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This is the 36th instalment of this feature here on Filmmaking Lifestyle, where we chart the best-of-the-best from around the filmmaking and video production world. This article covers the best posts from September 2018.

Every month, I post a round-up article featuring the best things I’ve found around the web on filmmaking and video production. If you missed one, we have a complete archive here.

We’re talking articles, videos, infographics, all sorts. Anything that stands out to me and that I think is worth keeping in an archive, I’m going to include in these reports.

I post these articles at the end of each month, along with all the regular posts you get on Filmmaking Lifestyle.

The Best Posts Of September 2018


Couple of personal things this month. Firstly, pleased to announce that my wife and I are having a child (our first) early next year! Very excited! It’s going to be a fantastic journey and one I can’t wait to start!

Site wise, we recently published the 350th post on the site. To get this large is truly amazing and I’m super grateful for the readership that has largely contributed to this landmark. After all, without the readership I most likely wouldn’t have stayed working on the site this long.

It’s all onwards and upwards from here. We have a tonne of great new content planned and that’ll be rolling out over the next few months.

If you have been paying attention, you’ll notice that this year we’ve moved to publishing 2 posts a week (up from the one previously). As well as the usual Monday post every week, we’ve also been posting an article every Thursday, too. This will continue as we grow the site onwards.

Let’s get started and jump into the best from around the web this month!

Filmmaking & Video Production

Here’s a good one, entitled, “Everything I Learned at Film School in 3 Minutes:”

Everything I Learned In Film School In Under 3 Minutes - YouTube

Here are 5 Simple Cinematography Hacks in 60 Seconds:

5 Simple CINEMATOGRAPHY HACKS in 60 Seconds - YouTube

Interesting article on Denis Villeneuve and why you need bad ideas.

Here’s a good article that asks, “What does Cinematic even mean now?”

How Benicio Del Toro Uses Sign Language in ‘Sicario: Day of the Soldado’ from Anatomy of a Scene:

How Benicio Del Toro Uses Sign Language in ‘Sicario: Day of the Soldado’ | Anatomy of a Scene - YouTube

So what did we have on Filmmaking Lifestyle this month?  Let’s take a look!

We started out with an article on set etiquette. From there, we featured an article on the best DSLR stabilizers.

Next up we had articles on finding drone videography services, the best 4K cameras and how to make a Vimeo Staff Pick short film.

Then we had a couple of articles on the best mics for YouTube and getting ideas for short films.

Rounding out the month, we had an article on the Best Steadicam for DSLR.

Software, Hardware & Visual Effects

Let’s start this section off this month with a solid tutorial on How to Film Underwater with any Camera:

How to Film Underwater with any Camera - YouTube

Nws that Blackmagic Design announces Advanced New Blackmagic RAW Codec.

Here’s a solid tutorial on How to Shoot an Interview:

How to Shoot an Interview | Job Shadow - YouTube

Picture of the Month

This month’s Picture of the Month is pretty cool. Here are Akira Kurosawa’s storyboards side-by-side with the eventually scenes from the film:

Video of the Month

This month’s Video of the Month features 3 Easy Camera Movements for Cinematic Footage:

Anything else you’ve found in the filmmaking / video production world online? Let us know in the comments below!

Catch you soon!

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If you’re looking for the best stock photo sites, then you’ve come to the right place. Whilst working on your projects, you’ll no doubt come across situations where a stock photo will be just the ticket. If you don’t know where to find stock photos, then this can be really frustrating.

As the world of stock photos is vast and quite complicated, we’ve broken this list into 2 lists:

  • Free stock photo sites.
  • Paid stock photo sites.

We’ve listed the free stock photo sites first, as we’re assuming most readers are looking first for free photo resources. But if paid stock is what you’re looking for, then the sites in the second list will cater to your needs substantially.

Without getting into a lengthy discussion about the pros and cons of each, there’s certainly a place for both free stock photos and paid for stock photos. You need to decide whether you’re going to go for free stock or paid stock and this will depend largely on the type of project and the budget you have.

So, without further ado, let’s get into the list of the best stock photo sites on the web.

The Best Free Stock Photo Sites

Let’s start off with the top free stock photo resources out there.

1. Pexels

Pexels provides high quality and completely free stock photos licensed under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license. All photos are nicely tagged, searchable and also easy to discover through our discover pages.

Currently we cover over 40,000 free stock photos. And every month at least 3,000 new high resolution photos will be added. All photos are hand-picked from photos uploaded by our users or sourced from free image websites. We make sure all published pictures are high-quality and licensed under CC0.

2. Gratisography

Free, use as you please, high-resolution stock photos for personal and commercial projects. This project was created by Ryan McGuire.

3. Pixabay

Pixabay.com is an international website for sharing high quality public domain photos, illustrations, vector graphics, and film footage. Pixabay offers over 1,188,454 free photos, illustrations, and vectors and videos.

4. Negative Space

Beautiful free images for personal and commercial use. All business, food, people and technology photos are free, high-resolution, and no attribution is required. CC0.

5. Little Visuals

Sign up to get 7 hi-res images zipped up in your inbox every 7 days. Use them anyway you want.

6. Death to Stock

“Death to Stock is a resource, belief system, and call to action for artists around the world who unite in their journeys to make their own way.

Our mission is to resource the creatives with tools they can use for their projects, teach them what we know, and consistently fuel them.

We believe that everyone can be an artist, because being an artist is an approach to your craft rather than a title you acquire.

We pursue this mission because isolation, inequality, and scarce resources lead us to remove humanity from our art. “Stock” is as much a programmed mentality as it is a category of media.

Death to Stock is not concerned with quantity. Our focus is a member-based experience that shows up to push you into the future with fresh media, education, and direction.

Let’s make something together.”

7. Visualhunt

High quality free stock photos in one place. 354 Million Free Stock Photos.

8. Picjumbo

Search and download beautiful free stock photos for personal and commercial use. Free image download of more than 1900+ free high resolution pictures.

9. Magdeleine

Hand picked free photos for your inspiration. Free photo of the day on Magdeleine.co, a blog that features the best free high-quality stock photographies for your inspiration.

10. Stokpic

Free Stock Photos For commercial Use. Download Free Photos In High Resolution. Free photos for websites, free photos for bogs. Free High Quality Photos CC0.

11. Freestocks.org

Free high quality images for your website and blog. Free stock photos for both personal and commercial use.

12. Kaboompics

Find the best free stock images. Download all images and use them in your projects.

13. Burst by Shopify

“Burst is a free stock photo platform that is powered by Shopify. Our image library includes thousands of high-resolution, royalty-free images that were shot by our global community of photographers.

We built Burst to provide designers, developers, bloggers and entrepreneurs with access to beautiful free stock photography. You can use our pictures for just about anything — your website, blog or online store, school projects, Instagram ads, facebook posts, desktop backgrounds, client work and more.

All our photos are free for commercial use with no attribution required; you can read more about this on our license page.”

14. Startup Stock Photos

“Free photos for startups, bloggers, publishers, websites, designers, developers, creators, & everyone else.

Startup Stock Photos was started as an outlet for photos we were already taking on a regular basis. It’s grown to be much more than that. People and organization all over the world have used these photos to make some really awesome things. We’re happy to have helped.

What time we have outside of our work and projects we aim to spend finding and sharing the productive spaces of the world with other creators. We hope this project continues to be useful, and serves as a positive representation of the world of tech today.”

15. Jay Mantri

Free stock photos from Jay Mantri. All photos are free from copyright restrictions – no attribution required.

16. Freerange

Free stock photography at freerangestock.com. High-resolution stock images and textures for free with photographer ad revenue sharing system.

17. Morguefile

Morguefile.com. Over 380000 high quality, high resolution photos. Free for commercial use. No attribution required.

18. LibreShot

“Unique stock photo site with free images for commercial use. CC0 license. Just search, download and use. No attribution required. Enjoy! All photos has guaranteed origin – all are taken by me. All pictures are licensed using CC0 so you can use them without attribution – But I’ll be very grateful if you will :-)”

19. Good Free Photos

Free stock photos and creative commons (cc0) and public domain photos. All free for commercial use with no strings attached.

20. Fancycrave

Every day we handpick and giveaway two free authentic photos from real people. Each photo is licensed under CC0 and can be used commercially.

Igor Ovsyannykov started Fancycrave 3 years ago, completely from scratch.

It all started in February 2015 when he decided to start giving away 2 free photos from his travels around Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Laos, and Japan.

The goal was to help fellow designers, small businesses, students, bloggers, and online marketers who want to convey their message in style.

Things escalated quite a bit from there and Fancycrave grew in popularity. Today you can find our photos being used for social media, email newsletters, mockups, blog graphics, etc.

21. Picography

Picography has been providing stunning images to millions of people for the past 3 years. It is now one of the top sources for gorgeous, high-resolution, free photos.

You can use any of our free stock photos however and wherever you like, with no attribution required. All photos are CC0 licensed. You can learn more about our terms here.

22. Unsplash

Over 300,000 free (do whatever you want) high-resolution photos brought to you by the world’s most generous community of photographers.

300,000+ photos for your next project. With a huge library of photos and thousands more being added each day, chances are we’ve got a photo for you.

Find inspiration in the new photos we hand-select every day or use our search to find and download exactly what you’re looking for.

