Can DSLR Cameras Take Videos?

If you’re in the market for a DSLR camera then I’m sure you are doing some research before you invest in one. Or perhaps you already own a DSLR camera and you want to find out if it can do more than just take photos.

A question that many new DSLR camera owners ask is whether or not it can take videos. Our smartphones can take photos as well as videos, so surely a DSLR camera can too.

Join me as I find out.

Can DSLR Cameras Take Videos?

Yes, DSLR cameras can take professional-looking videos and are considered to be cheaper and more accessible than professional video cameras. Even entry-level DSLR cameras are capable of taking videos, and they are often used by many amateur videographers, vloggers, creative filmmakers, and Youtubers.

This is one of my favorite things about DSLR cameras. They are very versatile in the sense that you can take professional high-quality photos as well as videos, and you don’t need to fiddle with complicated settings and controls to record video. You effectively get a camera and video camera in one.

Is A DSLR Camera Worth It For Video?

Yes, A DSLR camera is worth it for video because they are more cost-effective and easier to operate when compared to professional video cameras.

Let’s have a look at why DSLR cameras are worth it for video.

1.) They are cheaper

High-end video cameras are known to be very expensive and are often out of reach of many, but DSLR cameras are cheaper and this makes them an ideal choice for aspiring filmmakers and beginners alike.

2.) More accessible

It is really a matter of point-and-shoot when it comes to taking videos with a DSLR camera, especially if you’re already familiar with the camera. This is not the case with high-end video cameras because require more knowledge and effort to use them effectively.

3.) Wider selection of lenses

There are so many lenses at your disposal if you own a DSLR camera, and there is no shortage of accessories as well. This is often not the case with video cameras, and your selection of lenses and accessories is quite limited.

4.) Smaller form factor

Video cameras tend to be a bit bulky, and as such, they can be difficult to carry around and travel with. DSLR cameras are much smaller and more convenient to use.

5.) Longer battery life

DSLR cameras generally have longer battery life when compared to high-end video cameras, and this is very useful when you need to take videos on the go. Video cameras have a lot more extras and features, therefore they require more power to run.

How Long Can A DSLR Camera Record Video?

Most entry-level DSLR cameras can record videos up to 30 minutes long, regardless of the space available on the SD card.

This limit was put in place by camera manufacturers to avoid rendering their professional video cameras useless. Because DSLR cameras can record professional-looking videos, many filmmakers would rather use them to record videos instead of the higher-end, and more expensive, video cameras. But since there is a 30-minute recording limit, there is still a market need for high-end video cameras.

How Can I Use My DSLR As A Video Camera?

Ok, so now you are probably wondering how to use your DSLR camera to take video. Luckily, our good friend Mike Browne made an excellent video showing you everything you need to know. Watch it below.


DSLR cameras can take high-quality videos and they are cheaper than high-end video cameras, and this makes them a favorite among many filmmakers. They are very easy to take video with, especially compared to high-end video cameras, and this means that anyone can pick the camera up and take videos.

It is worth noting though is that DSLR cameras can only record up to 30 minutes of video at a time, so if that is a problem for you, then you might need to opt for a video camera instead.

If the 30-minute limit is not a problem for you then a DSLR camera is an excellent choice to take videos. You have so many lenses and accessories to choose from, so the sky is the limit.