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Need advice buying the right camera

Geronemo3 857 57 July 31, 2016 at 09:31 AM
Hi,
i previously had the Nikon D3100 with kit, 50mm and 55-200mm lens.
Sold it as it didn't take good quality videos (wasn't meant to) the stills were pretty good.


Now I am looking for a camera that can do the following:

1) Take awesome pics specially portraits like with prime lens with blurry background. Dslr quality.
2) Take 1080p 60fps (and 4k video as bonus)
3) I also want to use the camera for some youtube videos so having the screen swirl and flip backwards is a must.
4) $1000-$1500


I am open to looking at mirror-less cameras or micro four thirds.

I've read good things about Panasonic GH4 and Sony A6300 camera. The problem is ppl always tell me they don't have good selection of lenses and that I will have to use a converter of some sorts to use canon or nikon lenses on these. This is something that worries me.

Basically I am looking for one camera to rule both photography and taking videos.
Also let me know if it's a bad idea to be getting a single camera for both.

Thanks

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I would look into a Nikon D5500 or a Canon T5i. Canon is usually better for video and Nikon is better for images.
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The perfect hybrid camera that takes amazing video (4k) and amazing still for $1500 doesn't exist.

The 4/3 systems you mentioned are worth a hard look, they don't have as wide of lens selection as Canon or Nikon but I bet you can find a good lens for youtube and some basic photography. They won't be the cameras to go shoot tons of sports with but that sounds ok.

What is your youtube content like?
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YT content is limited to product reviews. I have a decent light setup so low light is not a problem.

would u recommend I get a camcorder for YT and a DSLR for photography. that's something i want to stay away from getting two devices.

I've seen some good quality panasonic cameras with can do 4k.
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Quote from Geronemo3 View Post :
YT content is limited to product reviews. I have a decent light setup so low light is not a problem.

would u recommend I get a camcorder for YT and a DSLR for photography. that's something i want to stay away from getting two devices.

I've seen some good quality panasonic cameras with can do 4k.
Oh ok thats different from say filming a movie or kids etc. Ya a camcorder will have better auto focus for a product review. I use my 7D2 for product reviews with an SMT lens and it does pretty decent when you control things tightly.
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If you get Sony A6300 - Get at least 4 batteries spare. It churns out battery like anything.

I would suggest used or refurb D7200 or D5500 + 60mm prime lens. That would take nice portraits for you. 60mm is FX lens so that would help in future too.

35mm is good lens as well for crop censors. I use 35mm and pics are darn sharp at F/2 for potrait. But you will have good success with 40mm or 60mm macro lens for portraits. Both are sharp lens.

35mm indoor and 40/50/60mm outdoor.

For video get some good recorder. Sony A6300 gets hot for continuous video recording for long time.

If you get D7200 or D500 both are rock solid cameras. D500 can take 4k video as well but D7200 can't.

Invest in lenses and not in camera.

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People have got camera with 7 shutter count or less then 100. Replace 18-55 mm with something better for portrait and you are good.
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Been looking at cameras myself. Got excited when I heard about the Samsung nx500. It packs the features of the nx1 minus a couple of things for a fraction of the cost. At the best price point it was $450 with a kit lense when it launched in 2015.

Its been DC'd now but many say the NX1 and NX500 were ahead of their time. Look to spend $580 for one today on eBay.
NX1 has view finder and is weather sealed.
NX500 has neither for main losses IMO.
Samsung has not announced any new NX cameras and DC'd both this year.

You won't find another camera with such a great price to performance ratio period.

But today looking for a replacement you will probably find the Sony A6300 is the best still on the market camera for your price range. It does 120fps 1080p. It is weather proofed and sealed. It does 4K. It has an overheating problem and lacks a swivel screen.

Panasonic GX8 is a one year older camera that is almost as good as the Sony A6300.. It has a swivel screen. It has 4K. It lacks some of the power of the A6300.

Prey Samsung releases a new contender because it would probably pwn the competition for some time to come.
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1080p = 2mp
4K = 8mp
DSLR = 18-24mp

See why DSLR's don't make great video cameras? You need to either use the center of the sensor or you down-res and get artifacts. Plus, the large, high res sensor overheats which causes hot spots and limited recording time.
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