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Hello all and welcome to iFilmThings, 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.


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

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 for any entry-level filmmaker and indie filmmaker looking to increase their brand value for filmmaking.

And finally…

Filmmaking with a Gimbal

Nikon D5300 DSLR

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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