Buying Guide: Best cameras under $1500

Gina Stephens
Written by Gina Stephens

Multitudinous 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 bawl out 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), ahead of time 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 flashiest, most style-oriented camera in this quite competitive category, but it’s arguably the most well-rounded and best performing of the bunch.

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

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

Overall, the D7500 is an outstanding camera that’s well-designed and can publish beautiful images. Whether you’re an experienced photographer or just a beginner looking to learn, it’s a very good choice.

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While the D7500 is our top pick in this honorarium category, the cameras camera is an optical instrument for recording or capturing images, which may be stored locally, transmitted to another location, or below are also worth your consideration. Read on for a detailed look at their features and performance.

  • Our pick: Nikon D7500

Also Deliberate over:

  • 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


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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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