Been a Nikon user for the past 12+ years and really like their system and have no experience with other brands except with Sony from a friend of mine, with its terrible battery life and other heating issues.
Was really hoping that Nikon ML FF will be out by Jun or July this year. Looks like I was dreaming. Anyways I was wondering what are the other cameras available for recording 1080p 120fps or 4k 30 or 60fps with a good low light performance? Is panasonic any better than sony? Would be nice to have a stop-gap thing until Nikon comes up with their solution. Will be using it with a gimbal for smooth shots.
What are the videographers here in this community use?
Am I restricting myself by not looking beyond Nikon?
If all your use is on a tripod OK but if you need to move about then forget the DSLR.
Most of the videos are on the move, I would be using a gimbal, either Zhiyun Crane 2 or the DJI Ronin-S (to be released soon) so lens+body combo should not be too heavy. If I could use nikon lenses that would be great!
Otherwise will invest on Manual Focus lenses on whichever brand that I have to go with.
How about Panasonic GH5? The earlier versions of Sony were terrible with overheating issues, may be newer ones are better, I'm not really excited about going towards sony.
Using an adapter and GH5, later if Nikon Mirrorless is good at video, I could get rid off the Panasonic Body. Is this a sane option?
That said, Nikon cameras and lenses can produce the most gorgeous footage imaginable so I would stick with Nikon if you absolutely must have DSLR video.
Low light is an area where there's lots of misinformation. Video people bring lights with them, so low light performance isn't really an issue. Whatever you plan to spend, budget at least a few hundred dollars for some battery-operated LED panels.
At the risk of repeating myself, nothing nothing matters more in video than lighting. Learn to use back light and rim light, they are what will make your video look good.
I do have a RODE mic, will buy a portable light to go with GH5. I've started to look at eBay for a used GH5.
You mount it on the top of your camera or cage. But there's a trick, you have to angle the beam about 30 degrees away from the subject and turn down the brightness until you can barely see the effect when you wave your hand in front of the light. . If you need tungsten light, I think it might come with a filter.
Anyway, that's the only other wisdom I know.
, I would recommend you buy a video camera with the features you want while you're learning....
Hanging the camera on your arm is not a good idea except for short sequences ..think carefully.
.In every situation a shoulder mounted camera is better,more steady and can be held longer.
There are non so blind as those who cannot see.
Honestly, Nikon doesn't prioritize video on their cameras and it shows. It always seems to be an afterthought.
Usually with a real video camera the audio mixer is built in and you can adjust as you shoot.
A real camera gives you status at events ..moves people and gets respect.
With a large Sony on my shoulder I once walked into an event and was 6 ft from Prince Charles.