What's the best mirrorless camera if I do a lot of video work?

Here my answer is going to be a little different. The Panasonic GH5 and GH5s are arguably the best of the bunch. Beyond having manual controls while shooting video, they have a host of other features and abilities that make them the best suited mirrorless camera for video work, in my opinion. The GH5 series has excellent 4K video, but it also has compression choices that have more minimal impact on final pixels. On top of that, the GH5 and GH5s are one of the few still cameras that have an "all pixels" video mode. This special feature grabs 1920x1080 pixels without sub-sampling directly from the center of the frame (which means it's a crop of the entire sensor) and produces some of the best quality telephoto video work I've seen out of anything short of very expensive pro gear. Just beware of using that feature at high ISO values.

The Sony E/FE-mount cameras are no slouches for video, either. The Sony A6xxx models have good low-light capability for video work, the A7 and A7R models have excellent low-light capability, and the Sony A7s has incredible low-light capability for video work. Coupled with the 16mm f/2.8 (E-mount) you can stick the small A6xxx E-mount cameras into very small spaces where you wouldn't ordinarily be able to do video from. But even the A7 models can be built out small and light enough to use on a hand-held gimbal.

Most of the rest of the cameras I write about on this site do adequate video for most purposes, but none really stand out as do the ones I just wrote about.

Finally, be aware there’s a dedicated video mirrorless camera: the Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera, recently updated to a 4K model.

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