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  1. Sony PXW-FS7 4K Camera Kit

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    The Sony FS7 features a Super 35-sized sensor, 4K internal recording, and codecs including XAVC-I at 113 Mbps, to match Sony’s flagship F55. Capture 14 stops of dynamic range in Slog-3, or choose a picture style to go direct to broadcast. 10-bit 4:2:2 in DCI-4K, QHD, and 1080p HD resolutions without bulky recorders means shooting for the colorist is easy.

    We include the extension unit with the kit rental, which adds raw output, timecode in and out, genlock, and multiple power options.

    The Sony E-mount on the PXW-FS7 can be adapted to fit EF and PL lenses, and a behind-the-lens ND filter means no more clumsy filter changes. The rental includes an electronic viewfinder/display and adjustable hand grip. The versatility makes the FS7 equally at home in cinema and broadcast applications.

    The FS7 camera supports UHD framerates up to 60p, as well as 1080p at 180 fps, all continuous and in-camera.  Sony rates native ISO at 2000, and low-light performance is superb, especially when compared with other 4K cameras.

    While Sony continues to offer the FS700, the FS7 offers multiple improvements in functionality, higher-quality recording formats, and a more ergonomic layout.  The FS7 is a well-matched camera to an F5 or F55, and also works well on a set with an FS700 or even an A7s backing it up.  This is Sony’s answer to the Canon C300, and it would appear the FS7 wins in every category worth measuring.This FS7 camera kit includes everything you need to get started shooting in 4K at high speed, just add lenses.

    Sony FS7 camera
    XDCA-FS7 extension unit
    Metabones EF to NEX Speedbooster Ultra
    2 64GB XQD cards
    1 USB 3.0 XQD card reader
    2 V-mount batteries
    1 Dual V-mount charger
    2 BP-U Batteries
    1 BP-U Charger
    Hard case

    A barebones Sony FS7 rental is also available.

    Rental Prices

    $324 for 1 day
    $648 for up to 3 days
    $972 for up to 7 days
    Call or email for availability.

    Suggested accessories:
    Lenses
    HD-SDI monitor
    Rails, mattebox, and followfocus kit
    Tripod

  2. HD Camcorder Event Kit – Panasonic HC-V770

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    If you need to rent a HD camcorder with tripod, wireless lapel microphone, and all the accessories, our HD camcorder event kit is the perfect option! The Panasonic HC-V770 is our most popular camera for people new to shooting video. With plenty of smart auto features, it’s easy to get great video and sound on a budget. It’s the perfect choice for recording events, presentations, even sports and wildlife!

    If you just need the camcorder, we also rent the Panasonic HC-V770 by itself.  The event kit adds a video tripod, a wireless clip-on or handheld microphone, headphones, and extra storage for hours and hours of recording. That’s in addition to the camcorder, a shoulder bag, two batteries, a charger, AC power adapter, USB cable, Micro HDMI cable, and a 32GB SD card.

    Rental Prices

    $99 for 1 day
    $198 for up to 3 days
    Call or email for availability.

     

     

  3. Sony EX3 Camcorder

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    The Sony EX3 camera is an incredibly popular renter for shooting presentations, events, and documentary-style work. It uses Sony’s XDCAM-EX intraframe codec for broadcast quality video in a reasonable file size. It is ergonomically designed for shoulder mounted use, or can be used with a tripod.  We include the standard Fujinon 5.8-81.2mm f/1.9 lens. The EX3 also supports over and undercranking, for slow motion and timelapse effects.

    The camera can record resolutions up to 1080i60 or 1080p30, and can output HD video over HD-SDI. It also fully supports timecode and genlock, for professional-level broadcast applications. If you require 50 Mbps or higher bitrates, we suggest using an external recorder, or using a camera like the Sony Z100 or Sony FS7.The Sony EX3 offers a few advantages over the Sony EX1, including a removable lens, better ergonomics, and an improved LCD. It uses the same sensor and same picture profiles, so color matching between EX1s and EX3s is quite easy.

    Included in the kit is the PMW-EX3 body, Fujinon 5.8-81.2 mm lens, lens hood, two BP-u30 batteries, Sony charger/AC adapter with power cable, EX3 eyepiece, and 128GB of media (enough for more than eight hours of recording in highest quality).

    Sony EX3 manual (downloadable PDF)

    Rental Prices

    $195 for 1 day
    $390 up to 3 days
    $585 up to 7 days
    Call or email for availability.
    Suggested accessories:
    Tripod
    Wide Angle Adapter
    Additional BP-U Batteries
  4. Sony PXW-Z100 4K Camcorder

    sony-pxw-z100-cameraRenting a Sony PXW-Z100 is an easy way to elevate your workflow to true 4K (4096×2160 resolution at up to 60 fps).  The camera uses Sony’s XVAC 4:2:2 10-bit intra frame format, the same as the PMW-F55 CineAlta camera.  The camcorder features a G lens with 20x optical zoom and three control rings, dual XQD memory card slots, and 4K HDMI and 3G/HD-SDI interfaces.

