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Best Rated 4K Cameras & 4K DSLRs – Comparison & Reviews ( 2016 Models)

May 20, 2016 by  
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Best Rated Cameras & DSLRs that Shoot 4K Video – A new breed of cameras is upon us, those that can shoot 4K video. 4K has four times the resolution of Full HD. Even if you only need 1080p full HD, you can take the 4K footage and convert it to full HD, and it will look much better (sharper) than if you had shot it in HD. You also can crop 4K video and still maintain Full HD. Each frame of video is an 8 megapixel picture which you can print or use as a still image. These cameras can also shoot high resolution still photos. The footage from these 4K cameras look stunning when played on a 4K Ultra HD TV. The latest 2015-2016 4K TVs now have HDMI 2.0 which will support the high frame rate footage from 4K mirrorless and point & shoot cameras. With 4K you will be shooting at approximately the same resolution as is shown in movie theaters, with 8 million pixels of resolution. Most movie theaters nationwide today are equipped with 4K Projectors, which have the same resolution as these 4K cameras. By shooting in 4K today, you will future proof your videos, as the world is transitioning to 4K. See all of the 4K camera models below and compare by price, reviews, imager size, and features.

Best Rated 4K Ultra HD Cameras & DSLRs (2016) – Comparison & Reviews
(The latest DSLRs that shoot 4K video)

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH4 Mirrorless 4K Camera Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G7 Mirrorless 4K Camera Sony Alpha a7S Mirrorless 4K Camera Samsung NX1
Mirrorless 4K Camera

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4K Mirrorless Camera
4K Ultra HD Video
(3840 x2160)
16.0 megapixels
Four Thirds Imager
3.0-inch screen
ISO: 200-25600
External Mic Jack
Headphone Jack
Built-in Wifi & NFC
1080p @ 24p, 30p, 60p
4K @ 24p, 30p
100 Mbps Bitrate
OLED EVF
Interchangeable Lenses
Burst Mode: 12 fps
49 point AF
5.0 x 1.9 x 3.7″
2014 Model
Cinematic 4K (4096×2160)
Magnesium Alloy Body
4K Mirrorless Camera
4K Ultra HD Video
(3840 x2160)
16.0 megapixels
Four Thirds Imager
3.0-inch screen
ISO: 200-25600
External Mic Jack
– – –
Built-in Wifi
1080p @ 30p, 60p
4K @ 24p, 30p
100 Mbps Bitrate
OLED EVF
Interchangeable Lenses
Burst Mode: 6 fps
49 point AF
4.9 x 3.4 x 3.0″
2015 Model
4K Mirrorless Camera
4K Ultra HD Video
(3840 x2160)
12.2 megapixels
Full Frame Imager
3.0-inch screen
ISO: 100–102400
External Mic Jack
Headphone Jack
Built-in Wifi & NFC
1080p @ 24p, 30p, 60p
4K @ 24p, 30p
External 4K Recording
OLED EVF
Interchangeable Lenses
Burst Mode: 5 fps
25 point AF
5.0 x 3.7 x 1.9″
2014 Model
Uncompressed UHD 4K Output
Magnesium Alloy Body
4K Mirrorless Camera
4K Ultra HD Video
(3840 x2160)
28.2 megapixels
APS-C Imager
3.0-inch screen
ISO: 100–25600
External Mic Jack
Headphone Jack
Built-in Wifi
1080p @ 24p, 30p, 60p
4K @ 24p
70 Mbps Bitrate
OLED EVF
Interchangeable Lenses
Burst Mode: 15 fps
205 point AF
5.5 x 4.0 x 2.6″
2015 Model
Cinematic 4K (4096×2160)
Magnesium Alloy Body


Best Rated 4K Ultra HD Cameras & DSLRs (2016) – Comparison & Reviews
(The latest DSLRs that shoot 4K)

Sony Alpha a6300 Mirrorless 4K Camera Nikon D500 DX-Format 4K Digital SLR Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GX85 Mirrorless 4K Camera Panasonic LUMIX FZ1000 Fixed Lens 4K Camera

