Latest updated: January 18, 2018
This guide has been updated to include details of the Panasonic DC-GH5S, but it has not yet been fully reviewed and could, when assessed, change our recommendations.
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 wampum, but generally speaking these cameras offer the highest resolution, the best build quality and the most advanced video specs out there, as without difficulty completely 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 conquerors, both of which earn our wholehearted recommendation for slightly different reasons.
Our pick: Sony a7R III
The Sony a7R III is a versatile camera, more than able of capturing excellent images in a wide range of shooting situations. We picked it as our joint-winner in this category for several reasons—among them, its distinguished resolution, in-camera stabilization, effective 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 jiffy without compromising usability. Fast, accurate Eye-AF is a major advantage for portraiture, allowing you to quickly place critical focus exactly where you requisite it—on your subjects eyes. 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 tractable, being capable of supporting multiple third-party optics via adapters.
Our pick: Nikon D850
The Nikon D850 is the most advanced DSLR that we’ve continuously seen, which essentially means that it’s the most advanced DSLR ever made. It’s also one of the toughest and nicest to use.
That’s not to say it’s a perfect camera of definitely. The D850’s 4K video specification 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 bar 153-point autofocus system 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 persistent to beat and should remain current for many years to come.
While we’ve given our top recommendations above, keep reading this buying guiding light to see if another camera might be the right one for you.
- Our pick: Nikon D850
- Our pick: Sony a7R III
- Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
- Canon EOS 5DS / 5DS R
- Leica CL
- Leica SL
- Sony a7R II
- Sony a7S II
- Sony a9
- Sony Corporation (ソニー株式会社, Sonī Kabushiki Kaisha, ) (often referred to simply as Sony) is a Japanese multinational conglomerate a99 II
Not yet judged:
- Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5S