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post #1 of 2 Old 09-03-2013, 07:44 PM - Thread Starter
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Hi All,

Newbie here!!! I really need some help choosing the correct camera for a reality show project I will be working on with some friends.

We are going to be making a reality show similar to "Big Brother" and "The Real World." We have a $10,000 camera budget to get

two cameras, preferably the same. The criteria we have for the cameras is that they must shoot in true hd, be easily operated by one

cameraman and most importantly shoot very well in low interior light. The house we are having our contestants stay in does not yet

have extra lights installed so we need to make sure that we can get the best picture quality from our cameras. None of the members

of the project have a cinematography background so we really need recommendations on what to buy. Thanks in advance:)smile.gif
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Hi Sebastian - for a reality show, you will want good stabilization in addition to low light sensitivity and ease of use. I would get a couple of $2999 Sony NEX-EA50s with autofocus and autoiris and a couple of $448 fast 35mm f1.8 NEX prime lenses to go with them.

Unlike most cameras in this price range, the EA50 has pro XLR mic inputs, interchangeable lenses and a built-in shoulder mount, which will help you to follow your talent around for long periods of time without having to buy a separate shoulder rig.

Here is a commercial/reality video shot with the EA50:



You can see more examples of what the EA50 can do on the Vimeo NEX-EA50 group page.

Hope this is helpful, and good luck with your show!

Bill
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