Sorry if that was awkward to understand. I used to do photography in school and really enjoyed it but lost the passion as soon as I left, I've now accepted the offer to help a friend with his esports team and my job would be to take photos of the the team on their own, them sitting at their computers and also filming documentary type videos most of which would be in low lighting. I'm not sure what kind of things I'm looking for in a camera so would love any help in finding the best one suited to what I need but for a low budget as this is a hobby.

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  • Just a comment - you may consider refurbished? I found a canon 60D for a very reasonable price. Good Luck with the eSports thing! – nycynik Jan 9 at 1:53
  • All of them. All of the cameras. Get.Every.Single.One.Of.Them. – Michael C Jan 9 at 13:27
  • What is your budget for this? 100$ ? 500$ ? 1500 $ ? 3500 $ ? – lijat Jan 9 at 15:53

From your question it seems like you need a good videocentric kit that can also take good pictures. I'd look at getting the Canon EOS M100 or the Panasonic GX85.

A few things to consider..

  1. Having a touchscreen : makes it easier to change focus, just tap to focus.

  2. Articulating Screen : Seems to not be important in your case since you, the videographer, will be behind the camera and not in front of it. But having the screen flip out can be useful if you ever decide to include yourself in the videos.

  3. Touch-Centric UI : Makes it easier to learn and use the controls.

  4. Face Detect Autofocus : Less work for you to keep the focus on the face during interviews.

  5. Larger sensor : The M100 has a large APS-C sensor, and therefore excellent low-light capability.

  6. Light body : needs a smaller (and cheaper) tripod

  7. Interchangeable lens camera : In case you decide you need specialist lenses (like a low aperture prime or a telephoto zoom)

Cons of the M100:

  1. Sensor is not stabilized : The digital image stabilization is 'good-enough' for most uses IMHO.

  2. No External Mic Input : Do you plan to add a backing sound-track or just have the ambient for the background? You can record the audio separately (see lav mic + recorder) and sync in post - its easy enough to do. One side benefit is that you don't need to purchase a wireless mic and/or have a dangling mic wire running from the camera to the person.

Things that are nice to have:

  1. 4K/RAW/More bits recording format : Nice quality bump - but also means huge files that you need to process. A modern PC should be OK, but you need to check if your PC specs are up to the task.

  2. A larger sensor : A full frame sensor will give you a nice quality bump and marginally (from APSC) less noise in your videos

  3. Advanced Controls/Dials: Easier to take control of the settings manually if you decide to invest time in learning more.

This is by no means comprehensive, but I hope it gives you some pointers and/or things to think about.

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