5 Best Cameras for Nikon Videography

Nikon D750 and D810 for Video
*Updated for 2024 – List now includes 6 Mirrorless Nikon Cameras* Choosing the best Nikon camera for video isn’t easy. Nikon has drastically improved it’s video capabilities in the last decade, making it possible to get professional results with less expensive cameras. However, some camera models make video production easier than others.

This list also takes into account price for the features.  Value is something every photographer should think about, especially if running a videography business.

That’s why we’ve compiled our list of the 5 best cameras for Nikon Videography.

It’s worth noting that lens selection is often more important than camera choice. With proper lighting techniques, a Nikon 70-200mm mounted on an entry-level Nikon camera will give you beautiful video. So, don’t blow your entire budget on a camera and forget about how important lens choice is. Check out our top 5 lenses for Nikon videography post for more on lens choice.

Best Nikon Camera for Video: Mirrorless

Whether you’re a vlogger on the go or a professional filmmaker, Nikon’s mirrorless lineup includes cameras that can shoot in crisp HD at the cinematic standard of 24FPS, providing that much-desired ‘film’ look. Let’s explore the top five Nikon mirrorless cameras for video.

1. Nikon Z6 II: The All-Rounder Perfect for both stills and videos, the Nikon Z6 II stands out with its versatility. This camera is an excellent choice for creators who require a balance of high-quality imagery and video performance. Its 24.5MP sensor captures stunning details, and the 4K video at 24FPS ensures a cinematic quality. Its robust build and weather-sealing make it a reliable companion for on-the-go shooting. (See Current Price)

2. Nikon Z8: Compact Powerhouse with Unrivaled Video
The Nikon Z8 stands out in Nikon’s mirrorless range with its professional build quality in a compact, lightweight design. This camera combines high-resolution imaging with unrivaled in-camera 8K UHD video capabilities, making it ideal for professionals seeking top-tier performance in a more portable form. Capable of shooting 4K video at 24FPS, the Z8 offers filmmakers both the cinematic ‘film’ look and exceptional versatility for a variety of shooting environments. (See Current Price)

3. Nikon Z50: The Vlogger’s Favorite Compact and user-friendly, the Nikon Z50 is ideal for vloggers and content creators who are always on the move. Despite its smaller size, it doesn’t compromise on quality, offering 4K video recording at 24FPS. Its flip-down screen is perfect for self-recording, and the camera’s overall ease of use makes it a fantastic option for those starting in video. It comes in body-only, with a 16-50 lens, or with two lenses. (See Current Price)

4. Nikon Z7 II: The Detail Master For filmmakers who prioritize detail and resolution, the Nikon Z7 II is a top contender. Boasting a 45.7MP sensor, it captures exceptionally detailed footage. Its 4K video capability at 24FPS, combined with in-body image stabilization, ensures smooth, cinema-grade video output, making it perfect for high-end productions. (See Current Price)

5. Nikon Z9: The Professional’s Choice The Nikon Z9 represents the pinnacle of Nikon’s mirrorless technology. Designed for professionals, this camera offers unparalleled video capabilities, including 8K recording for ultra-high-definition footage. Its advanced autofocus system and robust build quality make it a reliable tool for serious filmmakers demanding the best in video performance. (See Current Price)

6. Nikon Z5: The Budget-Friendly Option For those looking for quality without breaking the bank, the Nikon Z5 is an excellent choice. It offers a full-frame sensor and the ability to record 4K videos at 24FPS. Its user-friendly interface and accessible price point make it a great entry-level option for aspiring videographers. (See Current Price)

Nikon’s mirrorless cameras offer something for every type of video creator. Whether you’re a vlogger, an aspiring filmmaker, or a seasoned professional, Nikon’s range has a camera that can meet your needs, ensuring high-quality video in the classic 24FPS ‘film’ look. Consider your specific requirements, budget, and style to choose the best Nikon camera for your video endeavors.

Best Nikon Video: DSLR

All of the cameras on the list shoot 1080p/24fps, which is our go-to setting for nearly everything we shoot. 24fps is what gives the soft ‘film look’ to your videos, and 1080p is still considered professional, high-quality, and works for most business applications.

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1) Nikon D750 Nikon D780

The Nikon D780 replaced the D750. The biggest video difference is the D780 can shoot 4K up to 29.97fps. If you don’t need 4k, consider getting a D750 instead of paying the over 50% premium for the newer model.

We detailed our love-affair for the Nikon D750 when it was released – and wondered if it would be the D810 and D610 killer. It’s now become one of Nikon’s best sellers (along with the D810 – so it hasn’t quite killed that camera model…yet).

It’s got all the video settings of the D810 (including the most important for filming live events: changing the aperture while recording) but costs $1000 less.

For all its capabilities and reasonable price, it’s hard to beat the D750.

