2019 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.
Our pick: Fujifilm X-T3
The Fujifilm X-T3 is one of the best APS-C cameras ever made and one of the most adept cameras full-stop, if you want to shoot both stills and video.
Its 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.
We're particularly impressed that the X-T3 does all this while also offering some of the best video we've encountered. It can shoot highly detailed 4K footage (UHD or DCI) 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.
The Fujifilm lens range isn't as extensive as some systems, but there's a good choice of sensibly priced lenses that go well with the X-T3.
While the X-T3 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.
Other cameras to consider: