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With your camera's battery well charged, perform the following steps in sequence:
This way you can tell about the usage of the camera. Panasonic doesn't say the expected shutter life, but you probably can consider around 100,000 shutter actuation as guideline. this is a MTBF number, so you can have a camera that will last a million photos or you can have a camera that will last 2000 photos.
Look for any body damage, look for any unusual sign.
look for what comes with the camera vs what is supposed to come. You can find it new, camera, 14-42 lens, with a brand new battery, brand new strap and brand new warranty for less than 500 usd
Take a few pictures, look if it come out sharp.
See if the flipping display have any play.
The price of the camera brand new has come down quite a bit (from 750 to 500), if you watch for these details and can deal with a shorter warranty it is a very good camera.
Every month someone asks, "What is the best cheap camera for making amateur porn?"
Right now it is a Panasonic g7. It can be bought for under $500 with a good kit lens. It shoots good 1080p and 4K videos.
Send us a link to the amateur porn you make so we can link to it in turn!!
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Not a Rangefinder (No window to look through in image.)
Based on what I am seeing, getting any silver body with a vented hood is your closest match visually.
Based on where the eye piece is and the way he holds the camera I'd vote, one of the following;
For DSLR; (more photos for charge)
Mirrorless; (smaller, but less photos)
Olympus Stylus 1 or OM-D
Best Bang for Buck;
I'd say the lens is a 35mm
Is $500 a good price for a new Panasonic G7? I just got a notification from B&H that the price has dropped and it's the same price on Amazon. I have a Nikon D3300 but I really want to start shooting video.
I've heard good things about the Panasonic lunix g7 for video. It's at $600 with kit lens on Amazon right now. I have a different m43 camera, and the lens selection for that group is the best of any of the mirrorless systems.
If you are thinking to get a video capable m43 camera in this price range you would better skip any Oly camera and go straight for Panasonic G7. It has the same price and bundled with free Audiotechnica mic($250 value)
I am having troubles finding a camera bag and I was wondering if people had a suggestion. I want the bag to be small so that it can easily be carried around disneyworld and fit into the bins on rides. The camera I have is the Panasonic Lumix G7 so the bag will need to fit this camera and a lens. I would also like the bag to be able to be worn as a backpack or slung across my chest.
I don't need a lot of extra room for other accessories so maybe a small pouch or two would suffice. I'm only expecting the bag to be able to hold the camera and lens but if there was just enough room to also hold another small m4/3 lens without making the bag drastically bigger that would be perfect but I'm not holding out for a bag that would fit a second lens while still being very small.
Look over the camera that seems like a really awesome camera. The only negative I really see is the lack of touch screen but the A6000 or D5300 didn't have that anyway. I will be buying a camera before my wedding and honeymoon which will begin on June 27th. I worry that since the camera isn't released yet and doesn't really have any reviews that there could be some negatives to the camera that I wouldn't know until after I bought it. If you could give me some insight on whether or not that is something to worry about, I would really appreciate it. Additionally, the camera takes 16MP pictures and I was wondering if that makes a difference against DSLR cameras or the a6000 which has around 24MP.
Lastly, I was narrowing it down and thinking that a mirrorless was the way to go, but how would the Panasonic G7 compare to the Sony A6000, while using the autofocus points and also while shooting in low light. Also how would the stock lens that it comes with fare shooting pictures in Hawaii? I know that I will have to get a bag, a couple memory cards and a few extra batteries but would I also need to get another lens with it?
Thank you so much for being this camera to my attention, it looks like a really great option that fits my needs. Is this the same Panasonic G7 that you pointed out even though the name is very slightly different.
After doing some more research it looks like the camera does in fact have a touch screen.
Honestly, for the price, look into mirrorless cameras like the current Sony alpha series or Panasonic lumix. They’re great cameras, I’ll link a few in a minute here.
Brands like Rokinon make fairly affordable lenses too.
Seconding what the other commenter said about buying used. I have a Sony A7s ii that I picked up used for just under a grand and it’s been a great camera for both video and photo purposes. Saving up for a Panasonic GH5s next.
Just make sure you research the the camera best suited for what you’d like to do (video, photography) and make sure the lenses you get fit your camera body or you have an adapter (Sony uses E mount lenses and the Lumix cameras take G or micro 4/3s, for example). Get the right speed SD card (if you get a 4k camera - the write speed should preferably be higher than 95mbps) and figure out the kind of lenses best suited to you (zoom lenses are versatile, but prime lenses tend to have better aperture ranges and depth of field).
There are also tons of blogs and videos that can explain everything you need to know.
