Wedding Videos: What camera should you buy?
It’s the part-2 of the series “Wedding Videos: What camera should you buy?” In the last article, I stopped with the $500-$1500 price range (Canon T5i/700D for $700.) Let’s begin with the second camera in the same price range ($500-$1500.)
* The next camera that came to mind was the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera for $995. This camera is another legend (but has cons.) Because my girlfriend gave me this as a Birthday present, I love this camera. You get more than you paid to get it. Has a bigger sensor and you can use SD cards on them. Good audio options. It’s one of the most affordable cameras in the market for beginners and professionals. High video quality comparing to its price tag. You can use cheaper Nikon batteries on them. Small and easy to operate/handle. Again, it has a list of cons to mention. Due to its poor-quality internal microphone, you will need an external one for sure. Very poor battery life. Because it is very small, clients may think “Is he going to shoot our wedding with that camera?” In sunny conditions, the display is almost impossible to see (well, I didn’t say these cons to my girlfriend.)
* The third camera in this price range is a serious one. It’s the Canon Vixia HF G10 for $1100. The camera is very easy to use and reliable. It has an “Everything Automatic” fast button. Good video quality. Suitable for long Wedding Videos (300 minutes,) and great memory capacity. Anyway, the sensor is small. You don’t get much for the money you spent on it.
* The fourth in this price range is the Canon 70D. It has good video functions and settings. Shoots on SC cards. It has a swivel screen too. Compatible with Magic Lantern, and has a bigger sensor. Anyway, anybody can get annoyed with its small buttons.
For the same price ($1200,) you can buy the Nikon D7000. Can use 2 SD cards on it at the same time. You can plug in an external mic. Under low light conditions, this camera captures quality Wedding Videos. You can buy your preferred lens from the Nikon lens series. Anyway, not suitable for high contrast and backlight situations.
OK, that’s the end of the price range, ($500-$1500.)
Let’s move into the next price range ($1,500 – $5,000.) $5000 is serious money, so you will find quality cameras here. Here I am starting with the first camera in the range.
* Canon 7D Mk II. It’s the camera with the lowest price tag in this range ($1500.) A compact camera with user-friendly buttons for capturing videos. It has a large sensor. The camera body is weather-proof. Well, major con of this camera is overheating (even indoors.)
* The second in this price range is one my favorites (I like the look of it.) It’s a DSLR in camcorder body. It has a super-sized sensor. The lenses are interchangeable. Ideal size for capturing Wedding Videos. It has a built-in Mic array. It produces 16MP stills too. Well, it’s expensive than a DSLR, but I love it.
* The third in this price range is the Panasonic GH4 (for $1690.) This camera is a legend. A very popular mirrorless camera in the recent industry. 4k video recording. You get more for what you paid for the camera. Great digital zoom, no resolution drop. Anyway, the sensor is small. Not weatherproof either.
OK, I am stopping part-2 at this point. See you again with part-3 of the series.