The professional SLR category is designed for one person in mind: the serious photographer. If you want uncompromising image quality and control this is the class for you. Heavy well-built bodies, weatherproofing, full frame sensors, full external manual control, very high true resolution, fantastic high ISO performance, blazingly fast auto focus and rock solid reliability. These are the tools pros rely on to earn a living in the photography trade and the equipment has to stand up to long-term day to day use. These cameras are capable of producing images that grace the world finest magazines and photography galleries - they are the best digital cameras you can buy. When you're investing in a pro DSLR body you are wasting your money if you don't invest in great lenses to match the bodies capabilities, for that reason a professional DSLR setup can easily exceed $10,000 when you're all said and done including lenses. Those who need a pro DSLR know who they are and most everyone else is likely better served in other areas. That being said if you can afford the best and are one of many serious hobbyists these cameras will get you performance unavailable anywhere else

Snapsort categorizes SLRs as Pro (vs entry level) if they have full-frame sensors and/or large bodies, it also looks at viewfinder size and support for compact-flash as signals.

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Recent Pro DSLRs by manufacturer

Here is an overview of the manufacturers of pro DSLRs, the most popular shown first.

Nikon

Snapsort has found 4 recent pro DSLRs from Nikon.

Nikon D750
Nikon D750
from $1,560
Low light performance Low noise at high ISO Help
2,956 ISO
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
93.0
Dynamic range Wide dynamic range Help
14.5 EV

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Nikon D810
Nikon D810
from $2,268
Low light performance Low noise at high ISO Help
2,979 ISO
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
96.0
Color depth Great color depth Help
25.7 bits

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Nikon D4s
Nikon D4s
from $5,997
Low light performance Low noise at high ISO Help
2,965 ISO
Battery life Great battery life Help
3020 shots
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
89.0

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Nikon D500
Nikon D500
from $1,997
Screen resolution High resolution screen Help
2,359k dots
Light sensitivity High ISO Help
1,640,000 ISO
Focus points Many focus points Help
153

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Canon

Snapsort has found 3 recent pro DSLRs from Canon.

Canon EOS 5DS
Canon EOS 5DS
from $3,050
Low light performance Low noise at high ISO Help
2,381 ISO
True resolution High true resolution Help
50.3 MP
Cross type focus points Many cross-type focus points Help
41

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Canon EOS 5DS R
Canon EOS 5DS R
from $3,329
True resolution High true resolution Help
50.3 MP
Low light performance Low noise at high ISO Help
2,308 ISO
Cross type focus points Many cross-type focus points Help
41

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Canon EOS-1D X Mark II
Canon EOS-1D X Mark II
from $5,999
Continuous shooting Rapid fire Help
16 fps
Screen resolution High resolution screen Help
1,620k dots
Viewfinder size Large viewfinder Help
0.76x

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Sony

Snapsort has found 1 recent pro DSLR from Sony.

Sony SLT A77 II
Sony SLT A77 II
from $898
Autofocus Autofocuses shooting video Help
Phase detection
Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Image stabilization Image stabilization Help
Sensor shift

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