Top 5 Nikon DLSR for Videography

The followings is Our Top 5 Pick of Nikon DLSRs as the Best Cameras for Videography in 2019


Nikon D750 and D810 for Video

Choosing the best Nikon DSLR for video isn’t easy. Nikon has drastically improved it’s video capabilities in the last few years, making it possible to get professional results with less expensive cameras. However, some camera models make video production easier than others.

This list also takes into account price for the features.  Value is something every photographer should think about, especially if running a videography business.

That’s why we’ve compiled our list of the 5 best cameras for Nikon Videography.

It’s worth noting that lens selection is often more important than camera choice. With proper lighting techniques, a Nikon 70-200mm mounted on an entry-level D3300 will give you beautiful video. So, don’t blow your entire budget on a camera and forget about how important lens choice is. Check out our top 5 lenses for Nikon videography post for more on lens choice.

Best Nikon DSLRs for Video

All of the cameras on the list shoot 1080p/24fps, which is our go-to setting for nearly everything we shoot. 24fps is what gives the soft ‘film look’ to your videos, and 1080p is still considered professional and high-quality.

1) Nikon D750

Nikon D750 is now become one of Nikon’s best sellers along with the D810

It’s got all the video settings of the D810 (including the most important for filming live events: changing the aperture while recording) but costs $1000 less.

For all its capabilities and reasonable price, it’s hard to beat the D750.

2) Nikon D850

Nikon D850 Price w/24-70mm

If you like to shoot video, but also have a need or desire to shoot high-quality still photos (46MP compared to the D750s 24MP) – then you may consider the Nikon D850.

The D850 is Nikon’s replacement for the D810, a perennial favorite of ours for the high-end results in photo and video at an upper-middle price point.

Our favorite improvements vs the D810 are the tilting screen, ultra slow-motion at 1080p using 120fps, and ultra-fast 9fps for still shooting with more focus points.  These are features we would actually use often.

The Nikon D850 also includes the ability to shoot 4k video, and 8k and 4k time-lapse videos. (The D750 can also do 4k timelapse).  For most business, 1080p is still the standard.

3) Nikon D7500 

Moving into the more affordable cameras, the Nikon D7500 is an excellent camera for the money. It’s in Nikon’s DX line of cameras, which have a slightly smaller sensor.   The smaller sensor means the focal distance (zoom) will be intensified on each lens.  Focal distance will be increased by a factor between 1.3 and 1.5. (E.g. a 35mm lens performs like a 50mm lens).

You can get professional results with the D7500.  

Every videography business plan is a little different, so you have to use what works for you and your budget.

4) Nikon D5600

Families, students, or beginners would be served well with the Nikon D5600. You can experiment with all of the same video frame rates and quality settings of the higher-end Nikon DSLRs.  It would be more challenging to shoot professionally with this camera, but you could get excellent results in some situations.

For instance, this camera would do fine when filming a documentary, short film, or any other scenario with enough time to adjust lighting.  Same with product videos or corporate videos.  It wouldn’t be my first choice for a wedding, though.

5) Nikon D3400

This is Nikon’s lowest entry level DSLR and has the lowest price to match, but the Nikon D3400 is still a very good quality camera for the money and capable of shooting great-looking video.  Despite its’ lower price point, it’s still an excellent camera for the beginner or hobbyist who’s getting started with photography and videography.

Noticeably Absent from the list of best Nikon DSLRs for Video: Nikon D610. Priced $500 less than the D750, it’s not quite a bargain for the features you lose including 60fps at 1080p and the ability to change the aperture while recording. If you’re short on cash, get the D7200, but if you’ve got cash for a D610 – save for another month or two and get the D750 – it will be worth the wait in capability, results, and resale value.Shop Related Products

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