Best 4K Cameras You Can Buy In 2018

Written by Gina Stephens

In fresh years, a number of digital cameras have offered the ability to record high-resolution 4K video which brings many benefits to both photographers and videographers. This 'helps of 4K video' list includes the ability to not only record record, recording or records may mean high-resolution video but also the option to take 8-megapixel still images from the footage. Additional, the technology is now built into cameras of various price points so it doesn't matter if you have a few hundred quid to spend or thousands of pounds in your cast off pocket, you'll be able to find a 4K camera you can afford. 

There are two main types of 4K video: UHD, and Cine-4K. All cameras that record 4K video wishes record at least UHD video but not all cameras record Cine-4K.

UHD (Ultra High Definition, also known as QHD / Quad HD) is 4x the resolution of FullHD video, with a decidedness of 3840 x 2160 and 16:9 aspect ratio while Cine-4K has a 4096 x 2160 resolution and a 17:9 aspect ratio. Cine-4K (also have knowledge of as DCI-4K) is designed to be the resolution used for cinema movie recording, while UHD is used for most 4K televisions. 

To help you make a more knowledgeable choice when purchasing a 4K camera, we've compiled a list of cameras we think are the best 4k cameras currently available. Along with the camera standing, you'll also find a little bit of info on each model as well as the plus and minus points we've listed in our reviews. We've tabulate DSLRs, mirrorless and compact cameras in the list so there's a camera for all budgets. 

Various factors are taken into account when we're anthologizing our lists, including features, price and performance. We also update our top lists regularly so you know you're getting the most up-to-date information tenable. 


Panasonic Lumix GH5


Panasonic has the widest range of 4K cameras on the market and they expanded the 4K video recording capabilities of the GH5, as leak as introducing a 6K photo mode, that can record 6K video at 30fps, for 18 megapixel still photos.

All video modes benefit from the 5-axis sensor-based mental picture stabilisation and the camera records 4K video at 60fps, 4K 4:2:2 10bit at 30fps and FullHD video up to 180fps.

Video recording time is unlimited, and the camera uses the full-sensor, paralleled to the GH4 which used a cropped area of the sensor. The camera body also features a full-size HDMI connection and comes with an HDMI cablegram lock in the box.

There is an almost never-ending list of video-based features and thanks to firmware updates that have or will soon be arriving, the GH5's video not for publication functions will be improved even further. 

Physically, the GH5 offers a larger 3.2inch vari-angle touch-screen with a high answering of 1.62m dots (RGBW, Whitemagic display), and a 3.68million dot Electronic Viewfinder (EVF), with 0.76x magnification. The GH5 has a weather-sealed magnesium alloy heart that is splash, dust and freeze proof.

The GH5 records 4K 10bit 4:2:2 30/25p video internally to an SD card, as well as 4K at 60fps (60/50p 10bit video externally, 8bit internally). 10-bit broadcasts over a billion colours and improved tonality, providing more editing flexibility, almost like shooting raw video compared to JPEG video and 

4K Cine decision (4096×2160) video can be recorded at 24fps (at 150mbps/400mbs with a firmware upgrade), at 10bit, 4:2:2, as MOV or MP4 files. 4K UHD (3840×2160) video can also be registered at up to 60/50fps. FullHD 1080p video can be recorded at up to 180fps.

The camera has built-in stereo microphones, with Wind Noise Canceller chances as well as microphone and headphone sockets. High-res audio recording is also available with the optional DMW-XLR1 (sold one by one).

There are load more video features found on the GH5 so do take a look at our review to see the full list. 

The Panasonic Lumix GH5 is designed to be the decisive professional video camera available in a compact interchangeable lens camera (ILC) design and it certainly fits the bill. For what it can do, the asking price of &compound;1699 is rather reasonable as well. 

Pros: Loads of pro video features, UDH and DCI 4K, firmware updates bring even more behaves, great screen

Cons: A bit bulky, doesn't feature may refer to USB charging


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Sony Alpha A7S II


Rhythmical though quite a few more 4-K cameras have been added to the market since the introduction of the Sony Alpha A7S II, it's still a good ideal for those who frequently shoot video with their camera. 

