1. Nikon D850
A speedy and versatile full-frame performer, with 4K video to boot
Type: DSLR | Sensor: Full frame | Megapixels: 45.7MP | Screen: 3.2in tilting touchscreen, 2.6million dots | Viewfinder: Optical | Max burst speed: 7fps | Max video resolution: 4K | User level: Professional
Nikon has had a fair few smashes in the last couple of years, but the D850 has, unquestionably, stood out among them. As with the Sony A7 III (below), this appears to be largely down to its versatility. The 45.7MP sensor provides bags of resolution for landscapes, fashion and still-life setups, while 7fps burst shooting and a 153-point AF system means it’s equally at home when faced with action – and you can boost this to 9fps with an optional battery pack if you need to. Wedding photographers will love the silent burst shooting mode, while 4K video shows it’s no slouch when you need to record moving footage too. On top of all that, the robust, weather-sealed body means you can easily rely on it in even challenging conditions.
2. Canon EOS 80D
This mid-range marvel is a great option for live-view shooting and video
Type: DSLR | Sensor: APS-C | Megapixels: 24.2MP | Lens mount: Canon EF-S | Screen: 3.2-inch vari-angle touchscreen, 1,040,000 dots | Viewfinder: Optical | Continuous shooting speed: 7fps | Max video resolution: Full HD | User level: Enthusiast
Canon has overhauled its entire DSLR lineup in the past year or so, but it’s the EOS 80D that stands out from these latest arrivals. The fact that it follows so many successful models in Canon’s double-digit EOS stable is clear from the small changes the company has made to the now-familiar template, while the feature set has a fresh 24MP APS-C sensor, Canon’s excellent Dual Pixel CMOS AF system, 7fps burst shooting and built in Wi-Fi and NFC among its highlights. As we noted in our full review of the camera, image quality is a strong point, with accurate colours, well-controlled noise levels and impressive dynamic range, particularly at lower sensitivities. Just like the D7500 mentioned above, its specs, price and approachability mean that it has huge appeal.