If your hobby or job is extended from photography to video shooting, the wisest thing to do is to get a camera that can do both with high quality. Because of that duality, it also makes sense that when you’re looking for a camera, you’re not only looking for its performance on photography alone. After all, a camera’s capabilities to take photos may nto be similar with its video shooting performance.
In this list, we included cameras that are not only good performers in the photography department but also have the ability to shoot quality videos. Here are a few suggested models.
Best DSLR Camera for the Money
The Canon EOS 5D Mark III is a full-frame camera that offers the first high-quality performance in filmmaking. Behind its hood is a 22.3MP sensor with a full-HD capacity of video shooting. It has build its reputation from its predecessor, the EOS 4D Mark II. For stater, it is equipped with the depth of field that is loved by videographers. With the combination of the full-frame sensor and the vast power of the DIGIC 5+ processor, image and video quality is mich improved compared to its predecessor. This combo has virtually edradicated the presence of moiré, false color and other undesirable artefacts.
Additional movie functions include manual exposure control and an enhanced range of high bit-rate video compression options, with intraframe (ALL-I) and interframe (IPB) methods both supported. Variable frame rates range from 24fps to 60fps. SMPTE timecode support is also added; it provides greater editing flexibility and easier integration into multi-camera shoots. You can also check and adjust audio during recording via the camera’s Quick Control screen and a headphone socket enables sound level monitoring both during and after shooting. Enhanced processing power provided by DIGIC 5+ also makes it possible to conveniently trim the length of recorded movies in-camera.
Best High-End DSLR Camera for Videos
The Nikon D810 is another full-frame camera that is ideal for photography and videography. It features a 36.3-megapixel image sensor along with a next-generation EXPEED 4 image processor. Although the sensor is almost identical with that of the model’s predecesssor, D800/D800E, the key element that differentiate it is the removal of the anti-aliasing function from the low-pass filter in front of the sensor. Moreover, the EXPEED 4 image processor allows for two key improvements in the D810, namely: faster continuous shooting and a higher ISO range.
When it comes to image and video quality, you won’t be disappointed with the Nikon D810. Even in places with low light conditions, such as underwater, you will get pleasant, vibrant colors. Images are so good, you can get detailed colors and lines once they are printed out on paper. In addition, real world images have very good dynamic range and pleasing contrast. The autofocus system is also excellent, capable of focusing quickly and accurately and keeping track of a moving subject even in low light.
Best Mirrorless Digital Camera for Video Shooting
Panasonic’s flagship mirrorless camera, the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH4, has earned a great reputation among photographers and filmmakers alike for quite a number of good reasons. For a starter, it has the ability to record True 4K (4096×2160) 24p cinematic video. Being able to take vivid still images as well as dazzling 4K video offers a valuable hybrid shooting option for those who do not only take photos but record videos as well, especially for Youtubers. The camera is powered by a 4/3 inch Live MOS Sensor and the Venus Engine IX, which together capture a very sharp picture that handles color grading well. There is also a Micro Four Thirds mount at your disposal to attach lenses that further refine your shots. Moreover, the battery life is impressive, which is very unlikely for a DSLR camera built primarily for great video recording.
The body itself is built with sturdy magnesium alloy, and shows many ergonomic improvements from its predecessor, the GH3. It is weather-sealed against water and dust and has high-speed dual OLED displays. In terms of ports, you have one headphone and microphone jack, MicroHDMI out, AV outputs, a flash sync terminal, and a 2.5mm jack for a remote control. The microphone jack supports XLR input for full level adjustment and monitoring, sealing the deal on this great video camera.
Best Compact Camera for Videos
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV is capable of recording 4K videos. You can also record 40x super slow-motion video, which can be played back at a variety of frame rates.
The RX100 IV’s lens remains a 24-70mm (equivalent) with an f/1.8-f/2.8 maximum aperture. That may seem quite a short focal length for a compact camera, but it’s a popular focal range for DSLR users, and it’s perfectly adequate for indoor, travel, and street photography.Wi-Fi and NFC are included, enabling you to remotely control the camera from your smartphone or tablet and quickly share your images. You can also download a selection of free and paid-for PlayMemories apps direct to the camera from Sony’s website, which provide you with extra functionality.