Which Canon cameras give you the best of both worlds? We make our picks for photo/video creatives who do it all
While once photography and video were entirely separate disciplines, two streams never to be crossed, these days things are a little more fluid. Is that a mixed metaphor? Yes, yes it is. But anyway, many creatives are expected to be up to speed with both photo and video, and if this is something you can offer, then you’re in a much better position than if you only do one of the other. Same goes for amateurs – with video being huge on social media, being able to mix in a little video with your stills is a great way to be noticed.
Now, you may want to shoot both images and videos, but we’d imagine you don’t want to lug around two entirely separate camera rigs to do it. So, which cameras are best for both applications? Which allow you to shoot sublime photographs AND produce top-quality video? We’ve got the answers, and so have put together a guide to help you navigate these choppy waters. First up, we’re going to take a look at the Canon cameras that produce great stills and videos, from DSLRs to mirrorless cameras and compacts. Plenty to get through – let’s get cracking.
The EOS 5D series of DSLRs basically revolutionised filmmaking in the 2000s, and the most recent model continues in that fine tradition. It produces high-quality 4K video at 30fps and can shoot Full HD video at 120fps for super slow motion. Having the full-frame sensor and the EF mount gives you access to the huge range of Canon lenses, meaning practically any imaging vision can be realised, and it’s of course no slouch for stills either, boasting the ability to shoot at a maximum ISO sensitivity of ISO 32,000. For real hybrid shooting, it can even extract 8MP stills from 4K video, allowing you to effectively shoot both at once.
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Digital SLR Camera Body
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The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Digital SLR Camera Body offers a 30-megapixel CMOS sensor with a maximum ISO sensitivity of 32,000, and an expanded 61-point AF-system. Capture magnificent detail even in the toughest conditions as the camera body features a weather-resistant design. Users can enjoy beautiful 4K video recording at 30 fps; whereas, HD video can be captured at 120 fps when trying to achieve ...
For a DSLR that’s a little more affordable, take a look at Canon’s APS-C range. The EOS 90D is a prime example, boasting a 32.5MP sensor that produces superb images, aided by an autofocus system with 45 cross-type points, rendering it super-fast and accurate, even in low light – speaking of which, the ISO tops out at a respectable 25,600. Video-wise, the EOS 90D can shoot in glorious 4K, and also benefits from such professional features as a microphone input, allowing you to significantly improve the sound of your video to professional levels. The bright, intelligent optical viewfinder is another feather in this camera’s cap, delivering a useful, clear view that’s comfortable to use for long periods. Whatever you’re shooting, the EOS 90D will deliver a sublime experience.
Canon EOS 90D Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm IS STM Lens
With Canon 90D’s 32.5 megapixels APS-C imagining sensor and IS STM’s lightweight design, weighing at only 215g, the user receives the perfect tool for wildlife and sports photography. The lens is also a general-purpose lens which doesn’t limit the user’s creativity. Whatever the occasion calls for, be it landscape or high action photography, this combination will not disappoint.
3. Canon EOS RP
The more affordable of Canon’s full-frame mirrorless EOS R cameras, the RP is more than qualified to shoot superb stills and high-quality video. It produces 4K video of course, but also can output images in 14-bit RAW, benefiting from Dual Pixel CMOS autofocus and an ISO upper limit of 40,000. That’s not too shabby, and you’ll also benefit from the super-sharp new RF lenses, which use a 12-pin connector for faster communication between lens and camera. No matter where or when you’re shooting, and no matter whether you’re capturing stills or video, the Canon EOS RP will excel itself.
Canon EOS RP Digital Camera Body with 24-105mm f4 L IS USM Lens and EF Adapter
Featuring all the benefits of an EOS system camera, the RP combines the performance of Canon's DSLRs with the practicality of a full-frame mirrorless camera. Boasting Duel Pixel CMOS autofocus, 14-bit RAW, and an upper ISO limit of 40,000, the Canon RP retains all of the power you need despite its diminutive size. This kit includes the Canon Mount Adapter EF-EOS R and Canon RF 24-105mm f4L IS USM ...
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For a more lightweight and significantly more affordable mirrorless option, consider taking a look at Canon’s EOS M series. We’d recommend the Canon EOS M200 for stills and video hybrid shooters – its 24.1-megapixel APS-C ensure pixel-perfect pictures full of vivid colour and detail, while it’s also capable of producing 4K video as well as Full HD at super-slow-motion frame rates of 120fps. The EOS M series has a decent range of lenses going as well, so you’ll have plenty of creative options for your shots, and the fact that the body weighs a slender 299g means it’s perfect for those who like travelling light. If you’re a little new to the business of imaging then this is a solid choice, as it’s equipped with lots of useful Creative Assist modes that help you get to grips with what the camera can do.
Canon EOS M200 Digital Camera with 15-45mm Lens - Black
Canon EOS M200 Digital Camera with 15-45mm Lens in Black is capable of 4K video capture as well as 120fps HD recording making it an ideal, affordable choice for Instagrammers, Influencers, Vloggers, and us regular folk who just want to capture their memories in stunning detail. The camera is great for solo travellers as the tilt-out touchscreen is ideal for selfies. This is a fantastic substitute ...
One of the most popular cameras for vloggers, the Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III is an all-in-one compact that offers loads of great video features without skimping on stills. Producing 4K movies and offering a mic input and a tilt-up screen that makes it easy to self-shoot, the G7 X Mark III also can make use of its Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity to livestream movies directly to online platforms like Facebook, Twitch or YouTube. The 20.1MP sensor ensures gorgeous, dynamic results no matter what you’re shooting.
Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III Digital Camera - Silver
The Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III allows users to create content that defies expectations and surpasses what you’re used to seeing from your smartphone. Incredible 4K video, sumptuous 20.1-megapixel photos and high-speed shooting that stops fleeting moments in time. Please note: This is the silver version of this camera.
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