The BEST Cameras for Beginning Filmmaking in 2018 – Choosing the Right Camera for Your Videos

The BEST Cameras for Beginning Filmmaking in 2018 – Choosing the Right Camera for Your Videos

Time to find a camera. There’s Canon, Nikon, Sony, Panasonic. I like Casey Neistat’s stuff, and he uses Canon so… 1D, 5D, 6D, 7D, 80D, 77D… That’s a lot of choices. So let’s find the right one Hey everyone, Camber here coming back
at you from Alabama, and today we’re talking about everyone’s favorite subject, or at
least one of mine and that’s cameras and we’re gonna figure out which one is the
best choice for you and your filmmaking. If you’re new here, this channel is all
about teaching you how to use your equipment to make great films so if
that’s you consider subscribing. Now, the camera is arguably one of the
most important parts of the filmmaking process because without it we wouldn’t
have anything to watch, but if you’re picking one for the first time it can be
very overwhelming to figure out which one is best for you. This is just a
tool in the process; story is the most important part of your film and just
because you get the best camera out there it’s not going to magically make your
film good. So we’re gonna talk about two types of cameras. You got your DSLR
cameras and your mirrorless. With the DSLR, when you look through your
viewfinder you’re looking through a series of mirrors that’s showing you the
picture out through the lens. Whereas with the mirrorless camera, you’re
looking at an electronic version of what’s being seen. So the DSLR cameras
are bigger because the mirroring system involved, whereas the mirrorless cameras
are smaller, more compact, lighter weight because there’s no mirroring system in
them. So we’re gonna look at Canon for DSLR and Sony for mirrorless, and before
we go into all the stats on these different cameras, there’s three things
to keep in mind. That’s sensor size, the resolution, and the frame rate. Each of
these three things is going to get their own video in more depth, but for a quick
overview: your sensor size is gonna determine how well your camera does in
lower lighting conditions and also what field of view your lens sees. Your
resolution is gonna determine whether it’s HD – 720, Full HD – 1080, or 4k which is
four times Full HD. And then there’s your frame rate which is normally 24 frames
per second in video. If you have 60 frames per second that will give you
slow motion, and then if you have 120 frames per second that will give you an
even smoother slow motion. So as we get into all these cameras there’s links in
the description so you can see any of them on Amazon for the best price
available. So starting with Canon, the T6 will run you
$450, and that will give you an APS-C size sensor, full HD up to 30 frames per
second, and HD up to 60 frames per second. Then on the Sony side we’ve got the
a6000, which will run you $550. And that has an APS-C
sensor also, and will go full HD up to 60 frames per second. Next up for Canon is
the 80D, and it will run you $1,100. It also has an APS-C size sensor,
full HD up to 60 frames per second, also a flip-out touchscreen,
and a good autofocus system. Then on the Sony side, we’ve got the
a6300, and this camera will run you $900. and it has an APS-C size sensor, 4k up to 30 frames
per second, and full HD up to 120 frames per second. Next up for Canon, we’ve got the
6D Mark 2, which will run you $1,900. and it has a full frame sensor, full HD up
to 60 frames per second, and a flip-out touchscreen. Then back over to Sony,
you’ve got the a6500. Still with an APS-C size sensor, but now we’ve got the
4k up to 30 frames per second, full HD up to 120 frames per second, a touchscreen,
and also built-in image stabilization. So the sensor itself is stabilized rather
than having to get stabilized lenses. Last on the Canon side, we’ve got the 5D
Mark 4. This camera will run you $3,300, and it will give you 4k at 30 frames per
second, Full HD up to 60 frames per second, HD up to 120 frames per second,
and a touch screen system And last for Sony, we’ve got
the a7S Mark 2, which is a full-frame camera. It will give you 4k up to
30 frames per second, Full HD up to 120 frames per second. Also with
the built-in image stabilization. That’s still a lot of choices. Which one’s the best one for
me? Really the best camera for you is the one that you have with you. What? You don’t have to buy a new camera to be making good films. Chances are you
already have a really good camera that you carry around with you all the time.
It can shoot slow motion, HD, even 4k videos. Casey Neistat shot his entire
Christmas video on the Galaxy Note 8. A phone… And the reason that was so
good is because it had a good story behind it. Yes, they knew how to use them well, and
understand the limits of those phones to make the video look good,
but he was able to make a good video with a phone because
there was a good story behind it. So if all you have is your smartphone, start taking
it out and taking videos everywhere. Push your phone to the limit and see what you can
do with it. I’ve even used this in a wedding video before. So if you know how to use your
camera, you can make them work for you. However, if you do have the
money I suggest getting a DSLR or mirrorless camera because you can change
out the lenses and shape your shots way better with different options
and lenses that you can buy. And speaking of lenses I, would suggest getting a
less expensive camera to start with and investing in high-quality lenses. The reason for that
is because whatever camera you get is probably going to be out of date a year
from now, but if you get a really good lens, that lens will still be really good
no matter what camera you put it on, and you can keep using on new cameras
in the future. So if you’ve got the money go ahead and get a new camera you can start
working with. If not, use what you got you can still make good films with it. Don’t
wait to make a film until you have all the equipment you think you need because
then you’re going to miss out on opportunities. I’ve done that before,
and I’ve learned just use what you have, make a good film, and invest in more in the future. So guys if you made it this far, hit that thumbs up. Leave a comment down below about what camera you’re using, or which one
you plan on buying and why. Subscribe if you haven’t, and remember that the
only way to get better at something is to practice. So get out there and film something. See you soon.


