Ready to Upgrade from The Entry/Basic? Here Are Our Top Mid-level Camera Picks

Have you finally outgrown that basic DSLR or Mirrorless body and you are ready to upgrade to something that may better fit your needs? Well, you are in the right spot because this is exactly what we will be discussing today, our picks for the top mid-level cameras right now.

 

Canon 80D

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Canon 80D product photos (5 of 15)ISO 1001-80 sec

 

In our in-progress review we had the following to say about the Canon 80D:

“The Canon 80D is a pretty great camera in the hands of a skilled photo editor. At the same time, it can be a great camera for the enthusiast that wants to shoot in JPEG with the Live View screen. On top of fantastic ergonomics, the camera also has a lot of features that help make it a great choice for the person looking to get into sports for example.”Read Our Full Review Here

If you have been holding onto that T2, T3, T4 entry level camera for a while now, then the 80D could be a really significant upgrade for you in a variety of avenues including AF, Video, and overall build quality.

Grab an Canon 80D over on Amazon now for $1199.

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Canon 80D review sample images (8 of 25)ISO 1001-200 sec at f - 3.5

 

Nikon D5500

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Nikon D5500 product review lead image (1 of 1)ISO 2001-125 sec at f - 2.0

 

In our in-progress review we had the following to say about the Nikon D5500:

“The Nikon D5500 is a great camera. It’s bound to make a great gift for anyone that wants to get into photography. Know someone having a brand new baby? This is the camera for them when paired with a couple of zooms and the 50mm f1.8 G. It’s a small size, has WiFi integration and 5fps shooting.”Read Our Full Review Here

Unless you have been sitting on your Nikon entry level kit for 5+ years the D5500 probably isn’t enough up an upgrade to be worth your investment. The D7200 series is a more clear upgrade path, but we have not reviewed that body hands on, so our recommendation remains the D5500 – for now.

Grab an Nikon D5500 over on Amazon now for $746.

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Nikon D5500 jpeg images review (2 of 26)ISO 4001-1600 sec at f - 1.8

 

Sony A6000

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony A6000 product images (5 of 9)ISO 4001-50 sec at f - 2.2

 

In our official review we had the following to say about the Sony A6000:

“The Sony A6000 hands down has what could arguably be called the best autofocusing system out there. While it isn’t the fastest, it by far is the smartest and the most responsive–putting some DSLRs to shame in our tests for sure.” — Read Our Full Review

Sure, the A6300 is out now, but you know what? The A6000 is still a killer mid-range APS-C mirrorless camera, and if you are still lugging around an NEX camera… well, let’s just say the A6000 would be a very worthwhile upgrade for you. Though, if you have the budget, just a couple hundred more gets you the latest and greatest in the A6300 – just something to consider.

Grab an Sony A6000 over on Amazon now for $698.

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony A6000 review images (27 of 37)ISO 4001-800 sec at f - 5.0

 

Fujifilm X-T10

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujifilm Xt10 review final product images (4 of 4)ISO 2001-180 sec at f - 2.0

 

In our official review we had the following to say about the Fujifilm X-T10:

“The Fujifilm X-T10 really deserves it. By far, this is the best APS-C sensor of any camera in a comparable realm and it shows with the image quality. Fujifilm took a great deal from its award-winning X-T1 and put it in a smaller package for a consumer that can’t reach for fruit as high. The result: a really kick ass camera.” — Read Our Full Review

If you have a Fujifilm X-A or X-M series camera than there is no question that the X-T10 would be a major upgrade – likely more so than most of the other cameras above. If you have an older X-Pro 1, or an original X-E1, the X-T10 still makes a great upgrade while remaining affordable.

Grab an Fujifilm X-T10 over on Amazon now for $799.

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujifilm Xt10 review photos (7 of 27)ISO 16001-1000 sec at f - 1.4

 

Panasonic GX8

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Panasonic GX8 extra review photos product shots (1 of 10)ISO 1001-160 sec at f - 2.8

 

In our official review we had the following to say about the Panasonic GX8:

“Overall though, absolutely any job that a person needs to get done can easily be accomplished with the Panasonic GX8–seriously any job. But it will take a true creative to really take the fullest advantage of what this camera’s imaging sensor is capable of.” — Read Our Full Review

Rocking a GH3, or something older? The GX8 is the perfect upgrade for you in the Micro 4/3 system offering some serious specs and performance for a full $500 cheaper than the GH4.

Grab an Panasonic GX8 now for $997.

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Panasonic GX8 review images (8 of 9)ISO 4001-40 sec

 

Olympus OM-D E-M5 II

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Olympus OMD EM5 Mk II first impressions product photos (2 of 10)ISO 1001-160 sec at f - 2.8

 

In our official review we had the following to say about the Olympus OM-D E-M5 II:

“The sensor in the Olympus OMD EM5 MK II is the single best four thirds sensor that we’ve tested. It’s got a ton of dynamic range, great high ISO abilities, can give you a higher resolution photo if you need, lots of autofocus points that just work, and a heck of a lot going for it.” — Read Our Full Review

There are always two sides to the micro four thirds pot, and the mid-range upgrade option you should be looking at if you are on team Olympus is the OM-D E-M5 II–an incredible little camera that packs a ton of punch and performance.

Grab an Olympus OM-D E-M5 II over on Amazon now for $999.

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What are your thoughts? Do you agree? If not, which mid-level cameras would you recommend?

Anthony Thurston

Anthony is a Portland, Oregon based Boudoir Photographer specializing in a dark, moody style that promotes female body positivity, empowerment, and sexuality. Besides The Phoblographer, he also reviews gear and produces his own educational content on his website.