After testing a lot of products, we have selected the 8 best digital cameras for professionals for 2018 which are mentioned below. In our experiments, we have found these products most consistent in performance and true value for the money.
Nikon D7200 24.2 MP Dual Zoom Lens
One of our favorite DSLRs in the past few years is the Nikon D7100, which was introduced way back in February 2013. The D7200 isn’t a radical upgrade by any means, yet it still adds some important features, most notably a larger buffer, improved autofocus performance in low light, 60p video, Wi-Fi with NFC, and 15% better battery life.
One of the most important… features on the D7200 is its improved AF system. Nikon has updated the D7200 to its Multi-CAM 3500DX II system, which still offers 51 AF points (the central 15 of which are cross-type), but now all of those points are sensitive to -3EV, while the D7100’s were limited to -2EV.
The most obvious improvement in the D7200 compared to the D7100 will be noticed by anyone who shoots continuously. The buffer size on the D7100 was tiny and filled up almost instantly, which not only affected burst shooting but bracketing as well. You can now fire away with the D7200 for up to 18 14-bit lossless compressed, 27 12-bit compressed Raws, or 100+ JPEGs. The maximum burst rate remains the same: 6 fps at full size and 7 fps in 1.3x crop mode.
Canon EOS 5D Mark III 22.3 MP Full Frame
Canon’s 5D series cameras have gained legendary status over the last seven years. Their full-frame (35mm film-size) sensors clearly identify them as professional quality cameras, yet at around half the cost of Canon’s flagship 1D range, they’re a tantalising proposition for semi-professional and amateur photographers. Who needs frivolities like holidays or a social life when you could own a full-frame DSLR?
Before we continue,… we feel obliged to bring things back down to Earth. The 5D Mark III currently costs a shade under £2,800, but we recommend budgeting the same again for lenses that do it justice. It uses the same EF mount as consumer Canon EOS cameras, but cheaper EF-S lenses are only designed for cropped sensors and will produce an ominous circular frame when attached to the full-frame 5D Mark III.
Canon makes various keenly priced full-frame EF lenses, such as the 50mm f/1.8 (£80) and 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 (£375), but the pricier L lenses are a better match for the 5DMark III. Canon sent us the 24-105mm f/4L (£930), 100mm f/2.8L Macro (£820) and 50mm f/1.2L (£1,350) for testing, which we got on with very nicely. Total cost including VAT: £5,900. Still, that’s not unreasonable for people who earn a living with their camera, and those of humbler means can build up their lens collection slowly.
Nikon COOLPIX B500 16MP 40x Optical Zoom Digital Camera
The Nikon Coolpix B500 is a bridge camera with a 16 megapixel sensor, which is paired with a 40x optical zoom. You can also activate a digital zoom up to 80x. It offers a range of shooting modes, but there’s no manual control, and it can’t shoot in raw format. As such, the intended target audience is beginners and possibly enthusiasts looking for a simple backup or travel camera. Like many of Nikon’s most recent cameras, it features SnapBridge technology, which allows you to maintain a constant Bluetooth link with your smartphone to send images across as you take them, ready to share on social networking sites and the like. Other interesting features include a 3.0-inch tilting screen, which features a 921k-dot resolution, inbuilt Wi-Fi and Full HD video recording.
On the top of the Nikon Coolpix B500… you’ll find a dial for switching between the various shooting modes that the camera offers. There’s no manual modes available here, but there’s quite a few options placed on the dial for you to choose from. This includes fully automatic, scene, creative, movie mode and more.
Next to this zoom switch is a button which is very useful for helping to frame shots when using longer focal lengths. If you press it, and keep it held down, the zoom will lens out, allowing you to find any subject that may have moved out of shot. When you’ve found the subject again, release the button and the zoom will move back in to the same focal length as you were previously using.
Canon EOS Rebel T6 DSLR Camera Bundle
Comprising a versatile set of imaging capabilities along with support for a connected workflow, the EOS Rebel T6 from Canon is a compact, sleek DSLR featuring an 18MP APS-C CMOS sensor and a DIGIC 4+ image processor. Combined, these two technologies avail rich image quality with reduced noise, along with a native sensitivity range of ISO 100-6400 that can be further expanded to ISO 12800 to suit working in low and difficult lighting conditions.
The sensor and processor also enable the ability… to shoot continuously at 3 fps for photographing moving subjects, as well as recording Full HD 1080p/30 video. Benefitting shooting with the optical viewfinder, a 9-point AF system incorporates a single center cross-type AF point for increased accuracy and focusing speed, and a contrast-detection focusing system offers refined autofocus precision for shooting movies or working in live view.
