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The Best All-Around Cameras (2021)

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Have you ever wished there was one camera to rule them all?

I know I have.

Many of us would probably throw money at a camera that excels in videography, cinematography, photography, multi-cam production, and streaming.

Well, get your money ready...

After wishing and waiting for years, I think that era has just begun.

There aren't many options right now, but there some standouts that do most things very well.

Criteria

Here are requirements for a camera to make the list:

Here are recommendations, but not deal-breakers, for a camera to make the list:

Let's get to the list...


Sony Alpha 1

Sony Alpha 1

NEW Top Pick For 2021! Get Latest Price on Amazon

Wow!

Just when we thought Sony outdid themselves with the a7S III, they surprise everyone with this.

8K 10-bit internal recording and 16-bit Raw HDMI output.

50 megapixel stills with 759-point Fast Hybrid AF system, including real-time eye AF on humans and animals.

Pair this beauty with one of Sony's wonderful G Master lenses, and you'll be a believer.

Sensor: 50 Megapixel Full Frame

Outputs: HDMI (Type A - Full Size)

Recording Formats: Up to 7680 x 4320 at 29.97 fps (H.265 4:2:0 10-bit) or 3840 x 2160 at 119.88 fps (H.265 4:2:2 10-bit)

Maximum Recording Time: Unlimited

Output Formats: Up to 4332 x 2448 at 59.94 fps (Raw 16-bit) or up to 3840 x 2160 at 59.94 fps (4:2:2 10-bit)

My Favorite Feature: 16-bit Raw HDMI Output

Canon EOS R5

Canon EOS R5

Previous Top Pick Get Latest Price on Amazon

It's no secret that the Canon EOS R5 is a beast.

The 45 megapixel full frame sensor, up to 8K30 RAW video recording, 4K 10-bit 4:2:2 video recording up to 120 fps, Canon's legendary dual pixel autofocus, unlimited video recording in 8-bit codecs, and five-axis sensor-shift image stabilization all earn this the top spot.

It's a force to be reckoned with!

Sensor: 45 Megapixel Full Frame

Outputs: HDMI (Type D - Micro)

Recording Formats: Up to 8192 x 4320 at 29.97 fps (RAW) or 4096 x 2160 at 119.88 fps (H.264 4:2:0 8-bit or H.265 4:2:2 10-bit)

Maximum Recording Time: Up to 29 minutes 59 seconds

Output Formats: Up to 4096 x 2160 at 59.94 fps (4:2:2 10-bit)

My Favorite Feature: 8K internal RAW video recording

Panasonic S1H

Panasonic S1H

Netflix-Approved Get Latest Price on Amazon

The only mirrorless camera currently listed in the Netflix approved camera list - this is a no-brainer.

No video recording limits makes it a great choice for all types of video.

The abundance of video features and codecs means this camera will feel at home in the studio, on set, in the field, or even in a multi-cam production.

While it has been tailored specifically for video, it maintains the same sensor and nearly all photo features found in the S1, keeping it well-grounded for photography too.

Sensor: 24.2 Megapixel Full Frame

Outputs: HDMI (Type A - Full Size)

Recording Formats: Up to 5952 x 3968 at 24 fps (H.265 4:2:0 10-bit) or 4096 x 2160 at 29.97 fps (H.264 4:2:2 10-bit)

Maximum Recording Time: No limits (new files may be created after certain file sizes or time lengths are reached, but recording will continue)

Output Formats: Up to 4096 x 2160 at 59.94 fps (4:2:2 10-bit)

My Favorite Feature: 4:2:2 10-bit internal recording

Panasonic S1

Panasonic S1 (with SFU2 Upgrade)

What. A. Camera! Get Latest Price on Amazon

I'm not the only one that loves the S1 - winner of the 2019 DPReview Awards best stills/video camera of the year!

When the S1H is out of reach or a little too much camera, the regular S1 is an obvious next best option.

It lacks the anti-aliasing filter found in the S1H, giving it better sharpness for photos.

The SFU2 Upgrade adds some great video features like V-LOG, 4:2:2 10-bit 4K60 video output, and more.

Sensor: 24.2 Megapixel Full Frame

Outputs: HDMI (Type A - Full Size)

Recording Formats: Up to 3840 x 2160 at 59.94 fps (Maximum 29.97 fps for 4:2:2 10-bit)

Maximum Recording Time: No limits (new files may be created after certain file sizes or time lengths are reached, but recording will continue)

Output Formats: Up to 3840 x 2160 at 59.94 fps (4:2:2 10-bit)

My Favorite Feature: Dynamic range of almost 15 stops

Panasonic S5

Panasonic S5

Improved Video and Autofocus Get Latest Price on Amazon

This takes nearly all that is great about the S1 and improves it just a tad more.

Compared to the S1 the S5 is cheaper, has better autofocus, includes V-Log standard, and has a fully articulating flip out screen.

Sensor: 24.2 Megapixel Full Frame

Outputs: HDMI (Type A - Full Size)

Recording Formats: Up to 3840 x 2160 at 59.94 fps (Maximum 29.97 fps for 4:2:2 10-bit)

Maximum Recording Time: No limits for 8-bit modes and 30 minutes for 10-bit modes (new files may be created after certain file sizes or time lengths are reached, but recording will continue)

Output Formats: Up to 3840 x 2160 at 59.94 fps (4:2:2 10-bit)

My Favorite Feature: Improved Autofocus

Canon 1D X Mark III

Canon 1D X Mark III

RAW Video Powerhouse Get Latest Price on Amazon

This one is starting to feel its age, but it still has some life left in it yet...

5.5K RAW video recording up to 2600 Mbps - an absolute beast!

And considering it can turn right around and be at home in a professional photo shoot is just icing on the cake.

Sensor: 20.1 Megapixel Full Frame

Outputs: HDMI (Type C - Mini)

Recording Formats: Up to 5472 x 2886 at 59.94 fps (RAW) or 4096 x 2160 at 59.94 fps (H.264 or H.265)

Maximum Recording Time: 29 minutes 59 seconds (normal frame rates) or 7 minutes 29 seconds (high frame rates)

Output Formats: Up to 4096 x 2160 at 59.94 fps (4:2:2 10-bit)

My Favorite Feature: Internal RAW video recording

Fujifilm X-T4

Fujifilm X-T4

Budget-Friendly Option Get Latest Price on Amazon

Fujifilm has been slowly and incrementally improving the X-T series, especially in the area of video quality and features. So much so that they've kinda snuck up to become a new favorite among both photographers and videographers.

The X-T4 definitely comes out swinging, with all kinds of goodness like 10-bit 4K60, 240 fps in 1080p, 6.5 stops of internal stabilization, and pretty great autofocus.

And all of that for an incredibly low price, making this easily the best bang for the buck right now.

Sensor: 26.1MP APS-C

Outputs: HDMI (Type D - Micro)

Recording Formats: Up to 4096 x 2160 at 59.94 fps or up to 1920 x 1080 at 240 fps

Maximum Recording Time: 30 minutes

Output Formats: Up to 4096 x 2160 at 59.94 fps (4:2:2 10-bit)

My Favorite Feature: I can't decide if 1080p at 240 fps or if 4K60 in 10-bit is my favorite, so let's just go with both!


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