Choosing your camera is one of the most exciting decisions in a filmmaker’s life, and the last thing you’d want is to get something that isn’t perfect for you. In this deep dive into cameras, we’ll explore the best budget DSLR options for video recording available on the market in 2023.
Best Option Under $1,300
While $1,300 bucks might not seem like a budget option, unfortunately in the camera world it is. Don’t give up hope now because we have cheaper options below, but this is why the Lumix S5 is the best option in this price range.
The Lumix S5 usually retails for $2,000, but can be regularly found on sale for $1,297.99. If you have more room to stretch, you can even get this package which comes with a 20-60mm for a few hundred bucks more.
Full frame UHD 4K HDR w/10 bit internal recording
Up to 4k60 AND FullHD 180fps
5-axis sensor-shift image stabilization
Dual SD Card storage for easy switching
HDMI type D port for monitors
3.5mm jacks for headphones + microphones
V-Log recording available + in camera LUTs
Free motion LCD for self-recording
Dual Native ISO
It almost sounds too good to be true, right? Well, it almost is. The only major downside of the S5 is that unless you are coming from a previous Lumix system, you will either have to reinvest in a full new set of lenses, or get a speedbooster to use your current lenses. If you are completely new to DSLRs, this shouldn’t be too much of a problem and you can build out your inventory of L-mount lenses.
Best Option Under $1,000
Moving into a more affordable price range, I present to you the beloved Canon EOS 90D. While this camera technically comes in at around $1,200, you can get the renewed version for only $998.
Canon cameras are always a fantastic choice, since they have many advantages that other competitors don’t offer. For example, the EOS Utility software that works with any Canon DSLR allows you to use your camera as a webcam on your computer with a camera link module. The EF mount also allows for a plethora of lens options, as well as many more speedbooster options if needed.
UHD 4K30p & FullHD 120p
1.6x Crop factor (Not full frame)
Canon EOS Utility Compatible
Free motion LCD for self recording
45-Point All Cross-Type AF System
Built-In Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
Can you believe that you can get your hands on a camera like this for under $1000 in 2023? The 90D is a fantastic option for anyone looking to get into higher-quality video production without breaking the bank too much. If you’re still looking for cheaper options under $1,000, we highly recommend looking into 2-3 year old versions of the current DSLR that you want. You can almost always find great ebay deals on these, and as long as they can record 1080p60, you’ve found yourself a match.