The best camera for video in 2022: confused by all the choices? We can help!

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If you ask a professional or any camera expert about which is the best camera for video you'll probably get a different answer every time. It all comes down to what you want to use it for. The best camera for streaming won't be the same as a camera you'd choose for shooting a movie, your next vacation, or for launching an influencer career!

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This guide is for anyone just starting out in video that doesn't know what camera to get. If you already know what you're looking for, you can jump straight to our dedicated buying guides to the best camcorders, best 4K cameras for video, best action cameras, and more.

But if you're still trying to figure out what you want to shoot and how then keep reading!

In this guide, we've brought together a wide range of camera types and price points. We will walk you through all the options available, including smartphones, action cameras, DSLRs, mirrorless systems, and purpose-built video cameras. They all shoot video in completely different ways and some are much better all-rounders than others so if you want to take pictures too it's worth keeping that in mind. 

Video doesn't have to be difficult so don't be put off by all the accessories, technical terms, or complex-sounding techniques. Remember, your first project doesn't have to be a masterpiece, the more you do, the more you'll learn. It's one of those things where until you do it, you really won't improve. Start with basic skills and techniques and build on them as you grow as a videographer. 

So let’s take a look at all the different types of video you might want to get involved in, the equipment you might need, and where to go next.

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Best camera for video in 2022

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Fujifilm's most powerful camera yet delivers 6K video and in-body stabilization

Specifications

Type: Mirrorless
Sensor: APS-C X-Trans 5 CMOS
Megapixels: 26.1
Lens mount: Fujifilm X
Screen: 3-inch articulating touchscreen, 1.62m dots
Viewfinder: EVF, 5.76m dots
Max continuous shooting speed: 40fps
Max video resolution: 6K
User level: Expert/professional

Reasons to buy

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40fps continuous shooting
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6K/4K 120p video
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In-body stabilization

Reasons to avoid

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Fujifilm's most expensive X-series release

The Fujifilm X-H2S might be Fujifilm's most expensive X-series release yet but there is good reason for it. With a 26MP sensor, 4/6K video at 120fps, in-body stabilization, a vari-angle flip-out screen, and blackout-free shooting at 40fps, this is a camera truly aimed at professionals. 

Fujifilm has removed several of the external exposure control dials in favor of a digital screen as found on the Fujifilm X-H1 but doesn't let that deter you, it still very much feels like a Fujifilm camera with its high-quality finish, good size grip, and familiar button layout. If you're after more resolution, the Fujifilm X-H2 (opens in new tab) is identical to the X-H2S in terms of design but with a 40MP sensor and the ability to shoot 8K video (although you can't shoot as fast in burst mode). 

Read more: Fujifilm X-H2 VS Fujifilm X-H2S (opens in new tab)

Panasonic Lumix GH6 - one of the best cameras for video

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The best consumer filmmaking camera, and a heck of a hybrid too

Specifications

Type: Mirrorless
Sensor: Four Thirds
Megapixels: 25.2MP
Screen: 3-in vari-angle touchscreen, 1,840k dots
Viewfinder: Electronic, 3,680k dots
Lens: Micro Four Thirds
Continuous shooting speed: 75fps (electronic shutter) 14fps (mechanical shutter)
Max video resolution: 5.8K up to 30p
User level: Professional/Enthusiast

Reasons to buy

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Comprehensive internal recording options
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Superb stabilisation
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Good for stills too

Reasons to avoid

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Battery could be better

With every iteration of its Lumix GH series, Panasonic has been inching closer to creating the perfect filmmaker's mirrorless camera, and the Lumix GH6 makes a damn good case for having cracked it. We recently handed it over to a professional filmmaker for their take on it, and the verdict was that the GH6 offers: "a compelling set of features that simply can’t be rivaled at its price point."

With internal Apple ProRes 422 and ProRes 422 HQ, internal Cinema 4K 4:2:0 10-Bit, and many more class-leading options, the Lumix GH6 is simply a beast when it comes to video. It comes with its intense data demands by adding in a CFExpress Type B card slot, as well as a UHS-II SD card slot. Its design is also filmmaker-focused, with a vari-angle LCD screen, and physical controls including a dedicated audio management button.

