I tend to be a bit of a perfectionist. I blame my father. I grew up believe that you should always strive for the best and keep growing. That’s how I am today. I am constantly wanting to improve in my photography and video work. There’s new business ideas, techniques, and equipment that could help me do a better job, so I’m always on the lookout. I’ve been doing video now for about 4 years, and I feel pretty good about what I do, but I still feel like I’m not where I want to be. One of the things that I believe is holding me back is the equipment I’m using, so I’m considering switching from Canon to Sony for video.
Switching from Canon to Sony for Video
My whole journey into the video world has been a confusing one. With photography, I had a background and experience with equipment, so it wasn’t hard to figure out what I wanted/needed. Video, on the other hand, was a big pain. I had very little background knowledge or experience with video, so I was left trying to figure things out on my own. I first started out with using one of my Nikon cameras and my dad’s camcorder. This worked ok but manual focus scared me, so I started looking for an autofocus option. I then bought the Sony A57. The autofocus was ok, but the low light and image quality wasn’t there. Over the next two years or so, I started building up my Canon bodies, and that’s what I’m currently using.
So, why am I considering switching from Canon to Sony? I’m relatively happy with my Canon stuff. Really I am. The ability to shoot in low light is pretty awesome for most of my cameras, some of them have a flip out screen, the batteries last a long time, and I can shoot over 30 minutes with the Magic Lantern hack. The problem is not all of the cameras look the same or perform on the same level. I have a 60d, a 70d, a 6d, and a 5dmkii. I might be happy if I had them all the same. The biggest downfall is the image quality, the lack of editing options, and no slow motion. The images seem soft some of the time, and that might be the lack of 4k or just some of the cheaper cameras. Editing is tough. It’s hard to adjust exposure or the white balance after shooting, which means I have to be perfect when I shoot. As far as I remember, none of my cameras offer anything above 30 fps.
So, why Sony? Well, the biggest push is that I’ve seen so many amazing wedding videos created with Sony cameras. Yes, I know people probably do that with Canon as well, but it seems like more are moving that way, which tells me it’s better. I’m looking at the Sony A7s ii as a main camera with a A6300 as B cams. They all seem to fit my needs. They have 4k and awesome quality, can shoot in an editable format, and can go all the way up to 120 fps!
There are some issues holding me back. The big issue is money! If I’m going to switch over, it’s going to cost me several thousand. I might be able to sell my Canon bodies, but that won’t pay for the switch. I think I can get away with using my Canon and Nikon lenses, but the bodies are still going to run around $4500. The A6300 are also known to overheat. I’ve read a bunch of mixed reviews on this. Some say there are ways to avoid it, but with weddings, it would be hard to take that risk. I most likely would end up shooting in HD instead of 4k, so that seems like kind of a waste. The next generation, A6500, seems to not have that problem, but it would cost another $500 a piece. The battery life in Sony also apparently sucks, so I’d have to use grips or be ready to switch out batteries all the time.
I’ve got several videos coming up in the future, and I want to keep improving and offering the best I can to my clients. I haven’t completely decided if switching from Canon to Sony for video is the best idea, but I’m leaning pretty heavily that direction. If you have any opinion on the subject, please feel free to let me know what you think.