November 19, 2015 at 10:44PM, Edited November 19, 10:50PM

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Please give me camera recommendations for an entry-level!

Hello, I always wanted to have my own camera to shoot videos but have no idea with all the terms and products.
It is totally a new field to me so It will be so nice of anyone who can give me any recommendations for buying my very first camera! :)
I have $1000-1500 budget on my hand and I am looking for a camera with an easy approach and a high quality.
I am planning to shoot videos for music videos, vlogs and short documentaries or films.
When recommending any product, it would be nice if you write down pros and cons of it. Thank you for helping out a random amateur.

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I imagine that you are probably going to want lenses along with your camera, and maybe an audio recorder too.

For lower cost starter cameras I would look at these ones...

Sony CX900 ENG style camera : $1,300 US
- Good in low-light
- Built-in stabilization
- Long parfocal zoom lens
- Easy to use
http://goo.gl/TlHafN

Vimeo CX900 Group
https://vimeo.com/channels/755243

Sony A6000 Camera : $480 US
- Produces a good video image
- Can use almost any lens ever made ( with an adapter )
http://goo.gl/P2Y65c

Vimeo Sony A6000 Group
https://vimeo.com/groups/263272

Nikon D5300 Camera : $600 US
- Produces a good video image
- Very good still photo camera
http://goo.gl/sI717h

Vimeo Nikon D5300 Group
https://goo.gl/UU2xzO

Panasonic GH3 Camera : $700 US
- Produces very good video image
- Shoots for 3+ hours on one battery ( 6+ hours with battery grip )
- Weather-proof body: can use it in the rain or snow
- Can use almost any lens ever made ( with an adapter )
http://goo.gl/lMVD2V

Vimeo Panasonic GH3 Group
https://vimeo.com/groups/gh3users

Panasonic GH4 Camera : $1,300 US
- Shoots 4K Video
- Produces a great video image
- Has full cine image controls
- Has optional LOG format upgrade ( about $100 US )
- Outputs 4K 10-bit 4:2:2 image over HDMI
- Shoots for 3+ hours on one battery ( 6+ hours with battery grip )
- Weather-proof body: can use it in the rain or snow
- Can use almost any lens ever made ( with an adapter )
http://goo.gl/NmWRVg

Vimeo Panasonic GH4 Group
https://vimeo.com/groups/gh4

For lenses I would buy the standard small zoom range kit lens, and if you've got any extra budget I would look at either manual focus Rokinon lenses ( http://goo.gl/4bNMcX ) or used Nikon AI-S lenses. You can buy low cost adapters to mount these lenses on the A6000 / GH3 / GH4 cameras. ( http://goo.gl/MaESe7 )

November 20, 2015 at 7:06AM, Edited November 20, 7:12AM

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Guy McLoughlin
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This is a perfect answer!! :) Thanks a lot!! <3

Jinny Lee

November 30, 2015 at 5:30AM

Altho I think the recomendations are good so far, I hope part of your budget will be to invest in yourself. learningvideo.com, Dave Dugdale has some tutorials on using various cameras for video as does eoshd.com. For quality video, the camera choice is less important than how effectively you use the camera. These tutorials give hours of specific instruction on specific cameras for VIDEO. Then I would advise getting a used camera like the Canon Rebel series which allows use of the magic lantern hack (software that goes on a memory card) that adds many video features that are helpful or a new Canon Eos-m which can be purchased with lens for about $300. Here is a great article on using that http://magiclanternshooter.com/make-your-own-digital-bolex-for-300/

If you focus on training for video production for your specific camera and go light like in the referenced eos-m article you will have a rig every bit as good as the more expensive choices, but will have invested in yourself. If you suck at video production now, you will suck with any expensive camera you buy. If you learn to make great video with the humble camera it will be skills you use with every camera the rest of your life and you will know what you need and not have to ask us for choices, since you will know. Our recommendations are based on what we know and have experienced or what reviews we have read, could be unsuitable for you? Also consider do the menus make sense to you? How does the camera feel, if you struggle to find a button or a menu, consider another camera

December 1, 2015 at 6:50AM, Edited December 1, 6:50AM

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50/50... only spend $500 on your first camera..and use the rest for audio... buy your first 2 lens from ebay... a 35mm and a 50mm...shop around...I'm looking for a 20mm prime at a decent price...sucks that the 85mm 1.8 prime is cheaper...but that's my 2 cents.

December 9, 2015 at 10:24PM

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Alfred Cox
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