This is a complementary article of another that I already made about which camera to choose to start in photography, as in that my recommendations are divided into three categories, hobby, for those who just want to create videos to entertain themselves and their friends, enthusiastic, for those who want to take a more elaborate step with a tendency to professionalism, and semi-professional, for those who say, “this is my thing”.
If you plan to record family videos, from your friends on an occasional basis, my recommendation is to use the mobile, whatever you have.
With all phones today you can record at 1080p at 30fps at least, that will be more than enough to share your friends enter by whatsapp, post it on facebook or even upload it to youtube.
If you plan to create youtube channel
Youtube like life requires perseverance and dedication, which you will have to look for time and work hard if you want to move the project forward.
If you do not have a smartphone and you are looking for one that gives you good video performance, I leave you 4 options:
Samsung Galaxy S9
The Samsung Galaxy S9 is not the last model of this family but it does offer the best performance at a lower price, it records 4k at 30 and 60 fps and has optical stabilization, additionally it is a great phone.
Google Pixel 3a XL
I like to define the Google Pixel 3A XL as a camera with a phone, and this is the cheap mobile phone with the best price-quality ratio in the market.
Motorola G7 Plus
What has surprised me most about the Motorola G7 Plus is the autofocus speed, something extremely important in video recording. Something to note is also the 4k recording and its electronic stabilization, which is not better in the market but works quite well.
Xia0mi Pocophone F1
El Pocophone F1 es un teléfono de la marca alternativa de Xiami que guarda su estupenda relación precio-calidad, no tiene la mejor construcción o no se siente tan robusto en las manos pero internamente es un teléfono superinteresante a un muy buen precio.
If for you the quality of a phone isn’t enough and/or you are going to make commercial use of your video this is your category
Sony RX100 III
From the Sony RX100 series there are many models to choose from, the one I want to recommend is the Sony RX100 III because it is from this model when a flip screen and electronic viewfinder are included. It has very good autofocus, stabilization, but, it has no microphone input. How does it record video? It has a 1-inch sensor with a 1.8-2.8 aperture, so you will notice the difference in quality.
Canon G7X II
The Canon G7X II is like a standard among youtubers, and it’s not for less it’s an excellent camera, very similar to the previous one, almost sisters, the differences are minimal, as for example this has a greater zoom (more focal) and has a better ergonomic (it is a little more comfortable when holding it).
The LX10 or LX15 as it is known in Europe is the competition of Panasonic to the cameras mentioned above, being competition is very similar, the most notable differences is a larger aperture in its shorter focal length (1.4 instead of 1.8). As for image quality they are very similar. As for stabilization and autofocus, it goes one step behind the previous ones.
If what you propose is to dedicate yourself seriously to the creation of audiovisual content here.
In my opinion the Lumix G85, or G80 as it is known in Europe, has everything necessary for video recording, records 4k, has stabilization in both optics and body, has flat color profiles, microphone input, screen articulated, a sealed body. His biggest criticism is the autofocus, which is not bad but is still improvable.
In the a6000 series Sony does something similar to what I mentioned in the RX100, there are many similar cameras, which can make you get lost among them, for me the most interesting for video is this, the Sony a6300, why what ?, it is the most economical model it offers, 4k recording, microphone input, flat profiles and a very good autofocus. Critics, it has no stabilizer on the body, it does not have an articulated screen.
If the previous cameras leave your budget, you may want to keep an eye on the Canon 77D, it’s a correct camera, it has microphone input, articulated screen, flat color profiles, good autofocus, it doesn’t have optical stabilization but it does electronically It works decently, its biggest drawback, it doesn’t record in 4k.