Best cameras around $1500 in 2022

Best cameras around $1500 in 2022

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Updated: Nov 2022

You can get an awful lot of camera for around $1500, with a choice of enthusiast-level APS-C and Micro Four Thirds cameras and some of the less expensive full-frame models. Full-frame brings the potential for better image quality but also typically means larger and more expensive lenses, so it's worth considering your needs beyond just the camera body.

We're leaning a little towards stills with our main recommendation, but these are the models we think it's worth looking at:

Best camera around $1500: Nikon Z5

What we like:

  • Excellent image quality
  • Superb build quality
  • Effective image stabilization

What we don't:

  • 4K video has heavy crop
  • Heavy-handed high ISO noise reduction
  • Noticeable rolling shutter

The Nikon Z5 is one of the most affordable full-frame cameras on the market. It's not as good at video or autofocus as its more expensive peers but the image quality from its 24MP sensor is genuinely excellent, as are its ergonomics.

The Z5 can use Nikon F-mount DSLR lenses via an adapter but works best with the newer Z-mount optics. At present these are relatively small in number and can be pretty expensive, but we think the Z5 is most capable and enjoyable entry-level full-framer.

Read more about the Nikon Z5

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For a more affordable kit: Fujifilm X-T4

What we like:

  • In-body image stabilization
  • Attractive color modes
  • 10-bit 4K video capture
  • Engaging, customizable operation

What we don't:

  • Limited tools for video exposure
  • Included adapter required for headphone use

The Fujifilm X-T4 is a 26MP APS-C camera that serves well for both stills and video. It combines a classic-looking design with a similarly traditional control system and we find the dedicated dials can help give a feeling of being connected to the photographic process.

The smaller sensor means it can't match the Nikon Z5 in terms of image quality, while both Canon's EOS R7 and the newer 40MP Fujifilm X-T5 provide some serious competition (and better autofocus). But for us the X-T4's balance of price, impressive all-round capability and the choice of a wide range of native lenses make it a good choice if you plan to build a kit of lenses for a variety of tasks.

Read more about the Fujifilm X-T4

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Richard Butler

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Why should you trust us?

Our Buying Guides are based on extensive use and testing of the cameras included. We only recommend cameras once we know how they compare to their peers in a variety of shooting situations. All selections are made solely by our editorial and video teams and are the models we'd buy or recommend to friends and family. We gain no financial advantage from recommending one camera over another, either as individuals or as a business.