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.

Canon

Snapsort has found 3 recent pro DSLRs from Canon.

Canon EOS 6D
Canon EOS 6D
from $1,668
Low light performance Low noise at high ISO Help
2,340 ISO
Viewfinder size Large viewfinder Help
0.71x
Sensor size Large sensor Help
Full frame 36.0x24.0mm

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Canon EOS 70D
Canon EOS 70D
from $1,099
Touch screen Touch screen Help
Less buttons
Shutter lag Barely any delay taking photos Help
75 ms shutter lag
Autofocus Phase detection video autofocus Help
fast and accurate

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Canon EOS 7D MII
Canon EOS 7D MII
Screen size Large screen Help
3.2"
Focus points Many focus points Help
61
GPS Built-in GPS Help
Great for travel

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Nikon

Snapsort has found 5 recent pro DSLRs from Nikon.

Nikon D610
Nikon D610
from $1,897
Low light performance Low noise at high ISO Help
2,980 ISO
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
94.0
Color depth Great color depth Help
25.1 bits

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Nikon D4s
Nikon D4s
from $6,497
Low light performance Low noise at high ISO Help
3,074 ISO
Battery life Great battery life Help
3020 shots
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
89.0

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Nikon D600
Nikon D600
from $1,600
Low light performance Low noise at high ISO Help
2,980 ISO
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
94.0
Color depth Great color depth Help
25.1 bits

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Nikon DF
Nikon DF
from $2,700
Low light performance Low noise at high ISO Help
3,279 ISO
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
89.0
Screen size Large screen Help
3.2"

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Sony

Snapsort has found 1 recent pro DSLR from Sony.

Sony SLT-A99
Sony SLT-A99
from $2,298
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
89.0
Screen resolution High resolution screen Help
1,229k dots
Image stabilization Image stabilization Help
Sensor shift

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