Top/Best Canon Pro/Enthusiast DSLR's of 2017 reviewed and compared

LAST UPDATED: 09/15/2017

If you are a photo enthusiast using Canon's DSLR's or upgrading from an entry level camera, and need advice on what camera you should get next you have come to the right place.

You should get an entusiast/pro DSLR camera if you have serious aspirations to do creative photography or you already am an experience photographer.


Canon EOS-1DX Mk II

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

Canon EOS 5DS R 

Canon EOS 7D Mark II


gistGear Recommended Buy (1-6 on the Dice)
The Gist
The 1DX Mk II is Canons best, fastest and most versatile. If you can affort it this is the camera you need to buy! The Canon 5D Mark IV is probably Canons best all-round DSLR. It is great for sports and action as well as for portrait, wedding, nature, landscape and product photos. Not best at anything, but great at everything. The 5DS with it's 50 Megapixels is the highest resolution DSLR in the world. There is nothing that comes close. Get this for landscape and product photography. The 7D Mk II is your best choise for action, indoors and sports photography if you cannot afford to spend a lot more on the 1DX Mk II.
Differenciating Features
👍This is an extremely fast camera that takes amazing photos.
👍14 FPS with continous autofocus tracking just about anything in real time.
👍Built like a tank
👍Lots of direct control buttons
👍Can shoot through flickering lights
👍Large battery
👍Amazing viewfinder
👍 Touch screen
👍4K/60p Video
👍Very fast camera with great image quality.
👍30 megapixels, 7 FPS, Great autofocus.
👍Now has GPS, Wi-Fia dn NFC.
👍Programmable control button.
👍Touch screen
👍61 AF point(41 cross hair)

👍Extremely high resolution
👍Can shoot through flickering lights
👍Time lapse functionality

👎Only 12k ISO and HD video
👎No Wi-Fi
👍This is an extremely fast and capable camera and your best choise for action photography if you use a cropped sensor camera. For this type of photography a bigger sensor is always better.
👍This camera can handle indoor or stadium flickering lights without a problem
👍If shoots a a lightning fast 10 FPS
👍With a 20 MP sensor you do not get the same resolutions as some other cameras but it gives better light sensitivity that is needed with the smaller sensor.
Canon EOS-1DX Mark II DSLR Camera (Body Only) Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Full Frame Digital SLR Camera Body Canon EOS 5DS R Digital SLR with Low-Pass Filter Effect Cancellation (Body Only) Canon EOS 7D Mark II Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)
  • Fastest shooting EOS-1D, capable of up to 14 fps full-resolution RAW or JPEG, and up to 16 fps in Live View mode with new Dual DIGIC 6+ Image Processors
  • Achieves a maximum burst rate of up to 170 RAWs in continuous shooting at up to 16 fps, and 4K movies using CFast cards in the new CFast 2.0 slot
  • Improved AF performance through 61-point, wide area AF system with 41 cross-type points, improved center point focusing sensitivity to -3 EV and compatibility down to f/8
  • Accurate subject tracking for stills and video with new EOS Intelligent Tracking and Recognition AF with 360,000-pixel metering sensor
  • 4K video (4096 x 2160) up to 60 fps (59.94), with an 8.8-Megapixel still frame grab in camera. Full 1080p HD capture up to 120 fps for slow motion
    • 30.4 MP full-frame CMOS sensor for versatile shooting
    • Up to 7.0 frames per second continuous shooting speed
    • 61-point AF system with 41 cross-points for expanded vertical coverage
    • ISO range 100-32000 with 50-102400 expansion
    • 4K video recording at 30p or 24p and in-camera still frame grab of 8.8MP images
    • Touch-screen LCD monitor
      • LPF (Low-pass filter) effect cancellation takes full advantage of the original resolving power of the 50.6 effective megapixels CMOS sensor, delivering even higher resolution images.
      • Newly designed 50.6 Megapixel full-frame CMOS helps deliver ultra-high resolution images
      • EOS Scene Detection System features a 150,000-pixel RGB+IR Metering Sensor
      • 61-Point High Density Reticular AF including up to 41 cross-type AF points and EOS iTR
      • Advanced mirror control mechanism and new user-selectable shutter release time lag
      • Purchase this product between May 1, 2016 and July 30, 2016 and get 13 months of free damage protection from Canon. The product must be registered within 30 days of the purchase date to be eligible.
        • 20.2 MP CMOS sensor and ISO 100-16000
        • High speed continuous shooting up to 10.0 fps
        • 65-point all cross-type AF system
        • Stunning Full HD video with Custom Movie Servo AF (speed and sensitivity)
        • Dual Pixel CMOS AF enables you to shoot video like a camcorder
          - Nikon
          - DxOMark (88 Score)
          - Nikon
          - DxOMark (89 Score)
          - Nikon
          - DxOMark (89 Score)
          Price (09/15/2017)
          Model Number
          0931C002 1483C002 0582C002 9128B002
          Photography, camera digital, slr Photography, camera digital, slr Photography, camera digital, slr Photography, camera digital, slr
          Salesrank in category
          4824 799 5980 1234
          First available on Amazon
          2016-05-01 2016-09-08 2015-06-14 2014-10-30
          Item Dimensions
          7 x 7 x 9 inches
          17.8 x 17.8 x 22.9 cm
          4.6 x 5.9 x 3 inches
          11.7 x 15.0 x 7.6 cm
          4.57 x 2.99 x 5.98 inches
          11.6 x 7.6 x 15.2 cm
          4.41 x 3.07 x 5.87 inches
          11.2 x 7.8 x 14.9 cm
          Package Dimensions
          7.8 x 7.9 x 9.5 inches
          19.8 x 20.1 x 24.1 cm
          5.91 x 7.52 x 9.8 inches
          15.0 x 19.1 x 24.9 cm
          6 x 7.3 x 9.7 inches
          15.2 x 18.5 x 24.6 cm
          6 x 7.2 x 9.9 inches
          15.2 x 18.3 x 25.1 cm
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          1D X Mk II 5D Mk IV 5Ds / 5Ds R 7D Mk II
          Image processor
          Dual DIGIC 6+ DIGIC 6+ Dual DIGIC 6 Dual DIGIC 6
          Sensor format
          Full-frame CMOS Full-frame CMOS Full-frame CMOS APS-C CMOS
          20.2 30.1 50.6 20.2
          Min ISO
          50 50 50 100
          Max ISO
          409600 102400 12800 51200
          Autofocus points
          61 61 61 65
          Viewfinder magnification, coverage
          0.76×, 100% 0.71×, 100% 0.71×, 100% 1.0×, 100%
          3.2", 1620k pixels 3.2", 1620k pixels 3.2", 1040k pixels 3.0", 1040k pixels
          Live view
          Yes Yes Yes Yes
          Max FPS
          16 7 5 10
          CFast, CF CF, SDXC (UHS-I) CF, SDXC (UHS-I) CF, SDXC (UHS-I)
          Release date
          2016Q1 2016Q3 2015Q2 2014Q3
          Weight (pounds)
          3.36 1.76 2.04 2
          4Kp60, 1080p120 4K30, 1080p60, 720p120 1080p30, 720p60 1080p60, 720p60
          Main Battery
          LP-E19 LP-E6N LP-E6 LP-E6N
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