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Overall camera for video
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Our editorial team chose the products on this list by reading actual customer reviews on Amazon Australia. For each category, we selected parameters based on our research and identified the video cameras with the highest review score within those parameters.
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We chose the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K for the best overall video camera as it has a 4.7 out of 5 star rating from approximately 130 online reviews.
This unique camera, designed especially for video, is technically brilliant. The 4K version is also incredibly popular, however, this new upgraded 6K model offers a Super 35mm HDR sensor that captures 13 stops of dynamic range. It also has the advantage of a Canon EF lens mount, which supports a wide range of versatile lenses.
Made out of a lightweight carbon fibre polycarbonate composite, the camera is compact and easily portable. It has the ease of a highly responsive 5-inch touchscreen display, so there's no need for an external monitor.
Best of all, the camera captures raw 6K video at up to 50p, and the quality is absolutely amazing. With all the extra resolution, there are many more possibilities in post-production. And a number of online customers have commented on its incredible cinematic abilities, especially for the price they paid.
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Our team chose the Sony A7 III Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera for this category, as it comes with a 4.8 out of 5 star rating on Amazon Australia from over 470 online reviews.
This full-frame mirrorless camera is a great option for video, capturing oversampled 4K video at 24p footage, which is extremely detailed. It offers built-in stabilisation to keep things steady, as well as excellent autofocus covering 93% of the frame.
It has a great battery life and the USB charging comes in very handy. It is compatible with Sony E mount lenses and can be connected via Bluetooth to smartphones. It has an easy-to-use touchscreen and buttons that can be customised.
While it's not purely a video camera, it does do video extremely well. Many online customers commented on the high quality of the video footage it captures. So if you prefer to carry around just the one camera that covers all your photography needs, including great video, then this is definitely one to consider.
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We selected the Sony RX100 VII as the best travel video camera as it has a 4.5 out 5 star rating from over 150 online reviews.
If you're wanting a video camera for shooting out and about, whether that's out on the street or adventuring around the world, this pocket-size camera is a fantastic option. Compact and extremely lightweight, it has a lot to offer in terms of features and is more than capable of delivering in the video department.
This camera captures high-quality 4K video that can be recorded at either 30 or 24 frames per second, Full HD 1080p up to 120 frames per second, and also super slow-motion. It has a microphone jack, so you can connect it to an external microphone for better audio quality. It also has a flip screen, ideal for all the vloggers out there.
This is one of the best travel video cameras available. It's the perfect on-the-go companion, backed up by a great many online reviews commenting on its great video capabilities.
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We selected the Fujifilm X-T4 as the best mirrorless video camera as it comes with a 4.7 out of 5 star rating on Amazon Australia from approximately 25 online reviews.
This camera offers excellent 4K video up to 60p. It offers built-in stabilisation to keep shooting smooth and steady, as well as fast-working autofocus. Plus, the IS system allows you to inform the camera when you want a locked-off shot.
The image quality is impressive, offering lovely skin tones for cinematic filmmaking. It also offers a new and improved battery compared to the previous model as well as a fully integrated touch screen.
This fantastic mirrorless camera is a great option and has been chosen by many online customers as it more than satisfies their video needs.
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Our team selected the Nikon D780 as the best DSLR video camera, as it comes with a high 4.8 out of 5 star rating from approximately 30 online reviews.
If you opt for a DSLR camera, this is one of the best. it has a great many features and it's an improvement on the previous Nikon D750. As far as its video skills, it captures excellent oversampled 4K video up to 30p from the full width of the sensor.
It offers effective autofocus during videoing, particularly with face detect. It has electronic stabilisation to keep handheld shooting nice and smooth and it's great for slow motion, with the ability to capture 1080/120p video. It also comes with headphones and microphone outputs and the choice of keeping the video settings the same or separate to stills settings.
This camera has been significantly improved from the previous model and the video quality was one of the major upgrades. It ticks all the bixes of a great DSLR camera, while providing fantastic footage for those who are looking to video.
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Video cameras range from approximately $400 right up to the premium end around $3,500. While a top-end camera is a significant investment, you don't need to spend thousands of dollars to be able to video the world around you. For our budget pick, we chose the GoPro HERO7 as it has a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon Australia from nearly 5,000 online reviews.
This popular action camera is the perfect choice as it offers 4K video up to 60p, hyper smooth video stabilisation and 8x slo-motion video. Not only that, but its rugged and waterproof design can go 10 metres underwater without housing.
It also offers voice control so you can stay hands-free and activate your camera with simple commands. And you can share your story by live streaming it to Facebook Live, and save streamed videos to an SD card in high resolution.
This is an excellent camera that will keep up with you and your adventures, capturing all the many great moments with its impressive image quality for an affordable price.
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As the best underwater video camera, we selected the Olympus Tough TG-6 Waterproof Camera as it has a 4.5 out of 5 star rating from nearly 600 online reviews. It's also one of Amazon's top picks based on its ratings and price.
Ready for pretty much any adventure, this camera takes great images and offers raw shooting and 4K video. It is also waterproof up to 15 metres, making it a great choice for underwater footage.
Its compact size makes it easy to carry around and, not only is it able to go underwater, but it's also freeze-proof, dust-proof and shockproof. Some online customers commented that they took it underwater many times and even exposed it to sand.
This camera has the strength to survive all manner of harsh conditions, from weather to active kids. It comes at an affordable price and is the ideal holiday companion, capturing those important moments in conditions that other cameras simply cannot tolerate.
Most of you probably don't need a dedicated video camera. Here's why:
If you primarily use your smartphone or digital camera to record videos, you might want to consider upgrading to a camcorder.
The best camera for you depends on your budget, what you plan to film and the conditions you'll be filming in. Someone who wants a camcorder on hand to capture every important moment of their toddler's growth will have very different needs than a filmmaker who wants to shoot their latest masterpiece.
Consider the following key features:
When looking for a camera, consider the size, weight and how easy it is for you to use. If you can, try them out in the store to get a hands-on idea of how comfortable the camera is.
An optical zoom uses a moving lens to help get closer to an object, whereas a digital zoom enlarges an image and reduces the image quality. Look for a camera with a high optical zoom range.
Stabilisation helps reduce blur when the camera is moving. Optical image stabilisation (OIS) is the most effective form of stabilisation.
Camera resolution is measured in megapixels (MP). This measurement is not as critical in video cameras as it is with still photography, but if you plan on printing images from your footage or displaying your footage professionally, look for a higher megapixel count.
The ISO camera setting allows you to brighten or darken an image. Higher ISOs will make photos taken in low-light look brighter but they will also make footage look noisier or grainier. Look for a camera with a larger sensor so that you can record at a higher ISO without affecting the video quality.
Look for a camera with a quality built-in microphone. If you get a chance to test out the camera in person, check if the audio recordings are clear and free of excess noise. Some video cameras offer an external microphone jack so that you can attach an additional microphone for the highest audio quality.
If you want to record and store a lot of videos, look for a camera that includes internal storage.
The sensor transforms the light coming into your lens into a digital video or image. The larger the sensor, the better the video and image quality you'll get.
Most camcorders feature LCD screens. If you plan to shoot outside, look for a screen that is bright enough to use in the sun without getting washed out.
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