Digital Camera Holiday Gift Guide - $2000+ Cameras

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In part 5 of our 2015 digital camera holiday gift guide, we looked at a series of $600 to $2000 cameras that currently offer entry level versions of what some might call professional camera systems. In part 6 we will dive into the best cameras in the $2000+ price range. Ideally, these cameras are for dedicated enthusiasts and professionals, those who need full manual and creative control, with the ability to swap out a variety of zoom and prime lenses. These cameras often have full frame 35mm image sensors, and are increasingly used to capture beautiful time lapses as well as independent feature film and television series.

So jump into the sixth part of our 2015 Holiday gift guide, the $2000+ digital camera range. Our following recommendations are based on quality, features and the best value available on the digital camera marketplace above $2000 dollars (MSRP).

 

Nikon D810 DSLR
Nikon D810 DSLR
(Full Review)

The Nikon D810 DSLR camera has a host of eminently likable features, giving it the flexibility and power that all photographers want in a camera. The D810 works equally well as a camera for shooting sports, for shooting nature photos, and for shooting portraits. Images are brilliantly sharp and bright. And with 36-megapixels of resolution in the FX image sensor, you can easily crop half the photo and still have a high-resolution image. For advanced photographers who want to completely personalize their cameras, Nikon gave the D810 an impressive number of customization features. Not surprisingly, all of this power and flexibility comes with a price -- a few thousand dollars in this case for the camera body only. If you want one of the best models on the market and price is no concern, the Nikon D810 will be a great choice. Pick this up if yoou need a high-end DSLR camera with an FX image sensor that is easily customizable to fit your needs, and you're not worried about the extremely high price tag.

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Canon EOS 5DS

Canon EOS 5DS DSLR
(Full Review)

The Canon EOS 5Ds is a powerful, resolution rich DSLR that produces excellent results in both image quality and shooting performance. At 50.6-Megapixels, it producesone the of the largest images of any DLSR on the market, providing amazing amounts of detail while leaving you plenty of room to crop and adjust your images in post. Its dual DIGIC 6 processors provide professional performance, getting 5fps shooting in both JPEG and RAW (slows after approx. 40 images). Pick this up if you are looking to upgrade you current EOS camera, or you are in need of a very high resolution camera with the quality you expect from a Canon. Great for those already sporting an EF lens collection.

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Olympus OM-D E-M1
Olympus OM-D E-M1
& M.ZUIKO 40-150mm F2.8 PRO Lens

(Full Review)

Olympus' flagship OM-D series Micro Four Thirds camera system technically MSRPs for less than $1400, but we've included it here for those who wish to bundle it with the execellent M.ZUIKO ED 40-150mm F2.8 PRO series lens (80-300mm equivalent). And once you grab this kit, add on the excellent 12-40mm F2.8 (24-80mm equivalent) PRO lens and you've got a terrific, compact mirrorless camera system with two great lenses. Olympus OM-D E-M1 is an ILC that has made a huge jump for the more compact style of interchangeable lens cameras. Its compact size and incredible power/performance allow you to use it anywhere and in just about any conditions. Its image quality is very good as well, rivaling most higher end consumer and lower end professional dSLR models, but it's the performance and other features that are not found on these dSLR's that make this camera so amazing. And it just got a new firmware update which has made a great camera system even better. Pick this camera and lens up if you are looking for a smaller alternative to carrying a dSLR or if you just want the absolute best quality and performance from an ILC.

Canon PowerShot ELPH 135 Purple

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Samsung NX1
Samsung NX1
(Full Review)

With the NX1 flagship, Samsung has created a very compelling reason for SLR lovers to consider a mirrorless model, and for fans of camera makers with long histories and hundreds of compatible lenses, to possibly try something new. The NX1 boasts a best in class 28-megapixel APS-C-sized BSI CMOS image sensor mated to the DRIMe V image processor that supports an expanded ISO range (100-51200) as well as the NX AF (Auto Focus) System III with 205 Phase Detect AF points covering 90 percent of the frame. With the ability to track (using Samsung Auto Shot) and focus quickly), it's no surprise the NX1 has a 15 frames-per-second Continuous Shooting mode at full resolution. Samsung has also included its SMART Modes to give users pre-selected options for taking stylish photos like Panoramas or High Dynamic Range (HDR). More than a still image camera, the NX1 is also a cinematographer's dream camera, capable of recording not only Full 1080p HD video, but also UHD (Ultra High Definition) and 4K video resolutions. Finally, the NX1 has built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, and NFC technologies to seamlessly connect the NX1 directly to the internet or a smartphone/tablet where you can do everything from send emails to back up files, and even remotely control the camera directly from your phone. Pick this camera up if you are looking for a fast, powerful camera that delivers very high image quality - even at high ISOs - and you can live with an electronic viewfinder and a modest lens collection.

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Sony Alpha 7R II
Sony Alpha 7R II
(Preview)

Sony's Alpha series of Interchangeable Lens Cameras has a new flagship model for 2015. The Alpha 7R II (model ILCE-7RM2) boasts the world's first back-illuminated full-frame Exmor R CMOS image sensor, with 42.4 megapixels. It also features the BIONZ X image processor as well as a Fast Hybrid AF system and 5fps continuous shooting with AF tracking engaged. Filmmakers and/or low light photographers are going to love the in-camera 5-axis image stabilization system (requires Sony Optical SteadyShot Alpha lenses) which allows the camera to produce a 4.5 steps faster shutter speed equivalent for stills, as well as acting as a Steadicam during movie recording. Speaking of movies, the Alpha 7R II can shoot 4K quality (QFHD 3840x2160) @ 100Mbps in either Super 35mm crop mode or full-frame mode, making it the world's first digital camera to offer in-camera full-frame format 4K recording capacity. Other professional video features include Picture Profile, S-Log2 Gamma, S-Gamut, 120fps high frame rate movie shooting in HD (720p), time code, and clean HDMI output. Lastly, the Alpha 7R II is Wi-Fi & NFC capable. Pick this camera up if you need a full-frame image sensor and split your time between still images and filmmaking.

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