4k Camera

The 10 best 4K cameras in 2018

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1. Panasonic Lumix GH5

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Type: Mirrorless | Sensor size: Micro Four Thirds | Resolution: 20.3MP | Lens: Micro Four Thirds | Viewfinder: EVF | Monitor: 3.2-inch vari-angle display, 1,620,000 dots | Maximum continuous shooting speed: 12fps | Movies: 4K | User level: Expert

Pros:

DCI 4K and UHD 4K

Great fully articulating screen

Cons:

Limited ISO range

Bulky for a mirrorless camera

Price: Rs. 1,36,980

The Lumix GH5 allows you to shoot Cinema 4K (4096 x 2160) at 60p with a bit rate of 150Mbps. For shooting the 4K videos,  the GH5 uses the entire width of the chip and then down-samples the footage in-camera.  The GH5 offers color subsampling at 4:2:2 and a color depth of 10-bit which delivers greater color information and richer graduations. It offers live output to external recorders such as Apple ProRes via HDMI. Also, it allows simultaneous internal recording.

2. Sony Alpha A7S II

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Type: Mirrorless | Sensor size: Full-frame CMOS | Resolution: 12.2MP | Lens: Sony E mount | Monitor: 3.0-inch tilting display, 1,228,800 dots | Viewfinder: EVF | Maximum continuous shooting speed: 5fps | Movies: 4K | User level: Expert

Pros:

Superb dynamic range and low noise

Useful Log options included

Cons:

Only 4K UHD (no 4K DCI)

8-bit rather than 10 or 12-bit video

Price: Rs. 1,80,000

Sony Alpha A7S II  has the advantage of using the whole sensor width for recording video. And also  of being able to record to the memory card while outputting 4:2:2 footage to a HDMI recorder, but proves itself to be capable for stills shooting too. The sensor and video specs of Sony Alpha A7S II  give it a handful of advantages over its rivals.

3. Sony Alpha A6500

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Type: Mirrorless | Sensor size: APS-C | Resolution: 24.2MP | Lens: Sony E mount | Monitor: 3-inch tilting touchscreen, 921k dots | Viewfinder: EVF | Maximum continuous shooting speed: 11fps | Movies: 4K | User level: Intermediate

Pros:

S-Log gamma settings included

Superb autofocusing system

Cons:

Touchscreen a bit slow

No headphone jack

Price: Rs. 1,07,598

Sony Alpha A6500 records 6K footage that’s downsampled to 4K. It is done so for the benefit of quality. It uses the efficient XAVC S codec that has a rate of 100Mbps.

4. Canon XC10

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Type: Hybrid | Sensor size: 1-inch CMOS | Resolution: 12MP | Lens: 24.1-241mm | Monitor: 3-inch touchscreen, 1.03million dots | Viewfinder: None (loupe provided) | Maximum continuous shooting speed: 3.8fps | Movies: 4K | User level: Expert

Pros:

Built-in ND filter

Usefully broad 24.1-241 mm lens

Cons:

No built-in viewfinder

Small sensor for price

Price:  Rs. 1,32,012.00

Canon XC10 is designed for video but with high-quality stills in mind too, the model blends a 12MP 1-inch CMOS sensor with a 24.1-241mm image-stabilised lens. It packages it in a relatively compact body whose adjustable grip provides excellent flexibility.

5. Nikon D850

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Type: DSLR | Sensor size: Full-frame CMOS | Resolution: 45.4MP | Lens: Nikon F | Screen type: 3.2-inch tilt-angle touchscreen, 2,359,000 dots | Viewfinder: Optical | Maximum continuous shooting speed: 7fps | Movies: 4K | User level: Expert

Pros:

Superb AF system

No crop-factor at 4K

Cons:

SnapBridge clunky to use

Live View focusing speed

Price: Rs. 2,48,995

Nikon D850 is capable of 4K UHD capture at 30p/25p/24p, and that’s using all the sensor. With this camera you can also record at 120fps in Full HD quality.

6. Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II

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Type: Mirrorless | Sensor size: Micro Four Thirds | Resolution: 20.4MP | Lens: Micro Four Thirds | Monitor: 3.0-inch free-angle display, 1,037,000 dots | Viewfinder: EVF | Maximum continuous shooting speed: 60fps | Movies: 4K | User level: Expert

Pros:

Both DCI 4K and UHD 4K capture

Amazing image stabilisation system

Cons:

Dense menus

Expensive

Price: Rs. 1,29,990

With Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II, you get 4K capture in both DCI and UHD flavours, you also get clean output over HDMI at 4:2:2, a headphone port for audio monitoring. And the benefits of  of Olympus’s fast Hybrid AF system is that it works in conjunction with the touchscreen for even easier subject selection.  

7. Fujifilm X-T2

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Type: Mirrorless | Sensor size: APS-C | Resolution: 24.3MP | Lens: Fuji X | Monitor: 3.0-inch tilt-angle display, 1,040,000 dots | Viewfinder: EVF | Maximum continuous shooting speed: 8fps | Movies: 4K | User level: Intermediate/Expert

Pros:

Weather-sealed

Oversampling  

Cons:

Separate grip recommended

No touchscreen

Price: Rs. 1,27,990

With the launch of the X-T2, Fujifilm showed just how much more seriously they were taking video recording with its X series. If you want a smart, retro-styled camera that can shoot high-quality stills and detailed 4K footage, there is no better option than this one.

8. Panasonic Lumix G80 / G85

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Type: Mirrorless | Sensor size: Micro Four Thirds | Resolution: 16MP | Lens: Micro Four Thirds | Monitor: 3.0-inch display, 1,040,000 dots | Viewfinder: EVF | Maximum continuous shooting speed: 9fps | Movies: 4K | User level: Beginner/intermediate

Pros:

Dual IS Mark II is very effective

Sensor produces great results

Cons:

No headphone port

Noise reduction a little harsh

Price: Rs. 98,386.00

With the Panasonic Lumix G80 / G85, the footage itself can be recorded at up to 30p, at a bit rate of up to 100Mbps. You can also call upon zebra patterning and focus peaking to help when recording.

9. Sony Cyber-shot RX10 IV

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Type: Compact | Sensor size: 1-inch CMOS | Resolution: 20.2MP | Lens: 24-600mm, f/2.4-4 | Monitor: 3-inch tilting touchscreen, 1.44 million dots | Viewfinder: EVF | Maximum continuous shooting speed: 24fps | Movies: 4K | User level: Intermediate/Expert

Pros:

Excellent lens

Wide choice of frame rates

Cons:

No built-in ND filter

Expensive

Price: Rs. 1,09,523

If you’re looking for a powerful all-in-one camera, then Sony’s brilliant RX10 IV is the one. The versatility of the camera is the long and fast 24-600mm f/2.4-4 zoom lens partnered with a stacked 1-inch type 20.2MP sensor and fast 315-point phase-detect AF system.

10. Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V

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Type: Compact | Sensor size: 1-inch CMOS | Resolution: 20.1MP | Lens: 24-70mm f/1.8-2.8 | Monitor: 3-inch tilting, 1.23 million dots | Viewfinder: EVF | Maximum continuous shooting speed: 24fps | Movies: 4K | User level: Intermediate

Pros:

Superb 4K footage

24fps with AF/AE

Cons:

Five-minute limit on 4K footage

Pricey for a compact

Price: Rs. 89, 778

With Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V, you can record at up to 30fps and take advantage of the stepless control ring around the lens, while supporting functions include focus peaking, S-Log2 gamma profile, slow-motion recording, and zebra patterning.

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