After testing a lot of products, we have selected the 8 digital camera for filming videos (4K) for 2019 which are mentioned below. In our experiments, we have found these products most consistent in performance and true value for the money.
PANASONIC LUMIX G7 4K Mirrorless Camera
The Panasonic G7 is a direct descendant of the first ever mirrorless camera. Yet, despite this, the last thing it’s trying to be is a mirrorless camera. Instead it’s trying to be a non-specific interchangeable lens camera: a camera where you don’t have to think about whether it has a mirror or not.
As a result it looks like a… miniature DSLR and includes all the control points you’d expect. In fact it includes all the control points you’d expect from a mid-range DSLR, including twin control dials as well as plenty of buttons and switches. However, because it is a mirrorless camera, it is able to make good use of its fully articulated, touch-sensitive screen.
The specifications are pretty solid, too. 16MP isn’t exactly cutting-edge at this point but 4K (UHD) video remains something of a rarity (at the time of writing), especially if you factor-in the fact that the G7 also offers focus peaking and zebra highlight warnings – two of the key tools necessary for shooting useable video that are often absent from its peers.
Canon EOS M50 Mirrorless Camera
If you’re looking for a mirrorless camera that offers great image quality, is easy to use and has a decent autofocus system, the EOS M50 is a great choice. If you’re looking for a more rounded camera with a greater breadth of features and system support, however, there are better options out there.
The EOS M50 is Canon’s latest mirrorless camera,… extending its M-series range from three to four. While it has a similar silhouette to the flagship EOS M5, the M50 sits further down the range, slotting in between the entry-level EOS M100 and the more mid-range EOS M6, and is designed to appeal to those looking to upgrade from a smartphone or basic compact camera.
The EOS M50 features a 24.1MP APS-C CMOS sensor, with a sensitivity range running from ISO100-25,600, which can be expanded to 51,200. Canon says this is the same sensor as in the EOS M5, M6 and M100, and that the slight difference in the number of effective pixels is due to the presence of a new image processor: the M50 is the first Canon camera – DSLR, compact or mirrorless – to feature the company’s latest DIGIC 8 image processor.
PANASONIC LUMIX FZ80 4K 60X Zoom Camera
Mixing long-zoom capabilities with multimedia recording versatility, the Lumix DC-FZ80 from Panasonic pairs an expansive 60x zoom lens with high-resolution stills and 4K video shooting functionality. Revolving around an 18.1MP High-Sensitivity MOS sensor, the FZ80 has a top sensitivity of ISO 6400 for working in low-light conditions as well as a 10 fps shooting rate and UHD 4K/30p video recording at 100 Mbps.
The 4K capabilities are extended to stills applications,… too, and allow for 30 fps shooting at 8MP as well as the ability to use Post Focus for choosing your specific point of focus after shooting. Complementing these imaging assets is a Lumix DC Vario lens, which provides a 20-1200mm equivalent focal length range, along with POWER O.I.S. to minimize the appearance of camera shake for sharper handheld shooting.
Benefitting these performance attributes is an ergonomic body design that incorporates both a 1.166m-dot electronic viewfinder, for eye-level monitoring, as well as a 3.0″ 1.04m-dot touchscreen LCD for intuitive control of shooting settings. Built-in Wi-Fi is also featured for wireless image sharing and remote camera control from a linked smartphone or tablet.
YI M1 4K 20 MP Mirrorless Digital Camera
YI is a China-based company that has already made its mark in the action cam market, earning a recommendation in our recent roundup. But it clearly has ambitions beyond this and has announced its entry into the consumer-level compact ILC market.
We were lucky enough to get… our hands on the YI M1, the company’s first-ever mirrorless camera. YI has attempted to capitalize on an already well-established camera mount, but decided to put a new spin on it in the form of an almost entirely touchscreen-based user interface.
YI tells us its name refers to ‘young innovators,’ so its no surprise its target demographic is a group that is looking to move on from their smart phone based camera, but perhaps isn’t ready or interested in, taking the plunge into the realm of a traditional DSLR or mirrorless platform.
Sony Alpha a6300 Mirrorless Digital Camera
Fast-focusing and 4K-shooting, the black Alpha a6300 from Sony is a versatile APS-C-format mirrorless digital camera designed for multimedia image-makers. Revolving around a redeveloped 24.2MP Exmor CMOS sensor and BIONZ X image processor, clean image quality is provided with a wide expandable sensitivity range to ISO 51200, along with accelerated readout speeds for internal 4K30 and Full HD 1080p120 video recording with full pixel readout.
