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Whether you’re a content producer, professional photographer or amateur, this guide will help you find the DSLR that best suits your personal and professional needs. Continue reading for our guide to 2019’s best DSLR cameras.

Novice

1. Canon EOS Rebel SL2 – $699.99 US

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The Canon EOS Rebel SL2 is light, easy-to-use and is great for an amateur in-house team of marketers,  looking to take their content to the next level and save professional photographer costs. Its photo and video capabilities deliver sharp, brilliantly bright image quality. Not to mention, it has a fully automated touchscreen LCD to make navigating your image index seamless. Its Duel Pixel CMOS AF makes sure that your videos are stable and clear and its Feature Assistant function will help guide you through a shot if you need a bit of extra assistance.

Specs:

  • Megapixels: 24.2MP
  • Image Processor: DIGIC 7
  • Image Sensor: CMOS
  • Max Resolution: 6000 x 4000
  • Shutter Speeds: 1/4000
  • Video File Format:  MP4/H.264
  • Video Resolution: Full HD
  • Max FPS: 1920 x 1080 at 60 fps and 1280 x 720 at 60 fps
  • ISO: Auto, 100-25600 (expands to 51200)
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Built-In Wifi: Yes
  • User Level: Novice

2. Canon EOS 80D – $1468.99 USD

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This is the perfect enthusiast level DSLR for someone who doesn’t mind spending a bit extra for consistent, quality photos. Simple, easy to use and lightweight, this point-and-shoot camera delivers clean and crisp photos that you can be proud of. The 80D’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF offers fast and smooth autofocus. This model also offers an intelligent viewfinder, and its 3” LCD can flip out and rotate for easy rearview shooting. Whether you’re looking to capture vlog content for your companies blog or snap some cool shots at your marketing pop-up, this camera is sure to get you client facing photo content that they’ll love.

Specs:

  • Megapixels: 24MP
  • Image Processor: DIGIC 6
  • Image Sensor: CMOS
  • Max Resolution: 6000 x 4000
  • Shutter Speeds: 1/8000 Sec
  • Video File Format: MP4/H.264
  • Video Resolution: 1080p (Full HD)
  • Max FPS: 1920 x 1080 at 60 fps and 1280 x 720 at 60 fps
  • ISO: Auto, 100-16000 (expands to 25600)
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • WIFI: Yes
  • User Level: Novice

3. Pentax KP – $1099.99 USD

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This DSLR is packed with smart features. Although Canon and Nikon, are competitive industry leaders, Pentax still remains a great alternative to these two giants. This high-performing DSLR does not compromise on image quality or construction. This sporty model offers a weather-resistant body, and interchangeable grip options making it easy to shoot in versatile terrains, and the perfect DSLR to pack-up and jet off to remote shoot locations with.

Specs:

  • Megapixels: 24MP
  • Image Processor: PRIME IV
  • Image Sensor: CMOS
  • Max Resolution: 6016 x 4000
  • Shutter Speeds: 1/6000 Sec
  • Video File Format: MP4/H.264
  • Video Resolution: Full HD
  • Max FPS: 1920 x 1080 at 60 fps, 1280 x 720 at 60 fps
  • ISO: Auto 100-819200
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • WIFI: Yes
  • User Level: Novice

Intermediate

4. Nikon D3500 – $399.99 USD

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This is Nikon’s entry-level DSLR. It’s a great starter camera if you’re looking to tune your eye, test your skills and step up your photography game from your iPhone. Great for in-house marketing teams who need client worthy photos on a regular basis. With a fair price point, this model will keep you within budget across multiple campaigns. It has an 11-point focus system and can shoot at 5 FPS. It even has a “Guide Mode” which walks you through how to properly shoot your image. One downfall to this model is that it doesn’t have built-in wifi, making it a bit trickier to transfer photos onto your smartphone.

