5K video camera |  Canon EOS-M 5K Camera

5K video camera | Canon EOS-M 5K Camera

Do you want to start shooting high quality videos? Fabulous. Once you start looking for the right cameras for the job, you will realize that the majority of them are quite expensive. However, if you’re determined to, you can make a setup that can shoot 5K video for less than $300. Here’s how I did it, along with some tips for getting the most out of your awesome new excavator.

the ingredients

I’ve included some useful optional accessories that make the total cost over $500, but aren’t necessary to take amazing shots.

Camera selection

With such a small budget, I gravitated towards Canon’s EOS-M platform. Picked up used mines for only $239 mpb.com—A website to buy, sell and trade used camera equipment. That was a deal well and well, but the EOS-M only shoots 1080p video originally. Everyone seems to be talking about this high resolution, but no one ever mentions what makes it inherently better than 1080p. 5 in 5K simply indicates a horizontal resolution of about 5,000 pixels; More points create sharper, clearer, and more realistic shots. 5K also lets you crop your footage a lot without losing definition.

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To get around these resolution limitations, I turned to Magic Lantern (a firmware add-on for most Canon cameras), which allows this pocketable camera to shoot video up to 5K. Fortunately, installing Magic Lantern was very easy. All I had to do was download the latest version for my camera (found here), drag and drop the contents onto the SD card, and return them to the camera.

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Lens selection (and adapter)

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Fortunately, I had a few lenses left from shooting with a Canon DSLR, but there are plenty of original EOS-M lenses that work great. I personally have Canon 18-135 Stabilized, which gives me image stabilization and plenty of zoom. Since it’s made for much larger cameras (with a different lens mount), I had to buy an adapter for the 18-135 to work properly; Once installed, it unlocks the ability to use a large number of files Canon EF-mount lenses In the market. Having said that, the above reasonably priced 15-45 lens still works great — although I’d recommend shooting with a tripod to combat its lack of image stabilization.

Increase battery life with power bank

The EOS-M uses significantly more power – and storage space – after supercharging its capabilities with the Magic Lantern. A standard battery can still run surprisingly well, but it fails after about 45 minutes. To get around this, you can actually operate the camera with a USB battery bank; To connect it to the camera, you will also need a dummy battery (with a compatible USB cable), which allows you to power the camera from an alternate power source.

Anker’s 10,000mAh power bank allows for 10 times more battery life than the standard EOS-M’s 875mAh package. Once these were on, I added a base plate to the camera cage, which allowed me to attach a swivel monitor stand and a phone clamp – the goal here was to create a modular battery solution that could move out of the way when adjusting the camera’s settings.

If you’re determined to keep things under $600, you can skip these items. Having said that, these add-ons definitely beat having to swap batteries every 45 minutes.

best practices

In ideal conditions – sunrise or sunset with gentle dim light – EOS-M shots look surprisingly close to what you’d get with a professional camera that costs five times more. The notion that you can’t get good shots with an entry-level camera is wrong; The best equipment simply makes the process much easier.

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A complete camera system costs less than some professional lensesThe fact that it can shoot 5K video at all is quite impressive. Feed the camera sensor plenty of light, and the camera can take some great shots.

Along those lines, any hint of darkness in the frame will result in a somewhat grainy image that is not a good idea to look at. Shooting at 5K certainly doesn’t help the EOS-M’s inherent lack of dynamic range; The incredibly high resolution makes it easy to see the noise. Shooting in 2.5K reduces noise very slightly. But obviously if you invest in this setup, you want to properly shoot an exposed scene in 5K.

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Using a tripod is a relatively inexpensive way to increase the quality of your footage’s production.

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The EOS M can handle precise rotational motions, making your shots more dynamic.

Getting all the components I purchased to work together properly was doubly difficult. See below for a list of teething problems you’ve had so you don’t have to.

  • The battery door must be closed for the phantom battery to work with the USB power bank – the camera will not turn on when the battery door is open. There is an additional dust cover that allows you to connect a cable to the dummy battery with the door closed.
  • Turn off as many Magic Lantern screens as possible. This often robs processing power, causing white frames to appear in the final shots. Go to the Overlays tab, and make sure Only the Essentials is selected. Plus, if you’re starting out, you won’t need extras like focus focus, exposure assistants, and live view adjustments.
  • Finding compatible components for the rig itself (the cage and everything involved) took some trial and error. The best advice here is to look for hardware and mounting accessories that feature threads of the same size – quarter-inch threads are the most common.

My last problem with this budget camera is the strong rolling shutter effect, which makes shots look distorted when doing fast pan shots. Rapid motions render the shots simply unusable with this highly distracting glitch caused by the camera’s sensor not being able to process frames fast enough. If you absolutely have to move the camera while recording, just keep things smooth and steady.

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Shots appear crooked during pan shots.

Once everything is together

The Canon EOS-M somehow manages to be equal parts fun and challenging to use. Coming from a photography background, it really took me back to the basics of the camera – most principles are very similar. Having said that, the margin of error for getting a great shot with this camera is minimal.

Despite the EOS-M’s inherent shortcomings, it’s the perfect sleep camera. From the outside, it looks like a point and pick up. But with a little fine-tuning, it can punch above its own weight. If you can get good shots with the Canon EOS-M, you can get good shots from any camera.

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