Best Video Cameras For Recording Matches Reviewed
In day-to-day living, there are many activities to participate in, places to visit, memories to make and a video is one of the best ways to preserve these visuals. The best thing about the 21st century is that you can always take a short video with a smartphone. However, they come with few or no advanced manual settings, small sensors, and limited memory. With a smartphone, should you need an optical zoom of 50x or higher, well, tough luck!
Ever since our TV screens became huge, 4K resolution became the gold standard for capturing video. The reason being 4K provides a more detailed image with fewer pixels visible, no matter how large the screen you projecting the image on. From this selection of camcorders, action cams, DSLR, and SLR cameras there is bound to be a camera to get you there.
In a Hurry? The test winner after 240 hrs of research
Lightweight camera body
Has Wi-Fi and NFC for faster photo sharing
Long battery life
- Canon EOS Rebel
- Nikon D5300
- Sony Alpha a6000
- Fujifilm X-T2 Mirrorless
- PANASONIC LUMIX FZ80
- Olympus OM-D E-M10
- YI 4K Action and Sports Camera
- Campark ACT74
- Dragon Touch Vision 3
- Kicteck 48MP Camcorder
- Criteria Used for Evaluation
- Other Factors to Consider
- Frequently Asked Questions
Top 10 Picks
1. Canon EOS Rebel
Lightweight camera body
Has Wi-Fi and NFC for faster photo sharing
Long battery life
Some outclass the 18Mp sensor in its range
Has a limited high ISO range
In keeping with tradition, Canon has combined modern capabilities and high-end features from legacy models into this generation of Rebel camera. Built to bridge the amateur/hobbyist to a professional standard photographer.Read more
It has a hardy yet light plastic body built around an 18Mp APS-C CMOS sensor, 9-point autofocus system. It has the capability of capturing video at 1080/30p and built-in Wi-Fi with NFC for sharing photos. It comes with a lens in the box and can perform burst shooting at a rate of 3fps. Moreover, it has a battery life of up to 500 shots per charge. All these sweet features at its price is a fair deal.
It is light in weight, which enables you to handle and carry it for an entire day without that much strain. The control menu is extensive, making it easy to see and operate even, in the sunniest of conditions. It is also packed with auto control modes to accommodate beginners. There are also advanced controls for professionals and those who love creative control.
Video resolution for this camera is up to 1080/30p, though more could be said for the clip quality. Fine looking colors and details are rendered with the greens appearing a tad too soft. A person interested in video shooting could use Manual exposure options. However, they might be better served with a camera that has continuous Auto Focus like most Mirrorless cameras.
2. Nikon D5300
Great image quality
Useful and chic Auto ISO System
Customizable Function Button
Awesome from coverage
lags in magnified live view
Tacky on-screen menu
This device is an advanced beginner' DSLR camera. It has an intuitive button, dial controls as well as advanced ones and a touch screen interface. Though a little smaller and lighter than other Nikon cameras than its predecessors, it is nonetheless, still commanding in a variety of ways.Read more
The D5300 was designed to feel comfortable in your hands. It has conveniently placed buttons, 3.2'' pivoting LCD, 24.3- megapixel DX focus CMOS sensor, 39 AF points, a video shooting mode of up to 1080/30p and a battery life of up to 600 shots per charge. All these features make this a massive camera in a little body.
It only weighs 480 g (16.9 oz.) without its battery, making it very portable. Even with the lens attached, it balances well in hand. Additionally, the sculpted handgrip enables you to take pictures over a long period comfortably.
It produces quality, high detailed JPEGs, clear (noiseless) shadows and renders finely without artifacts or noise. With a filter-less resolution of 24 megapixels, there are no bounds to what fantastic images the D5300 produces.
The Nikon D5300 has built-in WI-FI capabilities that you can activate by downloading the "Nikon wireless mobile utility App" for both iOS and Android devices. Once installed, there is no further login-in procedure. It becomes a matter of using your camera's settings menu to find and connect to an open connection, enabling you to share photos with other devices.