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4K Mirrorless Camera
4K Ultra HD Video
(3840 x2160)
24.2 megapixels
Four Thirds Imager
3.0-inch screen
ISO: 100-25600
External Mic Jack
– – –
Built-in Wifi & NFC
1080p @ 24p, 30p, 60p, 120p & 4K @ 24p, 30p
100 Mbps Bitrate
OLED EVF
Interchangeable Lenses
Burst Mode: 11 fps
4D Focus
4.7″ x 2.6″ x 1.9″
2016 Model
Magnesium Alloy Body
4K DSLR Camera
4K Ultra HD Video
(3840 x2160)
20.9 megapixels
DX Imager
3.2-inch screen
ISO: 100-51200
External Mic Jack
Headphone Jack
Built-in Wifi & NFC
1080p @ 24p, 30p, 60p
4K @ 24p, 30p
100 Mbps Bitrate
Viewfinder – Pentaprism
Interchangeable Lenses
Burst Mode: 10 fps
153 point AF
5.8″ x 4.5″ x 3.2″
2016 Model
Weather Sealed Body
Built-in Bluetooth
Uncompressed Out
4K Mirrorless Camera
4K Ultra HD Video
(3840 x2160)
16.0 megapixels
Four Thirds Imager
3.0-inch screen
ISO: 200–25600
– – –
– – –
Built-in Wifi
1080p @ 24p, 30p, 60p
4K @ 24p, 30p
100 Mbps Bitrate
OLED EVF
Interchangeable Lenses
Burst Mode: 10 fps
49 point AF
4.8″ x 2.8″ x 1.7″
2016 Model
Dual Image Stabilization
Magnesium Alloy Body
4K Fixed Lens Camera
4K Ultra HD Video
(3840 x2160)
20.1 megapixels
1-inch Imager
3.0-inch screen
ISO: 125–12800
External Mic Jack
– – –
Built-in Wifi & NFC
1080p @ 30p, 60p, 120p
4K @ 30p
100 Mbps Bitrate
OLED EVF
Interchangeable Lenses
Burst Mode: 10 fps
Light Speed AF
5.16″ x 3.9″ x 5.16″
2015 Model
16X F2.8-4.0 Lens



4K Camera Glossary of Terms
4K Ultra HD & Cinema 4K = 4K is a new video standard which will be quickly replacing HD in the HDTV market. 4K has roughly four times the resolution of Full HD. 4K is 8 megapixels versus 2 megapixels for Full HD. The resolution of 4K is 3840 x 2160 pixels. This is the same resolution as 4K TVs have. There is another 4K standard that is used in movie theaters with slightly more resolution. This is Cinematic 4K which has a resolution of 4096 x 2160 (slightly wider). Some 4K dslrs, cameras and camcorders have both types of 4K. Movie theaters now have 4K projectors, so cameras that record at Cinema 4K will have the same resolution as the movie theater.


Megapixels = This refers to the imaging sensor in the 4K camera. This is the amount of megapixels available to take a snapshot picture while using the camcorder. More pixels is not always better if you are shooting video, as the pixels are smaller, and not as sensitive in low light. Lower pixel count can also reduce aliasing.
1080p 720p 60i 24p 60p video = Most cameras can record regular HD video at various resolutions. Many can record at several different rates. 1080p is the old standard (blu-ray quality). 720p has about half the resolution of 1080p. Also keep in mind the frame rate of the video. Normal video is shot at 30fps (frames per second). 1080@60i is 60 interlaced frames, which is roughly equivalent to 1080p@30fps. Movie film is shot at 24fps (24p). Some cameras can shoot at 60fps (60p) which will make the movie silky smooth and can be used for slow motion as well. The latest standard is 4K Ultra HD, which is 4 times the resolution of full HD.
External Mic Jack = This means that this camera is equipped with an external microphone jack or terminal to input an external microphone. There are a wide range of external microphones to choose from including wireless, surround sound, and others. An external microphone will improve the sound recording of your video. It bypasses the built in microphones.
EVF Viewfinder = Most DSLRs and Mirrorless cameras use their LCD screen to compose video. However, many have an Electronic Viewfinder (EVF). The advantage of having an EVF is to use the viewfinder in bright sun, where the LCD may be hard to see. OLED viewfinders are the best type.
Built-in WIFI = Cameras with WiFi and NFC (near field communications) allow you to control your 4K camera remotely or share contents. You will have the ability to stream video from your camera to a smart device such as an smartphone, tablet, or laptop and to the internet. You also can control these cameras directly from your tablet, smartphone, or laptop.
Recording Bitrate = This is the top rate at which video is recorded. Generally higher is better, as you have less artifacts and problems with video that is less compressed. Newer recording formats like H.265 are coming for DSLRs that shoot 4K Video, and can record higher quality video with smaller files.


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