23. Refe

Refe is a marketplace of royalty-free, high-quality, natural looking photos of people interacting with technology. Here are free photos for your personal or commercial projects.

24. StockSnap.io

Welcome to StockSnap!

We know how crucial finding precisely the right image can be to the success of your creative project.

Whether you’re building a business website, creating a print brochure, crafting a digital or magazine ad, or some other brilliant creative project, you know that a great image helps your content transcend “good” and become “great.” Compelling, eye-catching, attention-grabbing work on the web especially needs sharp, arresting visual images to succeed.

That, in essence, is why StockSnap exists.

We offer beautiful, high quality stock photos for just about any use you can think of – including commercial usage – for free. No tricks, no gimmicks, no fine print; just dazzling images for your creative projects.

25. SkitterPhoto

Skitterphoto has been around since 2014 and was founded by passionate amateur photographers from The Netherlands. Skitterphoto now offers photographers around the world the opportunity to show off their work and share their work worldwide through our renewed platform.

All photos on Skitterphoto are public domain using Creative Commons CC0

26. SplitShire

“I created SplitShire with the simple aim of giving life to photographs that would have gone into oblivion without any utility. In the course of almost ten years of photography I have accumulated many files, thousands, who were in the hard disk gathering dust. So I began to upload the first 100 high-resolution photos that you can freely download and use for personal an commercial purposes.

Now these photographs which were previously living in the darkest corners of the hard drive, live on websites like The Huffington Post, CNN, Books Covers, Magazines and thousands of websites/blogs.

I want to personally thank you for stopping by my site SplitShire, where I share all of my personal shots to the public for free.  It might sound like I’m a little crazy, but anyone who has ever done any graphic design work, which is what I also do, knows it is so hard to find great pictures.

So far since the time of this writing we have had over 2.000,000 downloads, and over 6,000,000 page views.  That just makes me feel great in so many ways.

I make it so easy to get my shots that any and everyone can use SplitShire, from designers, bloggers, website creators, social marketing gurus, companies.”

14 Great Websites For Free Stock Photos And Premium Images For Your Website - YouTube

28. Life of Pix

Free high-resolution photos, no copyrights restrictions for personal and commercial use. New photographies added weekly! All images are donated to the public domain. Warning: no mass distribution allowed. Distributors are allowed to repost a maximum of 10 images without our written Life of Pix consent. Hand-made with love by LEEROY Digital Agency in Montreal & its network of photographers.

29. FoodiesFeed

Food photographers from all around the world share their photos under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license to help accomplish the ultimate goal of Foodiesfeed, to make the online space related to food more beautiful and eliminate all the ugly sterile stock photos that people still keep using.

Whether you’re a hobby or professional photographer, food blogger, passionate foodie or there are just some food photos hanging in your cloud drive that could be used by other modern creatives, join the community and help us with our mission.

30. ShotStash

Welcome to ShotStash! We’re a small independently managed free stock photo site. Our mission is to create and offer for free a highly curated collection of beautiful stock images that you can use both personally and commercially.

Whether you’re building a brand new website for your business or creating a blog about your personal life, you’re going to need images.

The right image is more than an accent. It’s no longer optional. These days, website and social users expect to see great photographs that reinforce your message and evoke just the right emotional response.

That’s the power of a fabulous photograph, and that’s why we’re here: to help you find just the right image to put the finishing touch on all of your creative projects.

31. HubSpot Free Stock Photos

We have four collections of stock photos you can download here:

You can preview these collections below. And if you’re stuck thinking of ways you can use these images in your marketing campaigns, scroll down for seven ways you can use stock photos to give your content some pizazz.

32. MMT Stock

“Moment (MMT) provides free CC0 photography for personal and commercial use on websites, projects, themes, apps, and more.

I launched MMT in 2014 to share my love of photography with the world. Over the years I’ve taken countless photos and wanted to post some of those photos to use for free and give back to the online community.

The content spans many categories, including nature, city scenes, workspaces, and macro photography. These photos can be freely downloaded, used, and redistributed for both personal and commercial purposes.”

33. Flickr

Everyone knows Flickr. Flickr (pronounced “flicker”) is an image hosting service and video hosting service. It was created by Ludicorp in 2004 and is currently owned by SmugMug.

In addition to being a popular website for users to share and embed personal photographs and an online community, the service is widely used by photo researchers and by bloggers to host images that they embed in blogs and social media.

34. Epicantus

“As Visual & UX designer and Lean Startup coach I create a lot of landing pages and prototypes to collect feedback and test various business ideas, so I know how important it is to make things FAST yet still beautiful (yes, we all believe in low fidelity prototypes but people still prefer beautiful things :)).

Finding images that carry the right message usually takes hours, therefore every photo I make in my spare time will appear here for you. All of them are free for personal & commercial use.”

35. ISO Republic

ISO Republic is an independent website that provides CC0 stock photos for creative professionals. All images are free for personal and commercial use.

36. EyeEm

Born in Berlin, Raised All over the World

In 2010, our four co-founders came together to host one of the first mobile photography exhibitions out of a Berlin subway station. Rooted in a real love of photography and desire to empower creators, what started (quite literally) as an underground art movement has since grown into the world’s most engaged creative community – and a definitive visual platform for today’s content demands.

37. StyledStock

“You are allowed to use our images for any commercial or non-commercial purposes. However, the image copyright is still the property of its author.

You are free to adapt and use them for commercial purposes without attributing the original author or source. Although not required, a link back to Styledstock.co is appreciated.”

38. New Old Stock

Vintage photos from the public archives. Free of known copyright restrictions. Recapturing History.

Best Paid Stock Photo Sites

The following are the top paid stock photo sites. The charges vary and some of these have free categories included in their catalogues.

1. Shutterstock

Shutterstock is a leading global technology company offering a creative platform for high-quality assets, tools and services.

The company’s portfolio includes Bigstock, a value-oriented stock media agency; Shutterstock Custom, a custom content creation platform; Offset, a high-end image collection; PremiumBeat, a curated royalty-free music library; and Rex Features, a premier source of editorial images for the world’s media.

2. Depositphotos

Depositphotos — is a commercial platform that brings authors of high-quality licensed stock photos, graphics, vectors and videos together with appreciative buyers. Thanks to the efforts of talented professionals from all over the globe and our world-class technical solutions, we were able to build a perfect place to marry business with creativity.

3. Fotolia

Discover more than 35 million cheap royalty-free images, vectors and videos. Fotolia is the image bank for all your publishing and marketing projects!

4. Photocase

“We believe in real-life, authentic, aesthetic, fresh and fair stock photos. That’s why we’ve been offering unconventional stock photos on various themes since 2001. We inspire you through our search engine, and make it super easy to buy photos, and we’re always there to answer questions. Working from a pool of curated photos means you’ll have more time to be creative.”

5. iStockphoto

Founded in 2000, iStock created the crowd-sourced stock industry and became the original source for user-generated stock photos, vectors and illustrations, and video clips.

6. Adobe Stock

Find the perfect image to enhance your next creative project. Right inside your Adobe Creative Cloud apps. Preview watermarked images inside your designs first. Then license, access and manage them directly within Photoshop CC, InDesign CC, Illustrator CC, and other Adobe desktop apps.

7. 123RF

As a 100% bootstrapped company since 2005, we have grown to be one of the world’s largest digital stock agency with an evenly distributed global footprint. 123RF has helped a wide clientele of individuals and businesses tell their stories using creative imagery, sounds and motion contributed by talents from around the world. Moving forward, we are ready to impact the creative industry in a big way as a global player that enables creative solutions through constant innovation, new products and services. So keep an eye out for us!

8. Dreamstime

Dreamstime is one of the world leaders in stock photography and a reliable supplier of high quality digital images at affordable prices. Online since 2000 as a Royalty-Free stock photography website, Dreamstime has evolved into a powerful and active community-based site.

The exquisite stock image gallery you can browse today has been uploaded by photographers from all over the world, shot on film or digital. To ensure you receive the best content, all images are reviewed and approved by experienced editors. The Dreamstime database is renewed with thousands of fresh images and titles on a daily basis.

9. Thinkstock

Download royalty-free images, high-resolution stock photos, vector art and illustrations from Thinkstock UK. High-quality, affordable stock photography subscriptions.

10. Getty Images

Find high resolution royalty-free images, editorial stock photos, vector art, video footage clips and stock music licensing at the richest image search photo library online.

10 great websites with Free Stock Photos and Images - YouTube

The Best Stock Photo Sites – Summary

We really hope this list of the best stock photo sites has been helpful to you. As ever, when it comes to free stock photos vs. paid stock photos, the choice is yours and really depends on your budget and the type of project you’re engaged in.

One thing to remember is that it’s a common misconception that ‘royalty free’ means actually free. Royalty free actually just means the right to use copyright material or intellectual property without the need to pay royalties or license fees for each use, per each photo used.

So when a stock photo site is talking about ‘royalty free,’ understand that they’re referring to that and not saying that their entire collection is free. If you’re looking for actually physically free stock photos, then consult our first list.

And please remember to always check the licenses on these..

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So you’re looking for a tripod and you don’t want to break the bank? What is the best tripod under 100 dollars?

