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Best dSLR Cameras for Shooting Video

The ability for the device to record HD video is also a feature that’s growing in popularity, although it’s not available in every DSLR camera.

Today, you’d be hard-pressed to find any gadget that is devoid of video. The standard at the moment is 720p, but 1080p will gradually take the throne later on this year. With a plethora of models to sift through, it is a daunting process when attempting to narrow the field down to the holy grail of HD glory.

Here are some tips if you intend to make a short film with a video-enabled dSLR:

  • Typically, HD-quality movies take up more space on your memory card, so use either a high-capacity media or keep a few cards handy in your bag.
  • Keep in mind that the camera’s battery will drain faster when recording videos, so have extra juice packs ready if you’re filming for extended periods.
  • Also, editing and playing back these higher-resolution clips require a faster computer, so you may want to consider upgrading the RAM or graphics card on your terminal.

Top 5 dSLRs with HD Video Recording

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

The Canon EOS 5D Mark III represents a significant advance over its predecessor. It’s fast, flexible and can’t be faulted on image or video quality. It’s a well-specced piece of kit at a reasonable cost. The Mark II’s successor has been well worth the wait.

Nikon D800

It’s easy to fall in love with the Nikon D800 on account of its build alone. It’s a very ‘human’ construction that manages to pack all of the key shooting tools into a compact space without leaving you overwhelmed. The pictures themselves are bright and packed with detail. It’s a great package all round, at a very competitive price.

 Nikon D3200

A first-class performance from a very keenly priced dSLR, the Nikon D3200 offers comprehensive menus and help for first-time users, with top-quality output that expertly balances tricky lighting to bring out the best in every shot.

Sony Alpha SLT-A57

The Sony Alpha SLT-A57 really delivers when paired with the 18-55mm kit lens. With bright, vibrant colours, plenty of fine detail and super-fast underlying hardware, it’s easy to get great shots in practically any condition.

The latest season finale of US drama series House was produced entirely on the EOS 5D Mark II.

Two remarkable films shot on DLSR

At the Races in Singapore by Dan Chung

Battle for Hearts and Minds by Danfung Dennis

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