The 10 Best Digital Video Cameras for Filmmaking in 2021

Our top ten picks were ranked forBest digital video cameras forFilmmaking is possible here in 2021! Let’s see the results.

The digital camera industry is still strong and competitive despite a global pandemic that has slowed down many industries. In the past year, we’ve seen major technological breakthroughs, as well as plenty of big updates and completely new cameras added to the fold.

However, it is difficult to decide which one is correct. for you? This question will be answered by several people. inConsider the price, manufacturer and skills you prefer. We have your back as we breakdown the top ten cameras forFilmmaking in 2021. Let’s dive in!

1. Fujifilm XT4

Just announced a year ago, Fujifilm’s much requested follow up to their Fujifilm X-T3 hasn’t disappointed. TheThe X-T4 retains all the outstanding elements of the X-T3 with its 26.1-megapixel camera, beautiful F-Log record and 4K video resolutions up to 60fps. The X-T4 is also equipped with additional features and enhancements. forIBIS (In-Body Image Stabilization), HFR (High Frame Rate) recording, flip-out LCD touchscreen and better audio.

We’ve included the Fujifilm X-T4 first on our list because of its robust features and highly-competitive price point, currently at $1,699 (or $2,099 with a 18-55mm kit lens). It’s a great mirrorless option. forFor those who are just starting out inVideography or digital filmmaking

Full Specifications:

  • 26.1MP APS X Trans BSI CMOS Sensor
  • X-Processor 4 image processor
  • 5-axis in-body image stabilization
  • Full HD @ 240fps at DCI/UHD/4K
  • Hybrid AF System with 425 Points
  • 3.69m-Dot 0.75x EVF OLED
  • 3.0″ 1.62m-Dot vari-angle touchscreen
  • Bluetooth and Wi Fi connectivity
  • Simulation film modes

Price: $1,699

2. Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K

Because the industry has moved so fast since its announcement and release, it might feel like the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K is old news at this point (I mean, where’s our BMPCC8K, right?). It is, however, far more accurate than that. We have already covered this. in our full hands-on review, the BMPCC6K is a filmmaking behemoth packed into a hand-held bundle that’s still insanely cheap for what you’re getting.

With 6K video recording at up to 50fps, a Super 35-sized HDR sensor, and a more compatible EF-mount, the BMPCC6K is the perfect upgrade to its 4K counterpart and should be a staple of the digital video community for a few years to come—which is saying something with how fast the industry advances.

Full Specifications:

  • Active Canon EF/EF-S mount
  • Super 35-sized HDR sensor
  • Record 6K 6144 x 35656 up to 50fps
  • Dual native 400 & 3200 ISO to 25,600
  • 5″ 1920 x 1080 touchscreen display
  • Windowed HD recording at up to 120fps
  • CFast 2.0 & SD/UHS-II card slots
  • External recording via USB type-C
  • Support for 3D LUT, 13-stop Dynamic Range
  • Includes DaVinci Resolve Studio license

Price: $1,995

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3. Nikon Z6 II

The Nikon Z6 II is the lone Nikon product on this list. It’s priced at the same price as the Fujifilm X-T4 or the BMPCC6K. Another high quality, highly-capable camera and a followup to Z6, Z6 II offers the Z6 II many of its same features (like up to 4K at 30fps). 10HDMI output of 0-bit), with its unique Nikon style.

If you’re a fan of Nikon cameras or lenses, this is the camera for you. And, I encourage anyone looking at cameras around this sub-$3,000 price threshold (which has been argued is the current threshold for non-cinema cameras on the market) to at least check this one out, as well. This could be the moment you fall inYou will fall in love with the N-Log (HLG) and HLG(HDR) support as well as its beautiful aesthetics and ergonomics.

Full Specifications:

  • 24.5MP FX-format BSI CMOS sensor
  • Dual EXPEED 6 Image Processors
  • UHD4K up to 30fps
  • N-Log & 10HDMI Output: -bit
  • 273-point phase-detect AF system
  • Viewfinder electronic with OLED 3.6m-Dot
  • 3.2″ 2.1m-Dot tilting touchscreen LCD
  • 5-axis inVibration reduction for the body
  • There are two memory card slots

Price: $1,996

4. Sony a7S III


One of the biggest camera announcements of 2020, Sony’s long-anticipated follow up to its popular a7S II has done no less than surpass expectations inEvery aspect. The Sony a7S III fits in perfectly with the brand’s line of digital mirrorless and cinema camera offerings, at a strong price point ($3,500) and with tremendous recording capability at 4K up to 120fps. 

