The 10 best full-frame DSLRs in 2017

Our pick of the best full-frame DSLRs Cameras from Sony, Nikon & Canon

A full-frame DSLR features in the list of all experienced photographers. Of course, more expensive and heavier compared to the cameras with APS-C sensor.

Although meant for the professional photographers, nowadays, Nikon and Canon are even making full-frame DSLRs specifically for the beginners. Needless to say, these full frame DSLRs lack all the efficiency and control that a professional would demand.

Larger photosites are also provided in the best full-frame DSLRs to get better quality pictures even in low light. Larger sensors also refer to larger focal lengths, shallower depths of field and better defocus effects.

If you want to bag a great full-frame camera for yourself, these are some features that you should keep in mind before purchasing the same:

Construction:

If you are spending huge amount on a camera, make sure the full-frame DSLR is manufactured around a metallic chassis. It must be designed to survive for a longer period of time, even in tough conditions. For example, the D4 cameras have a prolonged shutter life of more than 400,000 shots.

Megapixels:

Most good full-frame DSLRs have around 20 megapixel resolution which is almost at par with their APS-C counterparts. However, the top full-frame DSLRs tend to focus more on the speed than the resolution. Likewise, the Nikon D4 series show a resolution of only 16MP while the continuous shooting speed goes up to 11 frames per second. On the other hand, the full-frame D810 offers 36Mp sensor but shoots at the rate of 5 frames per second.

Continuous Shooting Speed:

Aids in capturing images at jet speed and in low lights.

Lens:

Investing in a good full-frame camera means you are investing in the kit, too, which constitutes of the lens. In this category, Nikon and Canon outshines Sony altogether.

Autofocus System:

Although the full-frame DSLRs on the cheaper side have quite good autofocus system, they mostly work wonders on static or slowly moving objects. However, the better full-frame DSLRs are quite adept with great AF systems for action and sports photography, too.

Check out this link to learn more about best DSLR camera for beginners.

Now that you know what to look for in your full-frame DSLR, let’s have a sneak-peek into the DSLR market, and know what’s making it big right now—

1. Nikon D810

Nikon D810Specifications:

• Megapixels: 36.3
• Screen type: 3.2 inch, 1,229,000 dots
• Autofocus: 51-point AF, 15 cross-type
• Video resolution: 1080p
• Continuous shooting speed: 5fps

One of the full-frame DSLRs, the Nikon D810 offers a massive resolution of 36.3MP—better than most other Nikon DSLR. This promises detailed and clear images though you need to make sure you have proper lens and focusing skills to go with it.

Although the D810 shares many similarities with its predecessor, the lack of an anti-aliasing feature makes sure you can click well-defined image straight from the camera without any editing or filter.

The said model has also got better display, faster rate of continuous shooting, a Picture Control 2.0 and a batter life that runs longer by 33% than its earlier model.

Compared to Canon full-frame 5D Mark III camera, the Nikon full-frame D810 has 51 AF points (against the former’s 61) but this hasn’t yet led to any difficulty in usage. The metering and AF systems are identical to the D4 series but are available at much lower rates, too. Being very lightweight along aided with a pop-up flash, this camera is indeed genial!

2. Nikon D610

Nikon D610Specifications:

• Megapixels: 24.3
• Screen type: 3.2-inch, 921k dots
• Autofocus: 39-point AF, 9 cross-type
• Maximum video resolution: 1080p
• Maximum continuous shooting speed: 6fps

Although the full-frame D600 DSLR could never stand to its claim, the D610 turned out to be a very good camera. It’s 39 AF point and a continuous shooting rate of around 6 frames per second provides you proper value for money since this is one of the cheapest full frame cameras alongside the full-frame Canon 6D. Although the D750 outshines the D610 owing to its vari-angle screen yet, if you compare the image qualities, both stand at par with each other.

3. Canon EOS 6D

Specifications:

• Megapixels: 20.2
• Screen type: 3-inch, 1,040,000 dots
• Autofocus: 11-point AF, 1 cross-type
• Maximum video resolution: 1080p
• Maximum continuous shooting speed: 4.5fps

One of the cheapest yet excellent full frame DSLR cameras in market, the Canon EOS 6D provides you with a great 3-D feel owing to its large sensor size along with better image quality than the predecessors. However, if you want a camera with better AF system and great continuous shooting speed, this camera may not be the one for you.