Plus, it's a hybrid camera that's no slouch on stills! You don't put 75fps burst shooting in a camera if you don't think anyone's going to want to take pictures with it, after all. While the Lumix GH6 is primarily a filmmaker's camera, its impressive stills credentials mean it's one of the best buys around right now for content creators who can meet its price tag.

Read more: Panasonic Lumix GH6 review (opens in new tab)

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The action cam made for TikTok has excellent stabilisation and versatile shooting formats

Specifications

Weight: 153g
Waterproof: 10m
5K video: up to 60fps
4K video: up to 120fps
Stills resolution: 27MP

Reasons to buy

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Made for TikTok content
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Best image-stabilization yet
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Simplified interface

Reasons to avoid

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Lowlight video isn't the best
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Certain features requite GoPro membership

Action cams are one of the simplest ways to get into video. There’s almost nothing to know. Apart from a handful of basic settings for the video resolution and frame rate, you just press a button to record and press it again to stop. What action cams lack in finesse they make up for in immediacy, impact, and their bulletproof go-anywhere attitude – and one name stands above all the others: GoPro. 

Though launched without much fanfare and looking identical to the Hero10 Black (opens in new tab) in almost every way, the Hero11 Black (opens in new tab) is nevertheless a significant upgrade. That’s all down to its use of the all-new and improved image sensor that can capture versatile 8:7 content, stunning 5.3K video, and 27MP stills. If you shoot a lot of slow motion, it can record at 240fps in 2.7K making it perfect for those smooth action shots. This is hands down the best GoPro on the market and its sensor could be the future of smartphone sensors (opens in new tab)

Read more: GoPro Hero 10 vs 11 Black (opens in new tab) | Best action cameras (opens in new tab)

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You will not believe how simple a drone is to fly, even for a beginner

Specifications

Weight: 249g
Dimensions (folded): 38×81×58mm
Controller: Yes
Video resolution: 4K 30fps (1080P@60fps)
Camera resolution: 12MP
Battery life: 31 minutes (2250mAh)
Max Range: 10km / 6.2 miles
Max Speed: 57kph / 35.7mph

Reasons to buy

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Very portable
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Registration-free in USA, China and more
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Easy-to-fly
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Raw photos

Reasons to avoid

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Limited tracking features

Imagine an action cam attached to a flying machine you can control from the ground and where, with most models, you can actually look through the camera’s ‘eyes’ as you’re flying it using an app on your smartphone. And with the latest automated flight controls, you can be up and flying in the afternoon even if you’re a complete novice. For this reason, we think the DJI Mini 2 (opens in new tab) is a great camera drone to get started with, but it's by no means the only choice. 

Mounted on a 3-axis gimbal that absorbs all the twists and turns in flight, the video is incredibly smooth and professional-looking. It also now has the ability to shoot raw stills which makes recovering highlights and shadows in post much easier. The device is operated via a controller you sync up with your phone so that you can view the camera image. The DJI Fly App is easy to use and includes excellent safety features such as return to home.
 
Read more: DJI Mini 2 review | Best camera drones (opens in new tab)

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What about a video camera that can record EVERYTHING around you in a full 360 degrees?

Specifications

Weight: 149g
Dimensions: 462x113x29.8mm
Waterproof: 10m
Stills resolution: 18.5MP
Video resolution: 5.7K
Memory: MicroSD
Mount: Tripod socket
Battery life: 80 minutes

Reasons to buy

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Creates great-looking, dynamic clips
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Endless creativity, easy AI editing

Reasons to avoid

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App requires the latest phones
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Editing takes time

This is another variation of the action cam design that takes video into whole new areas. 360 cameras are essentially two 180-degree cameras fixed back to back that film simultaneously – and the camera merges both sets of images in real-time to produce seamless 36-degree ‘spherical’ footage. It’s amazing and disorientating at the same time. It doesn’t matter where you point the camera (!) because it captures everything around you.

Viewers can look around the full 360 scene in 360 viewers (YouTube can do this), or you can edit the video to produce a regular ‘flat’ movie where you can pan the camera and control where it’s pointing as you edit the movie. Our favorite right now for new users is the Insta360 One X2, which can fit in a shirt pocket, but there are lots of alternatives too. 