    In our tests, PXW-Z100 excels at certain types of projects.  For nearly all ENG and EFP-style productions, it’s the perfect choice, matching well with Sony’s other cameras in HD and SD resolutions, but offering true 4K resolution as well, all in a package a single operator can handle.  The Z100 is basically the big brother of the FDR-AX1, which offers matching picture profiles and similar controls.  All of the must-haves for a ENG/EFP camera are included, like XLR inputs, ND filters, and familiar Sony camcorder layout.  The newly updated sensor features back illumination for acceptable low-light performance, on par with the larger sensor of the Sony EX3.

    This is our go-to camera for educational and corporate videos, live events, and greenscreen/white screen/chroma key shoots.   4:2:2 10-bit color makes for the cleanest keys we’ve ever seen in a broadcast camera. We continue to see the PXW-Z100 and the FDR-AX1 replacing the Sony EX1 for lots of field and studio production.  For events with super-sized digital displays, this is the best choice for i-mag as well as a great camera for pre-recorded content.

    One of our favorite features in the new Z100 is the Wi-Fi control, allowing remote focus, zoom, iris, and record controls, using a smartphone or tablet.  We have a tablet with Wi-Fi available for rent, as well.

    We’re pretty sure we’re the first rental house in Milwaukee (and even Wisconsin) to offer the PXW-Z100 for rental.

    We include two batteries, a charger, dual 64GB XQD N-series memory cards, one 32GB S-series memory card, and a shotgun microphone.  We also include a Sony XQD USB 3.0 card reader.  Don’t be fooled by other online renters’ low rates, they don’t include memory cards or a reader!

    Rental Prices

    $295 for 1 day
    $590 for up to 3 days
    $885 for up to 7 days
    Call or email for availability.

     

    Suggested accessories:
    HD-SDI monitor, Tripod, extra XQD cards, extra batteries

  5. Sony PXW-FS7 4K Camera

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    The Sony FS7 features a Super 35-sized sensor, 4K internal recording, and codecs including XAVC-I at 113 Mbps, to match Sony’s flagship F55.  Capture 14 stops of dynamic range in Slog3, or choose a different picture style for your workflow.  10-bit 4:2:2 color in DCI-4K, QHD, or 1080p resolutions without bulky recorders means shooting for the colorist is easy.  The Sony E-mount can be adapted to fit EF and PL lenses, and a behind-the-lens ND filter means no clumsy filter changes.  The camera includes an electronic viewfinder/display and adjustable hand grip.  The versatility makes the FS7 equally at home in cinema and broadcast applications.

    The FS7 camera supports UHD framerates up to 60p as well as 1080p at 180 fps, all continuous and in-camera.  Sony rates native ISO at 2000. Low-light performance is superb, especially when compared with other 4K cameras.

    While Sony continues to offer the FS700, the FS7 offers multiple improvements in functionality, internal 4K, higher-quality recording formats, and a more ergonomic layout.  The FS7 is a well-matched camera to an F5 or F55, and also works well on a set with an FS700 or even an A7s backing it up, especially using the Slog-2 or Slog-3 color profile.

    This FS7 rental package includes

    Sony FS7 body
    2 Sony BP-U battery
    1 Sony BP-U charger

    This camera requires a lens and XQD card, rented separately.  An FS7 rental kit with the most popular accessories is also available.

    Rental Prices

    $199 for 1 day
    $398 for up to 3 days
    $597 for up to 7 days
    Call or email for availability.

    Suggested accessories:

    Lenses, HD-SDI monitor, tripod, additional XQD cards, extra batteries

  6. FS7 Extension Unit XDCA-FS7

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    Expand the features of the Sony FS7 with the XDCA-FS7 extension unit. It mounts on the back of the FS7 camera and adds a V-mount battery plate, genlock, timecode in & out, and raw output. 12 DC XLR in and DC out over 4-pin Hirose are also provided. These features are a welcome addition on multi-camera and pro-level shoots, and make the camera a perfect match for a Sony F5 or F55.

    The unit enables raw video recording with an external recorder (not included), as well as on-board ProRes and ProRes HQ 4:2:2 1080p recording. Raw frame rates can be set up to 240 fps continuous in 2K, as well as DCI 4K (4096×2160) and DCI 2K (2048×1080) resolution. Sony’s raw recording is 12-bit log, making image quality and latitude in post production unmatched

    We suggest renting this with the Sony FS7 camera kit and a V-mount battery kit.

    Rental Prices

    $95 for 1 day
    $190 for up to 3 days
    $285 for up to 7 days
    Call or email for availability.

    Suggested accessories:

    Sony FS7
    HD-SDI monitor

  7. HD Camcorder Panasonic HC-V770

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    Renting a HD camcorder in Milwaukee is fast and easy! The Panasonic HC-V770 is a consumer HD camcorder with superior image quality, a long 20x zoom lens, and plenty of pro-level features in an easy-to-use camcorder body. It’s a good choice for recording events, presentations, and anything else where smartphone video just isn’t going to cut it.

