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Most Popular Enthusiast SLR Cameras

Camera Name Res Lens Avg. Price
Sony Alpha ILCE-A6000 digital camera image Sony Alpha ILCE-A6000 24.3 3.13x $780.75
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Fujifilm X-T1 digital camera image Fujifilm X-T1 16.3 3.06x $1,649.31
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Canon EOS 5D Mark III digital camera image Canon EOS 5D Mark III 22.3 -- $3,269.44
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Canon EOS Rebel T5i (EOS 700D) digital camera image Canon EOS Rebel T5i (EOS 700D) 18.0 3.06x $771.77
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 digital camera image Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 16.0 3.00x $947.99
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Canon EOS 6D digital camera image Canon EOS 6D 20.2 4.38x $2,556.24
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Canon EOS 7D digital camera image Canon EOS 7D 18.0 3.80x $1,291.59
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Nikon D610 digital camera image Nikon D610 24.3 3.54x $2,397.20
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Olympus PEN E-PL5 digital camera image Olympus PEN E-PL5 16.1 3.00x $599.99
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Nikon D7100 digital camera image Nikon D7100 24.1 5.80x $1,599.95
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Editor's Choice Res Lens Avg. Price
image of Canon EOS 5D Mark III digital camera Canon EOS 5D Mark III 22.3 -- $3,269.44
A superb full-frame DSLR, for both stills and video The Canon 5D Mark III is a true "superstar" camera, with impressive capabilities for both still and video shooting. It suits the needs of well-heeled amateurs and working pros equally well, and while its resolution is only very slightly higher than that of the 5D Mark II, the Canon 5D Mark III offers so many improvements over its predecessor that it'll be an easy upgrade decision for many 5D Mark II owners. Image quality is superb, and the new autofocus system is fast and accurate. Those who handled the EOS 5D Mark III consistently remarked about the viewfinder experience, particularly the improved autofocus coverage area. There are issues, as with any system, including more limited dynamic range by comparison, and default settings for noise reduction and sharpening are a bit extreme in JPEGs, but most of that can be worked around or avoided by shooting raw. And while we wish the Canon 5D Mark III included a pop-up flash, the camera's low-light performance is stunning, so shooting in ambient light is easier than ever. Click here to read our full review of the Canon EOS 5D Mark III. (minimize)

image of Nikon D800 digital camera Nikon D800 36.3 -- $2,648.67
A premium performer that easily earns its selling price Shooting with a digital camera like the Nikon D800 is a treat. All the controls are ideally suited for the experienced photographer: Important controls have a button or dial, and there are even a few buttons you can program to work just how you want. Built for the rigors of professional photography, the Nikon D800 is substantial, and its output is weighty as well, putting 36.3 megapixels on your subject for detail most folks have never seen. Naturally there are pluses and minuses to that much resolution: Though you get finer detail than is offered by other cameras, your depth of field can be razor thin when shooting wide open, and the large files can tax all but the latest computer hardware. We don't think the Nikon D800 is a digital camera for everyone, but those who need it will surely love it. Click here to shop for your own Nikon D800. (minimize)

image of Olympus OM-D E-M5 digital camera Olympus OM-D E-M5 16.1 4.20x $1,299.99
Old and new come together in one high-quality digital camera Small and light, yet solid and weather-sealed, the Olympus OM-D E-M5 is a lot more capable than its size suggests. Image quality is noticeably improved from past Olympus offerings, rivaling that of APS-C SLRs, and its sensor-shift image stabilization system is the most advanced we've seen. Perhaps most importantly, though, the Olympus E-M5 is a whole lot of fun to use, and the ready availability of great glass adds to the party, making you want to get out and shoot. We also love the E-M5's nostalgic appearance, as well as how it feels and operates when we're out shooting. The whole experience is impressive. Click here for our Olympus E-M5 Review! (minimize)

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image of Canon EOS 5D Mark II digital camera Canon EOS 5D Mark II 21.1 4.40x $3,499.00
Astonishing image quality even at high ISOs, and the bonus of video capture, all for a relatively reasonable price
Canon has been adding something special to each of their new digital SLRs, something that sets the camera apart from the pack. This time, the something special is the HD movie mode in the Canon EOS 5D Mark II. Capable of capturing 1080p movies, the new camera opens up a whole world of video opportunities for those with a selection of Canon full-frame lenses -- from capturing extreme wide angles to isolating subjects with long telephoto, the 5D Mark II is truly a video artist's tool. Of course, the 5D Mark II also has the goods for the more traditional still photographer, offering a 21.1-megapixel sensor, a tuned version of the sensor in the Canon 1Ds Mark III. Now the 5D Mark II's sensor has significantly better high ISO performance, able to produce nearly noise-free images up to ISO 6,400. If you can handle a little noise, you can even reach out to 25,600. The Canon EOS 5D Mark II's new high resolution LCD delivers a fine 640x480 image for better focus checking and a great image in Live View mode. The whole package comes in below the price of competing full-frame digital SLRs, at $2,699. Click here to read our full review of the Canon EOS 5D Mark II. (minimize)

