Top 10 Best DSLR for Video in 2017

At the current level of camera technology, achieving vibrant, beautiful, scalable pictures isn’t necessarily a game for a Smartphone. This is where the current crop of Digital SLR (DSLR) cameras comes in. A digital single lens reflex camera combines the optics and mechanics of a single lens reflex camera with a digital image. It is one of the cheapest ways to be able to have a camera with a viewfinder and lenses that can be interchanged. This type of camera has been the top choice for beginners and pros who want to up their photography skills for decades. Here are the best DSLR cameras on the market currently.

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1. Canon EOS 70d

Canon is famous for making quality, dependable, high performing cameras. The EOS 70d has a dual pixel CMOS AF that gives the camera an incredibly fast focus which the enables the camera to film live action pictures and video at a crisp speed. The camera also has a 7 frame per second shooting option for stills and a three inch articulating touch panel LCD screen with over one million dots per square inch. The camera also features an intelligent viewfinder with an electronic overlay. Also included with the camera is a cross type autofocus system, which makes filming moving images easy without the worry of blurring. Instant sharing capabilities, a built in Wi-Fi reception, and an EOS remote app round off the included connectivity package that comes with the camera.

2. Sony Alpha A7s

Sony, as one of the largest tech companies in the world, is also one of the best camera manufacturers. The Alpha A7 is great for wide shot videos and low light situations; in fact, it may possibly be one of the best low light cameras ever made. It features a three inch tiltable thin film transistor – Liquid crystal display (TFT LCD) screen with 921,000 dots per square inch. The autofocus technology on this camera includes a selective single point option as well as a multi area option. This allows photographers to select the focus point on any image, or simply record or photograph an entire area effortlessly. The camera also has face detection and a contrast detection sensor, to fully take advantage of low light situations.

3. Panasonic Lumix DMC

What makes this camera so amazing is that this is one of the few cameras where you can record in 4k resolution without the need of external devices. This is exceptional, as 4k is quickly becoming the standard resolution for many of the newest devices. The camera includes high speed 49 area autofocusing, which makes it the perfect hybrid for photos and videos alike. The autofocus is also continuous, and includes contrast detection, face detection and live viewing abilities. This is a mirrorless camera, which allows for the camera to be more compact than many of its competitors. This also means that the lenses for this camera tend to be smaller for other cameras which somewhat stymies lens compatibility with traditional DSLR cameras.

4. Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera

This is a great camera for advanced photographers as it has color correction and grading options. It gives you some of the best cinematic images, without the need of spending a fortune for more expensive cameras. The images from this camera certainly rival the images produced in Hollywood. This camera has a one of the highest dynamic ranges for its price point. In its range, it has the ability to capture up to fourteen stops, which means that the camera catches all the available shades from grey, white, black, or anything in between, to ensure beautifully nuanced images. The Blackmagic Pocket Camera is one of the few DSLR cameras that have support for open file formats. This means that you are not locked into avi, mpeg, or flv formats, which allows for easy editing.

5. Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Another Canon DSLR, in the EOS line that performs excellently. The micro lenses of this camera are designed to improve light transmission. What this means is that the overall image produced by this camera will be of better quality. It has an amazing 65 point autofocus system that allows users to choose between seven different modes which allow photographers to set the focus point and input parameters which allow the camera to track the point of focus more accurately. The camera also includes an intervalometer which allows for the filming of time-lapse sequences. For rugged users who wish to geotag, the camera includes a built in compass as well as integrated GPS capabilities. The camera is highly customizable with compatibility with many different types of lenses.

6. Nikon D810

According to Nikon, the D810 produces the best quality image of any DSLR camera. While the veracity of this is hard to verify, one thing cannot be disputed: the Nikon D810 is one of the best DSLR cameras on the market currently. The D810 has an astounding high pixel count, at 36.3 million pixels per square inch, it definitely produces stunning pictures. The camera no longer has an anti aliasing filter which puts the detailed resolution on this camera a step above previous Nikon models. The camera also features a thirty times faster Expeed processor, which is Nikon’s proprietary image processor engine, which makes this one of the fastest DSLR cameras on the market. This camera features a RAW size option, which allows images to be created in smaller files types without sacrificing resolution.

7. Canon EOS 5DS

If you’re looking for high resolution, nothing compares to the Canon EOS 5DS. This camera has over 50.6 million pixels per square inch as well as an anti aliasing cancellation filter. The result is an exceptional image quality with out of this world detail. It has an EOS scene detection system that automatically analyzes the scene to ensure beautiful pictures by distinguishing the color, the brightness, and any movement, inherent in the picture or video you are about to take. The camera comes with a user-friendly advanced mirror control as well as a selectable shutter release time lag mechanism. As an added bonus, any camera purchased before the end of February 2016 comes with a 13 month damage protection plan from Cannon.

