Best Advanced Digital SLR and Mirrorless Cameras 2017

Best Advanced / Professional Mirrorless and Digital SLR Cameras 2017

Advanced photographers, and in particular, professional photographers, need the highest quality digital slr cameras and accessories as their living depends on the end results. Professional quality digital slr cameras are built to last and to endure constant use in all locations from the studio to harsh environments where moisture, dust and extreme temperatures could lead to the failure of lesser DSLRs.


Naturally, the cost of professional quality digital slr cameras runs into thousands of dollars and when you add the cost of professional lenses and lighting equipment, the final amount could easily exceed 10,000 or more dollars.

Unlike digital slr cameras for beginners and intermediate photographers, the range of DSLRs available to the professional is more limited. 

Only a small number of camera companies are capable of producing a professional quality digital slr system which includes professional DSLR camera bodies, wide range of professional lenses, flashguns and accessories. Nikon and Canon are the two established companies in this field and their equipment accounts for the vast majority of cameras and lenses found in use today by professionals.

Therefore when looking for a professional mirrorless or digital slr camera system, the following features should be taken into consideration:

- Digital SLR camera system must have a wide range of professional lenses and accessories.
- The camera body must be tough and rugged with high quality internal components to withstand constant use and harsh environments.
- The overall cost of a complete system taking into account camera bodies, lenses, flash equipment, accessories, insurance and other factors. Hiring specialized lenses, camera bodies, photography studios and accessories is one of reducing costs.
- Full frame sensor allowing 35mm lenses to be used at their normal focal length.
- Weatherproof body sealed against dust and moisture.
- CCD-shift or optical image stabilization for handheld shooting at lower shutter speeds.
- Fast image processor and large buffer for shooting raw images continuously and jpegs at 5 fps or higher.
- Large bright quality optical viewfinder to aid composition and focusing with older manual lenses. Some photographers may find live view useful i.e. underwater photography.
- Other considerations include wide range of shutter speeds, high flash synchronization speed, warranty, memory cards, sensor type (CCD, CMOS or Foveon), after sales support and general handling of the camera.

All the best mirrorless and digital SLR cameras for 2017 listed below are recommended for advanced & professional photographers.

Best digital SLR cameras & mirrorless cameras for advanced / professional photographers 2017

Canon EOS 5DS Professional Digital SLR Camera

- New 50.6 MP full frame CMOS sensor. No anti-aliasing filter.
- Canon EF/EF-S mount. ISO from 50 to 12800. Live view.
- Environmentally sealed body. Resists dust and moisture.
- Large optical viewfinder with 100% coverage. Mag. 0.71x.
- 3.2 inch fixed Clear View II TFT-LCD with 1,040,000 dots.
- Shutter speeds 30 to 1/8000 sec. Shoots at 5 fps.
- Hotshoe. PC sync port. Full manual controls. Jpeg & RAW.
- AE & WB bracketing. AF tracking & face detection.
- Full HD movies at 1080p in H.264. ALL-I & IPB compression.
- USB3. Mini HDMI. Microphone port. LP-E6 li-on battery.
- Storage includes SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I) & compactflash.
- Size 152 x 116 x 76mm. Weight 930g inc. batteries.
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Canon EOS 5DS R Professional Digital SLR Camera

- Canon EF/EF-S mount.
- Same features as the Canon EOS 5DS. See below for details.
- Differs from Canon EOS 5DS through the removal of the low pass filter offering incredible detail, color and contrast.
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Nikon D5 Professional Full Frame Digital SLR Camera

- Released on 15th March 2016.
- 20.8 MP FX CMOS sensor. Expeed 5 image processor.
- Tough construction. Strong weather sealing against elements.
- Superb low light capability. ISO range from 100 to 102,400.
- Pro 4k (3840 x 2160) video. Time lapse & 8 MP frame grabs.
- Nikon F mount. RAW & jpeg. 153 focus points. Face detection.
- Fixed 3.2 inch LCD with 2,359,000 dots. Live view.
- Optical (tunnel) viewfinder with 100% coverage. 0.72x mag.
- Shutter speeds 30 to 1/8000 sec. Shoots at 14 fps.
- Hot shoe & sync port for external flash. EN-EL18a battery.
- Dual compactflash or dual XQD. Mini HDMI. USB3.
- Size 160 x 159 x 92mm. Body weight 1415g inc. batteries.
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Nikon D800 & D800E Professional Digital SLR Camera

