If your main focus is video and you don’t have the budget for a Red One, I have hard time recommending anything other than the Panasonic GH4. High dynamic range and 4k resolution help this camera generate simply fantastic cinematic digital video. It’s a micro 4/3 system, so it’s small, lightweight, and mirror-less, making it a great choice for the traveling videographer. Build quality on the GH4 is better than previous GH series models, which was my biggest complaint about the GH2. The lighter weight of this camera makes it much easier to use attached to a Glidecam HD-1000.
My job usually calls for me to shoot both video and stills. For this I prefer my main camera to be a Canon 5D Mark III. It’s durable and well built, and I find the grip to be more comfortable and easier to use than any of the mirror-less systems including the GH4. Resolution tops out at 1920 x 1080, or 720p if you must shoot at 60fps. Again, for straight video, the GH4 beats this camera in my opinion, but I much prefer taking stills with 5D Mark III.
For audio, I really love the freedom of a wireless microphone system. The biggest issue I’ve had with wireless microphones in the past has been intermittent static and interference that you often get on cheaper systems. This Sennheiser system is pricey, but always works flawlessly and it’s what I trust to get the audio recording job done right.
A good video head will allow you to pan and tilt the camera in a smooth motion while keeping the camera level on the horizontal axis. If you’re looking for a solid fluid video head, I really like this solid Manfrotto 502 Video Head.
Light is important! This battery powered LED ring light is extremely bright and I love the catch lights it creates in your subjects eyes. Perfect for on the road interviews or indoor shooting.