Cam­eras for film­mak­ers

4K video is the next big thing, but which dig­i­tal cam­era does it best?

Digital Camera World - - CONTENTS - Rod Lawton

Seven of the best cam­eras avail­able for those se­ri­ous about shoot­ing 4K video

There is a grow­ing cross­over be­tween stills pho­tog­ra­phy and video. Work­ing pho­tog­ra­phers are in­creas­ingly be­ing asked by clients to shoot video as well as stills, and cam­era mak­ers are in­cor­po­rat­ing ever more pro­fes­sional video ca­pa­bil­i­ties in main­stream stills cam­eras. It’s a rev­o­lu­tion we can’t ig­nore, and nei­ther can today’s pro or semi-pro pho­tog­ra­phers.

So we’ve gath­ered to­gether seven of the most in­ter­est­ing 4K cross­over stills/video cam­eras across a range of price points, in­clud­ing two specif­i­cally video-cen­tric mod­els. We’ll see what they do that’s dif­fer­ent and why many pros choose to pay the ex­tra for ded­i­cated video cam­eras. Our guide is not for pro­fes­sional videog­ra­phers, but for reg­u­lar stills pho­tog­ra­phers mov­ing into video for the first time, or for any­one up­grad­ing their cam­era to cope with a de­mand for pre­mium-qual­ity 4K video.

And that’s what all these cam­eras have in com­mon – the abil­ity to shoot in 4K. Not every­one needs 4K video, of course, as 1,920 x 1,080 (Full HD) video will be fine in many in­stances. But 4K is rapidly be­com­ing a main­stream spec­i­fi­ca­tion, and it’s also a way of fu­ture-proof­ing your con­tent for clients, so that a video you shoot today has the qual­ity they need in five or 10 years’ time.

The video mar­ket is filled with a whole new alien lan­guage, so we’ll spend the next two pages ex­plain­ing some of the key terms needed to make sense of this brave new world.

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