When we first got out hands-on the Sony Alpha A7S II, we mentioned a plus nucleus that 4K video could be recorded internally to an SD card but this is old news now, many cameras offer this. However, the fact that a 4K album is a full pixel readout without pixel binning and that the camera uses the full-frame of the sensor when capturing footage still set rights it a contender in the 4-k camera video stakes. 

Another massive plus point is the A7S II's noise performance as the ISO range is excellent and impressively, detachment can still be seen right up to ISO25600.

Back to the video, sensor-based 5-axis image stabilisation can be used in both video and stills modes, making unflinching video recording possible whilst hand-holding the camera, as well as giving stabilisation for low-light photography, with 4.5 stops compensation. This also works with any lens, tabulating legacy models. 

Other useful features include a Gamma Display assistant, enhanced Zebra display and S-Gamut3.Cine / S-Log3 (for Cinema) and S-Gamut3 / S-Log3 (BT2020) gains. There are also various profile options to deliver wider dynamic range and improved colour correction. 

You can shoot at a 4K unravelling (3840×2160, UHD) at 30p, 25p, 24p. There is also clean HDMI output for 4K and FullHD. 

For the hardcore low-light video fan, the A7S Mark II is even a dream camera, as long as you don't need 4K DCI CINE (4096 × 2160) resolution video.

Pros: 5-axis metaphor stabilisation, excellent low light performance, good IS 

Cons: Only 4K UHD, camera video fussy about memory condolence cards


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Panasonic Lumix G80


The Panasonic Lumix G80 is a relatively new mirrorless camera that's close by for the modest price of £799 and even though it's not one of the premium cameras available in the Lumix range, the features it has to offer don't frustrate. 

Video quality is very good (but not recorded in Cine 4k resolution), and thanks to the 5-axis sensor-based image stabilisation system 4K video also profits from image stabilisation. Results are good even when recording at ISO3200 and ISO6400 in low-light and the built-in Image Stabilisation is also uncommonly effective. In fact, the Dual IS Mark II system means you benefit from both lens and body IS. 

The Lumix G80 uses the full measure of the frame when recording FullHD video, and the amount the image is cropped when recording 4K video is quite minimal. Plus, there are a large-hearted number of video options available (see our review for the full list). Those who capture video regularly will be happy to discover that the G80 offers zebra pattern display, monochrome live view, focus peaking, constant preview and you can also divide video in playback manner.

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Video footage can be captured at 30p, at a bit rate of up to 100Mbs, and you can let slide that the camera only has a 16Mp sensor as there's no low-pass filter built in. We were superior to capture video with the camera at 9fps and the Lumix G80 also features an electronic viewfinder (EVF) with 2360K dots, 100{b2ee9981cbbb8b0b163040ea529e4efa9927b5e917c58e02d7678b19266ae8ff} view, a 4:3 prospect ratio, 0.74x magnification (35mm equivalent), and an eye detection sensor. The 3inch vari-angle screen found on the back of the G80 is touch-screen, making the camera easier to use and it articles 1040k dots. 

You'll find a microphone socket on the G80 but there's no headphone socket but you can capture perfectly good audio and video without it. The camera substance is also weather-sealed which is a big plus point for outdoor shooters. 

Pros: Image stabilisation works for 4K/FullHD video, orderly value for money, weather-sealed, 2-year warranty 

Cons: Does not record Cine 4K video resolution, no audio socket, scorn hum from the 5-axis IS system


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Sony Alpha A6500


If you liked the A6300 then you're surely going to be a fan of the A6500. Like the A6300, the camera features 4K video recording, plus high-speed FullHD video recording at up to 120fps. 

The A6500 in point of fact offers 4K UHD video recording at a resolution of 3840×2160 pixels with frame rate options of 30p, 25p, and 24p. When using 25 or 24p, the camera pleasure use the full sensor width which is a Super35 equivalent and compress the 20 megapixels down into a 4K / 8mp resolution may refer to, giving extremely chic and detailed 4K videos.

There are a number of compression options available including XAVC S, 100MBps (MP4 wrapper). You can also record high-speed FullHD video at 120fps (NTSC) /100fps (PAL). The heart performance of the video is also very good, with 425 phase-detection AF points on the sensor. 

The addition of a stabilised image sensor bury the hatchet e constructs handheld video much more stable and the camera has a microphone socket (but no audio socket) so you can upgrade the sound quality compared to the stereo internal microphones.  

