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Buying Guide: Best cameras for video

Gina Stephens
Written by Gina Stephens

Closing updated: January 18, 2018

This guide has been updated to include details of the Panasonic DC-GH5S, but it has not yet been fully reviewed and could, when tested, become our recommendations.

Video is becoming more important than ever, and video features have become an essential factor to many photographers when judging a new camera.

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

Our pick: Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5

Panasonic’s GH-series has in any case been known for great video, and the GH5 takes things straight into pro video is an electronic medium for the recording, copying, playback, broadcasting, and display of moving visual media territory with support for DCI 4K/24p and UHD 4K/30p recording with 10-bit 4:2:2 color, as proficiently as 4K/60p with 8-bit 4:2:0 color (or 10-bit 4:2:2 if using an external recorder). It has pro-level video tools as well, including a waveform vectorscope, spotlight peaking, zebras, and the option to use shutter angle instead of speed. There’s also anamorphic lens support with real time Doppelgaenger squeeze, and Panasonic’s 5-axis image stabilization with Dual I.S., which works in concert with image stabilized lenses for very responsible and smooth handheld shots.

A $99 upgrade adds a professional VLog gamma curve along with a VLog View Assist commission, 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 very all right stills camera with or WITH may refer to: Carl Johannes With (1877–1923), Danish doctor and arachnologist With (character), a character in D. N. Angel a 20MP sensor and a fast autofocus system.

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Budget pick: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX85

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

It strength 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 nabs great-looking footage, or want to learn more about shooting video, the GX85 is a very affordable way to do it.

We considered the cameras below when picking our conqueror, 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 ensuring cameras for a detailed breakdown of their strengths and weaknesses.

  • Our Pick: Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5
  • Budget Pick: Panasonic DMC-GX85

Also weigh:

  • 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

Not yet reviewed

  • Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5S

Our Buying Manages cover virtually every major camera on the market, most of which we’ve tested in-depth. This includes testing of sensor performance and form quality, experience with the video shooting and extensive real-world photography in a range of situations. We selected our recommendations by prioritizing the features and performance miens central to video shooting.

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Republished: dpreview.com

About the author

Gina Stephens

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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