3. Sony Alpha a6000
Compact body with conveniently placed controls
Rapid continuous shooting
Top of the range continuous autofocus
High degree of control
Flash exposures not dependable
Lacks In-camera Raw conversion option
In keeping up with the high standards that Sony has set with its line of mirrorless cameras, the Sony Alpha a6000 packs in all the features, which will not only match your creativity but also enhance your speed. It guarantees that at a click, even a tiny flicker of a moment is captured and saved for posterity.Read more
The Alpha a6000 is a compact (Half the size of standard DSLR Cameras), hard plastic bodied, rangefinder-style camera. It is built around a 25 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, 25-point autofocus system, capturing video at 1080/30p full HD and has built-in WI-FI connectivity. It also has the new BIONZ X image processor for the finest image rendering and an impressive burst shooting rate of 11fps. These features are just among the many that make the a6000 a steal at its price.
It is a snug fit for the hand, lightweight with intuitive controls that are easy to reach. A customizable function menu makes it quite easy and straightforward to operate. It has two control dials, which gives you limited control over the functions but with a reasonable degree of control.
Image quality is quite impressive with both Jpeg and Raw format with sharper images and low noise thanks to the High ISO function. Even though the Videos it produces come at a high resolution, this camera’s functionalities are not so intuitive. It requires a few settings and adjustments while operating in Video mode.
Sharing images and videos between the a6000 and a compatible smartphone is quite simple through Wi-Fi. Sharing through it is even faster with the one-touch NFC feature. It is just a matter of touching the camera to a compatible NFC device.
4. Fujifilm X-T2 Mirrorless
Impressive 10-bit 4K video capture
Customizable dial-based controls
Fast, configurable autofocus
Rapid shooting with good buffer
Different exposure settings for stills and video
Has high noise levels
Slight cropping on 60p and 50p videos
The X-T2 is one of the best video/still image cameras available right now, with a loyal and vibrant fan-base. Encased in sturdy magnesium allow body this all terrain, all weather camera is probably what you would need to take with you the next time you are roughing it on safari or even while catching some sun rays at the beach.Read more
The X-T2 has a compact and ergonomically designed SLR-Style magnesium alloy case built around a 24 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, 425-point Autofocus system, USB connector for charging, a video mode of Full HD, 4K 3840x2160 30P/25P/24P and offers a continuous shooting rate of 14.0 fps. However, battery life is modest (with too many power saving features).
It is light and has a small handgrip, which makes it challenging to use when working with large lenses but an addition MHG-XT3 grip comes in handy. Even without the extra grip, the X-T2 accommodates your thumb no matter how large your hands are.
Sorry, no WI-FI connectivity but it packs a lot of connectivity and capture functionality. You get USB 3.0, HDMI, a microphone port, a headphone port and you can also use a smartphone as a remote control. It has a touch-enabled LCD screen, which you can tilt to allow you to find comfortable angles for a shot without much strain.
The X-T2 comes with a high-precision 0.48-inch, 2.36 million dot OLED viewfinder with a 0.77x magnification. It has a lag-time of 0.005 sec making it quite fast at real-time operations.
5. PANASONIC LUMIX FZ80
Excellent image quality, especially in Raw
Very well-built body with large grip
Impressive continuous AF
Subject tracking performance
Smooth and quiet focusing
Heavy noise reduction in JPEGs
Yellows have a greenish tint
If you like to travel and would like to remember your travels or show your friends where you have been, this fabulous point and shoot camera from Panasonic might be just what you need. It combines exclusive 4K Photo with 4K video capture performance that everyone can enjoy.Read more
This compact superzoom, SLR-like (bridge) camera is made of quality composite plastic. It comes with a super-long LUMIX lens, offering a high aperture range. The image is stabilized by Panasonic’s powerful proprietary O.I.S stabilizer system.
It also features a touch-enabled 3-inch LCD screen, which is clear even in the brightest of conditions. It comes with internal Focus Stacking, which allows you to record at a rate of up to 30fps and later set the focus point you want. It also does very well in recording images and videos during periods of low-light intensity, meaning you can also capture your nightlife.
The LUMIX FZ80 is a travel-ready camera, with WI-FI and NFC connectivity. Hence, sharing your creations between your camera and a Smartphone or WI-FI enabled device is simple. Charging is fast and convenient thanks to USB connectivity. It also has HDMI D, Micro-USB, and USB 2.0 for additional connectivity. All those connection options come in very handy when you want to connect an extra monitor or transfer your images/videos to a hard drive or computer for editing or compositing.