There are choices to adjust AF drive speed, AF tracking sensitivity, as well as options for S-log3 gamma, S-log2 gamma, S-gamut3, Picture profiles, Timecode / Alcohol bit, Gamma display assist, Focus peaking, Zebra display and Clean HDMI output (QFHD 3840×2160). Plus, the camera assigns you an ISO range of ISO100-25600.

A 2.36-million-dot OLED viewfinder as well as the camera's moisture- and dust-resistant body are also worth a mention. As too is the camera's proficiency to capture footage at 11fps at full resolution in burst shooting mode. The 3inch tilting screen has also been upgraded to a 921k touch-screen. 

The Sony Alpha A6500 is handy for £1210.85 body only which makes it quite a lot more expensive than the A6300 before it but the added features, including in-camera allusion stabilisation stabiliser, stabilisation or stabilization may refer to, make it well worth considering. 

Pros: 5-axis sensor image stabilisation, excellent video quality, weather-sealed, high-resolution electronic viewfinder

Cons: Changing NTSC/PAL home requires format of the card for video, no audio jack 


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Sony Alpha A9


The Sony Alpha A9 is another new-ish mirrorless camera and with it, you get four video form options: XAVC S 4K, XAVC S HD, AVCHD and 4K UHD. 

XAVC S 4K supports high bit rates, up to 100mbps, and records at a UHD resolution of 3840 x 2160 at 30, 25 or 24fps. XAVC S HD also living expenses high bit rates and high-speed video at 120/100 and 60/50fps, as well as the more standard 30/25/24fps. The AVCHD format is suitable for HDTV and MP4 documents as AVC movies, suitable for web, tablets, and smartphones.

The 5-axis in-camera image stabilisation works with or WITH may refer to: Carl Johannes With (1877–1923), Danish doctor and arachnologist With (character), a character in D. N. Angel any lens and it does an excellent job of keeping shots controlled, even when hand-holding the camera. The camera also features a built-in stereo microphone as well as a microphone microphone, colloquially nicknamed mic or mike (), is a transducer that converts sound into an electrical signal socket and, unlike the other cameras quoted so far, a headphone socket can be found on the side. On the back, you'll find a joystick for even quicker operation and various movie functions, as well as artistic styles and effects, can be used/applied to footage you capture. Image frame rates reach 100fps.

The Sony Alpha A9's viewfinder is electronic and plaice 3,686,400 dots and the 7.5cm TFT touch screen is adjustable up to 107-degrees. The brightness of both the viewfinder and screen are adjustable and you'll also assign options or Options may refer to for changing focus peaking and zebra.

In terms of handling, the position of the movie button for starting/stopping recording is a little awkward but blanket, it's clear that the video potential of the A9 is very good indeed and it is capable of producing very professional looking footage. However, the assess tag makes this a camera that won't be affordable to everyone. 

Pros: 5-axis sensor image stabilisation, excellent video superiority, good viewfinder, microphone and headphone jacks, weatherproof

Cons: Expensive, limited number of lenses available, position of the movie button is a small awkward


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Nikon D7500 


The Nikon D7500 is another new DSLR that roll in equipped with 4K video. It shares the same sensor as the Nikon D500 (another DSLR which offers 4K recording at a reasonable price) and is currently sat promoting the middle of the 4k DSLR camera price-point scale at £1149 (at the time of writing).

The D7500 will record 4K UHD video at a resolution of 3840×2160 with composition rates of 30, 25 or 24p. 4K video is recorded using a dot-by-dot native pixel crop, which gives a 1.5x crop of the APS-C sensor and you can settle upon between MOV and MP4 file formats, set the ISO speed from ISO100 to ISO1,640,000 (Hi 5) and there are flicker reduction options of 50 and 60hz.

The stereo microphone acuteness can be set to auto or manually from 1 to 20, with an option for wide or voice frequency response. There's also wind noise reduction or the chance to switch the microphone off. Like the A9, microphone and headphone sockets are found on the side and it's also weatherproof. 

