There’s a lot that today’s smartphones can do – the best ones can even record video in stunning 4K.
For many people, that is more than enough, and consequently the demand for video cameras has fallen dramatically in recent years.
This is also due in part to the emergence of DSLR cameras with high quality video capture features.
The combined competition has forced manufactures to step up their game – and this year they really delivered.
Below we reviewed the best video cameras from 2018 across three different categories.
If you’re in the market for a video camera, chances are one of them might be what you’re looking for.
Best Low-Cost Camera: The Canon Vixia HF R800
Whether you’re new to videography or just looking for a video camera that has better zoom and storage than your smartphone, look no further than the Canon Vixia HF R800.
The Vixia is simple to operate and sports a 32x zoom lens, with the option for digital zoom up to 57x that will outshine any smartphone.
While the Vixia doesn’t shoot in 4K, it does have an excellent three-axis stabilization control, as well as fast and slow-motion options for time-lapse sequences or a slow-motion shot.
Its Highlight Priority Mode also helps keep the main target in focus by keeping limiting the exposure of bright objects.
Priced to sell at just $250.00, the Canon Vixia HF R800 is perfect for casual snapping.
Best Action Camera: The GoPro Hero6 Black
GoPro cameras are becoming increasing popular, particularly in the extreme sports community.
But the GoPro Hero6 can do much more than record POV action shots – its 4K, 60FPS image capture have been used to record everything from time-lapse clips of nature to Netflix movies.
This tiny camera packs in a lot of advanced features.
It has high quality 4K/30 footage and one of the best electronic stabilization systems on the market.
The Hero6 also has the best color display and range than earlier GoPro models and has the option for 240FPS recording for super slow-motion shots. It goes for about $400.00 and comes with Quixotries editing software.
Best of The Best: The Sony AX700
The Sony AX700 is the best video camera out there right now. Its huge 14.2 mega-pixel, 1 inch sensor captures stunning 4K video at 30FPS/100MPS.
Its external controls allow you to manually control focus and zoom.
The AX700 also has an unrivaled 273-point autofocus and other advanced features like hot shoe connection, HDR, and S-log/S-Gamut color grading.
It typically retails for $1,800.00 and is a must have for any professional videographer.
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