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Updated: Apr 18, 2014 02:17
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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...

48 expert reviews | 458 user reviews

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alaScore 99

Fujifilm X-T1

The X-T1 is probably Fujifilm's best camera to date, offering a compelling combination of...

22 expert reviews | 23 user reviews

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alaScore 99

Nikon D610

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

31 expert reviews | 60 user reviews

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#4
alaScore 98

Nikon D7100

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

61 expert reviews | 827 user reviews

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#5
alaScore 98

Nikon D5300

The D5300 is a very good upper-entry-level DSLR with a high resolution sensor and solid video...

30 expert reviews | 101 user reviews

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alaScore 98

Canon EOS 100D (EOS Rebel SL1)

The 3-inch 1040k-dot fixed LCD screen is touch sensitive which is a huge plus as it reduces the...

58 expert reviews | 411 user reviews

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alaScore 98

Nikon Df

The Df is homage to old Nikon SLRs, but with the strong performance of a modern-day shooter...

36 expert reviews | 4 user reviews

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alaScore 97

Pentax K-3

The K-3 ($1,299.95 direct, body only) takes a lot of what Pentax cameras are known for—robust...

23 expert reviews | 29 user reviews

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alaScore 97

Canon EOS 6D

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

62 expert reviews | 432 user reviews

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alaScore 97

Canon EOS 700D / Rebel T5I / EOS KISS X7I

The wireless flash trigger will definitely entice a photographer who can’t afford a prosumer...

52 expert reviews | 552 user reviews

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alaScore 97

Nikon D5200

The camera is pretty lightweight at about 550 grams and fits very snugly in your hand. With the...

45 expert reviews | 923 user reviews

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alaScore 97

Fujifilm X-E2

The X-E2 is a highly capable enthusiast-focused camera capable of producing excellent images...

22 expert reviews | 36 user reviews

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#13
alaScore 97

Olympus OM-D E-M10

The Olympus OM-D E-M10 is positioned as the entry-level OM-D camera, though it's just as capable...

21 expert reviews | 8 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Nikon D4s

Nikon has announced its new flagship HD-SLR, the D4S. Designed for professional photo, video, and...

11 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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alaScore 96

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...

78 expert reviews | 910 user reviews

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#16
alaScore 96

Canon EOS 600D / EOS Rebel T3i / EOS Kiss X5

Canon's latest Rebel T3i offers a robust feature set, a staggering 18MP APS-C sensor, good...

130 expert reviews | 6899 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Nikon D800

Don’t expect spectacular results without tweaking, and noise at high ISOs is definitely an issue...

115 expert reviews | 1177 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Nikon D3200

On the other hand, if Rs. 37,950 is too much for your pocket, then you can opt for the Nikon...

89 expert reviews | 3287 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Canon EOS 650D

The Canon EOS Rebel T4i / 650D delivers 18 megapixels of professional grade image quality in a...

66 expert reviews | 634 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Pentax K-50

The rugged, weather-sealed K-50 offers high image quality, speedy burst modes, and low noise at...

24 expert reviews | 18 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Samsung NX30

Samsung's award-winning NX-series will be getting a new sibling soon, in the form of the NX30. It...

9 expert reviews

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alaScore 96

Nikon D600

The colour reproduction is extremely good even at higher ISOs. The Nikon D600 has incorporated...

76 expert reviews | 889 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Nikon 1 AW1

The Nikon 1 AW1 ($799.95 direct) is the first interchangeable lens digital camera that can...

22 expert reviews | 21 user reviews

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alaScore 95

Nikon D4

The Nikon D4 is available in India at a market operating price of Rs. 3,10,000. This camera is...

61 expert reviews | 39 user reviews

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alaScore 95

Canon EOS-1D X

The Canon EOS-1D X ($6,799 direct) is a camera that just screams professional. It's physically...

49 expert reviews | 83 user reviews

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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.



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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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