Here is my opinion on which I think is the best camera for filming hunts. First of all there is no absolute best that will fit the needs for everybody. It’s almost like choosing which bow to buy. There may be three different hunters that all have a different bow, but they each have the best bow for their certain needs. This will solely be my opinion on which camera I believe is the right fit for me. If my uses relate to yours then great! If not, then at least you can see a different perspective.
My search for the best camera for filming hunts began a few months back. I spent hours and hours researching and looking for the perfect camera. If you’re like me, you will end up driving yourself crazy! At first I was looking at camcorders in all price ranges, big and small, finding one I thought to be perfect and then reading one bad review or finding one certain thing that would turn me away. I then began to realize that if I’m going to be doing a lot of self filmed hunts I don’t need a larger type camera to have to lug around on top of all my other gear. I needed one that was small and compact that still had big time pro features. This helped narrow down my search. Let me introduce you to the Canon XA20!
Keep in mind I’m not listing each camera in every price range. For the money I don’t think you can go wrong with choosing this camera.
A few features that make the Canon XA20 great for filming hunts
- Size and Weight
Weighing at 1.7lbs and just 7 inches in length (without the lens hood) it is very lightweight and compact making it easy to pack
- Optical Zoom
It has 20x optical zoom that can really get out there and get those far away shots and look crystal clear at the same time
- Pro Audio
It has XLR inputs for professional audio and external mics
The XA20 also comes with infrared shooting for filming in total darkness on the way to the stand or for the recovery footage
- Manual Controls
For getting the perfect shot
I will have a full review of the Canon XA20 up hopefully in a few days and will add to this post as needed. If you have any questions or have something to say then leave a comment below! I would love to answer your questions, thanks!