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: £269 with 18-55mm lens
The Canon EOS 1200D (also known as the Rebel T5 in some territories) is the latest model in the manufacturer’s entry-level range. It offers a strong spec including an 18MP CMOS sensor paired with Canon’s DIGIC 4 processor
Perhaps the most eye-catching feature is most likely the price, with the 1200D now available for well under £300 complete with 18-55mm kit lens.
Best DSLR for: Those on a budget
Street price: £410 with 18-55mm kit lens
Despite being nearly a year old, the Nikon D3300 still represents a solid choice when it comes to more entry-level of the DSLR market.
The D3300 is features a bump in resolution up to 24.3MP, taking it nearly up to professional levels, while the 5fps continuous shooting speed is class leading
Although it’s not the cheapest entry-level DSLR available, it offers an impressive level of performance and the chance to expand in to Nikon’s DSLR system.
Best DSLR for: Entry-level photographers wanting a bit more
Street price: £7500
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: £799 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: £600 with 18-55mm kit lens
Canon’s latest triple-digit DSLR is always going to prove a popular model with boy fanboys and DSLR owners alike, and the new Canon EOS 700D is no different.
Although the improvements on it predecessor are only incremental, that doesn’t mean that its not worth the investment.
The model features an 18MP APS-C sensor, 3in, 1040k-dot vari-angle LCD screen as well as HD video capture at a range of different frame rates.
Of course, the Canon 700D also benefits from being part of the Canon DSLR product tree, and as such will give you access to a host of second hand optics at affordable prices.
Best DSLR for: All-round performance and value
Street price: £1400 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
Street price: £2500
While it doesn’t come particularly cheap the Canon EOS 5D Mark III is one of the very best DSLRs on the market, with a generous range of advanced shooting options backed up by some of the best image quality of any DSLR.
At its heart the 5D Mark III uses a 22.3MP full-frame CMOS sensor and Canon’s latest DIGIC 5+ image processor. Other highlights include a 61-point AF module, an extensive ISO 100-25,600 sensitivity range (expandable to ISO 102,400) and Full HD movie recording. If you’ve got the money, then the 5D Mark III is an absolute beast of a camera.
Best DSLR for: Video