The best mid-range DSLRs of 2015 - Our pick of the best mid-range DSLRs on the market today

While you might be tempted by an entry-level DSLR if you’re making the step up from a compact, if you can afford a bit more then a mid-range DSLR might be better for you.

Not only do they offer better build quality, and thus more longevity for your cash, but you’ll also get more for your money in terms of specification.

The mid-range DSLR market is a competitive one however, and thus picking the right model  is a difficult decision.

We’ve narrowed down the options with a list of some of the best mid-range DSLRs currently on the market.

Sony Alpha A77 Mark II

Sony A77 Mark IIStreet price: £770 body-only

While it might be right up towards the top end of mid-range DSLR scale, you’re certainly getting an awful lot of camera with Sony’s answer to the APS-C heavyweights from Canon and Nikon.

The extensive feature-set includes Wi-fi connectivity, an impressive 12fps continuous shooting speed and a 79-point hybrid AF set-up which delivering some of the best AF on the market.

The high price also ensures you get a few more pro-level features, including weather sealing and a high resolution EVF. Overall, if you’re looking to spend a bit more on your mid-range DSLR it’s well worth considering the A77 Mark II.

Best Mid-range DSLR for: Pro-level features

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Canon EOS 700D / Rebel T5i Canon EOS 700D

Street price: £440 w/18-55mm kit lens

The Canon EOS 700D, or the Rebel T5i as it’s known in some territories, is the latest model in a long line of impressive mid-range DSLRs from Canon’s triple-digit range.

The model features a substantial 18MP APS-C sensor which provides some impressive image quality, while it also inherits the same DIGIC 5+ image processor that’s found on model much further up the Canon DSLR tree.

As you’d expect for a mid-range model, the 700D caters for both beginners and advanced shooters with creative filters and auto shooting modes, along with full manual shooting capabilities.

All in all the Canon EOS 700D is an impressive all-round mid-range DSLR.

Best Mid-range DSLR for: All round performance

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Nikon D5500 Nikon D5500 product shot 1

Street price: £599 w/18-55mm kit lens

The Nikon D5500 is the latest mid-range DSLR from the manufacturer, replacing the D5300 in the range.

The latest edition adds a host of functionality, the most eye-catching perhaps being an all-new touchscreen, while several design tweaks improve on the camera’s aesthetic.

Overall, as you can expect from a manufacturer with Nikon’s track record, the D5500 is a solid mid-range DSLR.

Best Mid-range DSLR for: High-resolution shooting

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Pentax K-50

Street price: £400 w/ 18-55mm lens

Despite being available for a price more akin to an entry-level DSLR, the specification of the Pentax K-50 is certainly more akin to a mid-range DSLR on closer inspection.

For example, the camera features full weather sealing meaning you’ll be able to use it in difficult conditions without worrying about breaking it.

The model also features an impressive sensor that delivers some fantastic image quality, while a good LCD screen is another welcome feature.

Best Mid-range DSLR for: Weather sealing at a price to can afford

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