For many years DSLR also known as (digital SLR) has been one of the best choice for individuals who wants to take their photography practice to the next level. Whether you’re a pro or a beginner, a DSLR offers many different features and characteristics that a normal camera doesn’t.
A professional DSLR offer users three main ingredients: excellent picture quality, manual controls and an option for interchangeable lenses.
Point and Shoot cameras are another good option of course. They’re smaller in size, mechanically simpler and provides almost all the functionalities of a professional DSLR.
In between full-frame and the entry-level DSLRs, there is a whole range of models and each model is aimed at different user, provides a complete different experience and at the same time comes in different price range.
Our team of experts have hand picked some of the best DSLR cameras for you. We are continuously going to update this list to bring the best DSLR cameras.
Best DSLR Cameras for 2018
|Canon EOS 5DS|
1) Canon EOS 5DS
The Canon E0S 5DS is one of the best and the highest resolution full-frame DSLR currently available in market having 50.6 million effective pixels.
Same goes for the 5DS R, that is almost identical to the 5DS but over the sensor comes with an anti-aliasing cancelation filter that is helpful in resolving more details.
The 5DS at the moment is the benchmark for full-frame image quality but still there are minor drawbacks in this camera that we will mention below.
If you are looking for DSLR that can provide high quality images with maximum detail, then 5DS should be your first choice. This camera even beats the 50Mp medium format cameras that helps it makes to our top picks list of best DSLRs.
- Comes with Full frame sensor.
- Provides incredible details.
- Excellent Auto Focus.
- Incredible white balance and exposure.
- Extensive accessories and features.
- No built-in Wi-Fi.
- File sizes is Huge.
- Sturdy tripod and mirror lock-up is necessary to get the best from sensor.
Canon’s 5D is the DSLR that is responsible for bringing down the gap between amateur and professional level photography. This camera is also a good choice for enthusiasts and comes in affordable range of DSLRs.
This camera provides a very high resolution sensor and due to this sensor noise can be controlled and it enables professional photographers to get more detailed images for even printing at larger sizes.
The 5DS R and the 5DS models are almost identical but comes with significant difference in sensor. 5DS R model is designed to get better and more detailed images from it’s 35 x 24mm 50.6-megapixel CMOS sensor.
5DS comes with two Digic 6 processing engines and due to this D5S comes with the ability of native sensitivity range of ISO 100-6,400 having expansion settings taking to ISO 50-12,800.
Canon 5DS on the other hand for up 510 Large Fine jpgs or 14 raw files with UDMA CompactFlash card installed is restricted to a maximum continuous shooting speed of 5fps despite all the processing power.
Another downside to this camera is the absence of Wi-Fi connectivity feature although Wireless File Transmitter add-on is present.
The last thing we don’t liked about this camera is due to high pixel count each image taken from this DSLR demands a lot of processing power which results in reduce burst depths and slow continuous shooting rates.
2) Nikon D810
This full-frame Professional DSLR comes with sky-high resolution along with a solid value and build.
D810 according to Nikon comes with the best image quality when compared to any other DSLR currently offered by Nikon.
This model has got little older when compared to its top rivals but still this camera is a great buy. According to rumors later this year we might see a replacement of this camera.
To maximize its formidable resolution D810 doesn’t include the anti-aliasing filter that was included in D800E model. This is one of the best cameras for sports enthusiast due to it’s fastest continuous shooting speed ability.
- Nikon D810 comes with anti-aliasing filter for excellent detail resolution.
- IIncludes High pixel count.
- Able to shoot at full-resolution (5fps).
- No built-in Wi-Fi.
- Gives huge file size.
- Have little moire interference.
Initially when D810 was released, due to it’s inspiring detailed resolution it made it to the wish list of many enthusiast and Professional photographers, particularly those looking for the best lightweight camera for stills, landscape or macro photography.
Still today this camera has remained favorite for many Photographers due to its continuous high quality resolution.
