MTV may not show music videos exclusively anymore but that doesn’t mean that they’re on the way out. In fact, music videos are experiencing a resurgence as social media users fall in love with their dynamic visuals. So, you could say that now is the best time to be a music videographer. However, anyone who’s given music videos a go will tell you, it takes a lot of work and a phenomenal camera. The good news is that there are tons of cameras on the market that will allow everyone from beginners to professional to shoot high-quality music videos. The bad news is that there are tons of cameras on the market, and it can be hard to know which model is best for what. Below, we’ve gathered a list of the ten best cameras for music videographers.
Although not as sleek as a traditional camera body, this powerhouse Blackmagic Design camera was designed to record high-quality 4K video, making it perfect for a variety of things, music videos amongst them. It sports an EF mount to support a range of popular lenses and is incrediby easy to hold and travel with. Perfect for filmmakers of all experience levels, this camera is ideal for shooting music videos.
With a decidedly approachable price, this Panasonic camera is best for beginners. It features an impressive 2,330K-dot finder and 4K video technology, making it a great tool for the dynamic shots in a music video. It’s straightforward to use and the attached lens means less to worry about for novice videographers. If you’re looking for a starter camera, this is one of the best.
Consider this camera the standard. Music videographers know how important it is to capture the very best images in every shot and this more than gets the job. The internal mic is even relatively high quality. Although, if you’re a professional, you’ll still likely want to opt for an alternative mic, which is easy with the variety of different ports.
This camera is a staple amongst the entire photography community, including music videographers. There’s no doubt that this camera is on the pricier side, but consider it an investment and you’ll be rewarded with a versatile, high-quality camera. Weather-proof and sealed against dust and moisture, this body is perfect for any “on location” shoot where you never know what you’ll encounter. And, bonus it’s super lightweight and easy to maneuver!
Compact and durable, this camera checks boxes in many different categories. With an impressive and unique 120 degrees mic and lens system, you’ll never miss a shot or be plagued by poor audio. And speaking of the audio, this camera features an Audio Lip Sync feature that ensures flawless audio-voice synchronization. Pair that with an impressive four-hour battery life, and this is the perfect camera for anyone who is just beginning their foray into the world of music videography.
The Canon EOS 60D is THE camera for creatives of all types and professions. It’s one of the most advanced models of Canon camera bodies on the market, with multiple advanced features and added tech that makes it deceptively easy to use. And the impressive DIGIC 4 Image processor allows you to get the most precise picture every time you film. Its heavy-duty body is perfect to travel, making it ideal for a music videographer who’s frequently moving from place to place.
A compact option with powerful capabilities, the Nikon D3500 is ideal for the high-action style of music video shoots. It’s best for those who are just beginning their foray into music videos, but even experienced professionals are impressed by its impressive shooting speed and high-quality video output.
We know, we know… a camcorder? You may be thinking they’re outdated but with such powerful models available, they are anything but outdated. This JVC camera has everything you need to shoot a professional quality music video. From more standard features like a 4K HD recorder and various memory card slots to unexpected additions like Wi-Fi capabilities and a 12x optical zoom lens, you’ll find yourself astounded by everything it has to offer.
The best music videos are made by dedicated videographers and high-resolution cameras. We have a feeling that Fujifilm had that in mind when designing this range of mirrorless cameras. The X-T4 model does the impossible by improving on its predecessor. It maintains its ability to shoot 4K video at up to 60/50p and superfast autofocus while adding built-in stabilization and a vari-angle touch screen.
10. GoPro HERO8
You probably didn’t see this coming, and honestly, we didn’t either. Typically reserved for high-action, sports-centered shooting GoPros can actually provide extremely valuable footage. They’re ideal for changing up the perspective or getting dynamic details. With 1080p video, and 4K available, built-in image stabilization, and tons of different mounts, this is the perfect starter camera for a beginner or supplemental camera for a professional.
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