A tripod is one of the most simple and basic pieces of camera equipment out there. The word “tripod” basically means three legged or three footed, and that’s exactly what it is –  a three-legged stand that can be used to support a camera.

The use of a tripod allows you to easily maintain the stability of your camera to lessen shake and improve the all around sharpness of the shots that you take. So don’t let your production look like some handheld video that you made on vacation when you were 10! Instead, use a quality tripod for professional stabilization.

Of course, there are tripods out there for use with all the different types of cameras. We’ll be covering a number of those right here in this article.

The Evolution of the Tripod

Tripods were originally conceived for use with the huge video and still cameras of the past. Before, the only way to take video was to use a huge camera that was almost impossible to carry and hold steady for any length of time.

Now, with the advent of smaller video cameras and ultra-light DSLRs, it’s much easier to shoot videos with a minimal amount of shaking.

However, videographers are only human and there is only so much strength in your arms. If you’re shooting hours of video, you are going to get tired eventually, and that’s one of the primary reasons for using a tripod. Apart from the aforementioned issue of eliminating camera shake and unsteadiness.

There are a number of good tripods out there that you can use to better control your video camera and shoot stable and non-shaky video footage. And many of them are quite inexpensive. Here is a list of good tripods that you can get for under $100.

Best Tripod Under 100

Let’s take a look at some of our favorite tripods that cost less than $100.

1. AmazonBasics 60-Inch Lightweight Tripod

This is a very light-weight tripod, coming in at only 3 pounds, but it can carry around 6.6 pounds of weight. Which, handily, is about the average weight of the heaviest DSLR cameras out there.

There is a quick mounting plate that fits most standard DSLRs and allows you to quickly set up your camera in time to take the shots you need. This plate works with the majority of tripods out there.

As it is a compact and lightweight tripod, the AmazonBasics is easy to store and transport, which makes it a very handy tool for the videographer on the go.

It is a little short, however. You can only extend it from 2 feet to 5 feet. It does have rubber feet, though, which helps improve the tripod’s overall stability.

The best thing about this tripod, aside from its price, is the three way head, which allows you to quickly and smoothly tilt and swivel the camera. There is also a portable bag included in the package.

AmazonBasics 60-Inch Lightweight Tripod with Bag
  • Lightweight tripod with adjustable-height legs and rubber feet
  • Compatible with most video cameras, digital cameras, still cameras, GoPro devices, smartphone...
  • Recommended max load weight is 6.6 lbs (3kg) for optimal performance
  • Weighs 3 lbs; Extends from 25 inches to 60 inches when center post is fully extended; Carrying case...
  • Two built-in bubble view levels and 3-way head to allow for tilt and swivel motion; portrait or...
Buy on Amazon
2. Slik U9000 Tripod

The Slik U9000 Tripod stands on three aluminum-alloy legs tipped with rubber feet equipped with metal spikes that you can twist in and out. This makes it a good tripod to use when working outdoors, as it will dig into the turf and minimize slippage on tricky surfaces such as wet grass.

When you’ve moved back indoors, you can twist the spikes in and the tripod will then stand on rubber feet that will also minimize slippage but won’t damage floors.

The Slik U9000 only has a maximum height of 59 inches or about 5 feet. So if you are a very tall person, it might be difficult to get the tripod to hold your camera at a comfortable eye level. It also weighs only 3.5 pounds, but can handle loads of 4.5 pounds.

One advantage of the Slik U9000 is its 3-way fluid effect pan head that allows you to easily and smoothly move the camera to get the shoots you desire.

Slik U9000 Tripod with 3-Way Fluid-Effect Head and Built-In Bubble Level
  • Aluminum-Alloy Legs, Flip Locks
  • Geared Column, Center Brace
  • Simultaneous Pan-and-Tilt Head
  • Independent Portrait Orientation
  • Rubber Feet with Twist-Out, Metal Spikes
$51.87 - $1.92 $49.95
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3. Magnus VT-300

This portable video tripod system is designed to work with DSLRs as well as small and even large camcorders. The Magnus VT-300 weighs 5.8 pounds and has a maximum weight capacity of 15 pounds.  The maximum height that this tripod extends to is around 64.3 inches or about 5’4 feet.

The Magnus VT-300 has a built-in fluid effect video head that allows you to quickly and smoothly tilt your camera a full 360 degrees up and down. It comes with a quick release camera plate that enables you to quickly and easily mount your camera to take the shots that you need.

Magnus VT-300 Video Tripod with Fluid Head
  • Portable Video Tripod System | Supports DSLRs, Small | Large Camcorders
  • 15 lb Weight Capacity, 64.3" Max Height | Built-In Pan/Tilt Video Head | Independent Pan and Tilt...
  • Quick-Release Camera Plate Included | Integrated Center-Column & Mid-Spreader
  • Two Leg Stages, Three Sections | Flip-Lock Leg Locks | Carry Case with Shoulder Strap Included
  • In The Box: VT-QRP30 Quick Release Plate for VT-300, 350 & 400 and VPH-20 Tripods, Pan Bar, Carry...
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4. Kamisafe VT-1500

The Kamisafe VT-1500 is a tripod that was especially designed for film and video shooting. Its legs are made of light-weight aluminum alloy, making it portable but very strong. It is a fluid head tripod which makes it ideal for taking smooth and steady panning and multi-angled shots.

The Kamisafe VT-1500 has a maximum load capacity of 22 pounds. It can be extended to around 5’4 feet in height, and shortened to around 2’ feet in height for easy storage and portability.

The legs are tipped with non-slip rubber feet which help the tripod retain its balance even on rugged ground.

Kamisafe KINGJOY VT-1500 65"/166cm Adjustable Camera Video Tripod with Detachable Fluid Drag Pan Tilt Head Compatible with Canon Nikon Sony DSLR Camera Video Camcorder Shooting Filming
  • Professional heavy duty video tripod kit with fluid head, with 1/4" camera screw, suitable for all...
  • Removable video pan tilt head with independent pan and tilt locks, with quick release locking knob...
  • With max. load capacity to 10kg/22lbs, the tripod can be extended to 65"/166cm max. height and...
  • Three-section adjustable tripod legs with flip locks system, integrated center column and...
  • Humanized non-slip handle bar for comfortable to grip, can support 360-degree adjustment for...
$85.99 - $10.00 $75.99
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The BONOFOTO B671C is a carbon fiber tripod. Being made of carbon fiber makes it sturdy, lightweight and budget friendly. This tripod only weighs about 2.52 pounds, but it has a maximum weight capacity of 17.6 pounds. It is more than capable of supporting most of the DSLR and video cameras out there.

The BONOFOTO B671C has a compact folded height of 15.4 inches but it can be extended to almost 55.12 inches, or 4’5 feet.

The feet of this tripod end in high-friction rubber foot mats which keep them from sliding on most surfaces. One of the legs is removable, so you can easily convert this tripod into a monopod if you want to.

This tripod has a ball head and three lock knobs. You can get a 360-degree panoramic panning effect that is great for when you want to capture landscapes or are taking video of a large group of people.

BONFOTO B690A Lightweight Aluminum Alloy Camera Travel Portable Tripod with 360 Degree Ball Head,1/4" Quick Release Plate and Carry Bag for Canon Nikon Sony DSLR
  • Professional: 360 degree horizontal swivel and 90 degree vertical platform with 3-way head allows...
  • Main Features: This tripod is designed with double telescoping center columns, compact when folded...
  • Compact: Adjustable-height tripod is made of lightweight aluminum, weight just 2.6lbs (1.18kg) make...
  • Easy to operate: The quick release mounting plate with standard 1/4" screw and secure clip makes it...
  • Gift: Spend $3 can get 6 Wool Dryer Balls when you purchase 1 or more B690A tripods. We promise 1...
$139.99 - $74.00 $65.99
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6. Manfrotto MKCOMPACTADV-BK Tripod with 3-Way Head

This lightweight, compact tripod weighs only 3 pounds but can support around 6.6 pounds of weight. This makes its weight capacity more than enough to support most of the DSLRs that are currently out there.

The Manfrotto Compact Advance Tripod is very stable and easy to use. The head and the resistance adjustment settings are good and allow for very fluid panning and tilting shots.

The tripod has a low maximum height of only about 5’2 so, if you’re very much taller than that you might want to look into another option.

Manfrotto MKCOMPACTADV-BK Compact Advanced Tripod with 3-Way Head (Black)
  • Quick release
  • Foldable 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head
  • Supports up to 6.6lbs
$112.00 - $43.89 $68.11
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What You Need To Know About Tripods

A tripod’s main job is to hold up your camera and keep it steady. This enables you to take steady shots for long periods of time without tiring yourself out. Even if your camera has image stabilization technology, a tripod is still a good piece of equipment to have. Most tripods are easy to transport and set up and, best of all, they are very budget friendly.

The most common materials for tripods are aluminum and carbon fiber. These two materials are equal in terms of stability and strength, but different when it comes to weight and cost. Carbon fiber tripods are more lightweight than aluminum tripods, but are also a little bit more expensive.

Beginners Guide to Tripods - Benefits, How to Use, Recommended Tripod Gear - YouTube

What To Look For In a Great Tripod

In order to ensure that you are getting a good tripod for video shooting, you need to look for a few important features. First, look at the tripod head. The head is where you mount the camera. Most tripod heads are movable, so you can both pan and tilt your camera without taking it off the tripod.

For the purpose of shooting video, you should look for a tripod that has a fluid head. These are specially designed to offer you greater and smoother control when panning or tilting the camera. A fluid head has three locks, one to lock the camera into position, and the other two to control the tilting and panning movements of the camera.

Fluid head cameras also have tension control, which you can adjust to control the resistance to tilting and panning. This allows you to better control the motion of the camera for smoother footage. Note: Not all of the tripods featured in this article have a fluid head. If you go for the more budget tripod options, then you do compromise on some of the solid features like fluid heads.

If you can’t find a budget tripod with a fluid head camera, which can be rather expensive, you should look for a 3-way tilt or a pan head camera. You can also buy a fluid motion head separately at a later date when you have a bigger budget.

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Tripod Considerations – It All Starts With The Base

Secondly, you need to look at the tripod’s legs or base. You need to consider the strength of the legs and the overall weight capacity of the tripod you are thinking of getting. It should be able to carry your camera’s weight comfortably. The last thing you want is your tripod to suddenly collapse just as you are lining up the perfect shot.

In line with this, you also need to consider your tripod’s feet. They need to be able to grip the ground and not slip during a crucial moment. It’s best to get a tripod with rubber feet mounted on metal hardware.

Another thing to consider, if you shoot outdoors a lot, is to get a tripod with rubber metal spikes as feet. This allows you to better position your tripod on dirt or grass. Make sure, though, that there are accompanying rubber covers that you can quickly put over the spikes for when you need to shoot indoors again or on a solid surface such as wood or cement.

Lastly, make sure to check what the tripod’s maximum height is. Tripod legs are telescopic, which allows you to extend or shorten the length of the legs to suit your own height. You want to be able to extend the tripod so the mounting plate can be at chin-height. Otherwise, you’re going to spend most of the shooting time uncomfortably bent over.

All of these are important and worthwhile considerations when you’re looking at the best tripod under 100 dollars.

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So you want to use a steadicam? If your video or film projects needs a little extra stabilization, then you’ve come to the right place. This is our list of the best steadicams and we’ll cover what we believe is the best steadicam for DSLR.

The simplest way to look at a steadicam is as a kind of floating tripod that carries a camera, enabling you to get gliding, flowing shots that add production dynamism to your project. It’s not uncommon to find the steadicam listed under an alternative spelling – Steadycam.

Developed by Garrett Brown in the 1970s, the steadicam was originally a kind of wrap-around contraption for the body. In more modern times, the term “steadicam” has come to be used for any kind of stabilization gear that allows you to get those flowing, gliding shots that you couldn’t perform with a standard setup (like a tripod) – especially tracking shots.

What is a Steadicam?

The Steadicam consists of very complex mount and camera stabilization systems that mount and enable you to use your camera in a different way.

By mechanically isolating the operator’s movement , the camera installed adapts to the movements harmoniously, which enables shake-free and smooth shots. This functionality is particularly important if you want to shoot footage that is characterized by a lot of movement, such as event video setups and sports events, for example.

While, in the traditional tripod setup, you’re tied to a tripod at a specific location where it’s placed, the Steadcam lets you move freely wherever you want to take advantage of a shot.

Best Steadicam for DSLR

Here are some of our favorite steadicams and why we find them so awesome. As we mentioned earlier, the modern definition of the steadicam includes glidecams and gimbals. As people refer to these interchangeably these days, we’ve included these in the list, too.

1. Zhiyun Crane-M 3-Axis
  • Supports focal length and shutter control with camera control cable (sold separately).
  • Quick response, smooth movements, efficient energy consumption.
  • Powerful 360 ° torques made possible by 3rd generation electric motor.
  • The 5-way joystick provides easy operation in all directions.
  • 1/4 thread on the floor for various accessories such as tripods or sliders.
  • Fine-tune the PC via USB cable (incl.) .
  • A quiet engine for trouble-free audio/video recording.
  • Unlimited 360 ° rotation on all 3 axes.
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2. Glidecam iGlide II Handheld Video Camera Stabilizer

The iGlide II is the most advanced and sophisticated small stabilization system Glidecam has ever launched. It was designed for very light and compact cameras up to 1.4 kilograms – so perfect for DSLRs.

The iGlide II is the perfect companion for filmmakers who often shoot with small, lightweight cameras. It’s also the perfect size for easy storage.

The iGlide II has not only adopted all the proven features of its predecessor, iGlide, but has also undergone several adjustments to provide greater flexibility.

The older iGlide is designed for cameras up to 500 grams in weight, the successor model iGlide II can easily stabilize cameras weighing up to 1.4 kilograms, three times the weight of its predecessor.

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3. Walimex Pro DSLR
  • Stabilizer for video DSLR cameras, as well as camcorders, to stabilize camera shots and pans. For stable and quiet filming through easy, fast and effective balancing and stabilization.
  • Three sturdy feet, each with three divisible weights of 34g, 44g and 146g each for exact counterweight adjustment, can also be used as a small tripod (extract from 28cm to 40cm).
  • Foam coated, comfortable handle.
  • Very light and compact with a maximum load capacity of approx. 3 kg.
  • Includes a practical carrying bag with hip belt.
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Freehand camera shots without blurring. Quiet, professional shots like on TV?

All this is possible thanks to the latest suspended tripod: a complex mounting system for portable film and television cameras.

By decoupling the uneasiness of the free-moving cameraman from the camera, the stabilizer allows shake-free images. This renders you free to get some awesome, smooth shots no matter what kind of project you’re working on.

The TARION comes in at a very competitive price point. It’s a great piece of stabilization kit that has proved popular also with a lot of the people we’ve worked with over the years.

  • Material: carbon fiber & aluminum alloy.
  • Max. Pull-out height: approx. 60cm
  • Min. Extension height: approx. 38cm
  • Weight capacity: approx. 3Kg
  • Net weight: approx. 2.26kg (including additional weights).
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5. Wen & Cheng S40 Pro Handheld Stabilizer
  • Bidirectional base plate with fine adjustment system that can be freely adjusted to any direction.
  • The quick release plate with scale can record the dynamic balance for different devices.
  • The knob can disconnect the quick release plate from the base pull.
  • Super smooth movement.
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  • The quick release plate with scale can record the dynamic balance for different equipments
  • Pulling the adjusting knob can separate the quick release plate from the base
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How does a Steadicam work?

The Steadicam is thus a floating tripod for optimal shots without jittering and jerking. But how does this technique work, which helps to counteract unwanted movement and shake?

Paramount for the positive effect is the construction of the Steadicam. The emphasis is placed on the fact that the center of gravity of the construction lies in the handle, which is normally located between the camera and the counter mass.

The camera is usually attached to the end of a vertical rod of the tripod. The secret that guards against movement is achieved by the fact that both the weight of the camera and the weight of the Steadicam, and additionally mounted balance weight, can be adjusted so that all components have the same inertia.

In addition, there is usually above the handle of the Steadicam a so-called gimbal suspension, which mechanically decouples the camera from the operator. This construction means that the movements of the cameraman do not affect the camera, including any kind of human-aided movement.

So the cameraman can move his hand without worrying about the shooting results. In addition, the steadicam’s construction does not produce any torque on the wrist that could be quite painful.

The aforementioned original design of the steadicam (designed to be worn on the body), promised even more effective properties because the cameraman does not have to carry them by hand, but the whole weight is held by the body. So the camera movements by hand are even less important for the position of the camera.


Advantages & Purposes of a Steadicam

The biggest advantage of the Steadicam, of course, is the mode of action for which it was constructed. By isolating the inertia and mass of the camera enables it to become independent of the movements of the cameraman, leading to smooth, shake-free footage. Blurring and jerking belong in the past!

As a result, such a Steadycam setup is ideal is you find yourself doing a lot of tracking or following shots in your filmmaking. This is especially useful in event and sports coverage.

Filming scenarios in which the subject does not remain in place, such as when filming a concert, for example.

Also, imagine filming at a soccer game. There, you cannot hold the camera in a position because the ball is constantly changing sides, the teams are moving over 100 meters from one to the other penalty area, so easy tracking of the action is required. This applies whether you’re shooting a narrative project or a documentary piece.

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With the Steadicam, you can easily zoom in and follow the ball throughout a passage of play in the game without those jerky, terrible the shots.

The Steadicam, therefore, is suitable for everyone. Both professionals and beginners can use the technology for themselves and be inspired by the smooth, professional results. Getting smooth tracking shots adds production value to your project.

In this day and age of fancy camerawork (even on the most basic of YouTube videos), this kind of production quality is almost assumed.

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What types of Steadicams are there?

The Steadicams are available in different versions. You can get compact tripods as well as hinged variants, which then usually better transport. In addition, there are variants that can be held in the hand or worn on the shoulder.

As well as the standard steadycams for DSLRs and camcorders, there are lots in existence for smartphones and GoPros, too.

Above all, the Steadicams differ with respect to their application, use-case or the persons by whom they are used.

Professional, Hollywood-type Steadicam systems are usually much heavier and often worn on the body with a shoulder strap or vest. They are primarily intended for very heavy film cameras.

How heavy is the camera?

