Friday, April 24, 2015

What is the Best Sony Camcorder to Buy 2015

Here's my compiled recommended cameras for shooting video in 2015.

The models are selected based on these 6 available features:

- Manual Exposure
- Manual Focus
- Manual White Balance
- Optical Zoom
- External Microphone Input Jack
- Head/Earphone Output Jack

(Other features I look for are: 20x optical zoom, Wifi Control, Wifi Video Transmission, 4K, Switchable 30/25 fps, large sensor for low noise, shallow DOF for bokeh)

One more thing...
This recommendation is for Business and Corporate users who want to shoot their own video in-house. If you want cameras for TV and Cinema, that will be another article.

As at April 2015, the best Sony camcorder models that fit my criteria are:

- FDR-AX1E 4K Camcorder with four times the image quality of Full HD. S$5,599. (More for professional videographers because of the size)
http://www.sony.com.sg/product/fdr-ax1e

- FDR-AX100E: 4K Camcorder with 1 inch Exmor R™ CMOS image sensor.  S$2,699. (4K is the future-proof recording resolution)
http://www.sony.com.sg/product/fdr-ax100e

- HDR-CX900E Memory™ Stick Camcorder with 1.0-type Exmor R™ CMOS image sensor. S$1,999. (This is the current popular HD Sony model)
http://www.sony.com.sg/product/hdr-cx900e

- HDR-PJ670 Compact and lightweight camcorder with built-in projector and NFC/Wi-Fi. S$1,299. (Some of my clients like this because you can play back videos on the wall)
http://www.sony.com.sg/product/hdr-pj670

Accessories that go well with these camcorders for business and training videos will be:

- Wireless Cam Microphone Sony ECM-W1M
http://www.sony.com.sg/product/ecm-w1m

- Tripod VCT-VPR100 or VCT-VPR1
http://www.sony.com.sg/product/vct-vpr100
http://www.sony.com.sg/product/vct-vpr1

Other brand camcorders you can consider are:

- Canon VIXIA HF G30 Full HD Camcorder. S$2499.

- Panasonic 4K Ultra HD Camcorder HC-VX870.

If you must get a DSLR or still camera to shoot video, then consider these 3 models that are designed to shoot video properly.

- Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 - 4K Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera

- Sony Alpha a7S Mirrorless Digital Camera

- Canon EOS 70D DSLR Camera (Body Only)

Hope this helps.  Feel free to ask more questions.

Adrian Lee
VideoLane.com