I’ve been trying to purchase a good video camera that can,
- Record up to 4K video
- Has slow motion recording (at least 120 fps) and timelapse photo/video recording
- Has a 1″ sensor, or a smaller sensor that can take decent video footage in low light
- Has a 3.5mm audio connector to connect an external mic
- Has good optical zoom (preferably)
- Has manual focus in addition to auto focus (preferably)
- Has electronic & optical image stabilisation (preferably) – I have a video tripod, but carrying it everywhere may not be practical
I have considered Action Cameras (Gopro 7 announced recently is still a consideration), DSLRs (rejected due to their bulky form factor, lens requirements), Point-and-Shoot/Bridge Camera (Panasonic fz1000 is under consideration), 360 Cameras (waiting for better resolution with good over-capture features), Drone Cameras (operation is too complicated, esp. outdoors), and every other device with a camera attached to it!!!
Recently, I found that (flagship) smart phones can also record very good video. In fact, there have been movies shot with the iPhone!
So, for now, I have decided to buy a mobile phone with 4K Video recording. I have shortlisted One Plus 6 (waiting for One Plus 6T release in Oct before deciding) and Xiaomi Pocophone F1 (If you haven’t heard about this phone yet – Google now, learn, and BUY immediately 🙂 )
I am planning to use the mobile phone camera for the next few months until I buy my main production camera – or until Panasonic, Canon, Sony or Nikon comes out with a decent camera that fulfils all my needs. After that, the mobile will become my backup camera or second angle camera.
What do you think about using a (good) mobile camera for videography/semi-commercial video shooting? I would like to know your opinion.