From beginner to advanced, we pick the best DSLRs
For decades, the DSLR (digital SLR) has been the top choice for anyone who wants to take their photography to the next level. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, a DSLR offers three key ingredients: manual controls, excellent picture quality and interchangeable lenses.
Mirrorless cameras are another option of course. They’re smaller (in most cases at least), mechanically simpler and, like DSLRs, they take interchangeable lenses. If you want to know more about how they compare, read this: Mirrorless vs DSLR cameras: 10 key differences. Or, if you want to know more about different camera types in general, check out our step-by-step guide: What camera should I buy?
1. Nikon D850
2. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
3. Nikon D500
4. Nikon D7500
5. Canon EOS 80D
A DSLR is still the cheapest way to get a camera with interchangeable lenses and a viewfinder (you’ll find entry-level mirrorless cameras don’t have viewfinders) and, at the other end of the scale, almost all professional sports, press and wildlife photographers choose full-frame DSLRs over every other camera type.
That said, there are some mirrorless cameras out there like the Fujifilm X-T2,Panasonic Lumix G9 and Sony Alpha A7R III that are taking the place of DSLRs in pro photographer’s kit bags.
In between entry-level and full-frame DSLR are a whole range of models aimed at different users, different levels of experience and different budgets. Here’s our pick of the standout DSLR cameras you can buy right now: