So what is the best video cameras under 1000? Prices are changing constantly as we all know, so our list of candidates will change over time, but right now we reckon these are the cameras that give you most bang for your buck.
Top 10 best video cameras under 1000 in UK 2021 for you
There are many of terrific options at this price point, whether you want a full DSLR with a nice lens included, a fixed-lens compact camera built to do everything in one box, or a light mirrorless camera that’s fast and high-quality.
Some are newer models aimed at a more budget-conscious audience, while others are more advanced cameras that are a few years old and have been supplanted by more contemporary models in some situations. We’ve put up a list of the finest cameras under £1000 right now, and if our top budget is too high for you, check out our guide to the best affordable cameras.
We’ve compiled a list of the greatest cameras for the money. We’ve included compacts, DSLRs, and mirrorless cameras, and where feasible, we’ve included a lens with our recommendations so you can be confident you’ll receive everything you need while staying within your budget.
So, let’s get started, and run through the best video cameras under 1000
1. Olympus OM-D E‑M10 Mark IV
The predecessor to the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV, the Mark III, was a fantastic camera with a lot to offer. However, its outdated 16MP sensor and contrast AF may be better. Fortunately, the Mark IV is an excellent upgrade, with the same 20.3MP sensor as the PEN-F as well as enhanced Continuous Autofocus.
While some of the changes are minor, the Mark IV introduces several intriguing new features, such as a fast 15fps continuous burst mode. We particularly like the extra-tiltable screen, which can be flipped 180 degrees down to produce the ideal selfie screen. And, happily, Olympus has brought silent shooting back to manual mode! For the ultimate pocket-size travel camera, use it with the EZ 14-42mm pancake lens.
2. Fujifilm X-T3
The Fujifilm X-T3 boasts a bigger APS-C sensor, making it better for low light and creative shallow focus than the Panasonics. It offers excellent color reproduction, a wide dynamic range, and professional video functions at a reasonable price.
It has exceptional low-light capabilities, ultra-fast autofocus, and 4K slow motion, among other things. It can shoot in log mode and record high-quality 10bit files at 400Mb/s. (Log mode compresses highlights and shadows, allowing the camera to capture a wider range of contrast and improving the image’s color correction and grading capabilities.)
It lacks in-body picture stabilization, and the screen tilts instead of fully swiveling. The battery life isn’t fantastic, but it can be charged through USB-C with an additional power supply.
It’s also a fantastic still-photography camera.
3. Nikon Z50 Body Mirrorless Camera
The Nikon Z50 is the company’s first APS-C mirrorless camera, and while it is significantly smaller than the full-frame Z6 and Z7, it obviously shares the same design DNA. It features a good grip and external controls despite its compact size, and the retractable 16-50mm kit lens is notable not only for its pancake lens dimensions but also for its overall performance.
Nikon may have arrived late to the APS-C mirrorless market, but it has done so with a camera that has so many good features that it’s difficult to know where to begin – but we’ll start with the 4K video and 11fps shooting… and the fact that its Z mount is identical to that on the larger cameras, so you can use dedicated Nikkor Z DX lenses, full frame Nikkor Z lenses, and regular Nikon DSLR lenses via a single adapter. Most importantly, the Z50 is a fantastic value, especially when purchased as a twin-lens package – though that would likely push it above our $1,000 budget.
4. Canon EOS M50 Mark II + EF-M 15-45 mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM
Canon’s M-series cameras and lenses are small, but they boast huge APS-C sensors, great colors, and outstanding dual pixel autofocus. With an adapter, you may use ordinary Canon EF lenses. The user interface on the EOS M50 (about $500 with kit lens) is simple to use. Because of its portability, it’s a fantastic choice for vloggers and journalists. It’s truly made for shooting HD: the dual pixel AF doesn’t work in 4K, and the image is badly reduced. There’s no in-body image stabilization, and there’s also no headphone jack.
5. Sony a6400
The Sony A6400 is a mid-range model that sits between the budget A6000 and the new flagship A6600, offering a pleasant and natural feel thanks to generously placed grip regions. With a zoom, the A6400 comes in just under budget, and it’s a particularly good pick for people who like to capture video as well as stills, as this mirrorless model was designed with vloggers in mind.
