What Camera Should You Buy?
If you’re fairly new to filmmaking, It can be difficult to decide what camera to buy. There’s an overwhelmingly huge over-saturation of products in the camera department. If you’re on a budget, we would recommend starting with an entry level DSLR. In the last few years, DSLR’s have been getting increasingly better, making it easy for just about anyone to produce high-quality video content.
Seeing as technology is progressing so fast, the price of previous models is going down. In this article, we are going to review two of the best low-budget solutions. The Sony Alpha A6300 and the Canon 700D.
Canon 700D Key Specs Sony A6300 Key Specs
- Price: £449 – 499 – Price £849
- Announcement Date: 2013-06-10 – Announcement Date: 2016-02-3
- 18MP – APS-C CMOS Sensor – 24MP – APS-C CMOS Sensor
- ISO 100 – 25600 – ISO 100-51200
- Canon EF/EF-S Mount – Sony E (NEX) Mount
- 3″ Fully Articulated Screen – 3″ Tilting screen
- Optical (pentamirror) viewfinder – 2359k dot Electronic Viewfinder
- 5 fps continuous shooting – 11 fps continuous shooting
- 1920 x 1080 video resolution – 3840 x 2160 video resolution
- 580g. 133 x 100 x 79 mm – 404g. 120 x 67 x 49 mm
- Also known as EOS Rebel T5i – Weather Sealed
In terms of image quality, both provide full 1080p HD video. However, it has to be said the Sony A6300 is the clear winner with its 4k capabilities.
The Sony will also let you record up to 120fps for super-slow-motion recording. With an increase in quality, you’ll also be paying much more.
If you’re just looking for a decent image, the Canon will certainly get the job done, but if you have a slightly higher budget you should consider upgrading to the Sony.
Ergonomics / Usability
Both cameras are fairly straight forward to use with easy navigation menus. The Canon definitely feels much better to use, the grip is strong and is overall more user-friendly.
The Sony, however, is compact and lightweight, making it more efficient for travel. The main benefit of the Canon would be the fully articulated screen, allowing you to view the image from any angle. The Sony’s screen is not as dynamic but still offers a tilt function.
Features & Conclusion
The Sony certainly wins in terms of its features. Including Low-light ISO performance, Timelapse recording, Higher Dynamic range and Wireless control (via smartphone or tablet). However, it comes at almost double the cost of the 700D, which is also a very capable DSLR for video.
To summarise, if you’re on a tight budget, you should definitely pick up the Canon 700D. It’s easy to use, provides great image quality and is reasonably priced. If you’re looking for something a bit more advanced, the Sony A6300 is definitely the best DSLR for under £1000.
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