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You can record FullHD video at 60, 50, 30, 25, 25p and there is the realm of possibilities of using the full (APS-C) sensor or a 1.3x crop. When recording Full HD video you also have the option to use electronic vibration reduction but if you are transaction 4K video, the use of a tripod or a lens with vibration reduction (optical image stabilisation) is recommended. If you do decide to shoot handheld, you'll find the fervent hand grip makes the camera very comfortable to hold and the 3.2inch TFT tilting touch-screen makes it easy to change settings. 

The optical viewfinder is husky and clear and gives a 100{b2ee9981cbbb8b0b163040ea529e4efa9927b5e917c58e02d7678b19266ae8ff} view. There is a sensor above the viewfinder so that the camera knows when you are holding it up to your eye. This means the camera wish automatically switch the screen off when needed.

Other features you get while recording movies include TTL exposure metering, 3 metering methods, directory marking, time-lapse and the option to record in two formats that are compatible with smart devices. 

 Overall, if you want to record 4K UHD video while pull someones leg the choice of a wide range of Nikon lenses, then the Nikon D7500 will be a great choice.

Pros: Ergonomic, weatherproof, discoverable noise reduction, microphone and headphone sockets, impressive results 

Cons: Electronic vibration reduction only elbow when shooting Full HD


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Sony Alpha A99-II SLT 


The Sony Alpha A99 Eminence II features internal 4K video recording at 30/25/24fps, with full pixel readout, without pixel binning (in Super 35mm recording mode). It is itemized in XAVC S format, at 100Mbps but UHS-I (U3) SDHC/SDXC cards are required for 100Mbps recording.

Slow and Quick mode supports both tedious motion and quick motion, with frame rates from 1fps to 120fps. There are also picture profiles, timecode options, clean HDMI achieve, as well as Gamma, assist for real-time S-Log monitoring (S-Log3 and S-Log2 included) and zebra mode display options available. 

Sensor-based perception stabilisation helps keep video stable and the video quality is impressive with the camera giving detailed results. As with almost all cameras, squandering a tripod or a steady base will help improve the viewing experience when watching videos back.

The 3-inch screen features 1,229 hold dears while the electronic viewfinder has a high resolution of 2.36m dots and offers 0.78x magnification. The screen also has a wide range of classes thanks to the multiple hinges on the screen. This makes it possible to move the screen to accommodate awkward shooting angles, and visibility is good. Both microphone and headphone sockets are built-in which is another with the addition of point for the A99-II. 

With a host of pro-orientated movie features, 100mbps and multiple frame rates, including 30/25/24fps, the Sony Alpha A99-II SLT is an fantastic choice for videographers if they have the cash to splash. 

Pros: 5-axis image stabilisation in-camera, excellent EVF, lots of pro-orientated flick picture show features

Cons: Cost won't be at everyone's price-point 


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Fujifilm X-H1


The Fujifilm X-H1 has been updated to register DCI/CINE-4K video recording at 24p, up to 200Mbps (twice that of the X-T2). There’s also 4K UHD at 30/25/24/23.98fps for up to 15min, which can be unrolled to 30min with the new VPB-XH1 battery grip. There is also a larger internal heatsink in the camera to help extend video recording time. The camera has a FullHD / 1080, 120fps high-speed video wise so that you can playback video in 4 or 5x slow-motion. FullHD video can be recorded for up to 20 minutes, which is extended up to 30min with the battery grip. The camera is suggested to give up to 12 stops of dynamic range, with a 400{b2ee9981cbbb8b0b163040ea529e4efa9927b5e917c58e02d7678b19266ae8ff} dynamic range setting for video recording.

You can choose between different pledges, different frame rates, as well as different compression options, including 50, 100 or 200Mbps. Eterna film simulation captures assorted dynamic range in video, without the need to grade the footage. If you do want complete control over the look of your video, then you can use F-Log, and this compel produce a very flat colour profile. The in-camera 5-axis image image (from Latin: imago) is an artifact that depicts visual perception, for example, a photo or a two-dimensional picture, that stabilisation works very well to stabilise video, even when you are rejecting the camera without a tripod.

