Holiday Gift Guide 2016 – 2017: Top 10 DSLR and Mirrorless Cameras Under $1000

FujiFilm X-T1

The FujiFilm X-T1 is one of the more professional options from Fuji, and as it about tops our price limit, it's not hard to see why. Not only is it built wonderfully, to withstand extreme temperatures and brush off water, it has an excellent OLED viewfinder with over 2.3 Million dots to make capturing what the camera is seeing even easier than ever before. The APS-C sized 16.3-megapixel sensor is packed with some of the best tech that FujiFilm could crap into it, and with some excellent lenses available, this is suitable for professional use as well as excellent work in the field.

Canon EOS M3

The EOS M3 is an interesting little package, as Canon have effectively positioned it as a way for Canon photographers to use their beloved glass on the move, with something a little more compact and easier to use. Part of the EOS line because it uses the same sort of lenses, this is an excellent way of making the most out of some already-existing Canon lenses. This point is driven home by the 20.2-megapixel APS-C sized sensor underneath this compact hood. A nice option for professionals on the move, as well as a travel camera for those that have amassed a lot of lenses over the years.

Nikon D5500

Not quite as expensive as other DSLRs, the Nikon D5500 is a nice jump into the bigger leagues, all the while still offering great value for money. With 39 autofocus points as well as DX-format 24.2-megapixel sensor, the D5500 is a DSLR that can get things done, be that photography or even video with the included stereo mics. For excellent build quality, great autofocus and access to one of the biggest selection of lenses on the market, the Nikon D5500 is well worth looking into.

Sony A6000

If some of Sony's more expensive options take your fancy, but you can't quite swallow that pill, the A6000 is an excellent unsung hero of the range. It has a wonderful 24.2-megapixel APS-C sized sensor, a built-in flash and a professional look and feel to it. Sony know how to make excellent mirrorless cameras, and this certainly isn't an exception. The OLED viewfinder here looks great, and with 10fps continuous shooting, the A6000 makes a great case for a DSLR replacement, the massive amount of autofocus points don't hurt here, either.

Olympus OM-D E10 Mark II

The original OM-D E10 was a great device, but the Mark II offering takes things up to 11. With slight changes to the overall body design and dial placement, the OM-D E10 Mark II still has a large 16.1-megapixel sensor, and is still compatible with all the same lenses, but with an OLED electronic viewfinder with over 2.3 million dots, this is an absolute joy to shoot with. A mirrorless option that has a lot of the DSLR about it, the OM-D E10 Mark II is a great option away from the usual suspects.

FujiFilm X-A3

The X-A3 is a fun, portable and easy-to-use mirrorless camera. It's designed to be a little more cute and quirky than other options in this list, but it still has all the same sort of features and power of other FujiFilm cameras. Namely the 24.2-megapixel sensor and access to an excellent collection of different lenses, some of which have been hailed as the best on the market.


Fed up of buying from the same brands, looking for something different? The YI M1 is certainly thatp, and it's also exceptional value, too. The YI M1 is a simple affair that offers two lenses in a kit for the same of some bodies on this list, and it also features as touchscreen, Bluetooth connectivity, WiFi, and a whole load of other tricks. There is a Sony sensor on the inside of this, which makes sure this can take excellent images still, but it's nice to see something different from a new brand. With 4K video recording as well as a 20.2-megapixel sensor, there's little that the YI M1 can't do, and at a fraction of the cost of other brands.

Sony SLT-A58

One of the last DSLRs from Sony on the market still, the SLT-A58 is perhaps a fairly basic affair, but it's got a proven history behind it, as well as a slant towards video recording, which is something a lot of people will be interested in these days. Where this differs from other Sony cameras on the market right now is that this punches well above its weight. The price tag, nor the overall look and feel should put you off, as the pictures and video from this will pleasantly surprise users. There's a wide range of lenses on offer here as well, which is something that will please those looking for longevity.

Nikon D7200

The Nikon D7200 is a great gift for those that already have lots of Nikon F-mount lenses and know the system well, but need some more oomph behind their images. The 24.2-megapixel DX sensor here has no optical low-pass filter, and it delivers excellently clear and natural images, all the while offering great features for budding photographers at all levels. It's a little on the pricey side, and is a little bit of a chunky camera, but it's great for professional use as well as in the field, as this is a camera you can rely on to do it all.

Canon EOS Rebel T6i

The EOS Rebel T6i from Canon is another in the long line of excellent cameras from Canon and it's the sort of thing that will work for prosumers, those looking to get started and even those in need of something more professional. There's a 24.2-megapixel sensor here, with some great features such as Full HD video recording and built-in WiFi. An excellent choice for the younger user out there, as well as someone already well-invested in the Canon lens family, this is great value.

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