I don't mean this to be rude, but you are wayyyyyyyy off on what you need to create quality video. Your equipment list shows that you don't know what you are doing and that will not inspire confidence in people willing to put money towards your equipment.
Also, as Drigr mentioned, your goal should reflect what you can achieve the moment you reach the goal, not what can be achieved months after reaching the goal.
Some advice to get you started on equipment:
Invest more in tripod (I suggest a better one than I listed) with a fluid head, and don't spend an arm and a leg on a camera. The g7 does 4k beautifully and there are many other options better than a camcorder at that pricepoint.
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This is the camera your referring to right? [link]
/u/ThomasTheIdiot - I started with a Canon T2i and, although they are great still cameras, I would avoid Canon DSLRs for video.
In this price class, DSLRs (e.g., the T6i) lack:
video resolution higher than 1920 x 1080p (here is why you want to shoot 4K, here is why material originated at 4K looks better on a 1080p monitor than material originated at 1080p, and here is how to handle editing 4K material on older machines by using proxies)
a usable viewfinder when you switch to "Live View" (video) mode (the optical viewfinder is blocked by the reflex mirror)
compatibility with affordable power zoom lenses
frame rates higher than 30 frames per second at 1080p (modern cameras record at 60 fps in full HD [at least])
built-in intervalometer for timelapse (yes, you can fix this with Magic Lantern, but you shouldn't have to). Instead, I recommend a $497.99 (on sale) Panasonic G7 with the 14-42 kit lens
This camera has 3840x2160p Ultra High Definition "4K" resolution (4 times the resolution of the T6i or any Canon DSLR below $3000), a built-in intervalometer for timelapse and a maximum frame rate of 60 fps at 1080p for smooth slow motion.
In addition, mirrorless cameras use electronic viewfinders (EVFs) that are usable while you record video - EVFs also display important audio information and histograms that you don't get from a DSLR optical viewfinder.
Uniquely in this category, it can also record for hours continuously at 1080p (DSLRs in this price class shut down after 30 minutes of continuous recording and have to be restarted).
Here is the image quality this camera can produce at 4K (please set YouTube and Vimeo to 2160p and watch at your monitor's highest resolution):
Your Own Size - (Short Film) Panasonic G7 with Kit Lens by Spectrum The Originator (2160p)
Unfigured (2016) short movie - filmed with Panasonic G7 by AgnosLibertine (2160p)
LUMIX DMC-G7 Sample Video in 4K by Colin Witherill (2160p)
The Asset | Fight Scene | Learning Filmmaking | Panasonic G7 | 4K Ultra HD by Nisu Productions (2160p)
Jumper - short film (4k) Shot with Panasonic G7 (21:9) by RYSE (2160p)
Wedding Day | Dior & Lada Lumix G7 4K music cinematic video by Alexandr Blanco (2160p)
Hannah & Alex Wedding | Cinematic Video | Central Park, NYC | 6.30.17 by Vudio Media (2160p)
Wedding Day | Andrey & Kseniya Lumix G7 4K music video by Alexandr Blanco (2160p)
Fotograf Anna Ejemo (2160p)
Indianapolis 500 in 4K (2160p)
Ferrari 360 modena F131 by sumizooN (2160p)
It's a pretty good still camera too: [link]
In my view, this is a much better camera for filmmaking than the T6i and the best still/video camera you can buy in your price range. Here is the gear I recommend to go with it:
Studio Lighting and Backdrop
I recommend green photographic paper for background, as seen in this video from Wistia:
Savage 9' x 36' background paper for chromakey - $69.95
Duck Brand 1265018 Color Duct Tape, Neon Lime Green - $6.08
This setup will cost a total of $982.96, and will give you the ability to produce well-lit, Ultra High Definition "4K" content with decent sound.
If you can leave the camera, lights, mic boom and green screen background set up in a corner of an office or bedroom, you will have a basic chromakey studio with which to add visual effects.
If you buy the G7, you might also want to subscribe over at /r/PanasonicG7 - lots of knowledgeable folks there who can help you get the most out of your new camera.
Hope this is helpful and good luck getting started!
/u/MyNameIsKraph - /u/instantpancake is right. You should avoid Nikon and Canon DSLRs for video.
