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The Best Cameras For Vloggers / Vlogging 2017

The Best Cameras For Vloggers / Vlogging 2017 - Find the best camera for vlogging with the help of our top list that features cameras for all budgets.

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What Is Vlogging?

Vlogging is something that's really taken over the internet over the last few years with websites such as Youtube receiving thousands of uploads a day of people sharing their lives and reviewing products via vlogs. 

For those who aren't quite up to speed with the lingo, a 'vlog' is a blog but instead of words on a page, it's a video of a person speaking to camera. A 'vlogger' is someone who produces vlogs and there are quite a few vloggers who use smartphones to record their pieces to camera but, the quality isn't always great and some vloggers suffer with what's called 'vertical video syndrome', a name given to footage that's captured in portrait orientation instead of the more user-friendly landscape view.

 

What To Consider When Buying A Camera For Vlogging

To capture better quality vlogs, it's better to invest in a dedicated vlogging camera as the footage captured will be improved, for various reasons, and you will have more choices when it comes to lens options and important features such as sensor size. Don't think your camera has to be a video camera either because as this list will show, there are plenty of compact cameras on the market that are now capable of capturing good quality video. 

We've tried to select cameras with built-in Wi-Fi as this makes it quicker and easier to get content from the camera to your smartphone, or other smart devices, so you can share it online quickly. You can also use smartphones as remote controls so you can adjust the camera without having to move out of frame. 

 

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Other points worth considering when purchasing a camera for vlogging is what size space you'll be recording your videos in as if you don't have much room, a wide-angle lens will help. As mentioned, for higher quality recording, look for a camera with 4K video recording as well as a microphone socket so you can upgrade the microphone or use an off-camera mic.

If you travel while recording, image stabilisation will help make your videos look more professional or you could consider purchasing a tripod for added support. If you're going to be shooting videos in low-light, the larger the sensor in the camera and the brighter the lens, the better the camera will perform without you having to use higher ISOs which can spoil footage. 

 

How To Navigate Our Article 

We've split the list into sections which should make it easier for you to find a camera that suits you. The first few cameras are all about size, portability and price while further down the list we have action / VR cameras that are perfect for vloggers. Towards the end of the list are the more serious compact cameras that are still portable but have a more premium price due to their features and we also have a few cameras that can capture 4k video - the highest quality video possible so your vlogs have a professional finish. Do also check out the full reviews of each camera mentioned to find out what options are available for each individual model. 

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Compact Cameras For Vloggers On A Budget 

These cameras are portable thanks to their size, feature selfie-screens so you can check your framing etc. with ease and they won't break the bank if you're on a budget. They also feature useful functions such as Wi-Fi, image stabilisation and wide-angle lenses. 

 

Canon PowerShot SX610 HS

Canon Powershot SX610 HS (2)
 

The Canon PowerShot SX610 HS fits well in the hand and has good grips on the front and rear for when you're shooting video hand-held. Built in Wi-Fi and NFC make it easy to transfer footage captured as well as control the camera from your smartphone and on the rear of the camera is a 3inch screen with a good resolution of 922K dots but it doesn't tilt so it's only useful when you're capturing footage of products or other people. A massive plus point of the SX610 HS is that it records full HD video with mono sound and optical zoom is available while recording. Image stabilisation does a good job of keeping the image steady however, a tripod could be useful when using a lot of optical zoom outdoors, particularly on windy days. Battery life is impressive and you'll also find a 20Mp BSI CMOS sensor built-in. 

At the time of writing, the PowerShot is available for around £147 which, when you consider it captures HD video and has plenty of useful built-in features, is rather good value for money. 

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Panasonic Lumix SZ10

Panasonic Lumix SZ10  (1)
 

The Panasonic Lumix SZ10 is a good-sized compact that features a selfie-screen that tilts, a useful wide-angle lens, 16Mp CCD sensor and a slightly rubberised grip that improves handling when shooting footage of products. 