D810 come with features of having Full-frame CMOS sensor of 36.3MP, 3.2-inch screen, 1,229,000 dots and at the same time video recording feature of up to 1080p HD resolution.
Due to high pixel count of D800 it’s not a surprise that Nikon D810 got the same number, but while testing we come to know that D810 comes with better noise control feature and it may be due to it’s improved sensor.
D810 also comes with with Nikon’s EXPEED 4 processing engine instead of EXPEED 3 engine that was used in D800.
Other changes when compared to the D800 model includes a higher LCD screen resolution, ability to shoot raw images like the Nikon D4S and at the same time the Group-area Auto Focus feature.
D810 also have the ability to shoot at maximum continuous shooting rate of 5fps instead of 4fps due to EXPEED 4 processing engine. It also got an improved buffer capacity and is able to shoot more number of raw files in single burst when compared to D800.
However, in a single burst, the maximum number of images in jpeg that can be recorded still remains the same I.e. 100
Nikon D810 similar to D4S comes with 51-point Multi-CAM 3500FX Auto Focus functionality and is helpful for shooting subjects that are smaller and closer to a distracting and high-contrast background.
The only downside to this camera is that it doesn’t come with a built-in Wi-Fi connectivity and users have to use optional UT-1 Data Transmitter in order to transfer images to any other device or to share on their social media accounts.
Other than this only downside, D810 is one of the best DSLR for enthusiast and professional photographers and due to all it’s features it is included in our Best DSLR cameras 2018 list.
3) Nikon D500
This camera is basically designed keeping in mind the professionals who might be looking for camera having focal length magnification of DX-format sensor.
Some of the features of the camera includes but not limited to:
- 4K video recording feature.
- APS-C CMOS sensor up to 20.9MP.
- This camera also comes with a 3.2-inch tilt-angle touchscreen.
Nikon D500 is aimed at professional photographers and serious enthusiast looking for smaller but at the same time a lighter camera that comes with a full-frame (FX) model like the D5 and D810.
- Comes with one of the best Auto Focus system.
- 10fps shooting for 200 raw files.
- weather-sealed metal body.
- Excellent image quality.
- Comes with Polished handling.
- Live View Auto Focus can be slow.
- Tilting instead of vari-angle screen.
- Comes with Limited touchscreen control.
For videographers D500 is better option when compared to D5 as D5’s 4K recording capability which is limited to maximum three minutes, that when compared to D500 is less as D500 can shoot 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) 30p/25p/24p video up to 30 minutes.
One of the most notable thing about D500 is its APS-C sensor that comes with 20.9 million pixels, that is comparatively less when compared to other 24MP DSLRs from Nikon of same format. This is helpful when capturing photos or videos in low-light.
Another awesome feature that make the Nikon D500 better when compared to D5 is the presence of new SnapBridge technology, that enables the camera to easily linked to any smart phone or any another smart device using Bluetooth or Wi-Fi connectivity feature.
This makes D500 a better option for travelers as once the connection will be made the images will then be transferred automatically to the user’s phone whenever they will shoot, and it will make it easier for them to share these pictures via the internet when they will pick up their phone.
The only downside of this camera is that it comes with a maximum continuous shooting rate of 10 fps which is comparatively less when compared to D5 that can hit 12fps and also comes with the ability to record 4K UHD movies.
So, if you are looking for one of the best camera having 4k video recording functionality then, D500 should be your first choice.
4) Nikon D7500
Nikon D7500 is one of the best all-rounder DSLR by Nikon.
This model is cheaper when compared to the D500 and at the same time doesn’t offers the same pro-spec performance. Still, D7500 comes with the same best quality 20.9MP sensor, having even more affordable and compact body.
D7500 also doesn’t includes the same 153-point Auto Focus system available in D500 model, but still it’s enhanced 51-point system puts many of it’s competitor’s to shame.
This camera comes with 4K video recording capability, having a tilt-angle touchscreen display and 8fps burst shooting mode. So, D7500 comes with many different features and enticing prospects for both existing and new users.
