Here Are The Cheapest Full Frame DSLR Cameras in 2021

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You don't need to spend a small fortune on a full frame to get high-quality images and great features. There are inexpensive, relatively speaking, of course, full-frames on the market that will suffice for many serious photographers. Below we look at several of them, including several that aren't newcomers but very worth considering.

As usual, we like to start with a bit of intro to full-frames, in case you're new to this type of camera. 

Full frame basics:

"Full frame" refers to a digital camera's sensor. A full frame has a sensor the same size as a 35mm film (approximately 36 x 24mm). This also means that its sensor is double the sensors' size in most mirrorless and DSLR cameras. As you might guess, it follows that double the size also means about double the price. Don't give up now, though! Read on!

Older full frame cameras are cheaper than ever. Rather than scrapping models once a new one is introduced, many manufacturers simply reduce the older model's price. And a new model doesn't mean you should give up on its predecessor! Buying an older model can be a great way to step into a new (to you) system before investing in its latest model. So, if you're interested in trying out a full frame, it's cheaper than ever. Unless you're a serious professional photographer with a big budget, we recommend looking at an older model first. You could save a lot of money without compromising too much (or at all) on features and image quality.

The price ranges we list were current at the time we wrote this blog post. We recommend shopping around a bit for pricing before plunging in.

Below is our list of the most inexpensive full frames on the market today. This is just a sampling of what's available. We do not list the cameras in any particular order.

1.    Canon EOS RP Canon:

Canon designed it to be an entry-level price in this particular family and was the second in its new R.F. full-frame mirrorless system. Luckily, it is sold with a converter for the existing Canon EOS D-SLR EF-mount lenses to make things easier to upgrade to it.  Other advantages include the small-enough, lightweight body,  electronic viewfinder, and 4K video shooting.  

●      Level: Enthusiast

●      Mirrorless

●      Full frame

●      Megapixels: 26.2MP

●      Viewfinder: Electronic

●      Max burst speed: 5fps (One Shot), 4fps (Servo A.F.)

●      Lens mount: Canon R.F.

●      Screen: 3-inch fully articulating touchscreen, 1.04m dots

●      Max video resolution: 4K


2.    Canon EOS 6D Mark II: 

The Canon EOS 6D Mark II is an improvement on its predecessor, the EOS 6D. It's an enjoyable camera featuring the company's latest DIGIC 7 processing engine, autofocus with 45 cross-type points, a touch-sensitive, vari-angle display, and 5-axis digital stabilization for handheld video recording.  The system benefits from the manufacturer's terrific Dual Pixel CMOS AF in Live View and movies and is sensitive down to -3EV.

●      Level: Enthusiast - professional

●       DSLR full frame

●      Megapixels: 26.2MP

●      Viewfinder: Optical

●      Max burst speed: 6.5fps

●      Lens mount: Canon EF

●      Screen: 3in vari-angle touchscreen, 1,040,000 dots

●      Max video resolution: 1080p

●      Pricing approx.: $1300 - $1550


3.    Sony A7 II:

Aside from its price (which has been dropping), its best feature might very well be the built-in optical stabilization. It allows you to get stable shots in diverse lighting conditions. It also works with any of the E-mount Sony lenses. Between the A7 and the A7II, we'd probably choose the newer A7II for its better features, including faster start-up time and better autofocus.

●      Level: Enthusiast to professional

●      Megapixels: 24.3MP

●      Viewfinder: Electronic

●      Max burst speed: 5fps

●      Lens mount: Sony E

●      Screen: 3in tiltable, 1,228,800 dots

●      Max video resolution: 1080p


4.    Sigma FP:

If you like small cameras, you'll love the Sigma fp. This diminutive camera fits easily into your hand, but for those who know Sigma, note that this one doesn't have the screw-on grip. It does have other advantages, though, making it a good option at this price point, particularly for videographers.

