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    Hey there! I'm interested in learning about your guys favorite budget friendly video and or photo camera. I wanted to pick up a cam that would be used for a 3rd angle for certain shooting situations. I also wanted a camera that I can wear around my neck or throw in my pocket for daily snaps. I ended up going with a Lumix GX85. I never looked at this camera in the past since it is a few years old but I happened to stumble across it because of it's inexpensive price tag. I want to bring awareness to this camera since not many people talk about it and at the same time I want to hear your guys picks. Right now I'm really digging this camera and have been for the past couple of months. I made a video just showcasing it's features and some clips, does anyone else have any similiar videos or words they can share as well on this thread? Thanks!


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    The GX85 has always been a fave "frugal" camera ever since it dropped to less than $500. (It's funny that the bundles with a lens are cheaper than just the body at B&H.)

    If we cut it off at say $600-ish and it must shoot 4K then here are some others:

    Panasonic G7
    Fujifilm X-T20
    Olympus E-M10 Mark III
    Canon M50 ($629)

    But for a few hundred more you can get some really better cameras (in my opinion) like the Sony a6400 or Fujifilm X-T30.

    Also, an honorable mention to two nice little large-sensor HD cameras...Sony a6000 and a5100:

    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...s_digital.html

    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...s_digital.html

    And of course you have all of the first Blackmagics for less than $1K.

    The summer of 2014 had the Pocket for $499...that was sweet.

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    • #3
      My favorite frugal camera is a t3i with magic lantern. Can be had for around 200 bucks.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by NorBro View Post
        The GX85 has always been a fave "frugal" camera ever since it dropped to less than $500. (It's funny that the bundles with a lens are cheaper than just the body at B&H.)

        If we cut it off at say $600-ish and it must shoot 4K then here are some others:

        Panasonic G7
        Fujifilm X-T20
        Olympus E-M10 Mark III
        Canon M50 ($629)

        But for a few hundred more you can get some really better cameras (in my opinion) like the Sony a6400 or Fujifilm X-T30.

        Also, an honorable mention to two nice little large-sensor HD cameras...Sony a6000 and a5100:

        https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...s_digital.html

        https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...s_digital.html

        And of course you have all of the first Blackmagics for less than $1K.

        The summer of 2014 had the Pocket for $499...that was sweet.
        Good suggestions. The XT20 is a great deal, the m50 is interesting too, I wish canons mirrorless cams would've kept the ef mount to bypass adapters for native ef lenses, but it's all good. Did they really have pockets for that cheap? That's insane!

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        • #5
          Originally posted by GeranSimpson View Post
          My favorite frugal camera is a t3i with magic lantern. Can be had for around 200 bucks.
          Huzzuh! What an insane price for a beautiful little inexpensive camera. I love the good ol trusty t3i

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Spence500 View Post
            Good suggestions. The XT20 is a great deal, the m50 is interesting too, I wish canons mirrorless cams would've kept the ef mount to bypass adapters for native ef lenses, but it's all good. Did they really have pockets for that cheap? That's insane!
            Only for a month or so: https://nofilmschool.com/2014/07/bla...ra-500-cheaper

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Spence500 View Post
              Hey there! I'm interested in learning about your guys favorite budget friendly video and or photo camera. I wanted to pick up a cam that would be used for a 3rd angle for certain shooting situations. I also wanted a camera that I can wear around my neck or throw in my pocket for daily snaps. I ended up going with a Lumix GX85. I never looked at this camera in the past since it is a few years old but I happened to stumble across it because of it's inexpensive price tag. I want to bring awareness to this camera since not many people talk about it and at the same time I want to hear your guys picks. Right now I'm really digging this camera and have been for the past couple of months. I made a video just showcasing it's features and some clips, does anyone else have any similiar videos or words they can share as well on this thread? Thanks!

              My fave large sensor frugal camera is the EOS M, bought one for about a hundred from the US through eBay, and the stock video quality is quite good, particularly for talking head shots or when used with vintage lenses. Magic Lantern adds a myriad of RAW video modes, with reliability being finicky and rolling shutter a nightmare - but still, its a $100 camera!