- Comes with Brilliant sensor.
- High-ISO performance.
- One of the most advanced Auto Focus system.
- Burst shooting at 8 frames per second.
- Offers Tilt-angle screen.
- Rear screen resolution is too Low.
- Comes with only 1 SD card slot.
- Live View focusing is very slow.
D7500 is not a replacement for D7200 model. Instead, this model slots in above it.
Some of the features of this camera includes but not limited to having an APS-C CMOS sensor of 20.9MP, comes with a 3.2-inch tilt-angle touchscreen having 922,000 dots and the ability to record 4K ultra high quality videos.
One of the biggest downside of Nikon D7500 when compared to D7100 and D7200 is the change to the sensor. Both D7100 and 7200 supports a 24MP chips but in 7500 model the sensor resolution is lowered down to 20.9MP, similar to the one used in the D500.
D7500’s ISO range is 100-51,200 that is better when compared to D7200’s ISO range of 100-25,600
What impressive is that D7500 offers 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) video recording feature at 30, 25 and 24p for up to 29 minutes and 59 seconds. There are different lower-resolution video modes still present & In addition, 4K UHD time-lapse movie can also be recorded which is an added functionality.
D7500 also includes the Nikon’s SnapBridge technology, that enables the camera to stay permanently connected to smart device using either Bluetooth connection (or via Wi-Fi). So, once initial connection has been made images can easily be transferred automatically to your smart phone whenever you shoot.
So, if you’re looking for the best all rounder DSLR camera then Nikon D7500 should be your best choice.
5) Nikon D750
Nikon D750 is a full-frame DSLR that comes with both performance and versatility.
Full-frame photography only used to be the game of professional photographers who used to have most expensive DSLRs but due to D750 amateur and enthusiast photographers can even get a full frame DSLR even in very limited budget.
- Comes with 24MP full-frame sensor.
- Offers Advanced 51-point Auto Focus system.
- Gives Tilt-angle screen.
- Full-frame Lightweight body.
- No AF-On button.
- 1/4000 sec Shutter speed limit.
- Live view is slow in Auto Focus mode.
Some of the features of D750 includes but not limited to having a Full-frame CMOS sensor that comes with 24.3MP, tilt-angle display of 3.2-inch having 1,229,000 dots, ability to record videos at 1080p, use Expeed 4 processing engine.
We can even shoot up to 6.5 frames per second (fps) and record Full HD video at up to 60p. Some sports photographers might be hoping for something higher such as 8fps instead of 6.5 but having that added feature could have raised the cost of this camera a lot.
This DSLR is best choice for videographers looking for max 1080p video quality as this DSLR also includes headphone ports and have the ability to fine-tune audio levels during or before recording.
There is also an option to reduce wind noise when recording with built-in microphone.
D750 also comes with an option of handy Zebra pattern display that indicates on screen which area is in danger of burning out when user is shooting in Live View or video mode.
There’s also a built-in Wi-Fi connectivity feature in this DSLR that allows speedy sharing of images using Nikon’s Wireless Mobile Utility application.
Using the same broad control layout as D610 and D7200. Although, D750 is a full-frame DSLR model having many professional level photography features but still Nikon is clearly pitching D750 at enthusiasts, amateur and newbies.
So, if you’re not sure with which full-frame DSLR you should start polishing your photography skills, we would definitely recommend you Nikon D750.
6) Nikon D3300
In spite of the fact D3400 model have already made it to the market. Still, D3300 is included in our list of best DSLRs due to all the features it offers.
D3300 comes with a 24MP sensor and users can shoot highest quality images with it. It also offers the best battery life compared to many other Professional level DSLRs.
- Gives Highest pixel count.
- Doesn’t include optical low-pass filter.
- Guide Mode.
- Great value.
- Easy to use.
- Fixed LCD.
- Screen not touch-sensitive.
- Only comes with few direct controls.
- Limited connectivity.
