This roundup contains the majority of current full-frame camera offerings available. Full-frame cameras have image sensors as large as a frame of 35mm film, and for good reason: larger sensors offer the potential for better image quality, low light performance, and dynamic range. If you want a drastic upgrade to the image quality of your phone, or portraits with superior subject to background separation, it’s hard to beat what full-frame offers. We’ve excluded the Nikon D4s and Canon EOS 1DX from this roundup because they’re aimed at a distinctly different audience of working photojournalists and sports photographers.

Here are the twelve models we’ve covered:

Full-frame sensors have slowly made their way into more and more cameras, and are no longer reserved for DSLRs only. DSLRs do still offer advantages, though. Their well-iterated, dedicated phase-detect AF systems provide remarkable depth tracking of subjects (moving toward or away from the camera), and tend to work quicker, especially in low-light, than their contrast-detect counterparts in mirrorless cameras.

On the other hand, mirrorless cameras offer good lateral (across the frame) subject tracking capabilities, since they can use their image sensor to constantly analyze the scene and understand subjects. They’re also catching up in depth-tracking abilities, with on-sensor phase-detect AF becoming increasingly popular. Augmented systems, such as Sony’s SLT, Nikon’s 3D tracking, and Canon’s iTR attempt to marry the subject tracking capabilities of a separate RGB sensor and the depth-tracking and quick focus abilities of traditional phase-detect sensors for improved AF with subject tracking.  

Whether you are a professional, an enthusiast, or simply looking to upgrade to a body that offers the most firepower possible, we’ve got you covered in our high-end full frame camera roundup.