. To see whether it is as cool as you imagined or not.
By doing that you'll also know better what you are looking for in a camera.

If you do go for a (Canon) DSLR: get one with a screen you can flip and rotate, because that make it easier to see what you are shooting.

May 9, 2016 at 11:01AM

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