Over the last few years the price of video cameras has dropped dramatically. Due to recent advances in technology – namely software and hardware the quality these cameras output has gotten better. This is fantastic news for camera enthusiasts like myself because not only has it made it easier to get my hands on a new piece of gear it also mean that my work now looks 100 time better than it did – for half the price.
Now, I’m not going to be highlighting the Red cameras or the Black Magic Camera. The cameras I’ve selected below all have one thing in common: They’re cheap. Really. Cheap. Under $600, that’s great bang for your buck. Here are the best video cameras.
Great HD Video Cameras
If you’re doing any extremely videography – surfing, snowboarding, skate, etc. This is the one tool you need to have in your kit. Not only does it shoot in standard HD, it also goes all the way and lets you shoot in 4k! Yeah, that’s some serious image quality. You also have the option to record in a range of frame rates from from 30fps to 120fps at 720p. This is great if you really need to detail, slow down and emphasis specific moments in your project. You’re probably thinking you’ll need a whole crew to power this beast. Nope, the thing only ways about 1.5 pounds and can fit in your pocket. It’s so small I actually misplaced my first one. I can laugh about that now…
Canon EOS Rebel T3i
A few years ago Canon and Nikon changed the way amateur filmmakers create their content. They released a line of digital SLR camera, mainly designed to take photographs, these guys also output some stunning video. Furthermore, it gave camera guys to ability to use multiple lenses, a feature that was hard to come by on a regular pro-sumer camera in those day (You could always use a 35mm adaptor but the loss of light was a killer).
Flip UltraHD Video Camera
I’ve always been a fan of the flip cameras. I’ve found them to be a super convenient tool when I’m traveling light. Similar to the Go-Pro, it’s small size lets me put it in my pocket. That being said – it still lets me record 720p at 60 frames a second. I can get about 2 hours of footage on these things, plus it has a built in USB stick that will let me upload my footage to the computer at the end of the day. It’s not as easy to handle, or mount as the other two cameras but makes for a great camera when we go on trips.