DSLR, mirrorless, point-and-shoot camera… which one should you look for? Well, that depends on your needs and budget. Here, we have picked 7 different ranges of best cameras for shooting videos.
1) Nikon D850
Touted as the high-end successor to D810, the highly-anticipated Nikon D850 was released last year to overwhelming response. Frankly, it’s easy to see why: this full-frame DSLR packs a robust punch with 45.7 MP CMOS sensor, a 3.2-inch tilt-angle touchscreen and able to shoot up to 30 fps in 4K UHD video. The camera can even shoot 1080p video up to 60p with an optional slow-motion mode at 120 frames per second. The Nikon D850 is also built tough with a sturdy magnesium alloy body alongside weather-sealing protection, making it an ideal camera for shooting outdoors. If you don’t mind the hefty price tag (it costs a minimum RM14k and above), the Nikon D850 is no doubt a great DSLR for serious videographers.
2) Canon EOS 6D Mark II
Are you planning to make your first switch from a mid-range DSLR to a full-frame DSLR? Perhaps you might want to check out this Canon EOS 6D Mark II. Billed as an “entry-level” full-frame DSLR range, the camera features a 26.2 MP sensor (which is 6 MP more than the previous 6D) and a 3-inch vari-angle touchscreen display, where you can tilt and swivel up to a nearly 360-degree angle. This allows you to shoot your subject creatively at different angles. Although the camera lacks 4K video capabilities, you can still shoot a Full HD at 1080/60p — which is actually good enough for video recording. The Canon EOS 6D Mark II is also considerably lightweight enough for a full-frame DSLR, weighing only at 765g. Other notable features for the camera include a built-in GPS, as well as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity for easy transfer. The price range for this full-frame DSLR starts at RM8,899 above but you can always get it cheaper at popular e-commerce platforms like Lazada and Shopee.
3) Canon EOS 80D
If you are an aspiring vlogger or a YouTuber, the mid-range Canon EOS 80D would be a good investment. Sure, it doesn’t shoot 4K videos but don’t let that turn you off altogether. The camera has the benefit of a fast yet accurate 45-point autofocusing system and a solid 24.2 MP sensor that lets you record at 1080p HD at 30 and 24 frames per second. It also boasts a swivelling 3-inch LCD touchscreen, making it handy enough for shooting difficult angles. If that’s not enough, the Canon EOS 80D offers an external microphone jack and a headphone jack, which are both essential for monitoring audio while shooting.
4) Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ2500
This hybrid camera offers the best of both worlds in superior still photography and video recording. Videographers might want to consider this model, given its large 1-inch 20.1 MP high sensitivity MOS sensor and a 20x optical zoom. Best of all, the camera also allows you to shoot 4K Ultra HD video in two different modes including Cinema 4K at 24 fps and QFHD 4K at 30 fps. It even comes with a 3-inch vari-angle LCD touchscreen display and three built-in ND filters (1/4, 1/16 and 1/64) including an auto mode for adjusting different exposures.
5) Sony Alpha A6300
Not every videographer loves the idea of carrying a (normally) bulky DSLR while shooting indoors and/or outdoors. Which is why the mirrorless Sony Alpha A6300 turns out to be a good alternative. It only weighs 404g, making this a compact and portable camera for everyday shooting. The camera also packs a robust 24.2 MP CMOS sensor, a lightning-fast 4D FOCUS autofocus system up to 0.05 seconds and a 4K video capabilities. And did we mention the LCD screen monitor is tiltable as well?
6) Nikon D7500
20.9 MP CMOS sensor, an ISO range of 100 to 51200, a cinema-like 4K UHD/30p video recording — you name it, the Nikon D7500 has it. A versatile mid-range DSLR worth investing for (costing between RM5,000 – RM7,000 range), its 3.2-inch LCD touchscreen is tiltable, and the camera also includes essential manual exposure controls as well as an external microphone jack.
7) Canon PowerShot SX620 HS
The final pick for the list today happens to be the cheapest. The Canon PowerShot SX620 HS is a compact point-and-shoot camera made suitable for beginners. Plus, it doesn’t cost you an arm and a leg, given its budget-friendly price at around RM950. The camera may have been lacking all the shiny bells and whistles of the other six cameras in the list. But the Canon PowerShot SX620 is far from a disposable camera. It packs a decent 20.2MP 1/2.3″ CMOS sensor and the biggest highlight of all — a 25x optical zoom. The camera can shoot up to 1080p full HD video and even comes with built-in Wi-Fi connectivity.