If you don't want important video usability features such as focus peaking, zebras and histogram straight out of the box, you should buy a D3300 or 500D
If you don't mind a max resolution of ~1920x1080p (when many people are moving to 3840x2160p "4K"), you should buy a D3300 or 500D
If you don't need a viewfinder that is usable for video (because it is blocked by the DSLR's reflex mirror) and prefer to use the LCD on the back of the camera for composition and focus - even when it is sunny outside and the LCD is hard to see - you should buy a D3300 or 500D
If you want lenses with noisy autofocus motors, you should buy a D3300 or 500D
If you want a camera that is incompatible with affordable power zoom lenses, you should buy a D3300 or 500D
If, on the other hand, you want a camera with built-in focus peaking, zebras, histogram, 4K resolution, a viewfinder that actually works while you shoot video, quiet lenses and compatibility with affordable Panasonic power zooms, I recommend a Panasonic G7. You can get one with the 14-42 kit lens for $517.88 used in the States from Amazon Warehouse Deals or with the 12-60mm kit lens brand new for £479 from Amazon UK after £70 cash back from Panasonic [Referral Links].
Technically, this camera is not a DSLR (which stands for Digital Single Lens Reflex). "Reflex" refers to the reflex mirror, which moves out of the way when the shutter is actuated for still photos - but not for video.
The G7 is, instead, a "mirrorless" camera. Panasonic calls it a "DSLM", where "M" stands for mirrorless.
That said, here is the 4K image quality this camera can produce (please watch at 2160p and your monitor's highest resolution):
Your Own Size (Ep. 1) - (Short) Panasonic G7 with Kit Lens by Spectrum the Originator (2160p)
LUMIX G7 Short Film: “Donˈt Open The Door” (4K Shot - Kit Lens 14-42mm) by cineTEX (shot at 2160p and downscaled to 1080p)
Let's Travel • BEAUTIFUL EUROPE IN 4K (Ultra HD) • Panasonic G7 by Flip Vanek
4k Video Test - Panasonic G7 - Abandoned by Max O'Connell
Panasonic G7 - A 4K trip through Rotterdam by SFHPictures
Here's some 1080/60p slow motion shot with the G7 and the kit lens at 60 fps and 1080p (the camera records at up to 1080/50p in the UK and Europe):
Panasonic G7 slow motion by Strain2193
Panasonic G7 Cinematic Slow Motion by Jacob De Veaux (shot with a European camera at 1080/50p)
It's a pretty good still camera too:
This is a much better camera for video than either the D3300 or the 500D.
If you decide to get the G7, you might want to subscribe over at /r/PanasonicG7. Lots of knowledgeable folks there who can help you get the most out of your new camera.
Hope this is helpful and good luck with finding the right camera for your needs!
It's a great deal, but it isn't a flash sale, and it's not exclusive to ~~Best~~ Worst Buy.
The price dropped at all of Panasonic's official retailers a few days ago.
Amazon, B & H, Adorama, and all the other official Panasonic retailers have it for $497, many with free shipping and no tax.
Adorama even offers a version with a free accessory bundle. Currently on backorder, but can be ordered now for delivery when back in stock.
Find a used Lumix G7.
Amazon has them used for $523
Your first video sounds super dope and if you can remember to, pm me the link when you're finished so I can check it out :)
As for your questions, a lot of it just has to do with research on your part but here are a few things to checkout.
Lightworks or HitFilm both have free versions that aren't very limiting.
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I'm in love with my Canon t6i and I know a lot of bigger film youtubers use lower end Rebel-series like the T3i but I'd recommend a sony camera just because there is a better upgrade path with Sony cameras (WHEN IT COMES TO VIDEOS. With pictures I would never trade my Canon but that is personal preference) and if you start with Sony you can continue to use the same lenses as you upgrade your camera body. Do more searching on this topic though in different subs and forums! A camera is a big investment and you don't want to have any regrets. I regret telling my parents not to wait a few months and go for something like the Panasonic G7 when its on sale. (I inherited their camera after they didn't use it for several months)
A blue snowball is pretty good. There are a lot of different options at that price range though. My biggest advice is getting a mic you like the color of. I got the champagne-colored Cad u37 and I hate it. It isn't a big deal but it looks so bad on my desk and I wish I would've chosen something black.
At $500 the Panasonic G7 would give you a nice still camera and 4K video. It will also grow with you as you wish to add lenses, microphones and more. Like when your little tyke starts playing sports you can get a Olympus 75-300 and get shots like this.
/u/Xited - it's not a DSLR, it's mirrorless - but I agree with /u/robagarthan - your best choice in the $600 price class would be a $610.74 used Panasonic G7.
