Compact still cameras

Many compact still cameras can shoot HD video. The expensive Sony RX100 IV has a large 1 inch sensor for good low light performance, a tilting screen and very good image stabilisation. It can shoot high bit rate 4K (though only in 5 minute bursts) and ultra slow motion at up to 960fps. Its fast (f/1.8-2.8) lens goes from 24mm equivalent wide angle to 70mm medium telephoto.

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Less expensive cameras like the Panasonic ZS70  (TZ90 in Europe) have a wider zoom range but smaller sensors. They’re convenient for travel but video quality won’t be as good as DSLRs, mirrorless cameras or large sensor camcorders.

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Pros

  • Small and unobtrusive

Cons

  • Sound quality won’t be great, and you probably can’t connect an external microphone.
  • They’re a bit awkward to use for filmmaking.

Good for

  • Families
  • Photographers
  • Journalists and documentary makers who need a discreet camera

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