D750 Prices/Buying Options

Camera Body Only –  (View Current Sale Price)
Body + 24-120mm VR Lens – (View Current Sale Price)

2) Nikon D810 Nikon D850

Nikon D850 Price w/24-70mmIf you like to shoot video, but also have a need or desire to shoot high-quality still photos (46MP compared to the D750s 24MP) – then you may consider the Nikon D850.

The D850 is Nikon’s replacement for the D810, a perennial favorite of ours for the high-end results in photo and video at an upper-middle price point.

Our favorite improvements vs the D810 are the tilting screen, ultra slow-motion at 1080p using 120fps, and ultra-fast 9fps for still shooting with more focus points.  These are features we would actually use often.

The Nikon D850 also includes the ability to shoot 4k video, and 8k and 4k time-lapse videos. (The D750 can also do 4k timelapse).  We discussed the use of 4k in a real-world videography business, and it holds true today.  TL:DR For most business, 1080p is still the standard.

View the D850 sale price.

2) Nikon D7200 Nikon D7500 

Moving into the more affordable cameras, the Nikon D7500 is an excellent camera for the money. It’s in Nikon’s DX line of cameras, which have a slightly smaller sensor.   The smaller sensor means the focal distance (zoom) will be intensified on each lens.  Focal distance will be increased by a factor between 1.3 and 1.5. (E.g. a 35mm lens performs like a 50mm lens).

We started our video business with a single D7000 (a couple versions ago) and rented another D7000.  We filmed one or two weddings with a 2nd rental before we bought another body.  You can get professional results with the D7500.  We were charging about $2,000 per wedding at the time (we then doubled that in a year).  After the first year and a dozen weddings, we moved up to full-frame cameras (D800 and later the D810)

Every videography business plan is a little different, so you have to use what works for you and your budget – but we filmed a LOT of weddings (and made a great side-income) with cameras just like these. They can be more challenging in fast-paced environments, but it can be done.

D7500 Prices/Buying Options

Camera Body Only –  (See Current Sale Price)
Body + 18-140mm VR Lens Kit – (See Current Sale Price)
Body + 18-300mm VR Lens Kit – (See Current Sale Price)
Previous Models: D7200 (New Price / Used Price) , D7100 ( New Price / Used Price), D7000 (Used Price)

4) Nikon D5600

Families, students, or beginners would be served well with the Nikon D5600. You can experiment with all of the same video frame rates and quality settings of the higher-end Nikon DSLRs.  It would be more challenging to shoot professionally with this camera, but you could get excellent results in some situations.

For instance, this camera would do fine when filming a documentary, short film, or any other scenario with enough time to adjust lighting.  Same with product videos or corporate videos.  It wouldn’t be my first choice for a wedding, though.

D5600 Prices/Buying Options

Camera Body Only –  (See Current Sale Price)
Body + 18-55mm Lens – (See Current Sale Price)
Body + 15-55mm + 70-300mm –  (See Current Sale Price) (Best Deal)
Body + 18-140mm –  (See Current Sale Price)
D5500 (Previous model, slightly cheaper) (See Current Sale Price)

5) Nikon D3400 Nikon D3500

Updated: The Nikon D3500 is the replacement model for the D3400.  On paper, these two cameras look very similar. The biggest difference is the weight, body design, button layout, and slight increase in battery life.

This is Nikon’s lowest entry-level DSLR and has the lowest price to match, but the Nikon D3400 is still a very good quality camera for the money and capable of shooting great-looking video.  Despite it’s lower price point, it’s still an excellent camera for the beginner or hobbyist who’s getting started with photography and videography.

D3400 Price/Buying Options:
Camera Body + 18-55mm Lens – (See Current Sale Price)
Camera Body + 15-55mm + 70-300mm –  (See Current Sale Price) (Typically the best deal)

Noticeably Absent from the list of best Nikon DSLRs for Video: Nikon D610. Priced $500 less than the D750, it’s not quite a bargain for the features you lose including 60fps at 1080p and the ability to change the aperture while recording. If you’re short on cash, get the D7200, but if you’ve got cash for a D610 – save for another month or two and get the D750 – it will be worth the wait in capability, results, and resale value.


  1. I love my Nikon cameras and lenses. With that said, I adore the 70-200 mm and am quickly falling in love with my 85mm which has taken me over a year to use more often than not. Thanks for the tips.

  2. Having worked in TV and film for 23 years, about 3 years ago I purchased a Nikon 3200 to see what all the “DSLR Video” fuss was about. 3 years down the line, I have used the camera on numerous shoots. I still have my ENG camera for news items, but for corporate, advertising, and promo work, it’s my trusty Nikon for video every time. I did add a cine-rig, beachtec audio adapter, and 7″ monitor to raise the spec, along with various lens, but all in all a great camera. A promo we filmed was recently shown at the local cinema. Even blown up to screen size, the footage held up.