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BEST DSLR CAMERAS OF 2017 | LUCKY DiLLiWALA

DSLR Camera 2017
Written by Lucky

From full-frame cameras built for professionals to inexpensive entry-level models, below are the year’s top digital SLRs

DSLR Camera 2017

Digital SLR cameras (or DSLRs for short) are among the best of the best: they have the largest sensors, the most megapixels, and the highest quality selection of lenses. Below we break down the leading DSLRs on the market in 2017 using three categories: full frame (professional), semi-pro, and entry level. Full-frame DSLRs offer the best image quality but also are the bulkiest and most expensive. Semi-pro and entry-level DSLRs (called DX for Nikon and APS-C for Canon) have smaller image sensors but still can create outstanding images and cost considerably less. No matter your price range, there are great options and overall quality and available features continue to improve each year. For more information, see our DSLR comparison table and buying advice below the picks. 

Category: Full frame
Megapixels: 30.4
Sensor size: 864 sq. mm
What we like: 4K video and a host of other modern features. 

The Canon 5DS R and Nikon D810 below may have more megapixels, but we think the 5D Mark IV is the best all-around DSLR on the market in 2017. Compared to these other top models, the 5D Mark IV offers superior autofocus, faster shooting, a higher resolution LCD screen with touchscreen functionality, and 4K video, all at a lower weight. All things considered, it’s a modern, feature-packed DSLR that pretty much does it all.  

Who should buy the 5D Mark IV? It’s Canon top full-frame DSLR not built specifically for action (that would be the 1DX Mark II). The 5DS R below is a nice choice for professional landscape and portrait photographers with super expensive lenses, but most people won’t be able to take full advantage of the sensor. And the 6D series, which soon will include the 6D Mark II, is great from a value perspective but doesn’t offer the resolution or features of the 5D Mark IV. For these reasons, it’s our top overall DSLR pick.

Category: Full frame
Megapixels: 36.3
Sensor size: 861 sq. mm
What we like: Still Nikon’s best pro DSLR.
What we don’t: Three years old and counting.

The D810 is Nikon’s leading DSLR and an excellent option in terms of image quality, video quality, and features. You get a powerful 36.3-megapixel full-frame image sensor, a speedy processor, and superb low light performance for professional-level photos even in the toughest conditions. Add in the impressive line-up on FX lenses, and there isn’t a whole lot this camera can’t do.

For an extended period we had the D810 as our top DSLR choice—it offers nearly 6 more megapixels than the Canon 5D Mark IV above. But the D810 is 3 years old and counting, an eternity in the camera world, and Canon has made notable strides of late while Nikon has sat relatively silent. It will be interesting to see if an update to the D810 is released this year (rumors are that it will). We still love the D810, but it’s time for Nikon to make another jump.

Category: Full frame
Megapixels: 50.6
Sensor size: 864 sq. mm
What we like: The highest resolution DSLR on the market in 2017.
What we don’t: Lack of video features compared to the 5D Mark IV. 

Our second favorite DSLR from Canon is the specialized 5DS R. This extremely impressive camera is built for the most discerning of photographers—it has serious landscape photographers salivating. Most notably, you get a massive 50.6 megapixels of resolution, which surpasses the high-end Canon 5D Mark IV by 20.2 megapixels and tops the Nikon D810 by 14.5 megapixels. For those who prioritize image quality above all else, this is far and away the premier DSLR on the market. 

Video shooters should keep in mind that the 5DS R bucks the hybrid trend and is designed primarily for still photography without video-centric features like headphone sockets or an HDMI output. And Canon released two versions of this camera: the 5DS R and the 5DS.

Category: Full frame
Megapixels: 20.2
Sensor size: 855 sq. mm
What we like: A tremendous value for a full-frame DSLR.
What we don’t: Autofocus could be better.

A few years ago a new category of “entry-level” full-frame DSLR emerged, making the technology more approachable for non-professionals. In 2017, the two leading models still are the Canon EOS 6D and Nikon D750, both of which serve their purposes well and offer excellent image quality for the price. We chose the 6D here because it’s a better value coming in at less than $1,800 with a 24-105mm kit lens (that’s super low for a new full-frame camera from a major brand).

What are the compromises of going with the Canon 6D? It has fewer megapixels than most other full-frame cameras at 20.2, and the autofocus is less advanced than the newer and more expensive 5D Mark IV. Compared to the Nikon D750, the resolution and speed of the 6D are slightly inferior. And the 6D is relatively old, but the new 6D Mark II was just announced and begins shipping this summer.

Category: Full frame
Megapixels: 24.3
Sensor size: 861 sq. mm
What we like: Ample resolution for most people for less than $2,000.
What we don’t: In this price range, we like the new Canon 6D Mark II better.  

Category: Full frame
Megapixels: 24.3
Sensor size: 861 sq. mm
What we like: Ample resolution for most people for less than $2,000.
What we don’t: In this price range, we like the new Canon 6D Mark II better.  

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