Best DSLR’s for Film Projects

Choosing the right camera for the job is an important detail to not pass over. Whether the project calls for the nice, easy well-lit shot, or a fast motion live action feel, or maybe it’s neither and you need to produce them at a higher quality for random events. The intended reason will define what type of camera is deemed necessary.

 

Canon EOS 70D

At £756 for just the body and ranging up to £945 with the included 18-135mm lens, it’s the top choice as it’s easy to use, has robust applications, and has a brilliant auto-focus. The 70D has excellent video quality and a plethora of lenses to choose from, because of its EF lens mount. For roughly under £1000 it’s a steal, so there’s no need to drop thousands or more to obtain a full frame camera when the 70D can record remarkable footage for a fraction. As for that auto-focus, Canon has a Dual Pixel CMOS Auto-Focus, a function that gives you the ability to use the touchscreen to focus while tracking the subject as it moves. Dont forget to add a sturdy carbon fibre tripod to the mix, or your expensive camera may fall and break.

 

Sony Alpha a7S

At around £1,892, this model end up being a bit pricier than the Canon, but this model has the capacity to film in low light situations, take in wide shots for landscapes or videography, and has the convenience of portable applications. The a7S has excellent video quality, and Sony has quite a bit of features packed into a relatively compact body. The a7S can shoot in poorly lit areas without a fuss. Whether the scene is shot indoors at a theatre, or outdoors in the dark, Sony has brought the magic needed to see in your dark surroundings. Don’t be afraid to turn up the ISO and find yourself amazed at what is visible with very little light. To add even more glam to the a7S, it’s also a full-frame camera, meanings the sensor will capture images in size identically to that of a normal 35mm camera. So, if you’re using a 50mm lens you will capture images at exactly 50mm. So, rather than with a cropped frame, where the image is multiplied and cropped, the a7S will capture at a higher image quality and a wider angle.

 

Panasonic Lumix GH4 Mirrorless

Around £1134, the Panasonic is less than the Sony and has the capability of recording 4K content. That in itself is a bargain. For less than the typical 4K video camera, Panasonic reaches a wide audience in the budget market with this leap in functionality for the pennies. This GH4 can record 4K video internally without the requirement of an external recording device, a phenomenal advancement to the standard. With the increase in quality content pushing the pixel density, the ability to easily capture 4K content in comfort allows you as a creative to streamline a focus on production, and not on additional investments to attain that higher quality video. The GH4 is mirrorless, so the body of the camera is more compact than its mirrored counterparts, a positive for portability.

 

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera

At £753, the Blackmagic is the smallest of the set. If you aren’t opposed to correcting the image colour during edit, then this is a stellar option that won’t leave your wallet void. The image is fantastic, despite that it’s relatively tiny to most DSLRs. The dynamic range of the Blackmagic is exceptional, a definite rival of those pricier Hollywood styled cameras. This camera can capture 14 stops of dynamic range, a significant depth, considering the 70D can only range 10 stops. Given its wide dynamic range, the quality of the image must be astounding, which it is. The more range, the more detail, thus the Blackmagic can produce higher quality images. The drawbacks of this camera over its larger equivalents is the shorter battery life, the sub-par audio quality, the shorter capturing time, and the body of a cheaper point and shoot.

 

Canon C100 Mark II Cinema

At £4166, this Canon isn’t going after the general market. If you’re a pro-sumer looking for that professional level filmmaker’s camera, the C100 will handle that task superbly especially partnered with a professional tripod. Shooting documentaries and indie films would justify its price tag, and as far as DSLRs go it’s a full on professional camera. Strictly for filming video, the C100 will produce content worthy of the cinema without breaking a budget. This camera has all the XLR inputs necessary to capture professional-grade audio, a magnificent battery, and is ergonomically designed to suit shooting on the run, as well as the more traditional scenes. There’s no skimping out on its ability to do low light either, the C100 perform outstandingly in poorly lit scenarios. If an all-in-one package is a requirement for whatever your project may be, Panasonic’s C100 doesn’t compromise for the budget.

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