Last updated: June 16, 2017

For those wanting to step up from entry-level and midrange ILCs, there are many things to consider, including the choice between a DSLR or mirrorless camera, what sensor size suits you best, how important video is to you, and of course the lens system.

While full-frame cameras typically offer superior image quality and more control over depth-of-field, crop-sensor cameras are extremely capable in their own right - and are (usually) more compact and less costly. They can also often shoot faster, with many of the models in this group include sophisticated focus systems and more capable video.

We've split the $1200-2000 ILC marketplace into two segments - cropped sensor cameras (which you'll find in this roundup) and full-frame options.

The price range covered means there's a wide variety of cameras here, from the PEN-F with its Four Thirds sensor and style-conscious mirrorless design, up to the D500 which is essentially a smaller-sensor version of Nikon's professional sports camera, the D5. Depending on your needs, one of these crop-sensor cameras might just be right for you.

Here are the competitors in this crop-sensor round-up: