The Best DSLR Cameras For Video Under $2000 In 2023


For filmmakers looking for more professional-grade equipment and prefer DSLR cameras to mirrorless, we’re now going to look at DSLR cameras under $2000.

In this price range, a lot of the differences between cameras are personal preference. Depending on the situations you plan to film, and if you already have a collection of lenses, certain cameras may be a clearer selection.

That said, all of the five cameras listed below are incredible choices. If you’re looking to upgrade, these cameras will certainly help you get a better image.

1. Canon EOS 90D

canon 90d

Starting off our list is the Canon EOS 90D. This is a great DSLR and will be very familiar to most Canon users. It features a 32.5 MP APS-C CMOS sensor that will give you a good dynamic range and an ISO of 25600.

The 90D can shoot in 4K at 24/30 frames per second and full HD at up to 120 fps for slow-motion video. It also features Canon’s dual pixel autofocus which is very tough to beat.

In terms of ergonomics, the 90D has some beneficial features as well. An articulating touch screen and WiFi connectivity can make your life easier, especially if you’re filming on the go.

Overall, the EOS 90D is a great camera. Though there are some limitations around the sensor and low light performance, it performs wonderfully. Canon’s color science, autofocus, and selection of lenses also contribute to making this camera a good choice.

32.5 MP Sensor
4K (time-lapse included)
Dual Pixel Autofocus
Great Color
Not a full-frame sensor
Low light could be improved

Check the current price on Adorama.

2. Canon EOS 6D Mark II

canon eos 6d m2

Next on our list is the Canon EOS 6D Mark II. This is a DSLR that is frequently compared to the 90D, especially considering their similar price points. However, unlike the 90D the 6D features a 26.2 MP full-frame sensor.

The differences in sensors have strengths and weaknesses. The 90D has a bit better dynamic range, however, the 6D performs better in low light. Ergonomically the 6D is very similar to the 90D, with an articulating touch screen and WiFi/Bluetooth connectivity.

Unfortunately, the 6D Mark II does not have 4K. For some filmmakers, this will be fine, but it’s up to you to decide what your requirements are. The camera also maxes out at 60 fps. For many of us, that is fine for slow motion, but it is worth noting especially if you tend to film action/wildlife.

Full Frame
Good Low light
Canon Color
No 4K
Max FPS is 60

Check the current price on Adorama.

3. Nikon D500

nikon d500

Moving away from Canon, we’ll now take a look at the Nikon D500. The D500 has a 20.9 MP APS-C sensor and can shoot 4K video. The native ISO range tops out at 51200, and this camera performs wonderfully in low light conditions.

The D500 features built-in electronic stabilization. If you’re filming on the go or doing handheld shots, this can help reduce some shaking and increase your chances of getting usable footage. Unfortunately, this stabilization doesn’t work in 4K.

When filming in 4K there is a 2x crop factor (up from the 1.5 APS-C crop). This is not the end of the world but limits the useability of its 4K, especially if you’re going for wide-angle shots. Another con is the autofocus. It is not nearly as reliable as Canon’s autofocus and some of the noise from focusing can be picked up by an onboard microphone.

If you have been shooting with Nikon cameras, or have Nikon glass, the D500 is a great choice for you. It is a sharp, solid, and all-around well-performing camera.

Great Low Light
Electronic stabilization
APS-C Sensor
2X Crop for 4K

Check the current price on Adorama.

4. Pentax K-1 Mark II

pentax k12

The Pentax K-1 Mark II is another great DSLR to consider. It has a Full Frame 36.4 MP sensor and some great unique features that set it apart from its competition.

One of this camera’s big strengths is 5-axis stabilization. This helps significantly reduce camera shake and, paired with the weather resistance, makes this a good camera for outdoor/on the go projects.

The Pentax K-1 Mark II also has a built-in headphone chack and microphone in, meaning you can monitor the audio you’re collecting. Again, for filmmakers outside of controlled settings and without crews, this is a huge help.

Unfortunately, this camera lacks 4K video and doesn’t have very impressive low light performance. This is not the end of the world, but it is important to note.

Full Frame Sensor (36.4 MP)
5-Axis Stabilization
Weather/Dust Resistant
Solid Autofocus
Headphone Jack
No 4K
Low Light

Check the current price on Adorama.

5. Nikon D750

nikon d750

Last on our list is the Nikon D750. The D750 is very impressive and quite popular. It has a 24.3 MP full-frame sensor and can get crisp and clear footage even in extremely adverse conditions.

One of the greatest strengths of the Nikon D750 is its low light performance. It also has an excellent dynamic range, especially when using a flat picture profile (some come preinstalled). Unfortunately, there is no 4K video.

Like the cameras listed above, the D750 has some helpful features for ease of use. An articulating screen and WiFi connectivity can be super great in a pinch.

Overall, the extremely impressive low light capabilities are what set the D750 apart from its competitors. If you are shooting conditions without controlled lighting this will help tremendously. Paired with a good dynamic range, the D750 is prepared to capture footage in most situations.

Low Light
Dynamic range
Color/Picture Profiles
No 4K

Check the current price on Adorama.


Each of these cameras has unique strengths and weaknesses. That said, they are all very capable of producing professional-quality footage. However, to get the most out of your camera, you must understand what features will be the most useful to you.

Do you plan on shooting indoors and in controlled environments? Or will you be filmmaking on the go without a crew? Answering questions like these and matching that to the correct camera will be a huge help.

Are there cameras on this list that excite you the most? Let us know which cameras are your favorite in the comments below. I hope you’re able to get your next camera and start making some films!

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Cade Taylor is a filmmaker and writer based out of Los Angeles. Originally from Seattle, he continues to work as the Outreach Coordinator for the Bigfoot Script Challenge, where he helps connect up-and-coming writers with industry professionals. When he’s not working on his own projects, helping out with Bigfoot, or covering desks, Cade loves to share what he knows with other filmmakers and promote great content.

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