The Best DSLRs of 2015 - Our pick of the very best Digital SLRs currently on the market
Looking to bag yourself a new digital SLR – or DSLR as they’re more commonly referred to – but confused by the options? Let us guide you through the market with our selection of the best DSLRs of 2015.
From budget entry-level DSLRs to mid-priced enthusiast models and advanced semi-pro cameras, our definitive list of the best DSLRs of 2015 will help you to narrow down your search.
Street price: £494 body only
The 750D is targeted towards people upgrading from a compact camera or smartphone who want more flexibility and advanced manual controls. It would make a great choice for beginners making their first inroads into DSLR photography.
It has a simple layout and controls and there are more than enough pixels on the chip to produce prints up to A2 size, the autofocus both in and out of live view is fast and responsive and the vari-angle touchscreen is absolutely superb.
Best DSLR for: Someone just starting out in DSLR photography
Street price: £559 body only
The Nikon D5500 is an entry level DSLR with a high standard of images with reliable metering, white balance and noise control to a level above its standing.
The Nikon D5500 builds on the success of its D5300 predecessor with the addition of a new touchscreen and tweaked design, amongst several other enhancements.
The D5500 also offers an impressive level of focus performance, and is only slightly disappointing when it comes to Live View focus speeds.
Best DSLR for: Entry-level photographers wanting a bit more
Street price: £4,925 body only
While the price of the 645Z is undoubtedly out of the reach of most photographers, it is in fact the most affordable medium-format camera on the market.
For that price you get a 51.4MP, 44 x 33mm sensor which is capable of resolving an astonishing amount of detail, perfect if you’re looking to take the step in to high-end studio work.
Best DSLR for: High-end detail capture
Street price: £729 body only
As is ever the case with a Sony DSLR, the A77 II arrives packed full of all of the latest technology.
This includes a substantial 79-point AF set-up, a 12fps continuous shooting speed, a 24.3MP APS-C CMOS sensor and Wi-fi and NFC technology.
Best DSLR for: A bursting specification
Street price: £ £2,549 body only
The Canon EOS 5DS R is currently the highest resolution full-frame DSLR on the market right now. It has a 50.6-million-pixel sensor and has very respectable dynamic range too, although it’s perhaps not as noise-free in very deep shadows as the Nikon D810’s 36MP sensor.
Autofocus and metering systems both work exceptionally well, giving sharp, well exposed images, and the mature body design makes it easy to change settings quickly on the fly.
Together this means the 5DS R is sure to become a favourite for studio and landscape photographers.
Best DSLR for: Studio and landscape photography
Street price: £1,184 body only
The Nikon D610 replaces the popular Nikon D600 and does so with great success.
While the Nikon D600 impressed in a host of areas, although unfortunately there were widely reported issues with dust spots on the sensor after a certain amount of shutter actuations.
Not only does the D610 do away with these issues, but it also features an improvement in continuous shooting speed as well as improved AF performance.
Best of all, the D610 still features the impressive image quality for which its predecessor was renowned.
Best DSLR for: Image quality