Are all the video options on your camera driving you mad? Let’s make sense of it all

Video settings
(Image credit: Blackmagic)

That saying, “you can’t have your cake and eat it”, well it’s that. There are so many parameters in mirrorless camera video settings that it can quickly become overwhelming. Worse, you can only have some of them at the same time.

It’s fine with camera phones because you get just a handful of choices between resolutions and frame rates and – if you’re lucky – ‘pro’ formats like ProRes video on the best iPhones

EOS R5 hasn't, and when would you choose the video-orientated Sony A7S III over the video-orientated Sony FX3? (Image credit: Canon)

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Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at