image of Canon EOS 60D digital camera Canon EOS 60D 18.0 7.50x $1,399.00
18 megapixels of high-ISO power and Full HD video in a capable digital SLR design
More clearly aimed at the consumer market, the Canon 60D represents something of a sea change for this formerly enthusiast camera line. With the 7D now tasked to meet the intermediate to professional photographer's needs, Canon has retooled the 60D to better serve as a step-up model for Rebel owners who want a little more, rather than as the lower-priced competition to the 7D. The Canon 60D is more clearly aimed at the Nikon D7000, with both now capable of capturing full 1080p video. Its 18-megapixel sensor is roughly equivalent in ability to the T2i and 7D's sensors, which means the EOS 60D does extremely well even at high ISO settings. Its redesigned body and interface make the Canon 60D a pleasure to use, and the versatile 18-135mm kit lens is a capable companion. We enjoyed our time with the Canon EOS 60D. Click here for more on the Canon EOS 60D digital SLR camera. (minimize)

image of Canon EOS 6D digital camera Canon EOS 6D 20.2 4.38x $2,556.24
Full-frame DSLR that's both affordable and advanced
Despite a few quibbles, the 20.2-megapixel Canon 6D lives up to its promise of housing a glorious, full-frame sensor inside a smaller, lighter and more affordable DSLR camera body designed for prosumers, enthusiasts and novices alike. Canon's done a great job of not dumbing down or cheapening the 6D to fit its "sweet spot" pricing, and the EOS 6D is a responsive shooter that boasts image and video quality rivaling the stepup 5D Mark III. However, Canon has had to nip and tuck a few features to meet the 6D's more affordable pricing and slighter build, although it boasts a couple wrinkles -- built-in WiFI and GPS -- that none of its direct competitors offer. Click here to read our in-depth Canon 6D review or shop for one now! (minimize)

image of Canon EOS 70D digital camera Canon EOS 70D 20.2 7.50x $1,520.42
Innovative AF system makes this DSLR a videographer's dream come true -- at an affordable price
The long-awaited Canon 70D comes packed with a groundbreaking new technology -- Canon's Dual Pixel CMOS AF system -- that provides on-chip phase detection autofocus at every single pixel. That means a DSLR can finally record video with full-time continuous AF that's truly camcorder-like, with smooth racking and exceptional subject tracking. And Live View AF feels almost as fast as traditional viewfinder shooting. The 70D also gets an upgrade to 20.2 megapixels of resolution, as well as compelling Wi-Fi features that include remote image capture with full exposure controls. The camera may not wow enthusiasts looking for significantly better still image quality, but the 70D marks a serious step up for photographers wanting pro-level video performance and quality. Check out our in-depth Canon 70D review for all the details, or buy one now from IR affiliates Adorama or B&H! (minimize)

image of Canon EOS 7D digital camera Canon EOS 7D 18.0 3.80x $1,291.59
One digital SLR that pretty much does it all
The Canon EOS 7D stands alone. It's a digital SLR camera that can capture 18-megapixel images at 8 frames per second and 14-bit depth, with a quite usable ISO range from 100 to 12,800. The Canon 7D offers Live View, full manual exposure control while recording movies, Full HD movie recording, a new 19-point, all-cross-type autofocus system, a near-100% optical viewfinder, and built-in support for controlling up to three groups of Speedlite strobes. You can choose from one or two of those items with other cameras from Canon and other manufacturers, but if you want it all in one body, the Canon 7D is your only choice at any price. Printed quality is nothing short of astonishing, with great looking images up to 24x36 inches. That you can get it all for $1,699 is pretty amazing. Click here to read our review of the Canon 7D. (minimize)

