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DSLR Cameras

Recommended Cameras

CANON

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One of the biggest advantages of this camera is it's "dual pixel" autofocus during video. This allows for super fast (yet smooth) autofocus during video.

Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens

The 18-135mm is a great all purpose video zoom lens. It features super quiet (yet fast) autofocus during video. It also has image stabilization which is extremely helpful for shooting handheld. We currently use a Canon 24-105mm but it's not wide enough for all purpose use, so we also have a 10-18mm, but it's too wide! We're switching to the 18-135mm as soon as possible. Make sure to check your local classifieds for like-new used copies of this lens since it is often sold in kits with the 80D.

OLYMPUS

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II

The biggest benefit of this camera is that it's very easy to get steady shake-free footage shooting hand held. This is because the camera features 5-axis sensor stabilization. Sensor stabilization by itself is superior to lens stabilization, but you also have the additional advantage of being able to put non-stabilized lenses on your camera and still get incredibly steady footage. The smaller size of this camera is also nice, and it also features a flip out touch screen like the 70D. A couple disadvantages are that the autofocus during video isn't as good compared to the 70D, and the controls to adjust exposure while shooting video are not very convenient (easy to adjust before/after recording - just not while recording).

Olympus M.ZUIKO ED 12-50mm f/3.5-6.3

Good all purpose video zoom lens. It has an equivalent focal length of 24-100mm. It features dust and splash proof construction. It also features super quiet auto focusing during video.

Stabilization

2=>Looking for a camera that shoots great video? Wondering what other gear you need to make cool videos? You're at the right place!

Benro A2573FS4 S4 Video Head and AL Flip Lock Legs Kit

We use a slightly larger version of this tripod (S6). The video head is what makes it different than a photography tripod. It allows you get smooth pans and tilts. One feature that's nice about this tripod is that it has a levelling adjustment so even if all your legs aren't all even you can adjust the tripod head so that it sits level (huge time saver). It also comes with a nice bag. We use this tripod more for our product reviews in the studio.

Manfrotto MVM500A Fluid Aluminum Video Monopod with 500 Series Head

A monopod can give you more flexibility than a tripod because you can quickly move from one spot to another. It's obviously not as steady as a tripod, but it can be really useful helping you get steady footage with unstabilized lenses and cameras.

Sound and Microphones

3=>Looking for a camera that shoots great video? Wondering what other gear you need to make cool videos? You're at the right place!

Rode VideoMic Pro with Rycote Lyre Shockmount

We highly recommend getting this microphone in order to drastically improve the sound in your videos. This is an external shotgun mic that sits in your camera's hot shoe (where an external flash usually goes). It's a directional mic (which means it picks up sound mainly from the direction that it's pointed in).