Built-in Wi-Fi lets you remotely control the camera as well as transfer images to your smart device but video is only captured at 720p with mono sound, which is a little limiting. However, for the price, it's a good option for those who are on a tight budget as results are reasonable and 12x optical zoom is available. Battery life is pretty average for a compact camera but a spare battery is recommended.

At the time of writing, the Lumix SZ10 is available for around £108 which is a bit of a bargain. 

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Nikon Coolpix S7000

Nikon Coolpix S7000 Gold (3)
 

The Nikon Coolpix S7000 features an impressive 20x optical zoom lens, built-in vibration reduction, a 16-megapixel sensor, Wi-Fi, NFC, and full HD video recording. Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC means you can connect the camera to a compatible device and use Nikon's Wireless Mobile Utility to transfer video as well as remotely shoot with the smartphone and HD video can be recorded at 30 or 25p with stereo sound.

The 4-axis Hybrid VR (Vibration Reduction) helps keep the image steady while recording but when shooting handheld, the image stabilisation can struggle a bit to keep the video steady when using full optical zoom. Although, if you're just going to be focusing on your head/body most of the time and use a tripod, this won't be an issue. Battery life is pretty average for a compact camera. 

At the time of writing, the Coolpix S7000 is available for around £194. 

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350 

Sony Cyber Shot DSC WX350 Black (2)
 

 

This compact camera features a useful wide-angle lens along with built-in Wi-Fi so you can quickly upload videos or even control the camera via your smart device. A big plus is that the camera shoots in FullHD video with Optical IS which means shake will be minimised if you are shooting hand-held, although a tripod is recommended if you're planning on using the optical zoom when recording.

Sound is recorded in stereo and if you need it, optical zoom is available. The battery life must be praised as, for a compact, it lasts a good amount of time and the size of the DSC-WX350 is also worth mentioning as it's definitely pocketable. One slight downside is it doesn't have a 'selfie screen' so setting up your framing may be a little tricky when doing pieces to camera and the screen is a little bright which can make you think colours are off when really they're not. The LCD is, however, a good size at 3 inches, resolution is also good and it is easy to view in varying lighting conditions. 

At the time of writing, theDSC-WX350 is available for around £159 which is about on-par with other similar compacts.

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Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860

Olympus Stylus Tough TG 860 Black (1)
 

Unlike the other compact cameras mentioned so far, the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 is designed to survive drops, low temperatures and it can even be used in water. This small but mighty camera also sports a selfie-screen which makes framing easier when the camera is on a tripod, has wi-fi built in and it can capture FullHD video. If you're going to be using it outside, the camera features GPS and the waterproof rating of 15 metres makes it handy for those who produce travel blogs. 

Full HD video gives a 90-degree angle of view, at 60fps, with high-speed video options available including 240fps and 120fps, albeit at a reduced resolution. Those who like to work hand-held will be happy to hear that the 5-axis Hybrid image stabilisation is active when recording and overall, video quality is pretty good. The optical zoom can be used when shooting video and sound is recorded in stereo. Battery life is an important factor to consider when purchasing a camera with video in mind and for a compact, the battery life is reasonable. 

The Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 is available for around the £200 mark, but you might be able to pick it up even cheaper as the TG-870 is now available for £348. We haven't had the opportunity to test the TG-870 yet so that's why we've not featured it in our round-up. 

 

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Action / VR / 360 Camera For Vloggers 

These cameras are small, tough and simple to use. Rather than a camera that captures stills and video, the focus is much more on the video side with 4K shooting, wide-angle lenses and the point of view they provide grabbing the attention of vloggers, bloggers and extreme sports fans. They're not for everyone as they don't have useful selfie screens, optical zooms etc. but they are tough, often waterproof (sometimes they need housing) and they record a good level of detail in videos. Perfect for those who capture video on-the-go, here's our Action / VR camera recommendation.

