You may not need to change the camera that you already have.

An easy test to see if it is adequate for video is to see if it will record in 4K. 

For most purposes Full HD (1080 x 1920) would do, but if you are going to try and place your video with a stock library (see the section on Publishing your video) they would always prefer 4K over Full HD.

If, however, you want to improve the quality of your video output you will want to know which cameras are likely to do the best job.

Here are a few suggestions - but choose on the basis of what you want to do with the videos that you create

Camera Phone

These are the cameras that we carry with us all of the time.

Their capability varies with phone model. Only the most expensive come up to the quality of the cameras described below.

Video capability may be enough for social media purposes but not always for more serious film making.

I have devoted a whole page to getting the best out of the camera that you always have with you - your camera phone.

Bridge Cameras

These are the all-purpose work-horses of the camera world.

They have a built-in zoom lens, usually with a very large focal length range from wide-angle to telephoto.

Video capability whilst adequate for many every-day purposes, are not amongst the best.

You would choose one of these cameras because it is all-in-one, light to carry, and does everything that you need.

The best are (in U.K.) : Sony RX 10IV, Nikon P950, Panasonic FZ1000 Mk2.


                                                  Nikon P950           Panasonic FZ1000 Mk2

Mirrorless Cameras

Two manufacturers have a reputation for mirrorless cameras with great video capabilities, these are Panasonic and Sony. In recent years they have been joined by Fuji.  The models with the best/growing reputations are:

Olympus  OM SYSTEM OM-1, Sony A7RIV,  Panasonic Lumix S1H   Lumix GH6 and Fujifilm X-T4


            Sony A7RIV     Panasonic Lumix S1H  Lumix GH6

Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) Cameras

The SLR world is dominated by Canon and Nikon, with the stand out cameras for video being the Canon EOS R5 and the Nikon Z6II


             Canon EOS R5      Nikon Z6II     

Video Cameras - Camcorders

The best camcorders come from the same stables as the best of the mirrorless cameras, namely, Canon, Sony and Panasonic.Your choice will be led by your purposes and your budget.The prices range from over £4000 (GBP) to under £500 (GBP). It is also worth looking at models from Ordro and Peawolcy.


            Canon     Sony     Panasonic     Ordro      Peawolcy

Now for something a bit different

This  may be all that you need:        DJI Pocket 2

An excellent and very popular pocket sized action camera. The built-in gimbal is the secret to success as it provides 3-axis stabilisation helping content creators to capture smooth and sharp high resolution images and 4K/60fps videos.

                     Features at a glance:

  •                         1/1.7-Inch sensor
  •                         Single Shot images 16MP / 64MP
  •                        4K Ultra HD 3840×2160 at 60p
  •                        3-Axis stabilised camera
  •                        ActiveTrack 3.0
  •                        Glamour effects
  •                        High-Definition panoramas and timelapse
  •                        DJI Matrix Stereo sound
  •                        AI Editor

                                                                                     See for yourself.


DJI Pocket 2