6. Olympus OM-D E-M10
Excellent JPEG engine
Good Raw performance
Effective 5-axis image stabilization
Stylish, compact body
High-resolution OLED viewfinder
Exaggerated color rendition
16MP starting to look a little dated
The Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II is a durable, sporty and yet sophisticated camera that is still great fun to use. Whether you are merely taking snapshots or videos of your everyday life or a videography professional looking to harness all your creativity, the E-M10 Mark II will serve you adequately. Its compact body, ergonomically located controls, and an advanced 5-axis image stabilization system ensure perfection with every shot.Read more
This sturdy, sizable, magnesium alloy bodied camera designed is around a 22megapixel four thirds (17.4 x 13 mm) CMOS sensor backed up by a proprietary Dual TruePic VIII processor to give you a fantastic frame rate of 121 fps.
It features a fully articulated 3-inch 2.3M dot OLED viewfinder with up to 0.62X magnification. Video modes of up to 1920 x 1080 @ 23.98p / 202 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM at a shutter speed of up to 1/3200 frames per second. When it comes to Autofocus, few rival cameras can step to the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II.
Though it does not have WI-FI capabilities, it still offers a lot of connectivity for capturing and transferring video to your computer. You get USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5 GBit/sec) port, micro-HDMI port, USB-PD for charging, a headphone port, a microphone port, built in wireless audiovisual capacities, remote control via Smartphone or wired remote and Bluetooth connectivity.
7. YI 4K Action and Sports Camera
Offers excellent features and performance in an
Amazing video and photo quality
Voice control ability
Lacks fancy accessories
Takes time to boot up at first
At just 3.35 ounces, you can now pack world leading imaging technology into your pocket with the YI 4K. It is an all-in-one and impact resistance camera ready for any action you throw at it. It comes in lovely new colors and a high-quality finish, making it not only a capable camera but also a fashion accessory.Read more
This camera is just like your smartphone, conveniently fitting into your pockets. Not only is it easy to whip it out and make a video clip of 4K resolution for 2 hours on a single charge. There is also the added convenience of quickly applying filters, text, other effects, and sharing photos/videos with others on social media or directly sending to them. You can share directly to those close to you by using either Bluetooth or Wi-Fi (It creates a hotspot to share). You also get much more creative control over your subject than current smartphones, thus, taking your videography to a higher level.
The YI camera also has built-in electronic image stabilization. Meaning, when you shake, move, or tilt while taking a video, it will compensate for the changes. The end result will give you stable videos. This particular effect makes it ideal for sporting activities too. Moreover, it has a cooling system to prevent overheating, in case you are in high-temperature zones.
On its 2.2-inch responsive screen, you will never miss an option because of the smooth, intuitive interface. The screen is gorilla glass, meaning it is resistant to everyday scratches. In the case where you are bored of pressing on the screen, just use your voice to activate the shooting of high-quality videos or stills. To increase its functionality, YI provides updates regularly to the software. Therefore, it is good to keep tabs because voice control was not available in previous firmware versions. In addition, you can download an android app, to get even more possibilities.
There always comes a time when limitations of a smartphone become apparent and that it's the time to invest in a standalone camera. With the YI, you won’t feel a pinch in your pockets, and accruing one is a worthwhile investment. You only have to overlook the plastic casing, which scratches easily compared to others in this list and the considerable time it takes to boot up. The quality of images is outstanding for such a small camera.
8. Campark ACT74
Waterproof without a case
Additional still image functions
Effective electronic image stabilization
Excellent image quality
Battery drains quickly
Autofocus is energy demanding
If you like to parkour off buildings, surf, golf, go snorkeling, ride a BMX bike vertically, base jump of any height with a camera strapped on to your head or extremities, then the GoPro is the camera for you. With its lightweight and waterproofing properties, this camera can go anywhere with you.Read more
Campark ACT74 underwater VR/Action camera build from composite plastic designed around a 16 Megapixel, 1/2.3 inch CMOS sensor. It has one-button control, and you can use your voice, as well. It is waterproof to 33 feet (10m) without a waterproof housing and offers "professional grade" electronic image stabilization. The rear LCD is a 2" touchscreen. The Hero5 supports Raw, and WDR formats and all images. You can automatically upload data to the cloud too.
It delivers video at a resolution of 4K/30fps, comes with two rechargeable 3.7v 900mAh Li-ion batteries that last for up to 3 hours on a single charge. Comes with building Wi-Fi connectivity a 170-degree wide-angle lens and supports up to 32GB space on Micro SD card.