              I've also got a few JVC small sensor cameras, and while dynamic range is razor thin, their 36mbs 1080p video modes save a ton of information (compared to similar models) and can be cleaned up and graded quite well. Where lighting is done professionally, they do really shine - and can be found for next to nothing on ebay if you look hard enough. I own the PX10 and the X900 and they're ideal for multicam shots.

              My BMPCC can also be considered frugal, mind you, very happy with it and for my needs, the quality is more then enough! The highlight roloff and motion are unmatched in my (limited) opinion even today, and whenever I can afford to take my time to frame and focus, it's my goto camera. Had knowledgeable viewers genuinly ask if I was shooting super8 film!

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              • #8
                I know it's been said already, but I'm still very impressed with the original Pocket camera which can be had for cheap on eBay. I took mine out for fun today with just the 7Artisans 25mm and a K&F vari ND.









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                • #9
                  Originally posted by GeranSimpson View Post
                  My favorite frugal camera is a t3i with magic lantern. Can be had for around 200 bucks.
                  Yup. I have the same.

                  But seriously... the Original Pocket IS now the top "frugal" option.
                  Cameras: Blackmagic Cinema Camera, Blackmagic Pocket Camera (x2), Panasonic GH2 (x2), Sony RX100 ii, Canon 6D, Canon T2i,
                  Mics: Sennheiser, AKG, Shure, Sanken, Audio-Technica, Audix
                  Lights: Every Chinese clone you can imagine

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                  • #10
                    Agreed. The only downside to the HD fairchild sensor in those cameras is that their character is quite unique and baked in. It can be hard to match them with more modern cine cameras.

                    Granted it's even harder to match a cheap dslr XD, but the point still stands

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                    • #11
                      What about the fuji xpro 1 I 've seen it used for $300, what I don't know is how well is the focus with manual lenses throu the optical viewfinder.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by GeranSimpson View Post
                        Agreed. The only downside to the HD fairchild sensor in those cameras is that their character is quite unique and baked in. It can be hard to match them with more modern cine cameras.

                        Granted it's even harder to match a cheap dslr XD, but the point still stands
                        I actually find it's the easiest camera to match with others. Once tried to match JVC and Sony small sensor cameras and gave up after wasting hours, on the other hand the BMPCC will match Canon and Sony DSLRs pretty easily from my experience. A keen eye will still spot the difference but cutting between cameras will often be seemless.

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                        • #13
                          I think the BMCC and BMPC are easier to match to modern day cameras because they are super-sampled.

                          In a fast-paced edit no one would notice, especially while playing back the final product on a phone, but the pocket has that distinct Super16 look because its resolution is quite low. It looks great to us, but the image is pretty dated coming from a 1080 chip. You need a higher-quality starting point...even for the 2K image that the 3.4K-ish ALEV III sensor produces for the ALEXA.

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                          • #14
                            The XC10 is 700-800 on eBay. Some restrictions, for sure, but a few good tricks including great stabilised lens and generous codec.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Spence500 View Post
                              Hey there! I'm interested in learning about your guys favorite budget friendly video and or photo camera. I wanted to pick up a cam that would be used for a 3rd angle for certain shooting situations. I also wanted a camera that I can wear around my neck or throw in my pocket for daily snaps. I ended up going with a Lumix GX85. I never looked at this camera in the past since it is a few years old but I happened to stumble across it because of it's inexpensive price tag. I want to bring awareness to this camera since not many people talk about it and at the same time I want to hear your guys picks. Right now I'm really digging this camera and have been for the past couple of months. I made a video just showcasing it's features and some clips, does anyone else have any similiar videos or words they can share as well on this thread? Thanks!

                              Well, the original Pocket might be considered a 'frugal' camera at this point, even though it's actually my most expensive camera by far! Love the images coming out of it, and in vanilla / unrigged configuration it's very discrete! The Panasonic lenses have good OIS so for brief shots it'll deliver solid, quality footage. Would never part with the little beastie... hoping it'll last for many more years!

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