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Sub-$1000 is a great price point to look for the very best DSLR cameras. Almost all major brands have very good options at this price point and you should be spoilt for choice. Though before going to pick the best camera under 1000 dollar do factor in the cost of lenses as that is typically a substantial part of your budget.

The best digital cameras $1000 are the interchangeable lens cameras including DSLRs and compact system cameras. Provided with decent features, these prosumer cameras offer great image and video quality, speed and customizability options for photography enthusiasts. This is a great price segment for those who need to buy the entry-level DSLRs.

For the more-advanced photographers, the sub-$1000 digital cameras offer better low-light performance than that of advanced point and shoots. Considering the manual features they host, these cameras can also be very useful for capturing portraits and action shots.

Manufacturers like Canon, Sony and Panasonic offer the best digital cameras under $1000 for 2015 under the EOS, Alpha and Lumix product lines respectively.

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Canon EOS 760D

Canon EOS 760D


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Canon EOS 760D
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV
Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II
Canon EOS 750D
Nikon D5500
Canon EOS 760D
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV
Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II
Canon EOS 750D
Nikon D5500
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Release Date
Sep 2015
Sep 2015
Mar 2015
Jun 2015
Jan 2015
Camera Type
Compact SLR
Compact
SLR-style mirrorless
Compact SLR
Compact SLR
Resolution
24.0 Megapixel
20.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
24.0 Megapixel
24.0 Megapixel
Image Sensor Type
CMOS
BSI-CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
LCD Screen Size
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.2 in.
Image Sensor Size
26.81 mm
13.23 mm
21.64 mm
26.81 mm
28.2 mm

Highest resolution Canon APS-C camera yet.

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Overall, the Sony RX100 IV is an amazing feat of engineering and design.

If you need better autofocus in a Micro Four Thirds camera, the Olympus OM-D E-M1 is a better choice thanks to its hybrid phase/contrast system.

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Highest resolution Canon APS-C camera yet.

The Nikon D5500 is a minor update to an excellent camera, the D5300.