What is the BEST Camera for Video? Smartphone vs Compact vs DSLR vs Cinema Camera

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Why does a Cinema Camera cost $100,000? Can I get professional footage with my Smartphone? In this video I want to answer these questions to help you figure out what “The Best” camera is for you.

Here is a quick summary if you’re impatient 🙂

SMARTPHONE
Pros:
– (Almost) everyone has one
– Affordable
– Super easy to use
Cons:
– Lack of stabilization (and lightweight) leads to shaky footage
– Bad low light performance and dynamic range
– Variable frame rate can cause audio to get out of sync
– Requires dedicated app to unlock manual features
– Fixed lens

COMPACT CAMERAS
Pros:
– In-body stabilization for smooth footage (even if handheld)
– Great quality and decent low light performance (at the higher end, e.g. G7X / Sony RX100)
Cons:
– Fixed lens
– No dedicated microphone input

DSLR / MIRRORLSSS
Pros:
– Interchangeable lens opens up flexibility and options
– Good video codec, high quality footage (depending on lens)
– Dedicated microphone inputs, HDMI out
Cons:
– Dynamic range is good, but not amazing
– Often don’t have in-body stabilization

CINEMA CAMERAS
Pros:
– Built FOR Video
– Super high quality video codec
– Superior image quality
– Video production accessories: monitors, XLR audio inputs and much more
Cons:
– Expensive
– Requires skill to use well
– Large sensor for superior dynamic range, colour accuracy and low light performance

MY (personal) GEAR
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REFERENCES

Casey Neistat – First Day of Summer Behind The Scenes – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNm9aomNhRw
Red Cameras Sample Footage – https://www.red.com/sample-r3d-files

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