Of course, you won’t be wrong to also check out the Sony a7R IV, which similarly turned heads with its recent release. But, we’re going to recommend the a7S III here just based on the camera’s popularity and familiarity to so many inDigital photo and Video Communities.

Full Specifications:

  • 12MP full-frame Exmor R BSI CMOS sensor
  • UHD 4K video up to 120p 10-bit 4 :2:2 interne
  • 16-bit RAW output, HLG & S-Log3 Gammas
  • Fast hybrid 759-point AF
  • 9.44m Dot QXGA QXGA OLED (EVF)
  • 3.0″ 1.44m-Dot vari-angle touchscreen
  • 5-axis SteadyShot image stabilization
  • Slots for dual CFexpress A/SD cards

Price: $3,499

5. Panasonic Lumix S1H

The Panasonic Lumix S1H is a great camera that can be used in a range of prices, starting at $2,000 and moving up. As you can read inThe S1H, as we stated in our first write-up is a camera that was designed for the professional video editor. in mind. Capable of shooting 6K video at up 24fps with an acceptable 4:2:2 ratio 10-bit DCI 4K), the S1H isn’t to be confused with the more dual-purpose focused Lumix S1.

Although the S1H comes at a slightly higher cost than, for example, the BMPCC6K6K6K, it is still a great deal. for fans of other Panasonic cameras—like the uber-popular Lumix GH4 and GH5—the S1H will be one of the best options outside of the pure cinema cameras that we’ll get to later on our list.

Full Specifications:

  • 24.2MP full-frame CMOS sensor
  • Up to 6K video at 24fps
  • 4:2:2 10-bit DCI4K/UHD4K
  • V-Log, dual native ISO
  • 5.76mt OLED LVF with 0.78x magnification
  • 3.2″ 2.33m-Dot tilt/free-angle touch-LCD
  • Contrast-detect 225-area DFD AF system
  • 5-axis sensor-shift image stabilization

Price: $3,999

6. Canon EOS R5

Let’s get to the important names. Our list includes the Canon EOS R5 which has nearly single-handedly brought about the Canon EOS R5 in a new age of 8K the moment it came out in March, 2020. It’s an audacious camera that pushes everything we thought was possible forIt is small, affordable and easy to use. The 8K raw recording capability at 30 fps. 4K at 120 fps.

However, as expectations have fallen back to earth, we’ve been forced to ask ourselves: “Is the Canon R5 actually a good camera for filmmakers?” The answer is: It simply depends on what you’re looking for. TheThe R5 packs an impressive punch. inCanon may be the best in terms of pixel count. However, it is not the most advanced when it comes color science and video-focused technologies. for everyone, either.

Full Specifications:

  • 45MP full-frame CMOS sensor
  • DIGIC X Image Processor
  • 8K raw up to 30 fps
  • 4K @ up to 120 fps10Internal video at a bit (
  • Sensor-shift 5-axis image stabilization
  • Dual pixel CMOS AF III II with 1053 point
  • 3.2″ vari-angle touchscreen LCD
  • Deep learning and subject tracking
  • CFexpress & SD UHS-II memory card slots

Price: $3,899

7. Sony Alpha 1 

In more recent news, and perhaps as an answer to Canon’s EOS R5, Sony has also announced an 8K mirrorless offering of its own with the Sony Alpha 1 (stylized as the Sony a1). While this camera is technically yet to come out, it’s due to hit stores March 2021, so we’ll include it on our list as it’ll definitely be one of the hottest options on the market forMany more years ahead.

The Sony a1 is different. This is a very similar model to the Canon R5 that can capture 8K video with 30 frames per second and 4K at 120p. One, it promises that the a1 can actually capture the 8K video at 8.6K with oversampling to 8K. TheThe price is the biggest problem initially. So, pre-order if you’re a fan, if not, you can wait until the release and the first hands-on reviews Before making your investment.

