Professional video cameras at fan prices

More and more amateur filmmakers are looking to create quality works at home that are similar to those of professionals. They call themselves prosumidores(acronym of producer and consumer) and like to record videos with resolution Full HD or 4K capturing a lot of visual information in each frame.

The last of the cameras that allow it to appear in the market is the Black Magic Mini . With a design similar to the GoPro , it weighs just over 300 grams and costs 985 euros. As main feature, it allows to record video with Full HD resolution in RAW format, a feature that until today could only boast very expensive equipment, such as Red One cameras . By means of this function, the color or brightness level can be altered during video editing without deteriorating the final footage. Only another camera of that price gets it too, the Black Magic Pocket .

Although both models are equipped with a sensor super 16 mm format and can work with Micro Four Thirds system targets , the small dimensions of the Black Magic Mini allow it to be mounted on a dron. In fact, it has a connection designed to remotely control its functions.

With the slogan “Recordings 4K, now for the fans , ” the Canon XC10 is another digital cinema camera recently presented. It is a hybrid product designed to capture photos and videos. According to the web specializing in DPreview photographic technology , its main innovation Is in its design, which incorporates a swivel handle to capture better video or photos.

This Canon also features a removable visor that attaches to the rear screen for easy video recording. Because it can capture up to 305 megabits of data per second – a figure far above what competing cameras offer – Canon has endowed this device with the new standard of CFast 2.0 memory cards .

It also incorporates a sensor one inch in size, similar to the aforementioned Black Magic, which allows you to capture photos of 12 megapixels in RAW format. Its 10-magnification target encompasses a range of focal distances ranging from 28 to 250 millimeters, with a maximum brightness of f / 2.8 at 28 millimeters. Its official price will be 2,199 euros when it is commercialized in Spain.

Another hybrid photo and video camera is the Panasonic GH4 , which allows you to record 4K video with data streams of up to 200 megabytes per second. In addition, it is able to convert any video frame recorded with it into an eight megapixel photo in JPEG format. If we work in shooting mode, the camera captures 16-megapixel images in RAW format.

This machine is the fourth installment of a series that began with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1, a model that enjoyed some success among short filmmakers with little budget. The official price of the GH4 is 1,500 euros. For about 700 euros the Panasonic Lumix LX-100 is sold , a camera that also records video in 4K like the GH4 but its objective is fixed and it does not have entrance of microphone and that limits its professional use. Although its image quality when capturing moving images is quite high.

Among the cameras with larger sensors for those who want to start in the world of semi-professional video are the Sony A7s , with a full-frame 12-megapixel sensor, and Samsung NX1 , with a 28-megapixel APS-C sensor. The official price of the first is 2,400 euros and 1,500 euros of the second. Both have interchangeable lenses and can record video with 4K resolution, although this feature in the case of Sony is only possible if you use an external accessory connected to your HDMI output.

The larger size of the Sony sensor and its lower resolution allows you to achieve quality images in low light. In order to understand what it is capable, it is enough to see a video recorded with it using only the light source of the Moon. In fact, it has been the first camera capable of reaching a sensitivity of 409,600 ISO, which allows it to capture images practically in the dark.

Among the well-equipped video recording SLRs, models like the Canon EOS 7D Mark II and the Canon EOS 70D . Both feature a particularly nimble focus technology for capturing moving images: the Dual Pixel CMOS AF system . Also the Nikon D810 allows you to achieve videos of great clarity, especially if it is connected through HDMI to an external recorder.


The approach of companies to prosumers in the field of video has also occurred in photography. The offer of SLR cameras and high-level Evil is growing not for professionals. Just look at some of the cameras that Nikon sells for advanced photographers and those that Canon offers to those it calls photography enthusiasts . Some of these models a few years ago would have fulfilled the demands of the most demanding professionals.

A best nikon video camera example is the Nikon 810 , launched a few months ago. A mid-range DSLR with a 36-megapixel full-frame sensor and sealed body, a key feature in professional cameras. The Nikon D3x , a professional machine, went on sale until last year and when it was launched it cost just over 6,000 euros. The Nikon D810 appeared almost a year ago for half price and its performance is superior.

Sony is also launching attractive products for the most demanding amateur photographers. Its camera without mirror of objectives interchangeable Sony A7 is the most economic of the market with a full frame sensor , because its official price is of 1,299 euros. Also its size is smaller than that of a SLR camera.