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DSLRs have held the top slot as the best type of camera for enthusiasts and pros for years. And while mirrorless cameras are creeping up there, DSLRs are still thought to be the most advanced cameras available. With a DSLR, you get interchangeable lenses, manual modes, large sensors, optical viewfinders and more. While their larger size makes them heavier, they also tend to be more comfortable to grip than a tiny point-and-shoot. There are two main types of DSLRs, the APS-C sensors and the full frame sensors. The APS-C sensors are the smaller of the two, but they are much more affordable, and for most offer plenty of features. Full frame versions offer even more resolution, but have price points that keep them reserved for professionals. The best DSLRs will ber versatile and packed full of professional features while still maintaining that reputation for high image quality.

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Nikon D5

Nikon certainly didn't make big promises but small improvements. The 2016 professional flagship DSLR, the Nikon D5, sees sweeping updates across the board, becoming Nikon's new top-of-the-line option. Frankly, this thing is a monster. An e...

Grade: A+ Price: $6,497.00

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Canon EOS-1D X Mark II

Canon's 2016 flagship DSLR boasts impressive speeds of up to 16 fps, but that's certainly not all the high-end DSLR offers. As Canon's top offering, it's packed with plenty of features for the most demanding professionals.Canon bum...

Grade: A+ Price: $5,499.00

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Nikon D850

The Nikon D850 is a camera that pays attention to details -- both in the photos itself and the feature list. An update to the 2014 D810, the Nikon D850 sports a 45.7 megapixel full frame sensor and 4K, 30 fps video for capturing those details.At t...

Grade: A+ Price: $3,297.00

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Canon EOS 5D Mark III

The highly-anticipated successor to the 5D Mark II has finally arrived, and the changes are more of an evolution rather than revolution. The 5D's AF system has finally been upgraded to the 1DX's 61-point grid, and there are now more video ...

Grade: A Price: $2,699.00

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Nikon D4S

Nikon has tweaked the excellent D4 with the announcement of the D4S. While the cameras are nearly identical on the outside, the Nikon D4S includes a few important upgrades. Arguably the most notable of the upgrades is a 30 percent faster recording...

Grade: A Price: $6,299.00

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Nikon D810

Nikon has announced an upgrade to their professional level mid-range DSLR, the D810. With tweaks across the board from the older D800, the Nikon D810 is being hailed as a multi-media camera, with features appealing to both photographers and videog...

Grade: A Price: $2,797.00

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Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Speed is hard to come by in DSLRs (unless of course you plan on spending about as much as a new car)--which is why the Canon EOS 7D Mark II gets such high marks. Canon's most advanced camera with an APS-C sensor hits 10 fps--add that to a 65-p...

Grade: A Price: $1,059.00

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Pentax K-3 II

While Nikon and Canon are the most popular DSLR manufacturers, Ricoh/Pentax shouldn't be overlooked--they're continuing to prove their worth with the introduction of the Pentax K-3 II, a high-end APS-C DSLR that offers improved autofocus s...

Grade: A Price: $829.00

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Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

Canon’s full frame workhorse just got a pretty significant upgrade with both a new sensor and processor inside the EOS 5D Mark IV, but even that is being overshadowed by the possibility of making slight focus adjustments to RAW files.The cam...

Grade: A Price: $3,949.00

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Nikon D750

Move over, D610 and D810. Nikon's latest full frame DSLR seems to have a lot going for it--so much so that it's going to be competing with the camera giant's other options. With the power of a full frame sensor, the Nikon D750 is the f...

Grade: A Price: $1,349.00

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Nikon D7200

If the ultimate test of a good camera is low light performance, the Nikon D7200 is set up as an easy winner. The D7000 line has always been a solid DSLR, Nikon's 2015 enthusiast camera takes the fully featured D7100 and enhances the sensor eve...

Grade: A Price: $797.00

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Canon EOS Rebel T6s

Canon's 2015 EOS T6s is making a big splash with the highest resolution sensor the EOS line has seen yet, packing in a 24.2 megapixel APS-C sensor. While it has the same imaging power as the less expensive T6i, it also offers a few extra featu...

Grade: A Price: $699.00

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Nikon D610

Grade: A Price: $1,099.00

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Nikon D5500

The Nikon D5500 mixes the company's longstanding DSLR reputation with some new tech, switching to a touchscreen, while continuing to slim down the body. But do all the new smartphone-esque features like the touchscreen and wi-fi ruin what'...

Grade: A Price: $599.00

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Canon EOS 5DS R

The Canon EOS 5DS R is the 5DS, just without the optical low pass filter--read the full features here then factor in the absence of that filter. The optical low pass or anti-aliasing filter helps reduce moire, but removing it gives images a boost ...

Grade: A Price: $3,699.00

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Canon EOS 6D Mark II

Canon's entry point into full frame cameras is beefing up with more pro-level specs. The Canon EOS 6D Mark II is the company's gateway to the larger full frame sensors without the big price point of the 1DX and it's stepping up several...

Grade: A Price: $1,649.00

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Sony A77II

Every time a DSLR snaps a picture, the mirror inside has to flip up and down--which is why smaller cameras tend to have faster burst speeds (until you get into the $3,000 DSLRs) and why the Sony a77II's 12 fps is such a big deal. Sony's hi...

Grade: A- Price: $1,198.00

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Canon EOS 5DS

Canon doubled the number of megapixels for their EOS DSLR in one fell swoop with the 5DS. While high megapixel count doesn't always translate into better images, with the full frame sensor, the 5DS has a significantly higher resolution than ot...

Grade: A- Price: $2,399.00

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Nikon D500

Fast cameras, just like fast cars, are notoriously expensive. But with the Nikon D500, the speed of the most expensive flagship DSLRs are now accessible at a third of the cost. The D500 wraps up many of the features of the best-in-class D5, includ...

Grade: A- Price: $1,549.00

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Pentax K-S2

With a weather-sealed, compact body, wi-fi and a solid set of imaging capabilities, the Pentax K-S2 certainly looks to be a competitor among the available DSLRs for beginners. Updating on the quirky K-S1 less than a year after it's release, th...

Grade: A- Price: $697.00

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Canon EOS 80D

Canon's DSLR updates, at least in terms of the more addordable APS-C options, have felt less frequent in recent years--the new Canon EOS 80D updates the two-year-old 70D as the manufacturer's top enthusiast DSLR (outside of the faster 7D M...

Grade: A- Price: $879.00

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Pentax KP

Pentax is cramming more features into a smaller body with the KP, a compact, weather-sealed DSLR.The KP uses an APS-C sensor, and like several of Pentax's earlier models, doesn't have an anti-aliasing filter but uses the sensor shift stabi...

Grade: A- Price: $897.00

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Nikon D7500

There are those speedy, sports-loving cameras. The steady landscape shooters. The video-focused cameras. And then there’s the camera that looks at all of those shots and says, “Sure, I can do that.” With an 8 fps burst mode, snap...

Grade: A- Price: $1,099.00

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Nikon D5600

Nikon’s affordable DSLR is getting even more connected — the Nikon D5600 packs in much of the same imaging tech and body style of the D5500, but adds Bluetooth connectivity and built-in time lapses. Sitting towards the low end price-wi...

Grade: B Price: $999.00