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So I've been out of cameras (and pretty much everything else) over the last couple years.

The last camera I purchased was a Canon EOS760D. It's been hiding away safely for quite some time. A buddy has recently asked me for some advice which has got me running around like a headless chicken trying to get caught up with where cameras are today.

It seems that mirrorless has made massive strides forward with a lot of DSLR guys now swearing by mirrorless.

Without getting carried away, I'd like some assistance. My buddy has the following use-case:-
  • Wants something to shoot video with. Primary need. Video will be indoors in controlled lighting etc. Video tutorials kinda stuff.
  • 4k video would be nice but not essential.
  • Needs to double up as a camera for use by a teen who's started taking a liking to photography.
Off the cuff, the EOS800 (maybe the 850 when it lands) comes to mind. However, the 250D looks like a solid option as well.
Side note - how the heck did Canon come up with this naming strategy!?​
But, of course, I've discounted the mirrorless because I simply don't know about them. Some basic youtubing reveals that the M50 might not be a bad option either.

And then to totally confuse the situation, why not just look at the 90D which has superior capabilities to the 800/250!

So I'm out of my depth here and the more I read the less I know. I'd really appreciate some guidance from people in the know.
 

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I was keen to give some input, but when I saw you mention the EOS800, I thought WTF. Just shows when last I kept up with the camera gear world. oooh that 90D looks like the bomb
 

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So I've been out of cameras (and pretty much everything else) over the last couple years.

The last camera I purchased was a Canon EOS760D. It's been hiding away safely for quite some time. A buddy has recently asked me for some advice which has got me running around like a headless chicken trying to get caught up with where cameras are today.

It seems that mirrorless has made massive strides forward with a lot of DSLR guys now swearing by mirrorless.

Without getting carried away, I'd like some assistance. My buddy has the following use-case:-
  • Wants something to shoot video with. Primary need. Video will be indoors in controlled lighting etc. Video tutorials kinda stuff.
  • 4k video would be nice but not essential.
  • Needs to double up as a camera for use by a teen who's started taking a liking to photography.
Off the cuff, the EOS800 (maybe the 850 when it lands) comes to mind. However, the 250D looks like a solid option as well.
Side note - how the heck did Canon come up with this naming strategy!?​
But, of course, I've discounted the mirrorless because I simply don't know about them. Some basic youtubing reveals that the M50 might not be a bad option either.

And then to totally confuse the situation, why not just look at the 90D which has superior capabilities to the 800/250!

So I'm out of my depth here and the more I read the less I know. I'd really appreciate some guidance from people in the know.
All depends on the price he is prepared to pay. The R5 Canon is awesome for video and photography, but close to 60 000. Did he check out the 7D ii yet, that is a very nice photography camera for fast action shooting. 5Diii awesome Full frame camera.
 

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I was keen to give some input, but when I saw you mention the EOS800, I thought WTF. Just shows when last I kept up with the camera gear world. oooh that 90D looks like the bomb
I felt the same way. The 90D is really cool but is outside of the target budget.
 

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All depends on the price he is prepared to pay. The R5 Canon is awesome for video and photography, but close to 60 000. Did he check out the 7D ii yet, that is a very nice photography camera for fast action shooting. 5Diii awesome Full frame camera.
That's just far too much money.

Ended up with the 250; one of the twin lens deals. It's the right choice given the use case.
 

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Canon eos R5 or R6 or the older molder eos R i think ... all top end mirrorless units... there is a gent selling a samsung NX1 with some nice extras on SA gamer ...
 

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Have been making Maths and Science videos for 5-6 years. So I am not expert on new cameras. But consider using Magic Lantern for Canon DSLRs which give a lot of control over video settings. We used 550D and 660D with 720p quality postEd (for students).
 
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Plus using low aperture lens 50mm or 35mm f1.8 elevates the picture quality.
 

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Have been making Maths and Science videos for 5-6 years. So I am not expert on new cameras. But consider using Magic Lantern for Canon DSLRs which give a lot of control over video settings. We used 550D and 660D with 720p quality postEd (for students).
That's a good tip. I'll look into that. Thanks
 

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Plus using low aperture lens 50mm or 35mm f1.8 elevates the picture quality.
So we were thinking about using the nifty fifty. It's cheap enough to get started with some decent quality photos and videos but I wasn't quite sure if that was going to be good advice or not.
 

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So we were thinking about using the nifty fifty. It's cheap enough to get started with some decent quality photos and videos but I wasn't quite sure if that was going to be good advice or not.
using this too, with proper lightning, mic and editing videos would look awesome.
 

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I have a Canon SX400 IS if you want to start small again :p cheap cheap at R1500
Haha but seriously, there are some nice combos on here, I believe @skylix001 has a camera or 2 on offer.
 

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Thanks for the offer but he's already bought a camera.
 

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