November 3, 2014 at 10:05AM

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Camera for photo and video

I am looking for a camera for photography and videography (I do 50% photo and 50% video). Price range $1000-$1500. What would you recommend? I am considering Canon 70D... its a great still camera, but the video features are not best. Any other ideas?

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I'm in your position as well, and I'm going to give you some controversial advice. I'd pick up the old Panasonic GH2. Not the GH4, not the GH3, the trusty old hackable GH2. Sounds crazy? Probably is, at least a little, but run with me here. The GH2 can be had ridiculously cheap nowadays (<$400 in some places) and then you'd be able to take that leftover money and spend on a couple decent lenses (stay away from the kit and pancake lenses with this one), which is what makes any camera body, especially this one, shine. If you can afford them, the Voigtlander lenses or a good vintage prime really bring it to life.

Not gonna lie, you're gonna have to work with it a bit, it takes experience to figure out how to get the best stills and video from it (and hacking is required), but I've used one alongside my BMPCC, a couple film stills cameras, and a borrowed 5d on occasion, and I've never regretted having it on me for a second. It's a wonderful little thing if you give it a chance, even amongst its peers today.

November 3, 2014 at 11:40AM

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Jacob Floyd
Writer / Videographer
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I was considering GH2, 3 or 4 too, but I am not sure if its a good still camera and the image of the video looks too videoish to my taste.

Does anybody know if Canon 70D has clean HDMI output? I cant find it anywhere.

November 3, 2014 at 11:55AM, Edited November 3, 11:55AM

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What do you actually mean when you say "good stills camera"? Pretty much any DSLR nowadays can shoot good stills in experienced hands, it's all a matter of specific features you're looking for.

I've had great success adding a Pro-Mist 1/8 filter to soften the video look, but at times never needed it and still had a rather filmic image. But if you're worried about the video look, the 70D is way worse in that department.

Jacob Floyd

November 3, 2014 at 12:08PM

I see a recurring theme of people shying away from certain cameras because they think that they look too "video-ish". Be careful with judging cameras based off footage that you haven't shot yourself.

A "film-ic" (a better term would probably be cinematic) look is achieved by numerous factors besides the camera. Factors such as lenses, lighting, technique, etc will give you a more cinematic look regardless of the camera you're using. Not that camera doesn't make a difference. But plenty of movies are being made with consumer-grade equipment. I wouldn't discount the GH series that quickly.

Chris Uy

November 6, 2014 at 6:31PM

Chris, I know what you mean, but even Shane Hurlbut (which I admire) doesnt like the camera...
https://www.hurlbutvisuals.com/blog/2014/09/panasonic-lumix-dmc-gh4/
But you are right, I should test it myself.

Alan Kovarik

November 6, 2014 at 8:55PM

In your price range I would look at the Nikon 7100 which has a 24 Mpx sensor and no optical low-pass filter which makes still photos very sharp compared to other cameras, and it's also very good for video as it has next to no moire or aliasing. ( almost all Canon DSLRs have moire and aliasing issues )

November 3, 2014 at 4:42PM

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Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer
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7100 looks interesting. I like the image.
What I like about 70D is the flip out touch screen and great autofocus.

November 3, 2014 at 6:00PM

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Yes, the 70D has the best video AF of any DSLR.

Guy McLoughlin

November 4, 2014 at 10:35AM

Philip Bloom said a good one to start with is the Sony A6000 - the 7D mach 2 supposedly can do 10 fps @ 20 Mp or something lucrative like that. They added 60 fps 1080p to the video mode.

November 4, 2014 at 10:46AM

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GH2 is the best options in your range of price.

November 4, 2014 at 3:53PM

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Ragüel Cremades
Film producer and director
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I owned two GH2 cameras for a couple of years, then moved up to the GH3, and now the GH4.

A hacked GH2 camera shoots very nice video ( my favorite hack is FlowMotion ver 2.02 ), but it's a poor quality still-photo camera. I shot one corporate still-photo job with my GH2 cameras, which was almost a disaster because of the poor color from the GH2 in low light.

Guy McLoughlin

November 4, 2014 at 4:42PM, Edited November 4, 4:42PM

DXO Score for Canon 7D Mk2 is now out...
http://www.dxomark.com/Cameras/Compare/Side-by-side/Canon-EOS-7D-Mark-II-versus-Nikon-D5300-versus-Nikon-D7100___977_919_865

November 5, 2014 at 10:20PM

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Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer
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Its only slightly better than 70D. I would like to know how these tests are made.

Alan Kovarik

November 6, 2014 at 9:00PM

DXO explain some of their methodology on their website...
http://www.dxomark.com/About

Guy McLoughlin

November 6, 2014 at 9:38PM

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