The best DSLR Cameras for photography in 2024

Choosing a new digital SLR camera can be tricky. There are so many high-quality cameras with different designs, functions, and prices to choose, finding the most suitable digital SLR camera for you is not always as simple as buying the latest models.

DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflective Camera) is a more modern version of SLR, which uses the reflective mirror mechanism of film cameras and combines it with modern digital imaging sensors, allowing photographers to capture images on storage cards. This consolidates the position of digital SLR cameras as professional photography standards for many years.

In recent years, mirrorless cameras have begun to replace digital SLR cameras due to their compact design, faster shooting speed, and more impressive video quality. However, this does not mean that digital SLR cameras have disappeared.

Compared to the new standard, digital SLR cameras still have some advantages. The battery life of DSLR cameras is usually longer than that of mirrorless cameras because there is no need to power the electronic viewfinder, and you can turn off the LCD screen to further extend the battery life.
Many people just enjoy watching through an optical viewfinder, not to mention the large number of DSLR compatible lenses you have accumulated over the years. If you do not want to purchase mirrorless lenses from scratch and cannot find a suitable lens adapter, then for convenience, you may need to insist on using a digital SLR camera.

Please continue reading this page to learn more about our best digital SLR cameras evaluated in recent years, or check out our list of best mirrorless cameras and best cameras for more outstanding choices. We have also compiled a guide for mirrorless and digital SLR cameras for anyone caught between two camera formats.

Nikon D850
Best Digital SLR Camera

  • 45,7 megapixel sensor captures exceptionally fine details
  • Quick viewfinder autofocus and mute real-time display shooting options
  • Thumb operated rear sub selector for quick positioning of automatic focus
  • The battery life is very long and can take one photo


  • Automatic focusing without phase detection in real-time framing
  • Touch screen operation does not include button exposure settings
  • SnapBridge wireless connection needs improvement

The Nikon D850 is a full frame digital SLR camera designed for professional photographers and is the successor to the 810 D2014.

This camera is equipped with a 45,7 megapixel sensor, which is an upgraded version of the D36,3 810 megapixel sensor, making it consistent with the 5-megapixel Canon 50,6DS and 7-megapixel Sony A42R II when released.

The D850 is supported by the EXPEED 5 processor in D5 and D500, which, together with sensors, helps to minimize noise when using higher sensitivity settings.

The camera also utilizes the same 20 point Multi CAM 153K autofocus system as these cameras, and we found during testing that the system is fast and accurate.

The continuous shooting speed is limited to 7 fps, but you can connect an optional battery handle to increase it to 9 fps (although this of course requires additional payment).

This camera is designed with weather resistant magnesium alloy and comes with a large number of buttons, controls, and customization options. It has a 3,2-inch, 2.0-36 million point tilted touch screen and a 100% large viewfinder for arranging photos.

As for video, the D850 includes a separate microphone and headphone input, making it the first Nikon digital SLR camera to support up to 4 fps of 30K video.

Nikon D3500

The best choice for beginners


  • High quality lens kit
  • Very good image quality
  • Fast and quiet autofocus
  • Surprisingly vivid real-time framing
  • Very suitable for enthusiastic learners


  • Fix the rear window
  • This video is in high-definition instead of 4K
  • Compared to non reflective cameras, it is bulky

The Nikon D3500 is the best digital SLR camera we have tested for photography beginners, despite its fierce competition with the Canon 250D.

The D3500 is small for DSLR (but not as compact as mirrorless cameras) and has the advantages of DSLR's additional grip and balance. The screen is limited to a fixed 921 point screen, but the camera is equipped with an excellent AF-P 000-18mm kit lens, and we found it clear and consistent throughout the entire focal length range.

The D3500 is equipped with a 24 megapixel APS-C sensor, and although this camera is suitable for beginners, it is not simple. The D3500 has all the features you would expect from a more serious DSLR, including a full program of automatic exposure, aperture priority, shutter priority, and manual mode.

It has an ISO range of 100 to 25, providing good low light performance, and can capture 600 frames per second in burst mode, making it easy for you to take vibrant photos of children and pets.

Video shooting is limited to high-definition (all of our best mirrorless cameras currently support 4K shooting), but the image quality is good and realistic colors can be presented both indoors and outdoors.

Perhaps the biggest advantage of D3500 over its non reflective competitors is its excellent battery life of one photo, which will allow you to take longer photos without stopping to charge.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Excellent full frame Canon digital SLR camera


  • Full frame sensor
  • Touchscreen is very useful
  • Stable 4K video recording
  • Built in wireless network


  • loud
  • The frame rate is not particularly high

The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV is the fourth generation product of 5D, and if you are looking for a Canon full frame model, it is also an excellent digital SLR camera.

5D Mark III users will be familiar with this design, although the protrusion where the viewfinder is located is larger to leave space for Wi Fi and GPS units, and the grip is deeper to increase security.

The camera also replaced the Mark III's 30,4 megapixel sensor with a 22,3 megapixel sensor and increased the original ISO to 50-102 to improve low light performance.

There is an optical viewfinder with an intelligent viewfinder II that can display shooting mode, level, and grid information for easy composition. There is also a 3,2-inch, 1.62 million point touchscreen, but it is not hinged, which means you cannot tilt it.

This camera has two image processors: a DIGIC 6 chip for metering and a DIGIC 6+chip for high-speed image processing. It also supports Canon's dual pixel autofocus and dual pixel RAW technology, and the autofocus covers a larger viewfinder area than its predecessor, with sensitivity as low as -3EV.

The images captured with this camera are clear, with good color saturation and relatively no noise, up to a maximum of around 25.

It also supports 4K video shooting, and in terms of shooting, this camera can compete with many of our best mirrorless cameras. That is to say, those who are interested in products without reflective mirrors will want to see the Canon EOS R.

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