For those who have social channels, YouTube and Facebook both support 360 video uploads, although at the moment you can't zoom in and out, which is a shame as being able to control the zoom when playing back videos can definitely add to the enjoyment of the video. However, the apps / software that is compatible with the cameras listed below do often allow the user to zoom in and out of the footage captured as well as turn it around. 

 

Nikon KeyMission 360 4K 

Nikon KeyMission360 (1)
 

Many will automatically think of GoPro when you mention action cameras but there are plenty of others that are well worth considering. This includes the KeyMisson 360 4K from Nikon which can capture 4K video and 360x360 photos. It features built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for easy connection to your smartphone, using Nikon's Snapbridge 360/170 app and it's tough which means it's shockproof, waterproof, and freezeproof.

The Nikon KeyMission 360 is designed to be extremely easy to use, with just two buttons on the camera. A video button that when pressed will switch the camera on and start recording video, and a photo button that will switch the camera on and take a photo. 

The square shaped Nikon KeyMission 360 is quite compact for a dual lens 360 camera and features a standard tripod socket underneath. The camera has a battery life rating of 1 hour and 10 minutes so if you plan on shooting for longer than this, make sure you pack a spare battery as charging from a completely flat battery takes 3 hours. 

Videos are recorded at a bitrate of 58Mbps, and a resolution of 3840x1920, at 24fps (23.97fps), with stereo sound (at 48kHz), and a 1-minute, 30-second video uses around 820MB. Using the app there are a number of video options, including wind noise reduction, underwater and video modes of Standard, Superlapse, Timelapse, and Looping.

Video quality is quite good, although, when viewing on YouTube, you're viewing a zoomed in view, which can make the video look softer than it is. In addition to this, there is no image stabilisation, so if you are on a bumpy ride, bike, or jogging over rough terrain, then the video may not be as pleasant to view, and some kind of stabilisation system may be needed.

The camera automatically stitches the video together in camera, so you don't need to worry about stitching or audio issues in comparison to multi-camera setups, too. The best way to view video is by using Google Cardboard, or other VR viewer with your phone, so that you get the full experience of VR.

If you're looking to create exciting videos to impress your friends, and want to share them to YouTube or Facebook, then the Nikon KeyMission 360 has got to be one of the easiest options out there.

At the time of writing, the Nikon KeyMission 360 4K is available for just under £420 which considering it is ready to use out of the box (once you add a memory card) and that it automatically stitches videos for you, we think this camera is very good value for money. 

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Additional video samples can be found on the ePHOTOzine YouTube Channel.

 

 

360Fly 4K Action Camera

360fly4K Outdoors
 

The 360fly 4K is the 4K / 16mp update of the 360fly - a 360-degree action camera that is dustproof, shockproof and waterproof (up to 3 feet / 1metre). The 360fly 4K offers 360 degrees horizontally and 240 degrees vertically and has a number of different recording modes including First-Person POV, Motion/Audio active, and Time-lapse mode. 

Video is recorded at 2880x2880 at 30fps at 50Mbps, with stereo sound, in H.264 format and in live view mode, you can adjust brightness, ISO, exposure, contrast, and saturation. As for video quality, results are good but the camera can struggle to capture the full dynamic range of the scene which is to be expected with such a wide lens, especially if you have both the sun and a shadow area in view.

There are a number of sensors built in including an accelerometer, e-compass, non-assisted GPS, and gyroscope and the camera has built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity so that you can connect it to a smartphone running Android or iOS so you can see what the camera is recording as well as watch other people's videos. The 360fly 4K also features a tripod socket on the bottom, so you can use it with any number of standard tripods, and comes with an adapter compatible with GoPro mounts.

There are no screens or menus on the camera, simply an on/off start/stop button and two LED lights which give you the status of the camera via a sequence of colour changes. The 360fly 4K camera has a generous 64GB of memory and the battery lasts 1.5 hours. 

The 360fly 4K is available for £599 which is slightly more money than other action cameras we have reviewed. However, it's waterproof which means if you're an action / travel blogger, you don't have to carry waterproof housing with you and it has a huge amount of inbuilt memory. It's also really easy to use. 

