Best video cameras for photographers

Most modern cameras will shoot video to one degree or another, but these are the ones we’d look at if you plan to shoot some video alongside your photos. We’ve chosen cameras that can take great photos and make it easy to get great looking video, rather than being the ones you’d choose as a committed videographer.


Focused on photos: Nikon Z6

The Nikon Z6 is an excellent stills camera that also does a good job of shooting video. The Sony a7 III is also a credible contender and has a bigger battery, but we tend to find the Nikon’s autofocus performs slightly better in video mode and that it offers better separation between stills and video settings, making it easier to jump back and forth between the two styles of shooting.

Another camera worth considering is the Canon EOS R6, which has great image and video quality, an excellent image stabilization system and very good ergonomics. Rolling shutter can be an issue though, and video record times can be unpredictable if you’re shooting stills as well.

A balance of both: Fujifilm X-T4

The Fujifilm X-T4 has a smaller sensor than the Nikon but offers a more extensive set of video features, if you’re equally interested in both disciplines. It can capture 10-bit video internally in a choice of modes including Log, HLG or the attractive and flexible ‘Eterna’ color profile. Built-in image stabilization and the option to totally de-couple stills and video settings make the X-T4 a great lightweight stills and video package.


We considered the cameras below when picking our winner, and even though we think the Nikon Z6 and Fujifilm X-T4 are the best choices overall, the cameras on our short list are also worth considering.

Also consider:

Most modern cameras will shoot video to one degree or another, but these are the ones we’d look at if you plan to shoot some video alongside your photos. We’ve chosen cameras that can take great photos and make it easy to get great looking video, rather than being the ones you’d choose as a committed videographer.

Focused on photos: Nikon Z6

The Nikon Z6 is an excellent stills camera that also does a good job of shooting video. The Sony a7 III is also a credible contender and has a bigger battery, but we tend to find the Nikon’s autofocus performs slightly better in video mode and that it offers better separation between stills and video settings, making it easier to jump back and forth between the two styles of shooting.
Another camera worth considering is the Canon EOS R6, which has great image and video quality, an excellent image stabilization system and very good ergonomics. Rolling shutter can be an issue though, and video record times can be unpredictable if you’re shooting stills as well.
A balance of both: Fujifilm X-T4

The Fujifilm X-T4 has a smaller sensor than the Nikon but offers a more extensive set of video features, if you’re equally interested in both disciplines. It can capture 10-bit video internally in a choice of modes including Log, HLG or the attractive and flexible ‘Eterna’ color profile. Built-in image stabilization and the option to totally de-couple stills and video settings make the X-T4 a great lightweight stills and video package.

We considered the cameras below when picking our winner, and even though we think the Nikon Z6 and Fujifilm X-T4 are the best choices overall, the cameras on our short list are also worth considering.

Focused on photos: Nikon Z6

A balance of both: Fujifilm X-T4

Also consider:

Canon EOS M6 II
Canon EOS R6
Olympus OM-D E-M5 III
Panasonic Lumix DC-G9
Sony a7 III
Sony a6600
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VIIRead MoreArticles: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com)

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