Specs:

  • Megapixels: 24MP
  • Image Processor: EXPEED 4
  • Image Sensor: CMOS
  • Max Resolution: 6000 x 4000
  • Shutter Speeds: 1/8000 Sec
  • Video File Format: MP4/H.264
  • Video Resolution: Full HD
  • Max FPS: 1920 x 1080 at 60 fps and 1280 x 720 at 60 fps
  • ISO: Auto 100-16000 (expands to 25600)
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • WIFI: No
  • User Level: Intermediate

5. Canon EOS Rebel SL3 / EOS 250D – $599.99 USD

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The Canon EOS Rebel SL3 (or EOS 250D in some regions) is a super compact, transportable DSLR. This DSLR has a very approachable price and includes many features that a beginner photographer should look for as a first time DSLR buyer. There is a live auto-focus feature and it shoots in 4K video, making this camera very user-friendly. Although there are only 9-autofocus points in the viewfinder, this model is clearly designed for a novice shooter looking to capture crisp and clear photos that they can show off to friends and family and not someone looking for a professional grade camera.

Specs:

  • Megapixels: 24MP
  • Image Processor: DIGIC 8
  • Image Sensor: CMOS
  • Max Resolution: 6000 x 4000
  • Shutter Speeds: 1/4000 Sec
  • Video File Format: MP4/H.264
  • Video Resolution: 4K
  • Max FPS: 3840 x 2160 at 25 fps and 1920 x 1080 at 60 fps
  • ISO: Auto, 100-25600 (expands to 51200)
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • WIFI: Yes
  • User Level: Intermediate

6. Nikon D500 – $1496.95 USD

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It’s no surprise that this is Nikon’s flagship APS-C DSLR. With an impressive resume of features such as its EXPEED 5 image processor, 4K movie abilities, and “Snapbridge,” a constant connection to a smartphone, the Nikon D500 showcases powerful technological advances. If you’d like to up your amateur photography, this is a great camera to make the move with. This model is great for marketers that need a constant stream of content on the go. Whether you’re a social media manager, digital content producer or paid influencer, you can rely on this DSLR to get your content online as fast as possible without compromising quality.

Specs:

  • Megapixels: 20.9MP
  • Image Processor: EXPEED 5
  • Image Sensor: CMOS
  • Max Resolution: 5568 x 3712
  • Shutter Speeds: 1/8000 Sec
  • Video File Format:  MP4/H.264
  • Video Resolution: Full HD
  • Max FPS: 1920 x 1080 at 60 fps, 1280 x 720 at 60 fps
  • ISO: ISO 100 – 51200 (expandable to 50 – 1640000)
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Built-In Wifi: Yes
  • User Level: Intermediate

7. Nikon D7500 – $1299.99 USD

Best DSLR Cameras 2019 - Nikon 7500

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The Nikon D7500 is a great addition to an amateur photographer and videographer’s toolkit. With unique features such as in-camera image and video editing, you can streamline your video and image production timeline. User’s rave about its low-light capabilities and fast auto-focus. This model is great for professional photographers who need a reliable DSLR that consistently produces refined, raw quality images.

Specs:

  • Megapixels: 20.9MP
  • Image Processor: EXPEED 5
  • Image Sensor: CMOS
  • Max Resolution: 5568 x 3712
  • Shutter Speeds: 1/8000
  • Video File Format: Supports MOV. and MP4
  • Video Resolution: 3840×2160 (30p/25p/24p)
  • Max FPS: 3840 x 2160 at 30 fps, 1920 x 1080 at 60 fps, 1280 x 720 at 60 fps
  • ISO: ISO 100 – 51200 (expandable to 50 – 1640000)
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Built-In Wifi: Yes
  • User Level: Intermediate

Professional

8. Nikon D850 – $2996.95 USD

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The Nikon D850 is Nikon’s leading high resolution, full-frame DSLR. This fully loaded camera can shoot 120 frames per second at full 1080, which makes for amazing slow-motion shots. It has an expandable ISO range of 64-25,000 to 32-120,400 and a burst rate of 7 fps. The midsize body has a similar grip to the D750, which is durable and weather resistant and the illuminated buttons make it perfect for shooting at night. This DSLR falls into the higher price range of DSLRs, but its features make it an easy buy for a pro shooter. This dynamic model will take your professional video content and photos to the next level, ensuring that you’ll always book your next professional gig.