For new users D3xxx models of Nikon have proved popular over the years and is one of the best camera series for those looking to expand their creativity. This camera series comes with impressive range of lenses, solid performance and accessories.
Some other features of Nikon D300 includes but not limited to having high resolution APS-C CMOS 24.2MP sensor (almost identical sensor to D7200), 3.0-inch screen having 921,000 dots and at the same time 1080p video recording facility.
This camera also provides flexibility for a range of lighting situations. It’s native sensitivity range runs between ISO100 to 12,800 and at the same time there’s an expansion setting available in this camera that takes it to almost equivalent of ISO25,600.
Nikon D3300 camera comes with EXPEED 4 processing engine and due to which this camera can record Full HD movie at 50p/60p frame rates with continuous autofocus.
There’s also a microphone port built-in stereo mic in this camera for better sound recording throughout the movie/video recording. If you are looking for camera having 4K video recording facility and should come with almost all the features offered in D3300 then you’ll have to look further up into the Nikon range of DSLRs or at other mirror-less cameras such as the Panasonic Lumix G7.
D3300’s optical viewfinder only offers a 95% field of view that is common in almost every DSLR currently offered at this price point.
If you don’t mind D3300 drawback of not offering 4k video recording facility, then the only drawback left in this model that you should know about is that it’s iConnectivity options are very limited. So, in case if you wirelessly want to transfer images from your DSLR then you’ll have to invest in optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter that will help to transfer images from your DSLR.
In short Nikon D3300 gives you best options and a good kit for your money. If you’re a beginner photographer, then 24MP sensor is more than enough for you as it is capable of producing best quality and detailed images.
The clean look and crisp off the D3300’s Guide Mode is something that makes this camera appealing even to novice users.
7) Pentax K-1
The last camera included in our best DSLR 2018 list is Pentax K-1.
This camera comes with a rugged build and offers a full-frame sensor at a comparatively affordable price when compared to it’s counterparts Sony Alpha 7R II, Nikon D810 etc.
This camera gives some of the best shots for landscape, portrait photography, still life and for any other photography that doesn’t require fast autofocus mode.
This camera comes with some of the best features that appeals to serious and professional level photographers.
- Comes with Full-frame 36MP sensor.
- Incredible feature set.
- Affordable Price Compared to its Rivals.
- Slow autofocusing feature.
- Menus look dated.
- By Loosing Mic port cover could result in compromising weather-proofing.
The sensor used in this DSLR have no anti-aliasing (AA) filter that helps to get better detail resolution. Pentax have also included AA filter simulator that is helpful to reduce moire patterning. A combination of micro vibrations and in-camera software at sub-pixel level is used in order to be helpful for reducing moire.
During exposures of up to five minutes there’s a clever Astro Tracer system that also comes with this camera and it uses data from GPS system in order to guide movement of the sensor to record stars as sharp dots.
Pentax’s Pixel Shift Resolution system also comes with this camera and is helpful in producing better color by giving each pixel the ability to record the full color information.
The PRIME IV processing engine used in this camera is said to be 50% faster when compared to the PRIME III. K-1 can only muster up to a maximum continuous shooting rate of 4.4 fps so, it’s very unlikely to be a good fit or the best choice of serious sports photographers.
K-1 also comes with a built-in Wi-Fi connectivity feature that enables images to be transferred directly to the smartphones or tablets, and at the same time allows the camera to be easily controlled remotely.
There’s also the GPS unit included in this camera and also a digital compass that is helpful to record towards which direction the camera is pointing when a shot is taken.
Best DSLR Cameras 2018 Buyer’s Guide
From most affordable to high end Professional level DSLRs, we have included in our list the best DSLRs you can buy right now.
Now it is up to you to decide which camera suits your needs and requirements.
Our team here at “Trending Cameras” keep ourselves updated related to latest cameras trends and features so we will keep this article updated in order to bring you the best affordable DSLR Cameras.
DSLRs at the moment are considered the best choice for ‘serious’ professional level photographers, and at the same time there are some great options available for both enthusiast and beginners too.
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