Seeking help to find out about mid range cameras


Reddevilsz

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Hi i am a noob here. Hmmm i am being tasked to find out and google which mid range camera to use for videography with a budget of $2.5, which camera and which lens to use. And why these 2 items would be good

How can i start to research and google, i need help on this i am keen to find out more, so seeking help..
 

one eye jack

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Hi, Without knowing what is the intended use of the video whether it's for the ocasional home events or professional use that is you are making money from it I think no one will dare to answer your question as you can get a video creation system on any budget or price point.

For your budget of $2.5k you can get a decent camera which includes a lens or two but there are extras which you might need like video lights unless you intend to shoot in natural light. Good sound is a must for video to hold your audience (microphone or recorder ). Let's not forget you also need a video editing computer. That's why you need to figure out these things. At the very least to save you the trouble you can let the camera process the video and you do the minimum of editing or joining the video clips together and add your sound and titles.

The question of getting a midrange camera is not the right approach but getting a camera that can deliver the results and quality you want which can mean getting a camera that can do most things video wise which can mean an advanced camera that is at the pro level. You just need to know what you want in video terms to do the job. Heck even a smartphone can do within it's limitations which you already have.
 

ricohflex

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If you reside in SG, you can visit Cathay Photo, TK Foto, Alan Photo and SLR Revolution.
Maybe Harvey Norman, Best Denki and Courts. Ask the sales staff. Maybe you can learn something from them.
They will have commercial interest and opinions will be skewed in favour of some and against some.
Forgive them. This is their rice bowl.

On the Internet so-called "ambassadors" & "visionaries" are just as mercenary as the above mentioned shop sales staff.
"ambassadors" & "visionaries" also have commercial interests at heart and they sign a contract to promote a particular brand.
 

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Something to read about these term 'professional camera'. You can apply the same critical approach to 'midrange camera' or other categorizing terms.
For your topic, I would suggest you define your requirements, with a bit more details as only 'good video'', then head to the various review sites (e.g. dpreview.com, and others) and to see what these guys wrote. Be careful with YT, many videos are geared towards attracting people (and clicks), not necessarily providing neutral assessments. Some links can be found if you check the above website / forum further.
Once you have shortlisted two, maybe three models, head over to some shops and check them out directly. Ergonomics does play a big part.
Last but not least: don't forget additional gear you will need, otherwise even your midrange camera will not deliver good results: tripod/monopod/video rig, external microphone, filters (here: ND filters, but also CPL), a decent computer for processing ... the list is long and expensive.
 

ortega

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firstly, you need to define your videography needs

then gather all the cameras that can do everything you need and that falls within your budget
 

rlwvgipb

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hi.

Tapping onto this post.

Please kindly advise if recording of travels and sports, what would be a good recommendation? Videos and Photos.
 

one eye jack

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hi.

Tapping onto this post.

Please kindly advise if recording of travels and sports, what would be a good recommendation? Videos and Photos.
Please tell us your budget you want to spend and what types of sports you are refering to.
Are you an experienced photographer, what camera do you own now?
 

rlwvgipb

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Please tell us your budget you want to spend and what types of sports you are refering to.
Are you an experienced photographer, what camera do you own now?
Hi
Budget will be around 1500 SGD.
Types of Sports: Soccer, Track & Field, Swimming, Bball
Other uses: Occasional Portraits and Nature (Believe that should be a later add on with the lens)

Thanks one eye jack!
 

one eye jack

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Budget will be around 1500 SGD.
Types of Sports: Soccer, Track & Field, Swimming, Bball
Other uses: Occasional Portraits and Nature (Believe that should be a later add on with the lens)

Thanks one eye jack!
Hi, From your question you want a travel camera and you want an interchangeble lens system camera. It all depends on how much weight and bulk you are willing to carry over distance and time. Let's talk dollars and sense. For $1500 you could get yourself a fairly advanced camera with a kit lens which is sufficient for most photo taking situations that is wide angle to short telephoto but you included certain sports and that makes it somewhat harder as you can't have your cake and eat it because of budget of $1500. So a compromise is needed. Not that such cameras do not exist but merely the sensor size which translate to photo quality and whether it's all in one package fixed lens camera or interchangeble camera system vs weight or bulk.

