Skip to main content
Close-up photo of a person using a Nikon DSLR camera. Credit: Reviewed

The Best DSLR Cameras of 2022

Recommendations are independently chosen by Reviewed’s editors. Purchases you make through our links may earn us a commission.

Close-up photo of a person using a Nikon DSLR camera. Credit: Reviewed

Why trust Reviewed?

Reviewed's mission is to help you buy the best stuff and get the most out of what you already own. Our team of product experts thoroughly vet every product we recommend to help you cut through the clutter and find what you need.

Learn more about our product testing
Editor's Choice Product image of Nikon D500

Nikon D500

The D500 is a professional-quality DSLR packed with features. It's easy to recommend for still photography, though less ideal if video is your focus. Read More

Pros

  • 10-fps burst shooting
  • Weathersealed
  • 4K video

Cons

  • None that we could find
Editor's Choice Product image of Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

This Canon DSLR handles just about any photography job well, offering fast shot-to-shot performance, solid video features, and superb autofocus. Read More

Pros

  • High-performing autofocus and video
  • Fast shooting speeds
  • Superb metering

Cons

  • None that we could find
Editor's Choice Product image of Nikon D810

Nikon D810

This Nikon DSLR is a dependable workhorse that excels at still photography, including high-speed sporting events. Read More

Pros

  • Works with a wide variety of Nikon lenses
  • High-speed shooting capabilities

Cons

  • None that we could find
Editor's Choice Product image of Canon EOS-1D X

Canon EOS-1D X

This versatile, professional-grade DSLR from canon produces great images as well as superb video, offering a variety of user-friendly features. Read More

Pros

  • Plenty of pro-grade features
  • 18.1-megapixel sensor

Cons

  • Weighs more than 7 lbs
Editor's Choice Product image of Nikon D4S

Nikon D4S

The Nikon D4S iterates on an already stellar professional-grade DSLR, adding higher dynamic range and other subtle improvements. Read More

Pros

  • Superb dynamic range and shooting speeds
  • Great autofocus and similar features
  • ISO setting of 409,600

Cons

  • None that we could find

There are two big players in the DSLR (Digital Single-Lens Reflex) market: Canon and Nikon. While the camera market has largely moved towards mirrorless models, these kings of the classic DSLR still offer the best around.

These titans compete for the hearts and minds of pros and amateurs alike, and each company puts out excellent cameras year after year. Our camera experts have spent countless hours in the lab, poring over images and test data to determine which DSLRs offer the best value proposition for the most shooters.

These are the best DSLR cameras that have come through our doors.

Editor's Note

The recommendations in this guide are based on thorough product and market research by our team of expert product reviewers. The picks are based on examining user reviews, product specifications, and, in some limited cases, our experience with the specific products named.

Product image of Nikon D500
Nikon D500

Nikon's best-ever APS-C DSLR might be the best crop-sensor camera we've ever tested. With plenty of advanced features, and 10-fps continuous bursts, Nikon's pulled out the stops in the D500, making this an exceptional pro DSLR. If you need speed (whether that's AF or burst speed), the D500 delivers for less than a third the price of the flagship D5. This Nikon does everything its big sister can manage, but behind its mirror is a sensor that's the smaller APS-C size. What that nets you is blisteringly fast burst shooting, 4K video abilities, and world-class weathersealing all in a condensed package.

Pros

  • 10-fps burst shooting

  • Weathersealed

  • 4K video

Cons

  • None that we could find

Product image of Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Compared to previous models, the Mark III has the benefit of faster shot-to-shot times, dramatically improved autofocus, superb metering, and substantial upgrades to its video performance. It handles better, shoots faster, offers more control, and is better suited to all kinds of still and video applications. Whether you’re a hobbyist or a professional whose livelihood depends upon a camera, this is a solid choice.

Pros

  • High-performing autofocus and video

  • Fast shooting speeds

  • Superb metering

Cons

  • None that we could find

Product image of Nikon D810
Nikon D810

For stills photographers who want a dependable, powerful, and flexible camera, it's hard to beat the Nikon D810. It takes incredible shots, works with almost any Nikon lens from the past 50 years, and is fast enough for all but the most demanding news and sports work. It's a superb camera in every way, and one of the best Nikon DSLRs we've tested. If you're looking to step up your skills, the D810 should be on your radar.

Pros

  • Works with a wide variety of Nikon lenses

  • High-speed shooting capabilities

Cons

  • None that we could find

Product image of Canon EOS-1D X
Canon EOS-1D X

With the 1D X, Canon has created a superb, professional DSLR that’s as capable as it is versatile. It’s a multimedia powerhouse that’s firmly entrenched in professional territory, and this shows in the photos and videos we shot with it. It produces beautiful images, and whether you shoot stills or video, studio models or wildlife, the 1D X has features to make your job easier. It isn’t cheap, but it’s well worth the price of admission.

Pros

  • Plenty of pro-grade features

  • 18.1-megapixel sensor

Cons

  • Weighs more than 7 lbs

Product image of Nikon D4S
Nikon D4S

The Nikon D4, launched back in 2012, was a revolutionary camera that combined fast burst shooting, superb ergonomics and control, and professional video options. As it has done with previous generations of pro DSLRs, Nikon followed it up with a subtle refresh in the D4S, this time touting greater dynamic range, improved continuous shooting speed with autofocus, and a ludicrous top ISO of 409,600.

Pros

  • Superb dynamic range and shooting speeds

  • Great autofocus and similar features

  • ISO setting of 409,600

Cons

  • None that we could find

Meet the testers

Brendan Nystedt

Brendan Nystedt

Contributor

@bnystedt

Brendan is originally from California. Prior to writing for Reviewed.com, he graduated from UC Santa Cruz and did IT support and wrote for a technology blog in the mythical Silicon Valley. Brendan enjoys history, Marx Brothers films, Vietnamese food, cars, and laughing loudly.

See all of Brendan Nystedt's reviews
Jackson Ruckar

Jackson Ruckar

Photographer / Producer

@JacksonRuckar

As a photojournalist, Jackson has had stints working with bands, the military, and professional baseball teams before landing with Reviewed.com's camera team. Outside of Reviewed.com, he can be found looking for the next game to relieve his "Gamer ADD" or growing his beard.

See all of Jackson Ruckar's reviews
TJ Donegan

TJ Donegan

Executive Editor

@TJDonegan

TJ is the Executive Editor of Reviewed.com. He is a Massachusetts native and has covered electronics, cameras, TVs, smartphones, parenting, and more for Reviewed. He is from the self-styled "Cranberry Capitol of the World," which is, in fact, a real thing.

See all of TJ Donegan's reviews
Alex Kane

Alex Kane

Sr. Editor, Search & Updates

@alexjkane

Alex Kane is a senior editor at USA Today’s Reviewed and the author of the Boss Fight Books volume on Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. He has written for Fangoria, PC Gamer, Polygon, Rolling Stone, StarWars.com, and Variety. He lives in west-central Illinois.

See all of Alex Kane's reviews

Checking our work.

Our team is here for one purpose: to help you buy the best stuff and love what you own. Our writers, editors, and lab technicians obsess over the products we cover to make sure you're confident and satisfied. Have a different opinion about something we recommend? Email us and we'll compare notes.

Shoot us an email