The Must-Have Cameras For 2020

Here we list the best DSLR cameras for 2019

As the year comes to an end and we are all planning for a big 2019, the big question on everyone’s minds is: What camera shall I buy for 2020?

In this article we cover a variety of DSLR’s – no one goes a miss!

1. Canon EOS 2000D DSLR

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The Overview

This camera is one of our personal favourites for photography and filmmaking. This is the ideal starter camera for amateur filmmakers. With an easy-to-use set up its hands down one of the best starter cameras, with a 24.1-megapixel resolution, the quality to cost ratio is favourable. So, start your filmmaking career today with this exceptional camera –
you can easily connect, shoot and share on the go.

Key Features:

  • 24.7MP optical sensor resolution.
  • 24.1MP effective still resolution.
  • Camera dimensions: 16.6 x 22.2 x 13.8 cm.
  • EF-S 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II.
  • 3x Optical Zoom.

2. Nikon D5300

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The Overview

This camera is an incredible piece of kit. This camera has created a lot of cinematic shorts in its time. One of the best can be seen here. It has a razor sharp auto focus and ISO light-sensitivity range of 100-25600 key allows you to shoot a crisp and natural film which is easy on the eye and ultimately great fun to film!

Key Features:

  • 24.78MP optical sensor resolution.
  • 24.78MP effective still resolution.
  • Camera dimensions: 6.9 x 12.4 x 9.7 cm.
  • ISO light-sensitivity range of 100-25600.

3. FUJIFILM X-T3

Fujifilm X-T3

The Overview

This is a high-performance premium camera that will become an inseparable partner in your artistic journey. This camera aims to please your filmmaking needs and provides you with the resources to create the dream film. It’s also a great tool for vloggers providing you with the right exposure to capture that crisp film – add a Rode shotgun mic and you are on your way to YouTube domination.

Key Features:

  • Back-illuminated X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor, boasting a resolution of 26.1MP.
  • 3.69-million-dot high-resolution EVF with a high magnification ratio of 0.75x.
  • 4K/60P movie recording.
  • Complete with XF18-55mm lens.
  • X-T3 Body – Black.
  • XF18-55mm Lens.
  • Li-ion battery NP-W126S.
  • Battery charger BC-W126S.
  • Shoe-mount flash unit EF-X8.

So there it is. Our favourite cameras for 2019. Kick the new year off with one of best, most affordable DSLR’s to kick off your next short film!

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Three DSLR cameras all filmmakers should be looking at in 2019

Hello all and welcome to 2019, what a time to start your filmmaking career! We have covered many aspects in the last few weeks whether you are looking to write your first film script or get your film funded we can help! Below is a little look into cameras we have been recently been testing. These three stood out as great ideas for entry to mid-level filmmakers and provide a unique variance.

Firstly…

Canon EOS 5D

Canon EOS 4000D

Why this DSLR?

This is an entry-level camera which is a great starting point for beginners. This camera has wi-fi capability, as well as the quick menu, which makes it easier to adjust the settings and get the shot you need. The spec of this camera is great, 18MP and a range of aperture settings. The downfall is no touchscreen but it’s not the end of the world as they have spent the money elsewhere in creating a better spec camera which is ultimately better than a touchscreen.

Overall this is one of the better DSLRs for anyone starting out in the filmmaking world. You get crystal clear shots, the smooth video for those different angles. An overall great experience, one we recommend.

K-70 Pentax

A reel of film

Why this DSLR?

This camera is compact but filled with high spec features. It is a fully featured APS-C format with unbelievable variance. One we found comfortable to use and easy to navigate. The K-70 Pentax produces very clear pictures with fast but detailed video capability. The anti-aliasing filters are used to prevent the moiré interference patterns sometimes seen when photographing fine textures or patterns with a digital sensor’s rectangular array of photo sites. The Astrotracer feature also seen on the K-70 uses GPS data and the camera’s sensor-shift system to keep celestial objects in the night sky completely stationary, so they don’t turn into streaks of light. It offers sensitivity up to ISO102,400, a maximum shutter speed of 1/6000 sec, which is halfway between the top speeds of most rivals and those of pro cameras, and a clever Bulb Timer function for ultra-long exposures of up to 20 minutes.