The m43 or micro four third format is most suitable although you might heard that it is unpopular but it is a matured format nonetheless and bang for buck quality. Don't be swayed by arguments that it's a dead format. It is light and travel friendly. For $1500 You can get the Olympus EM 5 mk3 or EM10 mk4 but that's camera and kit lens. You would need a telephoto for sports like a 40 - 150mm ( 80 - 300mm equivalent ) which require more expenditure. A more sensible compromise is EM10 mk2 which is older but less advanced but at $400 currently the extra money can buy a lens or two. In fact if you buy used you can get em10 mk2 + 2 kit lenses for same amount as a new one.

You might also buy a compact camera all in one like Sony hx99
which has an equivalent 24 - 720mm zoom but with a much smaller image sensor.

The link below will offer more choices depending on your requirements and purpose.

 

rlwvgipb

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Hi, From your question you want a travel camera and you want an interchangeble lens system camera. It all depends on how much weight and bulk you are willing to carry over distance and time. Let's talk dollars and sense. For $1500 you could get yourself a fairly advanced camera with a kit lens which is sufficient for most photo taking situations that is wide angle to short telephoto but you included certain sports and that makes it somewhat harder as you can't have your cake and eat it because of budget of $1500. So a compromise is needed. Not that such cameras do not exist but merely the sensor size which translate to photo quality and whether it's all in one package fixed lens camera or interchangeble camera system vs weight or bulk.

The m43 or micro four third format is most suitable although you might heard that it is unpopular but it is a matured format nonetheless and bang for buck quality. Don't be swayed by arguments that it's a dead format. It is light and travel friendly. For $1500 You can get the Olympus EM 5 mk3 or EM10 mk4 but that's camera and kit lens. You would need a telephoto for sports like a 40 - 150mm ( 80 - 300mm equivalent ) which require more expenditure. A more sensible compromise is EM10 mk2 which is older but less advanced but at $400 currently the extra money can buy a lens or two. In fact if you buy used you can get em10 mk2 + 2 kit lenses for same amount as a new one.

You might also buy a compact camera all in one like Sony hx99
which has an equivalent 24 - 720mm zoom but with a much smaller image sensor.

The link below will offer more choices depending on your requirements and purpose.

Many thanks for such a detailed explanation. Will definitely read up more on the models u suggested. Sony HX99 seems really decent.
 

Damien1993

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hi.

Tapping onto this post.

Please kindly advise if recording of travels and sports, what would be a good recommendation? Videos and Photos.
I might be a little late to the party, so not sure if you are still looking or have already made your decision. The main decider is whether you would want to expand and upgrade your camera setup further down the line. If you plan on slowly upgrading over the years, then the micro four thirds system would not be a very good option as you would run into limitations much earlier down the line due to limitations with not only the sensor size, but the general lack of a good autofocus algorithm among the 2 main manufacturers, Panasonic and Olympus.

I would recommend a camera with an APSC sized sensor from any of the 4 manufacturers, Sony, Fujifilm, Nikon, Canon. They not only are relatively affordable and generally fall within your budget, but can also be continually upgraded and used down the line without needing to jump to full-frame. I am personally biased, but out of the 4, I strongly recommend either Sony for their class-leading photo and video autofocus system or Fujifilm for their extremely large variety and types of lenses and bodies available.

If you feel no need to expand or upgrade your camera setup further down the line, then there is no need to go into an interchangeable lens system unless desired. You could look at either point and shoots from Sony such as the ZV1, super zooms from Nikon like the P900/P1000 etc. These could suit you better under some circumstances as although they generally have a smaller sensor, their extreme focal range, all in one package and generally cheaper prices could make it an ideal option.