Which DSLR video camera is the best? Which one should I buy for filming high quality videos? These are some questions we’ve been seeing as we continue our video camera research. When it comes to shooting videos, the norm of needing a solid DSLR camera has become pretty solidified. We used to see a large number of “camcorders” and other easily recognized models dominate the market back in the early 2000’s, but those aren’t really even being made anymore! You could always go the professional-grade route, but sometimes those aren’t as sleek, budget-friendly or merely what people want. DSLR cameras are extremely popular for a reason, so let’s take a look at which models made the cut for video filming.
This is one of the most popular DSLR video cameras out there for quite a few reasons. For one, it isn’t too expensive and won’t break your budget. As compared to some DSLR cameras out there, this is considered in the lower to middle price-point. Next, it’s rated very highly among users when it comes to the overall quality and build of the camera. In terms of highlights of this DSLR, the photos are 24.2 megapixels and the video is of course 1080p Full HD. You can choose either 60/50/30/25 or 24p. The video quality is super clear in detail since the image sensor they use does not have an optical low-pass filter.
If you plan on using this as a photo camera as well, you can also use your smart phone with the camera with its WU-1a wireless adapter (if you’ll be using it for photos as well, they automatically send to your smart device). In terms of build, its pretty compact and lightweight so you’ll be able to travel with it pretty easily (we recommend getting a case for it if you intend on doing so). It also comes with a lens kit so you won’t have to worry about that side of the equation either. If you wanted an immediate answer on the best DLSR video camera and something that didn’t break your wallet, definitely take a look at the Nikon D3300
CNET’s Nikon D3300 review rated it pretty highly and it was in Tech Radar’s best DSLR camerapost. This one is in most DSLR camera reviews for a reason.
Canon EOS Rebel T5
Up next is another one of the best DSLR video cameras for the money. This one is also extremely popular among the video camera world (the entire Rebel line of course). It is a bit cheaper than the previously listed DSLR so if you wanted to save some money this may be a better option for you (they’re even cheaper refurbished if you’re up for it). This one gives us 1080p HD recording with their DIGIC 4 Image Processor. The unit has a built-in 3.0″ LCD screen for Live View while you record to get a better feel of what you’re filming. It also has some solid recording quality even in dim light due to their 63-zone, dual-layer metering system that helps expand the ISO range. It has this additive feature called “Scene Intelligent Auto” which auto-detects settings based on the environment if you don’t feel like customizing them.
The overall construction of the Canon EOS Rebel T5 video camera is pretty rugged and lightweight, so you’re not getting a dinky toy here. If you take proper care of it, this will last you quite a while, deeming to be a wise investment if you wanted a more budget-friendly model to grab. It also comes with its own lens kit so you can use it right out of the box.
Canon EOS 5D Mark III
This is a huge jump in price when it comes to the best DSLR camera for filming videos, but hear us out first. If you have the money, this camera’s highlights definitely justify the price tag — a full-frame CMOS sensor (22.3 megapixels), an extremely high quality image processor (DIGIC 5+) to help your videos stand out when it comes to the clarity of them, full HD 1080p video recording at 30 fps, as well as a nice 3.2″ 1.04m-Dot LCD monitor (ClearView II). It has excellent low-light sensitivity so if you foresee yourself filming in some dark environments in the future, it will be a plus to grab this one. The HDR and “Multiple Exposure” modes when it comes to photography give you some creativity room when it comes to post-production if that seems attractive to you.
This one is for those who know what they’re doing, want to learn a complex camera, or merely want the best of the best when it comes to price point. If you weren’t feeling the others listed in here and want a beast of a DSLR video camera that will last you quite a long time if you take care of it and will elevate the quality of your videos vs. competitors in a noticeable manner, check out the Canon EOS 5D Mark III.
Here’s another Nikon model and this one is just a step below the previously listed Nikon video camera. It has some quality specifications for a pretty affordable price (usually under $500 as well depending on where you look). You have 24.2 megapixels (DX-format CMOS sensor), VR image stabilization lens (18-55mm) so you don’t have to shop for one separately, and the recommended full HD 1080p cinematic video quality. The 1080p comes in at either 30, 25, or 24p so if you were looking for 60fps, it isn’t available here. This quality is still considered among the norm of video cameras (as we said, 4K has a long way to go if it’s going to become the typical setting). If you’re planning on using this DSLR camera for photos as well, you have a nifty 4 fps continuous shooting function which is always fun to mess around with — you can also include this in some videos to switch it up if you prefer.
We recommend the Nikon D3200 if you wanted a cheaper DSLR video camera than most out there. It’s one of our favorite best budget-friendly Nikon DSLR cameras — not to mention it already comes with a lens in the box so you don’t have to worry about that part.
Canon EOS 6D
This is yet another Canon EOS model that’s one of the best for shooting and filming videos. The 6D comes in at a pretty high price as compared to some other popular models, but the specifications are up there when it comes to numbers and additional features. You’re equipped with 20.2 megapixels (but the sensor is full-frame CMOS, a wide ISO range from 100 to 25600 and very effective low light adaptability). Like the 5D Mark III, it has a higher quality image processor than the lower-priced DSLR cameras in this article (DIGIC 5+) so that’s where the price starts to jump (but you’re paying for higher quality, so it’s up to you). It has a built-in Wi-Fi transmitter to help you with the transfer process and in terms of video quality, you’re not only getting up to 1920×1080 at 30fps, but the compression options it gives you sets it above those who have the same resolution (it’s not always about 1080p but how they compress the clips as well).
We recommend grabbing the Canon EOS 6D for video if the 5D Mark III was a bit too much of money yet you were still looking for a more expensive, quality-focused camera to make your photographs and videos stand out from the average.