Of great importance is the payload of a Steadicam. This speaks to how heavy the camera should be, which should be used with a Steadicam. There are, for example, variants that can carry a camera weight of 0.9 to 2.7 kilograms.

Other models may even carry a weight of five kilograms, in which case a vest or shoulder strap should be used for non-fatiguing and overuse. Not unimportant for a comfortable wearing is of course also the weight of the Steadicam. In this case, for an optimal comparison, care should always be taken that you’re not overburdening yourself or the steadicam.

Stabilizer weight orientation? Glidecam sled position Left-Right VS Front-Back? - YouTube

Best Steadicam For DSLR – In Conclusion

As with any camera gear purchase, choosing the right steadicam for you is best achieved by asking a number of key questions.

  • What do you need to use the steadicam for? Use case is of paramount importance.
  • What kind of project are you working on?
  • How sturdy do you need the steadicam to be?
  • And what kind of camera will you be using with it?

Price point is always a consideration no matter what you’re buying. The steadicams we’ve featured here all come in at very competitive price points.

Weight / Durability will always be a factor. Some of these models are heavier than others. Some will only take a small amount of weight. So consider the camera you’re going to be using with your steadicam. And always look into the specs and details with a high degree of focus.

Travel is also important. If you’re like most filmmakers, you travel for work a lot. Therefore, it’s important to consider the weight and travel-ability of any camera gear that you guy. Purchasing when of the smaller steadicams is probably going to be more beneficial for you in the long run.

We hope you’ve found this detailed guide to the best steadicam for DSLR useful. We’re covered a number of the best steadicams here and we’re explained that nowadays most people consider the terms steadicam, glidecam and gimbal to be interchangeable.

Have we missed out your favorite steadicam? Let us know in the comments below.

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Concepting a short film can involve a cluster of feelings: excitement, stress, creative energy, and in some cases, a little pre-production dread. In this article, we’re going to discuss getting ideas for short films.

If you’re making a short film — whether it’s for a class or for fun — you may be feeling some of that dread right about now. You may be sweating costs, scheduling, or like many of us, you may be stressing over ideas for short films.

Luckily, concepting your short film is perhaps the easiest and most enjoyable part of the creative process. This is the time to imagine, build, and solidify your ideas. But how do you start imagining, building, and solidifying?

That’s where we come in. We’ve already discussed how to stop procrastinating when it comes to filmmaking, and today we’re going to talk about how to concept your short film in a few easy, actionable steps. Let’s get started!

Ideas For Short Films: How to Concept a Short Film in 8 Steps

Let’s look at a few methods for getting ideas for short films.

1. Watch other shorts

You’ve probably heard good writers read a lot (and filmmakers, too). If you’re looking to make a short film, it only makes sense that you should watch other shorts to prepare.

Vimeo is an incredible resource for finding and watching student and professional projects. If you don’t know where to start, the platform offers Staff Picks to bring the very best to its users.

If you’re in a class with other film students, consider contacting them or following them on Vimeo or YouTube. You may also consider browsing their personal portfolios to review their previous work.

See what your classmates are making and allow it to inspire short film ideas for you. Notice something you like? Ask your peers specific details about their projects.

In the same way, others can positively influence your work, they can also teach you what not to do. For instance, you may notice some short films seem too long, too quiet, or —story-wise— too complex. Take notes on the good and the bad, then apply those notes to your own projects.

2. Forget your limits

While your budget may be micro or shoestring, developing short film ideas is the point in your project where you are completely unlimited.

If you had a dream budget:

  • where would you go?
  • How many characters would you have?
  • What types of effects would you use?  

You may not know what kind of film you want to make at this stage. If that’s the case, consider your own sources of inspiration.

Write a list. Make a moodboard.

Inspiration can come from anywhere or anything, so feel free to use books, photos, stills, and other elements that cultivate your creativity.

3. Choose a short film type

A short film may be a brief story you want to tell, or it may be a snippet from a larger work. So, do you want to make a traditional short film, or do you want to make a proof-of-concept?

A proof-of-concept (or POC) is a simple and professional way to give others a glimpse into your mind — and into the larger project you want to complete.

A proof-of-concept may be an isolated scene from a screenplay (such as the proof-of-concept for Whiplash).

Alternatively, it could be a simple short with characters from a larger script (like the proof-of-concept for Mama). Proof-of-concepts are used for festivals, contests, pitches, and funding campaigns.

However, traditional, non-POC shorts are just as viable. Traditional shorts often get placed at film festivals, and video can work as a huge marketing booster for businesses and blogs. Short films are a quick way to illustrate your skills as a filmmaker and garner attention online.

4. Pick a genre

Once you’ve decided on the type of short you want to make, consider which genre you want to explore. If you’re not sure, you might narrow it down to two related genres, like comedy and romance or horror and suspense.

By picking a genre, you can sculpt your ideas for short films into something more concrete.

Picking a genre also allows me to emulate existing works. If I’m making a comedic television POC, for instance, I’m going to consider various comedy types.

Would I want my short to be a cringe comedy like It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia? Would I want to give it a slapstick feel like Broad City? Or maybe I would settle on a more serious and dry style, like the one in Atlanta.

There are a variety of routes you can take in each genre, so consider your options and just have fun with it. Remember, this is still your brainstorming stage, so don’t stress if you have several influences.

5. Choose your comps

Once you’ve considered a preferred genre, it’s time to choose comparable movies or shows (i.e. your “comps”). These are two sources similar to your project. This will make your piece more pitchable to audiences and those looking to invest in your film.

For instance, let’s say I’ve written a dramedy. This dramedy is about a bachelor party gone awry during an alien invasion.

For my comps, I might use The Hangover and Mars Attacks!, because people are instantly familiar with these films.

Right way, my comps provide a tone for my short, and people know what to expect from my project.

6. Develop your character

We typically experience stories through a central character, so it’s important to begin concepting a protagonist in the beginning stages of your script-writing process. Consider, too, your character’s main goal.

This goal can be simple; if it’s a horror, such as the proof-of-concept for The Babadook, the goal could be safety or a similar basic need. In a romance, such as Disney’s “The Paperman,” the goal may be finding another character.

With your goal in mind, consider potential conflicts. For example, let’s say you really are making a short about a bachelor-party-turned-alien-invasion. Your character is the groom, and his goal is phoning his fiancée.

Simple enough, right? What are some potential conflicts that might stop him from calling?

Consider realistic conflicts, like limited cell reception or a lack of landlines. Combine these setbacks with the story’s main conflict: the invasion itself. The goal is simple, but it suddenly becomes high-stakes in the right situation.

7. Reel it in

Now that you’ve imagined big-budget, life-changing short film ideas, it’s unfortunately time to scale back. What can you realistically make within your budget?

This may feel like a discouraging question, but remember, budgets can actually give us the boundaries we need to be creative.

Consider dropping characters you don’t need (more characters = more expenses), and consider creative ways to transform resources you already have. Remember, you’re still in the conceptual phase, so there’s plenty of time to iron out the details when you write your script.

8. Make an outline

Now that you have a rough idea for your short, you can begin to make an outline. This will give you a chance to extract your short film ideas into a clear visual.

An outline can be as clean as a Pinterest board or as old-school as a few scribbles in a notebook. The outline is for you, so it’s okay if it’s a little scattered. Try to include some elements you’ve already brainstormed, like your comps, your main character, the goal, and some conflicts your character will experience.

Use your outline to make connections and build ideas. There’s no right or wrong way, but you may find that certain methods work better for you than others. Try different visuals and see what makes the most sense.

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Ideas For Short Films – A Conclusion

Concepting short film ideas can be anxiety inducing, but it can also be easy and enjoyable.

Once you’ve developed your thoughts and interests, the script will organically begin to come together.

Remember, this is your project, so don’t be afraid to try something new. You’re the one calling the shots.

Kaitlin Westbrook is a content writer for Videezy. Kaitlin covers business, creative content, professional writing, and more. When she’s not writing, she enjoys movies, baking, and her Pomeranian.

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Sound one of the key aspects you need to balance the equation when it comes to filming those mouth opening YouTube videos. Like we’ve said before, poor sound is often more noticeable than poor video quality. That’s why we’ve put together this list where we look at the best mics for YouTube videos.

Fortunately, the advancement in technology has done a lot for the area of audio. As well as now being able to easily get our hands on cameras that shoot brilliant 1080p HD and 4K video quality, for a very reasonable price we can now get solid audio options for YouTube videos.

Microphones for YouTube videos come in all different shapes and sizes to get that sound quality you have been fantasizing about. We’re going to cover a range of affordable price points in this list, and what you choose depends largely on the kind of YouTube videos you are aiming at.

Selecting the best YouTube microphone comes with a frequently asked question which is: What kind of YouTube videos? This is definitely the most important question that must be discussed before reaching for a vlogging microphone.

We’ll discuss the answer to this question throughout the article and we’ll start by outlining some of the classifications for the various YouTube microphones out there. After all, don’t you get a little confused you see all the jargon when searching for the best YouTube microphone?

The best mics for YouTube can be classified into one of the following categories:

USB microphones

Most people require a standard USB plug-in microphone, especially when getting started with their YouTube videos.

They are known to be one of the most popular microphones for more than half of the video types in the YouTube video world. They’re great for anything you’ll be filming at or near a computer. This covers things like:

  • podcasts,
  • vlogging,
  • gaming walkthroughs,
  • face-to-camera monologues
  • and more.
Camera microphones

Those filming outside with their camera or even indoors without a computer nearby may need to use the microphone on their camera.

We won’t be covering these here, as we’re just covering standalone microphones in this article. However, I mentioned this aspect of audio recording here for the sake of clarity.

Lavalier microphones

These are the little clip-on mics you’ve heard about on TV interviews, etc. More common in non-intrusive interviews, seminars and performances, this are really handy mics that can easily be hidden from the audience’s eyes.

Although they aren’t as common, you may be interested in filming some videos outside where the microphone can’t be seen (perhaps YouTube public pranks and such).

The best microphones for YouTube videos

Let’s look at our favorite mics for helping you make great YouTube videos.

1. Samson Go Microphone

USB microphones are nothing new, but the Samson Go Mic is probably the smallest and handiest on the market.

The body is made of metal which measures just 70.5 x 43.5 x 23mm in size, it employs a pair of back-to-back, cardioid, 10mm, back-electret capsules, so it can be switched between cardioid and omni patterns.

Also novel is the combined mount and mic storage clip, which incorporates a swivel joint to let you set the mic at the required angle.

When not in use, the mic folds back into the clip, and the whole thing goes into a zip-up storage pouch that’s no larger than the kind that would fit a pair of earbuds.

Usefully, the mount has a standard European mic thread, so that it can be screwed onto a mic stand if necessary.

Connection is via a miniature USB cable. And for monitoring there’s a 3.5mm stereo mini-jack headphone output on the side of the mic.

Samson Go Mic USB Test / Review - YouTube

A three-position slide switch selects between the cardioid and omni patterns, and when in the center position it gives a cardioid pattern with a 10dB pad.

The mic is a USB class-compliant device, so it needs no drivers. Once selected from within my DAW software (in our test case, Logic 8), the mic becomes the source and appears as a stereo input, with both channels carrying the same signal.

For mono tracks, selecting either of the two inputs provides the necessary mono signal. Monitoring is in stereo and is simply the DAW output, so there’s no direct ‘zero latency’ monitoring option. The headphone output on the mic gave subjectively the same sound quality as my Mac’s own headphone output.

By way of recording performance, the mic has a fairly flat response, running from 80Hz to 18kHz in cardioid mode, and from 20Hz to 20kHz in omni mode. Used with fairly close sources, no significant background noise was evident.

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2. Blue Snowball

This absolute classic that everyone knows and loves is a multi-pattern microphone that plugs straight into your computer.

Blue’s USB offering comes in their now-familiar Ball format blue, red and black varieties, the Snowball has a resin casing with wire-mesh grilles at front and rear. A threaded stand-adaptor is set into the base and a neat table-top tripod stand comes with the microphone, along with a USB cable for connection to a computer.

Besides a USB port, the mic’s only means of connection, there’s a three-position switch at the rear which is used to switch between two cardioid-pattern modes (one with a -10dB pad and one without) and an omnidirectional mode.

Overall, the frequency response extends from 40Hz to 18kHz (at -6dB, judging from the response curves given on the Blue website), with a presence peak at 3kHz in cardioid mode and at around 10kHz in omni mode. A red light on the mic shows that it is active and all necessary power comes from the computer’s USB bus power supply.

The converter’s built into the microphone, which has a capacitor capsule, are fixed at 16-bit/44.1kHz and the mic can be used with computers running Windows XP or Mac OS X without the need to install additional drivers. Inside the host software, the mic shows up as two identical input sources, rather than as a single mono source.

Blue Snowball Review + Microphone Settings Test - YouTube

There’s no denying that a bus-powered USB mic is a very neat solution to recording audio into a laptop or domestic computer system, and this one produces subjectively high-quality results. Providing you use it close enough to the source to get a healthy recording level, by which I mean a signal peaking at -15dB or higher.

In my view, the omni mode is best thought of as offering a different tonal flavor to the cardioid modes. The pickup pattern is not truly omnidirectional and I wouldn’t consider the mic to be well suited to recording round-table discussions in this mode, but used appropriately th sound quality is fine and the background noise acceptably low.

If you’re going to use this mic for Podcasting, it will produce the best results if you speak into it from around six inches away, and you can choose omni or cardioid mode depending on which tonality suits your voice best.

For loud instruments, the pad is a sensible and welcome addition, but because there is no variable gain control you’ll sometimes have to use the mic’s distance from the source as a gain control instead. And this may mean compromising on placement.

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3. Blue Yeti Microphones

Compatible with PC and Mac and ready to use when and where you need it. A triple capsule array allows for recording in stereo or your choice of 3 unique settings (cardioid, omnidirectional and bidirectional), giving you recording capabilities usually reserved for multiple microphones.

Analog-to-digital converter sends incredible audio fidelity directly to your computer.

Built-in headphone amplifier provides zero-latency monitoring.

Simple dial control quickly changes headphone volume, pattern selection or switch to mute all from your microphone.

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4. The Apogee MiC 96k

This time-tested offering from Apogee is another one of the best microphones for YouTube if you’re at or near a desk and a USB mic is what you’re after.

It will deliver excellent quality of sound very similar to what you expect in the studio (we’ve heard quite a few musicians use this for some vocals or acoustic recording).

It connects to Windows and Mac devices as well as any smart device with a 3.5mm connector, which will enable easy recording of some high-quality external sound for those videos regardless of what you’re using.

You can get away with using it with cameras as well, perhaps just not outdoors. For technical specs, it is equipped with cardioid polar pattern and an easy USB connection for great plug-n-play ease of us.

You have up to 96 kHz/24-bit HD recording, ‘PureDIGITAL connection’, and combines a microphone, microphone preamp and an A/D converter into one device.

What also qualifies this microphone as one of the best mics for YouTube is its versatility for different types of voices and uses.

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Best Mics for YouTube – A Conclusion

As with any kind of gear purchasing decision, you need to look at a number of factors when it comes to buy your YouTube microphone. The main ones are:

  1. Use case
  2. Price
  3. Durability
  4. Travel / Weight options

Use case is of prime importance. If you want to look like most YouTubers and do a face-to-camera production, then having a USB mic clearly in front of you is standard. People expect to see that from YouTubers, as we’ve had years of getting primed for that look. If you use a clip-on lav mic in this situation (for example) it might look a little off.

Equally, if you’re out and about and not in front of your computer when using your mic, then the lav mic option might be a better bet.

Price is a big consideration. You don’t want to go with something that’s going to break your budget when you’re just starting out as a YouTube influencer. Instead, start small and then scale up as you start making more money with your YouTube business.

Durability and travel / weight go hand in hand. If you’re shooting a lot of stuff on the go, and travelling a lot, then a light microphone that breaks down easily for packing is the way to go. You also don’t want to be hauling something really heavy around if you’re walking a lot with your gear and moving from location to location.

We hope this article on the best microphone for YouTube videos has been helpful to you. We’ve tried to cover all the bases here and feature our favorite YouTube mics for a range of budgets and use cases.

Have we missed out your favorite YouTube mic? Let us know in the comments just below.

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One of the latest Vimeo Staff Pick videos is docu-drama Drug Runner. This film blends documentary and fiction with the true story of a fifteen-year-old drug dealer.

Portrayed as a short, this story is full of beautiful framing and colour – surprising for the subject matter – that pulls the viewer into the life of a character that should be a villain, but ultimately is just a child trying to look out for his mother in a way that he understands.

The creator of this short is Charlotte Regan, a London writer and director, with support from production company, Bold Content Video.

Charlotte has a knack for writing and directing films that show authentic snapshots of life that people may not usually think about. Her style is gritty and reflects the culture in which she was raised.

Born in Hackney and growing up in a housing estate with her mum and gran, Charlotte directed over 200 music promos before moving on to her first short.

In her young career, Charlotte has won the BFI Future Film Award, the BFI New Talent Award, a Cannes Lions YDA Award, and now, two Vimeo Staff Picks.

Watch Charlotte’s second Vimeo Staff Pick, Drug Runner, below, and read on to learn how such a beautiful short film was made.


The narrative of “The Kid” stemmed from the real-life experience of one of Charlotte’s friends.

She felt this was a story that was never told: the reasons behind a person getting involved with drug dealing, but without painting the character as a villain. Her goal was to emphasize this was an every-day kid.

Charlotte developed the concept through three primary interviews with the real-life Kid (whose name is withheld to protect his privacy).

Rather than recording him and trying to cut that audio as a voice-over, Charlotte decided to record it on her phone as a reference, and bring on a voice-actor later.

Only some sections of the conversations made it to the script – Charlotte had to sift through 6+ hours of recordings to develop a cohesive voice-over.

The script was then interpreted by the voice-actor Alfie Stewart and child-actor Mitchell Brown. Charlotte spoke very highly of both; Alfie is an intuitive actor and she intentionally did not send the recordings to him for the purpose of allowing him to have his own take on how the script should be said.

Charlotte had worked with Mitchell previously. He is a rarity amongst young actors, having natural, subtle instincts when it comes to acting. He is also enthusiastic about tryings things a different way – always eager to be learning more, so he is open to direction.

One thing Charlotte wanted to play with was the line between documentary and fiction. By taking the original testimony, writing it into a cohesive script, and then allowing it to be interpreted by the actors, much of the authenticity could very well have been lost.

