Videography: Best Starter Gear (Beyond the iPhone)

Oct. 25th, 2022

Jessica Goldfarb

Social Media Account Manager

It’s time to upgrade. You’ve shot a couple of phone videos here and there and, although technology has come a long way, you’ve noticed the quality isn’t quite up to par with a “real” camera. You’re ready for the next step up and, luckily for you, we’re here to tell you how you can get the most bang for your buck! 

We’ve narrowed down our top choices from all the available camera models on the market right now and divided them up by price point. If you’re looking for a new camera to start out, consider this your ultimate guide. 

Tier 1: GoPro HERO11 Black

Name: GoPro HERO11 Black

Price: $399.98

Why we love it: The latest GoPro model is reasonably priced and incredibly versatile. GoPro is known for being the go-to camera for sports and action videos because of its durability, size, shutter speed, and numerous attachments (including a mouthpiece for serving POV realness). 

This is the 11th version of this camera, and they just get better and better with each new release! It’s practical for nearly any occasion, making it one of our top choices. 


Tier 2: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VII

Name: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VII

Price: $1,298.00

Why we love it: This camera has the compact body of a point-and-shoot, with all the features of a professional-grade camera. Your wrist will thank you for that after a long day of shooting! 

Aside from having all the HQ basics, this camera comes with a couple of little extra features that you wouldn’t expect to see in such a small model, like a tiltable screen and a microphone jack. What really sets it apart though is the video quality itself! 

Tier 3: Sony Alpha 7S III

Name: Sony Alpha 7S III ( aka Sony a7S III)

Price: $3,499.99

Why we love it: If you want to go all out, this is the camera for you. Interchangeable lenses mean more precise shooting, and with an ISO range of 80 to 409,600 and a maximum frame rate of 120p HD, there isn’t a scene in existence that you can’t capture. 

This camera has all the bells and whistles and captures some of the highest-quality footage possible today. 

Extra, Extra!

The camera is the main ingredient in the secret sauce that makes for the best videography, but don’t forget everything else! Tripods, microphones, stabilizers, and extra lighting go a long way in making a difference to the ease and quality of your shooting. 

The real secret though, and the key to everything, is you. Your ideas are what drives you to shoot, and are ultimately what will make your video truly top-notch. Get out there and get some practice and show us what you can come up with! 

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