image of Canon EOS Rebel T3i (EOS 600D) digital camera Canon EOS Rebel T3i (EOS 600D) 18.0 7.50x $571.61
The flagship Rebel offers just about all you could wish for in a consumer SLR
Truly easy to recommend, the versatile Canon T3i sets the standard at the top of the consumer SLR market. Especially if you're looking for a reasonably affordable SLR that lets you shoot from multiple angles, the Rebel T3i should be at or near the top of your list. With an 18-megapixel sensor, a high-res articulating LCD, an improved grip, and Full HD video recording, the Canon T3i has what it takes to get great shots in most conditions. Its bundled 18-55mm kit lens is improved over its predecessor, and the alternate 18-135mm kit lens is also good quality, covering a near-ideal range for most situations. Image quality is good enough for 20x30-inch prints from ISO 100 to 3,200, and ISO 12,800 shots make a good 8x10. It's quite a camera, to be sure. Click here for more on the Canon T3i! (minimize)

image of Canon EOS Rebel T4i (EOS 650D) digital camera Canon EOS Rebel T4i (EOS 650D) 18.0 7.50x $1,199.00
The latest Rebel remains a top choice among consumer SLRs
It's no surprise that the latest flagship Canon Rebel T4i remains easy to recommend. New features like its new 5-frames-per-second frame rate, multi-shot modes -- including HDR -- and Full HD video with stereo recording, are real improvements worth noticing. We weren't as impressed as we expected with the on-sensor phase-detect autofocus, so add a grain of salt to Canon's claims in that area, but it's still a little faster than past offerings, and quieter as well. Add all that to the Canon T4i's excellent 18-megapixel image quality and it's once again easy to recommend the Canon T4i. (minimize)

image of Canon EOS Rebel T5i (EOS 700D) digital camera Canon EOS Rebel T5i (EOS 700D) 18.0 3.06x $771.77
Canon didn't significantly change its Rebel flagship -- and that's a good thing
When Canon's consumer-friendly flagship Canon T5i launched, many were quick to criticize the minimal upgrade. There's more to the story, though: Sometimes, maintaining the status quo can be a good thing. The earlier T4i was a capable camera, and the Canon T5i retains every feature, while bundling a better kit lens with a quieter STM motor. Boasting great image quality, a solid build, useful features aplenty, and a more affordable pricetag, the Canon Rebel T5i is even easier to recommend than was its mirror-image predecessor. (minimize)

image of Fujifilm X-E1 digital camera Fujifilm X-E1 16.3 3.06x $785.99
Retro styling, lightweight design and stellar image quality
The Fuji X-E1 may be the baby brother to Fujifilm's flagship X-Pro1, but in many ways is its equal. Most importantly, the two compact system cameras share the same impressive 16.3-megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS sensor, which produces image quality superior to most APS-C-sensor-based digital SLRs, but in arguably more attractive camera body designs. The Fuji X-E1 is also significantly less expensive ($1,000 vs. $1,700 body only) than its older sibling, while boasting many of the same features, and its polycarbonate-and-magnesium build make it quite light and highly portable. Though its operational performance is a bit of a mixed bag with mediocre AF shutter lag and shot-to-shot times, the X-E1 shines when it comes to image quality. Photos were stellar, with lots of resolution and detail. The Fujifilm X-E1 also really stood out against the competition in low-light situations and higher ISOs. Find out more in our in-depth Fuji X-E1 review. (minimize)

image of Fujifilm X-Pro1 digital camera Fujifilm X-Pro1 16.3 -- $947.79
A retro look, great features and stunning image quality make the Fujifilm X-Pro1 a real winner
Quality prime lenses and a tack-sharp sensor come together with a unique hybrid optical viewfinder to form the Fujfilm X-Pro1, a digital camera built exclusively for enthusiast photographers. The X-Pro1 really hits the nail on the head, driving deep into high-ISO territory with tack-sharp images. Its controls and feature set are also ideal for the target market, and its available lenses are reasonably priced, small, well-made, and light weight. We found it to be a terrific photographic tool, easy to control, and a joy to use. Click here for our review of the Fujfilm X-Pro1, or just take our word for it and shop for the Fujfilm X-Pro1 now! (minimize)

image of Fujifilm X-T1 digital camera Fujifilm X-T1 16.3 3.06x $1,649.31
The Fuji X-T1 wraps cutting-edge technology in a deliciously-retro body, including a class-leading viewfinder and seriously impressive image quality
The Fuji X-T1 is a great example of the retro genre. Don't let its surprisingly compact, vintage-styled body fool you, though: It's wrapped around cutting-edge technology, including a class-leading electronic viewfinder and Fuji's exclusive X-Trans sensor technology. The Fuji X-T1 also boasts blazing-fast performance and top-notch image quality, but is it the right camera for you? We roamed the continents in search of our answer. Read our in-depth Fuji X-T1 review, and find out if it's finally time to shelve your DSLR and join the mirrorless crowd! (minimize)

