Are you in the market for a new DSLR camera? Need to upgrade to a new model? Want to take a better photo of your significant other curled up on the couch looking at cat memes? Look no further. Through thorough testing and years of photography experience, we’ve compiled a list of the best Nikon DSLR for videos and still shots that will save you both time and money.
Take a look at what we think are the best:
The Absolute Best Nikon DSLR for Video On The Market!
- 24.2 MP DX-format CMOS image sensor
- No Optical Low-Pass Filter (OLPF)
- 51 point autofocus system
- 6 frames per second (fps) shooting capacity
- EXPEED 4 image processing; ISO Sensitivity: ISO 100 - 25,600
For our first model, we have the Nikon D7200 Dx-format. Weighing in 1.5 lbs., this lightweight camera packs a seriously heavy punch. Whether you’re an amateur photographer or professional videographer, this camera will exceed your needs. At 1080p HD, your videos will look as breathless as ever because of its superior stabilization and good dynamic range. Your viewers will feel as if they’re right there with you. The D7200 also has a great still shot resolution, with a wide resolution of 24.2 MP.
The average battery life on the D7200 is about 1,110 photos, which means you can shoot all day without having to carry an extra battery. You have options for formatting your shots as well – between JPEG or RAW, you’ll never go wrong. We personally love that the D7200 offers a built-in Wi-Fi & NFC connection so you can upload your work right into the cloud for editing another time. If you have a smartphone, you may use it as a remote and take pictures right from there.
What do we think?
The Nikon D7200 has so many amazing qualities, it’s hard to just focus on a few. Whether you’re just dipping your toes into photography or a seasoned pro, we think you’ll find the D7200 can meet your expectations and more. The CMOS image sensor that is built in has no optical low-pass filter allows you to capture exceptional photos up to ISO 26,500. If you’re shooting film, there are a bunch of amazing features built in, such as time lapse and more editing tools. This camera is the jack of all trades.
The Secon Best Nikon for Video On The Market
- SnapBridge Bluetooth Connectivity
- 24.2MP DX-Format CMOS Sensor
- EXPEED 4 Image Processor
- No Optical Low-Pass Filter
- Native ISO 100-25600; 5 fps Shooting. Compatability information: C firmware v. 1.10 and later ( released August 31, 2016 )
Another beautiful device, we introduce the Nikon D3400. This is another lightweight model – it weighs under a pound! The D3400 is surprisingly simple to use, so anyone from a beginner to professional can get their hands on this model and shoot stunning pieces of work. The D3400 has gorgeous filters to enhance your shot, making anyone viewing them stand in awe. You can shoot in extreme low-light with ease. Fast-action takes, such as your son’s goal, are right in the moment with no blur. Nikon also offers the Nikon Image Space, an online cloud storage and share site to back up and save your shots automatically so you don’t have to.
Even a novice will love how easy it is to use the D3400. The controls and features are set in a way that feels fluid and comfortable, which is a plus. Some cameras are developed for the professionals, and that leaves little wiggle room for the novice to use high-end cameras. We think you’ll find this camera to be a hidden gem.
What do we think?
We think the Nikon D3400 is a great choice for those who live in the cloud. The automatic Bluetooth connect feature is an added bonus, but if you’re one who likes to do things more manually you may find the feature to be a bit annoying. While it isn’t a deal breaker, uploading images at only 2MB is not ideal for some.
The Third Best Nikon Camera with Video Functionality!
- 24.2 MP DX-format CMOS sensor with no optical low-pass filter (OLPF)
- 39-point Autofocus (AF) system
- 5 frames per second continuous shooting
- ISO 100 - 25,600
- High resolution, vari-angle LCD with familiar, smartphone-like touchscreen for easy use
Coming in next, we have the Nikon D5500 DX-Format DSLR camera. This model allows your creativity to run wild with some of its advanced features. From the touchscreen display to its easy to operate controls, we’re sure that you won’t ever get bored with the D5500. It weighs less than a pound and serves as a wonderful addition to any photographer or videographer’s equipment. If you like to travel light, this one is for you. You can shoot clear photos with the 24.2 MP camera. Need to shoot some video? There’s a switch you can flick and instantly start streaming in 1080p at 60p.
If you’re one of us who love editing photos, you’ll be pleased to know you can edit and retouch your shots right from your camera in the blink of an eye! It comes in handy if you’re always on the go. The D5500 also includes awesome shot enhancements such as slow-motion effects, HDR, interval burst timers and more, there’s plenty of tools to revolutionize creativity.
So, what do we think?