This camera will give you several features you can't get from a DSLR in this price range:
3840x2160p "4K" resolution (4 times more than a 1920x1080p DSLR)
a viewfinder that works while you're shooting video (DSLR viewfinders are blocked by the reflex mirror when they record video)
hours of continuous recording at 1080p (DSLRs are limited to 12 to 30 minutes of continuous recording in this price range - after 30 minutes, they shut down and have to be restarted)
Here is the image quality the G7 can produce at 4K:
Weekend by Albert Fast (4K)
Away From The City ~ Panasonic G7 [4K] 42.5mm F1.7 (4K)
Panasonic Lumix G7 / G70 Launch - 4K - 4KPhoto Modes (shot in photo/video mode - each frame is an 8MP still photo) (2160p)
Ferrari 360 modena F131 by sumizooN (please select 4K and watch at your monitor's highest resolution)
'STANCED OUT vw Beetle in 4k' | LVRN by LVRN Media (please select 2160p)
LUMIX G7 4K LANDROVER by JK FLASH (2160p)
In my view, this camera will give you the best large sensor, interchangeable lens image quality in your price range.
Hope this is helpful and good luck finding the right camera for your needs!
probably this one but seriously why get a t5i for video?
If you can stretch your budget by $11, you might want to consider a used Panasonic G7 for $610.74 from Amazon Warehouse Deals [Referral Link].
This camera has 4 times the RX100's video resolution (and 16 times the DVX's) - plus it has the mic jack and viewfinder the RX100 lacks.
Here is the image quality the G7 can produce:
Short film - sadness(shot on Panasonic G7) by Леонович Олег
Dreamers by Tarik Dobbs
Fotograf Anna Ejemo
Indianapolis 500 in 4K
SUMMER JACK // Making of by Luís Martino
CEZOН by Boroda Cinema
Zuzana (2016) by Antoan Pepelanov
AC x PD | The 964 by Project-Definition
AC x PD | The Hakotora by Project-Definition (shot with the kit lens)
Ferrari 360 modena F131 by sumizooN (4K)
Away From The City ~ Panasonic G7 [4K] 42.5mm F1.7
Voigtlander Nokton 10.5mm F0.95 Lens - Examples on a Panasonic G7 [4K]
Timelapse and Slow Motion
If you decide to buy the G7, you might want to check out the /r/PanasonicG7 sub - there are lots of knowledgeable folks there who can help you get the most out of your new camera.
If you're looking to spend around $600 for a camera for filmmaking, a used G7 is a much better value for your money than either a decade old camcorder or a point and shoot.
HI /u/jake_monkey_sun - If you can stretch your budget by $23, a used Panasonic G7 4K still/video camera with the 14-42mm kit lens from Amazon Warehouse Deals [Referral Link] could be what you're looking for.
This camera has an external microphone input, is compatible with Panasonic power zoom lenses and will have 4 times the video resolution of a camcorder in this price class.
Here is the image quality this camera can produce:
And here are a few examples from YouTube (please watch at 2160p and your monitor's highest resolution):
LUMIX DMC-G7 Sample Video in 4K by Colin Witherill
Panasonic Lumix G7 / G70 Launch - 4K - 4KPhoto Modes (shot in photo/video mode - each frame is an 8MP still photo)
In my view, this is the best video-capable camera you can buy in this price class - and it will cost you less than any camcorder with comparable image quality.
If you really want a camcorder, I recommend the $497.99 Panasonic HC-V770 [Referral Link].
This is a 1080p camera (the G7 has 4 times the video resolution), but it records at up to 120 fps slow motion at 1080p (something the G7 cannot do).
It has a built-in microphone jack and a 20x power zoom lens.
Here is the image quality it can produce:
This camera is probably the best value-for-money 1080p traditional camcorder you can buy below $500.
Hope this is helpful, good luck with finding the camera you're looking for - and Happy New Year!
> I want good crisp video camera with a budget of no more than $800. I like what I am hearing about the GH3...
It's a great camera (I have one) - but it's a few years old. You can do better for $800. Instead, I recommend the $748.67 (on sale) Panasonic G7KS (Silver).
This camera has 4 times the GH3's resolution plus focus peaking for sharp manual focus and a built-in intervalometer for timelapse (features the GH3 lacks).
Here is what this camera can do at 3840x2160p resolution (the GH3 is limited to 1080p):
Shot on the Panasonic G7: The 2015 Indianapolis 500 in 4K
Panasonic G7 4K Test with Canon FD 50mm F1.4
Short Gunfight - 4K
> I want to pair it with a Sigma 30mm 1.4. Is this possible, or do I need an adapter?
Yes, you will need an adapter for the GH3 or the G7. If it's a Canon EF mount lens, I recommend the $135 Commlite CM-EF-MFT adapter.
Either of these cameras will do a great job - but the increased resolution and focus peaking make the G7 the better choice, in m view.
Hope this is helpful and good luck!
What does everyone think about the Panasonic GMC-G7?
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