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Best video cameras for photographers in 2022

Best video cameras for photographers in 2022

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Updated Nov 22

Almost every camera on the market shoots at least 4K video at this point, but some are definitely better than others, and can make the process simpler and more enjoyable. Here we've selected cameras that are excellent for photography but can also shoot top-quality video, and have the tools to support you while they do so.

To appear on this list, a camera has to work as a great stills camera, first and foremost. If videography is your primary interest, we cover those cameras elsewhere.


Best video camera for photographers: Sony a7 IV

What we like:

  • High Resolution sensor
  • Impressive autofocus
  • 10-bit video and stills options

What we don't:

  • Rear screen is rather low-res
  • One of the more expensive options in its class
  • Image stabilization (particularly in video) isn't the best

Sony's a7 IV is a solid bet, almost regardless of what kinds of photography you're into. Its 33MP BSI CMOS sensor gives it a resolution advantage over its immediate peers and its autofocus remains among the easiest to use and most reliable on the market. For stills shooters, we think only Canon's EOS R6 II really competes with it.

But if you have an interest in video, it pulls ahead. Its video autofocus is more dependable than any of its peers', and the option to capture 10-bit footage is a big boost over previous models if you're planning on color-grading your footage. You need to crop in to an APS-C-sized region if you want to capture 4K/60, and there's moderate rolling shutter in its full-frame mode, but the a7 IV is probably the best all-rounder for hybrid shooters.

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For more of a video focus: Fujifilm X-H2S

What we like:

  • Fast shooting with deep buffer and good AF
  • Impressive video specs and quality
  • Operates well for both stills and video

What we don't:

  • Continuous AF can struggle at 40fps
  • No AF tracking mode in video
  • AF requires fine-tuning

The X-H2S has a smaller sensor than the Sony, so can't quite match it for image quality, but what it offers instead is speed, for both stills and video. On the stills side it'll shoot bursts of images up to four times faster than the a7 IV, but the faster sensor also helps deliver better video quality. Autofocus isn't quite as simple as on the Sony, especially in video mode, but the X-H2S offers plenty to make up for this.

Both cameras use an APS-C region to shoot 60p footage, but for the X-H2S this is its full sensor width, meaning you don't have to swap lenses to shoot at higher speeds. There's a 4K/120p option if you don't mind a bit of a crop. The faster sensor also means significantly less rolling shutter in full-width mode, when you're shooting at 24 or 30 fps. Options such as open-gate capture, the flexible F-Log2 and Eterna profiles, plus internal ProRes capture make the X-H2S a hugely capable video option.

Read more about the Fujifilm X-H2S

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Richard Butler


Also consider:

These are the other cameras we found to shoot great stills and excellent video:

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Our Buying Guides are based on extensive use and testing of the cameras included. We only recommend cameras once we know how they compare to their peers in a variety of shooting situations. All selections are made solely by our editorial and video teams and are the models we'd buy or recommend to friends and family. We gain no financial advantage from recommending one camera over another, either as individuals or as a business.