When I’m asked “what is the best 4K video camera” I always begin my answer with another question, “What device do you have NOW that uses 4K technology?” Because you may not need to wait to buy your new 4k video camera to start making videos. Your iPhone or tablet may do the trick for now.
Eventually though, you will need the features of a dedicated video camera to make your productions easier and overall look more professional. For now, 4K is the best technology you can get and you’ll want to get all of the features you need for what your budget will allow.
If you’re not sure of what to look for, take a quick look at this article I wrote, What To Look For In A Camcorder first. Remember, I gear my articles towards small businesses and entrepreneurs, this is not about making Hollywood movies. It is about making awesome videos to market your business with equipment that’s easy to use and that produces amazing results.
The 4k video cameras have now flooded the market, making it quite hard to choose the best camera. Most 4K camcorders have all the basic things you need to make a good indoor type video. One thing is certain, regardless of the price you pay, the built-in microphones on all of these simply don’t produce high quality sound, therefore, the one MUST HAVE for your camcorder is the ability to attach an external microphone.
So, here is a look at the best 4k video cameras you should consider investing in to produce your marketing videos.
(See comparison chart towards the bottom with prices)
Panasonic HC-WXF991K 4K Ultra HD Camcorder
This is my personal favorite and the camcorder I use regularly. If you are still contemplating on the best 4k video camera then you need to check out the new Panasonic HC-WXF991K 4K Ultra HD Camcorder. You will never get the ultra-sharp 4K Ultra HD recording anywhere else but on this camera. It also comes with an in-camera editing for 1080p displays.
Other than the built-in Twin camera (which I haven’t used yet), the fact that this camera has a Wi-Fi mobile feature makes it stand out from the rest. There are also 4K Cinema in-camera editing and effects to capture every detail. For a semi-professional recording experience, the Panasonic HC-WXF991K 4K Ultra HD Camcorder comes with an Electronic Viewfinder EVF.
Sony FDR-AX100/B 4K Video Camera with 3.5-Inch LCD
This camera has a lot to offer in a camcorder. Most people are attracted to the size of the camera. It perfectly fits into the palm of your hand and offers a sporting resolution that’s four times clearer than your normal HD camera.
With a 1” image sensor, you simply have what you need to capture what you need, even with light. There is no easy way of capturing the finer details in 4k than with this camera. It comes with a super-fast image processor to allow you record 30p movies at the camera’s full resolution. The 29mm wide-angle lens is not only ideal for capturing a grand landscape but also allows you to cover wide-ranging image expressions with its maximum 12x optical zoom and 24x clear image zoom.
Sony 4K HD Video Recording FDRAX33
A key feature here is the good image stabilization abilities. The Sony 4K HD Video Recording FDRAX33 will really help you to stabilize those shaky moments. So, this one is good for on-location types of shoots.
The Direct Pixel Read Out feature is also what makes this camera highly preferred. It smoothens those rough edges and helps in color gradation.
It comes with manual controlling rings to help you capture the finest details in 4K in the easiest way possible. It also has a super fast processor that allows you record 30p movies in 4k and 60np in Full HD1080 resolution. Get close to the action with the 10x optical zoom and 20x clear range image zoom.
Panasonic HC-V770 HD Camcorder with Wireless Smartphone Twin Video Capture
One thing that makes this camcorder stand out from the rest on this list is the fact that it comes with a 20x optical zoom with a 4-drive lens system. Drive ranges are normally reduced by driving each lens group separately. So, what you get is a high-image quality and the best zooming ever.
You will also love the HDR movie feature that captures clear shots with excellent details whether you are in a bright or dark area. The wireless twin camera allows you to use your smartphone as a sub-camera. But that’s not all, you will definitely fall for the BSI sensor that has a large effective area with 6.03M effective pixels.
Canon VIXIA HF R800 Camcorder (GREAT BUDGET CHOICE)
When it comes to zooming power, you can rate the Canon VIXIA HF R800 Camcorder as the best on the list. It has a 57x (32.5-1853Mm) advanced zoom and Super range OIS. Users can also enjoy the 3.28 Megapixel full HD CMOS which is great when compared to other camcorders in this category.
Remember, start with what you have and see how that works for you. When you are ready, spend a little extra on the 4K technology and you won’t have to upgrade for a long time. And don’t forget, make sure you can add an external mic. With a good 3 point lighting set up and an excellent mic, you can make almost any High Definition camera work well for you.
Finally, we’re not making Hollywood movies here so don’t break the bank before you get started, buy the best you can afford and make sure to allow for lighting and microphones in your budget.
And until next time, that’s a wrap!