Best Cameras for Video | 2024

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With video on consumer cameras getting better all the time, choosing the best cameras for video right now is a hard task! We’re here to make it simpler, and we have put together this guide to help anyone who is in the market for a new video camera.

We've engineered this list to cover the full range of video options on the market right now. As such, we've included mirrorless cameras, a DSLR, professional-grade camcorders and a compact camera or vlogging, as well as a waterproof action camera and even a drone! Whatever kind of video you want to shoot, the models and brands on this list, including Sony, Canon, Nikon, Panasonic and Blackmagic, should have you covered. We've factored price into our choices as well, so you can be sure you'll be getting value for money.

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Our top picks

Sony A7S III Digital Camera Body

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Pros:

  • Exceptional suite of video options
  • Incredible in low light
  • Loads of E-mount lenses to choose from

Cons:

  • Low resolution limits hybrid use for stills

Mirrorless video shooters have been singing the praises of the Sony A7S series ever since the first one arrived all the way back in 2013. The wait for the A7S III was long, but it’s definitely been worth it, with this highly sophisticated model being more attuned than ever to the needs of video producers.

Equipped with an Exmor R 12MP full-frame BSI sensor, the Sony A7S III sports a native ISO range of 80 to 102,400, expandable to 40 to 409,600. The first camera made headlines for literally turning night into day, and this one continues that noble tradition, with the addition of a BIONZ XR Processing engine that improves its performance eightfold over previous models.

The A7S III offers 4K 120P (4:2:2 10bit) and FHD 240P recording, as well as S-Log FX9 colour-matching, 5-axis stabilisation, a 759-point autofocus system, and lots, lots more. Unmatched in speed and sensitivity, the A7S III is a game-changing mirrorless camera for video shooters, and one we expect to see a lot of content shot on in the years to come.

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III Digital Camera Battery Kit - Black

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Pros:

  • Slim, lightweight package
  • Good-looking 4K and Full HD
  • Livestreaming option

Cons:

  • Fairly short zoom range
  • Smaller sensor than interchangeable-lens rivals

One of the best cameras for vloggers available right now, the Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III may look like a tiny compact, but it’s got the capacity to shoot glorious 4K video, as well as Full HD movies at a super-slow 120fps. There’s the option to plug in a mic via the 3.5mm jack, and the lightweight build makes it highly suited to travel.

Add all this to full connectivity features like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, as well as a slim form factor and a 4.2x optical zoom lens, and you can see why vloggers have flocked to this self-contained shooting package. It’s even got the capacity for livestreaming, allowing you to give your Facebook Live videos that little professional polish you won’t get from recording on your smartphone.

Canon EOS 250D Digital SLR Camera Body - Black

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Pros:

  • Affordable route into 4K
  • Live View autofocus is excellent
  • Lots of lenses available

Cons:

  • No weatherproofing

An ideal first step for someone looking to get into DSLR video, the Canon EOS 250D is not only an eminently capable camera with a broad feature-set, it also gives you access to the enormous range of EF-mount lenses. From here you are all but guaranteed to find a lens with a focal range that suits you, at the right price too.

The EOS 250D may be on the cheaper end of the DSLR scale, but Canon hasn’t skimped on features. It shoots 4K video, and indeed is one of the smallest and cheapest DSLR cameras to do so, making it ideal for travel videography, vlogging and more. Its 4K frame rate tops out at 25p so it’s not challenging the big boys anytime soon, but it does what it does well, and is bursting with nifty extra features such as a high-quality vari-angle LCD that’s great for monitoring your shots, as well as Dual Pixel Autofocus with a whopping 3,975 focal points across the frame.

The EOS 250D not only gives you everything you need to shoot video right away, it also offers a great deal of room to grow, thanks to its EF lens mount. Whatever video projects you have in mind, this capable little DSLR will keep up.

Sony A6400 Digital Camera Body

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Pros:

  • 180-degree tilting screen is good for vlogging
  • Autofocus works very well
  • Hybrid Log-Gamma profile

Cons:

  • Not many physical control buttons
  • Sony’s menus can be confusing

Though Sony’s full-frame Alpha models are arguably its star-players, it’s great to see that the manufacturer never forgets about APS-C and has released plenty quality cameras in this sensor size. It also tends to keep them in production even after newer ones have come out, providing more options at different price points, such as the A6400. It’s a tidy and capable shooter that can capture 4K 30p video internally with full sensor readout and no pixel binning. It collects approximately 2.4x the amount of data required for UHD video, deliberately oversampling to deliver high-quality results. Not bad!

This was also the first APS-C Sony camera to include the Hybrid Log Gamma profile, allowing for instant HDR workflows, and video shooters can make use of Fast Hybrid Autofocus to ensure the subject is also pin-sharp. The A6400 handles nicely, with an ergonomic design, and its 180-degree tiltable LCD screen also makes it a nice choice for vlogging, making it easy to keep an eye on what you’re filming, as you’re filming it. This action-oriented speedster will find a good home in any videographer’s kit bag.

Nikon D780 Digital SLR Camera Body

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Pros:

  • Excellent video quality
  • Lots of recording options (especially when used with a recorder)
  • Broad ISO sensitivity range

Cons:

  • Bulkier form factor than mirrorless counterparts
  • Maximum 30p frame rate for 4K

Blending the best of DSLR and mirrorless technology, the Nikon D780 is one of the finest DSLRs you can choose for video shooting as well as stills. It’s able to use its 6K imaging sensor to output ultra-high-resolution 4K/UHD footage at 30p/25p/24p, with none of the pesky crop factor that plagues many similar cameras.