Charlotte’s goal was not to put out this short film and say, this is 100% literal: whist she is close enough to her real-life subject to be honest, even in people’s own minds, stories grow and change over time.

The intention was to show the subject’s world and mentality. While some aspects are exaggerated in production, no doubt the real-life Kid exaggerated some things in his interview. As with all documentaries, there will always be influence.


Production was primarily completed on a chilly day in mid-December on a housing estate in East London.

The cinematography being one of the highlights of Drug Runner, kit and crew were important. The director of photography, Arran Green, captured the young dealer’s world, both mentally and physically, with his shooting style.

One of the things that was particularly important to Charlotte was capturing the housing estate in a beautiful, vibrant way. She wanted to avoid the mainstream portrayal of a gloomy, gray city-scape, and show how the estate feels to the people that grow up in it.

Her intention was to make the short as a whole very colourful, but especially when The Kid is first falling into this drug-dealing world and loving the life: a youthful view of this dangerous world.

Charlotte and Arran together achieved the look using an Alexa Mini as the main camera, and a Black Magic for B-Cam. Charlotte selected the Alexa Mini due to convenience in terms of size, and both she and Arran liked how the picture looked once it was graded.

Much of the colour was achieved in post-production (which will be discussed below), but ultimately the vibrance was very much planned.

Most of the cutaways were filmed the day before by a micro-crew–since the project was very budget-conscious, most of the filming was done by Charlotte and Arran.

A steadicam was utilitized to achieve a good portion of the moving shots by operator Charlie Rizek. Charlotte filmed the short how she wanted it to look: much of the colour was brought out in the grade, true, but she intentionally lit the set with a lot of colour, so having the correct setup was crucial.

Author’s note: It is important to point out that although some top-of-the-line kit was used (the versatility of the Alexa Mini and Black Magic), the true aesthetic comes from Charlotte and Arran’s vision–one shouldn’t be discouraged from making something they are inspired by simply because they don’t have access to a RED.


Post-production was a collaborative process, as always. Charlotte conducted the edit herself. Usually, she finds that the film completely changes in the edit, but in this case, it followed the storyboard almost to the T.

Since the short was filmed in a very literal style, following the script of the voice-over, the piece was designed as a visual essay.

The edit began very matter-of-fact, giving people a clear insight into The Kid’s mindset. After that, it was a matter of knowing when to let the film breathe and when to cut more quickly.

Achieving picture lock was a challenge. One strategy Charlotte uses to keep a fresh perspective is watching the film with other people. Even if it’s just her friend or nan, she watches how they respond.

Even if it took ages to edit a certain bit, if more than one person has commented on a segment, it needs to be changed or cut.

Her view is, even if it took 5 hours to shoot, if it doesn’t add to the narrative or doesn’t make sense, cut it.

Colourist, John Layton, then took over for the colour grade. Having previously lit for the colour palette Charlotte envisioned, it was still quite a job matching up the footage from the Alexa Mini and Black Magic. John changed small elements here and there to make sure it felt like a cohesive piece.

Sound Design played another big part in Drug Runner. Sound Designer, Michael Ling, has worked with Charlotte on every one of her narrative projects, and they fully understand each other’s style.

It is this understanding that resulted in amazing sound. Ling purposely learns as much as he can about the story, and only includes sounds that add to the narrative.

Advice to New Filmmakers

One of the biggest setbacks for Charlotte was simply deciding to make it. A 15-year-old cocaine dealer is a strange topic for most people, and hardly something that (in Charlotte’s mind) people would be jumping to see.

Ultimately, she decided to trust in her own idea and invest in a team that believed in it.

Finding a team you trust is crucial, as Charlotte believes everything in film production is a collaborative process, thus teamwork is imperative.

Drug Runner is an amazing instance where a filmmaker had an idea and followed their gut instinct to make something great.

Determined to create something authentic and meaningful, Charlotte set out to make a docu-drama that truly reflected the life it portrayed.

The poignancy and relevance of the film is tangible in the final moments of the film, where The Kid expresses he has no regrets: “The people buying from me were adults who had made their own choices. If it weren’t me, it’d only be some other kid.”

This article was authored by Dana Lockwood of Bold Content Video.

Dana is a Missourian-transplanted-to London, where “ope!” quickly turned to “sorry!” Graduating with a Film Production degree from Missouri State University, she began her career in radio broadcasting, but ultimately moved to the UK in pursuit of opportunities in the film industry. She works as a Junior Producer at Bold Content Video.

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When you get to a certain level with your filmmaking, you’ll want to look at the best 4K camcorder options. If you’re experienced with DSLRs, then you’ll most likely want to consider the best 4K DSLR on the market and look at the options from there.

4K video looks stunning, as I’m sure you’re aware. It’s the future and more and more people are moving towards it.

In this guide, we want to give you some ideas for your 4K DSLR purchase, as well as give general tips about working with the format. Along with this, we’ll have some cool videos to wet your appetite for 4K video.

It’s been almost two decades since the emergence of the first 4K camera (an Ultra high definition (2160p). It had a resolution of 3840 pixels x 2160 lines (8.3 mega pixels, aspect ratio 16:9).

There has been a lot of talk about whether or not the 4K format is the future of television and cinema, but no one has been able to deny the amazing image quality that the 4K format produces.

Since 2014, the industry’s leading companies have released multiple models that allow their users to produce a video of the highest quality at affordable prices.

Let’s look at some of the best video cameras that offer 4K video.

Best 4K DSLR – The Cameras

In this guide, we hope to highlight the best 4K DSLR, as well as the best 4K camcorder overall. Here we go!

1. Nikon D850

The D850 is Nikon’s next-generation high resolution, full-frame DSLR.

Image sensor:  It features a 45.7 Megapixel BSI CMOS sensor with no optical low-pass filter and an Expeed 5 image processor, which allows for fast burst rates from taking photographs and 4K video capture.

The D850 has an ISO range of 64-25,000, expandable to 32-120,400 and a burst rate of 7 fps with continuous AF, and 9 fps.

Power source: Battery life is rated at over 1800 shots straight out of the box, and over 5100 shots with the optional grip and EN-EL18a/b battery.

Body quality: D850 is lightweight for its class, with a redesigned grip similar to that of the D750. The body is sealed against dust and moisture and has illuminated buttons for shooting at night.

Viewfinder: It has the ‘widest and brightest’ viewfinder of any Nikon DSLR as well as a tilting 3.2″ touchscreen display with 2.4 million dots.

Memory card slot: It has dual memory card slots, supporting both UHS-II and XQD media. Video features include UHD 4K video capture, slow motion and 4K/8K time-lapse models, focus peaking and more. The D850 has built-in Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth, which the company brands ‘SnapBridge’.

Good for filmmakers who work with anything anything from weddings to sports to narrative film and want the best possible image quality in a DSLR.

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2. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR

The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV is the latest addition to the legendary EOS 5D family. With a long and storied history of making video DSLRs for filmmakers and videographers, the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV features:

The image sensor features a 30.4 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor paired with a DIGIC 6+ processor to provide internal DCI 4K video recording at up to 30 fps.

It can transition from taking still photographs to shooting videos in a near instant, capturing Digital Cinema (DCI) 4K Motion JPEG videos of 4096 x 2160 pixels at up to 30 fps.

ISO sensitivity range of ISO 50-102400 (expanded), and 7 frames per second (fps) high speed shooting.

The 5D Mark IV is easily the most versatile DSLR camera from Canon yet. Having roughly the same dimensions as a 7D or 6D, but packing video and photo features from the much larger 1D X Mark II, the 5D Mark IV will never feel out of place or underpowered.

Whether you’re shooting sports indoor or recording/tracking a fast moving subject, the EOS 5D Mark IV will deliver professional results.

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Wi-Fi/NFC connectivity, GPS, Dual Pixel CMOS AF, 61 autofocus points, Movie Servo AF, Dual Pixel RAW, and a 3.2″ 1.62m-dot touchscreen LCD.

61-point autofocus with f/8 AF for tele converter/extender setups: The Canon EOS 5D Mark 4 has a new AF sensor, with 61 AF points covering a broader vertical area of the image than its predecessor.

This autofocus system delivers excellent accuracy and performance, with up to 41 cross-type AF points available, and extra-high-precision AF at up to 25 points on the AF array (when wide-aperture lenses are used).

DIGIC 6+ processor: This processor controls autofocus, metering, video data, and image data. It then uses that data with advanced algorithms to provide autofocus and metering that is quick and accurate.

This produces images and videos that are rich in detail and low in noise, with accurate colors and skin tones.

1.62 million dot 3.2″ touch panel LCD monitor: It features a 1.62 million dot, low-reflection 3.2-inch Clear View LCD II monitor for bright, sharp display in a wide variety of shooting situations.

The LCD’s touch panel surface facilitates fast, intuitive operation, including AF frame switching, menu and setting changes plus image magnification during Live View shooting and movie shooting. Still photographs can also be captured quickly with the touch panel’s shutter release function.

SD and CF card slots: It uses SD and CF card slots accepting fast UDMA 7 cards for a write speed of up to 167 MB per second. It should be noted that fast cards are essential when recording either 4K or high frame-rate videos.

