In this post, we picked the top 5 best DSLR cameras on the market this year. So regardless of whether you’re looking for a camera to start filmmaking or photography or if you just want the best of the best, they’ll make the professionals jealous. We’ll have an option for you so if you’re interested in finding out which DSLR will be best for you continue reading.
Coming up with this list we heavily factored in price because DSLR cameras range from anywhere between $400 to $4,000 and we wanted to make sure we include the best products based on price versus performance, will a $4,000 camera outperform a $500 camera, probably, but we’re asking is the extra money really worth the difference in quality and we intend to find out. All the links to all the products mentioned in this posts will be in the marked in text down below or images.
First up, we have the Nikon D3300 our best budget DSLR the D3300 may have been replaced of the D3400 but that’s no reason to discount this entry-level DSLR in fact as D3400 cost a little bit more the prices are continuing to fall the D3300 is the better buy right now the D3300 features a high resolution 24.2 mph C sensor pretty impressive when you consider the enthusiast focus D7200 shares the same resolution and costs quite a bit more. Like the rest of the range, the D3300 sensor does away with a low-pass filter. Which means even more details captured resulting in even sharper images. There are a host of special effects on tap allowing you to jazz up JPEG files and videos with a collection of styles.
Left on his boost to the list of effects – 13 for the D3300 and it now includes pop which increases color saturation toy camera which creates a retro effect and easy panorama these effects can be previewed in real time on the LCD screen so you can see exactly what you’ll get once you trigger the shutter. The D3300 is the second DSLR from Nikon choose a Monaco key construction this means that the chase is made from a single piece of material making it both lighter and stronger compared to the D3200. There is a huge number of buttons on the D3300 which is to be expected of an entry-level camera on the top plate you’ll find the mode dial for switching between exposure modes such as fully automatic aperture priority and the newly incorporated effects mode also on the top plate.
You’ll find the exposure compensation button for using automatic and semi-automatic modes and an info button which helpfully turns off the video display preventing it from being a distraction while using the viewfinder autofocusing speeds are pretty high especially in daylight or well at conditions. As expected the D3300 has excellent resolving power zooming in images to 100% reels that very fine details can be seen happily we’ve not come across any examples of more patterning when shooting stills overall this is a quality entry-level DSLR coming in at the lowest price range for reasonable camera good for photos and passable for filmmaking camera.
Canon Rebel T5i
Next up is the Canon Rebel T5i, our best entry-level DSLR or the best DSLR for beginners. The T5i uses an APS-C sensor that’s similar in size to its competitors. It is however a little older and therefore lags behind a dynamic range color depth and low-light performance. The T5i is capable of producing great-looking photographs, but it’s not going to perform quite as well in adverse lighting conditions. When you just expose your settings the image preview is updated in real time. This makes it easy to understand the effects of changing aperture, shutter speed and ISO. It may seem insignificant to some, these helpful features facilitate learning, they make this camera one of the best DSLRs for beginners.
The T5i is well designed for shooting video and feels more natural in this roll than some of its competitors. Switching in video mode is quick and once there, the T5i is articulating screen makes it easy to shoot and adjust settings from any angle, in fact this is very commonly the entry-level of the most popular YouTubers today. Perhaps its greatest strengths in video mode is its high quality kit lens unlike competitor’s lenses canons lenses are smooth and silent auto focusing. This means you can continuously autofocus in video mode without your onboard microphone picking up distracting sounds from the lens.
The T5i is a very good camera it offers a well-designed video mode and silent lens for filming, as well as unique beginner-friendly features, like intuitive touch screen controls to facilitate learning. These features make the Rebel T5i an excellent choice for budding videographers and photographers.
Next up is the Canon EOS 80D, our best value for the money. For the advanced to amateur photographer Canons double digit series of DSLRs has always been appealing. Typically blending and comprehensive specs with the body only price that falls just below $1,000. However with competition in the high-end enthusiast DSLR segment intensifying, new models have needed to offer something new or unique to stay one step ahead. Photographers who like to track moving subjects will appreciate having the option to select AI servo in Live View mode. It’s also good as he can and adding extra control of the dual pixel CMOS autofocus sensitivity from the custom function menu. This allows users to adapt the focus to the shooting situation and create slow natural or fast focusing transitions when shooting using the viewfinder the 80D features a newly developed autofocus module that is a big upgrade on the 70D. There are now 45 autofocus points compared to the 19 on the 70d and all of these are cross types. The autofocus system isn’t too dissimilar from the Canon EOS 80D mark 4 and out of the 45 points, 27 remain active when using a teleconverter and lens combination with a maximum aperture of f/8.
