Like many other devices, buying a decent camera is a matter of personal preference, priorities and/or necessities. Every camera is different since each serves a different purpose. However, in this post, it is my attempt to pick a DSLR camera that is truly awesome and will serve the needs of most folks.
Before we get into detailed reviews, here is a handy list of 10 best-selling DSLR cameras for your quick overview:
Unlike the more common compact digital camera, a DSLR camera combines the optics and the mechanisms of a single-lens reflex camera with a digital imaging sensor. These image sensors are larger, better and produce higher quality photos. You see exactly what the lens sees. In other words, a DSLR camera provides an accurate preview of what you are shooting such that what you see is what you get.
After looking at multiple cameras and analyzing tons of reviews, our pick for the best DSLR camera for most people is: Nikon D3500.
Nikon D3500 is a great DSLR camera friendly enough for beginners and packs an impressive spec list for more advanced users.
It has a light, ultra-compact body. Despite the compactness, it packs in 24.2 effective megapixels and the new Expeed 4 image-processing engine.
The battery life is excellent, so you can take it everywhere you go.
You can also take 1080p full HD videos with very sharp details and vibrant colors.
If you can’t fit the whole scene into your frame, you can use its easy panorama mode to pan across the scene and capture the whole view.
Bottom line – this camera has the best combination of image quality, features, handling, size/weight, and price on the market right now. And, if you can’t take amazing photos with this camera, you can’t take amazing photos, period.
Other DSLR Cameras That Are Also Great
Canon T7 EOS Rebel is another truly wonderful camera and a great alternative to Nikon D3500.
It’s 18.0 Megapixel CMOS (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor) sensor captures images with exceptional clarity and offers enough resolution for edits, enlargements or crops.
It’s pretty fast. The Canon DIGIC 4 Image Processor dramatically speeds up the entire camera’s functions. And the image sensor is smart enough to capture fine details and natural color reproduction under almost any circumstances.
EOS Rebel has recently gained popularity among videographers as well. It offer full HD Movie mode with manual exposure control, expanded recording [1920 x 1080 Full HD video at frame rates of 30 (29.97), 24 (23.976) and 25.0 frames per second] with new Movie Digital zoom and Video Snapshot features for enhanced video shooting options.
With the Video Snapshot feature, you can combine 2,4 or 8 second video shots automatically into one “highlights” video. Videos are saved as .movfiles and can be viewed in Full HD with HDMI output.
It has automatic intelligent scene analysis for optimal exposure and standout color. Moreover, with 3.7 frames-per-second continuous shooting for up to approximately 34 full-resolution JPEGs, you will never have to miss a moment.
The feature guide is truly a savior. It displays a simple appropriate description/advice for a feature on the camera’s LCD.
It’s user-friendly, fast and it will get you going in no time with impressive, professional-looking results.
Nikon D750 is 24.3 Megapixel full frame camera also equipped with Expeed 4 image processor.
It’s super light and slim for a full frame DSLR while packing in a lot of the specs from the Nikon D810.
The live view response time is dramatically improved compared with other models, especially the Nikon D800.
The shutter is a bit noisier than D7100, but with DSLR cameras, there are actual moving parts, so you somehow will have to deal with it.
The colors look vibrant and the untouched JPEGs straight out of the camera are sarp and crisp.
You’ll love the deeper grip and tilting screen.
The Canon EOS 6D features a recently introduced Canon Full-Frame 20.2 Megapixel CMOS sensor for high resolution, detailed images delivered with incredible speed and performance.
The EOS 6D has a quick control menu that provides easy access to settings.
It is another camera that performs excellently in dark environment. It has awesome low-light focus sensitivity. It, however, does not come with a built in flash.
The camera is Wifi enabled and can be controlled remotely via a smartphone or tablet.
Canon’s DIGIC 5+ Image Processor facilitates enhanced noise reduction and exceptional processing speed.
The EOS 6D offers a silent, low vibration shooting mode. By slowing down and muting the shutter and mirror reflex action, you can enjoy very discrete shooting.
It has a built in GPS that can record longitude, latitude and altitude data as EXIF data – making it ideal for travel or nature photography. It can track movement at set intervals with its logging function and can even set the camera’s internal clock to local time.
This is an extremely versatile camera with light but strong body, full frame sensor, and high resolution.
If you are a video professional, this camera is a no-brainer. The Panasonic LUMIX GH4 can shoot 4K video at 30fps. And, that is amazing.
One of the most prominent features of Panasonic LUMIX GH4 is 4K video recording in both Cinema 4K: 4096×2160 / 24 fps, and QFHD 4K: 3840×2160 / up to 30 fps in MOV/MP43. You can then print high resolution 8.8 megapixel still frames recorded during video capture. This comes in really handy, when you want to take action photos – such as a sports event.
The Panasonic LUMIX GH4 is capable of real-time image output to the external monitor via a micro HDMI cable. This is perfect for professional video making that requires constant monitoring.
It has a maximum shutter speed of 1/8000 second. That means, you can not only capture fast moving subjects, but also use a high-speed lens with an open aperture (even in outdoors) to achieve the desired defocus effect.
It is “splash proof”. In other words, the camera offers an extra level of protection against exposure to a minimal amount of moisture, water or dust.
Canon EOS 70D is a reasonably priced camera that produces good quality JPEGs across ISO range.
The touchscreen is very responsive and LCD is excellent. The viewfinder, though, is relatively small.
It also has built in WiFi for transferring your photos or syncing with your smart device. The movie mode gets disabled while you have WiFi on. And if you are not plugged in, WiFi might drain your battery out faster.
The Dual Pixel AF makes movie and Live View modes more usable. However, keep in mind that Dual Pixel AF does not allow tracking AF during continuous shooting.
Canon EOS 70D is capable of shooting up to 7.0 fps during continuous shooting, making it a great camera for quick action shots.
It has a smaller profile than its predecessor 60D DSLR. However, the grip and feel of the camera still remains solid.
It shoots great video. If you have had focus problems with videos in the past, Canon EOS 70D makes it very easy – simply touch the LCD. The focus stays on as the subject moves.
The shutter is fast, and comparatively silent.
For most people, our pick for the best DSLR camera, overall is: