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The 6 Best 4k Cameras - Winter 2024 Reviews

Best 4k Cameras

Once reserved primarily for professional-grade cameras, 4k recording capability has become the baseline for what modern stills cameras can do in video. While dedicated cinema cameras are still king for filmmaking, they can also be very expensive, and you can still get excellent 4k video performance out of more affordable mirrorless or DSLR cameras. Most of our picks are hybrid photo/video cameras, but you'll be surprised by the high-quality results you can get with these cameras. These days, even more affordable entry-level models come with video features that feel advanced compared to cameras from five to ten years ago, making it easier than ever to pick up a camera and start recording.

We've bought and tested over 100 cameras in our lab, and below, you'll find our recommendations for the best 4k video cameras for most people to buy. If you're looking more specifically for a vlogging camera, you can also check out our picks for the best cameras for vlogging. Or, if you want something light enough to keep up with fast action, you can try the best sport video cameras.

  1. Best 4k Camera

    The Fujifilm X-H2S is one of the best 4k-capable cameras you can get for advanced video work. With uncropped 4k recording at up to 60 fps and a wide range of video formats and codecs, this is a great option for the price. 4k video is downsampled from the full 6.2k resolution of the sensor, resulting in excellent overall quality, with the option to record in 6.2k open gate, if needed. The stacked design of its sensor also keeps rolling shutter distortion to a minimum, which is great for action videos or anything with a lot of panning.

    Beyond that, it comes with in-body image stabilization (IBIS), a sturdy weather-sealed body, a CFexpress card slot, and a full-sized HDMI port to connect an external recorder. But with internal 10-bit recording in F-Log 2, you'll get more dynamic range and plenty of leeway to color-grade your footage even without an external recorder. The camera even supports ProRes formats internally for lower-compression video files.

    See our review

  2. Best Full-Frame 4k Camera

    If you're looking for something with better noise performance in uncontrolled lighting conditions, there are some excellent full-frame cameras out there. The Panasonic LUMIX S5 II is one of the best-value options, offering a fantastic range of video features at a reasonable price. The camera not only has excellent ergonomics and build quality but also records 4k video at up to 60 fps (with an APS-C crop). The video quality out of its sensor is fantastic, too, even in darker lighting conditions.

    Beyond that, the camera supports 10-bit 4:2:2 recording internally, with a wide range of recording formats and codecs, plus external RAW video output. It also has a highly effective IBIS system. That said, L-mount lenses can be quite pricy, though you can always use cheaper or vintage lenses with a mount adapter. Otherwise, the Sony α7 IV is another great option for 4k video, with a very wide range of lens options. It also has a more reliable autofocus system than the S5 II. However, it doesn't support RAW video output.

    See our review

  3. Best Upper Mid-Range 4k Camera

    The Sony α6700 is an impressive hybrid camera from Sony's APS-C lineup. It has some of the most advanced 4k video features of any camera in its class, with 4k recording at up to 120 fps, though with a notable crop. Still, that means you can capture high-quality slow-mo footage with ease. It also has IBIS, a sturdy weather-sealed construction, and one of the best autofocus systems on the market, not to mention internal 10-bit recording and Log format support for more advanced video shooters.

    Another excellent choice at this price point is the Fujifilm X-S20. Like the α6700, it has features like IBIS and internal 10-bit Log recording, along with the option to record in 6.2k open gate, giving you more leeway to crop into different aspect ratios. However, its autofocus system isn't as reliable or accurate as the Sony camera's, and it has fewer frame rate options in 4k, maxing out at 60 fps.

    See our review

  4. Best Mid-Range 4k Camera

    The Fujifilm X-S10 is the predecessor to the Fujifilm X-S20 mentioned above, and it's a fantastic mid-range choice if you're on a tighter budget. Unlike the X-S20 or the Sony α6700, it doesn't support more advanced features like internal 10-bit 4:2:2 recording. Its frame rate options are also more limited, with 4k recording capped at 30 fps. However, it's one of the few cameras you can get at this price point to offer in-body image stabilization.

    That aside, it also captures excellent video quality, with film simulation profiles to change the look of your footage in-camera for those who prefer a more hands-off approach to post-production. Its autofocus is also very solid for video. If autofocus is important to you, a camera from the older Sony α6X00 lineup, like the Sony α6400 or Sony α6600, can also be a great choice. However, these models offer fewer frame rate options and have more limited external recording options than the X-S10.