It is compatible with either Android or iOS operating systems. You can also remotely control it via your smartphone in real time. You also get the ability to send your videos and pictures via email or share them to social media seamlessly.
9. Dragon Touch Vision 3
Compact, weight in weight, and easy to mount
HD images and vivid videos (4K)
Wifi distance of 50 meters
Requires maintenance regularly
If you like being out where everything nothing can beat the power of a 4K action camera in capturing all the action. The dragon touch vision 3 takes action from your adventure and presents it to your audience in stunning, detailed 4k quality. You can mount it virtually anywhere, and it has some serious resistance to underwater conditions.Read more
The dragon touch is a small but powerful action camera, built with plastic and Plexiglas re-enforcement for environment and waterproofing for up to 30 meters. It has; a 16 megapixel Sony sensor, 170-degree wide-angle lens, 4X ZOOM, Micro USB port, 2 inch LCD display.
It supports video capture of; 4K at 30 fps, 2.7K at 30 fps and 1080p at 60 fps with 16MP photo quality. Its battery can supports recording for up to 90 minutes.
It comes with a wireless wrist remote control unit so that you can easily mount it at a convenient place and move it with just the motions of your wrist. It is so efficient when it comes to Wi-Fi connectivity that you can seamlessly record while previewing the action on a smartphone or a tablet device from a range of up to 50 meters.
It comes with two interchangeable batteries and a charger so you can charge another battery while the other one is in use.
The best thing about the Dragon touch is not that it cost less than the industry standard GoPro, but it also gives more versatility. It features numerous action modes, stretching its application to your daily life beyond your preconceived expectations.
10. Kicteck 48MP Camcorder
3.0 inches’ touch screen
Wide angle lens
LED Light and Night Shot Capacity
No image stabilization
Lacks an optical zoom
Fancied by video bloggers, small TV studios, and amateur filmmakers world over, the Kicteck 48Mp 4k Camcorder will take you from zero to cult classic with style and ease. It is Wi-Fi enabled, comes with a powerful external microphone, and offers stunning night vision plus other amazing features. With this camera, your filmmaking dreams are just a step away.Read more
The Kicteck 48MP 4K Camcorder has a 13MP CMOS sensor delivering 48MP images and videos at 4K 2880 X 2160 at a frame rate of 24FPS, has IR-CUT and IR-Night vision fillers. It functions fully as a webcam thanks to WI-FI wireless transition so you can record and transmit live to the web.
It comes with an external stereo microphone, which is very useful in covering interviews, conferences, and meetings. It also has a low cut filler that reduces noise in video recordings. The camera has a fantastic 0.39x super Wide-angle lens enabling you to shoot the vivid images with clear sound quality.
Criteria Used for Evaluation
Bad camera handling is the leading cause of poor images
To get the most out of photography, the first thing you need to know is how to carry and handle a camera. Since poor camera handling is a primary cause of blurry and poor quality photos and videos. You also should consider this factor before buying a camera, since they come in all shapes and sizes. You need to get a camera that not only has the desired specifications and functionalities, but also a camera that you can comfortably carry, use, and store.
When considering handling, look for a camera that; has a weight that you can easily handle, has a comfortable handgrip, has dials and a display that you can easily manipulate. You should also pick a camera that has straps for carrying and consider getting a tripod stand to mount your camera on. Depending on finances or the production budget, you could consider building or buying other types of rigs (shoulder rig, dolly rig, and crane) to help you get better shots.
We live in an age where everything is connected
We live in a digital world where it is not enough just doing something. You have to share your content, find a way for people to see and talk about the experience, and that is how we use social media. Most if not all cameras that are coming into the market come with WI-FI and NFC connectivity. Therefore, uploading to the web is not as convoluted as it used to be. Nonetheless, when it comes to cinematography and sharing, there is more to it than social media.
The ideal Cinematography camera has to have many physical ports and WI-FI, Bluetooth or Infrared as a bonus. Physical ports remain important in cameras because many things can be connected to a camera like; an external LCD screen, additional lights, microphones, etc.
Once you make a film and are ready to edit it, you will need to get it from your camera's memory and load it to a computer. This process is known as "capturing.” USB and HDMI cables are the best for this task, so you are going to want a camera that at the least a USB or HDMI port.
Do not miss a moment because of low battery life
Poor battery life is one of the most frustrating shortcomings you can find in your electronics. The ideal camera should have decent battery life at the very least. A changeable battery pack, a way to charge the batteries externally or be compatible with battery brands (that are widely available) is also a worthy option.
