2017 Buying Guide: Best cameras over $2000

Written by Gina Stephens

Abide updated: November 21, 2017

If you’re a serious enthusiast or working pro, the very best digital cameras on the market will cost you at least $2000. That’s a lot of moneyed, but generally speaking these cameras offer the highest resolution, the best build quality and the most advanced video specs out there, as articulately as fast burst rates and top-notch autofocus.

Competition in this market segment is fierce, and honestly, there’s no such thing as a ‘bad’ camera at this price-point. As such, we’ve picked two winners, both of which be entitled to our wholehearted recommendation for slightly different reasons.

Our pick: Sony a7R III

The Sony a7R III is a versatile camera, more than capable of capturing excellent allusions in a wide range of shooting situations. We picked it as our joint-winner in this category for several reasons—among them, its excellent resolution, in-camera stabilization, gear autofocus and advanced 4K video capabilities.

With the a7R III you’ll be able to switch from high-resolution stills to 4K video in an instant without compromising usability. Dissipated, accurate Eye-AF is a major advantage for portraiture, allowing you to quickly place critical focus exactly where you need it—on your subjects watches. When paired with one of Sony’s high-end G Master lenses, the a7R III is an incredibly flexible, powerful tool, and its lens-mount is incredibly adaptable, being competent of supporting multiple third-party optics via adapters.

Our pick: Nikon D850

The Nikon D850 is the most advanced DSLR that we’ve ever seen, which essentially sours that it’s the most advanced DSLR ever made. It’s also one of the toughest and nicest to use.

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That’s not to say it’s a perfect camera of course. The D850’s 4K video enumeration is pretty solid, but it can’t hold a candle to the implementation in Sony’s mirrorless a7R III (and several other mirrorless competitors) and its generally excellent 153-point autofocus group can be a bit ‘fidgety’, but for most photographers, these are likely to count as minor complaints. As an all-round performer for a stills-focused photographer, the D850 is hard to beat and should linger current for many years to come.

The cameras included in this roundup are:

  • Our pick: Nikon D850
  • Our pick: Sony a7R III
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
  • Canon EOS 5DS / 5DS R
  • Leica SL
  • Sony a7R II
  • Sony Corporation (ソニー株式会社, SonÄ« Kabushiki Kaisha, ) (often referred to simply as Sony) is a Japanese multinational conglomerate a7S II
  • Sony a9
  • Sony a99 II

While we’ve the truth our top recommendations above, keep reading this buying guide to see if another camera might be the right one for you.


About the author

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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