DSLRs are the future of filmmaking says the director of hit American TV show House who used a Canon EOS 5D Mark II camera to film an upcoming episode.

The show?s director Greg Yaitanes chose the 5D Mark II, mainly handheld, in preference to a traditional TV camera in what is being hailed as a first for the industry.

Yaitanes praised the 21.1-million-pixel full frame DSLR for its ease of use in ?tight spaces? and ?richer shallow focus that pulls the actors faces to the foreground of the shot?.

Writing on the social networking website Twitter he added: ?I loved it and feel it?s the future ? cameras that can give you these looks.?

The EOS 5D Mark II boasts a High Definition (1080×1920 pixel) video mode.

Launched in November 2008 it cost £2,299.99. Today it can be picked up for under £1,700.

The director said he used a 24-70mm, 70-200mm and Canon?s prime lenses to film the episode which will be broadcast in the US on 17 May. When not handheld he used a small tripod.

The camera is chiefly aimed at semi-professional photographers and the wedding and press photographer market.

Features include an ISO range expandable to 50-25,600 and a 3in LCD screen with a 920,000 dot resolution.

Last month Canon added 24 and 25 frames per second movie recording to the camera in a bid to deliver the ‘optimum frame rate for cinematic video’.

The move reflected a growing market for high quality movie recording in DSLRs.