February 7, 2015 at 11:53PM


Prospective Filmmaker; which camera to get?

Hey guys, I'm just starting out and I need a camera to help me make some short flicks, I was thinking something along the lines of 700 dollars MAX (for the camera) so I can budget for other equipment as well. I've heard a lot of great things about the GH3 (GH4 way out of my price range), anyways, I just want to get advice from filmmakers like yourselves who were ultimately in the same position I was some point in time.

Thanks in advance

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I own and shoot with both GH3 and GH4 cameras, and while the GH3 is a great camera I would also recommend checking out the Nikon D5200 / D5300 cameras as an alternative to the GH3.

The GH3 does most video things better than these Nikon cameras, but the Nikon cameras are better for low-light shooting (at least 1 F-stop better), have less moire than the GH3 (the GH3 is pretty good, but these Nikons are better), and are better cameras when shooting still photos. (the GH3 is not a bad still photo camera, but the Nikons are better, especially the D5300 which has no optical low-pass filter)

If you can wait, one other camera to consider is the new Samsung NX500 camera that will shoot 4K and is expected to be in stores by mid-March. ( selling for $800 ) I don't know if this camera will be any good, but we should start to see reviews in March. It might turn out to be a great entry level 4K camera.

February 8, 2015 at 2:59PM

Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer

I would look at the canon 60d, With magic lantern the canon range of dslrs are fantastic, Plus canon lenses hold value very well. Whatever you consider, I would buy lenses over anything else.

February 9, 2015 at 6:53AM, Edited February 9, 6:53AM

Luke Jennings
Director of photography

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