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Canon 5D Mark II
A DSLR with some famous credits
Canon EOS 550D Rebel T2i
Like the Canon 5D, but a lot less expensive
Canon EOS 60D
First with articulated LCD screen
Extended ISO and recording time, real autofocus.
4K full frame, 120 fps in HD. Excellent still camera.
Micro Four Thirds with great features.
Many new pro video features.
Shoots 4K Video.
Shoots 4K, excellent audio features, 60 fps.
Shoots 4K Video, less expensive than the GH4 and has less noise.
Tapeless HD Camcorders
The Panasonic HMC-40 is a AVCHD camcorder with three 1/4 inch CMOS sensors.
Records to two memory card slots.
Sony NEX EA50
Large sensor, interchangeable lenses, shoulder mount.
Sony 4K Prosumer Camcorder FDR-AX1E
$4,500 for 4K
4K hybrid $2500
Panasonic 4K Cameras WX970, WX 870, and WX770 Shoot 4K, HDR Video and 1080 at 240fps, $1000
Panasonic DVX200 4K. First 4k documentary camera with large Micro 4/3 Sensor with 12 stops Dynamic Range and a fixed lens.
DJI Osmo 4K Cam has Built-In Hand Held Gimbal and shoots 120 fps.
Canon XL 1
Popular for its interchangable lenses and unusual design. No longer in production, but available used.
Many pro features in this JVC camera which has three 1/2″ Sony CCDs. No longer in production.
Sony VX 1000
The camera that started the DV revolution.
Replaced the VX1000, this time with superior low light performance.
Sony DSR PD 170
The best low light performer in SD.
HDV or High Definition recorded on Mini DV
Sony HDR FX1 HDV
HDV, excellent in low light. Some call it the HDV VX 1000.
Sony HVR-Z1U HDV
The pro version of the FX1.
JVCs HD10U HDV
Just one chip, but this was the first HDV camcorder.
HDV 3 CMOS camcorder which features 1080i HD, not great in low light.
Sony HDR-FX1000 and HDR-FX1000E
HDV 3 CMOS camcorder
Sony HVRZ7U and Sony HVRS270U
Professional HDV camcorder shoots 1080p, either 24p or 30p. Can record to CompactFlash solid-state memory card, while simultaneously recording to tape.
GoPro3 Hero+ Camera
1080p60, 120 frames a second and many other improvements over previous versions.
Miniature, full auto only, used for sports, aerial work, and weddings.
Inexpensive HD, very simple to use, few features.
Sony AS100 POV Camera
Very Similar to GoPro Hero3+, but with some superior features.
Go Pro Hero
Waterproof Case, 1080p30 and 720p60 video, Built-in Microphone.
Super 8 Film Cameras
Logmar Super 8 Film Camera
First new Super 8 camera in 30 years features XLR audio, precise registration, variable frame rates, records on standard film cassette, wider frame, C-mount lenses.