It is a HDSLR not a HD DSLR!

This one has been one of my biggest pet peeve for a while and I think it is time to use my very limited influence to correct this:

We should say HDSLR, not HD DSLR!

You probably know what a SLR camera is: SLR standing for Single Lens Reflex. A few years ago, the D was added for “Digital". Actually, it should have been NSLR for Numeric SLR (since the SLR at the time were already using digital technologies) but I think marketing departments thought it did not sound cool enough and went with DSLR.

Fast forward a few years and the term HDSLR starts popping around as an acronym for Hybrid Digital Single Lens Reflex. By hybrid we mean a camera that can take both stills and videos.

The fact that the first popular HDSLR (Nikon D90) recorded in HD made a few people call these HD DSLR for High Definition Digital SLR but if you think for a moment; it does not make sense because:

  • DSLR already produced high definition images
  • It does not say anything about the video capability of the camera.

So a DSLR that can shoot video should be called HDSLR! Pass the word.

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  • add that to my list of pet peeves that feature “ATM Machine” (automatic teller machine machine) and “RPMs” (revolutions per minuteS)

  • dbr

    VDSLR (Video DSLR) always made far more sense, I thought.. DSLR’s that shoot video – seems simple and accurate enough.. then again HDSLR (or HD-DSLR) does sound a bit better verbally..

    • Marketing wise especially.

  • I’m tired of saying dSLR at all. Its an SLR and everyone will assume it digital (or numeric), if you want to flaunt your F1, say its a film SLR cuz thats gonna be the exception now. Probably same with HDSLR before too long.

  • admin

    Goncalo: I agree with you but right now there are a lot of confusion caused by the various terms used and using a single term would make it easier to do searches on the net too since the results would be be divided between 3 different wordings.

  • jerk

    I see the term VDSLR used more than HDSLR.

  • Peces

    How about just VSLR, a video[-capable] SLR? I think that is the most sensible option. After all, they are SLR cameras that can also record video, be it SD, HD or The Next Thing.


  • Ha ha. I call them Video DSLR’s on my site – Because I hate how everyone throws HD on things these days. Like those HD sun glasses, I’ve seen HD makeup. Plus, It’s a DSLR to people who won’t use it for Video. So fittingly Video DSLR.

  • moghbaba

    Thanks for the informative and brief info.

  • It’s like High Definition paint. When I first heard that I was like WTH?

  • James McCormick

    Actually, it is AN hdslr :).