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Elephone Elecam 360

Elecam 360
 

If you're looking for an action cam that won't break the bank, this one might be it. The Elephone Elecam 360 features 2 cameras that give a full 360x360 view of the world. The camera can be used for video or photos and has built-in Wi-Fi so that you can connect it to a compatible smartphone.

The camera has a basic design with easy to use controls consisting of a power button, Wi-Fi button and a photo button. There's a top LCD screen so that you know what mode the camera is in and how much space is available on the card. The camera takes MicroSD cards so memory isn't a problem so long as you use one that's a decent size, and there's a tripod socket on the bottom.

Underneath the camera is a fairly standard tripod socket - I say fairly standard, as it's not as deep as your normal tripod socket - however, the camera does come with a number of accessories, including a Bicycle mount, Helmet mount, Joint buckle (Go Pro compatible Adapter), 3M Sticker, and USB Cable.

The camera is extremely easy to use and the app gives you a live view of what the camera can see. The battery is built-in and can't be removed but it does give over an hour's worth of recording before going flat. 

Video is recorded at a resolution of 1920 x 960, at 30fps, and is recorded onto the MicroSD card at 11mbps with mono sound. Video is converted with an output of 20Mbps when High is selected in the conversion software. A slight downside is that the longest video the camera will capture is around 23 minutes. After this time, the camera will continue recording but it will save the footage as a new file of which are only 2GB in size. 

You will need to process the video with software on your computer for the best results, but once this is done it's easy to upload video to YouTube.

At around £115, the Elephone Elecam 360 might be a camera you consider if you want to give 360 video a go but don't want to spend too much money in case it's not for you.

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ISAW Edge Action Cam

ISAW Action Cam In Hand
 

The ISAW Edge action cam shoots Ultra HD 4K video and it also has a 16Mp Sony sensor, 170º wide-angle lens, built-in Wi-Fi and a 1.5" LCD screen. 

You can control the ISAW Action Cam via the buttons on the camera or by downloading and pairing it with the ISAW Viewer II app, available for IOS and Android devices, there's also ISAW software available for PCs.

So far, the action cameras we've listed are waterproof, shockproof, freezeproof and dustproof, but the EDGE is only 'tough' when used in the supplied waterproof housing (waterproof to 40m). Having said that, the housing isn't bulky and is very secure so water won't reach the camera. 

The EDGE is well built and very easy to use. Plus, unlike some action cameras, you can preview the footage you've captured on the camera's screen. Although, it's not very big but it's handy for quick checks when you're out exploring the world.

Footage is stored to a MicroSD card so space for footage isn't an issue and the battery life is said to last 2 hours, which is pretty good. Although, through heavy usage, we averaged slightly short of this but not by much. 

You can leave the camera to handle the quality of the images / video you capture or if you'd like a little more control, you can use the options listed under the 'MyTune' menu to adjust white balance, exposure levels and more. GoPro Heros offer a similar feature and it's something those who like to make small adjustments to the picture quality will be pleased to see available on an action cam which are priced much lower than the Heros from GoPro. 

Videos captured with the camera are clean, generally sharp and we couldn't see any vignetting. One slight issue is that 4K is only captured at 10fps and sometimes this meant the camera struggled to keep up, making footage stutter but lower the resolution and frame rate option and you'll be able to capture fast moving objects all day without a problem. In fact, 1080P @ 60fps was pretty much spot on. You can also capture footage at 120fps when shooting at 720p. 

The ISAW Edge is available for £129.99 and when you consider the features it has to offer, it's a bit of a bargain. 

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Serious Compact Cameras For Vloggers 

If you have a little more money to spend, then a serious compact maybe something you want to consider purchasing. They come with features such as stabilisation so you don't have to worry about camera shake and the lenses tend to be brighter so low-light is less of an issue. The larger sensors these cameras tend to have also help with performance, particularly in low-light and they're still compact so don't take up too much room in a bag. You'll also find more manual controls built in so you can have more say over how the final images / video footage look. A tilting screen is always a plus point, too, and the cameras mentioned here do have them but this isn't a feature of all serious compacts. 

