Holiday Gift Guide 2016 – 2017: Top 10 DSLR and Mirrorless Cameras Under $2500

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Canon 7D Mk II

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The Canon EOS 7D Mk II has become something of an industry favorite. It's not too expensive – relatively speaking, of course – and yet it offers some of the best prosumer and professional features out there today. It's built well, has an excellent 20-megapixel CMOS sensor, lots of great features for professional video work and an extra LCD display for quick and pertinent information when in the field, without having to use the bigger LCD on the back. The cost of entry here is definitely high, but for the most demanding users out there, the EOS 7D Mk II won't disappoint.

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FujiFilm X-T2

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If the Canon EOS 7D Mk II is an industry favorite, then the X-T2 from FujiFilm is the new kid on the block. With a gorgeous 2.36 million dot OLED viewfinder, that's not only lightning fast but has a magnification of just 0.77, the X-T2 is perfect for field use as well as professional use, too. There 63 different points of weather sealing here, making this a camera that can be used out in the wild. The lenses that FujiFilm have on offer here are also pretty expensive, but this line of cameras and lenses are seriously good, and won't disappoint those looking for greatness.

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Nikon D500

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The Nikon D500 is similar to the Canon EOS 7D in that it's well-respected throughout the industry and commands a high price tag to go with it. With a 20.9-megapixel sensor, which is capable of shooting 10 frames a second up to 200 frames, and excellent 4K video recording, this is a serious machine. It has the price tag to match, and is perhaps better for those that already have a lot of F-mount lenses from Nikon, the D500 won't disappoint.

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Sony A6300

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While most of the items on this list are of the DSLR variety, the Sony A6300 is a mirrorless camera that shows off the platform's merits. With a 24.2-megapixel APS-C sized CMOS sensor, the A6300 is capable of Full HD recording at 120fps or 4K at 30fps. Already, the A6300 makes its case for one of the best mirrorless cameras on the market, as well as justifying its hefty price tag. When we start to add in the OLED 2.3-million+ dot viewfinder with 120Hz refresh rate and the world's fastest autofocus at 0.05 seconds, the A6300 is a modern option for all kinds of users.

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Canon EOS 5D Mark III

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Topping out our price limit here, the EOS 5D Mark III from Canon is perhaps the vest camera on this list. It's a full frame sensor, which means that this records the same amount of information that 35mm did, and that's no mean feat these days. Especially at 22-megapixels no less. Despite this full frame sensor, the EOS 5D Mark III can still offer 6 frames a second of continuous shooting, and it also has an excellent 61-point autofocus system, too. All-in-all, this is no camera to be messed with, and it has a lot going for it.

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Buy the Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

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This option from Panasonic is something of a surprise attack in the world of mirrorless cameras, as this is not only a great camera all round, but an excellent camera for recording video. The 16-megapixel Live MOS sensor is capable of recording 4K video in DCI approved colors, and also gives users the option of 30 or 24 frames a second, perfect for budding filmmakers. With oodles of extra features when recording video, this is an excellent all-rounder, but one that will appeal to the modern user, especially those looking to get started on YouTube, or take their creations to the next level.

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Olympus OM-D E-M1

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The OM-D E-M1 from Olympus is a sort of flagship product for the Japanese brand, and while it might not look like the beefy DSLRs from other big names out there, the OM-D E-M1 can certainly hold its own. The 16-megapixel sensor is capable of 10 frames a second continuous shooting, and there's nothing quite like the old school styling and looks that Olympus have put together here. With 5-axis sensor shift stabilization, as well as some excellent features for taking images on the go, the OM-D E-M1 is an excellent option as a second rig for professional and enthusiast users alike.

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FujiFilm X-Pro 2

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If the X-T2 from FujiFilm is the new kid on the block, the X-Pro 2 is the more considered, elder statesmen of the FujiFilm X lineup. With a 24.2-megapixel APS-C sized CMOS III sensor, the X-Pro 2 is all about taking excellent photos no matter where and when you are, but with the hybrid optical and electronic viewfinder design, this is clearly something for those that want to get involved with their subject matter, and it's a great piece of kit to do just that with. With both electronic and plane shutters here, the X-Pro 2 is a sort of love letter to the past, while offering some of today's best achievements, such as a super-smart sensor that comes out with some of the best-looking results a camera can give.

Buy the FujiFilm X-Pro 2

Nikon D750

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With its 24.3-megapixel full frame FX sensor, the Nikon D750 is used in professional applications all over the world, just as it is by prosumers and enthusiasts. Again using the Nikon F-mount, this is a camera that can offer its user all kinds of tricks and generally produce some of the best images in the world. It would have been nice to see 4K video here, but the 1080p footage shot with this will still look excellent, and with enough buttons to tweak and adjust settings on the go, the Nikon D750 is one camera that will not let you down.

Buy the Nikon D750

Canon EOS 6D

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Sat in between the EOS 5D and EOS 7D is of course this, the Canon EOS 6D, and it has an excellent full frame sensor at 20-megapixels, the 4 frames a second could be better here, but given its price, this is a very competitive full frame option from a well-known and trusted brand. The Canon EOS 6D is well worth looking into and it makes experimenting with full frame photography relatively easy, and it won't let you down. Familiar for Canon users while easy to pick up for new users, this is a great camera with all of the right specs and boxes ticked.

Buy the Canon EOS 6D