You want a DSLR for between u00a31000 and u00a31500. Here is a list of our favourites

DSLR cameras for between £1000 and £1500:

Nikon D300sNikon D300s

As video is the main addition (and however obvious as it may be to state it), it’s clear that the D300s is designed for those who will be using the camera for both still images and video, particularly the latter in a more professional manner when connecting an external microphone.

Overall, it adds subtle enhancements to an already excellent camera.


12 megapixelsHas a maximum ISO of 6400Has a manual exposure modeHas HD videoHas a large LCD screenHas a built-in flashTakes sd media cardsTakes cf media cards

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Canon EOS 7DCanon EOS 7D

Changing a system that works so well can be a dangerous business, but Canon appears to have pulled it off with the 7D.

The changes are subtle but generally help usability once you find the new positions. In the hand the 7D feels like a very solid and well-built camera, enough to be used as a regular workhorse for the semi-pro, or second camera for a pro.

The quality of the results, the high ISO and video performance make this a serious consideration for anyone looking to buy an EOS 5D, and for some the smaller file sizes and 1.6x focal conversion will actually be a benefit. It means smaller, lighter lenses can be used – including the EF-S models.

This camera is likely to be as popular for videographers as it will for still photographers for similar reasons. Overall, the 7D will be an aspiration for all amateur photographers, and those who purchase will not be disappointed.


18 megapixelsHas a maximum ISO of 12800Has a manual exposure modeHas HD videoHas a large LCD screenHas built-in anti shakeHas a built-in flashTakes cf media cards  

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