    Not just a camcorder for the everyday, the HC-V770 supports 1080p up to 120 frames per second, for super smooth high definition slow motion. With bit rates up to 50 Mbps, and connections for audio inputs and outputs, the HC-V770 is loaded with professional-level features.

    The rental includes the camcorder, a shoulder bag, two batteries, a charger, AC power adapter, USB cable, Micro HDMI cable, and a 32GB SD card. If you like, we also rent it bundled with a tripod and wireless mic.

    Rental Prices

    $64 for 1 day
    $128 for up to 3 days
    Call or email for availability.

     

    Suggested accessories:
    Tripod
    Microphone

  8. How to Choose a Video Camera

    Looking for a video camera or camcorder?  If you’re an amateur and don’t aspire to be a cinematographer, you probably want a camera that will handle exposure, focus, and other adjustments for you.  We suggest you start by looking at camcorder or sport camera… and this post is for you.

    We’ve broken these down by price, but before you figure out your budget, remember to leave some room for accessories.  A few memory cards, an extra battery, a carry bag, and a decent tripod or camera mount are all important parts of any camera system.

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    Camcorders (sometimes called palmcorders), differ from sport cameras in one key respect.  They offer a zoom lens.  They are usually designed to be handheld or mounted on a tripod.  Most of them aren’t meant to get wet or be dropped, either.

    Under $200

    First things first, you get what you pay for.  Anything around this price is going to be a bit difficult to use, and not give the greatest image when compared to the bigger-budget cameras.  We feel the Sony HDR-CX-220 is about the only camera worth looking at in this price range.  Plan on spending another $100 on memory cards, batteries, a bag, and other accessories. Mediocre in low light, and pretty close to impossible to use with manual settings.  If you want to set up a camera to record sporting events in adequate light, this might just do the trick.  If you’re shooting indoors on a stage or general indoor lighting, your footage will end up grainy and not so easy to watch.  It’s still light years better than most older consumer camcorders.  And this camera, like every one on our must-have list, doesn’t need tapes or other difficult media.  Just feed it memory cards and save yourself time at the computer later.  If you have a standard definition camera, this will seem like a real upgrade in both image quality and ease of use. Just remember, you’re not going to win awards with any camera around this price point.

    Under $400

    The Canon Vixia HF R40 is our favorite in this category.  You’re still going to have the limitations of the budget camcorders, but at least you get a touch screen, wifi, and some improved optics.  If you’re shooting in daylight, this camera will get the job done.  Indoors and in low light, you’re going to see some noise.  This camera has enough built-in storage for about 30 minutes of video, but a 32GB memory card will only cost you about $20 and record for an extra two hours.

    Around $1000

    hf-g20_This is the point in pricing where you can finally start to get the image quality in line with some older professional cameras.  Our favorite in this category is the Canon Vixia HF G20.  Even grandpa should be able to get an adequate image out of this camera, most of the time.  It’s designed for the amateur but offers some features for the aspiring professional, including the option of full manual settings.  Your extra money is being spent on a much higher quality sensor, a better lens, and a near-pro feature set (despite being crammed in a consumer-looking camcorder body).  If you’re an amateur trying to record indoors, or a young filmmaker who wants to dabble with manual controls, this is a great option.  Most organizations, clubs, and groups we talk with end up going with the HF G20 for recording concerts, dances, and other performances, since it looks and sounds good, and can be operated by almost any volunteer.  If you invest in a fluid-head tripod, you can get very watchable footage without much practice or technical know-how.

    Sport Cameras

    gopro hero3This category of camera is all about action.  Usually designed to be worn, strapped, or clamped to something, they tend to be resistant to water and other hazards.  They use wide lenses, which means that things up close will look great, with a lot of perspective.  Things far away will look impossibly small.  Mount the camera on your head and even your feet will look small!  These are the cameras to use while skydiving and snorkeling, not for a dance recital.  Sound varies between mediocre and terrible, but that shouldn’t matter for your motorcycle ride or deep-sea dive, anyway, right?

    Under $200

    If you’re thinking about getting a sport camera and don’t need high framerates, the Go Pro Hero 3 White Edition is easily our favorite option under $200.  With wifi, the best image in its class, and the huge library of Go Pro mounts and other accessories, this sport camera stands out. And when your buddy leaves it at the bottom of the lake, at least it was only $200!

    Under $400

    A recent price drop on the Go Pro Hero 3 Black Edition brought it to around $330.  If you want to use the money you save to buy some accessories, we suggest a 32GB micro SDHC card and extra batteries.  Video from this camera is used on major broadcast networks and in commercials, and is some of the most incredible footage we ever see.  The only downside is the price drop means a new one is probably on the way.  Our crystal ball says the Go Pro Hero 4 series will be here in time to put under the Christmas tree.


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