When you are buying a camera, the least amount of battery life per charge you should aim at is between 4hours and 8hours.
When you buy a camera, it is better to visualize the future instead of sticking too much to the present.
Video quality is one of the most straightforward yet confounding aspects of cinematography. You approximately must know what resolution you want to shoot in before you can get a camera with the capability. The future is 4K resolution; the latest TVs support 4K, broadcasters are starting to transmit in it. Even video streaming services like Netflix remain very specific about it in their submission guidelines. When it comes to size, HD supports a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels while Cinema 4K comes at 4,096 x 2,160. These resolutions make a world of difference when it comes to clarity and color information.
Autofocus can be the difference between shaky, fuzzy videos and blockbuster quality footage.
Also referred to as Power-focus is the action of camera’s processor running a miniature motor to focus your lens for you. The focus is the movement of the lens, in and out to adjust how sharp an image is. It is also determined by the distance between the camera and the subject. When operating a camera, focus the lens by the simple act of pressing a prompt on the screen or handling a dial.
Autofocus comes in a suit of other automatic features in most if not all modern cameras. It comes in handy for smartphone upgraders, other novices, even professional camera operators need to use autofocus, more so in cases where they can control the lighting and subject.
Other Factors to Consider
It would be amazing if every outcome in life had satisfaction as a guarantee, worse off is when a product does not function as was advertised. When buying a camera take your time and do enough research on the various brands and models, considering your needs and finances. If you choose a secondhand supplier, be very attentive and thorough when assessing the condition of the camera. If possible, go with an expert you know and trust.
Whether you are buying it from a secondhand supplier or brand new from the manufacturer/distributor, always insist on a receipt and warranty
Frequently Asked Questions
This term only refers to the speed at which a camera opens and closes its shutter while taking images. It is usually written on the camera body. Low-end cameras typically have a slower fps of about 2-3, the higher the level, the higher the fps rate.
Several factors determine the shooting speed of a camera, chief of which is the camera's internal memory processor and the rate at which the shutter mechanism re-corks.
Fps matters the most for wildlife, sports, and Action photography. The reason being a second can make a world of difference when taking photos in a fast passed scene.
Just like your other electronics and gadget, a camera body and gear life can be extended through proper use, storage, and care.
Ensure that the camera and other equipment are clean before you put it into a camera bag or the storage case. It is also essential to choose an environment that is free from electromagnetic fields (generated by televisions or radios), which can degrade your cameras sensor and other electronic components.
Temperature and humidity also determine if you can store camera equipment in a particular area. Excessive heat can damage a camera’s CPU, screen, and batteries. Water vapor from humid air can easily permeate through the camera body and cause rust and electrical faults. You need to find a cool, dry place where the relative humidity is in the region of 32% to 46%.
In this day and age, a smartphone can take nearly the same quality of pictures that an entry-level camera can. However, if you want a better quality image or want to try out professional photography, it is only proper to invest about $500 -$800 on a compact high-end. Smartphones are also quite limited when it comes to features and settings, like the level of zoom and the degree up to which you can tinker with autofocus.
There are lots of factors to consider when buying a camera. Not only is it a financial investment, but it is also an investment in your creativity and lifestyle. A beautiful camera also makes you look good. As far as finding information on cameras, a considerable number of books, magazines, blogs, and websites can fully satisfy your inquisition.
Once you have established a source for finding information on cameras, it is time to consider your specific needs and what camera will satisfy those needs. If you need it for just party shots and selfies, a smartphone will most likely suffice.
If you need to shoot wildlife and Sporting events, you can always seek a bridge super-zoom camera or a DSLR (mirrorless) camera but at a cost. If you need to cover a family get-together, a small gathering, or any small social event, then a camcorder will do just fine for this task.
Should the desire to acquire a camera ever cross your mind, DSLR and SLR cameras are the best to invest your money in.
Quality cameras and cinematographers are a widely sought commodity. From big-budget Hollywood productions, co-operate events, weddings, funerals, music videos, to kindergarten plays, we need to record every aspect of life and keep it for posterity. Owning and knowing how to operate cameras is a very lucrative craft, and if you market your services and equipment, you will have a budding business.
You can use your camera as collateral for a loan should you, unfortunately, fall on hard times. A camera from this list is a valuable device that will take care of you if you take care of it.