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List of budget-friendly cameras to launch your film production.
Hi everyone, I hope you read our last blog. If not, you can take a few steps back, we gathered a good guide to finding the best camera for creating your independent movie. If you read our last blog and you’re still “iffy” about finding the best equipment, then today’s blog is for you. One thing you need to know is you don’t need expensive gear to start your film production, you can start with something small and simple and work your way up as your skills improve and your budget expands. Here we gathered a list of budget-friendly cameras you can work with as either a beginner/novice or an independent movie producer. So, get your notes ready because you’re going to love this one.
GoPro HERO8 Black
What you get for $299
- 4K resolution at 60fps
- Waterproof at up to 33 feet
- Time Warp 2.0
- Hyper Smooth 2.0
- Media Mod has a built-in mic
- Display Mod
- Huge selection of accessories
The GoPro HERO8 Black has been in movies like The Martian and The Hobbit. It’s a great camera for capturing fast-paced motion and heart-racing action scenes. With software features like Time wrap 2 and Hyper smooth, you will be able to speed up time-lapse videos and steady scenes even your hands aren’t. For those who mind, this camera comes with an inbuilt microphone with display mode and light mode that takes care of even low light problems.
Sony Alpha a6100
What you get for $599
- 4K Resolution Video to 30fps
- 180-degree tilt screen
- 425 phase-detection AF points
- 02-second AF acquisition speed
- External microphone compatibility
This user-friendly camera is a great substitute for Alpha a7 series which is a more expensive model. It is a mirrorless camera that also comes with an inbuilt stabilizer for quick motion and an external noise-canceling microphone.
Canon EOS Rebel SL3
What you get for $599
- 4K recording at up to 24fps
- Up to 120Mbps bitrate for 4K video
- Digic 8 Image Processor
- CMOS APS-C sensor
- 9-point AF System
- Time-lapse movie mode
- Image stabilization
- 3-inch LCD touchscreen
This is another camera that performs well when filming action scenes. When it comes to sharp images and videos, and providing autofocusing, this camera gets the job done. It can work in any low light environment and track major subjects keeping them in focus. It also has an inbuilt image stabilizer and a time-lapse feature. Included with your camera are EF-S 18-55mm lens.
Sony Alpha a7 II
What you get for $899
- 35mm full-frame Exmor CMOS sensor
- Bionz X image processor
- 5-axis image stabilization
- Video recording: 1920×1080 at up to 60fps and 50Mbps
- XAVC S recording format (high bitrate)
- A selection of E-mount lenses
- Lock-on AF tracking
If you’re looking for a 35mm film camera, the Sony Alpha a7II is the one for you. It produces high-quality images especially in low light or poor lighting areas. It’s also another great camera for action movies and capturing peculiar angles. With 5-axis image stabilization and various selection of E mount lenses, you can create your movies with little to no restriction.
These are starter equipment that gets your film production career going. Again, the cameras are not the best in the market, but they are budget-friendly equipment that gets the job done without sacrificing quality. Creativity comes from using most of the little you have (not that these cameras have little to offer) and producing your best work. We hope this article is of great help to you. If you still need further information, you can contact us, we are here to help. Next week we are going to be talking about playing with your elements to bring out the beauty of your scripts, along with how famous producers keep the audience on their toes. So, come back next week, what we have to say might improve the quality of your next film.