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Digital SLR Camera Reviews

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Nikon D5500

The Nikon D5500 is a fantastic mid-level dSLR, providing excellent image quality and performance...

45 expert reviews | 522 user reviews

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Canon EOS 5Ds / 5Ds R

In terms of camera tech, Canon is to be commended for creating a 50.6MP full-frame DSLR, so it...

37 expert reviews | 51 user reviews

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Nikon D750

The D750 is an exceptional full-frame DSLR that deserves to appeal to enthusiasts and many...

54 expert reviews | 680 user reviews

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Canon EOS 750D / Rebel T6i / KISS X8i

The image sensor in the Canon EOS Rebel line of DSLR cameras was due for an upgrade, and Canon...

22 expert reviews | 353 user reviews

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Canon EOS 7D Mark II

The fixed LCD and lack of built-in wireless file transfer support may make some people cross it...

51 expert reviews | 558 user reviews

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Nikon D3300

The Nikon D3300 is a well-designed camera with a lot of hand-holding features that will appeal to...

77 expert reviews | 2761 user reviews

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Canon EOS 760D / Rebel T6s

The T6i and T6s capture really fine photos and acceptable videos. Photography continues to be a...

26 expert reviews | 239 user reviews

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Nikon D810

The Nikon D810 DSLR camera has a host of eminently likable features, giving it the flexibility...

61 expert reviews | 336 user reviews

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Canon EOS 70D

In addition to great stills and videos, Canon’s new Dual Pixel AF technology is a real winner...

90 expert reviews | 3852 user reviews

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Nikon D5300

The D5300 is a very good entry-level DSLR – which in our view are sub $849 kits – and earns our...

71 expert reviews | 1961 user reviews

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Nikon D7200

The Nikon D7200 is a powerful dSLR, providing excellent image quality and good performance...

41 expert reviews | 609 user reviews

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Canon EOS 1200D / Rebel T5 / EOS Kiss X70

The Canon EOS T5 is a compact and affordable entry-level dSLR. Only featuring the basics of what...

65 expert reviews | 5192 user reviews

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Pentax K-S2

Despite its name, the Pentax K-S2 ($699.95, body only) isn't a replacement for last year's K-S1...

23 expert reviews | 31 user reviews

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Nikon D4s

The D4S ($6,499.95, body only) is the biggest, baddest Nikon camera that you can buy. The body is...

49 expert reviews | 33 user reviews

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Pentax K-3

The K-3 is the latest and best in a well-established line of high-end APS-C DSLRs. The K-3 offers...

64 expert reviews | 229 user reviews

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Pentax K-3 II

The Pentax K-3 II ($1,099.95 body only) is an intriguing update to the K-3. Its body shape is...

17 expert reviews | 48 user reviews

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Nikon D7100

The D7100 is a big, serious DSLR that makes only a few minor compromises on its way to offering...

102 expert reviews | 4755 user reviews

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Sony Alpha 77 II

The Sony a77 II is the perfect choice for those seeking pro-grade shooting and AF speeds for well...

48 expert reviews | 277 user reviews

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Canon EOS 6D

The EOS 6D doesn't offer the depth of features that its best competitors can, but it combines...

100 expert reviews | 1970 user reviews

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Canon EOS 700D / Rebel T5i / EOS KISS X7i

With its ease of use and powerful features, the Canon EOS Rebel T5i is a good choice for those...

81 expert reviews | 6650 user reviews

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Canon EOS 100D / Rebel SL1 / EOS KISS X7

Canon DSLRs remain top sellers because they take good stills – and in the case of the EOS Rebel...

107 expert reviews | 3409 user reviews

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Nikon D610

The Nikon D610 brings full-frame capabilities to a larger audience while retaining most...

68 expert reviews | 552 user reviews

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Pentax 645Z

Make no mistake about it, the Pentax 645Z ($8,499.95) from Ricoh Imaging is a serious medium...

24 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

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Canon EOS 5D Mark III

The 22.3-megapixel Canon EOS 5D Mark III captured some of the cleanest images I've seen from a...

101 expert reviews | 1646 user reviews

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Nikon D7000

Nikon built the D7000 using a partial magnesium shell (top and bottom) with dust and weather...