Stills shooters also benefit… from the apt processing speed, which enables continuous shooting at 11 fps for up to 21 raw frames in a burst, as well as 14-bit raw file output. Complementing both stills and video, the sensor and processor combination also avails 4D FOCUS, which combines a wide-coverage 425-point phase-detection system with a 169-area contrast detection system for quick and precise focusing performance.
This focusing system also enables High-density Tracking AF for more efficient and accurate tracking of moving subjects across the image frame. A well-rounded camera for both photographers and videographers, the a6300 is characterized by its speed and further qualified by its refined image and video quality. Complementing the imaging assets, the a6300 also sports a robust magnesium alloy body that is dust- and moisture-resistant to permit working in harsh environments.
Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G7KK DSLM 4K Camera
Its photo and video quality is quite good for its price class, especially if you spring for something a bit better than the kit lens. Photos have somewhat better-than-average dynamic range for a Four Thirds size sensor, colors are quite accurate, and its low light JPEG photos remain decently detailed through ISO 1600. If you process raw you can get even more detail out of the low-light photos, though like most of its competitors you still lose a lot of highlight and shadow detail as light drops and ISO sensitivity setting rises.
Overall, the G7’s performance is up to… whatever most families and travelers may throw at it. It takes a middling 0.6 second to wake up and shoot. That’s more than twice as long as the similarly priced Nikon D5500 , for example; slow startup is one of the few remaining drawbacks for mirrorless cameras in comparison to dSLRs. Panasonic’s autofocus system is pretty fast, as is the 14-42mm kit lens we tested with. Focusing and shooting in good light takes only 0.1 second, which rises to a still-good 0.3 second in dim light.
Camera response when you factor in image-processing is a little slower. Time to take two sequential JPEGs runs about 0.4 second. That’s not bad, but it’s not quite as good as competitors. Shooting raw drops that to a much better 0.2 second. With flash, the time rises to just about 1 second, which isn’t bad.
Sony ILCE-6500 a6500 4K Mirrorless Camera
Stable, fast, and versatile, the Alpha a6500 from Sony is an apt APS-C-format mirrorless camera well-suited for both photo and video applications. Revolving around a 24.2MP Exmor CMOS sensor and BIONZ X image processor, clean image quality is provided with a wide expandable sensitivity range to ISO 51200, along with accelerated readout speeds for internal 4K30 and Full HD 1080p120 video recording with full pixel readout.
The processor further benefits videographers… with the inclusion of an S&Q (Slow & Quick) Motion setting that permits capturing Full HD video at a variety of frame rates ranging from 1-120 fps. Stills shooters also benefit from the apt processing speed, which enables continuous shooting at 11 fps for up to 301 JPEGs in a burst, as well as 14-bit raw file output.
Complementing the imaging assets, the a6500 also sports a robust magnesium alloy body that is dust- and moisture-resistant to permit working in harsh environments. The compact profile incorporates a high-resolution XGA Tru-Finder 2.36m-dot OLED electronic viewfinder for bright, clear, eye-level viewing, and this EVF features a 120 fps viewing mode for smooth tracking of fast-moving subjects. A rear 3.0″ 921.6k-dot touchscreen LCD monitor is also available and has a tilting design to benefit shooting from high and low working angles, and the touchscreen design allows for intuitive touch-to-focus control.
Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G7KS DSLM 4K Camera
The Lumix DMC-G7KS 4K mirrorless camera is yet another excellent example of a recent convergence that’s been steadily going on in the world of ultra HD digital photography. Namely we’re talking about the trend towards superbly built, highly precise digital cameras in which advanced video capture capabilities are the case and in which video shots themselves offer the quality of still shots.
The DMC-G7KS is one of the newer players… in the digital consumer camera market and it’s also part of a general newer type of photo/video shooter which is becoming more common in these recent years, that is the digital single lens mirrorless camera (DSLM). As a DSLM, the G7KS is also one of Panasonic’s newest releases and there’s plenty to appreciate about it. From razor sharp image quality to some truly awesome video and photo shooting features, all bundled together in one relatively compact and surprisingly modest looking package.
For both photographers and 4K or HD digital video recording fans, the G7KS has quite a bit to offer and it does so with few complications or many serious flaws. As we’ll see, this is a camera with the typical robustness we pretty much expect from Panasonic’s photo and video equipment.