Beginner First Camera Advice

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Sam
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Hi everyone,

Total beginner here... I'm looking to buy my first camera and have been doing research online, reading reviews etc to try and find a good first camera.

I've run into a few recommendations:
Canon M50
Sony A6000
Sony A6400
Canon 6D
Sony A7
Sony A7II

I need the camera to perform well for video (1080p 60fps, I don't need 4K at all really) and ideally be lightweight. I will also be using it for photography and I don't want to spend loads of money (I'm looking at second hand cameras primarily)

I have a few main questions.

1) I really like the look of the Sony A7 series, but are they overkill?
2) Is A7II worth the extra money over the original A7 (£450 vs £650 second hand)
3) Which camera do you recommend out of these
4) Is there another camera I should be looking at

I would also appreciate lens recommendations to go with these cameras, something that I can use most of the time for filming (both with a tripod and selfie style) and photography

If you could let me know what you think, that would be amazing!
 
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Bazza
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Everyone has their own opinion but there are certain guide lines one can take

1= Set a budget to include a lens and memory card
2= Decide on a type of camera
3= Choose from say 3 or 4
4= Go and get hands on to see which is most comfortable to hold
5= Check out the camera functions
6= Get the one you first thought of and liked :rolleyes: ;)
7= Or take a look at Camcorders. ( have a Panasonic which takes great photos and videos .No messing about getting videos into focus as with a DSLR)

camcorder video in awkward lighting situation on board ship, sound not bad either, also no time limit of recording as with a DSLR


zoom no probs see all video


my camcorder

 
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Can’t help much with those but look at the auto/continues focus options for video.

my Nikon won’t/can’t continuously focus whilst in video mode, I’ve heard cannons do but can’t confirm and no idea about Sony.
 
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Alf
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I agree with the above

The A7S was built for video wasn't it?

For small and light consider m4/3 (Olympus and panasonic) too what is your budget
 
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forgot to mention with videoing you can get a lot of wind noise rumbling ,so getting a mike muffler is important. I can hightly rcommend aSennheiser MKE400 and adding a Gutmann muffler(deadcat) both small but do the job. tested other deadcats but not as good as this for a small rig
Test video using these

 
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