- Available around late March 2016.
- 36.3 megapixel full frame FX CMOS sensor.
- Nikon F mount. No crop factor. FX format lenses.
- DX format lenses have 1.5x crop & only 15.4 megapixels.
- Tough weather sealed body. Can be used in most conditions.
- 3.2" LCD with 921k pixels. Live view. Expeed 3 processor.
- Large optical viewfinder with 100% coverage & 0.7 mag.
- ISO 100 to 25600. Shutter speeds 30 to 1/8000 sec.
- Built in HDR feature using 2 images. Shoots at 4 fps FX mode.
- Built in flash & wireless master setting. Hotshoe. X sync 1/250
- Full manual controls. RAW, TIFF & Jpeg. Face detection.
- AE bracketing. Self timer. 51 point AF system.
- Full HD video at 1080p. H.264. Full manual controls.
- Stereo sound & mic input. HDMI port. EN-EL15 battery.
- 2 memory slots for Compactflash I & SD/SDHC/SDXC cards.
- The Nikon D800E is similar to the D800 but without the low pass filter offering sharper & more detailed quality images.
- Superb imaging quality approaching medium format.
- Size 146 x 123 x 82mm. Weight 900g inc. batteries.
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Pentax K-1 Full Frame Professional Digital SLR

- Available on 25th April 2016.
- 36 MP full frame AA filter-less CMOS sensor. Pentax KAF2.
- Built in SRII shake reduction. Pixel shift resolution.
- Magnesium alloy weather sealed body for tough conditions.
- Cross tilt 3.2" LCD with 1,037,000 dots. Live view. Timelapse.
- Optical (pentaprism) viewfinder with 100% coverage.
- ISO 100 to 204800. Shutter speeds 30 to 1/8000 sec.
- Shoots at 4.4 fps. Exposure & AE bracketing. Raw & jpeg.
- Hotshoe. Flash sync port. No built in flash. Many flash modes.
- Full HD video in MPEG-4 & H.264 with stereo sound.
- Built in wifi 802.11b/g/n. D-L190 li-on battery & charger.
- Size 137 x 110 x 86mm. Weight 1010g inc. batteries.
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Fujifilm X-T2 Mirrorless Camera

- Available for $1599 body only. $1899 with XF 18-55mm lens.
- 24.3 MP X-trans CMOS III sensor. Fujifilm X mount.
- ISO 100 to 51200. Shutter speeds 30 to 1/32000 sec.
- Weather sealed body. Protects against the elements.
- Electronic OLED viewfinder with 2,360,000 resolution.
- Tilting 3 inch LCD with 1,040,000 dotx. 100% coverage.
- Live view. X Processor Pro2. Shoots at 14 fps. Raw & jpeg.
- 4k video upto 3840 x 2160 in MPEG-4 & H.264. Stereo mic.
- SD/SDHC/SDXC cards. 2 UHS-II SD slots. USB3. Micro HDMI.
- Size 133 x 92 x 49mm. Weight 507g. NP-W1265 li-on battery.
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Sony A7R Full Frame Interchangeable Lens Camera

- 36.3 megapixel full frame sensor with 14 bit RAW.
- Sony NEX E-Mount. Current E lenses work but with crop image
- Electronic viewfinder with 2,359,000 resolution. 100% view.
- New 'FE' lenses required for full benefits of full frame sensor.
- No optical low pass filter for more detailed images.
- Full HD movies at 1080p. MPEG-4 & AVCHD. Stereo sound.
- Smallest and lightest full frame ILC camera in the world.
- Bionz X processor. ISO from 100 to 25600. Jpeg & RAW.
- Live view & face detection. Shutter speeds 30 to 1/8000 sec.
- 3 inch tilting LCD with 1,230,000 dots and 100% coverage.
- Full manual controls. Battery NP-FW50. USB2 & HDMI.
- SD/SDHC/SDXC cards. Size 127 x 94 x 48mm. Weight 474g.
- Superb professional quality camera from Sony housing a full frame 36.3 MP in a compact small body.
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