The rear 3.0″ 920k-dot LCD offers a bright, clear image for playback and review, and built-in Wi-Fi with NFC also offers the ability to wirelessly share imagery from your camera to a linked mobile device for instant online sharing. Included with the camera body is the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II lens, which provides a 28.8-88mm equivalent focal length range that covers wide-angle to short telephoto perspectives.
Nikon D3400 w/ AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm
A sleek and now connected DSLR for all, the black Nikon D3400 is designed to produce better image quality than your smartphone, yet work seamlessly with your mobile devices for sharing your memories. Utilizing a DX-format 24.2MP CMOS sensor and EXPEED 4 image processor, this camera provides a native sensitivity range from ISO 100-25600 to suit working in a variety of lighting conditions.
And the sensor and processor combination… also provides a 5 fps continuous shooting rate as well as Full HD 1080p video recording at 60 fps. The sensor’s design also omits an optical low-pass filter in order to achieve greater sharpness and resolution from both photos and videos. Beyond image creation, the D3400 also features SnapBridge, which utilizes Bluetooth connectivity, for wireless sharing of images to your mobile device, including automatic sharing of 2MP images between the camera and your mobile device.
The lightweight camera body incorporates a 3.0″ 921k-dot LCD screen for live view monitoring and image review and, catering to first-time DSLR owners, the D3400 also features a helpful Guide Mode to aid in achieving specific photographic looks or techniques, such as how to produce shallow depth of field imagery in a helpful, step-by-step manner.
Canon EOS 80D Digital SLR Camera
The 80D is capable of producing excellent photos — as long as you either shoot raw or change many of the default JPEG settings. The camera’s automatic white balance isn’t very good. Under our lab lights, the only way I could get anything I could compare to other cameras was by using manual white balance; I’ve had similar issues with the Nikon D7200 and other Canons, but the 80D’s is pretty bad. In real daylight it’s better, but still has problems — among other things, it turns blue flowers purple. I couldn’t find a white-balance preset that produced accurate colors. On the flip side, though, the cast keeps its low-light photos from shifting too far to yellow.
Complicating the issue is Canon’s Auto Picture Style,… which pushes the saturation and contrast way too much, plus over processes edges, making them look too heavy. The new Fine Detail option is much better at edge processing, delivering results comparable to using raw up to about ISO 1600, and delivers sharpness on thin lines comparable to other APS-C-sensor cameras. It should really be the default. You can get pretty good results processing raw through ISO 6400, though beyond ISO 1600 there isn’t a lot of dynamic range available to recover.
The slightly higher-resolution sensor plus Fine Detail mode allows the 80D to produce noticeably better JPEGs than the 70D, though the latter’s auto-white balance is more accurate. The 80D also has a far cleaner noise profile in general across ISO sensitivities.
Nikon D7500 Black Digital SLR Camera
Borrowing from the best of what the award-winning D500 had to offer but in a more practical and user-friendly body, the new D7500 from Nikon delivers flagship performance for photographers seeking class leading image quality. The top-tier D7500 features the same 20.9 MP DX-format image sensor and EXPEED 5 image processing as the D500, but the body is similar to the D7200.
The advanced moviemaking capabilities… of the Nikon D7500 allows photographers to record stunningly detailed 4K Ultra HD or Full HD videos, using pro-level features such as power aperture and touch focus control. Time-lapse function is also available in-camera: Without a low-pass filter, the D7500 strikes an optimal balance between image resolution and low-noise performance.
The EXPEED 5 image-processing engine handles fast continuous shooting and 4K UHD video recording a 30p with ease. Capturing exclusive moving subjects at their peak won’t be a problem with the D7500 thanks to the camera’s 8 fps (up from the D7200’s 6 fps) continuous shooting for approximately 50 RAW images (14-bit lossless compared).
Pentax K-1 Full Frame DSLR Camera
As this list of spec highlights should make clear, the K-1 makes the most of its moveable sensor. As well as the image stabilization, which is rated to an impressive 5 stops, the camera offers a host of other clever features. These include anti-aliasing filter simulation which vibrates the sensor during exposure to intentionally blur high frequency detail across multiple pixels, to avoid moiré.
The other sensor-shift modes… are also clever: the K-1 includes Horizon Correction, which rotates the sensor if you hold the camera slightly off-level, and the Astrotracer system that uses the sensor’s movement to cancel-out the effect of the Earth’s rotation when taking images of stars (something it can calculate using its GPS).
The camera gets a new AF module (called SAFOX 12) which features 33 focus points, 25 of which are cross type. The central three of these offer higher precision when used with F2.8 or faster lenses and the central 25 continue to focus down as far as -3EV.