DSLR and Mirrorless Cameras Under $1000 - Gift Guide

Holiday Gift Guide 2015 – 2016: Top 10 DSLR and Mirrorless Cameras Under $1000

November 7, 2015 - Written By Tom Dawson

Just as we did with our sister list of DSLR and Mirrorless Cameras under $500, we have another list for those looking to spend a little more, but no more than $1000. In this sort of price range, you get cameras that are much more versatile and be used for professional uses fairly well, and will stay relevant for many years to come.

Canon EOS 70D Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)

Canon EOS 70D Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)

The EOS line has been a big deal for Canon for decades now, and the 70D is right up there at the top of their lines. This is only for the DSLR body, which makes this a choice for someone that already has a lot of lenses and just needs an upgrade behind the glass. With great video recording, a lot of flexibility and a simple to use design, this is a great option from Canon.

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Nikon D5300 24.2 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II Lens

Nikon D5300 24.2 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm f:3.5-5.6G ED VR II

These Nikon D series DSLR cameras have often been referred to as good starter cameras, and we’d have to agree with that. They’re fairly easy to use, give users the fundamentals of what it is to use an SLR camera in the front place, and have excellent image quality as well. As with all Nikon cameras, there’s a great sensor as well as  a wide range of camera lenses to choose from as well.

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Fujifilm X-A2 with XC16-50mm II Mirrorless Camera

Fujifilm X-A2 with XC16-50mm II Mirrorless Camera

Fujifilm have really expanded their X-Series line over the last couple of years, and now their X-A2 is an excellent choice for users that want a good-looking camera and a versatile one. Fujinon lenses have always been great, and with the X-A2 users can pick from a wide range of excellent lenses to suit their preference. Even the included lens is pretty good here, too.

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Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Power Zoom Lens

Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Power Zoom Lens

A straight competitor to the above Fujifilm, the A6000 from Sony has one of the best electronic viewfinders out there, and if you’re looking for ease of use along with great image quality, this gets the job done. It’s a nice size and has a good grip in the hand as well, plus Sony’s software is flexible and connects well with smartphones, too.

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Canon EOS Rebel T5i Digital SLR with 18-55mm STM Lens

Canon EOS Rebel T5i Digital SLR with 18-55mm STM Lens

The Rebel T5i is not the newest DSLR out there, but it has to be one of the more versatile mid-range offerings. Perfect for the enthusiast that doesn’t want something super-expensive but wants good image quality above anything else. With support for a massive range of Canon lenses and a familiar look and feel, the T5i is an affordable mid-range option.

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Nikon D7000 16.2 Megapixel Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens

Nikon D7000 16.2 Megapixel Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens

For professional use, the D7000 is a great affordable choice. With space for two SD cards, a secondary LCD display for shooting information and so on, the D7000 looks and handles like a serious DSLR and while it’s a little on the larger side of things, it has the image quality and performance to back it up.

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Samsung NX500 28 MP Wireless Smart Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Power Zoom Lens

Samsung NX500 28 MP Wireless Smart Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Power Zoom Lens

Don’t let the small size of this Samsung fool you, it’s packed full of new features and powerful performance. With a 28-megapixel sensor as well as the ability to record 4K, Samsung have a DSLR performance set inside this small camera. This gives users the versatility of getting small lenses with them for a small and portable camera wherever they like.

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Fujifilm X-T10 Silver Mirrorless Digital Camera Kit with XC 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OIS II Lens

Fujifilm X-T10 Silver Mirrorless Digital Camera Kit with XC 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OIS II Lens

Another Fujifilm option, the X-T10 is a little more expensive, and should remind older people of classic designs from the 60s and 70s of film cameras. Another excellent option, the X-T10 has all the same sort of operation feel as an older film SLR would, but its electronic viewfinder is a great way of seeing what you get before you take it and it’s loaded with info. With loads of detail and punch, this will take excellent photos no matter which lens you use with it.

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Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II Mirrorless Digital Camera with 14-42mm EZ Lens

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II Mirrorless Digital Camera with 14-42mm EZ Lens

The Olympus OM-D is even more of a classic design than the Fujifim X-T10, and this is the second version of their reborn classic. With a slightly more modern twist to an existing classic, this second version fixes a lot of the problems of the original and makes this a stylish camera that will perform well in any situation, including professional work here and there.

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Canon EOS Rebel T6i Digital SLR with EF-S 18-135mm IS STM Lens

Canon EOS Rebel T6i Digital SLR with EF-S 18-135mm IS STM Lens

Another Canon option, this one nearly tops out our budget here, and it does with gusto. If you want to give a camera that will only get better with new lenses and practice, this is it. A direct upgrade from the T5i, this will deliver sharper images and better color reproduction compared to it predecessor. Of course, you do end up paying for that, as the price tag suggests.

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