●      Level: professional

●      Mirrorless Full frame

●      Megapixels: 24.6

●      Viewfinder: No

●      Max burst speed: 18fps

●      Max video resolution: 4K UHD

●      Lens mount: L-mount

●      Screen: 3.15-inch fixed, 2,100k dots


5.    Nikon Z5:

In September 2020, we compared the Nikon Z5 and Z6 in a blog post, so you can read more about both cameras there. The Z5 is relatively new, but its attractive pricing earned it a spot on our list. You should note that where you live will affect how you can buy the Z5.  For example, in the U.S., you can buy it as a kit and/or body only. If you live in the U.K., however, there is no body-only option. It's only available with its kit. The Z5 handles well and has a nice magnesium alloy body with weatherproofing. However, its 45fps burst shooting and cropped 4K video leave a bit to be desired, but at least we can appreciate the twin SD UHS-II card slots. Lastly, its pricing makes it even more attractive!

●      Level: Enthusiast

●      Megapixels: 24.3

●      Viewfinder: EVF, 3,690k dots

●      Max burst speed: 4.5fps

●      Lens mount: Nikon Z

●      Screen: 3.2-inch tilting touchscreen

●      Max video resolution: 4K UHD


6.    Nikon D750:

The D610 was once Nikon's entry-level full frame DSLR. Most of the readily available D610s these days are used, which has opened the door for Nikon's newer D750. For photographers wanting a new camera, the D750 is a very attractive option. It has Nikon's 51-point A.F. system and can shoot 1080p full H.D. at up to 60fps. (Although it can't capture 4K video.) While its live view autofocus isn't the fastest around, it's not the slowest. The D750 is relatively easy to use and plays well with Nikon's to a vast range of Nikon-fit lenses. We expect its price to drop further because there is now an even newer model, the Nikon D780. 

●      Level: Enthusiast - professional

●      DSLR full frame

●      Megapixels: 24.3MP

●      Viewfinder: Optical

●      Max burst speed: 6.5fps

●      Lens mount: Nikon F

●      Screen: 3.2in tilting touchscreen, 1,228,000 dots

●      Max video resolution: 1080p


7.    Nikon Z6:

The Z6 is the older model of the Z6II and Z7II recently released. It's also cheaper than its successors while remaining a very good option for photographers priced out of the newer models. The Nikon Z6 has 24 megapixels. Interestingly, the Z6 has a faster continuous shooting speed than the Z7 and better image quality at high ISO settings. The Z6 is also better for video, action, and low light. 

●      Level: enthusiast - professional

●      Mirrorless full frame CMOS

●      Megapixels: 24.5MP

●      Viewfinder: EVF

●      Continuous shooting speed: 12fps

●      Monitor: EVF, 3,690k dots, 100% coverage

●      Max video resolution: 4K UHD at 30p


8.    Pentax K-1 Mark II:

Unlike other manufacturers, Pentax makes just one full-frame camera, the Pentax K-1 Mark II! Clearly, that undivided attention pays off! They produce a solidly built camera. It might not be the best in the industry, it's worth a look. Its sensor-shift image stabilization system is efficient and works with any lens. Its 5-axis stabilizer works well in trick modes, able to deliver anti-aliasing correction. The body is weather-sealed. You get good value out of this camera with its loads of pixels - thanks to a 36MP full-frame image sensor.  One caveat, the Live View autofocus is disappointing. Overall, it's a good camera.

●      Level: Enthusiast - professional

●      DSLR Full frame

●      Megapixels: 36MP

●      Viewfinder: Pentaprism

●      Max burst speed: 4.4/6.4fps

●      Lens mount: Pentax K

●      Screen: 3in three-way-tilt, 1,037k dots

●      Max video resolution: 1080p (Full HD)


We hope you found our list helpful. We're always open to feedback if you want to reach out. Meanwhile, we'll continue our work on our clients' behalf, exploring and researching - as well as offering competitive, high-quality Lightroom Presets.