Fuji X cameras for video?

igmolinav

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Hi,

Are you guys using a Fuji X camera for (photo and) video, or did you consider
using one? I am thinking about getting one, but I am still unsure!

I have done photography as a hobbyist and prosummer for some
time now and I wanna start with video. I have been using for a long
time a camera with no video capability. I had thought on getting a Sony
A7ii camera, but I am leaning towards geting a used Fuji X-T10
because it looks to be a better deal. Does it?

The Fuji X-T10 is considered to be a lighter version of the Fuji X-T1.
My kit would be the X-T10 and a good zoom, the Fujinon 16-55 mm.
f/2.8 that I am also buying used. Through an adapter I'll be using other
lenses I already have. The price of that kit I have set up is lower than
just the body of a Sony A7ii. Is it a better deal, what will I be missing?

The Fuji X-T10 specifications has some attractive features to start making
video: 24,30, 50, and 60 fps; highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 ; the use
of an optional external mic.

Thank you, kind regards,

igmolinav : ) !!!

Between 6:42' and 7:09' he comments it may not be for video shooters:
 

LiveM

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Fuji has no real video expertise, and it shows.

The best video (and photo) you can get in this kind of form factor is from Samsung. They're several generations ahead of the rest, but may not do another camera. Nikon is your next best option.

They also have the autofocus that Sony and Fuji struggle with. I would consider the next Sony, though, if you can wait.
 

kohlson

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There are big differences between the Sony A7 series you mention and the Fuji. Mainly the sensor size: Sony is full size and the Fuji is an APS-C. This is but one indication that the 2 cameras are in different classes, and the pricing highlights that. The recently released Sony A6300 is somewhat similar to the Fuji, and is getting good reviews. Check some of the sites like dpreview and others for a comparison. Note that most slo-equivalent cameras cannot record more than 30 minutes of continuous video. If that's a requirement consider a dedicated video camera. Still cameras like the Fuji and Sony have lots of compromises compared to dedicated video cameras when it comes to shooting video.
 

igmolinav

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Hi,

My video intentions are to do half hour to an hour documentaries that
may be seen in youtube, but that may also be projected onto screens
sized between 10x6 feet, (3x1.8 meters), and 20x8 feet, (6x2.4 meters).
Do you think that working with either the Fuji or the Sony I'll be able
to achieve this?



Thank you again, kind regards,

igmolinav : ) !!!

P.S. Is it still a problem to work interchengeably between APS format
and full frame, (I mean, when editing and placing everything together)??
 

LiveM

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Hi,
My video intentions are to do half hour to an hour documentaries that
may be seen in youtube, but that may also be projected onto screens
sized between 10x6 feet, (3x1.8 meters), and 20x8 feet, (6x2.4 meters).
Do you think that working with either the Fuji or the Sony I'll be able
to achieve this?
The Sony, yes. Not the Fuji.

P.S. Is it still a problem to work interchengeably between APS format and full frame, (I mean, when editing and placing everything together)??
Not a problem at all. Consider also that different modes exist that may, for example, only use the middle 4k of the sensor.
 

sevoneone

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I would recommend the Sony a6300, or a6000 if you don't have the budget for the a6300. The difference in price is about 2x for 4K, better performance in low light, and improved auto focus.
 

phrehdd

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I'm a huge fan of Fuji but I'll be the first to admit that video is almost an after thought with the Fuji line up. I have seen truly excellent footage from Fuji but there are better/easier choices out there.

Candidly, if I were considering serious video work, I would simply get a proper video camera. However, if you must go the way of a still cameras (mirrorless and DSLR) you would be far better off to check sites such as DPReview and others to see how the cameras fair with video. Nikon and Canon DSLRs used to do reasonably well for hobbyist work up to pro. I am sure Sony and others are catching up and in the case of Samsung (sad they are stopping camera production) superior to most others.

Incidentally, some of the best people documentaries I have seen used more than one camera at a time and shared the same audio (allowed for a couple of cameras to remain static and one to be addressable for small dolly shots and more when doing a 1-2 person handling of the camera and process. Edits of all of the cameras were done in post to get the best "footage."
 

jw12345678

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I hate to say it, I've recently starting using Fuji cameras- first the Xpro 1 and now it's successor and love them to use for stills, but I was horrified at the poor quality of the video. I often need to do both and found, certainly the Xpro1, a real disappointment. The Xpro 2 is better, but from what everyone else says still not good enough.
 

igmolinav

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Hi,

Thank you for your messages : ) !!!

I'll get a Sony camera then. The fuji lenses look so good!
There is a kit lens that is 16-50 mm. that has good optics
and the cost is within the $150-$180 range.

Yes, perhaps at this time I'll get a Sony camera and later
on I get a Fuji for stills. Tuesday or wednesday next week
I have a photo job. That is why I need a camera that can
do the two things. Hopefully with time I'll be able get and
use equipment that fits more its specialization.

Yes, that would be the best. To do the documentaries with
another person and then in post we would work in post
with the best footage of the two cameras.

I'll open later on a new post about fuji cameras for stills.
Fuji has many models at this time with the 16 MP sensor.
If one waits enough, one may be able to a good price in
the coming months.

Sony is discounting the price in some models. I wonder
if that has to do with 'summer time' or is it that new
equipment is about to come out? Is it that 2016 is the
year of 4K for all equipments?

Cool, it is nice to know that one can work in post with the
footage of two different formats like APS and full frame.

Kind regards,

igmolinav : ) !!!
 

kohlson

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Sony seems to be discounting those models that have been updated over the past few months. This includes the A7 series and the a6000 (updated to the a6300). The 6300 was improved over the 6000 with 4K video, improved focusing, an audio input jack, and more. Definitely a jump over the 6000 for video. The kit lens is a 16-50 that works OK but takes some getting used to. Whole thing costs about 2x more.
 

sevoneone

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Canon's DSLR video is generally pretty good. The weaknesses that they never seem to have addressed are audio controls and sharpening artifacts/moire in the image. Not deal breakers by any means as there are many positives also. If you are willing to tinker and potentially void your warranty, the custom firmware Magic Lantern that is available for most models of Canon DSLR adds a ton of great features that, for many people, makes Canon DSLR the best choice for them still.
 

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