Digital camera makers are searching for waysto differentiate their cameras from smartphone cameras, and the best way to do it is by providinghigh-end image quality and performance features that a smartphone camera cannot match. Buying a DSLR camera, short for digital singlelens reflex, is a great way to achieve this separation. Before we get started with our video detailingthe best DSLR cameras on the market, we have included links in the description for eachproduct mentioned, so make sure you check those out to see which one is in your budgetrange.
Starting off with the best overall DSLR camerawe have the Nikon D850. The Nikon D850 is the best DSLR for most people. Unlike its older sibling, the D810, the D850comes with a respectable 45.7-megapixel sensor. It also takes 4k video and supports XQD memorycards, which speeds up the interfacing between the SD card and the camera and the computer. PetaPixel posted about a video put out byNikon Asia showing just how much faster the XQD card transfers photos: The old CF tookone minute and fifty-five seconds to transfer 1,000 photos, while the XQD took only 35 seconds.
Apart from that, the D850 has all the samefeatures and superlative qualities of the D810 but with no pop-up flash, which is notsomething most people use at this level of photography anyhow. The big difference is that you get much higherresolution, which is great, especially when cropping photos, and you can shoot 4k videoat 30p, which isn’t great at high speed or in low light. Otherwise, it’s weather-sealed, holds twomemory cards, shoots seven frames per second, has a faster image processing speed, and isprobably likely to be around a little longer as it’s three years younger. TechRadar calls the D850 “high resolutionmeets high speed.” Digital Trends and Ken Rockwell are similarlyenamored by the D850, and, if you’ve got the dough to blow, this is our favorite DSLR onthe market right now. All this aside, our old pick, the D810, isstill a strong camera, but if you’re spending this much, it’s probably worth tossing ina few hundred dollars for the newer, higher-res, higher-speed option. Next up we have the best mid-range DSLR camerawhich goes to the Nikon D7500.
If you have a bit of experience with photographyand don’t want your first DSLR to be an entry-level model, the Nikon D7500 is our favorite intermediate-levelcamera. It fits perfectly into this area of the DSLRmarket, offering much of what higher-end cameras do, but at a price point well below theirprice point. As Digital Photography Review discusses inits Nikon D7500 review, this camera offers the highest quality in the market among DSLRswith APS-C sized image sensors. It provides 20.9 megapixels of resolution,which is more than enough for most beginner and intermediate photographers. It’s worth noting that our previous pick,the D7200, offered 24.2 megapixels, which is much more comparable to other DSLRs inthis price range. The big tradeoff is that you do get 4k videowith the D7500. All in all, 20.9 megapixels is just fine formost anyone and even some professionals, so long as you’re not doing heavy cropping orprinting large posters.
Steve’s Digicams’ D7500 review highlightsthe excellent viewfinder build quality that was also found in our previous pick. For those who have used film cameras in thepast, the viewfinder was a key component to framing photographs. Photographers often are disappointed to findno viewfinder on a simple digital camera or on a smartphone camera. So having a high-quality viewfinder in theNikon D7500 is a great feature. Up next we have the best DSLR camera for beginnerswhich goes to the Nikon D3500. One thing we really like about the D3500—and all Nikon cameras, for that matter — is its user-friendliness. Nikon is widely known and appreciated formaking easy-to-use cameras, which alone earns it a large, loyal fan base.
But just because it’s easy to use doesn’tmean it’s necessarily a limiting camera. Sure, you can’t shoot 4k video, and there’sno swivel or vari-angle screen, so capturing video or stills using the rear display attough angles is more or less out of the question. The D3500 does come with a respectable 11-pointautofocus and a 5fps burst shooting speed, which makes some other competitively-pricedcameras seem sluggish in comparison. Another huge benefit of this camera, especiallywhen compared with mirrorless cameras, is its battery life. Because the D3500 relatively low-tech, itdoesn’t burn up as much power and can fire off about 1,500 shots before you run out ofcharge. In contrast, higher-tech DSLRs and most mirrorlesscameras tear through a battery in several hundred shots. TechRadar calls the D3500 “a great entry intothe world of photography,” and it’s relatively new, but 30 reviews on Amazon have earnedit a 4.6-star rating. After a steady month of testing, we don’tknow of a better camera at this price point, and certainly not a full kit that stacks upfor under $500.
