Let us look at the 7 Best Affordable Full-Frame Cameras
Till a few years ago, Full Frame Cameras were out of reach for most consumers due to their relatively high price tag. Also, innovation in high-end camera tech meant that flagships would come only once a decade and the price would be really high and the technological and performance gap between generations would be significant. Today however most manufacturers have a large variety of Full-frame cameras available and even the entry-level ones or the previous generation models are significantly powerful enough to deliver amazing results. You no longer need to sell the house or a limb in order to have a powerful enough device. Below we have a list of some of the affordable full-frame cameras which deliver astoundingly good results.
Sony A7 III
Announced in February 2018, the Sony A7 III is a 24MP powerhouse. Deriving most of its tech from the more powerful (and thereby more expensive) A7R III, this nifty camera has a 24MP Full-Frame BSI sensor, the Eye Auto Focus feature, and 693 phase detection auto Focus points which cover 93% of the sensor.
10 FPS continuous shooting is available using the mechanical shutter. The body features in-built 5 Axis stabilization.
Video is another strong suit with 24 frames is taken from the 6K region of the sensor, thereby 4K videos having crisp edges and overall better resolution. The camera allows both S-log2 and 3 gamma curves for shooting wide dynamic range scenes or Hybrid Log Gamma for playing back directly on high dynamic range displays.
The battery is another strong suit with one charge yielding around 700 shots. There is a 2.36m dot OLED viewfinder and a 3 inch LCD on the back. The camera supports dual SD card slots so storage won’t be an issue.
Priced at around $1990.
Sony A7R II
Announced in June 2015, the Sony A7R II was Sony’s flagship mirrorless camera. With a massive 42.4MP Full-Frame Exmor R BSI Sensor, In-Built 5 Axis 4.5 stop image stabilization and 399 point phase-detect autofocus points, the A7R III is still a credible Full Frame camera in 2020.
The Camera supports 4K video capture and features XAVC S Video and S-log2 Gamma.
The A7R III has a weather-resistant magnesium alloy body. Connectivity options include NFC and Wi-Fi connectivity.
Priced at around $1400
Announced in September 2014, the Nikon D750 is probably the cheapest Full Frame camera in this list. With a 24MP Full-Frame sensor controlled by the Expeed 4 processor, the D750 allows a fairly rapid 6.5 FPS capture.
The D750 has a 51 AF point system inherited from the D810. These points focus all the way down to EV -3 thus bolstering low light performance and excellent dynamic range. On the stills front this camera is hard to beat.
On the Video front, the D750 supports FHD capture at 60 FPS. There is no 4K support and if that’s a deal-breaker, then I will recommend any of the Sony devices in the list.
On the back, there is a tilting 3.2-inch screen. The Nikon is light and well-built and features dual SD card slots to take care of storage woes.
Priced at around $1990
The powerful new Nikon Z6 is the company’s latest mirrorless offering. Announced in August 2018, the Z6 features a 24.5MP Full-Frame BSI CMOS sensor, a 273 point AF system with 90% coverage and 5 Axis IBIS.
The body is weather and dust sealed and features a 3.68M dot EVF. It has a tilting 3.2-inch screen on the back and a top plate display.
The Z6 shoots at 12 FPS with Lock AE and 5.5 FPS with continuous AF/AE. It captures 4K video (Oversampled from 6K). Video capture has a higher 435 hybrid autofocus system and IBIS is supported. The Z 6 supports focus peaking, zebra patterns, time code and 10-bit Log output over HDMI. The camera can record an 8-bit video internally and externally at the same time.
The connectivity option includes Wi-Fi and BT.
Priced at around $2200
Canon EOS R
Announced in September 2018, the EOS R is Canon’s first Full Frame Mirrorless Camera. With a 30.3MP Full-FrameCMOS sensor, Dual Pixel AF and an ISO range expandable to 102400, it’s an impressive beast.
With 8 FPS in Locked AF and 5 FPS in continuous AF, the EOS R is a versatile camera. Most impressive is the 5655 selectable AF points and it can function at light levels as low as -6EV. It has 3.69M OLED EVF and a 3.2 Inch fully articulating touch screen on the back.
The battery is rated at around 370 shots per charge and there is a battery grip available to boost battery life. On the downside, there is only one SD card slot available.
On the Video front, 4K capture is limited to 30 FPS and FHD goes up to 60FPS.
Priced at around $2700
Canon EOS 6D Mark 2
Announced in June 2017, the EOS 6D mark 2 is Canon’s Entry-level Full Frame DSLR. With 26.2MP Full-Frame CMOS sensor, Amazing low light performance and the Digic 7 Processor, the 6D Mark 2 is a powerful performer and extremely good value for money.
It had a 45 point all cross-type AF system adopted from Canon’s 80D. The 6D mark 2 features a 3 inch fully articulating touch screen LCD and a weatherproof body. The camera manages 6.5 FPS with servo AF. Disappointingly there is no inbuilt flash available.
The video front can be slightly disappointing as there is no 4K video capture, other than 4K time-lapse, but FHD can be captured till 60 FPS.
Priced at around $1700
Pentax K-1 Mark 2
Built like a Tank, the Pentax K-1 Mark 2 is 36.4MP Full-Frame Stills Monster. The upgrade to the original K-1, the Mark 2 features a new pre-processor which boosts ISO performance all the way to a ridiculous 819200. The IBIS system adds 5 stops of stabilization and Pixel shift allows additional details to be captured as opposed to normal settings.
Pixel shift also has a new dynamic mode which allows it to be used handheld instead of being tripod dependant on the mark 1.
The K-1 still the highly versatile and definitely over-engineered tilt screen on the back which basically allows it to be adjusted into basically any angle.
It also has the same Operation Assist Lights, compact white LEDs that facilitate camera operation in low-light environments, making it easy to change lenses, swap memory cards and adjust back-of-camera controls, and a Smart Function dial that allows photographers to easy select frequently used functions without going into the LCD menu.
The K-1 may be the most expensive of the entire list here, however, it remains an absolute Stills Master.
Video performance is basically lackluster with poor autofocus performance, however, the K-1 is basically portraiture and stills camera and simply excels in both.
Priced at around $2200
These are some of the most versatile and affordable Full Frame Cameras that you can purchase today and they will keep on delivering exceptional results for years to come.