Choosing The Best DSLR For Video

With today’s technological advances, we are now seeing devices that can do a lot more than what they previously could do. Take the case of the cameras today which now are not only capable of taking pictures but also take videos as well.

Of course, not all cameras are created the same, as the more advanced cameras provide not only more superior image quality but superior video quality as well.  DSLR cameras provide such photo and video quality. And if you’re looking into jumping into the realm of creating quality video content, having a DSLR would be a good starting point. Not to mention you get to learn a bit more about photography as well.


One thing to note first of all is that DSLRs today are all pretty much capable of shooting high definition video. Most, if not all, can shoot videos up to 1080p resolution. However, they pretty much differ with the internals of their video functionality, which is what we are going to focus on here.


To be specific, the most important feature to check out in the DSLR is its sensor size. Simply put, the sensor size affects the camera’s video capabilities, particularly in the elements of depth of field, field of view, light sensibility, and even the lenses available. We shall take a look at each element and how the sensor plays an important factor.

Field of View

Field of view provides how your subject is viewed at a given distance. In general, larger sensors provide a wide view of the subject compared to smaller sensors which only capture a portion of that wide view the large sensors captured.

Depth of Field

Depth of field determines how sharp the subject and/or the background would look in the video. This is the element at play in films and TV shows where we see the subject is in focus but the background behind the subject is blurred, which is an example of a shallow depth of field.

What does sensor size have to do with it? Well if you would like to have such effect on your video, this is achieved if your camera has a large sensor, like a full-frame sensor for instance. Smaller sensors have a bit more difficulty achieving such effects.

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Light Sensitivity

Larger sensors are more sensitive to light, which brings out more vivid detail in photos, as well as in videos. This is very important when it comes to shooting videos in low light environments.


Somewhat related to the matter of sensors, the variety and the type of lenses you can use for your DSLR camera play an important part in choosing your DSLR for video. The advantage of using a DSLR for video is the fact that you can change lenses to suit the type of videos you wish to create, as well as the effects you wish to make during video production. With that said, not all lenses would work as they would depend primarily on the camera you will use and the sensor size it has.

Generally speaking, a camera like a mirrorless camera with a smaller sensor can use a lens made for a full frame camera. But conversely, a full-frame camera cannot use a lens made for a mirrorless camera the lens would not be able to capture an image and video in full. That is unless you are deliberately going for that effect on your video.



While sensors play a significant role in the DSLR’s video capability, there are a number of important features to consider as well which may be crucial for your videography needs.

ISO Range

One thing to check out is the ISO range of the DSLR. The more ISO selections available provide for more choices in tweaking the light sensitivity of the camera to create more satisfactory quality in the video.

Record Length

A number of DSLRs have a limit as to how many minutes of video you can record in a single shot. That’s something to consider if you would need to record an hour long video for instance.

Focus Assist

Some DSLRs offer this handy feature to help your camera keep focus on the subject with less to no loss in video quality.

Flip out Screen

This is very helpful for you to be able to do low shots or the subject to be able to see himself/herself as to how he/she would appear in the camera.

Slow Motion

Some DSLRs offer slow motion feature that allows you to capture slow motion videos during production


With so many features to consider, in the end budget will be a primary consideration in choosing what DSLR to buy for your video. With the information shared here, may you be able to make an informed choice and eventually make good videos with whatever DSLR camera you will get to have.