4K Video Cameras--The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Discussion in 'Art & Culture' started by Bowser, Apr 11, 2020.

  1. Bowser Namaste Valued Senior Member

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    So, I was surfing amazon this morning and decided to have a look at 4k video cameras. What I noticed was a wide difference between prices--anywhere from $90.00 to $1300.00. I imagine the saying that you get what you pay is the reality, but I'm wondering if anyone has any experience with 4k video cameras. I was into taking video for awhile but dropped it. I'm thinking 4k might encourage me to take it up again.

    I there any expertise on the subject?
     
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  3. Xelasnave.1947 Valued Senior Member

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    Have you considered a DSLR camera. Often they are offered with a twin lens kit. You could buy something really good I expect over your way for five hundred if new and if second hand two hundred. I have seen off road shows on tv using a canon dslr and the quality it great.
    Alex
     
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  5. Bowser Namaste Valued Senior Member

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    I did consider that a possibility a couple years ago, Alex. I'm on a limited budget. Also, they look a bit bulkier than the video cameras on Amazon. I don't know. It's an idea that crossed my mind. I'm floating it without any commitment at this time. 4K sounds promising, but do the cameras actually perform as promised?
     
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  7. Xelasnave.1947 Valued Senior Member

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    How much do you expect to spend?
    What are you going to video?
    Five hundred gives good quality and the ability to change lens I expect you could produce professional stuff.
    Alex
     
  8. Bowser Namaste Valued Senior Member

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    I simply enjoy shooting video, editing, and try creating something entertaining. If I could get good quality video for a couple hundred, that would be great. If I navigated into true 4K, I would probably need upgrade my editing software too.
     
  9. (Q) Encephaloid Martini Valued Senior Member

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    I recently updated to a Canon EOS 80D which shoots 1920 x 1080 (Full HD): 60 fps. I opted for this considering that not only does it shoot pics and videos that look fantastic, but also because there still aren't a lot of 4K devices that can properly transmit and receive this data in the real world. Not many folks have opted for 4K monitors or tvs as yet that would display it properly.
     
  10. Bowser Namaste Valued Senior Member

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    Does 4k deliver good quality regardless of the display being used? I've watched a few on YouTube with my Chromebook.
     
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  12. (Q) Encephaloid Martini Valued Senior Member

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    Depending on your budget, you can get good quality gear on the used market. The camera I purchased was used, low shutter numbers, purchased from a pro photographer who was upgrading. The package included a quality microphone, 5 batteries, 2 chargers, camera bag, standard and zoom lens, and a few other accessories all for $1000. With an inexpensive lighting and green screen packages, I have a complete setup to shoot very good quality youtube videos.
     
  13. billvon Valued Senior Member

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    Depends what you spend money on. Glass is the most important thing in a 4K video camera - a good lens will make the result look good, a poor lens will not. Poor lenses will not perform well in low light, and you will get distortion, ghosting, vignetting, chromatic aberration in corners, poor field of focus, and lens flares. It's also what costs the most in good cameras.

    If you really want high quality 4K video, the SLR-based video platforms not only have good sensors, they have excellent lenses available.
     
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