There is much debate to this this topic, but it all boils down to personal preference, ease of use, image quality, sound recording options, smooth footage and ultimately your budget.
There are some great cameras on the market today, like the Sony Alpha a7S III, Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EOS R, Panasonic Lumix S1H. But in my opinion the best camera for shooting wedding videos is the Panasonic Lumix GH5. I use one GH5 as my main camera and then a second GH5 on a gimbal.
The Panasonic Lumix GH5 has the best stabilization system out of all the mirrorless cameras, and when paired with a lens with its own internal stabilizer, this camera can produce super smooth footage even when going handheld.
You can tilt your viewfinder which can help when you’re on the move, and there is an exposure compensation in manual movie mode that allows you to maintain a constant shutter speed and aperture while the ISO value shifts with the light.
So it makes the GH5 a winner for me but wait for this.
Panasonic is proud to introduce LUMIX GH5M2, a hybrid mirrorless camera featuring wireless live streaming capability and C4K 60p/50p 10-bit video recording. From delivery-ready shooting to uncompressed V-log L footage suitable for advanced post-production.
The new LUMIX GH5M2 takes advantage of high mobility, an extensive LUMIX G interchangeable lens lineup, and all the technologies Panasonic has ever acquired though the development of professional cinema cameras, camcorders and the LUMIX GH series.
A hybrid mirrorless camera that meets the needs of all creators.
Wait, say what…there is a GH5 Mark ii out now.
The Panasonic GH5 II (GH5M2) is an updated version of the original that adds new video features, improved autofocus, and a new coating on its 20MP sensor to reduce flare and ghosting. The design and in-body image stabilization are unchanged. New autofocus algorithms allow for faster acquisition, face/eye/body/head detection, and improved tracking.
The GH5 II can capture 10-bit 4:2:0 4K/60p footage while simultaneously outputting 10-bit 4:2:2 to an external recorder. Since the camera uses the whole area of the sensor, there is no crop at 4K/60p. The V-Log L gamut is built into the camera, and numerous LUTs for VariCam color profiles can be installed, and two Cinelike gammas are also onboard. The camera supports anamorphic and Full HD 120 fps capture. The camera can also live-stream video over YouTube at up to 1080/60p via a smartphone connection.
The GH5 II's body is made of a magnesium alloy body and is weather-sealed and functions down to -10°C/+14°F. It has two SD card slots, both of which support UHS-II speeds. A new battery allows for longer shooting times, and USB PD support lets you power the camera using a laptop charger or portable power device.
Santa, I really want a gh5m2! [please]
But then Lumix drops this news on us:
Panasonic Develops a New LUMIX GH6 Micro Four Thirds Mirrorless Camera The Flagship of the LUMIX G Series for Innovative Video Expression
Panasonic Corporation is proud to announce the development of the LUMIX GH6 that combines the new Micro Four Thirds sensor and a new image processor. This flagship camera of the LUMIX G Series will be commercialized for its release to world markets by the end of 2021.
After establishing the LUMIX brand in 2001, Panasonic introduced the world’s first digital single lens mirrorless camera in 2008*1. Ever since then, it has produced a host of innovative cameras and interchangeable lenses by taking advantage of the outstanding mobility and high video performance which are unique to the mirrorless camera system. These cameras and lenses were originally used for photography but have also been used for film creation. As result of 20 years of contribution to the imaging culture, LUMIX cameras and lenses have gained a solid reputation from the wide-ranging users including professional photographers and film creators.
In the growing needs of video streaming, creators are more keen on the quality and uniqueness of the video contents they provide. High resolution, wide dynamic range, realistic texture, impressive effects like slow motion, undefined shooting angle made possible with small camera size – all of these are demanded for the ideal camera to meet the creators’ expectations.
Against such a backdrop, the development of the LUMIX GH6 is underway. It is absolutely the flagship of the LUMIX G Series and the latest model of the GH line, which is renowned for its stunning mobility and innovative video performance. Combining the high-speed sensor and Venus Engine image processor, the new GH6 realizes next-generation video expression. Providing 4:2:2 10-bit DCI 4K/60p recording capability*2, the LUMIX GH6 achieves unlimited video recording when the camera is used under the certified operating temperature*3. It is reliable enough to record continuous footage for a desired duration. It also provides a 10-bit 4K 120p High Frame Rate (HFR) and Variable Frame Rate (VFR) for high resolution slow/quick motion video. Moreover, the GH6 records 10-bit 5.7K 60p video by taking full advantage of the newly developed Micro Four Thirds sensor. Accommodating a variety of recording modes and shooting assist functions, the GH6 enables photo/video hybrid-use for various purposes including films, music videos, documentaries and short clips for social media to meet the creators’ needs.
In addition to the camera, the new interchangeable lens will be added to expand the G Series lineup, and the LEICA DG 25-50mm F1.7 is also under development. It covers from 10mm to 50mm (35mm camera equivalent:20-100mm) together with the LEICA DG VARIO-SUMMILUX 10-25mm / F1.7 ASPH. (H-X1025) which is available on the market and has been highly acclaimed by the creators. These two lenses have common aperture, high descriptive performance, shape and operability so that it is easy to make the creator’s own unique image product using these two lenses with minimal workflow.
While the LUMIX G Series based on the Micro Four Thirds standard boasts high mobility, the LUMIX S Series offers high descriptive performance made possible with the full-frame sensor. Along with these two series, Panasonic is committed to addressing further to provide maximum product value as a tool for photography/videography for the users to unleash their creativity and challenging the ever-changing photo/video culture in today's new digital era.
*1 As an interchangeable lens system camera, as of September 12, 2008. Panasonic study.
*2 Corresponding to the 4K resolution (4096x2160) defined by Digital Cinema Initiative (DCI).
*3 Recordable time depends on the capacity of the battery and the memory card. The camera may stop recording to protect the camera if the temperature exceeds the certified operating temperature.
･Micro Four Thirds, Four Thirds, and the Micro Four Thirds and Four Thirds logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of the OLYMPUS CORPORATION in Japan, the United States, the countries of the European Union, and other countries.
･Design and specifications are subject to change without notice.
No doubt this camera is going to be the best wedding videography camera for 2021!
I want get my hands on both of these cameras, to try the GH5m2 & the GH6 for myself. So Lumix can you please send me a brand new Panasonic Lumix GH6 or the GH5m2 [please] I would love to get the opportunity to do my wedding videography with one of these amazing cameras, then review it.
Brides & Grooms, watch this space, It is coming.