Looking for a new DSLR body for wedding photography? Whether you’re a veteran looking to stay competitive at the cutting edge of digital photography or an aspiring wedding photographer looking for their first camera, the sheer number of options to choose from is daunting. Fortunately, the decision making process is much easier if you know what you’re looking for—it’s all about striking a balance between low noise, high ISO and fast shutter speeds. Since you’ll be shooting indoors, you want a higher ISO which will allow you to shoot better in low light. However as noise increases with ISO, you also want larger pixels and larger sensors. This means that when it comes to the best DSLRs for wedding photographers, you have to go with full frame DSLRs. Here are our picks for the best DSLRs for wedding photography.
Canon EOS-5D Mark III
The Canon EOS-5D Mark III is a staple among wedding photographers who chose to stick to the Canon family of cameras and lenses. Canon’s full frame body comes with a large 22.3 megapixel CMOS sensor, DIGIC 5 image processor with enhanced noise reduction, and an expanded ISO range of 100-256,000 for amazing low light photography. It also sports dual card slots and mRaw mode allowing you take a high volume of shots throughout the wedding. With off-center cross type autofocus (AF) points and a durable weatherproof body the 5D Mark III is an excellent main for any wedding photographer.
Canon EOS-1D X
If you’re going for the best overall high definition wedding images that Canon has to offer, you can’t go wrong with the Canon EOS-1D X. The camera takes all the perks of the EOS line and uses not one, but two DIGIC 5+ image processors to allow it to capture high quality images at a blazingly fast 12 fps. Don’t let the deceptively low 18.1 MP fool you, in higher performance cameras it’s about the quality and size of the pixels, not the quantity. The EOS-1D X also boasts a 61 point high density reticular AF supported by a 100,000 pixel RGB metering sensor which has its own DIGIC 4 image processor. With its incredible ISO range of 100-51,200 (expandable to 102,400), the EOS-1DX is more than prepared to capture the sharp clear images in the dim halls of a wedding chapel.
The Nikon D810 offers a nice balance between cost, image quality, reliability and performance for wedding photography. 14 bit A/D conversion, a dynamic range of 14.4 stops and 25.3 bits of color depth make this an excellent camera for capturing high definition images of black and white clothing. It sports the same 91,000 pixel 3D Color Matrix Metering III system at half the price of the Nikon D4 and combines it with 36.3 MP camera sensor—you’ll be able to produce a large spread of the bride’s dress while capturing all the minutiae.
If you’re looking for more bang for your buck, with performance comparable to the Nikon D800 series, look no further than the Nikon D750, which has made noticeable improvements over its predecessor, the D700. When you’re running around a wedding, snapping photos of the action, it really helps to have a nice grip on a lightweight frame, and that’s where the D750 delivers. The camera is known among wedding photographers as one of the most comfortable cameras to shoot with, and because these events tend to be lengthy affairs, comfort is important. At 24.3 MP, the same AF and metering systems as the D800, this camera is a steal.