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alessandra giordano
Best camera for documentary film-making
on Jun 1, 2013 at 7:49:10 pm

I am planning to buy a camera to shoot a documentary.
The initial budget for camera and sound gear is between 10 and 20.000.
The camera should be ideally light, have good ergonomics ( it's going to be used in a lot of run and gun situations) and produce great quality images.
Final objective for the doc is Tv, but theatrical release would be a plus.
I am looking at the C100 and the C300. The C300 seems amazing,but with additional lenses, shoulder rig etc.. is quite expensive.
I tried the FS700 and even though I liked the image quality, I though the camera was too heavy and very hard to shoot with ( very poor ergonomics).Great for shooting on stick, but not ideal for hand held stuff..
Any advice?

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Robert Baker
Re: Best camera for documentary film-making
on Jun 10, 2013 at 2:57:12 pm

Have you considered the Blackmagic Cinema Camera or the soon to be released Blackmagic Production Camera?

Another model to consider is the Panasonic AG-AF100A.

I am also in the market for a new camera (sadly with less of a budget than you have) and usually rent a camera to test it out.

R. Baker
Sony Vegas Certified User
Videographer/Editor Extraordinaire

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