image of Leica M9 / M9-P digital camera Leica M9 / M9-P 18.0 -- $7,999.99
A superb manual-focus digital camera with a rich heritage
Shooting with the Leica M9-P and 50mm f/1.4 Summilux-M lens taught us a lot about why people love Leica cameras. But we also learned why most people don't shoot Leica rangefinders, and it isn't just about the very high price tag. Shooting with any manual focus, aperture-priority camera is a little more challenging than most people are used to. Once we got back into the swing of shooting with manual focus and exposure, shooting with the 18-megapixel M9-P was quite fun, and many of our images were stunning. Looking at our lab shots, we found a few nit-picky flaws, too, but not much that would keep us from recommending the Leica M9 wholeheartedly if photography is a hobby for you--and if you have the significant cash to afford one. Click here to see what we thought of the Leica M9-P! (minimize)

image of Nikon D300S digital camera Nikon D300S 12.3 -- $1,463.47
An extremely capable SLR gets even better
More of an evolutionary upgrade to the D300, the Nikon D300S sports a faster frame rate, dual-media capability, and HD video capability. While the Nikon D300S has the same 12.3-megapixel sensor as its predecessor, it can now capture up to 7.1 frames per second, which increases to 8 frames per second with the optional battery grip. The new SD/SDHC slot gives the Nikon D300S greater versatility, and it still has a Type I CompactFlash slot to work with the more traditional professional standard. But the big story with the Nikon D300S digital camera is its HD movie mode, capable of capturing 1,280 x 720 pixel videos at 24 frames per second. Though it has a built-in monaural microphone for audio recording, the Nikon D300S also includes a stereo mic-in jack for higher quality recording than was offered with the Nikon D90. Users can frame images via the big, beautiful optical viewfinder or the large, high-resolution LCD in Live view mode, and they can view their images and videos direct from the camera thanks to the Nikon D300S's HDMI-out port. The Nikon D300S is an impressive digital camera. Click here for our full review of the Nikon D300S. (minimize)

image of Nikon D5100 digital camera Nikon D5100 16.2 3.00x $474.49
Nikon's latest consumer SLR combines great image quality and a versatile side-mounted tilt/swivel display
Back in 2009, we reviewed Nikon's D5000 consumer SLR, the company's first SLR to include an articulated LCD display. While we loved its image quality and much of its feature set, the bottom-mounted tilt/swivel mechanism seemed like something of a missed opportunity. The followup Nikon D5100 switches to a more versatile side-mounted mechanism that's useful not only for framing shots over your head or low to the ground, but also for self-portraits with the camera on a tripod or convenient level surface--something of an important use case for a consumer camera. Nikon has also brought the D5100's imaging pipeline up to date, and that's good news, because it's based around the same 16.2 megapixel image sensor and image processing algorithms used in the popular D7000 prosumer SLR, bringing much the same image quality to a significantly more affordable camera. The D5100 also brings in-camera high dynamic range imaging to a Nikon SLR for the first time, and expands upon Nikon's selection of in-camera filter effects, applicable either pre- or post-capture. Of these, perhaps the most interesting is a Night Vision mode that allows sensitivity to a maximum of ISO 102,400 equivalent, so long as you're willing to forgo shooting in color. Otherwise, the D5100 provides ISO sensitivities to 25,600 equivalent. Other notable features include a maximum shutter speed of 1/4,000 second, with a rated shutter life of 100,000 cycles, Nikon's 3D Color Matrix Metering and 11-point Multi-CAM 1000 autofocus sensors, and Full HD (1,080p) movie capture capability. For more on this interesting consumer camera, read our Nikon D5100 review. (minimize)

image of Nikon D5200 digital camera Nikon D5200 24.1 3.00x $664.24
Mid-level DSLR matches the image quality of more serious cameras at a fraction of the price
The Nikon D5200 may technically be geared for "advanced beginners" -- boasting an easy-to-use design and relatively affordable price -- but it also carries a considerable amount of photographic power. The digital SLR captures exceptional photos that rival those taken by more higher-end cameras, even in low light, thanks to its sophisticated 24.1-megapixel sensor and imaging processor. Add in Full HD movie recording, a relatively fast burst shooting mode and a ton of advanced features, and the D5200 stands as one of the best DSLR investments a fledgling photographer can make. Read our Nikon D5200 review for more details, or start shopping for one now! (minimize)

