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10 Best Video Cameras for Professionals in 2017 & 2018

The year 2017 saw a huge boost in production and technological advances in the world of video. Experts predict that this rate of growth will continue into 2018 and beyond. Video is being used each and every day by people from all walks of life. There are many people in the United States and the world that use video for a variety of purposes. Today’s careers are different from the careers of yesterday. Many people use video cameras and make money by recording themselves or others and posting it online, others use cameras to run big production companies. Video production is a fast moving career that’s growing quickly all over the world.

In this article, we will explore the latest and greatest cameras on the market perfect for professional to armature.

GoPro Hero4 Session

The GoPro Hero4 Session is the perfect camera for professionals looking for action shots. The GoPro Hero4 Session is extremely small, compact and is accessed anywhere and at any time. This camera is easy to use and it has the ability to be attached to many things, including a person. The GoPro Hero4 Session retails for $299.99. The GoPro Hero4 Session is the perfect camera for a professional who needs a shot of someone hiking, running, or surfing.

Canon XA30 Professional Camcorder

This Canon camera is ideal for professionals who need the power of a great camera, in a small package. The Canon XA30 has a 20X Optical Zoom, that is high definition. It also contains an HD CMOS Pro Image Sensor. With this sensor, professionals can shoot in low light with ease. The Canon XA30 shoots in 24p, giving every shot film quality.

Nikon D5600

The Nikon D5600 is a DSLR camera that many professionals use. Professionals in the video and photography industry use the Nikon D5600 to create video and to take great photography. The camera features 24.2 megapixels. It features full HD video recording and it has built-in WIFI. The built-in WIFI is perfect for individuals who like to share their work on social media.

Panasonic HC-WXF991K 4K Ultra HD

The Panasonic HC-WXF991K 4K Ultra HD is an affordable high-end camera that features ultra HD. Ultra HD is also known as 4K, which is the new recording format. The 4K recording format is great, crystal clear quality. This feature is ideal for professionals that are looking for great quality footage.

Canon EOS M6

The Canon EOS M6 is a mirrorless camera. Mirrorless cameras are new and becoming very popular because they are lighter and easier to use. The Canon EOS M6 has a 24.2 megapixel sensor and Dual Pixel CMOS Autofocus. This camera is great for professionals because it gives them DSLR quality and features, without the bulk.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

Video professionals all over the world love and adore the Canon EOS 5D Mark Series. Professionals everywhere use this camera to shoot full-feature movies and other projects. The newest addition, the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV has 30.4 megapixels. This newest version also shoots in 4K ultra high definition. This camera is a great upgrade for all video professionals.

Canon XC10

Canon is a beloved camera brand for most video professionals. The Canon XC10 is a hybrid camera that shoots in 4K ultra high definition. The camera features a touchscreen monitor and it has a built-in ND filter. ND filters are used for the exposure of an image or video. The Canon XC10 is perfect for professionals looking for cinema quality video.

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II

The Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II is a mirrorless camera that many consider to be on the high-end of the price spectrum. It shoots in 4K ultra high definition and it has an HDMI connection. This Olympus camera also has a headphone jack, so professionals can listen to audio as they as they are shooting. The camera shoots up to 60 frames per second.

Panasonic Lumix GH5

The Panasonic Lumix GH5 is a workhorse that shoots in 4K ultra high definition. It features a viewfinder and a monitor for easy viewing. This camera can connect to an HDMI cable. In addition to 4K ultra high definition shooting, the Panasonic Lumix can also shoot in full high definition, which is 1080p.

Sony Alpha A7S II

The Sony Alpha A7S II is a compact camera that is used by professionals for their video needs. It features a full-frame CMOS sensor and it has a resolution of 12.2 MP. The lens of a Sony Alpha A7S II is a Sony E Mount. The camera features low noise when using the lens and it shoots in 4K ultra high definition. Autofocus on the Sony Alpha A7S II is fast and the camera has a built-in image stabilization feature.

When choosing a professional camera for your video production operation, it’s important that you do you research. Technology is increasing at such a rapid pace that it’s easy for your equipment to become quickly outdated. In 2018, videographers will face more challenges than ever, so it’s critical you have the right camera for the job. From the crew here at Morrisey Productions, best of luck in 2018.

Morrisey Productions 2016 Highlight Reel

2016 was an amazing year for Morrisey Productions and this short highlight reel features some of our favorite moments from Hawaii, Thailand, and throughout the State of Oregon. Looking forward it appears that 2017 is going to be bigger than ever. Thanks to everyone who has been featured in our videos and supported our work over the years.

Samuel H Boardman State Park Drone Video

The Samuel Boardman Scenic Corridor is one of the most scenic places in the entire State of Oregon. We featured a few of our favorite locations in our Exploring Oregon 1.0 video that was released in 2016.


Exploring Oregon 1.0 Facebook

Exploring Oregon 1.0 on YouTube

Seaside Oregon is a small beach town about 70 miles from Portland Oregon. Considered the original Oregon Coast resort destination by many, Seaside continues to be one of the most popular travel destinations in Oregon. During the summer months tourists from around the Pacific Northwest head to the coast and pack the beaches. As longtime Seaside residents, we have had the opportunity to take hundreds of amazing Seaside photos. In this blog I wanted to share a few of our favorite landscape photos that we have taken over the years.


This incredible photo was taken by Brit Morrisey with a Canon DSLR. During the winter months the tourists go home and nature takes the beaches back. The Oregon Coast is known for its high-winds and heavy rain during the fall, winter, and early spring. As you can see from this photo the wind has created a unique wave texture in the sand that is undisturbed by foot prints.


Morrisey Productions is a Portland based video production company specializing in aerial video production. Over the years we have built a reputation as the premier Oregon drone company. Our aerial videography and photography services include real estate videos, tv commercials, aerial tours, tower inspections, fly overs, and more. Co-founder Seth Morrisey as recently gained is FAA Remote Drone Pilot Certification and can now offer commercial drone services. Plus, our company has over a 1 million dollar insurance policy on each job we take. Want to see more of our work? Check out our latest video Exploring Oregon 1.0.

Hawaii Drone Video 4K

The Morrisey Productions crew recently took a trip to the Hawaiian Islands where we had the opportunity to capture some amazing footage with our new DJI Inspire X5R Drone.  This amazing piece of technology can capture shoot in 4k and raw.  After flying into Honolulu Airport we hopped on a small airplane and flew over to Molokai for 5 days.  On Molokai we met up with a good friend Michele Judy who gave us a tour of the friendly island.  After capturing some amazing footage we decided to fly back to Honolulu and do some filming on Waikiki Beach.  Just our luck, Waikiki Beach was experiencing amazing 4-6 foot surf for the entire time we were there.  Not only were we able to capture some incredible surf footage, we also had the opportunity to surf multiple hours each day.  During our week stay on the island we hit up Bowls, Sandy’s, and the North Shore.  Like usual, our DJI Inspire drone preformed flawlessly and we were able to capture incredible footage throughout the week.  Our good friend Michele Judy and a few of her friends were kind enough to do some modeling for us during the video shoots.  Overall, it was an incredible experience and we are excited to share the finished product with you.

If you want to see more of our work click here to watch our Oregon Coast Drone Video or here to watch our Oregon Backpacking Adventure.

This photo was taken at Secret Beach in the Samuel Boardman Scenic Corridor.

Photo taken at Secret Beach in the Samuel Boardman Scenic Corridor.

Samuel Boardman State Park and Scenic Corridor is located on the Southern Oregon Coast.  A few miles South of Gold Beach and North of Brookings, Samuel Boardman features some of the most beautiful coastline in the entire Pacific Northwest including dozens of different beaches and viewpoints.  The Morrisey Productions crew recently embarked on road trip to capture footage with our new DJI Inspire Raw 4k Drone.  We also recently acquired a new wide angle lens for our Cannon 5D camera that we wanted to test out as well.  Our adventure began in Medford Oregon where we captured some breathtaking footage of the Table Rocks.  This location is just outside of Medford and steeped with lore due to the fact that a giant battle with Native American Indians took place on top of the flat rock bluff.  From there we traveled West down the Redwoods Highway and through Jedidiah Smith State Park until we ended up on the Northern tip of the California Coast.  After a brief pause to check the surf in Crescent City, we started traveling north up Highway 101 until we reached the Samuel Boardman Scenic Corridor.  This area is without a doubt one of the most scenic areas I have ever scene, in fact, the beach in which this photo was taken is one of my all time favorite places on earth.  Known to some as “secret beach” this location is about a 1.5 mile hike from the road and is well worth the trip.  While at Samuel Boardman State Park we were able to catch some amazing drone aerial footage that we will release at some point in the future.  Check out our previous Oregon Coast video to see a sample of our work.


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A small group of Seaside High School seniors decided to take it upon themselves to spread awareness about the tsunami risk on the Oregon Coast.  Scientist predict that a possible 8 point magnitude tsunami could potential be triggered off the Oregon Coast. The Juan de Fuca Tectonic Plate sits about 20 miles off the coast of Seaside Oregon and experts predict that if an earth quake were to hit it could trigger a massive tsunami that could potential wipe out Seaside, Cannon Beach, Astoria and every other town along the West Coast.  If your interested in learning more about the Seaside High School Associated Student Body Tsunami Awareness Pacifica Project then follow them on Facebook.

picture-of-peter-iredale-shipwreck-warrenton-oregon 4889x2957The Peter Iredale Ship crashed in 1906 near the Mouth of the Columbia.  The crash site is located in Fort Stevens State Park near Warrenton Oregon.  The ship was never removed from the beach and has been slowly decomposing ever since.  The Peter Iredale ship Wreck on the Oregon Coast has become a popular tourist destination for both photographers and sightseers.  The best way to access the site of the shipwreck is to turn of Highway 101 at Warrenton heading West towards the ocean.  From there, find your way to Fort Stevens State Park and then simply follow the signs to the crash site.  As a local Oregon Coast photographer I decided to capture my version of this iconic structure.  While we were at the crash location we also filmed a few clips with our DJI Phantom Drone and Hero Go Pro 4k Camera.  The footage has not been released yet, you can see other amazing Oregon landmarks in our Oregon Coast Drone Video.  Our passion is to capture the scenic beauty of the Pacific Northwest in our unique way.  The State of Oregon has so much to offer landscape photographers that it never gets old capturing it’s unique and rugged beauty.  The Morrisey Productions crew is currently working on a new drone video that will feature locations from the mouth of the Columbia River to as far south as Brookings.  We recently upgraded all our camera gear including purchasing the new DJI Inspire 2 Drone capable of shooting 4k Raw Footage taking our production quality to a new level.  Check out Morrisey Production YouTube Channel to see more incredible videos.  peter-iredale-shipwreck-fort-stevens-park-oregon 5616x3744picture-of-peter-iredale-shipwreck-oregon-coast 5198x3744