A digital single-lens reflex camera (DSLR) is essential equipment for a professional photographer.
Every year, mobile cameras improve, mirrorless products gain popularity, and you can buy it all, from entry-level DSLRs to cameras used in industries such as fashion and sports.
DSLR cameras are a step up from compressed and bridge cameras. These cameras are typically sold as body-only or with one lens, so if you decide to purchase a DSLR, keep in mind that most of the ongoing costs will be spent on buying quality lenses that are consistent with your model.
1. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
Although there are many new developments, designs, and form factors for photography, the Canon 5D Mark variety remains a middleweight and well-respected option for professional photographers.
The Mark IV remains a top choice for your next DSLR due to its excellent image capture functionality, versatility, and robust design.
- Lens interoperability
- Expensive and body-only
- Some users complain of issues with autofocus
2. Nikon D850
The Nikon D850 has been described as a ‘tank’ of a camera capable of handling extensive shoots and video. It is an excellent choice for photographers who want to focus on incredibly detailed shoots and high-quality video capture.
This professional-grade option features a 45.7-megapixel CMOS sensor, an EXPEED 5 image processor, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enabled, and 7fps shooting. If space is an issue, RAW files could also be downsized.
- Touchscreen display
- 4K UHD video capture at 30fps
- There is a steep learning curve to using it to its full potential.
- Expendable body investment
3. Nikon D6
The Nikon D6 is a high-performance DSLR designed for professional photographers. Nikon’s previous flagship is still an outstanding choice for high-speed action photography, sports, and wildlife, with a 20.8MP CMOS sensor, EXPEED 5 image CPU, and 14fps continuous shooting.
This model can also record video in 16:8 4K Ultra HD format.
- Rapid AF system with 105 all-cross-type points focus
- 16:9 4K Ultra HD video capture
- Clunky design
4. Canon EOS 5DS R
The 5DS Canon EOS R is a mid-range DSLR camera for enthusiasts. This DSLR camera has a 5fps continuous shooting mode, a 50.6MP CMOS sensor, and Full HD 1080p recording videos at 30fps.
This camera, primarily intended for still photography rather than videography, has excellent image resolution and an easy-to-use interface.
- 61-point autofocus
- Low-pass filter cancellation
- Limited frame rate
- Limited ISO range
5. Canon EOS Rebel T7
The EOS Canon Rebel T7 is a reasonably priced entry-level DSLR camera. This DSLR has a 24.1-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, a DIGIC 4+ image processor, and a nine-point autofocus scheme. The Rebel is capable of 3fps shooting (which, while limited, is still acceptable for a DSLR) and Full HD video capture.
- Creative filter modes
- Basic LCD
- Limited ISO, fps rate