As well as the below, take a look at our top 10 best serious compact camera round-up for more suggestions. 

 

Panasonic Lumix LX15

Panasonic Lumix LX15 LX10 Hands On (6)
 

The Panasonic Lumix LX15 features a one-inch sensor in a pocket-friendly body and on the front you'll find a bright f/1.4 lens. 5-axis image stabilisation keeps footage steady and you'll be pleased to here it shoots 4K and FullHD video. The screen is a 'selfie' one so you can see yourself easily when framing up and it's also a touch-screen so you don't have to move to the back of the camera to make adjustments. 

The battery lasted around 1 day, after a reasonable amount of moderate use, and thanks to the built-in Wi-Fi, you can control the camera via the Panasonic Image App which means you can make adjustments without moving from the spot you want to do your piece to camera from. 

Both the 4K and FUllHD video options produce good quality footage and you can even zoom while recording. The zoom mechanism itself is very quiet, but there’s an audible click if you switch between zooming in and zooming out. Image stabilisation does a good job of keeping moving footage steady, though.

The Panasonic Lumix LX15 retails, at the moment, for around £599 which is a tad on the expensive side for a serious compact camera. However, you do get 4K video, stabilisation when capturing footage and a decent zoom which can be used while filming. 

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Sony Cyber-Shot RX100 IV

Sony Cyber Shot RX100 IV (12)
 

In this small camera body, you'll find a bright, f/1.8 lens, built-in Wi-Fi and optical image stabilisation. The RX100 IV captures video in 4K and there's also an option for shooting slow motion video (pretty cool). The tilting selfie screen makes framing a breeze but the battery performance isn't as good as the previous model in the range so packing a spare is recommended. 

As for the 4K video, this is captured at a 3840 x 2160 resolution at 25fps. Sound is recorded in stereo and optical zoom can be accessed when filming. Video compression options include pro-grade XAVC S codec at 100mbps, and you can record slow motion videos at 1000fps.  It's worth noting that to record 4K and High-Speed video you need to use a UHS:I, U:3 memory card. Overall, video quality is excellent. 

The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 IV is available now, for around £830 which may seem high but you do get the ability to record 4K video, as well as 1000fps high-speed video. Plus, still image quality is really good, too.  For something a little cheaper, have a look at the RX100 II, which makes a bargain-priced option, as well as the RX100 but neither capture 4K footage. Having said that, the video quality of the RX100 II is very good. 

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Premium Cameras For Vloggers To Consider 

The cameras listed here look good and perform really well. Basically, you get more bang for your buck and this includes more advanced video features, brighter lenses, larger sensors for better low light performance and some have mic sockets so you can use an off-camera microphone. Those without mic sockets tend to offer better audio quality than their compact counterparts and all use interchangeable lenses giving you more options when it comes to picking the perfect lens.

Some of the cameras listed are also part of the Micro Four Thirds (MFT) family which makes them powerful but compact and, there are a lot of MFT compact lenses to choose from which makes the whole lens and camera combo very portable. 

For ultimate video quality, you've got to go 4K and some of the cameras listed here offer this. These cameras do tend to be more expensive but if video quality is the most important factor for you, they're well worth considering.

As well as the below, you should take a look at our best entry-level mirrorless CSC camera round-up and best premium CSC camera top list where you'll find even more options. We also have a round-up of some of the best 4K video cameras available

 

Olympus PEN Lite E-PL7 

Olympus PEN Lite E PL7 Silver (6)
 

The E-PL7 is a really cool looking camera with its retro vibe and it was actually designed with bloggers in mind. The camera features 3-axis image stabilisation which can be used when shooting video and there's a selfie screen. Although, the screen points down so it will get in the way when using a tripod. Wi-fi is built in so you can control the camera remotely as well as share videos quickly and You also have the choice of the standard 14-42mm kit lens, or a more compact 14-42mm pancake zoom lens, letting you choose how much you want to spend if you want a more compact camera system. 