Microphone and headphone sockets: Microphone and headphone sockets let you record superior audio in your videos and monitor audio for the perfect level.

This is a much improved series of audio options, especially compared to the audio setup on some of the Canon cameras of the past that met with much criticism.

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High dynamic range (HDR) video mode: The Canon 5D MK IV’s HDR movie mode can alternate between normal and under-exposed frames, compressing the brightest parts of a scene to retain more highlight detail – thus delivering videos with a wider dynamic range.

Anti-flicker Function: The EOS 5D Mark IV features a camera anti-flicker function that detects the frequency and phase of a light source’s flicker and captures images near the point of peak brightness when the subject is most likely to be properly illuminated.

Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC: The 5D Mark IV features built-in Wi-Fi and NFC to connect to your smartphone, tablet or laptop.

This makes posting to social media platforms easy, as you can send a file from your camera to your mobile device, and from your mobile device to a platform. FTP/FTPS support is great for those shooting in Wi-Fi equipped venues when added security is required.

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Built-in GPS:  GPS data helps when cataloguing images and video footage and lets you retrace your steps to find specific shooting locations.

Remote Operation: The 5D Mark IV can be controlled wirelessly from an iOS or Android smart device running the free Canon Camera Connect App. Remote operation is extremely useful for producing stable video or sharp pictures, as most camera operations can be done without touching the camera.

Intelligent Viewfinder II: This offers a bright, customizable view that displays AF points, an electronic level and current camera settings.

Digital Lens Optimizer: The Digital Lens Optimizer uses optical design values to correct various lens aberrations, diffraction, and the softening of resolution caused by the low-pass filter.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Full Frame Digital SLR Camera Body
  • 30.4 MP full-frame CMOS sensor for versatile shooting
  • Up to 7.0 frames per second continuous shooting speed
  • 61-point AF system with 41 cross-points for expanded vertical coverage
  • ISO range 100-32000 with 50-102400 expansion
  • 4K video recording at 30p or 24p and in-camera still frame grab of 8.8MP images
$3,499.00 - $400.00 $3,099.00
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3. Nikon D500

If I had to sum up the Nikon D500 in one line, it would be: Fast Speed, Reach and Connectivity.

The D500, a DX-format DSLR with pro-level features that gives photographers nimble handling, speed and extreme processing power in a compact and lightweight body. With amazing imaging capability, robust build quality and lightning fast performance.


  • It has a powerful 153-point AF, approximately 10 fps for up to 200 shots.
  • The Compact DX system adds agility in telephoto shooting, 4K UHD video, suitable for professional productions.
  • EXPEED 5 image-processing engine.
  • Achieves sensitivity up to ISO 51200, expandable to Hi 5.
  • Touch-screen, tilting 8-cm/32-in high-resolution monitor
  • Nikon D500 DSLR Body AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR Lens (20055).
  • EN-EL15 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery, MH-25a Battery Charger.
  • USB Cable Clip, UC-E22 USB Cable,
  • HDMI Cable Clip,
  • DK-17 Eyepiece,
  • AN-DC17 Strap
  • BF-1B Body Cap
  • HB-75 Bayonet Lens Hood, LC-72 72mm Snap-On Front Lens Cap, LF-4 Rear Lens Cap

Nikon D500 DX-Format Digital SLR (Body Only)
  • 20.9MP DX-Format CMOS Sensor.Viewfinder:Eye-level pentaprism single-lens reflex viewfinder
  • EXPEED 5 Image Processor;Monitor Size : 3.2 inches diagonal
  • 3.2" 2,539k-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD
  • 4K UHD Video Recording at 30 fps
  • Multi-CAM 20K 153-Point AF System
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4. Panasonic HC-X1

Not a DSLR, this is a bonus on the list we’ve put together. The Panasonic HC-X1 is one of the best 4K camcorder options on the market, so we felt a need to include it here.

The HC-X1 doesn’t have a huge sensor, but it’s not tiny either. Its one-inch MOS sensor is very typical for a camcorder. It’s also a very common size for fixed-lens cameras in general.

After the 1/3-inch sensors of the CCD era, 1-inch sensors have fallen into the same status as a standard that three 1/3-inch CCD chips once held.

Video quality: Size aside, the picture and color reproduction is very nice. Shooting up to DCI 4K as well as UHD 4K at up to 60p, the camera records to dual SD card slots in MP4, MOV and AVCHD formats.

Memory card slot: If you’re considering this camera, make sure you have either SDHC or SDXC memory cards. One of the stand-out features in the HC-X1 is that it lacks expensive SDI outputs. If you need SDI, this camera isn’t for you, but if you don’t, it’s an affordable option.

The viewfinder is easy to use and can be adjusted for right or left eyed shooters. The monitor tucks away for easier storage. It’s easily operated and is bright enough for most shooting situations.

Yes, you might be searching specifically for a DSLR, but don’t ignore conventional camcorders altogether when looking for a 4K camera. Camcorders can offer advantages over DSLRs, especially when it comes to long-record settings, which are ideal for event videography.


  • Sensor: 1x 1”-type MOS Sensor
  • Focal Length: 8.8 – 176 mm
  • 35mm Equivalent Focal Length:
  • 24-480mm @ DCI 4K resolution, 25.4-508mm @ UHD/HD resolution
  • Maximum Aperture: f/2.8-4.5
  • Zoom Optical: 20x
  • Filter Thread: 67 mm
  • Built-In ND Filters: Clear, 1/4, 1/16, 1/64
  • Recording Media: SDHC/SDXC
  • Video Format: MP4/MOV: 4096 x 2160p / 24 fps (100 Mbps), MP4/MOV: 3840 x 2160p / 59.94 fps (150 Mbps) 50 fps (150 Mbps) 59.94 fps (100 Mbps) 29.97 fps (100 Mbps) 25 fps (100 Mbps) 23.98 fps (100 Mbps)
  • MP4/MOV: 1920 x 1080p / 59.94 fps (200 Mbps) 59.94 fps (100 Mbps) 59.94 fps (50 Mbps) 29.97 fps (200 Mbps) 29.97 fps (50 Mbps) 23.98 fps (200 Mbps) 23.98 fps (50 Mbps)
  • AVCHD: 1920 x 1080p / 59.94 fps (25 Mbps) 50 fps (25 Mbps) 23.98 fps (21 Mbps)
  • 1920 x 1080i / 59.94 fps (21 Mbps) 59.94 fps (17 Mbps)
  • 1440 x 1080i / 59.94 fps (5 Mbps) 50 fps (5 Mbps)
  • 1280 x 720p / 59.94 fps (8 Mbps)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 / 1.78:1,17:9 / 1.9:1
  • Audio Channels: 2
  • Audio Format: AAC
  • Display: Size 3.5” / 8.9 cm touchscreen
  • Type Pixel Count: 1,152,000
  • Rotation: 270°
  • Image Stabilization: Optical
  • Power Input: 11.4-12.6 VDC EIAJ Type4
  • Dimensions: 6.8 x 7.7 x 13.6” / 17.3 x 19.5 x 34.6 cm
  • Weight: 4.4 lb / 2 kg (without battery or SD card)

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  • Advanced Optical Image Stabilizer (4K/UHD/FHD) and 5-Axis Hybrid O.I.S. (FHD)
  • Supports 4K, UHD, FHD; 60p/50p/25p/24p
  • High-performance LEICA DICOMAR 4K Lens 24mm f2.8-F4.5 with optical 20X zoom (24-480mm).
  • 2-channel XLR Audio, Wired/Wireless remote control, triple Manual Rings, user switch, timecode, ND...
  • Simultaneous 4K UHD/FHD dual codec recording to two SD cards.Focal Length 8.8 - 176 mm
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Best 4K DSLR – In Conclusion

As always, when it comes to cameras and other filmmaking gear, there are a tonne of variables that need to be considered when making a purchasing decision.

Consider, first and foremost, the use case for the camera you need for 4K video. DSLRs will work great on corporate promo video projects, as well as narrative filmmaking, etc etc. But if you’re looking for the kind of long-record options that a lot of event videography demands, then you might want to consider a camcorder.

We really like the Canon 5D Mark IV. It comes from a long line of workhorse cameras that have always done the job for us – from the 5D Mark II onwards. Canon are, obviously, a trusted manufacturer of superior camera equipment. And the prestige of the 5D line is taken very seriously by them indeed.

Once again, they’ve created a legendary camera that will appeal to filmmakers of all kinds for many years to come. So the Canon 5D Mark IV gets our nod here.

But don’t ignore the two Nikons mentioned here. Nikon are a premium manufacturer as well, and sometimes the battle of Canon vs. Nikon just comes down to personal preference, button selection and maybe even lense choice.

Although, in recent years, some sort of parity has been reached between the respective lense ranges, so you can now find a Canon and Nikon equivalent of just about any lense you’re looking for.

If you’re going the 4K camcorder route, then the Panasonic HC-X1 is one of the best in the business. For a great performing camera, from a top manufacturer, and with the natural long-record options, this is arguable the best 4K camcorder for all your 4K needs.

As we always say, consider price and use-case first when making any kind of gear buying decision. We wish you the best of luck!

I hope you’ve found this guide to the best 4K DSLRs instructive. Did we miss out your favorite 4K camera? Let us know in the comments just below here.

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