Read more: Insta360 ONE X2 review (opens in new tab) | Best 360 cameras (opens in new tab)

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It's not just a phone! The iPhone 14 Pro shoots great 4K video and even has a Cinematic mode

Specifications

Release date: September 2022
Rear cameras: 48MP f/1.8, 12MP f/2.2 ultrawide, 12MP f/1.8 2x telephoto, 12MP f/2.8 3x telephoto
Front camera: 12MP
OIS: Yes
Weight: 204g
Dimensions: 147.5 x 71.5 x 7.85mm
Storage: 128GB/256GB/512GB/1TB

Reasons to buy

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Highest resolution sensor 
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Autofocus front-facing camera
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New colorways

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive
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Telephoto camera isn't the best

You don't have to invest in a dedicated video camera to shoot great video. Like other flagship smartphones, the iPhone 14 Pro can shoot incredibly well-stabilized 4K video of a quality that's perfect for vlogging and even indie filmmaking. And if you mostly shoot video for social media, a camera phone makes recording, uploading, and sharing content very efficient. The iPhone 14 Pro is one of the best. There's a useful new macro mode, along with an improvement to low-light shooting with the ultra-wide camera.

New picture styles are worth experimenting with, while the Cinematic video mode is a clever feature and nice to have if you're a budding movie-maker. As for camera hardware, Apple has gone for a quadruple-lens setup on the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro Max which include a 48MP 24mm f/1.7 lens, and an ultra-wide 12MP 13mm f/1.78 lens, a 2x telephoto 48mm f/1.78 lens and finally a 12MP 3x telephoto 77mm f/2.8 lens.

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A good-quality mirrorless camera like this will be great for both photography and video

Specifications

Type: Mirrorless
Sensor: APS-C
Megapixels: 26.1MP
Lens mount: Fujifilm X
Screen: 3-inch vari-angle touchscreen, 1.04m dots
Viewfinder: EVF, 2,360k dots
Max continuous shooting speed: 30/8fps
Max video resolution: 4K
User level: Intermediate/Expert

Reasons to buy

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Small size & excellent build quality
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Vari-angle touchscreen
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In-body image stabilisation

Reasons to avoid

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Not the cheapest

Vlogging is definitely the New Big Thing in video, and it’s now wildly popular amongst a new generation of photographers and videographers – the current buzzword is ‘independent content creators’, and the most talented and successful of these have become household names amongst their fans. If you're just starting out, we think the Fujifilm X-S10 has the perfect set of features, including in-body stabilization for jittery first-timers! 

The excellent finish, build quality and handling gives this camera a very broad appeal, especially in this price sector, to produce perhaps the best combination of performance, quality, and value in the APS-C mirrorless camera market right now. It even has a vari-angle rear screen and this, combined with the X-S10's in-body stabilization and 4K video, makes it a great vlogging camera.

Read more: Fujifilm X-S10 review | Best cameras for vlogging (opens in new tab)

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Panasonic's new compact mirrorless camera is just stunning

Specifications

Type: Mirrorless
Sensor: Full frame
Megapixels: 24.2MP
Screen: 3-inch vari-angle, 1,840k dots
Viewfinder: Electronic, 2,360k dots
Lens: L-mount
Continuous shooting speed: 7fps
Video: Uncropped 4K UHD up to 60/50p
User level: Intermediate/expert

Reasons to buy

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Best in-class video performance
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Magnesium frame and vari-angle screen
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Dual SD card slots

Reasons to avoid

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HDMI port not full-size
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Only contrast AF

Despite its compact size, the Lumix S5 shares the impressive 24MP CMOS sensor housed in the Lumix S1, but with improved AF. It also has a tough weather-resistant body and delivers up to 6.5-stops of image stabilization with compatible lenses. Its standout features include class-leading dynamic range and 4K video recording, as well as 96MP high-resolution RAW+JPEG capture. We couldn't say enough good things about it in our review. 

The Lumix S5 is smaller than the Lumix S1 and S1R before it, and cheaper too. It matches the Lumix S1 for stills and beats it for video, coming close to the capabilities of the far more expensive Lumix S1H. What a camera!