image of Nikon D5300 digital camera Nikon D5300 24.2 7.78x $1,047.70
Improved images, better video and advanced features make this mid-range DSLR an excellent choice
The Nikon D5300 brings some high-end features down to their latest top-tier consumer DSLR, including a high-resolution 24.2-megapixel sensor that does away with the optical low-pass filter (a la the D7100) to increase sharpness and fine detail. Plus, squeezing in Nikon's powerful EXPEED 4 image processor not only gives the D5300 improved high ISO performance, but also better video specs with 1080/60p Full HD video. It also features some firsts for Nikon DSLRs, such as built-in Wi-Fi and GPS for easy sharing, remote control shooting and geotaging. All in all, this compact, mid-range DSLR adds up to be an excellent choice for upgrading beginners and budding enthusiasts alike. Read our in-depth Nikon D5300 review for all the details, or shop for one now!  (minimize)

image of Nikon D600 digital camera Nikon D600 24.3 3.54x $2,699.95
Smaller and lighter full-frame digital SLR is a kick to use
Nikon leads the way again, with the first "affordable" full-frame digital SLR. Fun to shoot, the Nikon D600 offers as little or as much control as you want, perfect for both amateurs and more advanced photographers; even pros will feel right at home. Its 24.3-megapixel sensor offers excellent detail, and performs well in low light. In addition to stills, the Nikon D600 captures Full HD video at a greater range of frame rates, and includes not only great audio controls and an external mic jack, but a headphone jack to monitor what you're recording. There is a bit of a dust issue with the Nikon D600, which seems to be worse in the first few thousand frames, so users should learn to clean their sensors. Still, the Nikon D600 is an excellent digital SLR with impressive image quality. We have no trouble recommending it highly. Click here for our Nikon D600 review, or click the link to shop now! (minimize)

image of Nikon D610 digital camera Nikon D610 24.3 3.54x $2,397.20
An excellent, affordable full-frame DSLR gets even better
The Nikon D610 is the camera last year's D600 was supposed to be, with a redesigned shutter mechanism that eliminates the dust-and-oil spot issue that plagued its predecessor. The new D610 keeps the affordable full-frame DSLR price point, as well as the excellent image quality, great ergonomics and controls, and robust feature set. With just a few other minor upgrades, such as nearly six frames per second continuous burst shooting, a new Quiet Continuous mode and tweaked Auto White Balance, the D610 may not seem like a major step up from the D600. But in fixing its predecessor's glaring flaw, the Nikon D610 is now a camera that earns a whole-hearted recommendation for photographers looking to make the jump to a relatively inexpensive, full-frame camera. Read our Nikon D610 review for more, or shop for one now! (minimize)

image of Nikon D700 digital camera Nikon D700 12.1 -- $2,999.95
The price of full-frame digital SLR excellence just went down a notch
With a design and features that will attract a wide array of photographers, the Nikon D700 is the first full-frame digital SLR camera to break the $3,000 barrier at its introduction. Based on the popular Nikon D300, the Nikon D700's controls are poised for quick activation, with commonly used functions out in plain sight, rather than buried in a menu. The Nikon D700's full-frame sensor is essentially identical to the Nikon D3's, so image quality is superb, and high-ISO performance is unprecedented, ranging from 100 to 25,600. A large, high-resolution LCD screen serves up images that are sharper than normal, and menus likewise appear razor-sharp. Special features adorn the Nikon D700, including a 51-point autofocus system, Active D-Lighting image processing, Lateral chromatic aberration correction, Vignette control, and AF Fine-tune capability; all making the camera extremely adaptable. Nikon's latest offering is a great digital SLR camera to build a system around. Click here for our review of the full-frame Nikon D700 (minimize)

image of Nikon D7000 digital camera Nikon D7000 16.2 5.80x $998.97
A superb digital SLR, excellent for anyone serious about photography
The Nikon D7000 is a refinement of the already superb D90, a redesign that maintains a small, nimble body while improving nearly every major internal aspect. Its 16.2-megapixel sensor and Expeed 2 processor conspire to output quality images at all ISO settings, from 100 to 25,600, cranking those images out at up to six frames per second. The Nikon D7000's 3-inch LCD sports 921,000 dots, a great place to compose images in Live View mode, as well as check focus. The Nikon D7000's high-res LCD is also excellent for shooting and playing the 1,080p videos that this digital camera captures, and menus are razor sharp. Dual memory card slots, 39 autofocus points, a new color-sensitive meter, a near-100% viewfinder, and in-camera editing round out just a few of the extra features found in the Nikon D7000. Nikon's top enthusiast digital SLR camera is as easy to recommend as a cold glass of lemonade on a hot Summer day, and at least as satisfying. Click here to check out our Nikon D7000 Review! (minimize)

image of Nikon D7100 digital camera Nikon D7100 24.1 5.80x $1,599.95
A serious DSLR for consumers wanting to get more serious about photography
By integrating a new 24.1-megapixel sensor and removing the optical low-pass filter for more per-pixel sharpness, the Nikon D7100 delivers the best image quality we've ever seen from a Nikon APS-C DSLR. The camera marks a serious upgrade over the much-beloved D7000, adding a new 51-point autofocus system, full 1080p HD video recording with full-time AF, and a nifty 1.3x crop mode to its advanced feature set. It's an ideal step-up camera for budding enthusiasts wanting to get more serious about their photography. Check out our in-depth Nikon D7100 review for more info, or click here to buy one now! (minimize)

image of Nikon D90 digital camera Nikon D90 12.3 5.80x $1,079.00
Nikon's flagship prosumer SLR model is the first SLR capable of video recording, but that's just one of its many exceptional features!
Nikon rocked the DSLR world when they introduced their D90 SLR early this Fall, the first SLR that can record movies. Its video capabilities won't replace dedicated camcorders, but will provide welcome relief for photographers tired of carrying along a pocket digicam just for taking "video snapshots". Its movie recording is only one of the many exceptional features the Nikon D90 has to offer. It also incorporates the chromatic aberration correction capability first introduced in the D3 and D300 high-end models. This feature works regardless of the brand lens you're using, so the D90 promises to improve the quality of most any lens you use it with. Speaking of lenses, the Nikon D90 ships with one of the nicest kit lenses we've seen yet, a 18-105mm VR (vibration reduction, Nikon's name for Image Stabilization) model that delivers very good sharpness, and (thanks to the aforementioned CA-reduction capability of the camera) very little chromatic aberration. The Nikon D90 brings much, much more to the table, though, far more than we can go into here. If you're in the market for a high-end prosumer digital SLR camera, the Nikon D90 deserves to be near the top of your list for consideration. Read our Nikon D90 review for all the details! (minimize)

image of Nikon Df digital camera Nikon Df 16.2 1.00x $2,996.95
The handsome, retro-styled Nikon Df's exceptional low-light performance lets you leave your flash at home
The full-frame, FX-format Nikon Df takes the same great sensor and processor pairing of the professional Nikon D4, and places them in a weather-sealed, retro-styled body that's rich with external controls. (And it does so at half the price of the pro camera.) It's arguably the best available-light shooter around, but is it the right camera for you? Read our Nikon Df review, and find out! (minimize)

image of Olympus OM-D E-M1 digital camera Olympus OM-D E-M1 16.1 -- $1,347.19
The mightiest Micro Four Thirds camera so far delivers stunning stills and top-of-class performance
The Olympus E-M1 builds upon the Micro Four Thirds legacy of the outstanding OM-D E-M5, adding not only a ton of features geared for pros and advanced enthusiasts, but also an on-chip, phase-detect autofocusing system that works remarkably well with Olympus Four Thirds DSLR lenses. The OM-D E-M1 offers a solid, weatherproof build, an outstanding electronic viewfinder, tons of physical controls and an advanced Wi-Fi system. Most importantly, the camera delivers excellent image quality for its class, even at high ISOs, as well as blazing performance that rivals top DSLRs. Check out our Olympus E-M1 review to see who we think should buy this camera! (minimize)

image of Olympus PEN E-P5 digital camera Olympus PEN E-P5 16.1 1.00x $1,333.42
The mightiest PEN so far delivers blazing fast performance and excellent pictures
The Olympus E-P5 is the company's best PEN-series Micro Four Thirds camera yet, taking the best of its predecessor, the E-P3, and many features from the acclaimed OM-D E-M5, and adding a few new wrinkles of its own. Key upgrades include 5-axis image stabilization, a 1/8000s top shutter speed, an improved touchscreen LCD and increased ISO range. It also boasts a stylish retro design and plenty of physical buttons for accessing settings directly. Overall, this flagship mirrorless model delivers blazing fast autofocus, burst shooting near 10fps and exceptional image quality -- even at higher ISOs -- that rival the performance of many top enthusiast DSLRs. Read our in-depth Olympus E-P5 review for more info, or buy one right now! (minimize)

image of Olympus PEN E-PL5 digital camera Olympus PEN E-PL5 16.1 3.00x $599.99
Incredible image quality in an affordable, pint-sized package
The compact and lightweight Olympus E-PL5 inherits the exceptional 16-megapixel sensor from the groundbreaking OM-D E-M5, one of our all-time favorite compact system cameras. The image quality we saw from the speedy E-PL5 proved to be nothing less than stellar -- demonstrating accurate colors, an impressive dynamic range and tons of detail. Unfortunately you have to navigate through a maddening maze of menus to uncover the camera's full photographic potential, as well as deal with such limitations as poor AF motion tracking and run-of-the-mill (though Full 1080p HD) video quality. But considering that the Olympus E-PL5 produces images that rival those from much more expensive DSLRs and CSCs, the compromises may be only a small price to pay. Check out our Olympus E-PL5 review to find out if it's the perfect camera for you, or buy one here. (minimize)

