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The Best Camera with Video

Updated on August 20, 2014

Looking for the Best Camera with Video?

Digital cameras can produce excellent still photographs while camcorders record video footage. Today both devices are adopting some of the functions of the other. While neither is able to produce the same quality of the others primary function, they have improved in recent years and for those who want the convenience of a single device, smart shopping can yield a camera that can perform both functions relatively well.

This page will guide you and provide a few sound recommendations for finding the best camera with video capabilities.

Digital Cameras with Video: Potential Disadvantages

Digital Cameras are great tools for capturing still photographs. Getting one that also records video is very convenient especially if you want both functions and portability. The video you can capture with a still camera will not be as good as what you can get with a stand alone camcorder although for some, the performance will be quite acceptable. Recent improvements in fact have made some digital cameras with video capabilities a very attractive option for many.

On the downside:

Recording time is more limited on a digital camera and the "smoothness" of the video less, although improvements over cameras of just a couple of years ago are significant.

Camcorders generally have larger lenses than a digital camera and can do a better job in low light situations. They also have better sensors for the job, with as many as 3 CCD sensors.

The sound you will get with a digital camera will also tend to be inferior but it is possible to get a digital camera with the capability of using an external microphone to improve performance.

For those wanting the convenience and cost savings by having a single device for capturing still photos as well as video, there are a number of things to consider which can result in a satisfactory performance for those with more limited needs. Read below to find out what to seek out when shopping for a camera with video capabilities.

Choosing the Best Digital Camera with Video

Here are a few things to look for when shopping for a digital camera with video recording skills you will prize.

For good video quality you'll want to consider the pixel count and frame rate. VGA with a 640x480 is adequate for many needs but 720p HD and certainly 1080p HD would be even more impressive and is readily available. Frame rates are critical too for a smooth look. 30fps or better (frames per second) would create a smoother look than 10 or 15fps. Recording time can be another critical feature to consider. Some digital cameras allow for only 30 second clips while others can provide much longer recordings. Know what it is you hope to capture to assure you will be satisfied. MPEG-4 and DivX compression can also help to assure the ability to capture more video without requiring too much storage space although the quality is not superior to motion JPEG.If you want the best sound recording look for stereo sound, wind filters, the ability to adjust volume, and/or a camera with the ability to connect to an external microphone. (Most camcorders also require an external microphone for good sound) Wireless microphones are available. If you have an HDTV look for HDMI connections for the ability to play back with the best quality. Look for features such as optical image stabilization and zoom which can be used while filming video footage.

Digital Camera with Video vs. a Camcorder

Can a Digital Camera with Video Replace a Camcorder?

A Good Choice

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS 12.1 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 20x Image Stabilized Zoom 25mm Wide-Angle Lens and 1080p Full-HD Video (Black) (OLD MODEL)
Canon PowerShot SX260 HS 12.1 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 20x Image Stabilized Zoom 25mm Wide-Angle Lens and 1080p Full-HD Video (Black) (OLD MODEL)
If an affordable and pocketable camera is what you want then this Canon SX260HS is an excellent choice. It has a 12.1 megapixel high sensitivity sensor which creates some admirable low light shots. It offers 20x optical image stabilized zoom, a 25mm wide angle lens, and GPS tracking. The Smart Auto features makes it easy to use and the 58 predefined shooting modes assists in assuring you get just the right exposure. This camera has a high speed burst mode that allows you to capture 10 shots in rapid succession. However, what makes this one of the best still cameras for video is the 1080p/24fps video. (It can also record 720p at 30fps). While filming, users get use of the full range of optical zoom and easy switching between movie and still image modes thanks to the dedicated movie button. It has an electronic wind filter to suppress noise, an HDMI terminal for connecting to an HDTV and controlling playback via the TV remote, and even offers a super slow motion movie mode and other special effects. This camera can record in Apple iFrame format making the process of importing and editing your video much faster and easier.

A Closer Look at Canon's Powershot SX260HS

Another Good Option

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V 18.2 MP Exmor R CMOS Digital Camera with 30x Optical Zoom and 3.0-inch LCD (Black) (2012 Model)
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V 18.2 MP Exmor R CMOS Digital Camera with 30x Optical Zoom and 3.0-inch LCD (Black) (2012 Model)
Another point and shoot that's ideal for anyone also wanting great looking video, is this Sony Cybershot HX200V. It has an 18.2 megapixel back illuminated sensor (for better low light images), 10x optical zoom/60x digital zoom, a 3" tilting LCD, GPS, compass, and electronic viewfinder with eye sensor. It has features like high speed autofocus, face detection, smile shutter, and anti-blink to assure your subjects always look their best, the ability to capture 3D stills and sweep panorama, and Intelligent Scene Recognition to assure getting the right exposure is simple. Users can even add a variety of special effects to their shots. This camera can capture up to 10 shots in rapid succession. But, if you're searching for better video, then the 1080/60p HD video recording will be of great interest. The pro-style lens ring offers fine control of zoom and focus that allows you to keep filming. The optical image stabilization with 3-way active mode helps to counter vertical and horizontal movements and assures much better looking video. You can also easily enjoy your films on HDTV.

A Review of the Sony Cybershot DSC HX200V

Nikon D90 Review

Photo Credits

Introduction: dafydd359. (no derivative work allowed)

The Disadvantages: ArtBrom.

Choosing a Digital Camera with Video: hageatama.

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      9 years ago

      Great lens, cool camera with HD video features.

      Film Production Companies

    • wcjohnston profile image


      9 years ago

      Good Lens, I use the canon 5D Mk ii, much better than my HD Camcorder! The microphone picks up camera noise but an add-on microphone is not expensive.

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      10 years ago

      Yes good job. Anyone interested in checking out a digital camera with slow motion video

      recording and also HD video recording take a look at

      The Best Digital Camera with HD Video Recording

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      10 years ago

      good work

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      10 years ago

      I have canonpowershotsx210 which is also very compact delivers good quality photo but i am looking for a descent DSLR my choice would from EOS family from Cannon. Thanks for this excellent Review

    • TonyPayne profile image

      Tony Payne 

      10 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Excellent information. I would really love a Canon EOS. Right now I have a Powershot S290, which is pretty good, but it would be nice to upgrade.

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      10 years ago

      One stop shop. Thanks.

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      10 years ago

      We need to replace our digital camera soon, and I am dreading this with all the new camera features out there

    • piedromolinero profile image


      10 years ago

      I decided to have the video separate from my digital camera and bought a camcorder this summer. Meanwhile I catch myself more often than not not using the digital camera at all, but the picture possibilities of the camcorder.

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      11 years ago

      Thanks mate. nice lens.

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      sukkran trichy 

      12 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      thanks for the useful information. i think digital camera with video is my choice. wonderful presentation. 5*

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      Sandy Mertens 

      12 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Nice camera lens.

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      12 years ago

      nice lens


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