Best Camera Under $2,000 Budget

High-End DSLR Cameras Offer Advanced Photography Features

With a budget around $2,000, you'll find outstanding DSLR cameras -- as well as an occasional mirror-less DIL camera -- that approach some of the features you'd find in a professional-level DSLR camera. The best sub-$2,000 DSLR cameras I've listed here include the cost of the camera body only. Accessories for DSLR cameras will cost extra, such as lenses and external flashes. Here are the best camera under $2,000 options, listed alphabetically.

And, if you want some help in finding the best DSLR under $2,000, read our DSLR camera buying guide.

1
Canon EOS 6D DSLR

Canon 6D
Canon Inc.

High-end Canon DSLR cameras are always enticing, and one of the latest models, the Canon EOS 6D DSLR camera, is no exception.

The Canon EOS 6D is going to carry a high price tag, but its feature list compares well against other models in this price range.

The full frame 6D has a 20.2 megapixel CMOS image sensor, can shoot at ISO settings up to 25600, at 1080p HD video, and at 4.5 frames per second. It has a 3.0-inch high-resolution LCD, a built-in GPS, and built-in WiFi, too.

That's a pretty strong feature list, even for a DSLR model. The 6D was named both an EISA award winner and a TIPA award winner in 2013.

2
Canon EOS 60Da DSLR

Canon

Canon has recently released a new DSLR camera that's designed specifically for astrophotography, replacing a model that's several years old.

The EOS 60Da is designed specifically for to shoot photos of the night sky, and it works well for long exposures. Canon included increased sensitivity for hydrogen-alpha wavelengths, which are important in astrophotography. The 60Da replaces the Canon EOS 20Da from several years ago.

The 60Da has 18MP of resolution, a 3.0-inch widescreen LCD, can shoot at 5.3 frames per second, and records full HD video.

3
Canon EOS 70D DSLR

Canon

Canon's upgrade to the EOS 60D DSLR camera is now available for sale, and this new advanced model is going to provide some impressive features for an intermediate-level DSLR model.

The EOS 70D DSLR camera includes a 20.2 megapixel APS-C sized CMOS image sensor, which is one of the best Canon image sensors available. The 70D also includes the same 19-point autofocus system that was included in the "five-star" EOS 7D camera.

The EOS 70D also includes a 3.0-inch touch screen LCD, built-in Wi-Fi, and 7 frames per second burst mode at full 20.2MP resolution.

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Fujifilm X-T1

Fujifilm

The Fujifilm X-T1 mirrorless ILC provides a completely different look than other advanced cameras in the market. Those who have used film SLR cameras from a few decades ago will appreciate the various dials and buttons Fujifilm has included with the X-T1, giving it a retro design. Because these dials are stacked on top of each other, a few of them may be a little difficult to access and use comfortably, but the mirrorless X-T1's look is still great.

Because of the collection of dials you can make nearly all changes to the X-T1's settings by using the dials. You won't have a traditional mode dial, where you can select an automatic shooting mode for example.

With such a high price tag the mirrorless Fujifilm X-T1 will not appeal to every photographer, and the tricky set of dials will greatly limit the potential audience for this model as well. However the X-T1's excellent image quality and high performance levels make it worth considering for those who want a retro-looking model and have a large camera budgetRead Review 

5
Nikon D600 DSLR

Nikon

Few cameras can match the top-of-the-line DSLR offerings from Nikon and Canon. When one of those two companies releases a new advanced camera, it's almost always taking a really close look.

The recently announced Nikon D600 DSLR is another one of those models. The D600 features has a 24.3MP image sensor, making it one of the best large resolution cameras out there.

It also can shoot 1080p HD video, includes a 39-point autofocus system, can shoot at 5.5 frames per second, and works with a large variety of Nikon interchangeable lenses. The D600 is a very strong full frame camera.

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Nikon D810 DSLR

If you're looking for top-of-the-line photography performance and image results in all types of shooting conditions in a variety of image formats, the Nikon D810 DSLR camera is going to fit your needs very well. 

This powerful camera works quickly and quietly, especially in Viewfinder mode, while also offering a sharp and large display screen for use in Live View mode. Its performance speeds are excellent, including a 5 frames per second burst mode rate at full 36.3 megapixels of resolution. Read Review 

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Olympus E-5 DSLR

Olympus

Olympus has announced its latest DSLR camera, the E-5, which carries some very interesting features, such as:

  • A 12.3 megapixel live MOS image sensor, which allows high-speed autofocus.
  • A 3.0-inch high-resolution LCD that can swivel away from the E-5.
  • Various art filter options in all shooting modes.
  • 720p HD video capabilities.

The E-5 was named a TIPA 2011 award winner.

    8
    Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mirrorless ILC

    Olympus

    High-end digital interchangeable lens cameras (also called DIL or ILC) haven't appeared in the marketplace all that often in the past few years, but Olympus is looking to make a splash in that area with its now available Olympus OM-D E-M1.

    The E-M1 is considered as a successor to the Olympus E-5 DSLR camera because of its strong image quality, even though the E-M1 is a mirrorless DIL option.

    The Olympus E-M1 has a maximum shutter speed of 1/8000th of a second, offers an electronic viewfinder, a high-resolution 3.0-inch LCD screen, a 16.3MP 4/3 Live MOS image sensor, and built-in Wi-Fi. You can use any type of Micro Four Thirds lenses.

    9
    Pentax K-1

    Pentax K-1 review
    Pentax/Ricoh

    The 36.3 megapixels of resolution in the Pentax K-1's full frame image sensor helps to provide photographs of an extremely high image quality, which makes the K-1 one of the best sub-$2,000 cameras on the market. It also features a very strong image stabilization system, which allows up to five stops of shutter speed settings.

    10
    Sony Alpha a7R

    Sony

    If mirrorless digital interchangeable lens cameras (also called DILs or ILCs) are the wave of the future in advanced photography, Sony is getting a jump on the competition when it comes to the upper end of the market with its now available Sony a7R.

    This DIL model carries quite a few options that you might expect to see in a DSLR camera ... and some even better options. The a7R, which is one of the smallest full-frame image sensor interchangeable lens cameras ever created, offers 36.4 megapixels of resolution in its CMOS image sensor. The Sony a7R also offers a 3.0-inch articulated LCD, built-in Wi-Fi and NFC, a viewfinder, and full 1080p HD video recording.

    Look for the a7R in black.

    11
    Sony RX1R

    Sony

    High-end fixed lens cameras seem to be the direction that the digital camera market is going, and Sony has recently introduced one of the most expensive models in this category, the DSC-RX1R.

    You'll find a full frame (35mm) CMOS image sensor in the RX1R, carrying 24.3 megapixels of resolution. This is an impressive image sensor for a fixed lens camera.

    The RX1R has a 35mm f/2.0 fixed lens (meaning there's no optical zoom), 1080p HD video capabilities, 14-bit RAW data output, ISO settings up to 25,600, and a 3.0-inch LCD with 1.23 million pixels.

    These are great features, but the RX1R even carries a higher price tag than its sister model, the RX1 from last year.