Not very long ago, you had still cameras and you had video cameras (also called camcorders). The still camera market was dominated by Canon, Minolta, Nikon and Olympus. The camcorder market was ruled by Sony and Panasonic. Two major changes took place. Number one was the internet and the capability to post video to a worldwide audience. Two was the entry of camcorder manufacturers into still camera production. Sony bought over Minolta and Panasonic introduced the Micro Four Thirds format, particularly suited to video. Soon, all the manufacturers started making ‘hybrid’ cameras which shot both stills and video. Of course, the video capabilities varied considerably. Issues like overheating, cropping of images and continuous auto focus/auto exposure continued to dog manufacturers. In this article, I list my choice of the best video cameras available in the market today.
Sony Alpha 1
Rs. 5,59,990 ( Body only)
Sony had a rich heritage in the video field and was early in the full-frame mirrorless market. Its mirrorless bodies were supported by the largest range of lenses for the FE mount. The Alpha 1 is currently Sony’s flagship and has a mouth watering specification. It is perhaps the most technologically advanced camera for video with 8K capabilities. Let’s look at its awesome features.
• 50 MP images
• Exmor RS CMOS sensor with integrated memory
• Powerful BIONZ XR processor
• Images at up to 30fps with a blackout free view
• Video recording at up to 8K (7680 x 4320)
• Flash sync at up to 1/400 sec
• Electronic flash sync at up to 1/200 sec
The Alpha 1 is a camera that does it all. Yes, it is expensive at Rs. 5,59,990 for the body, but then, if you want the latest technology, you have to pay for it. Alternatively, consider the Sony Alpha 7 R IV.
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