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17 Best Cameras for Videography in 2022

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The best camera for videography must have specific features… Technology for video and stills can be different. And cameras that may not have the most amazing photo specs might be built specifically for video. So today, we show a wide range of video cameras we have researched. And we look at all the key aspects that make them amazing video cameras.

Most cameras made in the last few years have video functions. You can now get handheld cameras that produce professional-quality video. Phone cameras too! Our number one camera is Panasonic’s Lumix GH6. It is a compact camera with extremely high video resolution. And it has a range of extra features perfect for videography.

Panasonic Lumix DC-GH6
Panasonic Lumix DC-GH6
The most advanced video resolution in an affordable camera body.
Price from $3,995.98
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The Best Camera for Videography in 2022

We present a nice mix of high-quality cameras for video… You can jump to the end to read our buying guide. There we summarize the different photography niches and uses for video. And we recommend the best video cameras for each one.

Camera Name
Why We Love It
Price
Panasonic Lumix DC-GH6
Our Top Choice
  • Incredible 5.7K max video resolution
  • Unlimited recording as its built-in fan prevents overheating
  • Great sensor-shift image stabilization
  • Compact body with weather-sealing abilities
from $3,995.98
Olympus OM-D E-M1X
Best All-Around Camera
  • Cinema 4K resolution
  • Good resolution with a great dynamic range
  • Autofocus has excellent subject tracking
  • "World's-best" in-body image stabilization of up to 7.5 stops with supported lenses
from $1,799.99
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Sony a7S III
Best Sony Choice
  • Excellent 4K video at 120 fps
  • Great performance in low-light environments
  • Superb autofocus abilities
  • Microphone and headphone ports for filming
from $3,498.00
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Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 II
Best for Live Streaming
  • Cinema 4K video resolution of at 60 fps
  • Features a number of convenient video streaming abilities
  • Durable body with great weather sealing for outdoor use
  • Can be charged through USB devices
from $1,497.99
Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Pro
Best for Pros
  • Amazing 6K video resolution
  • Rare Super 35mm camera sensor
  • Narrow depth of field to capture accurate colors
  • Big 5-inch screen for a clear playback view
from $2,535.00
Panasonic Lumix DC-S5
Best for Travel
  • 4K video abilities in a compact mirrorless camera
  • Great image stabilization to help in low light
  • Dual memory card slots
  • Compact and portable camera body
from $1,434.95
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Sony a7 IV
Editors Choice
  • Powerful 4K video at 60 fps and live streaming
  • Super responsive autofocus
  • 5.5 stops of image stabilization
  • Fully articulating rear screen
from $2,498.00
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Panasonic Lumix DC-S1H
Best for Outdoors
  • Excellent-quality 6K video
  • Cooling vent allows longer filming time
  • Fantastic tools for recording video
  • Dual in-body image stabilization of up to 6.5 stops
from $3,099.00
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Canon EOS R5
Best Canon Choice
  • 8K video at 30 fps and Ultra HD abilities
  • Superb image quality with a 45 MP sensor
  • Body, face, eye, and animal autofocus tracking
  • High frame rate of 20 fps
from $3,699.00
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Fujifilm X-T4
Best Fujifilm Choice
  • 4K video (DCI or Ultra HD) up to 60 fps
  • High 6.5 stops of image stabilization
  • A fully articulating rear touchscreen
  • Sleek and stylish camera body
from $1,549.00
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Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 4K
Great for Pro Filmmakers
  • Camera specifically designed for high-end filming
  • Excellent 13 stops of dynamic range
  • External controls give quick access to essential functions
  • Stores video files in professional video formats
from $1,287.77
Nikon Z6 II
Best Nikon Choice
  • Fantastic 4K video at 60 fps and Full HD at 120 fps
  • Suberb low-light focus and dynamic range
  • Customizable display for videography
  • Lightweight and portable camera with amazing features
from $1,696.95
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Fujifilm GFX100S
Best Amateur Filmmakers
  • Excellent 4K at 30 fps and HD at 120 fps
  • Lightweight and portable for a medium format camera
  • A good level of customization
  • 6 stops of image stabilization
from $5,499.00
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Sony ZV-E10
Best for Vlogging
  • No time limit on 4K video recording at 30 fps
  • Top-end autofocus system that's great with photo and video
  • Fully articulating screen and selfie modes
  • External microphones and headphones ports
from $609.00
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GoPro Hero10 Black
Best for Action
  • Incredible 5.2K video resolution
  • HyperSmooth image stabilization for photos and videos
  • GoPro body is robust and extremely weatherproof
  • Excellent Wi-Fi connectivity settings
from $379.99
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DJI Pocket 2 Gimbal
Great Value
  • 2.7K video abilities
  • Superb resolution for such a small sensor size
  • Can track you as you walk around the room
  • Extremely portable camera body
from $460.26
Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max
Best for Everyday
  • HDR 4K video abilities at 60 fps
  • Wide angle lens available
  • Slow-motion and time-lapse video abilities
  • Extremely portable as it is also a phone
from $886.02