  • Bama Beach Bum

    March 8, 2018

    Cool, this was helpful for me. I currently am just using my Iphone 7 and GoPro for videos. I do want to get a DSLR once I can afford it. There are a lot of options, it's pretty overwhelming.

  • Dave Murphy

    March 10, 2018

    Good stuff, a couple points to add, 1) 60fps isn't just for slow mo, but also just for smoother normal speed video. I shoot everything in 60fps because I like the smoother motion and I have to option to slow it down. 2) probably a bit too much for a beginner video, but when comparing Sony and Canon 4k it should be good to note that Canon crops all 4k video by a 1.6x crop. And a camera like the GH5 doesn't crop the image at all and can shoot 4k 60fps.

  • Paint With Nathalie

    March 11, 2018

    Great video! Really good information. Thank you! I am sub #17 😉 #vra

  • Mike Morash

    March 14, 2018

    Nice job on this! Awesome to see others doing what they love.

  • Hidden Empire Film Group

    March 20, 2018


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  • Gunham

    July 30, 2018

    Thanks for reading the specs on the website 🙄

  • satya today

    August 2, 2018

    thanks bro thanks for your advice and good information

  • Smart Halayla

    August 5, 2018

    The right one is the full frame one that shoots 24mp in 4k at 24 – 240 fps with global shutter in less then $1000,

  • volvot5turbo

    August 9, 2018

    Nice, many thanks but I'm still torn. Wanted to start making music videos. Did my first one this week. Shot on green screen, with my lads bedroom light angled on my face lol. Not too bad but obviously amateur. Canon camcorder used too and filmora.

  • rati oboladze

    August 21, 2018

    this is just moral talk not the camera suggestion or comparison whatsoever, for film-making as title suggest , besides some short description of 6 cameras.

  • Cool Guy1997

    September 10, 2018

    The thing is that my phone's camera sucks… Fuckkkk. Do i buy a better phone or camera now????😟😟

  • john weeks

    September 12, 2018

    great video, thanks!

  • Kioumaars Taeed

    September 19, 2018

    I'm thinking of buying a Canon 200d. Do you think that is good choice? It will be my first DSLR btw. I still have to learn about filming with DSLR's.

  • lin matt

    September 24, 2018

    Please suggest me which camera should I buy canon 80d, or 6d ii, or cam recorder?
    I'm going to shoot an album and shoot a full movie.
    Please suggest me which camera should I go for? Comparing the specs and the price.
    Thank you

  • Maddy Wade Films

    September 30, 2018

    Great video, thanks you thank you

  • Kanika Parmeshwar

    September 30, 2018

    Hi camber,
    I am a filmmaking student , specializing in editing . Wanted to know if buying a phone with good camera quality would be a better option than investing on a camera as m not into photography but just want to have the knowledge of basic film making as m more into editing.

  • Filip musiatowicz

    October 21, 2018

    face waaaaaaay to close its fuxxxxx disturbing

  • Mandy Tardif

    October 21, 2018

    Thanks for the great info/video!

  • Subjective

    October 26, 2018

    You forgot about Panasonic Lumix G7 or G85, G80. They're also kick asses in filmmaking

  • sid uzumaki

    November 3, 2018

    Most realistic advise ever

  • Aiden Phengsy

    November 9, 2018

    The camera I am currently using is a Canon Rebel T3i. It is over 6 years old and it shows by having soft footage. I am deciding if I should buy a good lens for it that would be about 500$ or a sharper up to date camera body and kit lens (Panasonic G7 for $500). What do you think I should choose?

  • Alejandro David Garcia

    November 13, 2018

    Good advise bro! Im think more before buy a camera!

  • MD Studios

    November 22, 2018

    What about canon 200d

  • LordArioh

    November 23, 2018

    If you plan to post videos on YT, 200D is the best option. cheap, light, DPAF, tilty-flippy screen, 1080 60p, awesome for stills, widest lens choice on a market, it's Canon quality all the way.

  • Max Miesen

    December 4, 2018

    BMPCC 4K???

