January 19, 2015 at 1:46AM, Edited January 20, 8:18AM

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Trying To Decide What Camera Is Best For Me

Hey there people of 'no film school' i am an inspiring young videographer that is looking to get my first real camera, until now i have been working with only Go Pros and crappy $100 camcorders.
I've finally saved up a decent amount of money ($1000) and i am looking to get an alright camera and some basic gear.

I plan to be filming a lot of action sports but also some short films and Vlogs. 1080p at 60fps is a big selling point for me and after doing a fair bit of research I've narrowed my search to just three cameras but i,m stumped as to what to choose. The three contenders are, the Nikon D5300, Panasonic G6, and the Sony A6000. They all seem to be great cameras at around the same price point and they all shoot 1080p at 60fps.

It would be greatly appreciated if you lovely people could help me make my decision and give me some points for (or against) each camera.

Thank you.

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Between the three cameras you listed, my first choice would be the Nikon because of the high-quality video and still-photo images it produces. The only other camera that I would consider is the Panasonic GH3, which I've seen on sale for $800 and used for $600. The GH3 is weather resistant, produces a gorgeous video image, and can shoot for 3+ hours on one battery. It is not as good at still photos as the Nikon, so if still photo work is a consideration then it would be the Nikon D5300 all the way.

January 19, 2015 at 1:32PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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Thanks for that, the gh3 would be a great option but I can't find a good deal for body and lens and I want money left over for some basic gear as well so I think its out of the picture.
My one concern with the Nikon is the little to none built in auto focus during video, should that be a worry for me?

Keelan Macpherson

January 19, 2015 at 5:47PM

Hmm, i originally thought the GH3 to be out of my price range but i have found one new for about $800, my main concern is what lens would be good for about $250?

Keelan Macpherson

January 19, 2015 at 6:48PM

Keelan. On the used market the Panasonic kit lens 14-42 is relatively cheap ($125-150). Likewise for the 14mm f/2.5. The 20mm f/1.7 is a little more expensive, but would be a good general lens

If you need autofocus those are your best cheap options, otherwise there are a TON of cheap legacy lenses (Nikon AI, Canon FD, etc) that would fill out a full lineup for $250

Chris Preperato

January 23, 2015 at 1:52PM

Well certainly the Sony A5000? and Canon EOS-M would be my first choices. I choose the EOS-M I have 4 cameras, but am very suprised how good it is! I think the better question tho is not which camera to buy, but what are the circumstances of the cameras use? How does the camera feel in your hands? does the menus, buttons and controls make sense to you? Do you have lenses for this camera (with adapters)? It may be that if you have eos lenses that they cannot be adapted and you would have to buy lenses in addition to the camera body purchase. If you have to ask us which camera to buy, it speaks to you being a beginning filmmaker, since a more experienced filmmaker would be more specific about their needs. I recommend looking at Dave Dugdale's website and choosing a camera that he has made a tutorial for such as the Canon T3i for example, but their are other cameras. This can be bought used very cheaply and you would have budget to buy a great lens and the tutorial will teach you how to get the most out of that camera and those skills will enable you to make your own decisions. The advice I give you and the advice that others have given are based on our needs and experience, not your needs and experience. So for the most part is pretty worthless, but if you investigate and touch the camera, snap some photos in a store, figure out what circumstances you need a camera, does it feel good and makes sense far more important than specific recommendations made by me or everyone else so far. I they say you have to buy a specific camera, without giving the reasons why, best to ignore that advice, due to ignorance.

January 22, 2015 at 11:13PM

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The EOS-M (and T3i and basically every entry level Canon) doesnt shoot 1080/60fps, which would make them not very useful to the poster. If you're shooting action sports, I wouldn't want to rely on Canon's 720/60.

I agree with Guy, a GH3 would be a great option if you dont need the stills side of things. If you do, then Nikon is the way to go for lens options.

Chris Preperato

January 23, 2015 at 1:46PM

Dave Dugdales website is learningdslr.com and I have no affliation other than being a customer.

January 22, 2015 at 11:15PM

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Philip Bloom vouched for the A6000 -

http://philipbloom.net/2014/05/12/a6000/

January 25, 2015 at 1:26AM

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>>>my main concern is what lens would be good for about $250?

If you don't own any lenses then I would get one of the Panasonic kit lenses...

14-42mm Lumix OIS Mk2 f/4.0 - f/5.6 OIS ( do NOT buy the original version it's not very good )

14-45mm Lumix OIS f/4.0 - f/5.6 OIS ( the original premium kit lens )

12-32mm Lumix OIS f/4.0 - f/5.6 OIS ( the new WIDE kit lens )

...There is also a new telephoto kit zoom lens that is supposed to be quite good.

35-100mm Lumix f/4.0 - f/5.6 OIS

January 28, 2015 at 2:09PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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