Let's talk video as there are plenty of features to mention. The E-PL7 shoots FullHD and video quality is good. The maximum ISO speed selectable when recording videos is ISO3200 and you can adjust the speed of electronic zoom when using a power zoom lens on the camera. Those who like more control over how video is captured will be happy to hear that manual controls are available, as well as audio level adjustment.

Battery life is good although, it will deplete quicker with extended Wi-Fi and video use so a spare battery is recommended. 

At the time of writing, the E-PL7 is priced at £349 which is considerably more than the compacts we've listed so far but you do get more manual control, interchangeable lenses and it looks pretty cool, too. It's also one of the most inexpensive premium options to be featured in our list. 

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Panasonic Lumix GX80

Panasonic Lumix GX80 Black (1)
 

With 4K video, Wi-Fi and 5-axis image stabilisation (this corrects yaw/pitch/roll/vertical shift/horizontal shift movements), the Panasonic Lumix GX80 is ticking a few boxes already. You'll also be pleased to hear that 4K video can be captured at 30, 25, and 24fps, with stereo sound, as well as full HD video at 50p, 50i, 25p, and 24p. The screen quality is good, however, it doesn't have the 'selfie' function others do so framing might be tricky if you have it set up on a tripod and you're facing the camera. 

Battery life is lower than other Panasonic Micro Four Thirds cameras but you can charge the battery using the MicroUSB connection so you can plug it in where ever you are if you need to give the camera a little more power. 

As you would expect from Panasonic, who are pioneers in the 4K video industry, video quality is very good, and as mentioned, thanks to the 5-axis sensor-based image stabilisation system, 4K video also benefits from image stabilisation. Image stabilisation is also extremely effective for FullHD video, and the results are very good, even without a tripod. 

There are a large number of video options available including creative effects and manual modes. Continuous autofocus is also available along with metering options, digital zoom and wind noise reduction. You can also control the mic level, something not seen so far on the models previously mentioned, along with plenty of other useful video features which you can read about in our review

For those that want some of the best video features available in a mirrorless compact system camera, the Panasonic Lumix GX80 certainly ticks a lot of boxes and is definitely worth considering. It's currently available for £549. 

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Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II

Olympus OM E E M5 MKII  (21)
 

Similar to the GX80, the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II features 5-axis image stabilisation, Wi-Fi and a mic socket so you can use an external mic to capture better sound. One downside is that it only captures FullHD video and not 4K but the camera does look cool with its classic SLR styling. These retro-designed cameras have been flying the flag for smaller cameras for a while now and with the way they perform, the OM-D range isn't something to ignore. 

This MFT camera features a vari-angle touch-screen which makes framing pieces to camera really easy and the body can be used in all weather so if you want to go and record footage in the rain, you can. Battery life is also impressive, something which is good to know if you're planning a day of shooting. 

When capturing video, the 5-axis IS kicks in (we have a video on our YouTube channel that shows how good this is) and the camera offers all of the frame rates you could want. Other options include ALL-I, clean uncompressed 4:2:2 8bit HDMI output as well as a microphone in socket and headphone in socket found on the first part of the HLD-8 power battery grip. You can also control aperture and focus peaking while filming and timecode is built-in. 

The E-M5 Mark II has 14 video options and footage is recorded in FullHD with stereo sound, via built-in stereo microphones. Video quality is very good and audio quality is also impressive, even without an external mic. Another plus point is that you can adjust settings silently using the touch screen, as well as set the focus point. The ISO range available is ISO200 to ISO6400. For more information on the full list of impressive features available when recording video, take a look at the performance section of our review

Currently available for £689, the E-M5 Mark II is well worth the investment if you can afford it. In fact, our Technical Editor awarded it an 'Editor's Choice' award. 

