The world of DSLR cameras has expanded hugely in recent years – although Nikon and Canon still rule the roost for many, the appearance of the excellent A-series cameras from Sony shifted the market, and there are now many models and types of cameras, including mirrorless SLR alternatives that are vying for the DSLR’s title.
That being said, a digital single-lens-reflex (SLR) is still the go-to for most people. The breadth of offering in terms of budget and their sheer availability means there’s always good deals to be had and excellent second-hand offerings.
Here we look at what you need to look for in a DSLR camera, which models will suit different styles and types of photography and offer up some options at the low, middle and top end of the DSLR price spectrum.
With the range of DSLR cameras out there, it’s quite easy to test them in like-for-like situations, measuring low-light, ISO performance, autofocus speed, LCD touchscreen response and general ergonomics like weight and feel.
We tested these models in a number of different environments, from day walking trips for landscape photography to more studio portrait setups.
These are the best DSLR cameras for 2021:
- Best overall – Nikon D3500: £449, Argos.co.uk
- Best live view – Canon EOS 850D: £859, Currys.co.uk
- Best light model – Canon EOS rebel 250D Mk II: £659.99, Argos.co.uk
- Best for wildlife photographers – Canon EOS 90D: £1,349, Wexphotovideo.com
- Best for mid-level full frame shooting – Canon EOS 6D MK II: £1,819.99, Canon.co.uk
- Best budget buy – Nikon D5600: £529, Nikon.co.uk
- Best for full-frame excellence – Canon 5D mark IV: £2,869, Parkcameras.com
- Best for high-resolution stills – Nikon D850: £2,499, Jessops.com
- Best for professional videographers – Sony A7S III: £3,799, Parkcameras.com