June 21, 2015 at 2:30AM

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Help me choose my first camera!

I am shooting on film,but I would like to change to digital and start shooting more video.I was thinking on getting a GH4 with a Vario 12-35mm lens (I like the IS),but I don't know if that is a good option for me.I am on a budget (a little bit more than 2000$) also and don't have any audio gear.

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The GH4 is a great camera, and will soon get even better once the Panasonic V-Log update finally comes out...

Recent GH4 V-Log Test from Nick Driftwood
( going by the DOF in the image it looks like the GH4 footage is on the right )
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLrw5yAo53U

Vimeo GH4 Videos
https://vimeo.com/groups/gh4/sort:likes/format:detail

The only other cameras that I would look at are...

Samsung NX1 Camera
https://vimeo.com/groups/287943/sort:likes/format:detail

Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera
https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/blackmagicmicrocinemacamera

Vimeo Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera ( the Micro should produce videos like this )
https://vimeo.com/groups/188659/sort:likes/format:detail

All of these are great cameras, you just have to pick one and go with it. ( each camera will have pros and cons, so there's really no "best" camera here )

June 21, 2015 at 1:27PM, Edited June 21, 1:29PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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a little bit beyond budget, but sony a7s can also be a great option, with a stunning low light capabilities...
https://vimeo.com/105690274

June 22, 2015 at 1:24AM

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Blackmagic pocket is a very good option.

June 23, 2015 at 4:12AM, Edited June 23, 4:12AM

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Rag├╝el Cremades
Film producer and director
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The Blackmagic Micro camera is even better, with 4-5 times more battery life than the Pocket camera. ( the Micro is supposed to get 90 minutes of shooting time with ONE battery )

Guy McLoughlin

June 23, 2015 at 4:19PM

I would say look at cameras others have suggested and what you can actually afford then shoot the crap out of it. I have a d5200 and while it is a lower end camera than something like a BMPCC, at the end of a day it is just a tool. Good Luck!

June 24, 2015 at 12:10PM

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DustinD
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I bought a GH4 last December and don't regret it one bit. I actually like it better the more I use it.

Great video quality,
Somewhat future-proofed with higher resolution and quite good bit rates,
Amazing choice of lenses,
V-Log soon (Hopefully),
Batteries that go forever (You can almost shoot an entire day on 1 battery, around 5/6 hours on average)

I would definitely recommend it.

June 26, 2015 at 4:54AM

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Andy O'Neill
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