This DX-format DSLR is the beneficiary of many of the advanced technologies originally introduced in the D500 for a cheaper price. The camera features the same 20.9-megapixel image sensor with no optical low-pass filter and a native ISO range of 100 to 51,200 (that’s expandable to a whopping 1,640,000). It boasts a 51-point autofocusing system with 15 cross-type sensors and a burst mode of 8 fps when continuous AF is engaged. It records 4K video and features SnapBridge for automatically transferring images to smartphones.
Canon 6D Mark II
The EOS 6D Mark II sports a 26.2-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor with Dual Pixel CMOS AF and a DIGIC 7 processor. There are 45 all cross-type AF points with a working range of down to -3 EV. It offers a native ISO range of 100 to 40,000 with expansion options that push it from 50 to 102,400. The 6D Mark II is Canon’s first full-frame DSLR to sport a vari-angle 3-inch touchscreen display. The camera can burst at up to 6.5 fps with focus locked on the first frame. You’ll enjoy built-in Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth, plus full HD video recording up to 60p.
Sony a99 II
Sony reaffirmed its commitment to DSLRs with the a99 II. Boasting a 42-megapixel, backside-illuminated sensor, 4K video recording and a 12 fps burst mode, the a99 II is a versatile flagship. With 399 focal plane phase-detect AF points, the Sony a99 II is able to accurately track moving subjects. There are a pair of SD card slots, a three-axis tilting display and an OLED viewfinder. It includes Sony S-Log 3 and S-Gamut 3 color profiles for video recording and has a dust- and weather-proof build.
Ricoh Pentax KP
The KP features a 24-megapixel, APS-C-sized CMOS image sensor with an ISO range from 100 to 819,200. You’ll enjoy in-body five-axis image stabilization, good for up to five stops of correction, per CIPA standards. The KP features a unique interchangeable hand grip, allowing you to quickly switch between grips depending on your needs (extra grips cost $50). There’s an AA filter simulator to mimic the effect of a low-pass filter and a Pixel Shift Resolution mode to compile a higher-resolution, more color-accurate image.
You say you want resolution? The 45.5-megapixel D850 has no low-pass filter and is back-illuminated for excellent low-light performance. Out of the box, you can hit 7 fps in continuous shooting. Spring for the accessory battery grip and the D5 battery, and the D850 can hit 9 fps. In a first for Nikon, 4K video is recorded using the entire width of the sensor. Full HD video can be recorded up to 120 fps. Time-lapse fans can create 4K time-lapse movies in camera and 8K time-lapses using post-processing software. When shooting time-lapses, you’ll engage an electronic shutter, which cuts down on the wear and tear of your mechanical shutter—a thoughtful touch.