1. Panasonic Lumix GH6

from $3,995.98
Panasonic Lumix DC-GH6
Sensor Format Micro Four Thirds
Max Video Resolution 6K
Camera Type Mirrorless
Lens Mount Micro 4/3
Megapixels 25 MP
In-body Stabilization Yes
Autofocus Points 315
Maximum ISO 25,600
Frame Rate 14 fps
Video Yes
Screen Size 3"
Weather Sealing Yes
Best For Photographers who want professional video file handling

The Panasonic Lumix GH6 takes the top spot as the best camera for videography. That is because of its amazing video resolution and many features. One of the top features is its 7.5-stop dual image stabilization. This is amazingly high. And it allows you to take smooth-looking videos without using a rig.

The GH6 has all the great abilities of the GH5 II plus a lot more. Lumix cameras can shoot video in 5.7K at 60 fps (frames per second). And the camera also takes CF express cards to get the fastest possible processing.

With 4K, the GH6 can record up to 120 fps. And it shoots 240 fps in Full HD. This is plenty to give you a smooth video experience… even when shooting fast-paced subjects!

The camera lets you internally record in ProRes 422 HQ and ProRes 422 codec videos. (Developed by Apple.) This is industry-standard quality. But you usually need an external camera screen to access these features.

This camera is for people serious about getting into videography. It is for professionals who need a smaller, more portable camera in their kit bag. And it leads the market in handheld video abilities.

2. Olympus OM-D E-M1X

from $1,799.99
Olympus OM-D E-M1X
Sensor Format Micro Four Thirds
Max Video Resolution 4K
Camera Type Mirrorless
Lens Mount Micro 4/3
Megapixels 20 MP
In-body Stabilization Yes
Autofocus Points 121
Maximum ISO 25,600
Frame Rate 60 fps
Video Yes
Screen Size 3"
Weather Sealing Yes
Best For Videographers who want a versatile video camera

Right off the bat, Olympus claims to have the “world’s-best” image stabilization. This, combined with its incredible weatherproofing, makes the OM-D E-M1X an ideal outdoor camera.

The weatherproofing includes rubber rings for the input plugs. So you can attach a mic and a monitor to the camera without worrying about rain or dust. So if you plan to shoot video out on location most of the time, this could be the camera for you.

My favorite video feature is the focus indicator. The E-M1X autofocus is great. But when you want to get creative, the focus indicator helps you get the focus as sharp as possible. It has a cropped sensor. But despite that, the image quality and high dynamic range are well up to industry standards.

Of course, a camera this high up the list features log format recording. This helps with color grading or adding colors afterward. Olympus uses its OM-Log400 format. It helps you counteract difficult lighting conditions. (Olympus has useful video comparisons on its website.) This gives you great flexibility when it comes to editing.

It isn’t the smallest or lightest Micro Four Thirds camera on this list. So this may not be the best camera for a walking companion. But the E-M1X has many helpful video features and performs well in many situations.

3. Sony a7S III

from $3,498.00
Sony a7S III
Sensor Format Full Frame
Max Video Resolution 4K
Camera Type Mirrorless
Lens Mount Sony FE
Megapixels 12.1 MP
In-body Stabilization Yes
Autofocus Points 759
Maximum ISO 409,600
Frame Rate 10 fps
Video Yes
Screen Size 3"
Weather Sealing Yes
Best For Videographers who want a compact but powerful camera

Sony’s a7S III is high on this list due to its excellent video features and light size and weight (3.1 lb / 1.4 kg). It’s amazing how far technology has progressed for a handheld, cinema-quality camera. Even 10 to 15 years ago, a device bigger than this couldn’t capture 4K video at 120 fps!

