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Best pro cameras for 2016

The best cameras for working photographers

  • $1,999.00 at 42nd Street Photo See all prices

    CNET's Rating

    • 9 Design
    • 9 Features
    • 9 Performance
    • 8 Image qual.
    Canon EOS 5D Mark III

    Best general-purpose pro dSLR

    While it's not a no-brainer upgrade over the Mark II, the Canon EOS 5D Mark III is worth the price premium if better performance and configurability matter to you.

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  • Sony A7R II

    Best full-frame mirrorless

    With features like 4K video and a a high-resolution full-frame sensor, this camera delivers a lot in a more compact design than is available in a dSLR.

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    $2,999.00 at 42nd Street Photo See all prices

    CNET's Rating

    • 9 Design
    • 9 Features
    • 7 Performance
    • 9 Image qual.
  • $1,999.95 at Crutchfield See all prices

    CNET's Rating

    • 8 Design
    • 8 Features
    • 9 Performance
    • 8 Image qual.
    Nikon D500

    Best budget pro dSLR for shooting action

    When your budget (or back) can't stretch to a big pro body, the D500 is a great compromise. The fastest APS-C dSLR camera under $2,000, it delivers excellent photos, has a speedy and accurate autofocus system and 4K video.

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Still not convinced?You may want to consider these other options...

  • The GX85 packs a lot of camera for the price
    Panasonic Lumix GX85 (GX80)
  • Versatile 360-degree camera in need of better software
    Kodak Pixpro SP360 4K
  • The Pentax K-1 delivers a fine full-frame value for the photo-focused
    Pentax K-1
  • The G7 X Mark II is a good choice when you're ready to step up to better photos
    Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II
  • LG's cheap 360 camera a great start, but not as strong at the finish
    LG 360 Cam
  • The Canon 80D delivers on faster focus
    Canon EOS 80D
  • The F in this PEN stands for fun and fast
    Olympus PEN-F