WHY MY NEXT CAMERA WILL BE MIRRORLESS AND 4K
As more and more devices display content in 4K and HDR content, putting out content in those formats helps it stick out against the rest of the pack. My current kit is heavy and only outputs video in 1080p.
Between shooting at a few weddings and on set at CBS, I've learned that less is more and silence is golden. A mirrorless camera is quieter, and generally lighter than a traditional DSLR body. The other factor is that a bunch of the mirrorless cameras out now also record in 4K without an external recorder (like the wonderful ones from Atomos).
With that, I've narrowed my options to three cameras, and if you're in a position like me, you might like one of these.
A mirrorless camera with a flip out screen that allows you to monitor yourself if you're vlogging, and downscaled 6K video to 4K leaves you with ultra crispy footage. On top of that, today's update allows it to record 4K HDR (High Dynamic Range) and HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) content (perfect for the new Apple TV 4K) and another update that unlocks V-LOG recording, which gives you much more data to play with when color grading your footage. All these features in a $2000 body make it a powerhouse.
Sony a6500 & a7S ii
Both Sony cameras offer 4K S-LOG, Sony's picture profile for capturing flat videos to color grade later. With the a6500, it has a smaller sensor, but it has 5-axis sensor stabilization, and a smaller body, which makes it more nimble in run and gun situations. Paired with the Sony 18-105mm f/4 power zoom lens, and their own microphone kit, it offers a very solid package. The benefit of choosing the a7S ii is that it's a full-frame camera with excellent performance in low-light, in which case the 24-70mm f/2.8 would be a better lens choice. Though the 24-70mm would add some weight to the setup, the lighter weight compared to a DSLR would make it more easy to manage in a run & gun situation.
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