Nikon D850 review

Test score

76%

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 verdict: Top class DSLR

The D850 is one the best DSLRs we’ve tested. Despite its expensive price, it beats its predecessor in almost every way. Targeted at professional photographers, it produces professional results.

Pros
  • Top-of-the-table image and video quality
  • Blistering shutter and autofocus speed
  • Redesigned camera body and controls
  • Built-in wireless connectivity.
Cons
  • Vibration reduction system doesn’t work with 4K video

Canon EOS 90D review

Test score

75%

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 verdict: Ideal for frequent photographers

The Canon EOS 90D is a big improvement on its predecessor and it truly feels like a premium camera. There are plenty of advanced features and customisable controls to make this camera perfect for your personal style of photography and shooting, plus it passed our image and video quality tests with top-quality results across the board.

Pros
  • Stunning detail
  • Good low-light picture quality
  • Great built-in flash and microphone
  • Brilliant face-detection
  • Top-notch focusing
Cons
  • Indoor shots can be underexposed

Canon EOS 850D review

Test score

74%

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 verdict: Good quality at a fair price

The 850D is a very good camera, but falls just shy of Best Buy status because the quality of its photos and videos aren’t quite as good as the best high-end mirrorless cameras, especially in dim lighting. That said, the 850D packs 4K video capabilities into a decent camera that’s not outrageously expensive, and for those who prefer a DSLR to a mirrorless model, it’s a good option.

Pros
  • 4K video
  • Pristine photos
  • Top-notch image stabilisation
  • Great battery life
Cons
  • Modest low-light video performance

Canon EOS 250D review

Test score

73%

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 verdict: Ideal first DSLR

The Canon EOS 250D sits at the more accessible end of the DSLR spectrum, in terms of price, portability and ease of use. There are better performers available, but you’ll need to pay more and you won’t necessarily get such an easy ride. This Best Buy comes highly recommended.

Pros
  • Small and lightweight for a DSLR
  • Great photo and video performance
  • Very practical to use
  • Great value
Cons
  • Only one memory-card slot
  • Image stabiliser could be better

Nikon D7500 review

Test score

72%

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 verdict: A solid all-rounder

For enthusiasts who like the idea of the D500 but can’t afford the price tag, the D7500 is a very good alternative. It’s smaller and lighter, versatile for different shooting scenarios, and is a good option for a traveller’s DSLR. It’s not quite a Best Buy, and we recommend investigating the Nikon D7200 which is available for a significantly cheaper price.

Pros
  • Easy handling
  • Weather-proofed body
  • Fast autofocus
  • Tilting touchscreen
  • 4K video
Cons
  • Single memory card slot
  • Image stabilisation only works in Full HD mode

Nikon D3500 review

Test score

71%

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 verdict: A solid DSLR for first-timers

This budget DSLR doesn’t quite earn a Best Buy, and it’s only a minor improvement on its predecessor, the D3400. But image quality is mostly very good and it’s a great choice for anyone looking to move beyond the possibilities offered by their compact camera.

Pros
  • Interchangeable lenses
  • Great performance for the most part
  • Handy guide mode for beginners
Cons
  • Relatively light on features
  • No 4K UHD video recording
  • Poor face detection and weak low-light video performance

Pentax K-1 II review

£2,300.00Typical price

Test score

70%

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 verdict: Unique, but better alternatives available

The improvements made to this latest model are only minor and don’t warrant an upgrade. While the K-1 II produces very good-quality photos and videos, for the price rival models offer a faster continuous shot speed and more autofocus points. It’s worth considering, but needs more improvement.

Pros
  • Strong build quality
  • Solid controls
  • Weather sealing
  • Built-in LEDs help when setting up at night
Cons
  • Feels heavy and bulky
  • No 4K video
  • Slow continuous shot speed.

Nikon D5600 review

Test score

69%

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 verdict: Promising

With only modest changes from the D5500, the Nikon D5600 left us wanting more. It takes very good photos, thanks to the refined controls and solid grip, but the video quality was average, in normal and low light.

Pros
  • Very good quality still images
  • Easy to use controls
  • Timelapse feature
Cons
  • Only records 1080p video
  • SnapBridge needs some refinement

Pentax K-70 review

Test score

69%

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 verdict: Good but no Best Buy

The K-70 is decent, but not a Best Buy. While it takes good-quality photos in varying light conditions thanks to the built-in noise reduction, video quality in low light isn’t up to scratch. It’s best as a camera for beginners, as immediate and advanced photographers will find this camera lacking the features and functionality that they crave.

Pros
  • Compact size
  • Easy handling
  • Weather-sealed body
  • Large viewfinder
  • Excellent LCD screen
Cons
  • Bundled lens is soft at maximum zoom range
  • Low-light video recording quality could be better

Canon EOS 2000D review

Test score

67%

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 verdict: Good budget option

The 2000D isn’t ranked up there with our Best Buy recommendations, and it’s only an average beginner-level DSLR. Its specification is a little outdated; for example, it only has 3 frames per second (fps) continuous shooting speed, and slow live-view focusing. However, it’s worth weighing up if you want a cheap DSLR.

Pros
  • Simple to use
  • Good button layout and configuration
  • Affordable price
Cons
  • Only 3fps continuous shooting
  • Poor face detection
  • No touchscreen
  • No guided interface
  • No Bluetooth

Nikon D780 review

Test score

67%

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verdict: Great picture quality, but lacking elsewhere

The Nikon D780 is a good DSLR camera that performed well in our tests. But it falls short of making the grade as a Best Buy, partly due to the poor performance of its image stabilisation system. Better options are available – see our DSLR and mirrorless Best Buy models.

Pros
  • Very good image and video quality
  • Excellent screen and viewfinder
  • Easy to use
Cons
  • Poor image stabilisation in low light conditions
  • Shutter release point poorly defined

Canon EOS 4000D review

Test score

63%

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 verdict: Bargain price, but could be better

Stripping back production costs to the bare minimum, Canon has made the EOS 4000D as affordable as possible to attract new photographers into buying an interchangeable-lens camera. Image quality is reasonable and it’s easy to use, but there are some shortcomings in the operating speed and specification. It might be the cheapest DSLR available today, but it’s certainly not the best.

Pros
  • Affordable
  • Simple to use
  • Well-rounded controls
Cons
  • Plastic lens mount system
  • Small rear display screen
  • Slow autofocus and continuous shooting speed
  • No touchscreen