by Steven Restels
Updated January 15, 2019
Nikon’s newest “Prosumer” DSLR Camera is our top DSLR under $2,000 for 2019. It’s a well rounded powerhouse with a large 24MP image sensor, and also offers the latest in 4k video capability. Once vastly inferior to Canon in regards to video quality, Nikon has finally produced a worthy contender in the D7500. It offers a tilting touchscreen, as well as excellent wireless capabilities, making transfering images to your computer a breeze. Perhaps the most important feature of the D7500 is its’ excellent picture quality. It has 8 frame per second capability with very low noise and excellent low light capability. Shooting sports or anything with fast motion? This camera will blow you away with it’s accurate color reproduction and sharpness. While available as a body only or with other lens options, we like the 18-140MM lens bundle (as shown), which is a versatile lens and covers both portrait type shots with light telephoto capability. This is a camera that you can grow into. If you have any other Nikon AF-S lenses, they will be compatible with the D7500.
The Canon EOS 6D Mark II is the most cost effective full frame DSLR Camera available from Canon. Full frame = the largest sensor size available in semi-pro and professional cameras. In the past this meant that the camera body was bulky and heavy. Cut to 2019. The Canon 6D Mark II is one of the slimmest and lightest full frame cameras on the market-hence it’s critical aclaim. The huge 26.2 MP sensor lets you take pictures in low light that with a regular sized sensor are impossible. It is also the best camera available to create the wonderful sharp subject/soft background images that you see widely online. The 6D Mark II body features a large 3″ vari-angle (moveable) LCD screen, and a 45 point autofocus. Available in a variety of lens options, we like the 24-105MM STM lens for its’ flexible shooting capability. It is also one of the lightest all around lenses available for the 6D Mark II.
It’s hard to put into words how phenomenal this camera is. If you’re looking to buy a DSLR camera that offers excellent picture and video quality, the Canon EOS 80D with 18-135MM lens is an excellent option. Recently released, this camera’s feature set is vast, including: 45 Point Auto Focus, built in Wifi, 7 frame per second stills, and expanded HDR modes. The 18-135mm stock lens is very handy for both close up and mid range distances. It also has a weather resistant body- while not waterproof, it is capable of handling most inclement conditions that arise. The Canon EOS 80D is also one of the lightest premium DSLR’s that Canon offers – less than 24 ounces for the body. Therefore, it shouldn’t fatigue you even in extended shooting situations.
2019’s best camera under $1,000 is the Sony A6300 with 16-50MM lens which happens to be a mirrorless camera. If you are not familiar with mirrorless cameras, we’ve got a rundown here of their benefits. Here’s a synopsis: Compact, light, excellent video capability, and more. The A6300 is the first in Sony’s line to offer 4k video quality if you are shooting any sort of clips or movies. For still shots it offers a mind boggling 11 frames per second-which will allow you to capture instantaneous snapshots of any subject you’re taking pictures of. The Sony A6300 also has a built in flash which allows for great pictures or video to be taken indoors. The bundle we have reviewed includes the standard 16-50MM lens, and Sony offers many other excellent E-series lenses to compliment the camera for a variety of uses.
The Canon Rebel T7i is the latest in a long line of superb Canon consumer DSLR Cameras. The T7i has advanced even upon this and for its’ price point is our #1 pick for a camera under $750. There’s a lot to like with the T7i. Like the 6D Mark II and 80D above, it offer dual pixel AF, which results in super clear Autofocus capability. The camera also also significantly better battery life than it’s predecessor’s at around 600 shots per charge (average for a dslr is around 300-400). It also has wifi capability making it easy to manage images remotely. It has a smaller form factor than full frame DSLR cameras making this a logical choice if you are traveling frequently. For compatible lenses, this will work with all canon EF-S lenses like the EF-S 18-135MM and EF-S 50MM STM. It is backwards compatible with many more.
The Nikon D3500 is an incredibly solid camera for the price. Sporting a 24.2 MP sensor and an excellent 5 frame per second fast action capability, this DSLR is versatile and easy on the pocketbook. Also shoots high quality 1080P HD Video. Our pick includes the standard 18-55MM AF-P next generation lens that’s a great all around lens. Rounded out with excellent battery life (up to 700 shots per charge), the D3500 is a clear winner at it’s street price of just under $400.
With a list price of under $400, the Panasonic FZ80 is a very economical option for a photographer just starting out. As a bridge camera between a small compact camera and a dslr camera, it offers some great features you wouldn’t get with a smaller camera, yet is more portable than a DSLR. It’s 60X optical zoom is best in class, so if you’re taking pictures of anything from a long distance, you can be sure to get excellent pictures even from far away. It has a large 3″ touchscreen, which is handy for quickly manuevering through the menu. Like the Sony A6300, the Panasonic DMC-FZ80 also has 4k video capability. It does not offer a true wide angle, but does have some macro settings that help out with picture taking in tight or cramped locations. We also were impressed with it’s low light capability. If you are taking pictures in the morning or at dusk, normally challenging for small point and shoot camera or cell phones, this camera does a stellar job. It’s automatic setting allows it very easy for anyone to start out and take some great pictures & video.
The Canon EOS 6D Mark II is the most cost effective full frame DSLR Camera available from Canon. Full frame = the largest sensor size available in semi-pro and professional cameras. In the past this meant that the camera body was bulky and heavy. Cut to 2019. The Canon 6D Mark II is one of the slimmest and lightest full frame cameras on the market-hence it’s critical aclaim. The huge 26.2 MP sensor lets you take pictures in low light that with a regular sized sensor are impossible. It is also the best camera available to create the wonderful sharp subject/soft background images that you see widely online. In addition the 6D Mark II has dual pixel capability resulting in unreal autofocus capability for video footage. The 6D Mark II body features a large 3″ vari-angle (moveable) LCD screen, and a 45 point autofocus. Available in a variety of lens options, we like the 24-105MM STM lens for its’ flexible shooting capability. It is also one of the lightest all around lenses available for the 6D Mark II. If you’re shooting video exclusively take a look at Canon’s 70-200MM Lens. Excellent for any footage requiring additional zoom capability. Yes this was our #2 choice overall, but it’s also our top pick for best DSLR for video in 2019.
Just released a few months ago, the Sony A7 III brings incredible capability to professional photographers or hobbyists. In fact it’s won accolades across the web for it’s capability for it’s price (MSRP $1999). Offering a full frame mirrorless sensor of 24MP and 10FPS (frames per second), this camera offers so much for its’ price. The biggest advantage over prior models of the A7 is the autofocus. Going from a 117 pt system in the A7 II to a 693 point system in the A7 III it drastically improves autofocus capability in any situation making this a killer camera for still shots. It also offers 4k video capablity at 30 FP/S. Superb to showcase both still images and video from any event. Sony offers many other excellent E-series lenses to compliment the A7 III for a variety of uses.