Shopping for 4K Film Camera

More and more photographers are reaching for video nowadays. And what they’re reaching for are their cameras as they all shoot video and many of them will even shoot 4K video.

Camera manufacturers add more and more professional video features into their DSLR or Mirrorless cameras. It’s something that cannot be ignored.

I’ve read this very interesting article in a photography magazine recently, testing and comparing some of the mainstream cameras (DSRL and Mirrorless) for 4K film making. The results were surprising…

They tested some pro and semi-pro cameras like Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EOS C300 Mark II ( a proper video camera), Nikon D850 but also mirrorless cameras like Fujifilm X-H1, Sony Alpha 7R MArk II and Panasonic Lumix GH5S.

Unsurprisingly (and surprisingly) the winners were: Canon EOS C300 Mark II (no surprise) and Fujifilm X-H1 (surprise).

There was no surprise in EOS C300 Mark II winning as it’s a proper (middle of the range) camera in Canon’s Cinema EOS range. It was the most expensive camera in the test (£9000) and much more expensive than any other camera in the test but it also meets the needs of professional videographers. One can attach sound equipment and external monitors. It also captures 4K video directly without cropping or pixel binding and captures video at 4:2:2 10-bit quality internally. It can also capture 4K video to an external recorder.

A surprising second-best camera in test was Fujifilm X-H1 (according to reviewers better than other cameras on test) and in their tests it showed that it can capture crystal-clear footage, with a bit of rolling shutter effect. It even captures F-log.

A very close to the winners was also Panasonic Lumix GH5S with great performance with great clarity and contrast and colour.

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