Good video camera to buy for $1000?

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  1. ehzool, Jul 3, 2014
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    ehzool macrumors member

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    I want to buy a new video camera that's really good in low light kind of like the one used in this music video. http://youtu.be/jtas4gZxE_w
    I don't mind going a bit over $1,000. Any ideas? I'm use to use the video on my Nikon D3200 but it's not really meant for video
     
  2. UnclePaulie macrumors regular

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    Have you thought about buying a digital photo camera that also does video? I've read great things about the Sony RX10 for video as well as the Panasonic FZ1000 (records in 4k). Both are just under $1000.
     
  3. ChrisA, Jul 6, 2014
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    ChrisA macrumors G4

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    What is wrong with using the D3200? What does it need to do that it can't do well? When you said "low light" the very first thing I thought of was an SLR with a very fast f/1.8 prime. The video you linked to might have been shot using an SLR on some kind of steady cam system.

    I'm asking this as a real question. The best way to choose a new camera is to actually write down the things your current camera can't do.
     
  4. Unami macrumors 6502a

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    this video was definitely not shot on a fast lens with the aperture wide open - too much depth of field.

    also, you don't need good low-light behavior for this (but it helps)- just get the ambient light of the the room bright enough and the floor lamps even brighter.

    this probably can be done with a nikon 3200. keep in mind that the most important ingredients of this video are the lighting, the steady cam, the color-grading and the lens - not the camera.
     
  5. 960design macrumors 68030

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    Pentax K5 IIS
    The IIS is the important part about nice shots with low light levels.
     
  6. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    You are right. I'm seeing in that music video what looks like could be done with an f/5.6 kit lens. It certainly does not have the "look" of a cheap $250 camcorder. They got the effect with lighting and limey some really nice color grading choices and a steady cam system.

    The OP does say he want to be able to shoot in low light and I assumed that meant in cases NOT illustrated by the music video. The video likely used some good studio lighting.

    This is why I asked the OP to write (actually write it out) what is wrong with is Nikon for this kind of work. His current camera should be able to do what he wants.

    So many people think buying some special gear will fix a problem but never take time to write down exactly what the problem is. My observations are that if you can't accurately describe a problem you can't fix it.

    The OP has done a good job of saying what he wants but not a good job of saying why he can't get what he wants. We will have to wait and see what he says.

    I actually do want to hear about any problems with that specific model SLR.
     
  7. azpekt macrumors regular

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    As a Pentax k5 owner I cannot disagree more.
    This camera is purely made for photos, which it produces just nice.
    But as a video camera its woeful.

    Sorry to rain on your parade :)
     
  8. 960design macrumors 68030

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    Thank you for the rain, I needed it. You are correct, somehow I missed the VIDEO part. Although it can record video, certainly NOT the best choice.
     

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