Best Intermediate Digital SLR & Mirrorless Cameras for 2017

Best Intermediate Digital SLR & Mirrorless Cameras 2017

The term intermediate photographer can cover a wide range of photographers including some enthusiasts and even some semi-professional photographers.

Fortunately there are a wide range of high quality digital slr cameras available with features and accessories to suit the needs of most photographers with new DSLR and mirrorless cameras appearing on a more frequent basis. 

Deciding on which digital slr camera to buy depends on a number of factors. Firstly, which area of photography will the camera be used i.e. general photography, nature, fashion, travel, family, sport and so on. This will help to prioritize important features. For instance, travel photography is best suited to small & light digital slr cameras which are preferably sealed against the elements and have some form of CCD-shift image stabilization or optically stabilized lens. 

Important features to look our for when selecting a digital slr camera to buy include:

- Digital SLR camera system must have a wide range of lenses and accessories.
- The camera body must be tough and rugged with high quality internal components to withstand constant use and harsh environments.
- Weatherproof body sealed against dust and moisture.
- CCD-shift or optical image stabilization for handheld shooting at lower shutter speeds.
- Fast image processor and fast operation of 3 frames per second or higher. Sport photographers would probably need 5 fps or higher.
- High 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 body size & weight, price of camera and accessories, 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.

The best digital SLR cameras and mirrorless cameras for 2017 listed below are recommended for intermediate and semi professional photographers.

Best intermediate digital SLR cameras & Mirrorless Compact System Cameras for 2017

Nikon D750 Full Frame Digital SLR Camera

- Available for $2,296 body only. Nikon F mount.
- 24.3 MP full frame CMOS image sensor. Expeed 4 processor.
- ISO 100 to 12800 - expandable to 50 - 51200. Jpeg & RAW.
- Water & dust resistant body. 51 point autofocus system.
- 3.2 inch tilting LCD with 1,229, 000 dots. Live view.
- Optical pentaprism viewfinder with 100% coverage.
- Shutter speeds 30 to 1/4000 sec. Full manual controls.
- Built in flash with guide no 12. Hotshoe. Flash sync. 1/200 sec.
- Shoots at 6.5 fps. AE & WB bracketing. Exp. compensation.
- 1080p video. MPEG-4 & H.264 format. Stereo sound.
- SD/SDHC/SDXC cards. USB3. Mini HDMI. Wireless built in.
- EN-EL15 battery. Size 141 x 113 x 78mm. Weight 750g.
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Sony Alpha a6500 Mirrorless Digital Camera

- Available for $1,398 body only. Sony E mount.
- 24.2 MP APS-C Exmor CMOS sensor. Bionz X image processor.
- 2.36m dot OLED XGA electronic viewfinder. 100% coverage.
- 3 inch 921,6k dot tilting LCD with touchscreen. Live view.
- UHD 4k video with stereo sound. MPEG-4, AVCHD & XAVC S.
- Magnesium alloy body sealed against elements. Built in flash.
- 5 axis image stabilization built in. WB & AE bracketing. Wifi.
- Shutter speeds 30 to 1/4000 sec. ISO 100 to 51200.
- Shoots at 11 fps for upto 300 jpegs or 100 Raw images.
- SD/SDHC/SDXC & memory stick pro duo. USB2 & micro HDMI.
- Size 120 x 67 x 53mm. Weight 453g including NP-FW50 battery.
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Nikon D7100 Digital SLR Camera

- Currently selling for $1599 inc. 18-105 AF-S VR ED lens.
- 24.1 megapixel CMOS sensor with NO optical low-pass filter.
- Expeed 3 processing. 3.2" 1.2m dot LCD. Shoots at 6 fps
- Optical viewfinder with 100% coverage & 0.94x magnification.
- Dust and water sealed body. Live view. Face detection.
- 1080p video recording. Stereo mic. MPEG4 & H.264.
- RAW & jpeg. Full manual controls. Nikon F mount.
- ISO 100 to 25,600. Shutter speeds 30 to 1/8000 sec.
- Built in flash. Hotshoe. Flash sync. at 1/250 sec. Wireless.
- USB2. Mini HDMI type C. Lithium-Ion EN-EL15 battery.
- Size 136 x 107 x 76mm. Weight 765g inc. batteries.
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Olympus PEN OM-D E-M1 Mark II M43 Camera

- Available on the 12th December 2017 for $1,999 body only.
- 20.4 MP Live MOS sensor. Micro four thirds mount.
- 5 axis sensor shift image stabilzation. Truepic VIII processor.
- Electronic viewfinder with 2.36m dots. 3" 1.04m dot tilting LCD.
- Weather sealed body. Shoots at 60 fps S-AF. 18 fps C-AF.
- DCI 4k/24 and UHD 4k/30 videos. 4:2:2 video from HDMI port.
- ISO 64 to 25600. Shutter speeds 60 to 1/32000 electronic.
- USB3. Micro HDMI. Built in wifi. Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC slots.
- Size 134 x 91 x 67mm. Weight 574g including BLH-1 battery.
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Canon EOS-5D Mark III Pro Digital SLR Camera

- Started shipping in March 2012 for $3499 body only or $4299 with 24-105mm IS USM lens. Canon EF mount.
- New professional 22.3 megapixel full frame CMOS sensor.
- Weather sealed body for use under most weather conditions.
- Superfast Digic 5+ processor. Shoots at 6 fps. Raw & jpeg.
- 3.2" fixed LCD with 1.04 million pixels. Live view.
- Optical viewfinder with 100% coverage.
- Full manual controls. HDR setting. Multiple exposure.
- Full HD video at 1080p with manual controls. Mono sound.
- No built in flash. Hotshoe. Flash sync. at 1/200 sec.
- Shutter speeds 30 sec to 1/8000 sec. ISO 100 to 102400.
- USB 2.0. HDMI mini. Li-on LP-E6 battery.
- Compact Flash Type I. SD/SDHC/SDXC
- Size 152 x 116 x 76mm. Weight 950 grams inc. battery.
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Canon EOS Rebel T6i Digital SLR Camera

- Available end of April 2017 for $899 with EF-S 18-55mm lens.
- New APS-C 24 MP CMOS sensor. Digic 6 processor.
- EF mount. ISO 100 to 25600. Jpeg and RAW. Shoots at 5 fps.
- Shutter speeds 30 to 1/4000 sec. Full manual controls.
- Fully articulated 3 inch LCD with 1,040,000 dots. Live view.
- Optical pentamirror viewfinder - 95% coverage. 0.82x mag.
- Hotshoe. Built in flash. Flash sync at 1/200 sec. NFC.
- AE & WB bracketing. HDR backlight control. Wireless built in.
- HD videos at 1080p in MPEG-4 & H.264. Stereo mic.
- USB2. Mini HDMI. SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I compatible).
- Size 132 x 101 x 78mm. Weight 555g. LP-E17 li-on battery.
- Also consider the Canon EOS Rebel T6s which has similar features to the EOS T6i but also has a LCD plate on top of the camera, AF servo for movies and tracking moving subjects, an electronic level and a locking mode dial.
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