  • Gallos Ficty

    December 18, 2018

    blackmagic cinema camera 4k

  • Frank White

    December 18, 2018

    Thanks for the great advice. My son is 16 years old and wants to be a Dr but also wants to be making his own films. I think all these cameras are sweet but way out of his field. Is there anything else to buy that's less costly. I know he's in duel enrollment and his passion is to be a Dr but his other passion is to make films. I know he's young but I want to give him an good option if he decides not to become a Dr. So I guess film making so his passion and I would like for him to have the best of two worlds… Can you help….. Thank you

  • Rakib Mahamud

    December 19, 2018

    That's great advice for me
    Thanks bro..

  • Tech Yns

    December 25, 2018

    i've got a cheap 8 megapixles of cheap phone 😐 that's why i have for now and i've got no idea from where to start ? 🙁 !
    feels frustrating

  • Belal Elgendy

    December 27, 2018

    Really loved this video and you have a very interested channel. Thanks Camber

  • MC

    December 31, 2018

    excellent advice at the end…thank you

  • BeautyHealthandCurls

    January 13, 2019

    I have a canon t3i should I invest in a new camera with better features to shoot a short film?

  • Do Good

    January 13, 2019

    I do not have a iPhone or a Samsung Note 8

  • Mrs. MooDy

    February 15, 2019

    Hi camber motion 🤗 can you teach me about cameras? Im planning to make a cooking vlog but i dont know what camera is best for vlogging. Pls help me 😊

  • Mark Majoris

    March 14, 2019

    I'm buying my first DSLR for making short films and have been trying to find one with a great auto focus. I understand that manual focus is the way the pros do it but I'm no pro. The Canon EOS 80D got good reviews. Any advice would be appreciated.


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  • Magic Butterfly Talkies

    April 11, 2019

    Thanks Camber, I get into the dilemma of what Camera to use again and again, considering the fact that I am running low on camera buying budget, the last and the first time i shot a 5 min film was with a borrowed Cannon DSLR and i did not want to bother my friend again for the next shoot. here is the film.
    I am going to take your advice on the mobile phone options. Good job with your video. Appreciate it.

  • Peanut B

    April 13, 2019

    i've been researching to get my first camera and i like this video because of how you broke down everything , i wish you had broke down 1 more level before bringing out the phone but thats ok , initially i was gonna get something like canon 80d , i like the flip screen which sony doesnt seem to have i also like the more variety of lenses , but i watched a good video called "Best COLOR SCIENCE: Canon vs Nikon vs Sony vs Fujifilm" and this video showed how Sony has the most realistic color sense which pulled me into sony , and i like that sony has better resolution / censor for cheaper price , but it doesnt have a flip out screen! and im also not sure about lense variety in sony , Please help 🙂

  • Oussama Lxrd

    April 18, 2019

    Thanks Man !!


    May 13, 2019

    You make really cool videos mate, the story behind the video makes so much sense. I am very new to photography/videography. Currently using a Lumix G7 with the stock lens. Planning to invest in quality lenses when I get better at this. Wish you all the very best bud

  • Worm in The Water Productions

    June 17, 2019

    Hey it would be really cool if you could go and check out the short film I made. It's only 2minutes long so won't take too much of your time. I would really appreciate it thanks!

  • Sarcasm Society

    July 7, 2019

    Can you also do what lens you should use for filmmaking for beginners?

  • Bronwen Latanville

    July 9, 2019

    What a great informative video 🙂 thanks!

  • WearyBard

    July 12, 2019

    Any thoughts on a Canon m50 as a first cam for a new filmmaker? Thanks in advance and great channel!

  • Anuraj

    August 14, 2019

    Thanks sir

  • Taj LeBlanc

    September 4, 2019

    i use an iphone 7plus. besides image quality i haven't found any more versatility with using other cameras. I've used a 70D, a7rII, and some others.

  • Steven Wilson

    September 10, 2019

    How do you only have 2k sub great video if you see this and keep up the good work

  • Knight's Armory

    September 11, 2019

    Great information! I just got the Canon M50. I really like it 😁

  • Reign Gaming

    September 23, 2019

    Your videos are great sir.. I subscribed

  • Avinash Rawal

    October 8, 2019

    Sir I have a few options with no budget restrictions in this range.
    Canon m50 , Sony a6400, and I don't know other options in this range please tell from your experience and knowledge. My focus is on cinematography and filmmaking. Please reply me I am so confused still cause it's my second camera first was Panasonic lumix G7.

  • GenealogyGenie

    October 11, 2019

    Great info! I really needed this

  • Cloetje26_8

    November 7, 2019

    I use both the Sony xr10 iv and the cannon 5d Mark iv

  • Linkon Shamsuddin

    November 26, 2019

    Honest advices and very informative. Thumps up! Truly.

  • Jack Boodhoo

    November 29, 2019

    Very good thinking. I got a 6S Iphone +an 80D Canon DSLR with 500 +70-300 +50 fix. +10-18mm lens. I am very happy with them. Delightful pictures.

  • Javier

    December 25, 2019

    My last video was shot on an iPhone 7 Plus + a Mavic Mini.

  • First Of His Name

    January 8, 2020

    Indian feature film shot on phone camera


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