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Sightseer
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a good camera for videography AND photography?

Hello everyone,,,,

i’m buying a new camera and i’m looking for something that can provide quality images and production. i have no preferences mirrorless or DSLR honestly.

i do a lot of different work- from wedding videos, to senior portraits, as well as promotional videos and product photography. obviously for some of these instances, i know i can’t just have it all in one body. especially weddings, i usually end up renting a second body no matter what.

just looking for something that is reliable in a variety of scenarios. and preferably somewhat compact since i travel a lot. i’d love to hear your suggestions- really i’m open to any brand and price since i’ve been saving.

thank you!!!

GoPro
Posts: 2,432

Re: a good camera for videography AND photography?

Hi @daryldixon,

You can check this article at https://gopro.com/help/articles/block/introducing-hero7 that explains the features of HERO7 cameras to help you find out which camera is right for you.

 

Other users might also have some suggestions. Let's watch out for their reply.

Kind Regards,
Ann

Explorer
Posts: 11,176

Re: a good camera for videography AND photography?

How much are you willing to spend? Although you say any price, what you may not be taking into account is the cost of lenses. When it comes to DSLR and mirrorless cameras, the body is only part of the picture. A good portrait lens can cost anywhere from $500 to well over $2,000. A $3,000 camera with a $100 lens isn't going to take as good of photographs as a $400 camera with a $1,500 lens. In scenario 1) you have spent $3,100 and are getting less than professional results while in scenario 2) you will spend $1,900 and get professional results. Also keep in mind, no professional photograher uses just one lens. A good setup will include something like a 50mm f/1.2, 35mm f/1.4, and a 18-50mm f/2.8 (maybe also a telephoto 70-200mm with a maximum aperture of at least f/4).

What degree of knowledge do you have on camera settings and choosing the correct lens/settings for the shot? Full frame cameras will naturally give you the best quality but are generally larger, heavier, and more costly. An APC-Sensor Mirrorless or Micro 4/3 camera is usually going to be cheaper, smaller, and give you more options for interchangeable lenses. The Panasonic G9 is a very good camera for both photo and video, has excellent in body stabilization, and isn't too big. For any decent DSLR/Mirrorless camera you are looking at well over $1,000 and will need to purchase good glass lenses (which can often cost more than the camera itself). Sony makes very good cameras but are very expensive and have limited lens selections. Cannon has excellent focus and color but you need to get their more expensive cameras (the lower end models are less than desirable). Nikon makes great photography cameras but are not great for video. A very good small Nikon camera to get started with is the D3500. You'll get very good photo and mediocre video. With the kit lens it's not too bad as a beginner semi-pro camera.

Panasonic tend to be the best hybrid (photo/video) cameras but use phase detection auto focus so you need to be more diligent in manually focusing or tapping to focus. Panasonic makes their cameras weather sealed, durable, and are generally the best for travel. The GH5 is considered one of the best video cameras of any brand. The G85 is considered one of the best travel/walk around video cameras. The G9 is an almost perfect blend between the two. The Panasonic G95 is the latest and gives slightly better video than the G9 but less when it comes to photo. personally, I still think the G9 is a better overall camera with a wide selection of affordable lenses.

Now, since you came to a GoPro forum I suspect that you are looking for an easy to use, extremely durable and compact, and still with high performance. If this is the case, then the HERO7 Black is a very good camera. However, if you are doing professional shooting (weddings, senior portraits...) it's not really the most appropriate main camera. I've shot many wedding videos with GoPro cameras and for this, it's great. It's small and discrete and can be placed in many locations (I have used as many as six GoPro cameras at a wedding to capture multiple angles and it was incredible). For photos, the camera shoots 12MP stills in RAW, and SuperPhoto HDR, tonal mapping, and noise reduction. The lens however, is an infinity focus so you aren't going to be able to get any cool bokeh effect shots and due to the small sensor, it's not the best camera for low light. Additionally, while you can zoom, it's a digital zoom. Having interchangeable lenses for professional shots is very important.

A great setup that I've seen people do is mount their GoPro on top of their main camera shooter. This way they are able to not only get professional photo, but video as well. GoPro makes incredible action cameras that also work well for everyday shooting and even in professional settings when used appropriately.

GoPro cameras are used in many Hollywood movies and shows, so if you know how to use them and have the correct lighting, they can be a very powerful tool.
Sightseer
Posts: 2

Re: a good camera for videography AND photography?


@daryldixon wrote:

Hello everyone,,,,

i’m buying a new camera and i’m looking for something that can provide quality images and production. i have no preferences mirrorless or DSLR honestly.

i do a lot of different work- from wedding videos, to senior portraits, as well as promotional videos and product photography. obviously for some of these instances, i know i can’t just have it all in one body. especially weddings, i usually end up renting a second body no matter what reversephonelookup.onl/.

just looking for something that is reliable in a variety of scenarios. and preferably somewhat compact since i travel a lot. i’d love to hear your suggestions- really i’m open to any brand and price since i’ve been saving.

thank you!!!


 

 

Thank you i got the answer

Explorer
Posts: 11,176

Re: a good camera for videography AND photography?

Why the reverse phone lookup link?