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The top 5 DSLR cameras for beginner filmmakers

Finding the perfect DSLR cameras can be a difficult decision. What are you looking for in your next camera? Most look at the megapixels and make decisions based on that. However, there is much, much more to buying your latest DSLR camera than that.

There are a lot of aspects to take into consideration the DSLRs sensor size to the speed of the camera. Here are a few additional specifications you should consider when looking to make your next DSLR purchase:

  • Video quality
  • Image quality
  • Affordability
  • Speed of the camera
  • Focus specs
  • Framing
  • Usability of the camera

These are just to name a few you should take into consideration when purchasing your first, or latest DSLR camera. Read the full DSLR buyers guide here.

The top 5 DSLR cameras for beginner filmmakers

Here is the list you’ve all been waiting for. The top 5 DSLR cameras for beginner filmmakers, check them out below, and let us know your thoughts below in the comments.

Canon EOS 2000D

Why this DSLR?

This camera is ideal for any newbie to filmmaking. It’s easy to use functioning and a crisp picture can really get some amazing footage. It’s definitely one of my favourites, the auto-focus is brilliant and the aperture mechanism is easy to use for anyone new to filmmaking.

Get those shots out there and don’t forget to get a high-quality SD card to capture as much as you can. 

Key Features: 

  • Exceptional Auto Focus.
  • Lightweight body.
  • Effective Still Resolution 24.1 MP
  • Optical Sensor Resolution 24.7 MP
  • Great for beginner filmmakers. 
  • Easy to use controls. 

READ MORE: A Guide to Indie Filmmaking


Nikon D3500

Nikon D3500

Why you should consider the Nikon D3500?

This camera is definitely underrated, the functionality of the camera is incredible for a beginner filmmaker and stabilisation is great. The only downfall is the battery drains quite quickly so make sure you buy an extra battery or two if it’s an especially long day of filming (but I would advise that with all cameras).

Overall it’s easy to use, excellent stability, and crisp footage – definitely one of the best we have used.

Key Features:

  • 24.2 MP DX-format sensor 
  • Incredible Auto Focus 
  • Record full HD movies up to 60 frames per second 
  • Lightweight design

Canon EOS 4000D

Why this DSLR?

This is an entry-level camera which is a great starting point for beginners. The camera has wi-fi capability, as well as the quick menu, which makes it easier to adjust the settings and get the shot you need. The spec of this camera is great, 18MP, and a range of aperture settings.

The downfall is no touchscreen but it’s not the end of the world as they have spent the money elsewhere in creating a better spec camera which is ultimately better than a touchscreen.

Overall this is one of the better DSLRs for anyone starting out in the filmmaking world. You get crystal clear shots, gathering that smooth video for those different angles. An overall great experience, one we recommend.

Key Features:

  • Great entry price
  • Nice, simple, rounded body design
  • Good weight and adequate build quality
  • Decent ISO range
  • Image quality is great for the price
  • Built-in WiFi
  • Fun features to adjust your images

Read the full in-depth review of the Canon EOS 4000D here. An exceptional DSLR for beginner filmmakers.

K-70 Pentax 

Pentax K-70

Why this DSLR?

The K-70 Pentax model is weather-resistant, rugged, and has integral Steadicam features to get the smoothest cinematography. It is easy to use and the functioning of the camera is great for beginners, easy to use, and feels a lot like a point and shoot camera. The K-70 has incredible technology in-built, from the 3.0-inch, vari-angle screen to the APS-C CMOS sensor with 24.2MP video capability.

Key Features: 

  • Noise Reduction Feature
  • High Sensitivity up to ISO 102400
  • 24 MegaPixel APS-C  CMOS sensor
  • 24.2MP video capability

This camera is up there with the best, here is a quick overview for you: View Tutorial

A reel of film

And finally…

Nikon D5300

Why the Nikon? You ask. Well…

This camera is a smooth easy to use DSLR, with an incredible performing sensor and a high-res vari-angle screen. The smoothness of filming is excellent and the autofocus allows you to get some incredible footage.

Robust and hardy it is great for a first-timer looking to get their material shot, one downfall is the special effects which for some reason only work on JPEG not film, but to be honest none of that is relevant if you are going to be editing the film post-production.

Key Features:

  • Effective Still Resolution 24.2 MP
  • Lightweight chassis
  • 3.2-inch, 1037k-dot vari-angle LCD monitor
  • Capture beautiful movies with the Nikon D5300’s 24.2-million pixel DX-format CMOS sensor

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