December 16, 2014 at 7:52AM

You voted '+1'.

Nikon Camera VS Canon Camera

It's the age old question. I have a Nikon D3300 camera for filming and I'm happy with the image quality etc.

However, I'm in the market for a better camera. I did some research into which movies were shot on a dslr. Nearly ALL were shot on a Canon 7D or Canon 5D Mark II. Hardly a Nikon used!

So my big question is - WHY?

I looked at the specs for all cameras:

And there isn't much in it. So why is the Canon favored much more than the Nikon?

Please help me solve this headache! Thanks!


Most larger productions rent everything and most film rental companies rent Canon cameras ( because the Canon 5D Mk2 was the first DSLR to shoot high quality video ), so Canon DSLR cameras become the default option.

The TV show Dexter used Nikon D800 cameras for some of it's shots, and the TV show Wilfred shot almost everything with Nikon D800 cameras.

December 16, 2014 at 2:16PM

Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer

Neither - go blackmagic. You said you did research into which movies were shot on DSLRs. Go BM - the pocket camera is a comparable price, shoots RAW, etc.

December 19, 2014 at 10:05AM


It seems that Canon has a wider range of lenses. One of the many reasons, I guess, would be because you can use a Nikon lens on a Canon body, but can't do otherwise. So there is no reason to buy a camera that won't have as many lenses as the other.

However, I am also going Nikon, and am hoping to buy my first DSLR, a D5300, later this year. But I agree with Jake, if it is an option and you have the right budget, go BlackMagick, nothing better than shooting RAW. If you don't have the budget for it, but can buy some lenses for your Nikon, I'd tell you to do so.

If you already set your mind up on this, I'd say 70d. It has a good tracking system that I believe the others don't have. But I haven't made any research on these two cameras. Still, if you want a new camera and have the money, buy the latest version. 5D Mk2 was the first DSLR with good video, the first, there has been a lot more after, and a lot improved.

Actually, if I am not mistaken, I believe 5D Mk2 actually doesn't have a nice autofocus, but if you are going to use just manual, I guess you would be fine with it.

January 18, 2015 at 11:42PM

Lucas Zanella
Director / DP / Editor

Canon is my first option you have a lot of choices with they.

January 22, 2015 at 11:14AM

Rag├╝el Cremades
Film producer and director

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