4. Nikon D750

 

Nikon D750Specifications:

• Autofocus: 51-point AF, 15 cross-type
• Megapixels: 24.3Mp
• Screen type: 3.2 inch tilting, 1,229k dots
• Video: 1080p
• Shooting speed: 5fps

Great autofocus system, metering system and video make this full-frame Nikon D750 a much better DSLR camera than the D610. A much wider range of sensitivity enhances the productivity of this camera, too. Although the screen can be tilted, we think a better articulated screen would have been a much better option along with a much better continuous shooting speed. This is a great option for the enthusiast but, for the beginners, the D610 DSLR is still a better option.

5. Sony Alpha A99

Sony Alpha A99Specifications:

• Megapixels: 24.3
• Autofocus: 19-point AF, 11 cross-type
• Screen: 3-inch articulating, 1,229,000 dots
• Continuous Speed of Shooting: 10fps
• Video: 1080p

One of best DSLR and most innovative and first full frame camera with interchangeable lens and an Electronic View Finder, the A99 is a great camera that comes with an articulated rear LCD. Although the AF system brings about a lot of fuss, the said camera is still a good performer and provides you with crisper images.

6. Nikon Df

Nikon DfSpecifications:

• Megapixels: 16.2
• Autofocus: 39-point AF, 9 cross-type
• Screen: 3.2-inch, 921,000 dots
• Continuous Shoot: 5.5fps

If you want a full-frame DSLR camera with great retro-look and a classic style, the Df from Nikon is the perfect full-frame choice that resembles a 35mm film camera. It is backed by a sensor from D4 series, and performs exceedingly well in low light sensitivity. However, you just wish the shooting speed were a bit on the higher side. The inability to shoot video makes it quite an old-school camera, though.

7. Canon EOS 5DS

Canon EOS 5DSSpecifications:

• Megapixels: 50.6
• Screen: 3.2-inch, 1,040k dots
• Autofocus: 61-point AF, 41 cross-type
• Video: 1080p
• Maximum continuous Speed of Shooting: 5fps

One of the highest resolution full-frame DSLRs in the market, the camera shows a great resolution of a mammoth 50.6Mp though externally it resembles the full-frame 5D Mark III a lot. Hence, in spite of having such a large sensor, it is quite compact and easy to carry when compared to the bulky 1D-X. However, you wish this variant could cancel out the anti-aliasing feature.

8. Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Canon EOS 5D Mark IIISpecifications:

• Autofocus: 61-point AF, 41 cross-type
• Megapixels: 22.3
• Screen: 3.2-inch, 1,040k dots
• Video: 1080p
• shooting speed: 6 frames per second

One of the best DSLRs in the market, the Canon EOS 5D Mark III camera offers a resolution of 22.3MP alongside a 61-point autofocus system that is aided by a 5 dual-cross sensors and 41sensors of cross type. Fixed rear LCD and the lack of a built-in flash may upset many prospective buyers.

9. Nikon D4S

Nikon D4SSpecifications:

• Pixel count: 16.2
• Autofocus: 51-point AF, 15 cross-type
• Screen type: 3.2-inch, 921,000 dots
• Continuous shooting speed: 11fps
• Maximum resolution for videos: 1080p

You may term this full-frame camera to be an upgraded version of the fantastic D4 with higher ISO range that stretches to a gigantic 409,600 units. Although it has got a limited pixel count but Nikon says that this lends better noise control at higher ISOs and aids faster continuous shooting rate.

10. Canon EOS 1DX

Canon EOS 1DXSpecifications:

• Megapixels: 18.1
• Autofocus: 41 cross-type, 61-point AF
• Screen: 3.2-inch, 1,040k dots
• Shooting Speed: 12fps
• Video: 1080p

If you want your full-frame camera to display a great marriage of resolution and speed, the Canon EOS 1DX is the one for you. Although the shooting speed is 12 frames per second, you have the option of expanding the same to 14 fps by using the Super High Speed Shooting Mode.

Although the resolution may pose to be a bit backwards, it helps in delivering noise-free pictures with better quality at the higher ISO ranges.

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