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Top 5 Best APS-C Digital SLRs For Enthusiasts 2021

Here are the APS-C Digital SLRs, we think, are the best for enthusiasts to date as they have plenty of great features without costing the earth.

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If you're looking for the best APS-C Digital SLR, then this list is for you. The Digital SLR or DSLR is a popular choice for enthusiasts, lets you change your lens, making it a versatile option for those that also want an optical viewfinder. Some of the things to look for on more advanced Digital SLRs is a top LCD screen, which you will find on some models, making it easier to see what the camera settings are. Many of the latest DSLRs also feature built-in Wi-Fi making it easy to transfer photos to your smartphone or tablet. 

These cameras all feature an APS-C sized sensor, also known as crop sensor. Make sure you click the name to read the full reviews to find out the pros and cons of each model shown below, and how we score the cameras. 

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1 - Nikon D7500 

Nikon D7500 DSLR (1)

The Nikon D7500 features a 20 megapixel CMOS sensor (the same sensor as the more expensive Nikon D500), 8fps continuous shooting, 4K UHD video recording, and a wide ISO range of ISO50-1640000 making it great for low-light conditions. The camera body is weather-sealed and features built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for image transfer and remote control. The Nikon D7500 is available for £1199 body only.

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2 - Pentax KP 

Pentax KP (5)

The 24 megapixel Pentax KP offers pixel shift resolution for improved image quality, built-in flash, a changeable grip, a weather-sealed body, and a number of customisable controls. There's a tilting 3inch screen and built-in Wi-Fi. The Pentax KP is available for around £1099 body only.

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3 - Nikon D500 

Nikon D500 (1)

The Nikon D500 is Nikon's top of the range APS-C (DX) sensor camera and features a 20 megapixel CMOS sensor, high speed 10fps continuous shooting, 4K video recording, and a wide ISO range of ISO50-1640000 making it great for low-light conditions. The camera body is weather-sealed and features built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for image transfer and remote control. The Nikon D500 is available for £1729 body only.

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4 - Canon EOS 90D 

Canon EOS 90D


If you're looking for a Digital SLR, then the Canon EOS 90D gives a range of compelling features, that make it a great choice. As a DSLR, rather than a mirrorless camera, it also offers exceptional battery life, with 1300 shots possible before the battery is depleted. The ability to focus on a subjects face, while using the optical viewfinder, is incredibly useful for portraits. In-camera raw editing is easy to use and can produce some great results.

From the outside the EOS 90D may look just like every other Canon DSLR, with a conservative design, but inside is where the most of the differences can be found. Canon has developed a new 32mp APS-C CMOS sensor, yet don't seem to have been massively hit by increased noise, when compared to other Canon DSLRs. It offers a higher resolution sensor than others, and the 4K video using the full width of the sensor will be a massive positive for many.  

The Canon EOS 90D offers a range of features and specifications that give the consumer added choice when it comes to buying a DSLR, you can now choose between 20mp, 24mp, and 32mp APS-C DSLRs, and the Canon EOS 90D is one of the most well-thought-out DSLRs to date. 

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5 - Canon EOS 850D (Rebel T8i) 

Canon EOS 850D (Rebel T8i)

Compared to cheaper Canon and Nikon DSLRs, the Canon EOS 850D offers a better specification with quicker continuous shooting at 7/7.5fps, as well as more focus points, and 4K UHD video recording.

However, when you look at the mirrorless camera market, not only do you get a smaller camera (in most cases), you also get faster continuous shooting speeds (between 9fps and upto 20/30fps), you also get in-body image stabilisation (IBIS) in some cameras, plus better 4K video recording, with some offering unlimited video recording. And you also get to save money with many of these options.

It's also worth noting that 4K video on the 850D is heavily cropped, with slow(er) focus, and we also noticed the rolling shutter effect (jello) in our videos.

Handling and ergonomics is a strong point of the camera, with a large, comfortable grip, and the addition of a second command wheel on the back is a welcome addition which makes the shooting experience better.

If you're looking for a DSLR, and want to use one of the many EF/EF-S lenses available, then the 850D is a very good DSLR, with good battery life, and great image quality (when paired with a decent lens) however, there's a big range of mirrorless cameras, which we think you should take a serious look at.

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Once you've found the perfect Digital SLR, you'll need to find the right camera bag, and memory card for your camera. You can find the latest Digital SLR reviews here, or find a new lens for your camera in our lens reviews


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