Ready to upgrade your photography gear and skills? If you have already checked out our list of budget-friendly beginner DSLR cameras and are willing to spend a little more, then this list is for you. With a little more cash to spare, your quality and list of convenient features increase dramatically. Consider this fact even if your budget is lower. You might realize that these DSLR and mirrorless cameras we describe below are worth saving up for. But don’t forget that you have to consider your quality of lens too. 

So what makes a camera “mid-range”? Priced under $2000, these cameras offer you more professional-level features such as a secondary display, convenient function buttons, higher ISO’s, faster focusing, and so much more. Plus, now with more cash to spare, you could be stepping into the Mirrorless camera territory. Whether you stick to DSLR or switch, your results will always be high-quality professional-level images. This list is for those who are ready to make the jump from beginner/enthusiast to serious hobbyist or pro. 

Side Note:  If you are just starting out and have never had a DSLR camera before, you have to make sure you buy a camera AND a lens. The “Kit Lens” that comes with many DSLR cameras is an 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 zoom lens. This is a general, basic lens great for most beginner scenarios. 

Quite often you will find this lens comes with the price of the entry-level camera models listed. But it’s not always the case with the better quality cameras listed below. Make sure when you are buying your DSLR camera body, you are buying one that comes with a lens or adding a lens to your purchase. If you don’t have a lens, you won’t be able to shoot!

These are our favorite mid-range DSLR and mirrorless cameras available in 2020.

My first favorite on this mid-range list is a beast of a camera. It outshines every single camera in this same price range. Here’s what makes it so great. With 20.9 megapixels on the awesome upgraded Nikon sensor and incredible ISO range of up to 51,2000, this camera is an exceptional option for creating high-quality images in low lighting scenarios. It also boasts a whopping 8 frames per second in Continuous Shooting Mode and a shutter speed range to 1/8000th. This is fabulous for action and wildlife shooters.  On top of that, the Nikon d7500 now has 4K UHD video recording and external microphone jacks for better audio. That’s a HUGE selling point for those shooting video.

Key Features

  • Full-Frame Sensor

  • 21 Megapixels

  • 51 Focal Points

  • ISO 51,000+

  • 8 frames per second

  • 4K UHD Video

  • Weather & Dust Sealed Body

  • Dual LCD + 3.2” Tilting LCD Screen

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For the Canon lovers out there who are looking to upgrade and stick with their simplified menu systems, the Canon 6D Mark II is a great choice. With a full-frame sensor, a heavy-duty, weather-sealed body, and an extra LCD screen on top, you will feel like you’re working with a professional camera for sure. It even has great video options and a full articulating back LCD screen. I also appreciate that Shutter Speed Range up to 1/8000th. The best upgrade in my opinion is the 45 focal points that you get when you go full-frame.

Key Features

  • Full-Frame Sensor

  • 26 Megapixels

  • 45 Focal Points

  • ISO 40,000 +

  • 7 frames per second

  • Full HD Video

  • Weather & Dust Sealed Body

  • Dual LCD + Full Articulating Touch LCD Screen

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This Nikon might be more than most beginners are willing to spend, but let me tell you why it’s worth it. This beast of a DSLR boasts all the incredible features of Nikon’s professional FX-line of DSLR cameras, but it has the versatility and streamlined body style of the Canon’s Rebel series (their entry-level DSLR cameras). That means you can upgrade to a pro camera, without being totally intimidated by too many extra features you don’t need. The Nikon d500 has over triple the number of focal points as the d7500, more frames per second, and more shots per battery life. It’s pretty perfect for sports and wildlife shooters who want that upgrade.

Key Features

  • Full Frame Sensor

  • 21 Megapixels

  • 153 Focal Points

  • ISO 51,200+

  • 10 frames per second

  • Full HD 1080p Video

  • Weather & Dust Sealed Body

  • Dual LCD + 3.2” Tilting LCD + Touch Screen

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The first mirrorless to make our list comes from Sony, a manufacturer that hasn’t been in the camera market for nearly as long as it’s competitors. Yet, it has proven its place among the best of the best because Sony has quite literally changed the game completely. Mirrorless cameras are the next level of technology. I go into the differences between DSLR and mirrorless cameras in this post. To give you a quick rundown of why this camera, in particular, is so great, it all starts with the size of the camera and the size of your budget! This mighty camera is almost half the size and weight of all the DSLR cameras on the market today. And it packs more punch in that tiny body than most DSLRs could ever imagine having. My favorite feature? In-Body Image Stabilization.

Key Features

  • Full Frame Sensor

  • 24 Megapixels

  • 693 Focal Points

  • ISO 51,200+

  • 10 frames per second

  • EVF 2359k resolution

  • Weather & Dust Sealed Body

  • Dual LCD + 3.2” Tilting LCD + Touch Screen

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When choosing to upgrade from an entry-level camera to a mid-range model, the main factors to look for are better resolution, higher ISO, and those extra buttons and LCD screens that make our lives a bit easier as professionals. The beauty of mid-range cameras is that they will give you the high-quality you want in professional photography, without investing too much right away. No matter what level you are, don’t be intimidated by these cameras. They might be bigger, but in this case, they are better!