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    My boss is interested in getting a new camera. He is used to using the PMW-400 (XDCAM EX HD Camcorder). What he loves about it:

    1. It has a servo zoom lens. You zoom in and focus and zoom out (focus stays). Zooms are smooth with the servo.
    2. It had a viewfinder that work well for bright sunlight.
    3. It has multiple XLR inputs.
    4. It has built in ND filters.

    What he doesn't like about it: It's heavy (even without an Anton Bauer brick on it).

    Is there an affordable camera (or gear combo), that can do all of these things, that weighs a lot less?

    Thanks!
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    That link has a huge list of cameras connected to it. Do you like this one the best (it's at the top):

    Panasonic AG-CX350 4K Camcorder
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    Or he can get a C100 II DPAF with the 18-80. Depends on the budget.

    (or, if Jimmy the Gent is your boss, there are different means of gear acquisition)


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    Quote Originally Posted by thefilmaddict View Post
    That link has a huge list of cameras connected to it. Do you like this one the best (it's at the top):

    Panasonic AG-CX350 4K Camcorder
    Your 4 features are doable by pretty much all of the cameras on that list...so it's best to narrow it down a bit more for any useful recommendations.

    Would he/you like to stick with Sony? - Resolution? - 4K/60p? - Autofocus? - IBIS? - 10-bit? - ETC.

    The CX350 is VERY popular right now, but I do not have hands-on experience with any of those fixed-lens prosumer cameras besides a few (and they are old). Around this forum, you'll find dedicated discussions about a few models and even some comparison threads as well if you search for them.


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    Thanks! This camera is pretty impressive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AraWj55Apzs

    He mainly shoots 1080 29.97 progressive now, but would migrate to 4K eventually.

    Only thing I noticed on B&H reviews were people saying they got dust on the sensor when using it outdoors. He shoots a lot on a boat. Fishing instructional videos. Long recording times. Deals with contrasty sun at times.
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    Which 18-80. Is it a servo zoom? He would like that.

    Luckily, he's not Jimmy the Gent! LOL.
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    I don't know how dust would get in there, but I guess it's possible.

    Regarding difficulty managing the sun's light, the camera doesn't have any LOG recording (it does have an HLG option), but he wouldn't be the first and certainly not the last person to use a camera like that in those conditions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thefilmaddict View Post
    Which 18-80. Is it a servo zoom? He would like that...
    It's a Canon servo zoom. T4.4 but, since your boss films fishing videos, lack of light shouldn't be a problem. C100 MKII is 1080P only but the camera is on sale at the moment, I believe.

    PS. I wouldn't go fishing with Jimmy the Gent.


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    My boss just saw the specs for the Sony Alpha a7R IV. I told him it looks awesome, but would require a lot of gear ad ons to make it do all of the things he is used to getting.
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