Buying guide: best cameras over $2500

If you're a serious enthusiast or working pro, the very best digital cameras on the market will cost you at least $2500. That's a lot of money, but generally speaking these cameras offer the highest resolution, the best build quality and the most advanced video specs out there, as well as fast burst rates and top-notch autofocus.

To keep these cameras as comparable as possible, we've set a price limit of around $4000.


Our pick: Canon EOS R5

Canon threw every conceivable feature into the high-end EOS R5, including a 45MP full-frame sensor, in-body image stabilization, a super-high-res EVF, dual card slots and 8K video capture. Build quality is excellent, and its control layout will be familiar to users of Canon's DSLRs.

Image quality is excellent, as is the camera's Dual Pixel AF system, which we found easy to set up. The camera is capable of shooting at 20 fps with continuous autofocus: impressive considering its resolution. On the video side, the camera can capture great-looking 8K Raw and oversampled 4K footage. Heat buildup is an issue, however, so record times can be inconsistent depending on the kind of footage you need to shoot. The R5 features numerous tools for video capture and, as you'd expect, sockets for an external mic and headphones.


While we've given our top recommendation above, keep reading this buying guide to see if another camera might be the right one for you.

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