I’m relatively new to stop motion and, as I am graduating college, will soon no longer have access to my department’s equipment. As such, I’ve decided to buy my own camera, but have very little clue what specs are optimal. I wanted this to be a camera that was able to record video, as well, to use in my daily life. My friend recommended the Sony A7II for video, but I’m not sure how it would do with stop motion (though it is supported by dragonframe now). I’ve shot on a canon eos rebel in the past and that seemed to work fine, but I’m wondering whether there would be a better option that is able to do both still image and recording well. I’m also thinking of getting Nikon lenses regardless of the body. Also I’d prefer not to go too far above $1,250. Any suggestions?

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A lot of people seem to be going for the Sony cameras. But Dragonframe stil reckon that a Canon body with manual Nikon lenses works best for stop motion.

What you are asking is whether there is a camera that does everything well, and the answer is probably there isn't. Decide what your priority is and go for something that copes best with that. For daily life snaps, a mobile phone seems the easiest, which means that a DSLR or mirrorless camera should be a specialized tool.

The questions to ask are: do I want a full-frame or crop sensor camera? What pixel resolution do I want? If shooting movies, do I want to do slow motion (i.e. above 60fps)? Does DF support this camera for stop motion, with live view?

My cameras are Canon rebel T3i and 7D, old now. I would probably buy one of the new mirrorless Canon bodies as an upgrade, if I had the money to spare and if my cameras were not doing a great job. Yes, their movie capability is not amazing, but I have no intention of shooting a feature film on them.

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