The image quality in the a7S III may seem low. But its backlit sensor makes the 12.2 MP seem like a lot more. And the a7S III also has an extended ISO of up to 409,600 to help with exposure in low light.

Another aspect that sets Sony apart is its S-Cinetone color science. This has been adopted from their more serious film cameras. And now it features in these small, handheld cameras. It is spectacular for natural skin tones and detail in shadows and highlights.

You can tell it’s aimed at filmmakers. It has small details, like a video shooting button next to the regular shutter release. Sony designed it for video recording. And it just makes practical sense.

4. Panasonic Lumix GH5 II

from $3,498.00
Sony a7S III
Sensor Format Full Frame
Max Video Resolution 4K
Camera Type Mirrorless
Lens Mount Sony FE
Megapixels 12.1 MP
In-body Stabilization Yes
Autofocus Points 759
Maximum ISO 409,600
Frame Rate 10 fps
Video Yes
Screen Size 3"
Weather Sealing Yes
Best For Streaming in a high-quality format

The GH5 II is one of the first hybrid cameras that focussed its development on videography. This camera can shoot Cinema 4K image quality at 60 fps. And this is recorded in the industry standard 4:2:2 color format and 10-bit quality. So there is no compromise in the color handling.

This camera is also geared to tackle high-quality live streaming. It can connect both with and without wires to your devices. So you can shoot 4K video at 30 fps in a live format.

And the other feature that stands out is charging your device through the USB power supply. This extends your battery life and gives you one less problem to think about. It’s great for studio-based shoots that can sometimes consist of long hours.

And a good reason for choosing a Panasonic camera? Its lenses are developed in conjunction with Leica. Good glass always makes a huge difference in image quality and sharpness. And Leica lenses guarantee high-quality glass.

5. Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Pro

from $2,535.00
Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Pro
Sensor Format Super 35mm
Max Video Resolution 6K
Camera Type Mirrorless
Lens Mount Canon EF Mount
Megapixels 21.2 MP
In-body Stabilization Yes
Autofocus Points Full Screen Coverage
Maximum ISO 25600
Frame Rate -
Video Yes
Screen Size 5 inches
Weather Sealing Yes
Best For Professional videographers

The Blackmagic 6K is the best video camera in their Pocket Cinema range. The camera features a Super 35 mm sensor equal to a full frame camera.

The camera can capture a much narrower depth of field than its 4K sibling mentioned below. This also allows the camera to capture colors more accurately… even more so when combined with the technology that handles the files.

Like the 4K version, it has a beautiful 5-inch display screen. You can tilt this both upward and downwards. And it makes shooting awkward angles a breeze. Plus, it’s a touchscreen for convenient control.

Another great extra feature is the optional electronic viewfinder. It gives you a high-quality OLED display, ensuring you see everything in focus. The Blackmagic 6K also captures images in 21.2 MP image quality. So you can still take great stills as well!

There are some great Blackmagic cinema camera bundles, too.

6. Panasonic Lumix S5

from $1,434.95
Panasonic Lumix DC-S5
Sensor Format Full Frame
Max Video Resolution 4K
Camera Type Mirrorless
Lens Mount Leica L
Megapixels 24.2 MP
In-body Stabilization Yes
Autofocus Points 225
Maximum ISO 204,800
Frame Rate 7 fps
Video Yes
Screen Size 3"
Weather Sealing Yes
Best For Travel videographers and bloggers

Panasonic’s Lumix S5 is another great mirrorless camera for video on our list. It has cinema-quality video capabilities. But you can also take great photos. Its full frame sensor lets you shoot 10-bit 4K video at 30 fps. This is in a 4:2:2 color format for more definition.

So apart from the frame rate, these video settings are top-notch. They give you a beautiful, moving image.

You can push the frame rate to 60 fps. But the color range drops to 4:2:0. You can also shoot at 180 fps in Full HD. And this is more than enough to give you decent slow-motion shots. Plus, the S5 also features a great camera body image stabilizer. It gives up to 6.5 stops of benefit.

Because the camera is so light and small, you can carry the camera around with a grip. This also makes it the perfect video camera for travel. It’s a durable camera that will fit in your travel bag. You’ll worry more about the size of the lens rather than the size of the camera body!