The 80D doesn’t feature 4k video but it does provide videographers with the option to shoot full HD or 1920 by 1080 movies up to 60 P and the mp4 or the MOV file format. Full control of audio levels can be taken directly from the touch screen this is also tougher camera for filming video. It’s the camera of choice for many famous YouTube filmmakers. Videographers will be pleased to know that Canon has carefully considered the placement of the microphone and headphone inputs. To ensure the screen can be fully articulated when audio components are plugged in. One of my criticisms regarding the design of the abd is Canons decision not to include a dual card slot an extremely useful storage feature for both backup as well as overflow should you reach your cards capacity. For amateurs and enthusiasts the 80D is a well rounded and highly capable aps-c DSLR that’s worth a close look. In our opinion it is the best value for the money, with an ability to make high-quality pictures and capture terrific video at a price below some of their high quality cameras.
As a runner-up we have the Nikon D810 which is nearly $1,000 less than our top pick the. D810 is the camera that replaces the classic D800 and the 800E it’s a full-frame 36,3 megapixel camera that offers some of the best images you can get from any DSLR. Nikon claims it produces the finest photos of any of its cameras ever for serious and professional photographers 2700 asking price won’t seem as intimidating as it does to most people. Nikon has not rocked the boat with the D810 design but there are a few little changes here and there. The hand grip has changed a bit offering greater contouring for index finger on the front grip and more pronounced thumb grip on the rear, the weatherproofing has been altered to.
Like the D800 the Nikon D810 is fully weather proofed but now the rubber flaps to keep the water out or split up a bit more instead of using one flap to cover the HDMI, USB and headphone jack there are now separate ones. the Nikon D810 uses an RGB W screen rather than a standard RGB one the final white sub pixel is used to increase maximum brightness without consuming too much power. The Nikon D810 also misses out on a few connectivity features that are now all but assumed in much cheaper cameras. Wi-Fi and GPS are not built-in instead you need to feature separate adapters to have those features this is disappointing and quite odd.
Given how far these features have spread down the price range among more mainstream cameras as you’d hope from a DSLR of this pedigree autofocus speed is excellent. Especially for not using Live View mode, which limits the Nikon d810 a contrast detection autofocus this is a 51 point focusing system and we found it to be extremely fast even in poor lighting conditions. Nikon has rather dramatically expanded the ISO range of the D810 over the D800 giving the new camera a huge native ISO range of 64 12800. Naturally the noise reduction engine cuts into the fine detail a little bit more substantially as you work further up the ISO range but the results remain impressive even the extreme high ends of the range ISO 25 600 to 51 200 the results are just about usable in an emergency such as the power of a great full-frame sensor. Overall a nearly $1,000 less than a topic this is a solid professional level camera that would make great for a cheaper substitute for someone looking to produce high-quality images.
Canon EOS 5D Mark 4
Our last pick and our best overall DSLR camera is the Canon EOS 5D Mark 4. If you’ve picked up a 5D Mark 3 before you are know the quality produces its a moderately sized full frame body measuring 4.6 by 5.9 by 3 inches and weighing in at 1 point 8 pounds. Their grip allows you to use two batteries to power the camera and CIP rates a fully charged battery to net nine hundred shots via the viewfinder and three hundred using the rear LCD. The optical viewfinder is bright and clear and it covers 100% of the frame so what you see is what you shoot, and it is quite bright due to its glass pentaprism design. It’s not so large delivering a point 71 magnification rating just about standard for this class the 5D Mark 4 fits comfortably in your hands thanks to a deep accommodating grip that provides comfortable access to the depth of field preview button. Next to the lens mount and shutter release top the grip even for those with short stubby fingers. Rear controls include menu and info which sit just below the on-off switch a column of buttons run below them to the left of the LCD picture style split view great zoom playing delete GPS and Wi-Fi are both built in. You’ll need to enable GPS if you want location metadata added to all of your images though it is a useful tool for landscape photographers is it lets you know exactly where you were when you captured an image. When working in professional or studio environments the 5D Mark 4 also supports image transfer to an FTP server via Wi-Fi you can set the camera to large or small jpg or RAW images and choose between automatic or manual image transfer.
The 5D Mark 4 is a fine tool for capturing quick candid moments, it starts focuses and captures an image in about 0.5 seconds. The autofocus is likewise speedy, the 5D locks on the targets in less than 0.1 seconds in bright light when framing shots with optical viewfinder the 5D shoots and tracked subjects at 7 fps and continuous drive mode. When paired with the UDM a 760 Mpbs sandjas compact flash memory card it can keep that pace for 16 raw N jpg or 23 ball shots. When shooting JP G’s you don’t have to worry about a shot limit the 61 point autofocus system is very similar to the one in the 1D X mark 2 the 5D mark 4 focuses almost as quickly as Live View as it does when using the optical viewfinder. One of the ballyhooed new features is the dual pixel overall shooting format since each pixel is split into two halves the support phase detection focus each captures a slightly different view of the scene.
Dual pixel Raw lets you leverage that offset view to perform minor adjustments to the focus changing the way out of focus areas and reducing ghosting. The 5D mark 4 has a new 30mph sensor it’s the first time we’ve seen as particularly at a full-frame camera and if the livers on the promise to bounce resolution and high iso performance. Overall if you’re looking for a very highly quality professional level camera in which you can produce the highest quality video and photos then look no further than the canon EOS 5D mark 4.