As far as we’re concerned, this is the bestentry-level DSLR you can buy. Next we have the best high-resolution DSLTcamera which goes to the Sony A99 II. Unlike the rest of the cameras in this guide,Sony’s A99 II is a DSLT (Digital Single Lens Translucent). You’re surely familiar with DSLR cameras,but what’s a DSLT? In short, you might think of it as a hybridbetween a DSLR and a mirrorless camera. At length, the “T” stands for translucentin reference to the mirror, because it uses “Translucent Mirror Technology,” which, inplain terms, means the mirror is translucent and fixed. The mirror allows about 70% of the light yourshutter lets in through to the sensor and the remaining 30% or so up to the phase detectionautofocus sensor. On a DSLR camera, the “R” stands for reflex(also in reference to the mirror), and the mirror pops up to let light hit the sensorwhen you fire a shot. The difference in practical terms? You’ve got one less moving part, so you canshoot more frames per second, and because the reflex mirror in DSLRs moves, it createsvibration, affecting image quality.
In its Sony A99 II review, Photography Blogpoints out the excellent image and video quality this camera can obtain. It offers a full-frame image sensor with animpressive 42.4 megapixels of resolution, allowing it to create amazing images. Because it’s a relatively new camera, Sonyhas included a maximum video resolution of 4K, which makes it a strong video camera,too. As Digital Photography Review mentions, theA99 II is able to give advanced photographers all of the manual control options they couldever need. This means photographers can use a collectionof camera settings that will yield the best results, even in tough shooting conditionssuch as low light. It’s a great all-around camera, in additionto offering a high-resolution count. Burst mode performance is another area wherethe A99 II excels, as it can record up to 12 frames per second at a full 42.4 megapixelsof resolution. Because the Sony A99 II carries a really highprice point, you’re going to want to make sure you have enough photographic experienceto take full advantage of its feature set. If you feel like your skills are ready fora camera of the A99 II’s level, few cameras on the market can match its still image andvideo recording quality.
User reviews on Amazon are few, but largelypositive, and The Huffington Post’s review agreed that it’s a great high-end DSLR. And for our last pick we have the best DSLRcamera for sports photography which goes to the Canon EOS 7D Mark II. Even though the Canon EOS 7D Mark II DSLRcamera is a couple of years old, it remains Canon’s fastest performing camera with anAPS-C sized image sensor. This is a slightly smaller image sensor interms of physical size than you’ll find with some other DSLRs (such as full-frame imagesensors). However, for beginner photographers, an APS-Csized sensor with 20.2 megapixels of resolution delivers more than enough image quality tomeet their needs. Only experienced photographers will be wishingfor more resolution.
By offering this level of performance in anAPS-C image sensor DSLR, Canon is able to sell the 7D at a mid-range price point. As explained in Photography Life’s reviewof the 7D Mark II, you’ll be able to capture those fast-moving subjects successfully withthis DSLR’s incredibly fast burst mode. The Imaging Resource rates the 7D Mark IIas a perfect five stars, thanks to excellent image quality, its fast autofocus system,and its fast burst mode performance. The 7D’s video recording capabilities arebetter than average, too, which contributes to its ability to capture sports and wildlifescenes. You can record Full HD video at up to 60 framesper second, and the 7D Mark II includes a 3.5mm microphone jack, as well as a headphonejack to ensure a strong audio signal. If you really want to step up your sportsphotography, or are looking to go pro, the Canon 1DX Mark II is tops (mind you, it’salso more than $5,000). The Canon 7D Mark II is just a little tooold to incorporate 4K video recording, which is a slight disappointment in an otherwisestrong DSLR. TechRadar, PocketLint, CNET, and PC Mag allgave it good scores, and user reviews on Amazon are also positive. So that sums up our top DSLR cameras of 2019. We hope you enjoyed. If you did please leave a like on the videoand if you’re new here hit that subscribe button. Until next time have a great day.