As with anything, there's always a more expensive model out there. However, when it comes to cameras, you really do get your money's worth. Especially if you're looking for something for professional or prosumer use cases. With full-frame sensors, better lenses and more features for video recording, these cameras under $2,500 sure aren't cheap, but they'll last for years and offer up some excellent image quality.
Canon EOS 6D 20.2 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera with 3.0-Inch LCD and EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens Kit
Canon is definitely a big name when it comes to cameras, and the EOS 6D, while not new, is one of their best. Featuring more controls and plug-ins than you can shake a stick at, the EOS 6D is super-versatile and perfect for professional uses and these make a great camera for budding filmmakers.
Nikon D7200 DX-format DSLR Body
Nikon's DSLR range of cameras always carry a certain look about them, as do Canon's, but these DX-Format cameras are a cut above the rest. With a full-frame sensor, the D7200 is a great way to get the absolute best out of whatever it is your take a picture of – or filming. Using the same F Mount, this Body is compatible will all sorts of Nikon lenses as well.
Sony a7 Full-Frame Mirrorless Digital Camera with 28-70mm Lens
While this mirrorless option from Sony isn't their latest version, those who have checked prices will understand why we're including it. For the majority of the same performance at a much lower price point, the original a7 is still a great choice. Perfect for the prosumer, this mirrorless option is full-frame and compatible with some excellent lenses, not to mention the fact that the electronic viewfinder here is great.
Canon EOS 7D Mark II Digital SLR Camera with 18-135mm and 70-300mm Lens
The EOS 7D is a little newer than the 6D and this is the Mark II version. This tops out our budget here, but it comes with two lenses to get people going right out of the gate, and despite being only an APS-C sized sensor this has everything else you might need. It's packed full of auto-focus points and tricks to help people get the best out of their subject.
Nikon D810 FX-format Digital SLR Camera Body
An expensive option from Nikon, this is a pricey full-frame option that will only really suit those that already have a lot of compatible lenses and if that's the case, then something like this will be perfect. It's expensive, but it's packed full of inputs and such for making films and taking some of the best pictures out there.
Sony Alpha SLT-A99V Full-Frame SLR Digital Camera
Sony might be moving away from DSLRs, but the a99 represents an excellent swan song for the format from Sony. Perfect for those that need a full-frame DSLR to take advantage of older Minolta and Sony Alpa lenses, this is a good option for those wanting something a little different with the performance and feel of a DSLR, with full-frame power.
Canon EOS 70D Digital SLR Camera with 18-135mm STM Lens
The EOS 70D is a great camera that bridges the gap between professional and prosumer use, and it's something that a lot of people will enjoy. This option comes with a fairly versatile lens as well, and is actually one of the better value choices on this list. Sure, it's still not cheap, but then again what from Canon is?
Fujifilm X-T1 16 MP Mirrorless Digital Camera with 3.0-Inch LCD and XF 18-55mm F2.8-4.0 Lens
Our only option from Fujifilm, the X-T1 is a love-letter to how cameras used to be back during the 35mm film days. More than that however, the X-T1 is a joy to use everyday and it has some of the best lenses available, too. They are however quite expensive, so the price of lenses might be one factor to think of when purchasing the X-T1, but other than that this is an excellent camera.
Nikon D750 FX-format Digital SLR Camera w/ 24-120mm f/4G ED VR Auto Focus-S NIKKOR Lens
Nikon's D750 is a more affordable FX-format camera from the Japanese giant, which means that for less than $2,500 you can get a full-frame DSLR with a decent Nikon lens to boot. An excellent package overall, this is a great way to upgrade every part of someone's setup, and while it is quite pricey, it's one of the more versatile options as it comes with a lens out of the box.
Sony Alpha a7IIK Mirrorless Digital Camera with 28-70mm Lens
As with most Sony products, this Mk II version of the a7 is basically an improvement over the original, rather than an entirely new product, and it's something that a lot of people will certainly enjoy, especially those that are looking for full-frame performance without the associated bulk. There's a lens included in this kit, and it's compatible with all other NEX lenses as well.