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Sony Alpha A7S Mark II

Sony Alpha A7S II (5)
 

We've heard about the advantages of  5-axis Image Stabilisation already so we won't blow that trumpet again but what is worth talking about is the 12mp Full-frame sensor found in the Alpha A7S Mark II which is excellent for low light shooting and the camera also captures video in 4K.

You can shoot video at 30p, 25p and 24p and 4K recording is a full pixel readout without pixel binning and uses the full frame of the sensor. There is also clean HDMI output for 4K and FullHD. Other video features include various profile options to deliver wider dynamic range and improved colour correction. 

The screen tilts up and down, but it doesn't give you the selfie angle some other cameras we've mentioned do. Wi-Fi, however, is built-in and when you do use the screen to playback footage, you'll be happy to hear that the colours are good. The camera was sometimes a little fussy when it came to recognising memory cards, particularly when switching between PAL and NTSC, but this was a minor issue. 

Video quality is excellent with good levels of detail and sound is good, too. For more detailed information on what video features are available on the A7S Mark II,  including slow motion options, take a look at our review

For the serious videographer, or movie maker, the advanced options available for high-quality video output that the Sony Alpha A7S Mark II provides will be most welcome, and compared to some of the competition, particularly traditional video cameras, the A7S Mark II will appear to be excellent value for money, even when compared to some of the other full-frame cameras available from Nikon and Canon. It's currently available for £2199.99. 

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Panasonic Lumix GH4R 

Panasonic Lumix GH4 Black (5) (Custom)
 

The GH4R is an updated version of the GH4, with unlimited video recording which is why videographers and vloggers should be interested in it. To go alongside the unlimited video recording function you have plenty of advanced video options, Wi-Fi and 4K quality. 

The camera doesn't have image stabilisation, so you'd need to invest in lenses with optical image stabilisation, a 3rd party stabilisation system for a tripod to capture steady footage but the camera does have the option of using multiple lenses. 

The screen comes out to the side and twists around to help with framing and battery life is very good. Although, it can be extended with the optional weather-sealed battery grip.

4K video is recorded at 3840x2160, 25p (or 30p, and 24p when set to NTSC mode) and can be selected when recording with any file type, excluding AVCHD. When recording AVCHD, sound is recorded as Dolby Digital. Focus peaking and zebra pattern aids manual focusing, and ISO200 to ISO6400 can be manually selected.

There are many more options including: AVCHD, MP4 (AAC), MP4 (LPCM), and MOV file types, numerous quality options, including 200mbps, 100mbps, 50mbps, 28mbps, 24mbps, 20mbps, 17mbps and full HD at 50p, 50i, and 25p, along with lower resolutions of 720p, and VGA. For a full list of video options, of which there are hundreds, have a look at the full Panasonic specifications

Further features and options available include: Clean HDMI out, VFR ((Variable Frame Rate) - lets you set the video frame rate from 2fps to 96fps or 4x speed, when recording Full HD video. Stop motion animation and time-lapse shots are also available. For those interested in broadcast quality connections, there is the optional Interface unit (DMW-YAGHE) which gives Cinema4K (4096x2160, 24p), TC IN (BNC), Audio In (XLR, Line, mine), SDI Out (BNC, embedded timecode), HDMI out and more. Full details can be found on the Panasonic website.

A Full HD 1080p video example is shown below, recorded at 50p, 50mbps. Other examples can be found on the ePHOTOzine YouTube channel including 1080p, 100mbps1080p, 200mbps, and 4K at 100mbps, 25p. Please note the video was shot with the GH4, not the GH4R but the cameras are the same apart from the unlimited video recording feature found on the GH4R. 

Video quality, as you would expect, is very good, with the camera providing an almost excessive range of options and features. However, this should make it an almost irresistible camera for those heavily interested in high-quality video recording, and for those who want to start recording 4K video content, this is an excellent choice. It's currently available for £934 which makes it a bit of a bargain when you consider everything it has to offer. 

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