7. Sony a7 IV

from $2,498.00
Sony a7 IV
Sensor Format Full Frame
Max Video Resolution 4K
Camera Type Mirrorless
Lens Mount Sony E
Megapixels 33 MP
In-body Stabilization Yes
Autofocus Points 759
Maximum ISO 51,200
Frame Rate 10 fps
Video Yes
Screen Size 3"
Weather Sealing Yes
Best For Videographers who want great photos as well

Sony’s Alpha 7 series is now one of the top camera ranges in the photographic market. Plus, it has continued updating its video capabilities. So they have become some of the best film and video cameras you can buy.

One new feature of the Sony a7 IV is its backlit sensor. This captures cleaner and crisper images for both photos and video. This full frame sensor allows you to record 4K video at 60 fps and 30 fps in 7K oversampling. (Oversampling records video in full resolution. But it allows you to “resample” them to the video resolution you need.)

Of course, it has Sony’s great optical image stabilization in this camera. Its active mode image stabilization helps a lot when you can’t hold the camera steady.

Its Eye AF (autofocus) focuses on your eye or any other subject you choose. It even detects and tracks the eyes of animals. This feature alone makes it one of the best video cameras for wildlife. But users have reported issues with the Eye AF. So Sony released a firmware update to try and fix it.

I’m a big fan of the focus map it gives when filming. It visually shows what is in and out of focus. So it turns a complex process into a simple one. This is handy for professional shoots when there is a big team and pressure is on to get shots right every time.

8. Panasonic Lumix S1H

from $3,099.00
Panasonic Lumix DC-S1H
Sensor Format Full Frame
Max Video Resolution 6K
Camera Type Mirrorless
Lens Mount Leica L
Megapixels 24 MP
In-body Stabilization Yes
Autofocus Points 225
Maximum ISO 51,200
Frame Rate 9 fps
Video Yes
Screen Size 3.2"
Weather Sealing Yes
Best For Videographers working on location

Panasonic’s Lumix S1H is a hybrid camera. It treads the fine line between photography and videography. The RAW video capture produces files ready for professional film editing. (But you must connect to a recording monitor, like the Atomos Ninja V.)

You can get 12-bit RAW data in this setup and shoot at 6K at 30 fps. This is seriously impressive, especially considering the size and weight of the S1H.

Panasonic has developed a new tilt and free-angle (articulating) screen. It’s a welcome feature for videography, where you get the best of both options. They also have a new heat management system installed.

Panasonic claims it is one of the first full frame cameras with a cooling fan. This cooling fan helps reduce the vibrations for smoother video. It lets you record longer videos. And it does wonders for the camera’s battery life.

Panasonic has also spent a lot of time making its new cameras as weatherproof as possible. This camera is a great companion if you plan to go to an outdoor shoot location on foot. Or if you are a hiker looking for a great video camera.

9. Canon R5

from $3,699.00
Canon EOS R5
Sensor Format Full Frame
Max Video Resolution 8K
Camera Type Mirrorless
Lens Mount Canon RF
Megapixels 45 MP
In-body Stabilization Yes
Autofocus Points 1,053
Maximum ISO 51,200
Frame Rate 20 fps
Video Yes
Screen Size 3.2"
Weather Sealing Yes
Best For Videographers who want high-quality videos

The Canon’s R5 is one of the best full frame cameras on our list because of its fantastic video quality. It can shoot at a whopping 8K at 30 fps and 4K at 120 fps.

The Canon R5 has incredible in-body image stabilization. It allows up to 8 stops of difference. It’s a shame you cannot use this when shooting in 8K. Luckily, the movie digital in-body stabilization does work when you shoot in 4K.

Its groundbreaking autofocus system guarantees a sharp subject. Its AI system can recognize faces and eyes, cats, dogs, birds, and even motor vehicles. The R5 also has dual card slots, taking both SD and CF express cards. So you should have enough room for all your photos, even on the longest of shoots.

I’m a big fan of Canon’s 8K time-lapse settings. Canons’ great Connect app supports this. It allows remote shooting—even for a video! So if you plan to shoot by yourself, this can be a welcome relief.

