Best Broadcast Quality Camera for Filming


bushcraft 13 94 3
2 Sep 2019 1:54PM
May I ask for recommendations for a camera / lens combo for broadcast quality results for amateur documentary making, and high-quality YouTube videos please? Iíve had enough of my P&S and my DSLR is old and not up to the job.

I donít want anything overly complicated - as Iím certainly no expert, but due to it being work related I have a good-sized budget, and want to get the best I can, but without ordering something far beyond my skill set. Iím used to DSLRís for photography, but never filming.

Iím guessing a 24-70mm [2.8] lens for general use? But Iím out of the loop with which body would work well and external mic, etc.

Some people are recommending I get a Canon camcorder, but I see so many people filming with DSLR's I wonder if that's a better option for me.

Thanks in advance

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Carabosse 16 41.3k 270 England
2 Sep 2019 5:35PM
Most broadcast is 1080p these days and even a smartphone can manage that. 4K is the resolution above that and some phones can even achieve 4K.

However if you want professional looking results, which I'm guessing is what you mean, then you need a device with a separate microphone input.

If you would like to tell us what is your maximum budget and what you intend to do with the output e.g. sell it, then I am sure is helpful suggestions can be made. Smile

sausage Plus
15 600 United Kingdom
3 Sep 2019 3:53PM
The best quality broadcast camera can reach into the 10s of thousands of pounds.
bushcraft 13 94 3
3 Sep 2019 5:04PM
Thanks for the reply. Yes, I guess i'm looking for professional results in terms of image and sound quality over the 'best' broadcast option as i've included in the title. I just meant best options, rather than the best money can buy, but I worded it poorly.

In terms of budget, £2000/£4000 wouldn't be an issue, I could possibly have more allocated. I just don't want to buy a lot more camera than I need, or could manage, as the remaining budget could be spent on other areas, such as a good tripod, and lighting, etc.

The main use will be Youtube documentaries and blogs for promotion. There's no intention to sell the videos - although having that option would be a welcome bonus.

Thanks



Quote:Most broadcast is 1080p these days and even a smartphone can manage that. 4K is the resolution above that and some phones can even achieve 4K.

However if you want professional looking results, which I'm guessing is what you mean, then you need a device with a separate microphone input.

If you would like to tell us what is your maximum budget and what you intend to do with the output e.g. sell it, then I am sure is helpful suggestions can be made. Smile


bushcraft 13 94 3
3 Sep 2019 5:06PM

Quote:The best quality broadcast camera can reach into the 10s of thousands of pounds.


I worded it badly, I'm just after options on what some of the best options are (not the very best) - I will have a good sized budget, but anything that needs expert handling would be far above and beyond my skill set anyway.

Thanks
Carabosse 16 41.3k 270 England
3 Sep 2019 7:07PM
For YouTube almost anything will do. Tongue

Any video you upload will be reprocessed by YouTube anyway.

The Panasonic GH5 is considered by many to be "the" camera for video. I will leave others to suggest lenses for it.
DerekL 14 209 24 England
4 Sep 2019 5:22PM
Canon 5D MK IV comes out top on many reviews for Video with 4K capability.
https://www.canon.co.uk/cameras/eos-5d-mark-iv/
saltireblue Plus
9 9.7k 36 Norway
4 Sep 2019 5:41PM

Quote:Canon 5D MK IV comes out top on many reviews for Video with 4K capability.
https://www.canon.co.uk/cameras/eos-5d-mark-iv/


Review here on ePz
bushcraft 13 94 3
8 Sep 2019 6:23PM

Quote:For YouTube almost anything will do. Tongue

Any video you upload will be reprocessed by YouTube anyway.

The Panasonic GH5 is considered by many to be "the" camera for video. I will leave others to suggest lenses for it.



Thank you. Iíll check it out. Hopefully itís good in low light too. Youíre not wrong about Youtube, but my current camera seems to do a terrible job compared to others - but it is about 8 years old!
bushcraft 13 94 3
8 Sep 2019 6:23PM

Quote:Canon 5D MK IV comes out top on many reviews for Video with 4K capability.
https://www.canon.co.uk/cameras/eos-5d-mark-iv/



Thank you!
Chris_L 5 5.1k United Kingdom
10 Sep 2019 10:08PM

Quote:Canon 5D MK IV comes out top on many reviews for Video with 4K capability

Even 5D filmmaking fansite https://www.eoshd.com/ would disagree with that. You really need a mirrorless machine so that you can use your viewfinder when shooting video (you can't with a 5D). The top dogs for video with interchangeable lenses are the Panasonic GH4 and the GH5 as well as the Sony A7S and A7S II and other Sony A7 cameras as well as the very popular A6300 and A6500 which produce excellent Super 35 4k video.

Best in Low light? Full frame Sony


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