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Posted · Original PosterOP

I'm trying to get into the world of cinematography as I really enjoy it. For the last few years I've been working with either a 720p Lumix that's about 8 years old, or my iPhone 6s. It's time for an upgrade. I've read a lot of good things about the Nikon D3300 but not much about its video performance, same thing with the D4400. If anyone here has experience with either of these cameras (or both) and/or knows of a better one for ~$500, I'd appreciate if you could let me know.

 

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Never go Nikon for video. Right now they are the worst at video while Sony and Panasonic mirrorless are at the top. 

 

Canon is a good option too for more budget friendly run and gun setups. 


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32 minutes ago, xQubeZx said:

Never go Nikon for video. Right now they are the worst at video while Sony and Panasonic mirrorless are at the top.

Actually they are quite good if you invest into an external recorder. Nikon Cameras are able to output a clean Signal which can then be recorder in an higher quality codec than H264. Sony can do that as well and the last time I heard Canon wasn't abe to do that. But that was at least one or two years ago

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Posted · Original PosterOP
40 minutes ago, FStopDesigns said:

Actually they are quite good if you invest into an external recorder. Nikon Cameras are able to output a clean Signal which can then be recorder in an higher quality codec than H264. Sony can do that as well and the last time I heard Canon wasn't abe to do that. But that was at least one or two years ago

I don't really have the budget for that. I might upgrade later but for now H.264 is fine. Do you have any recommendations?


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Look at the panasonic g7 if you are strictly into video only, if you want to do some photography as well, I'd go with a t7i


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7 minutes ago, cc143 said:

Look at the panasonic g7 if you are strictly into video only, if you want to do some photography as well, I'd go with a t7i

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It all really depends on if you already have some lenses. But since it doesnt sound like that its a wide field to choose from. Anything in specific you're usually shooting?

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2 hours ago, FStopDesigns said:

Actually they are quite good if you invest into an external recorder. Nikon Cameras are able to output a clean Signal which can then be recorder in an higher quality codec than H264. Sony can do that as well and the last time I heard Canon wasn't abe to do that. But that was at least one or two years ago

You kinda hit a dead end then. I mean its a stupid move to invest in Nikon for video. If you go Canon you get acceptable video features but the EF-lens line supported by most major dedicated video camera makers, for example RED or a Canon Cxxx. They also adapt well to mirrorless systems. If you go Sony you get a lot of good features and ton of 3rd part support, same with Panasonic. Sony makes some good video cameras aswell if you in the future are looking to upgrade to something that isn’t a dslr/mirrorless. 

 

With Nikon you get, well Nikon. Nikon lenses for Nikon bodies and quite few options to adapt them. 

 

I agree with @cc143 about the G7 if you only do video and the T7i for more allround. Also a Sony A6300 if you can find a really good used deal on one. 


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