Buying guide: Best cameras under $1500

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.

The do-everything choice: Fujifilm X-T3

The X-T3 does just about everything very well. image quality is excellent, with a choice of attractive 'Film Simulation' color modes and detailed, flexible Raw files. Autofocus with most X-series lenses is snappy with effective focus tracking, eye-detection AF for portraits and zone focus modes that will adapt to a range of sports. This is on top of a well-respected interface which blends traditional dials with a good degree of customization.

The X-T3 does all this while also offering some of the best video we've encountered. It can shoot highly detailed 4K footage at up to 60p with the option for 10-bit capture for maximum grading leeway. Useable (though not flawless) video AF makes it comparatively easy to get good results, too. Only the lack of in-body stabilization counts against its go-everywhere, capture everything credentials.

Full-frame for stills shooters: Nikon Z5

The Nikon Z5 is an excellent value for those who want the improved dynamic range (and image quality as a whole) and additional control over depth of field of a full-frame camera. The Z5 is a well-built mirrorless camera with a 24MP sensor and in-body image stabilization. It offers a high resolution EVF, a tilting touchscreen and dual SD card slots.

Image quality is excellent, with pleasing JPEG colors, wide dynamic range, and very good high ISO performance. The Z5 is not a great choice for video shooters, however: it has a hefty crop in 4K and rolling shutter can be an issue. If video's not your thing, though, the Z5 is an excellent choice for entering the full-frame world on the cheap.

While the X-T3 and Z5 are our top picks 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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