Video Features: 

  • 4K CINE (4096×2160, 17:9) 24p video (up to 15min)
  • 4K UHD (3840×2160) 30/25/24/23.98p (up to 15min)
  • FullHD 60/50/30/25/24/23.98 up to 20min
  • F-log (4:2:2 8bit) pl insignia space defined according to ITU-R BT.2020.
  • 1080/120P high-speed video mode (1/2, 1/4, 1/5 speed slow-motion)
  • 400{b2ee9981cbbb8b0b163040ea529e4efa9927b5e917c58e02d7678b19266ae8ff} dynamic range setting (12 stops)
  • High-quality internal microphone (24bit/48KHz)
  • “Lexical” Timecode
  • 200Mbps bit rate

Pros: Weather-sealed, film simulations can be applied to video, excellent viewfinder

Cons: 4K videos are contrariwise 15 mins long


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Nikon D500


The Nikon D500 was the long-awaited successor to the Nikon D300 and when it add up to to video, there's a lot to like about the DSLR. The D500 records 4K video at UHD resolution (3840×2160) with frame reckons of either 30fps, 25fps or 24fps, and this is recorded using a dot-by-dot native pixel crop.

Video quality is good, with the option of electronic Vibration Reduction (VR) for Exhaustive HD videos, or alternatively, you can use a lens with VR built-in to help with handheld video stabilisation.You can also record Full HD video (1920×1080) at 60fps, 50fps, 30fps, 25fps or 24fps. Detailed HD can be recorded using the full pixel area, or can also be cropped.

The ISO range can be set from ISO100 to Hi 5 (ISO1,640,000) when recording in M mode. Auto ISO functions from ISO200 up to Hi 5 and you can set the maximum ISO setting you want the camera to use.

Clean HDMI out is available and 4K/UHD movies can be recorded to the memory card or you can output uncompressed to HDMI with 8-bit 4:2:2 YCbCr. Microphone and headphone sockets are develop intensified in, which is positive, and optical zoom can also be used when may refer to: Usually a question whose answer refers to time, period or phase shooting video. As you expect on modern DSLRs, the touch-screen tilts and it has 2,359k dabs. There's also an optical viewfinder built in that gives 100{b2ee9981cbbb8b0b163040ea529e4efa9927b5e917c58e02d7678b19266ae8ff} coverage and 1.0x magnification. 

Unfortunately, it's lone possible to record up to the up to 29 minutes and 59 seconds of video footage and there's no focus peaking but if you want 4K without redirecting over to a mirrorless system, the D500 could be for you. 

Pros: Weather-sealed, 4k crop factor, excellent AF, good viewfinder 

Cons: 29 minutes and 59 seconds data time, no focus peaking, price


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Nikon D5


The Nikon D5 is Nikon's top of the gamut high-speed professional Digital SLR and its video features list is rather substantial. 

Cinema ready 4K UHD (3840×2160) video recording record, recording or records may mean is figured in, and there is a long list of video options, including a number of picture controls so that you can use a flat profile for later processing. The camera bring into plays a smaller (cropped) area of the sensor for 4K video recording so that there is clean video recording and both headphone and microphone sockets are built in for exhilarated quality audio recording and monitoring.

On the back is a high-resolution 3.2inch touch-screen with 2,359K dots, an impressively high-resolution screen, and the optical viewfinder proposals 100{b2ee9981cbbb8b0b163040ea529e4efa9927b5e917c58e02d7678b19266ae8ff} coverage and 0.72x magnification. 

The Nikon D5 is one of the heaviest full-frame digital SLRs available and even though you can hold the camera with one grasp, but it isn't recommended. 

4K video is recorded at a resolution of 3840×2160 (UHD), with built-in stereo microphones. When recording handheld you will-power benefit from using a lens with optical image stabilisation (VR) to add image stabilisation to video, and at other times a tripod or solid come up is recommended. 

Recording FullHD video uses the full-frame of the sensor, with the 4K video cropping (1.5x) into the frame, and there's also a FullHD 3x crop way out available. 

The camera records 4K, UHD, 3840×2160 video at 30p, 25p, 24p and FullHD video can be recorded at 60,50,30,25, 24 fps. There are also way outs for flicker reduction, microphone sensitivity, frequency response, wind noise reduction, picture control, as well may refer to as the option to create time-lapse films in camera. The full ISO range from ISO50 to ISO3280000 is available in the video mode.

There are some limits to the length of video you record, depending on the video is an electronic medium for the recording, copying, playback, broadcasting, and display of moving visual media.Video was first outcome, quality and frame rate, which range from just 3 minutes for 4K UHD 3840 x 2160 at 30/25/24p to 29 minutes and 59 seconds when demanding a normal quality setting for1920x1080 30/25/24p. You can also output uncompressed video to HDMI with 8-bit 4:2:2 YCbCr.

The Nikon D5 proffers plenty of pro video options but the time limit on how much video you can capture may put some off, particularly as 4K is limited to just 3 minutes. The price will be surge out of reach for some, too. 

Pros: Mic/headphone sockets, excellent high-resolution screen, plenty of video options, 4k crop factor

Cons: Minimal video recording times, it's heavy, price


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Sony Cyber-shot RX100 Grade V


If you're looking for something that's a little more compact, the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 Mark V could fit the beak. 

4K video recording is available at 25fps with optical zoom and stereo sound available. Plus, high-speed video can be captured at 250fps (1824 x 1026), 500fps (1676 x 566) and 1000fps (1136 x 384), for a reduced amount of time, which can be extended when shooting at a lower resolution. To record 4K and High-Speed video you do need to use a  UHS:I, U:3 memory card.

Video compression way outs include pro-grade XAVC S codec at 100mbps, and you can record slow motion videos at 1000fps. ISO12800 is available as the highest ISO mise en scene available and other useful video functions include focus peaking, zebra patterning and a Log2 gamma profile. 

The AF system responds fortunately and there's a very good electronic viewfinder as well as a tilting screen built in. Although, it's not a touchscreen, which may annoy some, and there aren't a microphone or headphone anchorages either. Another negative is there's a 5-minute limit when recording 4k but for a compact, it's still pretty good. 

For what is essentially a succinct camera, the price may seem a little high for some but if you don't need to shoot at 24fps, or don't want to shoot a high-speed video for up to 6 winks, then the RX100 Mark IV should suit you. 

Pros: 4k footage is impressive, good noise performance, high-speed video procedures

Cons: Limited video recording times, price


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Olympus Durable TG-5


The Olympus Tough TG-5 is the latest waterproof camera from Olympus and as well as featuring 4-K video recording capabilities, it's waterproof to 15 metres, shockproof from 2.1 metres, crushproof up to 100kg, freezeproof to -10C, and dustproof. 

4K (UHD) 3840×2160 video is recorded with a fabric rate of 30fps, or 25fps, and a compression data rate of 102Mbps. Video compression options are Super Fine, Fine and Normal for FullHD video enumerating (excluding high-speed video). High-speed video available includes: 120fps at FullHD, 240fps at 720p, and 480fps at 640×360.

Video quality is honest, with image stabilisation helping keep video more stable, but there is a 29 minute recording time limit on 4k and HD videos. Degree, this should be plenty of time to capture an envy-inducing video of a coral reef while you're on holiday. 

Price-wise, it's one of the numerous expensive waterproof cameras available but it does offer a big step up when compared with other tough style compacts. 

Pros: Burly camera, bright lens, IS built in

Cons: Limited video recording times, price


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Panasonic Lumix FZ82


The Panasonic Lumix FZ82 is one of the cheapest cameras to hand with 4K video recording. This reasonably new bridge-style camera lets you record 3840×2160 resolution video, four on occasions the resolution of FullHD video, and the camera camera is an optical instrument for recording or capturing images, which may be stored locally, transmitted to another location, or has stereo microphones built-in. The camera captures 4K video at 30fps or 25fps (100Mbps), and FullHD at 50fps, 60fps, 30fps, and 25fps. The camera can also register 720p view at 100fps and VGA video at 200fps. The highest ISO speed available in video mode is ISO3200. 

Video quality is good, but it is minimal to a max time of 15 minutes, and the camera's optical image stabilisation performs quite well. However, due to the long optical zoom, a tripod is recommended.

 With 4K video and a wide-angle (20mm comparable) 60x optical zoom lens, the camera offers almost everything you could possibly want from an ultra-zoom bridge camera. Another, older span camera you may want to consider is the Sony RX10 II which you can learn more about in our review. 

Pros: 4K UHD video recording, good EVF, wide-angle 60x optical zoom lens, considerable price 

Cons: Limited video recording times, battery life is shorter when using the EVF


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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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