image of Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 digital camera Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 16.1 3.00x $799.99
There's nothing micro about the performance of this compact, lightweight digital camera
The Panasonic Lumix G5 takes the highlights from Panasonic's well-regarded G-series of Micro Four Thirds digital cameras and rolls them all into one package. The Lumix G5 feels better thought out than many entry-level DSLRs, including a touchscreen LCD monitor and speedy autofocus, at roughly the same price. Boasting better ergonomics and handling than the previous-model G3, the Panasonic G5 also boosts its video performance by adding Full HD recording at 60p, and a full-range of frame rates that make it perfect for serious photographers and videographers alike. If you want a compact, lightweight, easy-to-operate interchangeable lens camera with a 14-42mm lens that captures high-quality images at an eminently affordable price, then the 16-megapixel Panasonic G5 should place high on your short list. (minimize)

image of Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 digital camera Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 12.1 3.00x $749.00
Really fast autofocus in a compact body you won't leave at home
Back in mid-2011, Panasonic launched its tiny Lumix GF3, nicely demonstrating the size advantage of mirrorless over SLR cameras. This year's Panasonic GF5 takes that design and swaps in an improved sensor, faster image processor, higher-resolution touch screen display, and a raft of other tweaks. Key among the changes for us has to be the Panasonic GF5's improved autofocus performance: the GF3 was already fairly fast by mirrorless camera standards, but the Panasonic Lumix GF5 goes a step further, besting many consumer DSLRs. Panasonic has also updated its touchscreen user interface, finally allowing almost overlay-free image framing and reducing distraction. Do these and other changes take a good consumer camera and make it great? And are the advantages of the GF5 enough for more experienced photographers to overlook the lack of a viewfinder and flash connectivity? Read our Panasonic GF5 review, and find out! (minimize)

image of Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 digital camera Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 16.1 -- $911.96
Fast AF, great images and the best video we've ever seen in a camera at this price
Featuring a new 16-megapixel Live MOS sensor and one of the deepest feature sets we've ever seen on a mirrorless compact system camera, the Panasonic GH3 outshines its predecessor, the GH2, by delivering better still images as well as stunning, pro-level video. Most importantly, the camera offers filmmaking features -- such as full 1080p video at 60fps and bit rates as high as 72 Mbps -- that you won't find on DSLRs twice its price. Add in a more durable, weatherized body, fast autofocus, and an upgraded interface that gives you more direct access for changing settings, and the GH3 is one unique, sophisticated photographic tool. Read our in-depth Panasonic GH3 review for more details, or buy one right now! (minimize)

image of Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 digital camera Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 16.0 3.00x $949.95
One step back, two steps forward: the Panasonic GX1 will please enthusiast photographers
As a digital camera made expressly for enthusiasts, the Panasonic GX1 is a little larger than the smallest compact system cameras, but is still small enough to bring along easily. While the GX1 is in some ways a return to an older design, it still includes improvements in resolution and image quality. Its new touchscreen interface also manages to add a bit of utility as well; and an expanding list of compatible lenses make the Panasonic GX1 an appealing digital camera. Click here for more on the Panasonic GX1! (minimize)

image of Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 digital camera Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 16.0 3.00x $947.99
A dream camera for savvy shooters that hits the sweet spot of size, features and performance
The Panasonic GX7 may just be the Micro Four Thirds model we've all been waiting for, offering a ton of advanced features -- including a tilting electronic viewfinder, touchscreen LCD and robust Wi-Fi capabilities -- while capturing very good still images and great video. It may not rank the best in any one specific area, but the GX7 is the rare compact system camera that doesn't sacrifice much either, delivering all-around great performance for a reasonable price. It hits a sweet spot that should surely appeal to both pros looking for a compact, everyday alternative to their bulky DSLRs as well as a smart and sophisticated step-up model for amateur shooters. Read our in-depth Panasonic GX7 review for all the details, or shop for one now! (minimize)