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Ready to step up to proper filmmaking? The Pocket Cinema 4K will give you pro features at a surprisingly low price

Specifications

Sensor: Micro Four Thirds
Dynamic Range: 13 Stops
Lens Mount: Micro Four Thirds
Monitor: 5-inch LCD touchscreen
Max video resolution: 4K
Standard ISO range : Dual native ISO 400 and 3200

Reasons to buy

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Excellent range of ports
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5-inch LCD screen
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Shoots RAW video
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Micro Four Thirds lens mount

Reasons to avoid

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No flip-out screen
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No built in ND filter
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No Continuous AF

Vlogging is a perfectly respectable occupation, but if you create serious productions for clients and customers you may need to step up a gear with your equipment. Proper cinema cameras like this one are designed for video first and foremost, with video-specific features, controls, and connectors that regular cameras don't have. The good news is, it doesn't have to cost a fortune!

The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema 4K (opens in new tab) is a cine camera without the high price tag. It has a Micro Four Thirds sensor which means there are a huge number of Olympus, Panasonic, and third-party lenses available both brand new and secondhand. It can shoot up to 4K 60p with no crop factor and has 13 stops of dynamic range. The one downside to the camera is it doesn't have a flip-out screen but if you're a serious filmmaker you'd probably want to invest in one of the best on-camera monitors (opens in new tab) anyway.

Read more: Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K review | Best 4K cameras for filmmaking (opens in new tab)

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Want a small and simple camera for broadcasting 'live'? The G7 X Mark III is ideal for streaming

Specifications

Type: Compact
Sensor: 1-inch CMOS
Megapixels: 20.2MP
Lens: 24-100mm f/1.8-2.8
Screen: 3-inch tilting touchscreen, 1,040,000 dots
Viewfinder: Electronic
Max video resolution: 4K
Mic input: Yes
Headphone port: No

Reasons to buy

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Easy live streaming to YouTube
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Microphone input

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive
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4K clips capped at 10 minutes

Streaming is a relatively new way to shoot and share video, but it's really catching on. 'Streaming', whether it's to Facebook or YouTube or some other video-sharing platform, is sharing video live, as you shoot it, whether that's out in the field or in front of your computer hooked up to a camera. Streaming from a phone is the simplest solution, but if you want a proper camera, the PowerShot G7 X Mark III is ideal. It was also the first camera of its kind with a microphone input – vital if you want clean audio, not to mention the ability to Livestream straight to YouTube. 

This means that even if you’ve got an expensive cinema camera if you also have a G7 X Mark III you can create a fuss-free live setup without any expensive capture cards and a PC. With its flip-out screen, the G7 X III also gives vloggers a clear view of themselves when they shoot, and thanks to its 20.1MP 1-inch stacked CMOS sensor and DIGIC 8 processor it’s also able to capture great stills, so your custom thumbnails can pop nicely.

Read more: Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III review | Best cameras for streaming (opens in new tab)

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11. Sony FDR-AX43

Remember when camcorders were a thing? They still are! For many, this is still the ideal shape for a video camera

Specifications

Max recording resolution: 3,840 x 2,160px
Image sensor: Exmor R CMOS sensor
Total pixels: 8.29MP
Dimensions: 173 x 80.5 x 73mm
Weight: 625g

Reasons to buy

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4K HDR recording
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Light and compact
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5.1 channel microphone

Reasons to avoid

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No HDR
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Low-light performance can be noisy

Once upon a time, camcorders were the go-to piece of kit if you wanted to shoot video. With a long zoom lens, a hand strap for ease of shooting, and a pop-out screen, they were perfect for recording video. Well, don't worry, they haven't gone anywhere! While you can still buy amateur-orientated camcorders as you'd remember from the videotape days, there are also a lot of pro camcorders on the market that even have interchangeable lenses.

 The traditional camcorder shape is still regarded by many pro videographers to be better for shoulder-mounted use and general handling. The FDR-AX43 is a great camcorder to start with. It may be compact but it doesn’t skimp on features. Fronted by a Carl Zeiss Vario Sonnar T lens, the AX43's niceties include 10x optical zoom, 4K shooting (with super-down-sampling for 1080p displays), and a low noise Exmor R CMOS sensor.

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