July 16, 2018 at 10:37AM


DSLR vs prosumer video cameras

Hi everyone,

I am pretty new to filmmaking and I want to buy a camera to start shooting some footage.

I have read quite a bit online about the subject but i still don't get it...in a price range of 1.000 to 1.500 euros (1.200 - 1.700 dollars) are dslr cameras still worth it?

Isn't it better to get something such as a JVC JY-HM360E or a Panasonic AG-AC30?


Those are both 1/3" chip cameras with fixed lenses. Both of these cameras likely only shoot rec709 (meaning very little dynamic range). Hollywood films are typically shot with either 35mm film or a Super 35mm digital sensor with prime cinema lenses. Neither of the cameras you mentioned are going to make it easy to replicate that look.

That being said if you are going for an ENG (electronic news gathering) look, these are both fine cameras for what you want, but if you want a film look, I'd suggest looking at some larger sensor cameras like the GH4. I would avoid DSLRs though.

July 17, 2018 at 10:17AM

Matthias Claflin

Ok thanks I'll look that up. Do you think mirrorless are a better way to start?


July 17, 2018 at 12:09PM

I believe that the GH4 is better than any video capable DSLR. I think it has a great mount (m4/3), it has a better codec and a log profile. It also has a better battery life than most DSLR cameras. The GH4 is designed for video, a DSLR is not.

That said the small sensor ENG style cameras are fine, but isn't a great camera for filmmaking.

Matthias Claflin

July 18, 2018 at 1:28AM, Edited July 18, 1:28AM

All considered, those ENG cameras are not what I am looking for, so I think I'll buy something like the gh4. Thanks for the info!


July 18, 2018 at 10:05AM

Absolutely, if you have any other questions about cameras or gear feel free to ask.

Matthias Claflin

July 18, 2018 at 12:08PM

July 18, 2018 at 3:13AM


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