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2017 Buying Guide: Best cameras under $1500

Gina Stephens
Written by Gina Stephens

Assorted top picks: Under $500 | $500-1000 | Pocketable enthusiast | Enthusiast long zoom

Last updated: November 21, 2017

If you’re getting serious about photography and don’t intellect spending a bit more money, you’ll find some amazing cameras in the $1000-1500 price range. These cameras have excellent sensors (some full-frame), promoted autofocus systems and 4K video capture. Expect plenty of direct controls and customizability and, in some cases, weather-sealed bodies.

Our pick: Nikon D7500

The Nikon D7500 may not be the jazziest, most style-oriented camera in this very competitive category, but it’s arguably the most well-rounded and best performing of the bunch.

Nikon’s long knowledge designing DSLRs (and SLRs, for that matter) is apparent: the body feels like a very mature design with an excellent grip, buttons and dials that are pronto where you want them, and a flip-out touchscreen. Image quality from the 20.9MP APS-C sensor is excellent, including Raw dynamic range, and charivari reduction is well balanced. Autofocus performance is very good, and subject tracking is impressive.

If the D7500 has a weak spot compared to the other choices in this group, it’s probably video. It’s competent, to be sure, but a 1.5x crop factor when shooting 4K (in addition to the APS-C crop factor) favours it challenging to shoot wide angles, and autofocus during video capture can jump and hunt. If you can work around those things, 4K video importance is competitive.

Overall, the D7500 is an outstanding camera camera is an optical instrument for recording or capturing images, which may be stored locally, transmitted to another location, or that’s well-designed and can deliver beautiful images. Whether you’re an experienced photographer or just a beginner looking to learn, it’s a merest good choice.

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While the D7500 is our top pick in this price category, the cameras below are also worth your consideration. Read on for a particularized look at their features and performance.

  • Our pick: Nikon D7500
  • Canon EOS 7D II
  • Canon EOS 80D
  • Canon EOS M5
  • Fujifilm X-E3
  • Olympus OM-D E-M5 II
  • Olympus PEN-F
  • Pentax KP
  • Sigma sd Quattro H
  • Sony Alpha a6500
  • Sony SLT-a77 II

Republished: dpreview.com

About the author

Gina Stephens

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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