8. Nikon D7200

This camera is perfect for photographers who want a portable camera that can yield high resolution images, yet accompany those who enjoy nature’s allure without being too cumbersome to carry in the wilderness. It has an extremely sturdy, weatherproof construction with built in soft textured grips that allow for the camera to fit more securely in your hand. The D7200 also has a faster processor than previous Nikon models which increases the camera’s frame rate when filming. It also has a 51 point autofocus that creates pristine images across the entire camera’s point of view. Wi-Fi and Near Field Communication (NFC) connectivity are both internal features of the D7200. NFC allows for the local connection of multiple devices to the camera, and this is the first Nikon camera to actually include this feature in its construction.

9. Sony Alpha A77 II

This camera is aimed at experienced photographers. It has shutter priority, manual exposure modes, and aperture priority, all included in its features. It also includes automatic modes for less experienced photographers. This is Sony’s first full frame compact system camera that has in-body stabilization for steady image taking. Any accidental movement during the picture taking process can be internally auto-corrected. According to Sony, this specific camera has 30% faster focus speeds than previous Sony models. There is also an improved motion detection system that helps identify the focal point of the intended image. This camera also features a 40% faster start up than the first version of the A7, meaning that taking pictures on the fly is a much quicker process.

10. Pentax K-S2

This is a rugged alternative to the top name brand DSLRs that many don’t consider. Its compact, weatherproof and shake-proof design makes it perfect for hikers and professional nature photographers alike. This camera is also astoundingly inexpensive compared to some of the higher price point DSLRs on the market, coming in around $500. It is also the first Pentax to have built in Wi-Fi and NFC compatibility, and also features a free image syncing app for both iOS and Android Smartphones and tablets, which makes sharing your experiences online a cinch. There is also a dedicated “selfie mode” included with this camera as well as an in-camera image customization tool.

These DSLRs exist include a wide range of options, so choose carefully based on the type of photography you enjoy most. All of them are excellent shooters and will definitely deliver thousands of hours worth of beautiful, vibrant images.

Here’s a quick overview and comparison chart for all of our 10 Best DSLR for Video

Product Video Resolutions MegaPx  Video Format Price
Canon EOS 70D Digital SLR Camera with 18-135mm STM Lens

1920 x 1080 (29.97, 25, 23.976 fps), 1280 x 720 (59.94, 50 fps), 640 x 480 (59.94, 50 fps) 20.2MP H.264 $$
Sony Alpha a7S Mirrorless Digital Camera

XAVC S 1080/60p(50Mbps), 30p (50Mbps), 24p (50Mbps). 720 120p (50Mbps). AVCHD 60p (28Mbps), 60i (24Mbps/17Mbps), 24p (24Mbps/17Mbps) 12.2MP MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S $$$$
Panasonic LUMIX DMC-ZS50K 30X Travel Zoom with Eye Viewfinder (Black)

1920 x 1080 (60p/60i/30p), 1280 x 720 (60p/30p), 640 x 480 (30p) 12.1MP MPEG-4, AVCHD $
Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera with Micro Four Thirds Lens Mount

1920 x 1080 (60p/60i/30p), 1280 x 720 (60p/30p), 640 x 480 (30p) N/A MPEG-4 $$
Canon EOS 7D Mark II Digital SLR Camera with 18-135mm IS STM Lens

1920 x 1080 (59.94, 50. 29.97, 25, 24, 23.98 fps), 1280 x 720 (59.94, 50, 29.97, 25 fps), 640 x 480 (29.97, 25 fps) 20.2MP MPEG-4 $$$$
Nikon D810 FX-format Digital SLR Camera Body

1920 x 1080 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p) 36.3MP MPEG-4, H.264 $$$$$
Canon EOS 5DS R Digital SLR

1920 x 1080 (30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p), 640 x 480 (30p, 25p) 50.6MP H.264 $$$$$
Nikon D7200 DX-format DSLR w/ 18-140mm VR Lens (Black)

1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps), 640 x 424 (30, 25 fps) 24.2MP MPEG-4, H.264 $$$
Sony A77II Digital SLR Camera with 16-50mm F2.8 Lens

1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p), 1440 x 1080 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p) 24.3MP MPEG-4, AVCHD $$$
Pentax K-S2 20MP DSLR Kit w/ 18-50mm WR (Black)

1920 x 1080 (30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p) 20MP MPEG-4, H.264 $$