The 5 Best 4K Video Cameras We Recommend

The introduction of 4K video to the video recording world is going to transform movie-making as we know it! Although 4K is relatively new technology, it is quickly becoming the best option for video cameras.

Shoot in 4K and you’re getting some four times more detail than Full HD. Bring your movies to life with the highest resolution you can get – find out what the best 4K video cameras are today.

Canon XC10 Video Camera

Canon XC10 Digital Video Camera

This Canon video camera comes with a full list of features you’ll love when shooting footage. To begin with, it can record 4K ultra-high-definition footage onto an internal CFast 2.0 memory while you’re recording FullHD video and 12mp photos to a separate internal SD card.

The camera comes with a superb DiG!C DV5 image processor that ensures colour integrity while it also provides faster readouts and higher autofocus speeds.

For such a compact, lightweight body, the XC10 packs a punch. You get a 12mp 1-inch CMOS sensor, a 24.1-241mm image-stabilised lens, a built-in ND filter, and so much more.

The camera can also be controlled remotely through WiFi, using a web browser, smartphone or tablet. Plus it has a clean HDMI output to broadcast recordings onto an external screen.

A full set of features and plenty of creative controls makes the Canon XC10 a popular option for professional videographers.

Sony FDRAX53 Video Camera

Sony FDRAX53 4K Digital Video Camera

The Sony FDRAX53 video camera is a superior 4K camcorder in so many ways. Let’s start with the Balanced Optical SteadyShot and the Fast Intelligent AF, both of which keep your recordings in sharp focus.

Then there’s the 30x optical zoom lens and image sensor capabilities that ensure your footage depicts subjects correctly, with the bigger pixel size improve sensitivity so you can shoot high-quality movies in low light with less noise.

This video camera also offers a fantastic new 5-directional microphone structure so you can record about 40% less noise for brilliant surround sound ambiance.

Given the number of features on offer, the Sony FDRAX53 remains a surprisingly affordable 4K video camera, making it a popular choice for anyone looking for better quality without the price tag.

Panasonic HC-X1GC Video Camera

Panasonic HC-X1GC 4K Digital Video Camera

This compact handheld camera is a favourite among the pros. It boasts a full suite of features designed to make your movies stand out.

You’ve got the Leica Dicomar 4K lens that has a range sweeping from 24mm wide angle to 480mm telescopic. It’s also capable of recording sharp images without distortion, making it great for tight angles.

Then, of course, there’s the recording itself. The Panasonic HC-X1GC can record in superb quality DCI standard 4K video at 24p, or in ultra-high-definition at up to 60p. It can capture scenes in MOV, MP4 or AVCHD file formats on dual SD cards. Not bad for such a compact device!

Olympus TG-Tracker Action Camera

Olympus TG Tracker

For those looking to record amazing 4K videos of all their adventures, the Olympus TG-Tracker is the perfect option offering some unparalleled features.

Not only do you have the amazing TruePic VII for 4K image processor, you’ve also got a backlit CMOS sensor that offers superior high ISO performance without compromising on noise.

Other features include:

  • A lightweight, compact body
  • an illumination lamp for close-ups or dark shots
  • a 204-degree wide angle lens
  • a 5-axis image stabilisation structure to compensate for camera shake
  • a flip-out LCD screen.

But of course, it’s the Olympus TG-Tracker’s provision of data reporting and tracking that makes this a stand-out 4K camera for adventurers. This action cam comes with additional sensors to record acceleration, altitude, location, temperature, orientation, and even water depth.

And let’s not forget that it’s waterproof, shockproof, crushproof, freezeproof and dustproof.

Panasonic DC-GH5 Compact System Camera

Panasonic DC-GH5 Compact System Camera

Finally, if you’re not wanting to invest in a dedicated camcorder, there are plenty of mirrorless and DSLR options that now offer 4K video recording. But we consider this Panasonic DC-GH5 to be one of the best.

The DC-GH5 can record cinema 4K at 60p with a bit rate of 150mbps. It can record in 4 different formats: AVCHD, MP4, MP4 (LPCM) and MOV. And it can record simultaneously onto an SD card while providing a live feed signal using an HDMI port connected to an external monitor or recorder.

The Depth from Defocus (DFD) technology in this camera is amazing, allowing your camera to get ultra high-speed autofocus up to 0.05 seconds and 9fps burst shooting.

But it’s the camera’s ability to record incredibly rich colour that we’re most impressed with. The DC-GH5 comes with colour subsampling at 4:2:2 with a colour depth of 10bit. That essentially means you’ve got more than a billion colours to play with, providing more flexibility when you’re editing post-production.

You’ve also got:

  • Wind-noise canceller options
  • Built-in stereo microphones
  • Microphone and headphone sockets

Convinced you need a 4K video camera in your life? Browse our range of 4K video cameras and other high-quality camcorders at Camera House today!

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