Specs:

  • Megapixels: 45MP
  • Image Processor: EXPEED 5
  • Image Sensor: BSI-CMOS
  • Max Resolution: 8256 x 5504
  • Shutter Speeds: 1/8000 Sec
  • Video File Format: MP4
  • Video Resolution: 4K/UHD, MOV.
  • Max FPS: 3840 x 2160 at 30 fps, 1920 x 1080 at 120 fps and 1280 x 720 at 60 fps
  • ISO: Auto, 64-25600 (expands to 32-102400)
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Built-In Wifi: Yes
  • User Level: Professional

9. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV – $2799.99 USD

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The Canon EOD 5D Mark IV is a full frame, 30.4 megapixel DSLR that offers superb quality to its users. A part of the 5D series, this camera offers versatility, high performance, and quality. It’s revolutionary Dual Pixel CMOS AF offers quick and smooth autofocus for both live shooting and video options. In addition, its touchscreen is easy to navigate, clean and offers the latest features such as built-in wifi and optional GPS. This professional grade model guarantees you’ll always be able to provide your clients with crisp, clean and stunning content that will leave them saying “WOW,”.

Specs:

  • Megapixels: 30.4MP
  • Image Processor: DIGIC 6+
  • Image Sensor: CMOS
  • Max Resolution: 6720 X 4480
  • Shutter Speeds: 1/8000 Sec
  • Video File Format: MP4/H.264 Variable, MOV., and Motion JPEG
  • Video Resolution: Full HD and 4K
  • Max FPS: 4096 x 2160 at 29.97 fps, 1920 x 1080 at 59.94 fps, and 1280 x 720 at 119.9 fps
  • ISO: Auto, 100-32000 (expands to 50-102400)
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Built-In Wifi: Yes
  • User Level: Professional

10. Canon EOS 7D Mark II – $1799.99 USD

Best DSLR Cameras 2019 - EOD 7D Mark II

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The Canon EOS 7D Mark II is the long-awaited upgrade from the Canon EOS 7D. It currently sits a the top of Canon’s range APS-C format DSLRs. This camera is great for experts wanting to get their hands on a camera that offers professional grade quality at an amateur price. Sure, it doesn’t have some features that many of us are accustom to on newer models such as the touchscreen interface, but its price point and technical features make these items barely missed. Its 65-point system, with more sensitive cross-type, allows for near-instant auto-focus. In addition, the central point is a dual-cross type at f/2.8 and sensitive down to f/8, which makes it very useful for photographers looking to shoot with telephoto lenses. It has the highest non-expansion setting on any DSLR, at a native sensitivity range of ISO 100-16,000 and its expansion settings take it up to ISO 51,200.

Specs:

  • Megapixels: 20MP
  • Image Processor: DIGIC 6 (Dual)
  • Image Sensor: CMOS
  • Max Resolution: 5472 x 3648
  • Shutter Speeds: 1/8000 Sec
  • Video File Format: MP4
  • Video Resolution: 1080p (Full HD)
  • Max FPS: 1920 x 1080 at 59.94 fps, 1280 x 720 at 59.94 fps, 640 x 480 at 29.97 fps
  • ISO: Auto ISO 100-16000 (expandable to 51200)
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Built-In Wifi: Yes
  • User Level: Professional

From novice to expert, 2019 offers a promising range of DSLRs to help you capture personal and professional content. Once you pick yours up, check out How to Optimize your Brand’s Youtube Presence, to learn what type of content will help you land the highest ROI on your personal or professional social channel.