Overall it is an essential camera entering 2019 for any entry-level filmmaker and indie filmmaker.

And finally…

Filmmaking with a Gimbal

Nikon D5300 DSLR Camera in Black

 

This camera is one of the better entry level cameras but does come with a heftier price tag. But included within the price is the following: It’s an upper entry-level DSLR as mentioned, but it improves on the D5200 by removing the optical low-pass filter (OLPF) from its 24MP CMOS sensor and featuring true 60p HD video capability, and a slightly larger 3.2in side-articulated 1.0M-dot tilt/swivel LCD. The D5300 features a 39-point AF system, based around the same Multi-Cam 4800DX AF sensor that is used in the D7100, and the same 2016-pixel RGB metering sensor.

Overall a great camera for indie filmmaking. It provides the stability and quality that any filmmaker needs to produce a short or even a feature film on a shoestring. One thing we do recommend is looking at getting an additional lens for your camera. One of the better options is the 50-300 telephoto lens for this camera.

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The top 5 starter cameras for beginner filmmakers

A Canon EOS 2000D
A shot into the horizon

Canon EOS 2000D

Why this DSLR?

This camera is ideal for any newbie to filmmaking. It’s easy to use functioning and crisp picture can really get some amazing footage. It’s definitely one of my favourites, the auto-focus is brilliant and aperture mechanism is easy to use for anyone new to filmmaking. Get those shots out there and don’t forget to get a high-quality SD card to capture as much as you can. Need a script? check out our advice on writing that compelling first script.

Nikon D3500

Nikon D3500

Why the Nikon D3500?

This camera is definitely underrated, the functionality of the camera is incredible for a beginner filmmaker and stabilisation is great. The only downfall is the battery drains quite quick so make sure you buy an extra battery or two if it’s an especially long day of filming (but I would advise that with all cameras). Overall it’s easy to use, excellent stability and crisp footage – definitely one of the best we have used.

Canon EOS 4000D

Why this DSLR?

This is an entry-level camera which is a great starting point for beginners. The camera has wi-fi capability, as well as the quick menu, which makes it easier to adjust the settings and get the shot you need. The spec of this camera is great, 18MP and a range of aperture settings. The downfall is no touchscreen but it’s not the end of the world as they have spent the money elsewhere in creating a better spec camera which is ultimately better than a touchscreen.

Overall this is one of the better DSLRs for anyone starting out in the filmmaking world. You get crystal clear shots, gathering that smooth video for those different angles. An overall great experience, one we recommend.

Filmmaking with a Gimbal

K-70 Pentax 

Why this DSLR?

The K-70 Pentax model is weather resistant, rugged and has integral Steadicam features to get the smoothest cinematography. It is easy to use and the functioning of the camera is great for beginners, easy to use and feels a lot like a point and shoot camera. But with incredible technology ranging from the 3.0-inch, vari-angle screen to the APS-C CMOS sensor with 24.2MP video capability.

This camera is up there with the best, here is a quick overview for you: View Tutorial

A reel of film

 

And finally…

Nikon D5300 DSLR Camera in Black

Why the Nikon? You ask. Well, we tell you here:

This camera is a smooth easy to use DSLR, with an incredible performing sensor and a
high-res vari-angle screen. The smoothness of filming is excellent and the autofocus allows you to get some incredible footage. Robust and hardy it is great for a first-timer looking to get their material shot, one downfall is the special effects which for some reason only work on JPEG not film, but to be honest none of that is relevant if you are going to be editing the film post-production.

That’s a wrap! Hopefully, you can find value in this and any outstanding questions, whack them over here – we will follow up and help you out.