10. Fujifilm X-T4

from $1,549.00
Fujifilm X-T4
Sensor Format APS-C
Max Video Resolution 4K
Camera Type Mirrorless
Lens Mount Fujifilm X
Megapixels 26 MP
In-body Stabilization Yes
Autofocus Points 425
Maximum ISO 12,800
Frame Rate 20 fps
Video Yes
Screen Size 3"
Weather Sealing Yes
Best For Videographers who want a stylish design

The X-T4 has embedded itself as one of the top Fujifilm cameras. The X-T4 is one of the best APS-C cameras on the market. Not only does it have a stylish camera body. It also has pretty great video abilities.

You can push the X-T4 for Full HD video recording at 240 fps. But it can only shoot 4K at 60 fps. Full HD at 240 fps allows a smooth slow motion of around 10x the difference.

You can also set up the X-T4 in a full video camera rig. This means you can plan in-depth shoots and get professional results. My favorite part is that you can apply Fuji’s film simulations while shooting videos.

Plus, aspects like the flip-out LCD screen are extremely helpful for difficult angles. But the most important feature? The five-axis in-body image stabilization (IBIS) is a godsend for handheld shots.

11. Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 4K

from $1,287.77
Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 4K
Sensor Format Micro Four Thirds
Max Video Resolution 4K
Camera Type Mirrorless
Lens Mount Canon EF Mount
Megapixels 8.8 MP
In-body Stabilization Yes
Autofocus Points Full Screen Coverage
Maximum ISO 25600
Frame Rate -
Video Yes
Screen Size 5 inches
Weather Sealing Yes
Best For Amateurs getting into serious videography

The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema 4K is the first camera on our list for filmmaking. This camera is for professionals familiar with film-industry equipment. Or it’s for those comfortable with manual video settings.

It looks like a DSLR. But its buttons and functions are all geared toward filmmaking. It may take some time for photographers to adjust to them. But videographers will feel right at home.

My favorite feature is the huge five-inch screen. Blackmagic understands video shooters need to pay more attention to detail. So they put a minimal amount of buttons on the back. And instead, they extended the screen size. Many features are touchscreen buttons or found on other parts of the camera.

I like the ND filter buttons that are within thumb reach. They are extremely helpful for controlling light in tough situations.

You can save all files in open file formats. That means you don’t have to waste time transcoding them in the editing process. And all the files are compatible with all post-production software. So you can use the editing software that works best for you!

12. Nikon Z6 II

from $1,696.95
Nikon Z6 II
Sensor Format Full Frame
Max Video Resolution 4K
Camera Type Mirrorless
Lens Mount Nikon Z
Megapixels 24.5 MP
In-body Stabilization Yes
Autofocus Points 273
Maximum ISO 204,800
Frame Rate 14 fps
Video Yes
Screen Size 3.2"
Weather Sealing Yes
Best For Nikon photographers

The Nikon Z6 II isn’t Nikon’s newest mirrorless camera. But it has excellent features and performance in video recording. The camera allows you to shoot 4K at 60 fps and Full HD at 120 fps.

The area where you notice the Nikons Z6 II’s capabilities most is in its video’s sharpness. Zoom into a video still and compare it with some of Nikon’s newer mirrorless cameras. The Z6 II still performs better!

I like how you can change autofocus speeds and tracking sensitivity while recording. It is helpful if you’re trying to achieve certain styles and cannot focus manually. And, of course, you still get AI auto-focus detection for humans and animals.

The Z6 II also has dual card slots. One of them is for CF express memory cards. This is handy for big video files, meaning you are waiting less time to process them.

I also think Nikon’s customizable display works well for video work. Depending on your skill level, you can make your interface as simple or as complicated as you like.

13. Fujifilm GFX100S

from $5,499.00
Fujifilm GFX100S
Sensor Format Medium Format
Max Video Resolution 4K
Camera Type Mirrorless
Lens Mount Fujifilm G
Megapixels 102 MP
In-body Stabilization Yes
Autofocus Points 425
Maximum ISO 12,800
Frame Rate 5 fps
Video Yes
Screen Size 3.2"
Weather Sealing Yes
Best For Videographers who want a wide dynamic range

The Fujifilm GFX100S is a mirrorless camera with a medium format sensor. (A bigger sensor makes it trickier for the camera to process high-quality video.) The GFX100S can only capture 4K video at 30 fps. But the larger sensor improves the final image’s sharpness, color, and dynamic range.

The GFX100S lets you shoot in two different aspect modes. You can even capture video in 12-bit RAW (a compressed file) straight to an Atomos Ninja V external monitor. This is a professional level of control found in filmmaking.

