Sun. Sep 15th, 2019

Best Cameras for Concerts and Live Shows

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We absolutely love our a6000 that’s sitting right next to us as we type this. Sony’s camera here is a high-tech mirrorless digital camera to kick off our list that is as versatile as they come, and is our pick as the best camera for concerts, live shows, venues and more. Equipped with a 24.3MP, APS-C-sized Exmor, APS HD CMOS sensor, and BIONZ X image processor, it’s safe to say that his is a camera that will definitely provide you with some extremely high-resolution photographs that you desire during your shows. In addition to great photo specs, this camera comes with Full 1080p HD movie capabilities with marked low-light quality and ISO sensitivity of 25600. More than capable of detailing your image exactly how you want it, this is a camera that is great regardless of not only for difficult lighting but also the distance that you are from your target. Imagine being at a concert and being able to capture memories as if you are sitting front row, and you have the Sony Alpha a6000. The zoom isn’t “crazy” but you still get enough optical zoom to capture what’s on stage from pretty far back — unless keep in mind you can buy special zoom lenses (will cost money, of course) if you were super concerned with this. Lastly, this concert camera is best known for its fast Hybrid AF (autofocus) system (one of the biggest standouts of mirrorless cameras — no need to twiddle with the lens to get your focus, and in particular for concerts, nobody wants to do that while enjoying the show). We love this pick as the best camera for concerts for a number of reasons.

Nikon D500

One of our other favorite choices as the best concert and live show camera

Here we have a DSLR camera by Nikon that will without a doubt enable you to create the image you’re looking for. Optimal for large events when there are many distractions, the cameras incredibly sharp 20.9MP DX-Format CMOS Sensor make this camera one of the best for concerts of all kinds — although it’s a bit more expensive than our previous choice. As versatile as they come, this camera is also great for adventure seekers and world travelers too since the lighting compatibility with it is amazing. On top of it all, and for this cost we’d hope for something like this — you have 4K UHD recording at 30fps — perfect for those who were concerned with having the best quality videos of their concerts. You can also use the 10 fps Shooting for Up to 200 Frames feature, not to mention the 3.2″ tilting touchscreen LCD is easy to handle if you feel like adjusting some settings in between songs. Lastly, built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC help with easy uploading after the show, or even during if you want to sync it with your phone and upload a pic or two on Facebook, Twitter or IG. If you are looking for breath-taking, sharp, detailed photos that not only come from a high-resolution sensor, but also a 4-image processor to handle all of your data cleanly, you will find it in the Nikon D500.

Fujifilm X-T10

Fujifilm's mirrorless camera for live concerts

The X-T10 enables photographers to now have a compact high-quality camera that comes with 920K-dot tilting LCD, as well as great dials for better operation. This light-weighted camera features a real-time viewfinder which provides options that offer a whole new set of choices when it comes to adjusting your photo to how you want it to look. There are also a few other features we feel standout from other picks: an advanced ‘auto mode’ for some intelligent, fully automatic shooting for less hassle, built-in flash, 920K-dot tilting LCD screen for easy navigation, as well as 16.3MP (X-Trans CMOS II image sensor with ultra sonic vibration cleaning system). The top plate of the camera comes with three precision-milled aluminum dials that gives the camera the optimal feel and also allows the photographer to adjust shutter speed as well as the shooting functions. This is an underrated quality when it comes to digital cameras as now you can solely focus your concentration on the picture. Long story short, if you are looking for a camera to do all of the dirty work for you, don’t look any further than the Fujifilm X-T10, because this another great pick as the best camera for concerts and live shows.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