While we loved the functionality of this camera, we ultimately feel as though this camera is more geared toward tech-friendly photographers and videographers. It wasn’t as user friendly as we’d expected, but spending a few days getting to know the D5500 seem to be substantial. Novice or amateur photographers or videographers may have a bit of difficulty in the beginning setting up the equipment, but if you are willing to put in the time and be patient, this camera can end up working well for you.
The Fourth Best Nikon Video Camera Available!
- 36.3 MP FX-format CMOS sensor without an Optical Low Pass Filter (OLPF)
- 30% faster EXPEED 4 image processing engine
- 51-point AF system and 3D Color Matrix metering III with a 91,000-pixel RGB sensor
- ISO 64-12,800 expandable to 51,200
- Featuring a new RAW Small Size option, which produces 16MP images with much smaller file sizes
One camera that really seems to be catching our eye is the Nikon D810, and for good reason. Not only are photos shot with 36.3 MP – it has four image processing engines which speeds up processing up to 30% faster. This small camera definitely packs some serious heat. If you’re a serious videographer, whether amateur or professional, this camera is worth looking into. The ISO range is 64-12800 with room for expansion up to 51,200. Low light shots have never been easier. One feature we’re really loving is the new RAW small size option, which creates a 16 MP image with smaller file sizes for easier porting.
The D810 also boast amazing professional video and audio capabilities. Cinematographers and videographers alike have been waiting for this model as it is truly a next level device. You can quickly change the shot’s field depth with the power iris control feature. The 1080p videos stream effortlessly while being recorded at 60-24p uncompressed to any external device. That versatility is like music to our ears. The D810 unlimited continuous shooting allows you to capture images and video for your entire life of your battery, so you’re able to use your time more efficiently.
So, what do we think?
The Nikon D810 is a wonderful camera. We feel that for the budding videographer, spending the extra money and time into this device would be well worth it. It is lightweight and travels exceptionally well for those who travel from site to site. If you are a more seasoned photographer or videographer, take note that the DX lenses do not seem to be compatible with the FX model. Keep that in mind while researching this otherwise great camera.
The Fifth Best Nikon 4K Video Camera
- 20.8MP FX-Format CMOS Sensor
- EXPEED 5 Image Processor
- 3.2" 2.36m-Dot Touchscreen LCD Monitor
- 4K UHD Video Recording at 30 fps
- Multi-CAM 20K 153-Point AF System
The Nikon D5 is currently the top performer in the 4K category out of over twenty other high-end cameras we’ve tested. Compared to the other 4K-capable options, the D5 captures stunning 4K footage with high dynamic range, and performs well even under low-light conditions. With recording at 30 fps at 4k, your viewers will feel as if they’re filming right there with you.
The ISO range is 100 – 102,400 which will blow every other low-light photo away. Can you say breathtaking? The D5 features the Expeed 5 – Nikon’s most powerful camera processor. Ever. Shooting at full speed boasts 12 fps with the AF and AE as well as 14 fps on fixed focus and AE. This camera seriously blew us away.
So, what do we think?
In a nutshell, we think this camera goes above and beyond for every professional’s needs. This is an expensive, high end product, so we would not recommend this to someone who would just want to shoot photo or video as a hobby, or someone just starting out. If you’re going to spend money, make sure this model is the right one for you.
Let’s wrap this up – Here’s our buyer’s guide.
Nikon is one of those camera companies who consistently keep putting out quality products. With all of the advancing technology, we understand how hard it can be to pick out which camera is best for your needs. Each model features different options as well as special additions to create stellar shots. The cameras we chose for our top five cover the spectrum on feature, price and versatility. Here are a few things to look for when choosing the right camera for you.
Things to Check For
First, we want you to think about what type of field you’re shooting. Do you shoot weddings? How about landscape photography? Your line of work’s needs will call for varying equipment. For example, we would not recommend to you the Nikon D5 if you only shoot self-portraits, or mainly in a studio. For anyone who would jump back and forth from video to still shot, we would most likely recommend the D700 as it boasts both wonderful video and photo settings. The first step in choosing the right camera is to figure out your needs, and then decide which features best suits them.
Choosing the perfect camera is almost like getting married – you need to be 100% sure of what you’re looking for. With the right choice, not only will your work flourish, but so won’t your opportunities. We feel that the perfect camera for your needs will only make you that much better of a photographer or videographer. We wanted to make that choice much easier, as we did the homework for you. Why waste time researching when you can just read our article? We truly hope that our buyer’s guide helped to narrow down your search, and if you have any product you feel we missed on our top, please send us a line to let us know!
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