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Best Digital DSLRs with HD Video – Reviews & Comparison 2014

June 19, 2014 by  
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Best Rated Digital DSLRs with HD Video – This is a roundup of the Top-Rated Digital SLRs that have a built-in HD (High Definition) 1080p / 720p movie/video mode. Until recently, no SLRs had video capability. Over the last several years this has changed dramatically. The SLRs below all have built in HD Video recording capability, some even capable of achieving the highest level 1080p (blu-ray quality) videos. The Canon 5D Mark II DSLR was used for many TV shows and Movies, including Act of Valor, Silent House, Walking Dead, House, 24, and Hawaii Five-O. For 2014 both Canon and Nikon now have 1080p video at high frame rates. Many SLRs also have external microphone jacks which are very important for getting the best sound for your videos. Recent SLRs also have headphone jacks for monitoring audio. With these SLRs you get both exceptional pictures and great HD video. Compare the Digital SLRs below for price, features and reviews.

Best Rated Digital SLRs with HD Video 2014

Canon EOS 70D Digital DSLR Nikon D7100 Digital DSLR Nikon D810 Digital DSLR Canon 5D
Mark III DSLR
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APS-C Imager
20.2 Megapixels
Full HD Movies
ISO 100-12800
3.0-inch TFT LCD with 1,040,000 dots
LCD Live View
Built-in Flash
30 – 1/8000 sec
Burst Mode: 7 fps
5.5″ x 4.1″ x 3.1″
Digic 5+ Processor
Movie Resolution:
1080p @ 30fps
1080p @ 24fps
720p @ 60fps
720p @ 30fps
External Mic Jack
Dual Pixel CMOS
Built-in WiFi
LCD Touchscreen
2013-14 Model
DX Imager
24.1 Megapixels
Full HD Movies
ISO 100-6400
3.2-inch TFT LCD with 1,228,800 dots
LCD Live View
Built-in Flash
30 – 1/8000 sec
Burst Mode: 6.0 fps
5.3″ x 4.2″ x 3.0″
EXPEED 3 processor
Movie Resolution:
1080p @ 30fps
1080p @ 24fps
720p @ 24fps
720p @ 30fps
External Mic Jack
2013 Model
Full Frame
36.3 Megapixels
Full HD Movies
ISO 64-12800
3.2-inch TFT LCD with 1,229,000 dots
LCD Live View
Built-in flash
30 – 1/8000 sec
Burst Mode: 5.0 fps
5.8″ x 4.9″ x 3.3″
EXPEED 4 processor
External Mic Jack
Movie resolution: 1080p @ 60fps,
1080p @ 30fps
1080p @ 24fps
Headphone Jack
Manual Audio Level
HDMI uncompressed
Full Frame
22.3 Megapixels
Full HD Movies
ISO 100-25600
3.2-inch TFT LCD with 1,040,000 dots
LCD Live View
No built-in flash
30 – 1/8000 sec
Burst Mode: 6.0 fps
6.0″ x 4.6″ x 3.0″
Digic 5+ Processor
External Mic Jack
Movie resolution: 1080p @ 30fps
1080p @ 24fps
720p @ 60fps
Headphone Jack
Manual Audio Level
HDR, Silent Mode


