March 25, 2017 at 3:37PM


What camera should I buy to shoot video on a limited budget?

I am a first year student at university studying media production and am looking for advice on the best camera to start shooting my own video independent of the kit the uni has. I am working with a limited budget and wondered if people could advise me on buying pre owned cameras etc and what cameras would represent a solid investment.

I would mainly be using the camera to shoot video such as gym promo etc so any advice people have would be gratefully received.


The Canon T2i or the Panasonic GH2 are about the cheapest used cameras you can buy today that can produce a good video image.

If you can afford it, I would look for a used Panasonic G7 camera that you should be able to buy used for about $400. It can shoot 4K video which gives you a lot more options in post when delivering a finished 1080p video.

March 25, 2017 at 3:43PM

Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer

Limited budget can mean a lot of different things. What's your price point? The most solid investment would be good lenses and glass. Put most of your money towards that, and then put a little bit into the body. You will almost undoubtedly upgrade your camera as you grow, but a good investment into lenses can go with you for decades. Canon DSLR's are a great place to start, since you can start investing in EF glass.

March 25, 2017 at 6:07PM

Craig Douglas
Editor/ Videographer

I have to agree with the other two posts, the free magic lantern software gives you a bunch of video controls that you will want to have. I have Canon T2i, T3i and two Eos-M. I bought one eos-m from Canon refurbished at $230 and the other used for $150. Magic Lantern is free and there are a bunch of youtube videos on how to install and use Magic Lantern which is only for Canon cameras. I think also you will find when these cameras are used well, no one in the audience will know that you made it on a $150 used Canon or a $50k used Red. There is more to great video than the camera body, but it really is good and as you go up in price you aren't going up in quality very much that an audience will notice when the camera is used well.

March 26, 2017 at 7:17PM


A price point could help.

March 30, 2017 at 7:24PM

Wentworth Kelly
DP/Colorist/Drone Op

i'm doing color on my a WIP of my doc right now, having started it four years back on a 5D MIII and now shooting on a C300 Mark 1 and Mark 2 in 4K. After downsizing to 2K, denoising and adding grain for a film feel, well yes you can tell the difference if you know what you're looking for, but if the audience notices, that's more an indication that your content sucks. If I shoot another film again, I might revert back to the C300 Mark 1 because it's so nice in the hands, better than the Mark 2. But I digress--I know that's not your price range. My point is that alongside these indisputably better cameras, the 5D holds its own, if you know what you're doing with it, including color balance, more importantly exposure, and above all a good plan for audio. In my stills days, we'd say 'less is more.' That's a steeper challenge in film, of course, but I think it is advice to consider, depending on the project.

Anyway-- regarding the camera, I put color fidelity above all, and that's why I stick with Canon while I can't contemplate Arri and comparatively good lenses. Any Canon. I'd go that route, and figure out the audio.

April 1, 2017 at 9:19AM


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