The Fujifilm GFX100S is for those who want to dip their toes into high-quality filmmaking. The video recording user interface is also user-friendly. So it’s perfect for photographers who are transitioning to working with film.

It has a big price tag. But it’s an amazing camera that takes excellent images. And it has great video capabilities. Plus, it’s fairly light and portable for a camera with many functions.

14. Sony ZV-E10

from $609.00
Sony ZV-E10
Sensor Format APS-C
Max Video Resolution 4K
Camera Type Mirrorless
Lens Mount Sony E
Megapixels 24 MP
In-body Stabilization No
Autofocus Points 425
Maximum ISO 32,000
Frame Rate 11 fps
Video Yes
Screen Size 3"
Weather Sealing No
Best For Videographers who want an affordable point-and-shoot

The Sonys ZV-E10 is a small point-and-shoot camera. It’s aimed specifically at streamers and vloggers. It’s small, light, and packed with great video features (4K at 30 fps and HD at 120 fps).

There is also a button near the shutter, which automatically blurs the background for you. This is great for bringing attention to yourself in a busy crowd. There is also quick access to slow-motion and quick-motion video options.

Its autofocus AI settings are also great. Of course, the ZV-E10 can track faces, eyes, animals, and other subjects. But what’s great for a streamer or vlogger is their product AI. It notices if you hold a product to the camera. And it quickly changes the focus. This can save content creators a lot of time and frustration when recording. It helps makes videos look smooth and professional.

This camera is ideal for vlogging. It seamlessly connects to smartphones or computers. And you can even charge the camera while recording for endless streaming. Plus, the camera has interchangeable lenses. So you can select from various visual styles.

15. GoPro Hero10 Black

from $379.99
GoPro Hero10 Black
Sensor Format 1/2.3 sensor
Max Video Resolution 5.3K
Camera Type Compact
Lens Mount None
Megapixels 23 MP
In-body Stabilization Yes
Autofocus Points Full Screen Coverage
Maximum ISO 6400
Frame Rate -
Video Yes
Screen Size 2.27 inches
Weather Sealing Yes
Best For Extreme-sport videographers

GoPro is another well-known brand. It’s specifically geared toward videography. They produce handheld cameras designed for action or sports environments. But you can easily use them almost anywhere.

GoPro cameras pack a punch. You can record videos in 5.3K at 60 fps and 4K at 120 fps. These specs are needed if you want to capture fast-paced action as smooth as possible.

Their HyperSmooth image stabilizing technology ensures your shot is very smooth. And the GoPro Hero10’s horizon leveling has almost doubled from its previous version. So even the bumpiest road trips appear smooth.

GoPro cameras also provide a wide range of mounts. You can attach the cameras to any sports equipment imaginable… from surfboards to motorbikes! So rest assured, the camera is well-secured.

And finally, you may choose a GoPro for its rugged body and weatherproof capabilities. The Hero10 Black is waterproof up to 33 feet underwater. So it can handle wet weather. But even if you’re not in extreme conditions, this camera delivers great video.

16. DJI Pocket 2

from $460.26
DJI Pocket 2 Gimbal
Sensor Format 1/1.7 inches
Max Video Resolution 2.7K
Camera Type Compact
Lens Mount None
Megapixels 64 MP
In-body Stabilization Yes
Autofocus Points Full Screen Coverage
Maximum ISO 6400
Frame Rate -
Video Yes
Screen Size 1 inch
Weather Sealing No
Best For Taking quick videos on the go

The DJI Pocket 2 is an affordable, travel-size camera for a videographer on the go. It is for those who don’t want to spend time with custom settings. And it is for recording videos quickly and with great picture quality.

DJI is well known for leading the industry in commercial drones. With the Pocket 2, they have put their condensed camera technology into a handheld gimbal.

This isn’t a camera for professional filmmaking. But it may be handy to capture select scenes for location scouting. And this camera also works well for travel or creative videos in the city. I say this because the gimbal gives you effortlessly smooth shots.

The ActiveTrack feature also assists you in your easy shooting. It allows you to lock the focus onto a subject. Then it tracks it in real-time while recording. The camera’s head will turn and tilt with the subject! Plus, the camera also comes with time-lapse and panorama settings.

