What Is the Best Entry Level DSLR for Video - 3 Surefire Things to Look For

Buying anything that is somewhat expensive can be a challenge, which is why it is difficult to shop for the best entry level DSLR for video purposes. You will be dishing out over $500 and you know that you're going to need some quality accessories to go with it to make it an actual video camera. With so many DSLR advertisements it may seem like there are a few obvious choices, but they may not be the best choice for someone just starting out. The best entry level DSLR for video should contain three major components:


1,920 x 1,080 pixels is a must have if you want to shoot full HD video. It is virtually impossible to find a camera under $1,000 that shoots in full HD (1080p), but there is at least one, the Canon Rebel T2i. This little guy is a semi-pro DSLR designed for high resolution photos, and especially video. It records on H.264 format for easy capture and lack of quality loss. The full HD footage on this $700 DSLR camera is capable of creating award winning films.

Frame Rate Options

Before you go and buy a $2,000 DSLR camera because it seems like everyone else has one or because all of the magazine ads are showing one, seriously consider looking at a less expensive version that offers the same frame rate options. For those that don't know what frame rate is, it refers to how many frames are captured per second to produce the moving image. When you watch television, you are most likely watching video shot at 30 frames per second, meaning that 30 still pictures are shown one after the other in one second, thus creating moving pictures or "video." If you are watching a film in a movie theater, then you are probably watching film shot at 24 frames per second to give it a more cinematic look. You want a DSLR that can give you those options along with the ability to shoot stunning slow motion footage with 60 frames per second. The Canon Rebel T2i shoots 1080p HD video at 24 or 30 frames per second, and 720p HD video at 60 frames per second. With the appropriate lenses, you could create any kind of look that you want.