This holiday season, consider a DSLR camera for you, your family member, or your friend that has an above average interest in photography. DSLR cameras are among the world’s best for taking high-quality photos so you can spend as little time in the editing room as possible. Check out our picks for the top DSLR cameras of 2017.
DSLRs are known for being pricey, which makes sense considering the optics and work that goes into making them. Look to save big on Nikon, Canon, and Pentax DSLRs because it’s guaranteed that some of them will be on sale. They may not be hundreds of dollars off, but it’s a far better alternative to paying full price.
DSLRs are pretty complicated as well. For a beginner’s guide to operating DSLR cameras, click here.
Best Nikon DSLR
- The D850 is Nikon’s newest DSLR and pretty much the top of the line DSLR on the market. As one of the most expensive DSLRs on the market, be sure that you’re ready to handle advanced and complicated features fitting for a professional photographer.
Related: D850 Review
Best Canon DSLR
- For someone with a budget, the Rebel SL2 gives you impressive specs for a fraction of the price of thousand dollar DSLRs. It’s our choice for a budget DSLR that doesn’t provide quality on par with a D850 but works well in its own right. Perfect for beginner DSLR photographers as well.
Best Pentax DSLR
- Pentax is a lesser known brand compared to Canon and Nikon but still makes DSLRs on par with them. The K-S2 features a back screen that flips out to conduct movie editing. It’s no D850 but as a standard DSLR the K-S2 has a popular following.
Do DSLRs Make Great Gifts?
For the considerable price of any DSLR, they will definitely make a great present for any budding, amateur, or professional photographer. A DSLR gives you a wide range of capabilities and features to choose from when taking photos. It’s not your average point and shoot camera, mastering one of these means experimenting with each feature to see what you like. Chances are you’ll be pretty surprised with what you can accomplish using a DSLR.
Yes, a DSLR is going to be a huge investment and you’re likely to invest in accessories as well. But, if you maintain it and keep it out of harm’s way, it will last you a long time.