“I’m thinking about buying a dslr for video, which one is the best?” This is a common question, but what is the answer? The answer is in this ultimate table below giving you the best dslr according to your video needs and price range. Please browse this table and search and sort the columns to find the right dslr for you.
Ultimate DSLR for Video Comparison Guide
Things to Consider
When you are shopping for the perfect dslr for your video needs, consider these 8 things.
Brand. Are you a Canon or Nikon? Panasonic, Sony or Pentax? Does your grandpa have a collection of Canon lenses? Then you should look into a Canon. There are adapters you can use to put swap brands, but keep in mind the levels and controls may not be fully functional in photography mode.
Full Frame or Crop –Full frame cameras tend to be much better in low light and have an overall better image quality. But is the price worth it to you? A 50mm lens on a crop is like a 80mm lens. This could be good or bad, if you are shooting from a distance and want to get in closer a crop could turn a 200mm into a 320mm without paying extra for it.
Low Light Ability – What are you shooting? Will you always have the light you need or will you be in tight situations, run and gun style? Often times it’s a must to have a camera that looks clean under low lighting conditions would be a must have.
Flip Out LCD – This is a must have for me because I try to keep my camera as light as possible, but if you want an external LCD monitor this is not important.
Focus – Manual focus often scares people and keeps them away from shooting with a DSLR. But with practice and the magnification possibilities you’ll learn quickly to shoot manual. Auto focus has been getting more reliable over the years
Memory Card Type – It’s important to know what memory you’ll have to purchase that fits your camera. Although the price keeps dropping, CompactFlash cards are quite a bit more expensive than a standard SD card.
Max Recording Length – This could be extremely important when shooting live, long events. It only takes about a second to stop and start again, but that could be an important second.
Price – We are all on a budget and need to be smart with our money. You might want to think about getting a lower priced camera body in order to have extra money to put towards quality lenses.
The Canon 60d is a great camera for someone starting out. Not only because I own two of them, but here are several reasons why:
• low price point
• flip out screen
• SD card friendly
The Canon 6d wins for the best full frame camera. This camera is like a beefed up version of the popular Mark ii.
• cheapest full frame available
• built-in Wi-Fi
• dual-SD card slots
The Canon Mark iii was our choice for the best all around dslr. If you can afford the price tag, you won’t be disappointed.
• amazing low-light performance
• headphone jack
• improved auto-focus
• new full-frame CMOS sensor and DIGIC 5+ processor
When filming with a dslr you’ll find the picture is amazing but things can be a little more challenging.
There’s nothing worse then getting an incredible shot with a shaky image. Holding a dslr can be a little awkward at first. Buying lenses with built in stabilization will help a lot, but also consider shooting on a tripod on or monopod. I love the Manfrotto 561 monopod. It can be used in so many ways.
Everyone loves the shallow depth of field these cameras have and they finally made it possible and affordable for the average Joe to purchase. The problem is when going outside in bright sunlight you’ll need a ND filter to shoot wide open without cranking up the shutter speed. I’d recommend a variable ND filter that you can turn and adjust the strength. Just be sure you get the right size.
There is a lot to consider when looking at all the options. I hope this information will guide you with your next camera purchase. Please leave a comment for any questions or advice of your own.
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