I am a journalist and am looking for a camera that will allow me to film a variety of scenes that include conferences, talking head interviews, pieces to camera and busy scenes with people moving about etc.
I have heard this is the camera to get if you are making your own films etc but my boss says he likes the look of this. I am used to using a Canon 5D MK III with settings 1/50 shutter speed, 1/25 frame rate, and 1080x1920 frame size in HD.
I'll be uploading most files to YouTube for online viewing
If you are mostly shooting stills the 5D is the way to go. If video is what you shoot most, then you might want a more video-centric camera. There are a lot out there these days. is a viewfinder important? What media do you want to record to?
We work very closely with blackmagic design and have plenty of knowledge on their products. If you're looking for one and would like some info. about it and if it will fit your needs, please feel free to contact me.
If you can wait at all, I think that Panasonic has a real home run in the upcoming DVX200. From what you describe I think that it would fit your needs perfectly while being cost effective, reasonably future proof, and simple to operate. Timecode I/O and full size audio inputs are both very welcome additions.
Personally, I do not always advocate for interchangeable lenses and full system cameras like Blackamgic etc, if it is not necessary for the workflow and image. I think that the 4/3 imager in the DVX200 will give you more than adequate depth of field for a cinematic look and as someone who learned on Panasonic handheld ENG cameras, I can confidently say that they just do things right and do them well.
Keep us posted on what you decide to do!
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