150 expert reviews | 3911 user reviews


    Buying Guide

    Buying Guide - Digital SLR Cameras

    Many consumers are much more familiar with compact digital cameras, since these models have flooded the marketplace. Digital SLR (single lens reflex) cameras are far less common, and up until 2005 were really only used by professionals. Digital cameras have always offered outstanding value, and now that the imaging technology has caught up digital cameras have the capacity to take crystal clear, brilliant photographs on par with those from film cameras. The SLR format is popular with professional and serious photography enthusiasts because it is the most versatile and convenient – the viewing lens is conveniently the same as the picture-taking lens, and lenses can be changed quickly and easily.


    Digital SLR Camera Advantages

    Digital SLR cameras offer significant advantages over film cameras. Images are immediately available for review – there's no need to wait to develop them to find out what you have shot. Digital removes film from the expense equation, which is a huge savings in both money and time. Digital also offers greater flexibility and convenience in changing white balance, ISO settings, and other technical settings from one shot to the next. With a digital SLR, you have complete control over every photo you take, and don't have to rely on the camera to make choices for you.

    Digital SLR cameras also provide many benefits when compared against standard digital cameras. They have greater versatility among lenses, and invariably offer enhanced picture quality at comparable resolutions. Digital SLR cameras are made with photography enthusiasts in mind, and offer a range of professional-level features that non-SLRs do not have. They are built for speed. There's never a delay when you want to capture that photo of a lifetime when you're using a Digital SLR camera.

    What to Look for in a Digital SLR Camera

    Resolution – Digital SLRs capture each image on a sensor, and record it onto a memory card. The more megapixels a camera has, the greater the information it can collect on the sensor. With more information stored, you can print your pictures at larger sizes, without losing image quality. For magazines and large print sizes (16x20 inches and greater), especially where you'll crop for detail, 8 megapixels is a proper starting point. Fine art landscape photographers and others seeking maximum detail should consider 10-megapixel-plus digital SLRs.

    Frame Rate – 2-3 frames per second is appropriate for most consumers. If this is too slow, upgrade to the 6-8fps range. 8-10fps is necessary for some professional applications that require high-speed photography.

    Autofocus Speed/Tracking – Most digital SLR cameras offer autofocus that is quick enough to handle everyday applications. If you notice a need for more speed, then consider a model that is optimized to compensate for fast-moving subjects. The top-end sports and news pro cameras definitely outperform the rest.

    Image Stablilization – Optical stabilization has the advantage of letting you see the stabilized version while you're looking through the viewfinder, which can be crucial when framing at long focal lengths, but putting the technology in the lens generally results in more expensive lenses. On the other hand, mechanical (sensor-shift) stabilization will make the correction of camera shake happens inside the camera, not the lens. As a result, photographers can have various choices of lenses and always benefit from anti-blur technology.

    Sturdiness – If you travel a lot, or are taking pictures in areas that are rugged in terms of terrain or weather, look for a model with metal construction, heavy-duty lenses, and water resistant and all-weather capabilities.

    Additional Features – Which of these you need depends on what you are using your camera for, but improved digital SLR camera models feature an image histogram, comprehensive flash control, additional output and software capabilities, added battery life, and more.

    Mirrorless Interchageable Lens Camera – If you'd like the higher image quality of a digital SLR but don't want a huge heavy camera, then consider a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera (MILC), or electronic viewfinder interchangeable lens (EVIL) - they're more the size of compacts but capture DSLR-like photos (and you can change lenses).

    Popular Digital SLR Camera Brands

    Nikon, Canon, and Olympus are names that everyone is familiar with, regardless of the type of camera. Each of these manufacturers has a long and storied history of delivering popular cameras at competitive prices, and their range of digital SLR cameras is no exception. Their cameras often lead the market in performance and advanced accessories, but they make digital SLRs for every level of price and performance. Pentax and Panasonic have specialized in offering affordable models – though they may lack some of the more advanced features of high-end models, they provide solid performance and outstanding value. Sony is a more recent entrant, and has won fans with its complete line of cameras, from bargain-priced entry models to high-end performers with all the bells and whistles, and everything in between.

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