Thread: Your Favorite Frugal Camera?

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  1. #11  
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    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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    Quote 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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    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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    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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    Quote 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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    The new Sigma FP is shoots 4K 12bit Raw DNG internally and it's about the same size as the original Pocket. EDIT - IT only does 12 bit 422 recording externally.
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    Whoops, sorry I posted before I looked it's the Sigma FP specs:
    35.9 x 23.9 mm CMOS Bayer sensor with 6000 x 4000 pixels (25.38 MP / effective: 24.6 MP)
    cine mode _ internal recording: H.264
    UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.976p/25p/29.97p
    Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 23.976p/25p/29.97p/59.94p/100p/119.88p
    cine mode _ external recording: 4:2:2 12-Bit
    UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.976p/25p/29.97p
    Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 23.976p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p/100p/120p
    external recording to USB SSD is possible
    micro HDMI out for streaming to an external recorder
    3.15″ fixed LCD touchscreen
    Single Slot SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II)
    Size: (W x H x D) 4.43 x 2.75 x 1.78″ / 112.6 x 69.9 x 45.3 mm
    Weight: 14.89 oz / 422 g (Body with Battery and Memory)
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    I'm intrigued by the sigma, but don't quite get the specs, it will do Raw but only 4k, so assume its only the the super 35 portion of the sensor. It seems like they are marketing it more as I directors viewfinder that can record than as a viable production camera, but who knows where it will land. Price isn't exactly frugal either, bang for the buck, maybe need more info.
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    My frugal and travel camera is my old and trusty Sony Nex 5N.
    Last edited by EYu; 11-26-2019 at 11:58 PM.
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