Are you looking for a professional camera for your business or personal projects? Something that can not only impress others but also improve your brand and make some money? Then today’s crop of DSLR cameras are worth your time. But if you are going to spend this much money on a professional camera you need to make the right choice – which is why we’ve collected the best DSLR cameras of 2017 for you to examine!
Note about purchasing: The prices we have listed here are for the body only. That doesn’t mean that you have to buy lenses separately, though: You can choose a variety of available lenses and bundles to pair with the camera – prices vary, but a lens tends to be a few hundred dollars on its own. Lenses may be interchangeable between DSLRs of the same brand, but they aren’t usually as good at switching between brands, so you may want to practice brand loyalty as much as possible. Keep this in mind when picking the best option for you and your budget.
This Nikon model is a solid DSLR choice with just the right specs for building up professional content – but with a price that’s not too high for those who are willing to make a serious investment. It comes with a 36.3-megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor that includes an optical low pass filter, along with a 51-point AF feature and ISO range of 64-12,800, expandable up to 51,200.
You can tell that this camera is designed to help bridge the gap between enthusiastic amateur and versatile professional with the extra features. This includes a RAW small size format that helps you to save significantly more storage space compared to traditional RAW files, face detection, and tracking. With a sensor that large, however, you will need a good eye and a steady hand to get the most from this camera.
While our Nikon pick helps professionals get started, this Canon is for those who are interested in an upgrade and want to snap complex, demanding pictures as quickly as they can. With options like customizable shutter release time and RGB+IR metering sensor, there are plenty of ways to customize photos and get exactly the look that you want – as long as you know what you’re doing.
Also, when we said upgrade, we meant it. The EOS 5DS includes a 50.6-megapixel full frame CMOS sensor for more resolution that you probably thought possible, along with a 61-point autofocus option and a mirror mechanism designed to reduce vibrations. On the downside, there’s no wireless communication option (something that DSLR cameras tend to stay away from, although we don’t know why) and it’s not really designed with video in mind, although you can record video if you need to.
If you really don’t have thousands of dollars to invest in photography but are still serious about getting professional-grade photos for your work, this Canon Rebel model could be just what you are looking for. Of course, with lower specs you also get lower resolution: The camera comes with a 24.2-megapixel CMOS sensor, a 19-point AF system, and an ISO range of 100-12,800, expandable to 25,600. Thankfully, this model does include Wi-Fi and NFC capabilities, allowing you to share images across networks and on other devices. This is great for saving on storage space, but keep in mind that large RAW-like files take up a lot of space and time if you want to move them around.
Note on this particular model (and as a good rule for DSLRs in general), the body price is $750, but you can also choose a body-and-lens combo with the w/ 18-55m lens for the same price, essentially getting the lens for free. Always look to see if some bundles toss in a free lens!