With the way technology is moving toward the integration of multiple devices into multi-function super-devices, it no longer makes sense to have separate cameras for photo and video. New digital SLR cameras, in addition to taking stunning photos, also offer the ability to record video (yes, even HD video), meaning that the adventurous amateur photographer no longer needs to pack around loads of equipment to capture high-quality images and movies of family vacations and holidays.
Who needs a plain old video camera when you’ve got these five powerful multitaskers?
- Canon EOS Rebel T2i
If this powerhouse’s 18 megapixels weren’t enticing enough, you’ll be happy to learn that it also features full 1080p HD video recording, an expanded ISO range (for super low-light shooting), and compatibility with cutting-edge storage media such as SDXC memory cards Eye-Fi SD cards (which feature built-in Wi-Fi). Simple bonuses like a dedicated Live View/Movie shooting button and an ergonomic design add to this camera’s user-friendly pleasure factor.
- Nikon D3100
This 14.2 megapixel entry-level DSLR has the full (1080p) HD video recording capabilities you want and need, as well as a super-fast shutter and wide ISO range, meaning you’ll be able to capture your favorite moments in the highest quality possible.
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1
The compact, retro-looking design of Panasonic’s is instantly appealing, for sure, but so is its arsenal of video recording features: 720p HD recording; a “Movie Program Mode” that allows you to adjust the depth-of-field while shooting; and longer video recording times through the use of the AVCHD Lite format. Plus, Panasonic has eliminated the pentaprism found in many cameras, meaning the DMC-GF1 is much smaller and lightweight than its competitors.
- Pentax K-x
Pentax is a widely known name in the world of traditional SLR photography, so it’s only natural that they’ve created quality digital SLR cameras as well. This entry-level offering is making waves with 12.4 megapixels, 720p HD video recording, and HDR image capturing, which combines three separate images into one optimized photograph. As an extra bonus, you can get the K-x in three stylish alternate colors (white, red, and navy), and it’s always nice to know that you’ve got years of Pentax experience and professional accessories at your disposal.
- Olympus E-5
This rugged and powerful DSLR has a few design features that make it stand out among other cameras, most notably its 3-inch LCD screen that swivels out 270 degrees for accurate image previews from almost any angle. Furthermore, the E-5 offers 720p HD video recording (at 30 fps), image stabilization, dust reduction, and 10 in-camera Art Filters that let you apply creative effects to photos and videos.