Best Rated Digital SLRs with HD Video 2014

Canon Rebel T3i Digital DSLR Nikon D5300 Digital DSLR Nikon D3300 Digital DSLR Canon Rebel T4i Digital DSLR
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APS-C Imager
18.0 Megapixels
Full HD Movies
ISO 100-6400
3.0-inch TFT LCD with 1,040,000 dots
LCD Live View
Built-in flash
30 – 1/4000 sec
Burst Mode: 3.7 fps
5.1″ x 3.8″ x 3.0″
Digic 4 Processor
External Mic Jack
Movie Resolution:
1080p @ 30fps
1080p @ 24fps
720p @ 60fps
DX Imager
24.2 Megapixels
Full HD Movies
ISO 100-12800
3.2-inch TFT LCD with 1,037,000 dots
LCD Live View
Built-in flash
30 – 1/4000 sec
Burst Mode: 5.0 fps
4.9″ x 3.9″ x 3.0″
EXPEED 4 processor
Movie Resolution:
1080p @ 60fps
1080p @ 30fps
1080p @ 24fps
External Mic Jack
Full Time Autofocus
Built-in WiFi
2014 Model
DX Imager
24.2 Megapixels
Full HD Movies
ISO 100-12800
3.0-inch TFT LCD with 921,000 dots
LCD Live View
Built-in flash
30 – 1/4000 sec
Burst Mode: 5 fps
4.9″ x 3.9″ x 3.0″
EXPEED 4 processor
External Mic Jack
Movie Resolution:
1080p @ 60fps
1080p @ 30fps
1080p @ 24fps
Stereo Microphones
Full Time Autofocus
2014 Model
APS-C Imager
18.0 Megapixels
Full HD Movies
ISO 100-12800
3.0-inch TFT LCD with 1,040,000 dots
LCD Live View
Built-in flash
30 – 1/4000 sec
Burst Mode: 5.0 fps
5.2″ x 3.9″ x 3.1″
Digic 5 Processor
External Mic Jack
Movie Resolution:
1080p @ 30fps
1080p @ 24fps
720p @ 60fps
Stereo Microphones
Full Time Autofocus
Touchscreen



Glossary of Terms
Full Frame Imager = This means that the imaging sensor is the same size as 35mm film. 35mm lenses will operate on these DSLRs with the same focal lengths as they do on 35mm film cameras.
APS-C Imager = This imager is smaller than a Full Frame imager. Lenses used on SLRs with APS-C imagers have a focal length about 1.6x that of full frame imagers. This means that the telephoto end of the lens will be greater. New digital lenses have been developed for these type of DSLRs.
DX Imager = This imager is smaller than a Full Frame imager. Lenses used on DSLRs with DX imagers have a focal length about 1.6x that of full frame imagers. This means that the telephoto end of the lens will be greater. New digital lenses have been developed for these type of SLRs. (About the same size as an APS-C imager).
APS-H Imager = This imager is smaller than a Full Frame imager, but larger than a APS-C imager. Lenses used on DSLRs with APS-H imagers have a focal length about 1.3x that of full frame imagers. This means that the telephoto end of the lens will be greater. These cameras can use the new digital lenses designed for APS-C imagers as well as regular lenses.
ISO = This refers to how sensitive the image sensor is to the amount of light present. The higher the ISO, the more sensitive the image sensor and ability to take pictures in low-light situations.
Live View = Allows you to preview your picture on the LCD screen instead of only through the DSLR viewfinder.
Burst Mode = This is how many pictures (or frames) can be taken rapid fire per second at maximum resolution.
HD Movie Mode = These cameras can operate as an HD camcorder as well as an SLR, recording video in HD. We also list the resolution (1080p and 720p) with the (frames per second) for the HD movie mode. A frame rate of 20fps will be a little choppy. A frame rate of 24 frames/second is the same rate as motion pictures are filmed at. A frame rate of 30 frames/second is standard video rate. 1080p has about twice the resolution of 720p.
External Mic Jack = This indicates that an External microphone jack is available. This is important for the best quality sound from your HD Video recording on your DSLR. You can use a wide array of microphones, including wireless, amplified and corded microphones.
Exposure Durability = How many pictures can you expect to get over the lifetime of your DSLR camera.
TFT LCD = This refers to the LCD screen in the back of the camera.
FPS = Frames per second. Normal video is shot at 30 fps. Movies are filmed at 24 fps. Anything less than 24 fps may be choppy.
Full Time Autofocus = This is a new feature currently only seen on the Nikon D3200, D3300, D5300, Canon 70D and Canon T4i. Most DSLRs allow you to autofocus initially on a subject for taking video, but then you must manually focus if the subject moves. With Full Time Autofocus, the camcorder will adjust with a moving subject, just as a camcorder does.
Built-in WiFi = A DSLR with built-in WiFi will allow you to control your DSLR wirelessly by smartphone or tablet.


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