    See our review

  5. Best Budget 4k Camera

    Most of our picks above have been more advanced models, but you don't necessarily need to spend a fortune to shoot high-quality 4k video. So, if you're looking for a solid interchangeable-lens video option on a tighter budget, the Sony ZV-E10 will give you plenty of bang for your buck. While it's aimed at vloggers, this small, lightweight APS-C camera is versatile enough for a range of video work and will leave more room in your budget to invest in accessories like a microphone and lighting equipment.

    Unlike the Fujifilm X-S10, you won't find IBIS or a viewfinder here. However, the camera has a fully articulated screen and simple, accessible controls that are perfect for beginner shooters. It includes a ton of customization options, a great battery life, and no recording time limit. Ultimately, if you want to shoot 4k videos or vlogs without breaking the bank, the ZV-E10 is the best choice.

    See our review

  6. Best Compact 4k Camera

    If you'd prefer something smaller and easier to carry, the Sony ZV-1 is basically a point-and-shoot version of the Sony ZV-E10. It's less versatile since it uses a fixed lens and has a smaller one-inch sensor, making it less suited to low-light shooting. If you're looking for a compact video camera, it's the best option. The similar Sony ZV-1 II features a wider-angle lens; however, it's more expensive and lacks optical stabilization, so unless you need a wide angle for vlogs, the ZV-1 is an excellent choice.

    It's one of the rare point-and-shoot cameras with a fully articulated screen that lets you monitor yourself while recording. It has an excellent autofocus system, and it can record 4k video at up to 30 fps, though with a slight crop. The biggest trade-off here is battery life—a smaller camera means a smaller battery and worse battery performance. Therefore, it's capped to a very short five-minute recording limit in 4k to prevent overheating (by default; you can change this in the settings if you wish). Though it's prone to overheating if you record continuously, this is still a great option if you stick to shorter takes.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Canon EOS R6 Mark II: The Canon EOS R6 Mark II is an excellent full-frame enthusiast camera, with 4k recording at up to 60 fps without a crop. The Panasonic LUMIX S5 II offers more recording format options and represents a better value overall for video work. See our review
  • Fujifilm X-T4: The Fujifilm X-T4 is a great upper mid-range hybrid camera. Like the Sony α6700, it can capture 10-bit 4k video at up to 60 fps, but it's limited to 4:2:0 chroma sampling and has a less reliable autofocus system. See our review
  • Panasonic LUMIX GH5 II: The Panasonic LUMIX GH5 II is a great upper mid-range choice with a Micro Four Thirds sensor. It's a little more advanced, with more recording format options than the Sony α6700 and videography features like a full-sized HDMI port. However, it's likely overkill for most people, and its autofocus isn't as reliable. See our review
  • Sony ZV-E1: The Sony ZV-E1 is an excellent full-frame option with a sensor that's particularly well-suited to low light. However, its vlogging-centric design makes it less versatile for hybrid shooters than cameras like the Panasonic LUMIX S5 II or the Sony α7 IV. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Jan 18, 2024: Moved the Panasonic LUMIX S5 II into its own category as the 'Best Full-Frame 4k Camera' and added the Sony ZV-E1 to Notable Mentions.

  2. Nov 16, 2023: Moved the Panasonic LUMIX GH5 II to Notable Mentions and replaced it with the Sony α6700 as the upper mid-range option since it has better autofocus and is more accessible to general users. Also, replaced the Fujifilm X-S20 with the Fujifilm X-S10 as the mid-range pick, added the Canon EOS R6 Mark II to Notable Mentions, and removed the Nikon Z 6II from Notable Mentions.

  3. Sep 22, 2023: Replaced the Fujifilm X-S10 with the Fujifilm X-S20.

  4. Jul 27, 2023: Replaced the Canon EOS R6 Mark II with the Fujifilm X-H2S as the 'Best 4k Camera'.

  5. May 30, 2023: Checked article for accuracy and clarity.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best 4k-capable cameras for most people to buy, according to their needs. We factor in the price, feedback from our visitors, and availability (no cameras that are difficult to find or almost out of stock in the U.S.).

If you would like to choose for yourself, here's the list of all our reviews for 4k-capable cameras. Be careful not to get caught up in the details. There is no single perfect camera. Personal taste, preference, and shooting habits will matter more in your selection.