Video is becoming more important than ever, and video features have become an essential factor to many photographers when choosing a new camera.

The good news is that many stills cameras now have impressive video feature sets. What started out a few years ago as choppy 640 x 480 video reminiscent of animated GIFs has evolved into advanced technology that, in some cases, rivals that found in dedicated pro video equipment. If you're looking for a camera capable of shooting good video, consider these models before making your purchase.

Note: this guide currently lists cameras priced under $2500

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Our pick: Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5S / DC-GH5

The Panasonic GH5 and GH5S back-up their strong video capability (UHD or DCI 4K video at up to 60p with 10-bit 4:2:2 capture in some modes) with a more extensive set of video shooting tools than any of their immediate rivals. This includes both waveforms and vectorscopes as well as zebras, focus peaking and corrected previews both for Log and Anamorphic shooting. For many photographers some of those terms may sound unfamiliar, but they're the tools videographers rely on every day.

With its slightly larger, dual-gain sensor, the GH5S is able to shoot excellent video in a wider range of lighting conditions than the conventional GH5. This and the processing flexibility of its 10-bit Log footage (VLog-L is a paid upgrade on the GH5), makes the GH5S our pick as best camera for video.

However, what the standard GH5 offers instead is sensor-shift image stabilization. As such, for run-and-gun shooting, it becomes the safer choice. Its 20MP sensor also makes it the stronger choice if you need to shoot stills as well as video. Autofocus isn't dependable enough for the highest-end work, but is generally very effective. This is the only significant downside of two hugely capable cameras.

Also consider: Fujifilm X-T3

While the GH5 and GH5S offer the strongest video specs and supporting tools, the Fujifilm X-T3 gives them a run for the money, being a better stills camera. The Fujifilm can also shoot 4K video at up to 60p and can do so in 10-bit for greater editing flexibility. In addition its video autofocus produces good results across a fairly broad range of shooting situations.

As well as offering top-notch video, the X-T3 is an excellent stills camera. Its 26MP BSI CMOS sensor produces great Raw files and JPEG images with some of the most attractive color in the industry. What makes it one of our favorite do-it-all cameras is that its offers a range of traditional controls with a good level of customization that makes it easy to swap back and forth between stills and video shooting. Only the lack of in-body stabilization counts against it.

We considered the cameras below when picking our winner, and even though we think the GH5/GH5S and X-T3 are the best choices overall, the cameras on our short list are also worth considering.

We recommend taking a look at the following cameras for a detailed breakdown of their strengths and weaknesses, to see which best fits your needs.

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