Although some of Sony’s other E-mount lenses can appear disproportionately huge on such a slimline camera, the 16-50mm PZ (Power Zoom) kit lens is a suitable complement for the body. Optical image stabilization is also included with the 16-50mm lens. That’s good news, considering the A6400 lacks a sensor-shift stabilizer, unlike the A6600.
6. Canon EOS 250D
Despite the fact that the Canon EOS 250D has been around for a while, it remains one of our favorites. Its 24.1MP APS-C sensor produces excellent image quality, and Live View shooting with the LCD screen is so simple and intuitive, with such good Dual Pixel CMOS autofocus, that we’d say this is one of the few DSLRs where composing shots with the screen is as simple as composing shots with a mirrorless camera. Canon also includes 4K video, and all of this is housed in an ergonomically built DSLR body that is one of the smallest on the market. The new EOS 850D is a lot more expensive, yet it’s just slightly better. The EOS 250D is considerably under our £1000 budget restriction, with an 18-55mm kit lens, and it’s worth checking for twin-lens kits that add a telephoto zoom for less than £1000.
7. Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LX100
The problem with large sensors is that they necessitate large lenses, which eliminates any possibility of portability. Usually. Panasonic, on the other hand, has nailed it with the Panasonic LX100 II. It combines a Micro Four Thirds sensor, which is similar in size to ASP-C sensors seen in contemporary DSLRs, with a miniaturized lens assembly that powers down into a camera body that is compact enough to carry along anyplace.
The LX100 II is a completely redesigned version of the original LX100, which was beginning to show its age. The new model boasts a 17-megapixel ‘multi-aspect’ sensor, which means you can shoot in its native 4:3 aspect ratio, the 3:2 aspect ratio used by most DSLRs and mirrorless cameras, or a 16:9 ‘wide’ format without losing a lot of megapixels. The LX100 II is a dream compact camera for enthusiasts and specialists, with an external shutter speed dial, lens aperture ring, and aspect ratio switch.
8. Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III
We love the Olympus OM-DE-M10 Mark III, especially for campaign shooting. Thanks to its compact design, low-light feature, blur-free shooting controls and built-in Wi-Fi (useful for instant sharing and remote control shooting), this retro-design camera is a prime tool to record any fashion, marketing and B2B content videos, at any place at any time.
9. Canon 9167B012 PowerShot G1X Mark II Camera
DSLRs and mirrorless cameras aren’t the only options! With the G1 X Mark II, Canon has done an incredible job. Yes, it’s expensive for a tiny camera, but it has the same 24-megapixel APS-C sensor as Canon’s EOS 80D DSLR and EOS M mirrorless cameras. This is paired with an even more incredible zoom lens, which spans a 24-72 equivalent focal range while still retracting into the camera body when not in use.
True, the maximum aperture drops dramatically when you zoom in, from f/2.8 to f/5.6, but this is what you get with compact DSLR and mirrorless kit lenses anyhow. The G1 X Mark II may appear to be expensive, but it isn’t when compared to other APS-C compact cameras, and it is now in a class by itself for a quality compact camera with zoom. If you’ve ever wished about a future where you could get a DSLR small enough to fit in your pocket, your wish has come true.
10. Canon EOS 2000D
The Canon EOS 2000D DSLR camera is designed for professional photographers who want to dabble in filming. Anyone who is experienced with using a DSLR will find it simple to start recording with this camera, thanks to its built-in image stabiliser and 3inch LCD screen.
How we test the best video cameras under 1000 in UK 2021
Because purchasing a camera is such a large commitment these days, we have thoroughly examined each camera in this guide. Real-world tests, together with standardized tests for parameters like ISO performance, are the most illuminating approach to assess a camera’s performance and character these days.
To begin, we examine the camera’s design, handling, and controls to determine who the camera is intended at and who would like shooting with it the most. We’ll use it both handed and on a tripod to get a sense of its strengths and test its startup speed when we take it out on a shoot.
When it comes to performance, we shoot in both raw and JPEG on a formatted UHS-1 card (if available). For burst shooting testing, we use our standard test settings (1/250 sec, ISO 200, continuous AF) and shoot a sequence of frames in front of a stopwatch to check if the camera can keep up with the claims. We’ll also see how quickly the buffers clear, and we’ll run the test with both raw and JPEG data.
OK, you’ve now got an idea of the best video cameras under 1000 currently on the market – so, what’s next? Well, that all depends on what you initially wanted the camera for. We hope so you will choose cameras suitable for you.