More top picks: Under $500 | $500-1000 | Pocketable enthusiast | Enthusiast long zoom

Last updated: June 18, 2018

This guide has been updated to include details of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI, which has not yet been fully reviewed and could, when tested, change our recommendations.

If you're getting serious about photography and don't mind spending a bit more money, you'll find some amazing cameras in the $1000-1500 price range. These cameras have excellent sensors (some full-frame), advanced autofocus systems and 4K video capture. Expect plenty of direct controls and customizability and, in some cases, weather-sealed bodies.

Our pick: Nikon D7500

The Nikon D7500 may not be the flashiest, most style-oriented camera in this very competitive category, but it's arguably the most well-rounded and best performing of the bunch.

Nikon's long experience designing DSLRs (and SLRs, for that matter) is apparent: the body feels like a very mature design with an excellent grip, buttons and dials that are right where you want them, and a flip-out touchscreen. Image quality from the 20.9MP APS-C sensor is excellent, including Raw dynamic range, and noise reduction is well balanced. Autofocus performance is very good, and subject tracking is impressive.

If the D7500 has a weak spot compared to the other options in this group, it's probably video. It's competent, to be sure, but a 1.5x crop factor when shooting 4K (in addition to the APS-C crop factor) makes it challenging to shoot wide angles, and autofocus during video capture can jump and hunt. If you can work around those things, 4K video quality is competitive.

Overall, the D7500 is an outstanding camera that's well-designed and can deliver beautiful images. Whether you're an experienced photographer or just a beginner looking to learn, it's a very good choice.

While the D7500 is our top pick in this price category, the cameras below are also worth your consideration. Read on for a detailed look at their features and performance.

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