Cameras for MJPEG /2

Figure 1: The camera that started my video journey 18 mos ago.

Nearly all of the camera manufacturers today have offerings with AVCHD or H.265 video output formats,  where a few years ago there were more MJPEG offerings available.  What gives me hope that (at some point when I’m ready to purchase a “real” DSLR) there will be an MJPEG option, is the Canon 5D Mark IV.  It’s the flagship of their EOS line, currently selling at around $3000. Its output is MJPEG, and includes 4k video.

They are very open about why they chose the MJPEG format for their flagship product (a decision which stunned the camera world).  They chose it for the high bitrates and color depths, pushing aside any questions about dealing with memory and file sizes.  “Memory will get cheaper – to the point where it doesn’t matter” was the (paraphrased) essence of their decision, and so they wanted the higher quality of MJPEG for their professional users.

MJPEG got some bad associations via early webcams and surveillance cameras.  It was used in those devices because it is a royalty free format, and has pretty good quality.  But – the webcams themselves were often of horrible quality, with terrible lenses that created distorted video.  This low quality issue was a result of the poor quality of the webcam, and was/is NOT due to the use of MJPEG, which is an excellent means to store high quality video.

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Note: The S8600 is a product of the Fujifilm Corporation and Fujifilm Holdings Corporation, and is not connected with this author and site in any way.  FujiFilm is their trademark, as well. The Panasonic cameras listed on the page are a product of Panasonic Corp, which owns all respective trademarks. The Cannon cameras listed are a product of Canon Inc, which owns respective trademarks. Nikon cameras are product of Nikon Corporation, and they hold respective trademarks. This site and author is not affiliated with any of these companies.


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