May 22, 2016 at 7:57AM

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What's the best 4k movie camera under $5,000

i m looking for 4K movie camera for my low budget film.plz help let me know.. What's the best 4k movie camera under $5,000 ?

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What are you currently using and what equipment are you familiar with?

Looking at your website it seems you do a lot of TV drama work, that would tentatively point you towards Blackmagic equipment. But I think it depends more on what you currently have and are familiar with.

May 22, 2016 at 9:25AM, Edited May 22, 9:28AM

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Cary Knoop
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i using shoot for my TV drama work marklll and sony RX10 . i think now buy one movie camera.. thanks for ur massage bro

Sohel rana

May 23, 2016 at 9:59PM

I would say it's the Sony Alpha 7S II ($3.400). It's far under $5K but it's probably the best camera in that price range. Otherwise I would say the Sony PXW-FS5 but that's $6K.

May 22, 2016 at 12:11PM

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Eric Halbherr
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thanks bro

Sohel rana

May 23, 2016 at 10:01PM

Is the 5k budget only for the camera or does it also include the money for new lenses/adapters? Because a new camera system often goes along with new lenses and/or an adapter to make your lenses you already own suitable.
It would be helpful to now what you already have to give a detailed answer.
But if lenses and Adapters don't mather in your budget, I would take a look at the URSA Mini or the a7sII.

May 22, 2016 at 12:39PM

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i have now 2 camera .. one mark lll and one sony rx10. i using this 2camera for my TV drama shoot. i made 19 Tv drama. and one Tv tv serial. now i have plan for movie shoot. end of this year i made my 1st film.i have rokinon 16mm-35mm-50mm-85mm and canon 70-200 f/2.8 usm mark ll lens and tamron 24-70 f/2.8 lens also other some lens for canon ef mount.

Sohel rana

May 23, 2016 at 10:06PM

If you want to save a ton of money and edge on the cheaper end then a camera like the GH4 or G7 from Panasonic are both cameras that you might want to briefly take a look at. I myself use the G7 for personal stuff and the quality is decent. The only issue is that it is inferior to cameras at the upper end of your price bracket and the sensor size ,being both micro 4/3s cameras, could be an issue for some people. The main advantage is that if your hard pressed for cash and $5000 is all you have to make your low budget film then spending $ 600 + for the camera would leave you with a large bulk of money to spend on lenses, other equipment, feeding any cast+crew, lighting, audio equipment (which is just as important as the camera), etc.
(If the $5000 dollars is money JUST for getting a camera then splash out and get something more substantial or rent a camera - although that's only really worth it on reasonably ambitious projects)
Hope I've helped in some way although the question was a tad vague so I thought I'd give a super low budget perspective (just in case).

May 22, 2016 at 3:58PM

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Luca Scozzi
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Thanks Luca Scozzi..GH4 good for movie makeing ? and thanks for ur suggestion

Sohel rana

May 23, 2016 at 10:08PM

I recently sold the a7s2 and switched to the URSA mini 4K, because I was sick of Sonys half ass internal codecs and 8 bit color space. Now I'm shooting RAW, and Apple Pro Res 444 at 4K! You could get the camera body, and battery and a few lenses for under 5,000 bucks.

May 24, 2016 at 9:52AM

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Graham Uhelski
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I'm partial to the Sony A7s II because of it's low light capability.
You can shoot at 25,600 and it is STILL USABLE !!!! which means
you can VIABLY shoot firelight scenes and night-time in Vegas!

The key isue for ANY camera under 5k is the lenses, which
means you're going to need to do your homework and find
the two BEST and ONLY prime lenses (50mm and 85mm)
you really need to finish any shoot!

I've found the Sigma Art Series 50mm and 85mm lenses
with the Canon FF-to-E-Mount converter ($1000 for each
lens and around $200 for the converter works for me!)
You MIGHT be able to get the lenses used for about
700 US to save a few bucks. If you can't afford BOTH
lenses just get the 50mm.

The A7s2 is small so you can do run'n'gun cinema verite
style shooting with a crew of two and your actors without
"site security" clueing into what you're doing! (You didn't
hear that from me! ;-) :-)

The ONLY THING that bugs me about the a7 series
is that it's "plasticky" and pretty delicate, so uncontrolled
environments will be tricky in keeping the camera safe
from damage! The Menu system is, of course, typically
Sony atrocious and difficult to use but the picture is GREAT!
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For A LOT TOUGHER camera, I would actually give
the Canon XC-10 4k a try! I know the zoom lens
is built-in permanently (10x zoom with 2x extender)
BUT that lens is actually really good and if you carry
some "discreet" LED lighting-bars with you, the Canon
CODEC will work pretty darn good for you!

The footage right out of the gate on the Canon camera is
EXCELLENT if the shooting environment is properly lit,
and really only needs some saturation enhancement
and a wee tiny bit of contrast in your editor and that's it!

To make your footage really punchy on action/sports shots,
add a final "Unsharp Mask" after the colour saturation and
contrast enhance to bring out the edges sharp and clear!

The XC-10 camera body looks consumer enough that most
of the time you won't have problem with "site security".
So if you're itching to be the next Francois Truffault
(re: look him up and see the films "the 400 blows ...or Jules and Jim")
this is one good camera for that type of real-world wild shooting.

If you don't plan on doing too much grading (i.e. use your footage
with a bare minimum of enhancement) and need typical Canon
toughness and weather resistance, then THIS is the
cheap 4k camera for you. (menus are GREAT too!)

So, in my book for under 5k, I like the Sony a7s2 ($3900)
and the Canon XC-10 ($2700). I'm leaning towards the
Canon for Outside Sports and Action shoots while the Sony
is great for Studio and Green-screen heavy FX shoots.

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Remember though, spend your time on a GOOD STORY
and a script with sharp/witty DIALOGUE!!! Then in editing,
CROP HARD on only the good areas of the image!!!

P.S. Light the Night! --- i.e. Bring more than four LED
light bars and soft spun diffuser with you on your shoots!

Canon XC-10 review:
http://www.trustedreviews.com/canon-xc10-review

Sony A7s2 Review:
http://www.trustedreviews.com/sony-alpha-a7s-ii-review

May 24, 2016 at 12:25PM, Edited May 24, 12:37PM

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Henry A. Eckstein
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thanks bro ..

Sohel rana

May 24, 2016 at 9:25PM

With you lense you should go for the blackmagic Ursa mini or a7sii and if you are not in a hurry the 5dmkiv should be available this summer and the rumors let think that it will be great

May 24, 2016 at 4:33PM

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AvdS
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Just shoot on your Iphone. Gotta have content above all else. Or buy insurance and rent gear for a grand a day. You'd have 5 days to shoot.

May 25, 2016 at 8:40AM

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doman nelson
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I think if it's a low Budget movie 4K is not a must. You can get amazing images with a little camera like the Blackmagic Pocket, which is 1.000$ and you can use the rest of the money for renting lenses, light equipement or sound. You can even shoot raw, but I don't think it's a must, neither. Prores HQ is a really strong códec, and you have 10bit color images and film mode. Also, SD cards are super cheap nowadays.

May 28, 2016 at 3:31AM

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Andres Mata
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