A famous digital camera to take photos and videos at live shows

The 5D Mark III is another one of our favorite choices as the best camera for live performances and is a high-performance, full frame, high-resolution camera that is a great choice for added versatility, especially in crowded settings. It was also one of our favorite picks for cameras for weddings due to the overall quality and popularity it has in the semi-professional photography world. It’s definitely a lot more expensive than the previous few picks listed prior, but hear us out first. The optical technologies that come with this camera make this truly a special camera. Firstly, it’s “full-frame”, meaning the have a lot larger sensors than normal DSLRs (equivalent to 35mm film, which is the highest you can buy before getting into $5k+ cameras). The cameras 61-Point High Density Reticular AF and its extended ISO range of 100-256000 make this a great camera choice for weddings and one of the best camera choices for concerts, as it is very strong for still photography with little to no hassle when using it. In addition, the cameras highly capable video technology (although only at 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) 60fps and not 4K like a few others) enable the camera to have many more options as you can now film your favorite moments with extremely high-quality footage just as you would expect from your photographs. With the cameras 22.3 Megapixel full-frame Canon CMOS sensor, and its DIGIC 5+ Image Processor, the Canon EOS 5D Mark III is a pick equipped to deliver enhanced sharpness and does a great job of displaying the meticulous attention to detail that you are probably shooting for. It’s worth the money if you have it, although we’d recommend this one for those who are concerned with photographs and not just video.

Panasonic Lumix LX10

A nice point-and-shoot if you wanted versatility and compact size

Let’s talk point-and-shoot cameras now. Built to deliver from any and every angle, the Large 1” 20-megapixel sensor and beautiful LEICA lens offers great brightness with added colors that will make your live show picture come out super clear and warm. This compact camera is also equipped with a whopping 4K Ultra HD resolution video recording allowing you to also film your moments in live form, making this one of the best cameras for concert goers, shows, and large presentations who need power in a smaller size. A lens-mounted control ring enables DSLR-type exposure and its compact body should not fool you as this is also a very durable camera that will be hard to break down. If you are in the photography business or just looking for a professional grade camera that can be held in one hand and carried in your pocket (not really recommended but why not?, we’ve all done it), this is one that will certainly provide the image quality of your amazing show memories that you are looking to emulate. The Panasonic Lumix LX10 is a great option as the best camera for concerts for those need versatility and extra portability, not to mention film some videos in 4K to etch those songs in stone.

Blackmagic Design Production Camera

This camera is a beast if you can afford it and will capture any concert, anywhere

Let’s talk something a bit more professional, and only geared towards those concerned with supreme video for concerts. The camera by Blackmagic Design has a compact design that comes with an EF Compatible Lens Mount that will enable you to choose better quality optics to elevate your ability to take advantage of its large Super 35 sensor. This is a camera that appears a bit too small to be considered a professional grade camera, however when you dig a little bit deeper, it’s not hard to see the high-tech features that make this little guy a force to be reckoned with. Designed with world-class optics, this is a camera that is going to capture all of the finer details to create a sum of its parts picture, regardless of your event. The cameras 4K Super 35mm Sensor with its built in SSD recorder makes this one of the best concert cameras, as well as a great choice for film-making on the side. Even more impressive, and a bit advanced for those who know about it, is the CinemaDNG RAW (4000×2160) format. You aren’t getting watered down, compressed popular file format that loses quality — you can have the raw clip to alter it as you please in post-production. The Blackmagic Design Production Camera isn’t like any other camera in here and will only be geared towards a few of you, but for those who are concerned with professional video quality, this thing is amazing. It’s unfortunately becoming more rare, but is still available if you look hard enough.

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II

A great Olympus camera for live concerts

Here we have another one of the best cameras for concerts that creates inspiring photography that appears as if professionally taken. Although larger than point-and-shoots and mirrorless cameras, the body is quite lightweight and waterproof, and although not recommended to splash at will, can help in the long run for longevity. A few other features we love: an advanced 5-axis image stabilization mechanism, full 1080p HD video, 10fps sequential shooting, a nifty 81-point selectable autofocus, and Wi-Fi compatibility. The cameras ‘Touch and Swivel LCD monitor’ offers the user to have easily accessed variable angle positioning, making those tricky shots a whole lot easier to access. One of the most convenient features, especially for those of you beginners, is the cameras highly advanced autofocus and manual focus options that does a great job of capturing fast paced events. Sporting events and concerts are great uses to put this camera into action, as it’s autofocus will do a great job of grabbing the details. The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II comes as a nice alternative in between a point-and-shoot and DSLR and could be just the right pick for you — it’s not too expensive, either, landing in the middle price-point of this guide.

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