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The 5 Best Nikon Cameras for Video in 2020

If you’re ready to up your game in videography or vlogging, you might want to invest in a new camera. Nikon has a range of camera models, including mirrorless cameras and DSLRs, that will deliver exceptional results in videography in 2020. 

The best Nikon cameras for video

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First, the hallmarks of a great camera for video include:

  • A large sensor size that will perform well in low light and shallow depth of fields
  • Advanced video resolution of 4K to futureproof your camera
  • A fast focusing system to keep up with your subject
  • External headphone and microphone ports to capture quality sound
  • High ISO for better low light performance

Fortunately, there are plenty of Nikon cameras that boast these features. Here are some of our favourite Nikon cameras for videography and vlogging in 2020:

Nikon Z 6

Nikon has since brought out the Nikon Z 7, but the Z 6 is still the best Nikon mirrorless camera for video. 

There’s a lot to love about the Nikon Z 6. It has a powerful 24.5MP full-frame sensor, which, although a lower resolution than the Z 7, actually gives the camera some added advantages for video shooting. These include excellent ISO quality, allowing you to record beautiful footage even in low light, and great downsampling to 4K video.

nikon z 6 camera

That 4K video recording capability is full width rather than cropped, so you don’t have to worry about getting a narrower angle of view in video capture. And you can record 4K at 30, 25, or 24 frames per second. You can also record 1080p video at 120 fps for those impacting slow-mo shots.

The Z 6 comes with Nikon’s fantastic N-Log mode, which gives the footage a high dynamic range that makes it easier to work on colour grading later. 

Finally, you can also connect an external recorder to record high-quality 10-bit 4:2:2 footage for even more flexibility during post-production.

Learn more about the Niko Z 6 mirrorless camera today. 

Nikon D500

This DSLR is packed with incredible video recording features. To start, there’s ultra high definition 4K video recording at 30, 25, and 24 frames per second, as well as 1080p Full HD recording at up to 60 fps. 

A superb maximum ISO of 1,640,000 will ensure you’re all set for shooting in low light, while a Power Aperture button smoothes out transitions from light to dark areas.

nikon d500 camera for videos

The fast and accurate autofocus system is brilliant. Accessible in Live view, the Auto AF irons out minor focusing variations and can calculate the best focus for each mounted lens. 

Add to this a video-optimised Flat Picture Control mode, which you can use during recording to flatten the overall contrast curve, and you’ll have even more control over colour grading when editing.

Finally, this camera boasts external microphone and headphone ports and sensitive sound monitoring so your video quality is professional from start to finish. 

Check out the Nikon D500 DSLR camera today. 

Nikon D780

This full-frame DSLR camera offers great handling and uncropped 4K video recording at 30 frames per second (or Full HD up to 120 fps). 

Thanks to its on-sensor phase detection autofocus (the same you find in the Z 6 above), you get speedy Live view autofocus. 

nikon d780 camera for videos

This DSLR camera has beautiful handling, thanks to a comfortable grip and solid body. A high-resolution tilting touchscreen display makes recording a breeze. 

Couple these features with the camera’s fantastic low-light performance, N-Log mode for detailed footage with a high dynamic range, dual memory card slots (compatible with UHS-II cards), and affordable price, and this Nikon camera is a winner for videography. 

Take a look at the Nikon D780 DSLR camera today.

Nikon D7500

Another affordable Nikon DSLR for videos is the Nikon D7500. This is a fantastic camera for vlogging and travel videography thanks to its lightweight and portable design.

nikon d7500 camera for videos

We have the smaller APS-C sensor to thank for this portability. But even though the camera doesn’t have a full-frame sensor, it still boasts exceptional video quality, particularly in low light.

Alongside 4K video, the D7500 also has external microphone and headphone ports, along with a beautiful Power Aperture Control feature that lets you smoothly adjust your brightness with your lens while recording.

Find out more about the Nikon D7500 online today.

Nikon D850

A great all-rounder camera, the Nikon D850 delivers both high-quality stills and videos. 

nikon d850 camera for video

The D850 combines a large 45.7MP full-frame sensor with 4K video recording at 30 frames per second. You’ll love the 8K and 4K time-lapse videos and the slow-motion capture with Full HD 1080p at 120 fps. 

Thanks to an exceptional ISO range of 65-25,600, you get excellent video quality in any lighting. And a fast and accurate AF system ensures your subject always stays in focus. 

Learn more about the Nikon D850 DSLR camera today. 

Upgrade your camera for videos today

At Camera House, we have a huge range of Nikon cameras so you’ll have no trouble finding the model to suit your skill level, budget, and needs. 

Shop our selection online today or visit us in-store to receive professional advice about the best camera for your purposes.  

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