The D780 also allows the user to record in Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) footage when it’s paired with an external recorder, and can record N-Log internally. There’s also an impressive sensitivity range to play with, with ISO settings expandable to 50-204,800. 

Panasonic Lumix GH6 Digital Camera Body

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Pros:

  • Lots of video options
  • MFT lens mount
  • Weatherproof build

Cons:

  • Smaller sensor than full-frame / APS-C rivals

Panasonic’s Lumix GH6 is a first-choice, world-renowned tool for creators. Keeping in line with Panasonic’s reputation for versatile video/still-image hybrids, the GH6 is a mirrorless camera with a 25.2-megapixel Digital Live MOS Sensor and updated Venus Engine with double the processing power. 

The sensor affords impressive high-resolution imagery with a high-speed signal readout that results in a reduced rolling shutter, a wide dynamic range and faster management of higher-resolution, higher-bit-rate video. Coming hand in hand with the updated sensor is 5.7K 4:2:0 10-bit 60p/50p and 5.8K 30p/25p/24p 4:2:0 10-bit anamorphic 4:3 video recording modes - optimised for the highest level of image quality and versatility that’s needed for any level of video production. 

Housed in a body designed to withstand the rigours of everyday professional use, this camera’s magnesium alloy full die-cast front/rear frame is splashproof, dustproof, and freeze-resistant (down to -10°C). Combined with the highly responsive 3,680k-dot 0.76x live viewfinder and a 3.0-inch free-angle touch-control monitor in 3:2 aspect with 1,840K-dot high resolution, the GH6 offers industry-leading specs that truly pushes the boundaries of the mirrorless camera market.

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K

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Pros:

  • Dual Native ISO
  • Small and portable
  • Video looks consistently excellent

Cons:

  • Screen not articulating

Hotly anticipated by huge swathes of the industry, the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K arrived with our expectations at a fever pitch and it did not disappoint. With a small form factor (though ‘pocket-sized’ is up for debate), the BMPCC shoots 4K 60fps in 12-bit RAW with a full-sized Micro Four Thirds sensor, meaning none of the unfortunate crop factor that blighted the original, and also means that with the aid of a Metabones adapter, users can now take advantage of the enormous MFT lens range.

We stuck a Panasonic 12-35mm f/2.8 OIS lens on the front of the BMPCC 4K to shoot the test footage, and you can judge the quality for yourself in the video below. The BMPCC 4K also introduces some popular new features to the Blackmagic line, including dual native ISO, allowing users to shoot at higher ISOs without compromising on quality. An all-around winner from Blackmagic – full marks!

 

Canon EOS C70 Camcorder

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Pros:

  • Cine power in a DSLR-sized body
  • RF lens mount
  • Fast, accurate autofocus

Cons:

  • No Raw recording

The EOS C70 was the first Cinema camera to come sporting the sophisticated 12-pin RF lens mount from Canon's full-frame mirrorless range. Built around a sophisticated Super 35 sensor, the EOS C70 offers a whopping dynamic range of up to 16 stops, giving filmmakers real latitude to experiment with.

The image quality of the EOS C70 is simply stunning, and its sophisticated autofocus system is bolstered by the highly developed RF connection system, which ensures near-instantaneous communication between camera and lens. Plus, if you have a collection of EF lenses, you can use the EF-EOS R 0.71x adapter, which actually increases light transmission by a whole stop! All around, this is a hell of a tempting package for pretty much any filmmaker.

Canon EOS C300 Mark III Camcorder

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Pros:

  • Super 35 sensor with plenty of dynamic range
  • Flexible codec options
  • Tailored to needs of pro video users

Cons:

  • Requires expertise / pro-level budget

Canon has spent many years perfecting its Cinema EOS range, building on what went before and listening to the concerns of the pro video industry to make a tool that truly works. The EOS C300 Mark III is the apex of this process, a truly top-end camcorder with such features as a Super 35 sensor with 16 stops of dynamic range, new codecs that provide 120p in 4K RAW, and much more.

For more detail, you can read our pro video expert Stuart Dennis's summary of how the C300 Mark III fits into the Cinema EOS story, in which he also does a deep dive into the features and functions of this spectacular camcorder. 

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FAQs

What features should I look for in a video camera for beginners?

At first, it’s best to think about what you want to film. Once you know that, you should consider your experience, autofocus capabilities, image stabilisation, recording resolution (1080p or 4K), battery life, and connectivity options such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for easy file transfer.

What is the difference between a camcorder and a DSLR/mirrorless camera for video?

Camcorders are designed primarily for video recording and offer features like longer zoom ranges, built-in microphones and ergonomics. DSLR and mirrorless cameras, while capable of shooting high-quality video, video isn’t always the prime purpose. Some benefits of DSLRs or Mirrorless over camcorders are that you have interchangeable lenses and generally larger image sensors for better low-light performance and depth of field control.

Do I need extra accessories when buying my first camera for video?

While most beginner video cameras come with essential accessories like batteries and chargers, investing in additional accessories can enhance your filmmaking experience. There are all sorts of video accessories out there like tripods for stable shots, an external microphone for improved audio quality, and extra memory cards for extended recording sessions.

How do we decide?


Our in-house photography experts, store staff and partners all work collaboratively to pour over these guides. The cameras and equipment recommended in our guides are based on their personal opinion, empirical experience and of course, feedback from our customers. We way up price, features, quality and the all-important 'je ne sais quoi' to make sure we recommend products that will delight and inspire. 

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