Wedding Videos: What camera should you buy?
Yes, I am back with the part-3 of the series “Wedding Videos: What camera should you buy?” In the last article, we were in the $1,500 – $5,000 price range. And, I stopped with the Panasonic GH4 (for $1690.) Let’s start with the next camera in the same price range.
* The next camera in my list is the Canon XF100 for $2900. It’s a compact, full-featured, and broadcast-ready camcorder. It looks like a video camera, so you can proudly go with it to a wedding ceremony. You can capture quality Wedding Videos with this camera. It Has built-in mics that are very effective. It’s almost a perfect camera for the beginners and experts in the industry. Anyway, its sensor is small and it’s a single lens camera. Visit the website (http://www.canon.co.uk/for_home/product_finder/camcorders/professional/xf100/) to see its full story.
* Arri 16S: Well, it’s like an antique camera. I just included this in the list to give old cameras some value. Built in 1952 by the legendary “global supplier of motion picture film equipment,” the Arri group. This camera was a turning point in the 50s. You can only buy a used one to give a try (for $1000-$5000.) OK, $5000 is big money, and you can buy a modern digital camera with this budget. Recently, I saw one of these for sale on the eBay. Very portable camera with 3 fast-swapping lenses. Anyway, it’s a very expensive and heavy piece of work, when compared with the modern ones. When you go with it to capture Wedding Videos, people might think, “is he going to capture with that old camera?”
* OK, now back to the modern ones. It’s the Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera 2.5K for$2000. It’s one of the simplest looking cameras in the market. It can capture brilliant Wedding Videos, so suitable for the beginners and experts. You get more for what you paid to get it. Well, I don’t like it though. I hate the look of it (many videographers describe it as “sensor in a can.”) I don’t know why they designed it in that manner. It has pros and cons in equal amounts, but I don’t like it.
* The next in the price range is just under the $2500 mark. It’s the Sony NEX-FS100 for $2499. It’s a great camera with good low-light performances. It looks great and the buttons are big enough to press without any hassle (my opinion.) When you carry it, you feel like you are carrying a camera. It has video camera features/controls. Visit the website (https://pro.sony.com/bbsc/ssr/cat-nxcam/product-NEXFS100UK/) to see its full features.
* Now let’s see what you can buy for $2500. Well, you have two options to consider here. The first is the Sony A7s for $2500. It’s a mirrorless system camera, which came to the market in April 2014. Relatively a small camera, but with an interchangeable lens system and a big sensor. You can capture quality Wedding Videos in low-light conditions with this camera. 4K video recording. The second camera for $2500 is the Canon 5D Mk III. It’s a super legend in the industry.
OK, great. It’s the end of part-3 of the series. In the next article (the final of the series,) let’s talk about serious cameras with high price tags.