Mirrorless cameras have become increasingly popular, but there remain many reasons to invest in a DSLR.
For a start, DSLRs have been around much longer than their mirrorless cousins, which means they have a wider selection of lenses and accessories to choose from. And of course, DSLRs come with an optical viewfinder that presents a pin-sharp, clear and immediate view of what the camera is looking at.
Whether you’re looking to start taking photography more seriously or just upgrade from your current DSLR, these are the best ones you can currently buy.
All of the best DSLRs in this roundup support Raw capture for home processing, as well as JPEGs processed in-camera for immediate sharing. They also offer the traditional PASM (that’s Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and Manual) quartet of manual and semi-manual exposure modes, which are usually backed up by a range of automatic point-and-shoot modes (professional full-frame models aside).
If you’re coming to a DSLR from a smartphone or basic compact, you’ll be glad to know that all the devices in this group offer built-in Wi-Fi as standard. Having the option to wirelessly transfer images to a mobile device in a matter of seconds, ready to share with family and friends, is a key feature you’ll want to look out for.
The best top of the range DSLR right now is the Nikon D850. This high-end, full-frame DSLR for professional photographers combines speedy performance with impressive low-light powers in a robust, weather-sealed body. If you’re on a tighter budget, the best entry level DSLR around is the Canon EOS 200D.