The Story Mode feature also fits well with travel videographers and city explorers. This feature creates a short movie for you automatically. It combines your videos with music selections to create smooth-looking short movies. So it’s a welcome feature for those who don’t want to edit their videos.

There are also combo packages with extra features. A Pocket 2 in white has a sling strap and a Do-It-All handle. And one in black has a micro tripod, a wireless mic transmitter, and a wide-angle lens. These are geared towards creators, like bloggers and filmmakers.

17. iPhone 13 Pro Max

from $886.02
Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max
Sensor Format 1/1.66 inch
Max Video Resolution 4K
Camera Type Phone
Lens Mount None
Megapixels 12 MP
In-body stabilization Yes
Autofocus Points Full-screen coverage
Maximum ISO 7616
Frame Rate N/A
Video Yes
Screen Size 6.68 inches
Weather Sealing Yes
Best For Everyday videos on the job, traveling, or with family and friends

The iPhone had to appear on this list. It is one of the most used phones for photos and video. Apple pioneered a whole range of features that transformed smartphone photography. And these features were then translated into their video functions. Now you can choose from a whole range of video abilities!

It takes amazing slow-motion video at 240 fps. It has almost endless time lapses in Full HD. You can shoot 4K video at 24 fps. And if you want a shallow depth of field, it has a Cinematic mode. Remember, filmmakers have shot feature-length films on an iPhone!

Smartphones are so common nowadays. So iPhone 13 video cameras are great for casual videographers. It means you have one less item to carry around. It’s also a good option for journalists or activists who don’t want to carry bulky cameras. And iPhones are also handy to have as backup cameras. If all else fails, you can still shoot video.

The Apple iPhone 13 is also amazing for people who love to travel. Again, this is because of its size, weight, function as a phone, and connection to the internet. The only issue? If you lose it, you lose everything else you use your phone for too!

A Buying Guide for Video Cameras

With the influx of video, more and more technologies accommodate quick-and-easy film features. We now have commercially available video cameras that offer amazing quality. This easy access to video is beneficial in many ways.

First, video cameras are for anyone who wants to capture their day-to-day life. Most people have used their phones to create recordings. That’s why we recommend the Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max. Maybe it’s for a wedding or birthday. Or it just might be short 10-second clips for your social media.

Videos can also act as a witness. It has made everyone with a video camera a journalist or activist. It has been extremely helpful in streaming live events and breaking news. A camera like the DJI Pocket 2 can be great for these situations. Both iPhone and DJI have simple point-and-shoot settings.

Besides the iPhone and DJI, there’s one other video camera for travel on our list. The Panasonic Lumix S5 is the best one. These are all compact and travel-ready.

A person holding a Panasonic Lumix GH5 camera for videography
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We also communicate through the internet using cameras. There are small webcams for team meetings to big setups for content creators. Popular video-only social media platforms like TikTok have popped up too. The best camera for vloggers on our list is the Sony ZV-E10. And the best one for streaming is the Panasonic Lumix GH5 II. These make it easy to film yourself and connect to your streaming services.

Lastly, video cameras are used by those who want to get into filmmaking. Many creatives want to make visual material to share stories with the world. This can be advertisers who are showcasing a product or service. It could be documentary filmmakers out in the street. Or perhaps you do want to make a feature-length film? These are the higher-end cameras that have more manual control options.

Action sports filmmakers want light, weatherproof, and durable cameras. That’s why we recommend the GoPro Hero10 Black. And fashion or music videographers may want a high-quality camera with a sharp focus. So they should check out the Olympus E-M1X.

It’s best to identify what functions are most beneficial for your genre of filmmaking. But for beginner filmmakers, we recommend the Fujifilm GFX100S. And we think the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K or 6K and the Sony a7S III are best for professionals.

Conclusion

As you can see, the photography market has taken a big step in the videography world. New video technology fits hand in hand with still photography. And the best part about video in photo cameras? The prices tend to be lower than regular film cameras.

Before you buy a camera, consider what subjects or topics you plan to shoot. Determine if you want a simple point-and-shoot camera like the iPhone 13 or DJI Pocket 2. Or if you want to jump in with professional video cameras like the Blackmagic cameras. There are options across the spectrum if you want to dip your toe into creating videos!

Our top choice is the affordable Panasonic Lumix GH6. It has a superb 5.7K video resolution and great extra features. So if you want the best video camera at a good price, go for the GH6.

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