10 Most Expensive DSLR Cameras in 2023
DSLRs are becoming more and more affordable. Just two decade ago only professionals or people with deep pockets were able to afford a DSLR due to it’s expensive price tag. The DSLR camera technology evolved at extremely fast rate in the last two decades and this led to more efficient production. Technological innovation brought the price of DSLR cameras. Now a lot of hobbyist are directly getting a DSLR as their first camera. The compact camera is becoming obsolete and at the same time smartphone cameras are taking it’s position. Read about 10 Most Expensive DSLR Cameras in 2023.
As the DSLR cameras become more affordable, awareness about photography will increase. For many of the new DSLR owners it’s a medium to get good and bokehlicious photographs for their social media profiles. True photographers care more about the ‘art’ part of photography. In-fact a lot of photographers are more comfortable behind the camera than being in front of it. Behind the camera is their comfort zone.
There are still a lot of professional DSLR cameras which are out of reach of hobbyist and amateur photographers. They are usually used by elite photographers who do not want to compromise on the outlook of being a professional or want to give the best possible photograph to their client.
Here are 10 Most Expensive DSLR cameras used by professional photographers. In this list we are not including collector items and antique cameras which may cost millions of dollars. We are focusing only on the camera used by the professionals on day to day basis for their work. Also we are not including the expensive rangefinder cameras like the Leica M9 and others.
10. Nikon D810
Nikon D810 at number 10? Surprised? Don’t be. There are 9 more to go in this list of Top 10 most expensive DSLR cameras. Nikon D810 was launched in the year 2014 and is soon to be replaced by newer model. You can read more about it here. Nikon D810 is a professional DSLR camera from Nikon and is very popular among the pro photographer community. Nikon D810 boasts a 36.3 MP FX-format CMOS sensor without an Optical Low Pass Filter (OLPF). The camera is equipped with professional video and audio capabilities.
Price: $2,796.00 Check latest Price.
9. Sony Alpha 99 II
Sony Alpha 99 II is a recently launched professional DSLR camera with 42MP Full-Frame Exmor R BSI CMOS Sensor paired with BIONZ X Image Processor & Front-End LSI. It is able to shoot UHD 4k videos. The α99 II delivers the next level in significantly swift high-precision AF, faster continuous shooting, and stunning resolution — the best performance in A-mount. The Sony Alpha a99 Mark II is an ‘SLT’ camera which uses a semi-transparent mirror that splits light between the sensor and an AF module near the viewfinder, which differentiates it from a traditional DSLR. It has hybrid Auto Focus system with whopping 399 contrast detect and 79 cross-type hybrid points.
Price: $3,200.00 Check latest Price.
8. Canon 5D Mark IV
Canon recently introduced the fourth edition of it’s successful and popular 5D series. It is relatively affordable and used by a lot of fashion and wedding photographers. Canon DSLR camera models tend to produce richer color while the Nikon counterparts produce real colors. It is a matter of preference and you can not go wrong with either of them. Canon 5D Mark IV is a recent upgrade to the Canon 5D Mark III. Canon 5D Mark III was one of the most sold professional camera in the history of Canon.
Price: $3,499.00 Check latest Price.
7. Canon EOS-1Dx Mark II
Canon EOS 1D X Mark II DSLR Camera features 20.2MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor, dual DIGIC 6+ image Processors. The Canon 1D X Mark II was released in February 2016 and is successor to Canon 1Dx which was released way back in 2012. Canon EOS 1D X Mark II DSLR camera is the best that is available from Canon.
Price: $5,999.00 Check latest Price.
6. Nikon D5
Nikon D5 is the flagship full frame FX format DSLR with 20.8 MP, 4K Ultra HD video capture ability and 12 FPS continuous shooting. It is the best and most powerful Nikon DSLR camera ever made. It is an upgrade to the Nikon D4s and was announced on 6 January 2016.
Price: $6,496.00 Check latest Price.
5. Pentax 645Z
Pentax 645Z comes with 51.4MP CMOS Sensor – 43.8 x 32.8 mm along with Prime III Image Processor which enables it to do upto 3fps. It has Anti-Alias Filter-Less Design and 3.2″ 1037K Dot Tiltable Air-Gapless LCD screen. The camera body also features a deep set ergonomic grip for easy handheld shooting. The SAFOX II autofocus module maximizes 27 AF sensors and a vast light sensitivity range of -3EV to +18EV. The body is extremely durable and weather sealed.
Price: $6,996.00 Check latest Price.
4. Panoscan MK-3 Panoramic DSLR
It is a specialized DSLR camera for panorama photography. Panoscan MK-3 takes full resolution spherical scans in 54 seconds which is upto 8 times ffaster than any other panoramic photography equipment. The Panoscan MK-3 is a third generation panoramic camera. The MK-3 can scan a full 360 degree image in less than 8 seconds. MK-3 images can be presented as flat panoramic images or in most virtual reality players such as QuickTime VR, Flash VR or JAVA based players. The MK-3 system is designed for rugged field use. The MK-3 system is ideal for applications including: Forensic crime scene photography, tactical mapping and many homeland security applications. The system is also ideal for commercial panoramic photography as well. It can also shoot in low light conditions with it’s increased ISO sensitivity of ISO 3200.
Price at launch: $40,000.00
3. Seitz 6×17 Panoramic Camera
Seitz is 160 million pixels of beauty – the only digital 6×17 camera available in market. It’s design is out of this world. Seitz 6×17 has the ability of super fast image capture – 300 MB of data per second! It shoots ultra high resolution 6×17 digital images with mind-boggling 160 million pixels. It is easy to use with camera control software and image preview. It is ideal choice for high resolution landscapes, group photography, fine-art and architecture photography where the photograph needs to have a lot of detail. It is a made in Switzerland product. Hand grips on this DSLR camera is definitely the best among all DSLR cameras that we have seen so far.
Price at launch: $43,000.00
2. Hasselblad H5D-200c
It is the ultimate when it comes to still photography. Hasselblad h5D-200c is the world’s first CMOS medium format camera. The technical specifications include a 50MP 43.8 x 32.9mm CMOS Sensor with Multi-Shot Capture Mode: 4-Shot & 6-Shot. It offers to achieve the highest possible resolution and is used in architectural, still-life shooting, archival, or for any other kind of shooting where detail or resolution are important factor. H5D-200c MS raises the bar by extending proprietary multi-shot capture technology to bring 200 megapixel resolution to your still-life and studio photography.
Price at launch: $45,000.00
1. Phase One XF 100MP Camera System
Phase One XF 100MP camera system made it to the top spot in the list of most expensive DSLR cameras and is officially the most expensive camera that you can buy in 2017. The XF 100MP is a giant leap ahead of any camera system ever made. This camera sets news benchmark in the field of photography. For the same amount of money that you are thinking of spending on this Phase One XF 100MP Camera system, you can get yourself an Audi A4 to drive. However a professional photographer will choose this camera over anything on any given day. He can buy a dozen such Audi and BMWs by working for clients with this most expensive camera.
Price at launch: $48,990.00
Which one would you like to have in your bag from this list of most expensive DSLR cameras? Let us know in comments below. Know a camera that we missed? Let us know in comments below.
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