Having the highest quality cameras does not mean you will have the highest quality videos. Overall, it’s the person behind the camera, not the camera itself, that makes great shots. However, when it comes to image quality, better cameras will give you a better image. Of course, there are specific situations that this is not the case, so when buying camera gear, it is important that you do some research and find out what is going to be best for you and your needs. Here, we will highlight some of the gear we use and why we choose to use it. Hopefully this will aid you in your search for the right gear.
When searching the vast market that is camera equipment, it is easy to become overwhelmed. There are just so many specifications to keep in mind to make sure you are buying the best camera that suits your needs. So, before you make a decision you have to determine what is most important to you in a camera. For us, we came up with a quick guide of three specs to help us narrow down our search.
- It had to be mirrorless
- Have a full frame sensor
- Be small enough for us to carry around easily.
Having a mirrorless camera body basically means that it has no mirror as opposed to a DSLR’s, which does. This allows it to be much more compact and portable. Plus, full frame mirrorless camera’s allow you to mount virtually any type of lens on it like Canon, Nikon, Olympus etc. because of the short flange distance from lens to sensor. So all you need is the right adapter to get any lens to its needed distance from the sensor so that you get full range of infinity to minimum focus distance.
The sensor determines the quality of resolution, low light performance, and dynamic range. At the time, the a7s nailed all of these specs so we decided it was going to be the best fit.
We love doing time lapse photography and many times find ourselves in dark shooting situations, so the low light capability was a big selling point. Watch some of the great astro time lapses we have been able to take with the a7s in this video below.
Overall, we are very impressed with Sony’s camera game right now and will probably stick with them in the future. But, like many of us know, technology changes all the time so its best to try and stay updated and find out what will be the best buy for you.
The main attraction of this camera, to us, is the auto focus. It is really fast and incredibly smooth making it easy to switch between subjects without having to worry about where the focus is at. This camera has been a great tool for our vlogging because not only is the auto focus great but it also has an LCD monitor that flips around so you can see yourself while shooting.
Another aspect of this camera worth noting is the fact that it has a built in time lapse mode making it easy to shoot and compile time lapses on the go.
We wish it was a little bit smaller, but the body on this is super durable and water resistant, which really comes in handy living in Washington.
Overall, this is a great camera for beginners or enthusiasts because it maintains high resolution and has a lot of cool features.
DJI Phantom 4 Pro
This is the second drone we ever bought and is a total work horse for us and is one of the best drones on the market. One of the main attractions to this piece of equipment was the picture quality of the drone. It shoots an impressive 4k at 60 fps, not bad for a drone. This drone is also pretty durable, we have crashed it a handful of times and it still works fine. The drone flies great but it only weighs 3 pounds so be weary of high winds.
The only disappointing thing about this drone is the app that you use with it. Sometimes it is laggy or doesn’t want to connect. So its a battle at times, but overall, pretty good. The drone is a good size, we made a nice carrying case for ours but we have also jammed it into a backpack before, wouldn’t recommend the backpack.
DJI MAVIC PRO
Now I don’t know if you can tell from the picture but the Mavic is much smaller than the Phantom, which is the exact reason why we decided to buy it.
Not only is the Mavic small enough to fit inside a small hand bag or back pack, the image it produces is comparable to that of the Phantom.
The picture on the Mavic is a little softer and doesn’t look as crisp as the Phantom, but for how small it is, the picture is excellent. Another great aspect of the Mavic is that it folds up into itself. As you can see in the picture above of the Phantom it does not fold at all and you actually have to take the propellers on and off every time you use it. This drone flies great and is super steady even in high wind situations. Highly recommend.
The gear you buy is very important but it isn’t everything. The main objective is to tell a great story, whether that be through video, photos, music, drawing, or whatever your medium is.
At Endless, we specialize in telling stories that makes your message hit home, and we use top of the line gear to make you look, sound, and feel amazing. So give us a call with any gear, video, or video project questions you may have, we’re here to work with passionate creators and businesses that need to be heard.