For most photographers working in the industry, the transition from purely shooting still images to capturing video is something that should have already taken place or they are in process of learning the skills needed.

The leap between photography and video is not that great when you break it down. The skills set are roughly the same, it is the equipment which is the biggest learning curve.

However, with the introduction of video into the DSLR it has made the transition so much easier for photographers to learn how to shoot video.

To help those photographers of you stepping into the world of videography for the first time, we have put together a list of our top DSLR cameras that shoot video.

Our list is aimed at the professional photographer and the prosumer who take their photography seriously.

1. Canon EOS 5DMK IV


Sensor size: Full Frame
Megapixels: 30.4
Resolution: 4096 x 2160
Frame Rate: 60

Not the most expensive Canon DSLR in their range but one that has a loyal following of users most of whom have transitioned from the outstanding Canon EOS 5D MKIII.

What makes the Canon EOS 5D MK4 stand out is the quality of the imagery it produces, the colours are amazingly vivid and accurate making this camera one of the best DSLR cameras for your money. This camera is by no means a perfect solution for shooting video but the strength of the final product sure outweighs any issues the camera may have with some serious videographers.

2. Nikon D810

Nikon D810

Sensor size: Full frame
Megapixels: 36.3
Resolution: 7360 × 4912
Frame Rate: 60

If you want high performance from your DSLR then the Nikon D810 could be for you. This 36.3 Megapixel camera comes with a powerful processor to handle all those extra pixels. It is an excellent all round camera and works particularly well in low lighting conditions. The video file is also uncompressed.

The camera is a couple of years old now and there are rumours of the launch of the next version of the camera coming soon in 2017. There is talk that the next version of the camera will have 46 Megapixels! This camera comes in cheaper than the Canon EOS 5D MKIV.

3. Nikon D500

Nikon D500

Category: DX Format (smaller sensor size)
Megapixels: 20.9
Resolution: 5568 x 3712
Frame Rate: 4K UHD (30p)

This camera is Nikon’s fastest DX camera and for those that are interested, it shoots at up to 10 frames per second, which is pretty fast and makes it suitable for action and wildlife photographers. It is, however, a little expensive for a cropped sensor. The camera shoots video at 4k with excellent quality. The camera has the same advanced autofocus system as Nikon’s flagship camera the D5.

4. Canon EOS 6D

canon EOS 6D

Category: Full frame
Megapixels: 20.2
Resolution: 5,472 × 3,648
Frame Rate: 30

This camera is excellent value for a full-frame DSLR despite its low (ish) amount of Megapixels. It is a few years old now but produces great quality images and video. The camera is small and lightweight making it ideal for videographers that value the importance of having a lightweight kit that is easy to manoeuvre.

As the price of this camera is quite reasonable there are areas in which the camera is lacking and this is noticeably the autofocus system and the build quality of the camera. However, this is an excellent buy for the price. The rumours are rife with the spec of the Canon EOS 6D MKII that is expected to be released soon. So if you considering this camera perhaps it would be wise to would a while.

5. Sony a99 II

sony SLT a99 II

Category: Full frame
Megapixels: 42.2
Resolution: 5,472 × 3,648
Frame Rate: 4K & 120 fps

This camera is designed to be compact and very powerful with its 4k video capabilities and extreme 120 frames per second for those powerful slow motion shots, it can also shoot at 1 frame per second too if needed.

The quality of the video is excellent and with a wide selection of lenses, you will have most angle’s covered with this camera.

Although the focusing is not as good as other similar priced camera’s it is pretty quick and works well with sports. The camera can shoot up to 12 frames per second so it is no slouch!

MyMemory have a wide range of Memory Cards for videographers using DSLR cameras. You can find the cards by visiting the MyMemory online shop.

Christian Keenan
When not blogging for MyMemory Christian Keenan is a professional photographer.

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  1. Thank you so much for the detailed information. I really want to buy a new video DSLR camera but I don’t know what to choose. Don’t want to buy something and disappointed in the result. So thank you for sharing some features of the DSLR camera.

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