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Best Mirrorless For Video

Just as DSLRs are becoming popular for video, mirrorless models arrived on scene. Mirrorless cameras can be great (and often affordable) tools for video. Mirrorless cameras tend to have larger sensors than a consumer camcorder, so it's easier to get an out-of-focus background as well as to shoot in low light. Even with the larger sensor, mirrorless cameras tend to be more portable than camcorders. Look for a mirrorless camera with a phase detection or hybrid autofocus system--the contrast detection system will move in and out before locking on the subject. Also, check for things that can't be listed in the tech specs, like whether the lens makes a clicking noise when zooming or not. Ready to capture cinematic video in a lightweight camera? Here are our top picks for the best mirrorless for video.

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Panasonic Lumix GH5

The Panasonic GH5 appears to be a video camera masquerading as a camera -- that's because the camera's list of specifications for video are just as impressive as the still features. The GH5 is the first mirrorless camera to shoot 4K qualit...

Grade: A Price: $1,998.00

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Fujifilm X-T20

Fujifilm's X-T10 is an excellent middle road between price and features, but the upgrade is inching even closer to the high-end options. The Fujifilm X-T20 boasts an updated sensor processor and autofocus system similar to the T-2, but for abo...

Grade: A- Price: $899.00

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Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II

Fast and smooth is the name of the game for Olympus' 2016 flagship mirrorless camera. The Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II uses dual processors to pack in impressive burst speeds, quick autofocus and 4K video while utilizing the company's five-ax...

Grade: A Price: $1,999.00

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Panasonic LUMIX G85

The Panasonic G85 is a mirrorless camera that’s as rugged as it is advanced. The G85 (not to be confused with the GX85) sports a 16 megapixel micro four thirds sensor on the inside and a splashproof body on the outside.While the camera&rsquo...

Grade: A- Price: $21.00

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Panasonic LUMIX GX85

As a manufacturer of both camcorders and cameras, Panasonic is getting serious about making 4K more accessible. Besides adding 4K to a number of compact cameras, Panasonic has now also introduced a 4K capable mirrorless camera. Besides the 4K thou...

Grade: B+ Price: $698.00

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Sony a6300

The Sony a6300 is making big boasts about speed, and if the earlier model is any indication, should offer pretty good image quality to boot. In Sony's tests, the a6300 locked focus as fast as .05 seconds--a pretty quick focus if Sony's lab...

Grade: A- Price: $998.00

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Olympus PEN-F

After a number of classically styled options, Olympus seemed to have the retro-styled mirrorless down pat — and then came the Olympus PEN-F and it’s left-sided rangefinder-esque viewfinder. The Olympus PEN-F has much of the same classi...

Grade: A- Price: $999.00

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Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II

When it comes to the micro four thirds format, Olympus is the camera brand that comes to mind. The Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II is an affordable entry into the popular line, sitting at under $800 with a kit lens, a pretty nice price point considerin...

Grade: B+ Price: $549.00

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Samsung NX1

Cameras are often either marginal upgrades, or bursting through headlines with one new, highlighting feature. But with the Samsung NX1's release, it's hard to choose just one feature that makes this high-end mirrorless camera worth a look....

Grade: A Price: $1,239.00

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Sony Alpha a7S

As if Sony's announcement for a full frame mirrorless camera last fall wasn't enough, the camera giant is now offering the a7S that boasts 4K video and a top ISO of 409600. The a7s cut the megapixels in half to manage the 4K and higher ISO...

Grade: A Price: $1,998.00

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Panasonic LUMIX GH4

The Panasonic LUMIX GH4 is a mirrorless camera designed for professionals--particularly those who also dabble in videography too. The GH4 is the first compact camera system to offer 4K video, according to the manufacturer. The 4K video on the GH4 ...

Grade: A Price: $1,498.00