Which camera is right for you?


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Issue 98 - February 2015

So January has been and gone and it's out with the old and in with the new. This applies to the freshest and upcoming cameras for video making on the market; it's now time to get rid of your old equipment. With CES behind us, new innovations have taken many by surprise and with BVE currently going on there is lots to look forward to this year in video production. So this month we will be focusing on which cameras you should look out for this year.

Last month I spoke about which new products to keep an eye out for in post-production but there we look at which cameras are taking the filmmaking industry by storm, and moreover which ones are worth the buzz!

There will be a great variety of amazing new cameras out this year, so how do you choose which one is right for you? Of course it depends on what you are filming and what look you are trying to achieve, so I will cover some of the best.

Let's take a look at the top 4k cameras currently floating in the market. So still fairly new to the market is Blackmagic whose most recent Blackmagic Design Production Camera 4k is fantastic for shooting incredibly high resolution Ultra HD 4k content. The Super 35mm size sensor is a massive plus as it has a professional global shutter combined with precision EF mount optics. This beauty also comes with a 6GSDI output too! This product packs in over £10,000 worth of similar specs in a £2,000 price tag!

Moving on to the GoPro Hero4 Black edition, we all know GoPro is famed for it's ability to make the most versatile cameras around, and boy do they know how to give others a run for their money. Again one of the top 4k cameras to purchase currently, the Hero4 is the most advanced 4k camera GoPro have released, and with improved image quality and 2x faster video frame rates the Hero4 is fantastic for the more adventurous filmmaker. Retailing at £369.99 the Hero4 is a more affordable price for those on a tighter budget.

DSLR cameras are ever more becoming the number one choice that video makers are opting for these days and why not? If you are a beginner the Nikon D3300 is a fine choice, shooting 24.2 megapixel images and 1080p video at an immense 60 frames per second. This camera is a top contender for a first time buyer in the DSLR market, the £330.31 price tag is one that won't break the bank!

One of the most used DSLR's in the business is the Canon 5D Mark III. You'll be pleased to know the latest speculations are that it's replacement, the Canon 5D Mark IV will be announced in March 2015.

The new camera is expected to have a FF Dual Pixel CMOS AF sensor and a 52 MP sensor with optical low pass filter. No word has yet been announced by Canon, however we expect to see it at this year's NAB Show 2015 and I'll be there to get the scoop!

So with BVE London and the highly anticipated NAB show in Las Vegas around the corner will we see any revelations? Who will win the number 1 spot this year for the best video camera?
Tweet me at @editorskeys with your
opinions on your favourite camera.


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