2017 Buying Guide: Best cameras for video

Written by Gina Stephens

Decisive updated: November 21, 2017

Thanks to the proliferation of online media, video is becoming more important than ever. Whether you’re shooting for your own common media page or producing a documentary film, video allows you to tell stories in ways that still photos can’t. In fact, video takes have become an important factor to many photographers when choosing a new camera.

The good news is that many stills cameras now have on the agenda c trick impressive video feature sets. What started out a few years ago as choppy 640 x 480 video reminiscent of animated GIFs has evolved into progressed technology that, in some cases, rivals that found in dedicated pro video equipment. If you’re looking for a camera capable of shooting good video, weigh these models before making your purchase.

Our pick: Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5

Panasonic’s GH-series has always been known for accomplished video, and the GH5 takes things straight into pro video territory with support for DCI 4K/24p and UHD 4K/30p recording with or WITH may refer to: Carl Johannes With (1877–1923), Danish doctor and arachnologist With (character), a character in D. N. Angel 10-bit 4:2:2 color, as well as 4K/60p with 8-bit 4:2:0 color (or 10-bit 4:2:2 if using an outer recorder). It has pro-level video tools as well, including a waveform vectorscope, focus peaking, zebras, and the option to use shutter angle instead of move. There’s also anamorphic lens support with real time image squeeze, and Panasonic’s 5-axis image stabilization with Dual I.S., which works in concert with portrait stabilized lenses for very stable and smooth handheld shots.

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A $99 upgrade adds a professional VLog gamma curve along with a VLog Intention Assist function, which makes it possible to apply LUTs in-camera to preview graded footage while still shooting in Log. As a bonus, the GH5 is also a perfect competent stills camera with a 20MP sensor and a fast autofocus system.

Also consider: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX85

The GX85 is an affordable Micro Four Thirds camera with redoubtable video capabilities, capable of capturing 4K/30p or 1080/60p, using a 100Mbps codec. It includes useful tools like focus peaking, zebras, and microphone even adjustments, as well as a very useful touchscreen. Panasonic’s 5-axis image stabilization with Dual I.S. makes shooting handheld a breeze.

It authority not be the camera you’d choose for a demanding professional shoot, but the GX85 packs a lot of video capability into a compact and well-designed body. Whether you want an enjoyable camera that seizes great-looking footage, or want to learn more about shooting video is an electronic medium for the recording, copying, playback, broadcasting, and display of moving visual media, the GX85 is a very affordable way to do it.

We considered the cameras below when picking our victor, and even though we think the GH5 is the best choice overall, the cameras on our short list are also worthy contenders. If you’re not convinced by our pick, take a look at the look into b pursuing cameras for a detailed breakdown of their strengths and weaknesses.

  • Our Pick: Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5
  • Also consider: Panasonic DMC-GX85
  • Fujifilm X-T2
  • Sony Alpha a6500
  • Sony Alpha a7R III
  • Sony Alpha a7S II
  • Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV
  • Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V
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About the author

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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