Not everyone is fortunate enough to have access to any camera at any time. Many folks are just looking for the greatest camera for video recording that fits their budget. It might be difficult to sort through the vast number of brands, each with its own set of benefits and drawbacks.
Sampling the opinions of filmmakers like Dan Watson, we have produced a list of the best mirrorless cameras for every budget – from $500 to $5,000 – to assist you. Whether you're just getting started with a few hundred dollars or looking to make a significant investment, there's a suggestion for you here.
1. INSTA360 ONE R 1" EDITION CAMERA: $500
It's difficult to attain this pricing threshold without appearing used. Many people would benefit from making the most of their smartphone's camera. Watson, on the other hand, has an intriguing choice for the $500 prize in the Insta360 ONE R 1" Edition Action Cam.
This is a one-of-a-kind action camera. Unlike GoPro, the Insta360 ONE R may be customized with numerous modules to change specifications and performance. The 1" Edition sports a rather large 1" sensor (obviously) that will produce outstanding 4K video up to 60 fps for pure video quality.
Another reason to think about it is that it will be worthwhile to keep even if your camera is upgraded in the future. Otherwise, it's a 15mm equivalent ultra-wide lens, so pair it with a phone for taking other videos and you've got yourself great, tiny, and economical equipment.
2. THE $1,000 SONY ZV-E10 VIDEO CAMERA
The Sony ZV-E10, one of the newest cameras on the list, offers good value for money. If you want something smaller and with a built-in zoom lens, the ZV-1 is a good option. The ZV-E10, on the other hand, has the advantage of not having a mirror.
Both shoot 4K30 and have a variety of inputs, but having the ability to swap lenses and use a larger APS-C sensor will save you money in the long run. The standard lens is adequate, but there are many more reasonable variations available if your budget allows, allowing you to achieve even higher image quality over time.
3. CAMERA: PANASONIC LUMIX GH5 $1,500
The Panasonic GH5 was a large camera when it first came out, but it has since retained its status as a strong video-centric mirrorless camera while becoming considerably more inexpensive. It shoots in 4K60, records in 10-bit, and boasts a slew of video-specific capabilities to make your life easier.
Easily one of the greatest cameras for the money still available. Although it has a smaller Four-Thirds sensor, the MFT system is well-established, and there are plenty of quick lenses to make up for it. You can also employ speed boosters and modify a variety of lenses.
4. PANASONIC LUMIX S5 CAMERA FOR $2,000
In the $2K area, there's a lot of competition, and it's only getting tougher. You can begin to experiment with full-frame photography as well. The Panasonic S5 is Dan's recommendation. It's a fantastic, more budget-friendly alternative to Panasonic's larger S Series models.
With 4K60 10-bit recording and Full HD up to 120p, it's still a force to be reckoned with. Consider a full-frame version of the GH5. The AF system, like that of the GH5, is a little insufficient. Newer L-mount lenses are also required, however Panasonic, Leica, and Sigma all offer support.
5. CAMERA: CANON R6 OR BLACKMAGIC POCKET 6K PRO CAMERA FOR $3,000
Getting up to $3K unlocks a wealth of new alternatives, as we saw with the $2K price bracket. You may even begin shopping for higher-end video cameras that are slightly older and used. If you're searching for something newer, the Canon EOS R6 is a nice option because it's a full-frame 4K60 camera that records in 10-bit.
It has a distinct advantage in terms of autofocus, as Canon's Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology for video has shown to be quite effective. It creates stunning video and is ideal for hybrid shooters.
If you're only interested in shooting video, the Blackmagic Pocket 6K Pro might be a better choice. It's a Super 35mm cinema camera, so it doesn't have AF, but it does include features like an ND filter, 6K raw video, mini-XLR inputs, and a huge 5" screen that hybrid mirrorless cameras don't have.
6. SONY a7S III or FX3 CAMERA ($4,000)
For many pros, this is the sweet spot because it is high enough to acquire some amazing features while being reasonable for small businesses. The Sony a7S III (or its cinema-focused cousin, the FX3) is the recommended camera, which shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone who follows camera news.
4K up to 120p, a full-frame sensor, class-leading low-light performance, 10-bit everything, and much more are all included. These models also address overheating well, making them an excellent choice for videographers.
The Canon R5 is a good competition for hybrid shooters right now, but committed video shooters will find the video limits to be a concern.
7. THE $5,000 CANON EOS C70 SLR CAMERA
Traditional cinema cameras are a good place to start if you have $5K to spend. Nonetheless, Dan recommends the Canon EOS C70 if you have the funds. It has a Super 35mm Dual Gain Output sensor, two mini-XLRs, built-in ND filters, and 4K up to 120p. It's built for high-resolution video projects and does a fantastic job.
As you can see; there is a camera for everyone depending on how deep your pocket is.
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