What are the best Canon Mirrorless and DSLR cameras for video?

What are the best Canon Mirrorless and DSLR cameras for video?

Canon may be a renowned brand for professional photographers, but Canon cameras for video are also very popular. In recent years, the world’s biggest camera manufacturer has established itself as a leader in designing and building cameras for professional videographers, and this goes beyond the Cinema EOS series.

Canon’s full-frame mirrorless and DSLR cameras have many video options. These cameras utilise a number of industry leading video performance features of the Cinema EOS series. They also maintain a transportable, travel-friendly size, perfect for on-the-go, run-and-gun videographers who need performance and portability.

All four of these mirrorless and DSLR camera bodies produce fantastic video, while still offering incredible photography features for hybrid creatives who might want to try to do both.

Canon EOS 1DX Mark III

The Canon EOS 1DX Mark III was released back in January 2020 as Canon’s new flagship DSLR camera. This camera wowed the world with its hybrid cross features between a DSLR and a mirrorless camera. It uses both a standard optical viewfinder and has a vivid Live View mode, giving you the simplest of both world’s when operating and using the camera.

Meaning you can use the optical viewfinder for handling fast-moving subjects with zero lag. Or you can switch to live-view mode for a mirrorless shooting experience, while maintaining an equivalent fast autofocus and speed.

The Canon EOS 1DX Mark III truly sets itself apart in terms of video specs, with sharp, un-cropped 4K at 60p. It also has the capability to shoot in both RAW or 10-bit 4:2:2 video with Canon Log. Pair that video quality with the new deep learning AF technology and you’ve got a DSLR hybrid that’s one of the best and impressive video cameras on the market.

Price: $6000.00 £4320.00 €5100.00

Canon EOS R5

The Canon EOS R5 debuted in summer 2020, along side the EOS R6. Rumours and anticipation swirled around this new, professional-level, full-frame mirrorless Canon camera for video and photos, and in contrast to many cameras before it, it lived up to the hype.

The Canon EOS R5 is widely considered to be one of the simplest, most versatile cameras on the market. This is often partially because of its incredible Canon video features, like its un-cropped sensor, internal video at up to 8K at 30p and 4K at 120p and with the choice of recording RAW or in 4:2:2 10-bit Canon Log.

Combine those mind-blowing video specs with the EOS R5’s intelligent, deep-learning Dual Pixel CMOS AF sensor and five-axis In-Body Image Stabilisation and you’ve got a full-frame mirrorless camera equipped to make the absolute best video content.

Now, the EOS R5 has received some unwarranted criticism for its “overheating problem” when recording 8K and 4K. However, that’s a problem that the majority cameras in this review struggle with, thanks to the dimensions and video file sizes being internally recorded.

If you’re eager to record longer than the 30-minute limit of 4K and 8K internal recording time on the EOS R5, it’s recommended you record externally with an Atmos Ninja V, which connects to the EOS R5 using its macro HDMI cable output. This will reduce overheating, and can record hours of brilliant 4K and 8K footage from the EOS R5, without issues or recording limits.

Price: $3900.00 £2800.00 €3317.00

Canon EOS R6

The Canon EOS R6 was released in summer 2020 alongside its powerful sibling, the EOS R5. While it did receive less media attention, it’s still one of the best and versatile powerful Canon cameras for video, with powerful filming features that will excite videographers.

The EOS R6 can shoot 4K up to 60fps and 1080p at 120fps at 10-bit 4:2:2 with Canon Log or HDR PQ, with its new, powerful DIGIC X image processor. However, it also benefits from an equivalent five-axis In-Body Image Stabilisation, which is similar to the EOS R5.

Add to this a replacement RF lens with in-lens stabilisation with the eight stops of shake correction on the EOS R6, and you have a system that’s smooth and forgiving when filming handheld.

The EOS R6 has a fantastic ISO range of 100 to 102400, which is expandable to 204800. This will give you pristine low light performance while filming, which makes this camera even more versatile. It may not have received all the hype it deserved, but the EOS R6 remains a worthy camera for quality filming.

Price: $2500.00 £1800.00 €2126.00

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with Canon Log

Finally, we have the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV. This Canon camera for video now has Canon Log built in. While the EOS 5D Mark IV may be a fantastic professional stills camera, it also can shoot 4K footage at 30p and 24p. Combine this high-quality footage with Canon’s powerful Dual Pixel CMOS AF for fast and reliable AF during live-view and video shooting, and you’ve got an excellent professional DSLR video camera.

It has 4K Motion JPEG video (DCI cinema-type 4096 x 2160) at 30p or 24p. Full HD up to 60p, and HD up to 120p. Superb Dual Pixel CMOS AF for responsive and smooth AF during video or Live View shooting. High-performance DIGIC 6+ Image Processor for improved speed. 61 AF points with expanded vertical coverage with 41 cross-points. AF is possible in all 61 AF points with many lens + extender combinations effective at f/8.

Price: $2500.00 £1800.00 €2126.00

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