Looking to buy a new digital SLR or upgrade your current camera but confused by all the models available? Well sit back and let us guide you through the leading models with our selection of the best DSLRs of 2016.
From beginner friendly DSLRs to mid-level enthusiast and advanced professional models, our definitive list of DSLRs for each price bracket will help you to find the perfect camera.
Best DSLR Camera for Beginners – Canon Rebel T5
Canon’s Rebel T5 or EOS 1200D model as it’s called in the United Kingdom is the latest in the manufacturer’s entry-level range. It offers high-end specs including an amazing 18-megapixel image delivered by its CMOS sensor paired with Canon’s DIGIC 4 processor. Also included are an LCD screen and viewfinder.
Perhaps the most appealing feature is the low price, with the Rebel T5 currently available for under $500 with 18-55mm lens.
Canon’s T5 is our choice as the best camera currently available for DSLR buyers on a tight budget. Our only criticism is the low-resolution LCD screen. But considering all the other features included such as outstanding ISO high performance, a free Android or iPhone companion app which includes instruction guides, tutorials, and troubleshooting tips, this is the best entry-level camera for the money.
Best DSLR Camera under $500 – Nikon D3300
If your budget can handle $500 the Nikon D3300 represents a great choice within the entry-level DSLR market.
The D3300 features an improved resolution compared to Canon’s T5, up to 24.3MP making it nearly the same as professional DSLRs. A leading feature for the Nikon D3300 is the 5fps continuous shooting speed which no other model at this price range can offer.
If you are looking for more sophistication in your entry-level DSLR, the D3300 model offers an impressive amount of performance and the opportunity to expand into Nikon’s market-leading accessories range.
Nikon’s D3300 is our pick as the best DSLR under $500. The camera makes a perfect choice for entry-level photographers. Our only complaint is the slow autofocus in live view mode. But with other outstanding features such as the impressive 24.3MP resolution, smooth HD 1080/60p video recording, as well as excellent battery life and light portable body, we love the Nikon D3300 and think you will too.
Best Mid-Range DSLR – Sony A77
Despite being on the market for almost four years, Sony’s A77 specs still stack up well against any camera on the market.
True photography enthusiasts wouldn’t class the A77 as DSLR due to the lack of an optical viewfinder; Sony calls the camera a Single Lens Translucent (SLT) camera. The benefit of a design without a viewfinder the camera is able to shoot much faster; the A77 is capable of a top continuous shooting speed of 12fps – the highest in its class. Sony’s engineers have included a high res 2.36m-dot electronic viewfinder to make up for the lack of optical viewfinder.
Internally Sony has included a very high-resolution 24MP CMOS sensor, with a standard sensitivity range between 100-16,00 that can be lowered to ISO 50.
The Sony A77 with 16-50mm lens for under $800 makes for a great mid-range DSLR.
The best DSLR for photography enthusiasts, Sony’s A77 includes a good combination of high-end technology and good old-fashioned manual control. The A77 comes into its own when taking every day stills in a wide range of situations, as well as casual sports and action photography. Enthusiasts looking for high ISO light photography, and fast action sports shots shouldn’t buy the A77.
Best DSLR for Taking Images – Nikon D610
Nikon’s latest camera in its famed 600 series is the D610 model. Nikon’s DSLR has a very good build quality and good ergonomics for taking brilliant shots. Image quality is superb, with consistent metering and white balance results. The D610 is perfect for photography enthusiasts who often shoot at high ISO or shallow depth-of-field. Images provide outstanding high ISO performance in both JPEG and Raw format.
A common complaint about the previous D600 model was oil and dust spots on the sensor which have been resolved in the D610’s design. For under $2,000 with a 24-85mm Nikkor lens, the D610 will make a great purchase for any photography enthusiast.
Best DSLR for image quality. The Nikon D610 case is lighter and a less expensive alternative to pro-level DSLRs, with a tough weather-sealed enclosure. The small auto finder compared to its competitors turns some buyers away, but this DSLR is the perfect selection for enthusiasts who shoot at high ISO and want a camera that can handle most shooting situations.
Best DSLR Camera on the Market – Canon EOS 5D Mark III
While this certainly doesn’t come cheap the Canon EOS 5D Mark III is simply one of the best DSLRs models on the market. Canon has designed the 5D Mark III with a great selection video features as well as the ability to take highly detailed raw files. All these advanced shooting options are cased inside an excellent weather-sealed, magnesium alloy case.
At the heart of the 5D Mark III is a 22.3MP full-frame CMOS sensor and the highly rated DIGIC 5+ image processor. Other highlights include a 61-point AF module, extensive ISO 100-25,600 sensitivity range, and Full HD 30P video recording. There is no better way to describe Canon’s 5D Mark III as the best DSLR money can buy.
A leading DSLR for recording video and taking outstanding images, Canon’s EOS 5D will suit photographers who need a versatile DSLR which is capable of taking high-quality results in almost any shooting situations.