It’s true - photography is an expensive hobby. The more you try to learn it in-depth, the more the need to play around with pricey equipment. But if you have the dough, and are confident enough of your skills, we've prepared a list of the very best DSLR cameras you can buy in India today. We have listed below the five best DSLR cameras for 2018 available in India right now. The best thing about buying any camera from this list is that you can buy it, and then not need to replace it for years unless you break it. The best DSLR cameras number few in the market, but each come with their own USPs. Based on our ratings, here are the best DSLR cameras you can buy in India that we found worth including in this list of 2018. We will update this list with newer models along with their price and pictures as and when they become available.
The D5 is Nikon’s answer to the Canon 1D X Mark II. As a flagship camera, it reiterates its maker’s amazing knack of coming up with mind-blowing technology. It has been given game-changing low-light capabilities by Nikon, with its ISO range stretching up to 3280000. Moreover, the D5 is the beneficiary of 153 focus points and 99 cross-type sensors, which are all at work during its 12fps burst scenarios. 4K videos can be shot at 30fps, but it can even shoot them at the sweet cinematic 24fps speed.
The D850 disrupted the professional DSLR market when it arrived, to the tune that many Canon loyalists started considering making the switch to Nikon. It’s a complete all-round mid-range DSLR providing large and detailed images with its full-frame 45MP sensor. It has the lowest base ISO (64) of any DSLR camera in the world, while its highest value stretches till 102400. This camera is capable of 9fps bursts with autofocus, while it also offers support for 4K videos at 30 and 24fps, and 1080p videos at up to 120fps. Moreover, the Nikon D850 is also able to offer timelapse clips of up to 8K resolution.
This is the complete full-frame solution to all your photography needs. Released just last year, this highly expensive shooter from Canon comes equipped with a 20MP sensor, and boasts of not one but two DIGIC 6+ processors. This enables it to offer a whopping 14fps speed with full autofocus. And as if that wasn’t enough, the 1D X Mark II even offers 4K video support at a maximum of 60fps, giving videographers plenty of options to shoot their films. A maximum ISO of 409600, GPS, Wi-Fi and a touchscreen LCD are some of its other highlights.
Here’s another full-frame DSLR from Canon. Coming from a consistent range of excellent shooters, the Mark IV offers the benefits of a 30.4MP sensor. This camera is capable of doing bursts of up to 7fps with full autofocus. With a maximum ISO setting of 102400, it’s good for low light photography, and moreover, the makers have also equipped the new 5D with an improved noise-processing algorithm. Canon has stressed a lot on the video-capturing abilities of this camera. It does 4K recordings (30, 25, and 24fps) of course, and has additional features like a touchscreen LCD, Wi-Fi, NFC and much more.
The Alpha A99 II falls under Sony’s range of SLT (single lens translucent) cameras with A-mount support. This big daddy of them all, ships with a 42.4MP full-frame back-illuminated sensor. This camera’s auto focussing ability turns out to be its biggest selling point though, as it contains the world’s first 79 hybrid AF cross-point array. Add to that - the 5-axis in-body image stabilisation - which ensures steady shots in all conditions. The crazy powerful camera that it is, it offers 12fps burst shooting with continuous autofocus. While this camera can shoot 4K clips at 30fps, it also plays home to a number of other video options like a Slow and Quick mode, and more.
If you’re looking at buying expensive DSLRs, chances are bright that you already own a basic DSLR camera. And this in turn means you own a few lenses as well. Due to this, it is very important that you check the compatibility of those lenses with the new camera that you’re going to buy.
In case you haven’t heard it already, megapixels aren’t everything to a camera. It’s the sensor’s quality and its size that matters more than its resolution. Megapixels only matter when you want to print massive images for billboards and such.
Since video shooting is of so much importance these days, do take a look at all the details about a particular camera’s shooting options. Sometimes, the frame-rates of 4K videos can be low, leading to unusable footage.
|Canon 1D X Mark II||NA||10||8||9||8||9.1|
|Canon 5D Mark IV||283,990||9||8||8||9||8.6|
|Sony Alpha A99 II||NA||8||8||8||8||8.6|
We’ve curated this list based on our own expert reviews, overall user reviews from shopping websites like Amazon, B&H Photo Video and Flipkart, and expert reviews from trusted websites like Trusted Reviews, Photography Blog and Digital Trends.
As far as the weighted averages of our final expert scores are concerned, the split is: 50% for expert reviews, 25% for expert reviews from our trusted websites, and 25% for user reviews.
For example, in this list, the Nikon D5 — our favourite DSLR camera by far — had a score spilt of:
Expert review: 8.8/10
Expert reviews from trusted websites: 9/10 (Photography Blog and Trusted Reviews)
User reviews: 10/10 (Amazon, B&H Photo Video and Flipkart)
Overall expert score: 9.1/10 (rounded off)
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