New Cameras, YouTube, and Potential Upgrades

This week’s post is a little different. I apologize for missing last week’s post here on the website, however it was meant to be a text re-post of the tutorial I created about delivery settings for YouTube which you can find here. You can find all sorts of DaVinci Resolve and Video Production tips and tricks on the channel, if that is your kind of thing please consider subscribing.

It was two weeks ago when I produced the first YouTube tutorial on the Sword & Shield Studio channel. Since then we have heard some pretty interesting camera news. For one, Sony released the A7C, one of the smallest full-frame cameras now on the market. It is certainly an intriguing little camera, it does make me wonder where Sony’s APS-C camera line is headed in the future…bigger tech in smaller packages always means bigger better things to come though, doesn’t it?

In addition to the Sony camera we have seen the Canon EOS C70 cinema camera come to light, an entry-level cinema camera at an intriguing price point (in the world of cinema cameras, that is). It does make you question how the R5 and R6 ended up with the video capabilities that they did since they were developed in concert with the C70…but I will not dive into that. The C70 in and of itself seems like a capable cinema camera for those who are in the market for one. As a solo video freelancer, however, I can simply relish in its existence from a distance.

While I have been dreaming about cameras above my pay grade, I have been making some considerations about what I should upgrade to myself within the $1000-$2000 price range. You see I am using an a6000 I got in 2015 and it still serves me as a great multi-purpose camera. I have picked up a couple high quality lenses for it over the years and in 2020 it is an excellent 24MP stills camera, just wish it had a little more power in the body for professional video work.

My most natural upgrade path would be to get a Sony a6600. This way I can keep my same Sony E-Mount APS-C lenses, upgrade the body, and have better image quality when I take video without spending much…plus I would have money left in the budget to potentially get another lens. Another tempting consideration has been Blackmagic Design’s Pocket Cinema Camera 4K. It seems like I would be able to get higher fidelity video with it than the a6600 and of course Blackmagic Design’s BRAW files would play nicely with my main editing suite DaVinci Resolve…but the lack of continuous autofocus and a flip screen make it less appealing for my YouTube work where I do have to record myself from time-to-time. Not to mention the high fidelity BRAW files will require me to upgrade my data storage solution. Still, it seems like a great consideration for capturing professional looking video without breaking the bank.

Well that is what has been on my mind. Dumped here in text form on the Internet for everyone to read. What about your plans? Are you thinking about upgrading cameras soon? What do you have your eyes on? Do you have a YouTube channel that you have just got started? Let me know in the comments, I would love to Subscribe and support a fellow YouTube noob. Have a great one.