Looking to find out what might be the best camera for your videography needs this year? We’ve rounded up some of the best cameras on the market for video content creators to consider when making a purchase decision. We know there’s a handful more we could add to the list but we wanted to focus on some popular choices that have been used in a wide variety of video content creation this year.
Cheapest & most portable camera: Xiaomi Yi 4K Action Camera - $150
This action camera is the cheapest camera in this list and makes for a great camera if you’re doing a lot of travelling or action videos that requires a high quality but inexpensive camera that you wouldn’t be too distraught about damaging. The camera rocks a SONY EXMOR sensor and records up to 120fps in 1080p or 30fps in 4K.
Most cinematic: Panasonic GH5s - $2,500
If you’re looking to do some high-end video production and want that beautiful cinematic look (high dynamic range) then we’d absolutely recommend the Panasonic GH5s. It allows for 10-bit internal recording, dual native ISO, incudes V-LOG, shoots RAW and can shoot up to 60fps in 4K (that’s 2.5X slow motion). The GH5s doesn’t have image stabilization so if that’s an important feature you’re after (especially if you’re a run and gunner) then you might want to consider the GH5 (without the ‘s’ at the end).
Cheap & Mighty: Sony A6400 - $899
Sony cameras have really become a household name with videographers, especially in the last 5 years with their A7R and A7S lines - but if you’ve not already seen their A6 line-up then you’re in for a nice surprise. The A6000, A6300 and A6500 are all incredible cameras but this year we’ve seen the A6400 shine its way into our hearts. Boasting the fastest auto-focus technology on the market, APS-C 24.4MP sensor, S-LOG-2/S-LOG-3 and frame rates up to 120fps in a small and lightweight camera.
Best budget camera for Vlogging: Canon M50 - $599
Though the frame rates aren’t as high as the Sony A6400, this affordable camera offers 60fps at 1080p and 24fps at 4K. With built-in NFC, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, an articulating screen and ‘eye detection auto-focus’, which looks focus directly to the subjects eyes, this camera is definitely worth considering.