Although smartphones can also shoot videos, the quality will never be the same compared to the footages shot through dedicated video camera. With so many video camera models in the market today, it will be very difficult to choose which one fits your needs and your budget. To help you, here are the best choices you can get based on their main functionalities.
1) For Action and Moving Shots… Go Pro Hero5 Black
Key Specs: Weighs 118 g, Waterproof up to 10 meters, 4K video:30/25/24fps, Stills resolution: 12MP, Battery life:1-3 hours (approx.)
Price: around $400
Additional features include voice activated controls, Excellent 4K footage, Touchscreen
GoPro Hero5 Black is our top choice because it is one of the most feature-packed cams currently available in the market. Video footage is now smoother. It has the ability to shoot stills in raw and it has Wide Dynamic Range feature too. With its rear touchscreen, voice control, and GPS, it is so easy to use.
2) For Underwater….Olympus Tough TG-4 for underwater
Key Specs: Sensor ½.3-inch, 16MP, Lens 25-100mm, Waterproof 15m, Freezeproof -10° ,Shockproof 2.1m, Monitor 3-inch;460K dots , Movies: 1080p, User level: Beginner;
Price around $413
Raw format support, Range of accessories, Image smoothing at high
TG-4 is one tough camera. As its name suggests, it is built to survive almost anything you could throw at it, literally. Living in San Diego provides one with plenty of opportunities to go to the ocean and get that gnarly underwater shot. Only a few rugged cameras can compete with TG-4’s exceptional build quality so it is best to hire a San Diego video production company that has access to the Olympus Tough TG-4. It has a great ergonomic design for ease of use at any given weather. A GPS system, electronic compass, and depth and pressure gauges are also included in the features.
3) For Awesome Aerial Shots….The DJI Mavic
Key Specs: Camera Resolution: 12MP, Video Resolution: 4K at 30 FPS, Max Flight Time: 27 minutes, Max Speed: 40 mph (65 kph) in Sports mode without wind
Notable Attributes: Portability, Battery Life
DJI Mavic is a game-changer for aerial photographers and filmmakers. It was marketed as a “professional” model, but it is super portable and powerful.
The DJI Mavic also boasts obstacle avoidance, sensor redundancy, and runs vision positioning paired with GPS and GLONASS to ensure precise positioning during both indoor AND outdoor flights.
4) For Interviews … Panasonic HC-V770 HD Camcorder
The HC-V770, Panasonic achieved in finding the right balance of features, hardware, design, value, and convenience. The HC-V770 has a 20x optical zoom with a 4-drive lens system, HDR (high dynamic range) video capture, Back Side Illumination (BSI) sensor that suppresses noise, and Full-HD (1080p) slow motion video capture. With WiFi and NFC, you can instantly connect to your phone, broadcast in real time and control the cam from your mobile device. It has also additional features, such as creative filters and effects plus high-quality sound recording.