What are the best full frame DSLR cameras?
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Nikon is a horrible value proposition. At this writing, the Nikon D810 sells for $2796 (body only) at B&H. Meanwhile, B&H also sells the Pentax K-1 (body only) for $1896. That's $900 less. Truthfully, 99% of DSLR purchasers are not capable of maxing out the capabilities of either of these magnificent cameras. So, if you are part of that 1%, go ahead and get the Nikon. Everyone else should be getting the Pentax (and an FA 31, which you can now afford because you didn't get the Nikon). See More
D5 has 153 AF points of which you can select 55. 99 AF points are cross-type (of which 35 are selectable). 15 AF points work with f/8 lenses (of which 9 are selectable). The autofocus works down to LV -4. Autofocus is amazingly fast at 14 frames per second with top of the class accuracy (in tests performed by Tony Northrup it was only second to 1DX Mark II in terms of how many shots were in focus having just 6% fewer of shots be in focus). See More
K1 has an alternate shooting mode that can significantly reduce noise and increase sharpness. It's called Pixel Shift Resolution. Once enabled it will take 4 shots moving the sensor by 1 pixel each time in order to capture all color information for each pixel instead of distributing it over 4. A visualization can be found here. Pixel Shift Resolution shooting mode takes longer as it's taking 4 shots instead of one and requires a couple of seconds after the shots have been taken to process the images into one so it won't work for sports or action, but it's great for landscape photography. See More
Autofocus won't be able to consistently keep up with fast-moving subjects so it's not the best camera for action or sports. Additionally, it only has 33 AF points which by today's standards is on the lower side of things and they're not spread around as much as in other cameras. See More
It's not the camera alone; it's the camera and the lens together. Pentax's best lenses are the FA31/FA43/FA77 Limited series. There is no other camera + lens combination that can compete with the K-1 + one of the FA Limited lenses on a price/performance basis. It is not even a close competition. See More
The K-1 + one of the Pentax Limited full-frame, all mechanical lenses is the dominant design in photography