The best cameras for video

Top 10Medium formatVloggingSports photography
Cameras (1 - 5)
Canon EOS R6Fujifilm X-T4Sony a7S IIINikon Z7 IICanon EOS-1D X Mark IIIFujifilm X-T3Panasonic Lumix DC-S1HPanasonic Lumix DC-GH5Leica SL2Panasonic Lumix DC-S5
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Canon EOS R6
Fujifilm X-T4
Sony a7S III
Nikon Z7 II
Canon EOS-1D X Mark III
Fujifilm X-T3
Panasonic Lumix DC-S1H
Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5
Leica SL2
Panasonic Lumix DC-S5
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Video recording (main camera)The maximum resolution available for videos shot with the main camera. Although it may be possible to choose among other frame rates, those recordings usually have lower resolutions.
Video recording (main camera)The maximum resolution available for videos shot with the main camera. Although it may be possible to choose among other frame rates, those recordings usually have lower resolutions.2160 x 60fps
2160 x 60fps
2160 x 120fps
2160 x 60fps
2904 x 60fps
2160 x 60fps
2160 x 60fps
2160 x 60fps
2160 x 60fps
2160 x 60fps
Focus pointsThe more focus points the more flexibility in picking which part of the scene to focus on. They also give the image sensor a better probability in identifying the right area of the scene to focus on in more automatic modes.
Focus pointsThe more focus points the more flexibility in picking which part of the scene to focus on. They also give the image sensor a better probability in identifying the right area of the scene to focus on in more automatic modes.1053
425
759
493
191
425
225
225
225
225
Maximum light sensitivityWith a higher light sensitivity (ISO level), the sensor absorbs more light. This can be used to capture moving objects using a fast shutter speed, or to take images in low light without using a flash.
Maximum light sensitivityWith a higher light sensitivity (ISO level), the sensor absorbs more light. This can be used to capture moving objects using a fast shutter speed, or to take images in low light without using a flash.204800 ISO
51200 ISO
409600 ISO
102400 ISO
819200 ISO
51200 ISO
204800 ISO
25600 ISO
50000 ISO
204800 ISO
Megapixels (main camera)The number of megapixels determines the resolution of the images captured with the main camera. A higher megapixel count means that the camera is capable of capturing more details. However, the megapixel count is not the only important element determining the quality of an image.
Megapixels (main camera)The number of megapixels determines the resolution of the images captured with the main camera. A higher megapixel count means that the camera is capable of capturing more details. However, the megapixel count is not the only important element determining the quality of an image.21MP
26MP
13MP
45.7MP
20.1MP
26.1MP
25MP
20.3MP
47MP
24.2MP
Battery life (CIPA)CIPA is an independent, standard measurement that determines how many shots a camera can take before the battery dies.
Battery life (CIPA)CIPA is an independent, standard measurement that determines how many shots a camera can take before the battery dies.360shots
500shots
600shots
420shots
2850shots
390shots
400shots
410shots
370shots
440shots
Sensor sizeThe larger the sensor the more light the sensor captures yielding in better image quality.
Sensor sizeThe larger the sensor the more light the sensor captures yielding in better image quality.36 x 24mm
23.5 x 15.6mm
35.6 x 23.8mm
35.9 x 23.9mm
36 x 24mm
23.5 x 15.6mm
35.6 x 23.8mm
17.3 x 13mm
36 x 24mm
35.6 x 23.8mm
Sensor shift stabilizationWith sensor shift, the image sensor (rather than the lens) moves to counterbalance any vibration of the camera. This means the image will be stabilised regardless of what lens is being used.
Sensor shift stabilizationWith sensor shift, the image sensor (rather than the lens) moves to counterbalance any vibration of the camera. This means the image will be stabilised regardless of what lens is being used.
Dual card slotsIt has two memory card slots, allowing you to store more photos without switching cards. This is particularly useful on long shoots when you need more space.
Dual card slotsIt has two memory card slots, allowing you to store more photos without switching cards. This is particularly useful on long shoots when you need more space.
Weather-sealed (splashproof)The device is protected with extra seals to prevent failures caused by dust, raindrops, and water splashes.
Weather-sealed (splashproof)The device is protected with extra seals to prevent failures caused by dust, raindrops, and water splashes.
Microphone inputA microphone port allows connecting external high-end or specialized microphones.
Microphone inputA microphone port allows connecting external high-end or specialized microphones.
Flip-out screenFlip-out screens can be useful for tricky shots.
Flip-out screenFlip-out screens can be useful for tricky shots.
Touch screenYou can operate the device easily, by pressing the screen with your fingers.
Touch screenYou can operate the device easily, by pressing the screen with your fingers.

From DSLR cameras to mirrorless cameras, the best digital cameras now offer opportunities for artistic professionals to take stunning photos along with high-quality video. However, just because a camera takes great photos doesn’t always mean that the video quality will be just as good.

Choosing the right camera for video requires you to take a look at more than just mere megapixels, and depending on the type of filming you’ll be doing, you’ll want to also ensure it’s equipped with the right kind of microphone and enough space for you to quickly switch out memory cards. Here’s what to consider when comparing the top cameras for filming videos.

Video recording

You’ll need to ensure that the camera you’re looking to purchase records video. But there’s more to it than that. When looking at the videography specs of a digital camera, be sure to look at all of the other video specs as well.

This includes various functions and features such as phase-detection autofocus, continuous autofocus, and slow-motion video recording. While slow-motion recording and timelapse video recording might be effects that you’re able to add in during post-production, it’s always better (and easier) if they’re available in-camera.

Microphone

Recording high-quality video requires audio, which means the camera will need a microphone. What kind? That depends on the type of filming you’ll be doing. If you’re going to use the camera to film documentary-style videos in the field, the camera must come with a stereo microphone, zoom microphone, or 5.1 surround sound recording system.

Card slots

Whether you’re filming travel videos on the road or are filming interviews for corporate videos, you’ll still need to ensure that the camera comes with dual card slots. While this applies just as much to photography as it does to video recording, it’s especially important for videography. Having a dual card slot on the camera means that you can store videos on both cards in case you need to have a secure backup. Or you can simply film on one card and continue seamlessly 

Sensor size

Contrary to popular belief, a higher megapixel count doesn't always mean better performance. It all comes down to the sensor size, whether you’re snapping photos or filming videos. The sensor size determines how much light the camera can take to create an image. The bigger the sensor size, the more light the camera can absorb to come up with a brighter, crisper image.

Screen

Having a flip-out screen is helpful when filming videos. This is especially true if you’re vlogging as you’re able to rotate the screen while filming and preview how the entire video looks as you’re recording it. If you’re interested in an upgraded camera screen, opt for one that comes with a touchscreen for easy navigation or to quickly and easily adjust the focus.

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