How to choose the best camera for videography? Features and other aspects to check out!

Best camera for videography

Variety of options are available for wide range of cameras that can be used for making short videos and even low budgeted movies. They can capture high quality videos, and some of them even come with image stabilization feature, which then makes them a popular choice among travelers. These days, you can use random varieties of cameras for a specific purpose, for instance, if you are looking forward to shooting adventurous videos, you can opt for the Action cameras as they can be easily mounted on any surface. They have image stabilizers as well as they are light-weighted, which makes them an ideal choice for the travel bloggers. And, with the wide range of options available around, you might get confused whilst choosing the best one. So, here we bring you the best list of cameras which can be used for the videography purpose.

DSLR & Mirrorless Cameras

DSLR and Mirrorless are one of the most common cameras that are available today. They have been used for photography since the 2000s, and they come with video recording capabilities as well, which makes them an ideal choice among the videographers. Most of the DSLR provide the 4k slow-motion video capturing feature at an affordable price, which was a dream a decade ago. The DSLR and Mirrorless cameras now come in a wide range of price which ranges from $400 to $5000. Both the Mirrorless and DSLR cameras come with an interchangeable lens, which helps people to capture better shots.

Camera to look out for!

Canon flip screen 20D

For the serious amateurs and professionals, shooting with the Canon flip screen DSLR20D is an experience. With its sturdy 24-ounce body, it provides an excellent balance while shooting. Moreover, it also features a rubberized grip, which is utterly comfortable, and the controls of the camera are within reach of the camera. You can hold the camera for several hours in a stretch and shoot with straining your hands. The Canon 20D supports a wide range of the lens, but when you are using big lenses such as 70mm-to-200mm zoom lens, you might feel that the body is feeling a little small. But you do have a solution for it. You can attach the additional body grip which comes with the package to give the camera a little extra ounce for balancing while using big lenses.

Canon has altered the settings of the Canon flip screen 20D that its predecessor which is the Canon 10D. In the Canon 20D, the command and control dial locked are merged into one single switch which makes some roof for you to control the Joystick controller which is used for controlling the autofocus points as well as for panning around the images in preview mode as well as for shifting the white balance. The controller has been made easy to use, which helps in setting up a precise setting for capturing the best shots.

The simplicity of the control layout of the Canon flip screen 20D is worth appreciating. Most of the button of the Canon 20D can be used to control two settings, and each of them can be adjusted with any of the dials. For example, when you are holding down the Drive/ISO mode button, you can simply browse through the ISO settings by spinning the dial, which is located on the rear part of the camera. Or, you can straightforwardly use the LCD menu. To open the setting, you will need to press the Menu button and then scroll through the options using the rear dial.

Note: The suggestion is totally based on personal experience, and it is just a suggestion. You might find better cameras from other brands within the same price range.

Camcorder

If you are looking for a camera suited for only videography, then a Camcorder is what you need. Camcorder was popular before the Mirrorless cameras and DSLR took over the market. And the only reason behind this is their poor video quality. But these days, you will find camcorders with 4k videos shooting capabilities. Even though you won’t get the same depth of the field or the option to interchange the lens of the camera, but they are more ergonomic and have better options for recording sounds.

Brands to look out for!

Some of the leading manufacturers of Camcorders today are Sony, Panasonic and Canon flip screen camcorders. They are an affordable alternative to the Mirrorless and DSLR cameras.

Digital Cinema Camera

If you are seriously looking for some professional-level videography, then Digital cinema Camera would be the ideal choice for you. They shoot the highest quality of the video, they are ergonomic, and they have all the built-in features that one would need to shoot high quality videos. If you are a professional YouTubers or filmmaker, Digital Cinema Camera is what you should look out for. They have interchangeable lens option along with numerous controls such as ND filters, XLR audio inputs, peaking, Zebras as well as outputs for external monitoring and recording and much more. The sensors of the Digital Cinema Camera are bigger and better, which eventually provides you with a higher dynamic range as well as the ability to shoot in dim light conditions.  

Brands to look out for

Some of the best brands delivering the best digital cinema cameras are Blackmagic, Canon flip screen movie maker, Panasonic and Sony.

Action cameras

As the name suggests, Action Cameras are for adventurers who don’t have the opportunity to hold the camera on their hands and shoot. These cameras are best for motovlog and similar outdoor shooting conditions, and they can be mounted anywhere. They are highly portable, rugged, easy to use, waterproof, long battery life and everything else that you will need to shoot some comfortable outdoor videos.

Brands to look out for

To be honest, the Action camera market is dominated by GoPro. They are the one who introduced Action cameras. And over the years, the innovation has gone so far that some of the action cameras even come with 360º VR shooting capabilities. Other than GoPro, Yi Technology and Sony also make some decent action cameras.