Full Specifications:

  • 50MP full-frame Exmor RS BSI CMOS sensor
  • 8K video at 30fps
  • 4K video as high as 120p in 10-bit
  • S-Cinetone 4.3K 16bit RAW video output
  • 759 points fast hybrid AF, Real time Eye AF
  • 5-axis SteadyShot image stabilization
  • 5 GHz MIMO Wi-Fi
  • Slots for dual CFexpress A/SD cards

Price: $6,499

8. Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro 12K

We can move on to the cinema cameras range with the Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro 12K. Originally announced back inSurprise! The URSA Pro 12K Mini Pro was released in July 2020. Blackmagic already had a great documentary workhorse cinema camera with the URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2. However, the industry loves to chase that pixel count and the URSA Mini Pro 12K doesn’t disappoint. (The only question remains: when and why do you actually need 12K?)

Still, the camera is an absolute beast with its 12K Super35 CMOS sensor. This can record 12K at 60fps, or DCI 8K at 120fps. And it still has 14-stops dynamic range so that even the darkest and most dramatic scenes look stunning. You can see this space. for high-end cinema cameras (perfect forEven at the low $, it is suddenly overcrowded with features and docs.10Price range: 0 to 1.000

Full Specifications:

  • 12K Super35 HDR CMOS sensor
  • 12K:9 Up to 60 FPS
  • 12K 2.4.1 up to 55fps
  • DCI-8K up to 120 fps
  • 4K Super16: Up to 220 fps
  • Dynamic range with 14 stops
  • User-changeable PL lens mount
  • Blackmagic Raw 80MP/frame
  • Recording dual CFast and SD cards

Price: $9,999

9. Canon C300 Mark III

The Canon C300 Mark II had long been considered the “gold standard” for high-quality documentary filmmaking. However, with the introduction of the C300 Mark III, Canon appears to have outdone itself with an even more powerful, versatile, and reliable option of one of its flagship cinema cameras.

C300 Mark III has a Super 35mm DGO Sensor that can shoot 4K video up to 120fps. The camera also provides 16-stops dynamic range and 4K DCI/UHD at up to 120fps. However, the real crux to the C300 Mark III’s offering comes from the myriad of accessories, add-ons, and overall versatility of the camera to shoot forFor long periods of times, inIt can be used in a variety of circumstances. It’s perfect forAlong with corporate videos and short films, documentaries are also available.

Full Specifications:

  • Super 35mm dual gain output (DGO) sensor
  • From 4K to up to 120fps
  • 2K crops up to 180fps in HDR
  • Cinema RAW and XF.AVC.264 codesc
  • EF lens mount, DIG!C DV7 image processor
  • Dual-pixel CMOS Face Detection and AF with CMOS Cameras
  • LM-V2 4.3″ LCD touchscreen monitor
  • 12-G-SDI, 4-channel audio recording
  • 2 x CFexpress slots for Canon Log2 or 3

Price: $10,999


We conclude our review with the ARRI ALEXA Mini LF large format digital camera, the best in professional filmmaking. TheThe ARRI brand is synonymous with top-quality video production forYou can find everything, big and small. However, as we saw when first announced, the ALEXA Mini LF is unique inIts design fits the large format sensor snugly into its ALEXA mini body.

The overall result is a “large format, small camera” construction—a perfect camera forAnybody looking to reach Netflix-level UHD while using native 4K inARRIRAW up to 60fps For many, though, this camera will be a rental prospect as it still retails still at around $60,000 or more, depending on the gear you’ll need to handle it. High-end cinema cameras are available. in 2021This could be your best option forYour feature breakout.

See full specifications:

  • Large format 4448 x 396 sensor
  • Native recording in 4K in ARRIRAW & ProRes
  • Large-format optimized LPL lens mount
  • Open gate, 16:9 & 2.39:1 anamorphic mode
  • Native 800 ASA and 14+ stops dynamic range
  • Array of ARRIRAW & ProRes capture modes
  • Included: PL-to LPL adapter

Price: Rental

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