2. Best Budget: Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II
While it may be the lone camera on this list under $1,000, Olympus’ OM-D E-M5 Mark II offers a 40-megapixel TruePic VII image processor. Up to 40 percent smaller and lighter than the traditional DSLR, the Olympus has an ergonomically friendly weather-sealed body that’s splashproof, dustproof and freezeproof. And even though it’s the cheapest on the list, it doesn’t skimp on features. It has a powerful five-axis image stabilization system to reduce blur resulting from a shaky camera hand and 10 frames per second high-speed shooting. As with most full-frame cameras, the Olympus includes video, but goes beyond some of its higher-priced competition by offering 1080p Full HD video capture at 60, 30, 25, and 24fps.
One area where the Olympus does fall with its budget listing is battery life. At 310 photos, it’s short, but the partnership of image quality and budget pricing means a (separately purchased) secondary battery isn’t out of the question. Beyond battery, the Olympus helps view captured photos and peruse the menu on a three-inch LCD display that flips out to the side and rotates 270 degrees in total. The interactive electronic viewfinder offers complete control at eye level for capturing day or night shots whether you’re in the studio or on a mountaintop. Throw in WiFi for transferring photos to a smartphone or computer and the result is a fantastic budget-friendly shooter that makes an excellent camera, especially if you’re into landscape and portrait image capture.
3. Best Battery Life: Nikon D850
Built with an EN-EL15 rechargeable li-ion battery, the Nikon D850 is able to take 1,840 still images on a single charge (that’s about 70 hours of 4K video.) It’s the No. 1 New Release in DSLR Cameras on Amazon, and it’s sure to last you an entire weekend without the need for charging if you take it with you on vacation.
The Nikon D850 is designed with a backside touchscreen illuminated full-frame image sensor with no optical low-pass filter. The heavyweight camera uses 45.7 megapixels for extreme resolution quality and superior dynamic range for far distance shots, never skipping on quality. It’s able to capture nine frames per second with full resolution without any decline in image resolutions either. You’ll be able to record 4K Ultra HD videos, as well as an 8K time lapse using an interval timer. There’s also a slow motion capture up to 120 FPS at a full 1080p resolution.