image of Pentax K-3 digital camera Pentax K-3 24.4 7.50x $1,196.95
With groundbreaking technology in a compact, weather-sealed body, the Pentax K-3 puts forth a strong argument for ditching Canon and Nikon
Ricoh's flagship APS-C camera, the 24-megapixel Pentax K-3 is jam-packed with clever technology, yet it's also affordably priced and among the very smallest enthusiast DSLRs. As well as overhauled imaging, autofocus, and metering, it also boasts an industry-first system that lets you choose whether resolution or moir�-resistance are more critical for any given shot. But can its unique advantages tempt you away from mainstream rivals Canon and Nikon? (And should you upgrade, if you're already a Pentaxian?) Read our Pentax K-3 review, and find out! (minimize)

image of Pentax K-30 digital camera Pentax K-30 16.3 7.50x $1,199.00
Great images and enthusiast features at a price the rest of us can afford
Among digital SLRs, there are two kinds of "good". There's the good that makes you think it's time to trade your old SLR in for a newer model, and there's the good that has you seriously considering selling your existing lenses and accessories, and jumping ship to a different lens mount. On paper at least, the Pentax K-30 manages the latter. It takes the imaging pipeline of the well-received K-01 mirrorless camera, and places it in a body that includes several features simply unheard of at its price point. There's a near-100% pentaprism viewfinder, well-considered ergonomics with control dials front and rear, and comprehensive weather sealing throughout. Even if you're not a Pentaxian, the K-30 is a camera that likely has you sitting up and paying attention, and it comes with a pricetag you won't struggle to justify. But does the K-30 live up to all that on-paper promise? Read our Pentax K-30 review, and find out! (minimize)

image of Pentax K-5 digital camera Pentax K-5 16.3 3.00x $1,749.95
Whether in snow, or rain, or gloom of night, the Pentax K-5 is designed to excite
Two years ago, Pentax unveiled the K-7, a camera that impressed us greatly thanks to a rich prosumer feature set, and a weather-sealed, cold-proofed body barely any larger than the typical consumer SLR. As well as drawing our praise for its great handling, the K-7 grabbed our attention with some really unusual capabilities, many of which have since mirrored by competitors, although a couple--including automatic horizon leveling and composition adjustment--are still unique. The Pentax K5 replaces that camera, leaving it with some pretty mighty shoes to fill. The K-5 retains its predecessor's body design almost unchanged, but brings a wide variety of changes throughout the rest of the design. Key among these is the K5's new 16 megapixel image sensor, believed to be a Sony chip closely related to that in Nikon's D7000. Coupled with Pentax's PRIME II image processor, this allows full-resolution shooting at up to an unusually high ISO 51,200 equivalent, as well as Full HD (1,080p) movie capture, and a manufacturer-claimed seven frames-per-second burst shooting mode. The K5 also updates the K-7's autofocus system, provides an unusually fine degree of control over high ISO noise reduction, adds the ability to disable long exposure noise reduction altogether, adds a second axis to the electronic level gauge, and incorporates a wide number of tweaks and additions to the user interface, including additional User modes and in-camera effects functions. All the new features do come at a cost, though. The Pentax K5's list pricing is almost a quarter higher than that of the K7, and even when considering street pricing, there's quite a premium over its nearest competitors from the likes of Nikon and Canon. With that said, the Pentax K-5 brings in some new features that are rare to completely unique among its peers, so we went into our review with an open mind as to the K5's value proposition. Curious to see if we ended up believing the Pentax K5 to be worthy of its price tag? If so, you'll want to click here and read our full review of Pentax's latest flagship SLR. (minimize)

image of Pentax K-5 II digital camera Pentax K-5 II 16.3 7.50x $1,449.95
Pentax's enthusiast flagship boasts better low-light autofocus and a more rugged display
For the third straight generation, the Pentax K-5 II retains the surprisingly compact body that debuted with 2009's K-7. That's great news because it's still one of our favorites, pairing great ergonomics and a generous array of external controls. The Pentax K-5 II also retains the 16 megapixel image sensor that debuted in the K-5, and while that lags some current rivals in terms of resolution, it still impresses with swift burst shooting, great image quality and a wide sensitivity range. What's new? There's a tweaked AF system that focuses better in low light, and a more rugged tempered glass cover over the main LCD panel. Pentax's enthusiast flagship also carries more sensible list pricing than did the K-5. Sure, it's a relatively modest mid-term update, but given the popularity of its predecessor, that's no bad thing. If you're a still image shooter in the market for an enthusiast SLR, the Pentax K-5 II is a camera we're happy to recommend! Click here for more on the Pentax K-5 II, or click this link to shop! (minimize)

image of Pentax K-5 IIs digital camera Pentax K-5 IIs 16.3 -- $853.67
Pixel-peepers of the world, form an orderly queue: the Pentax K-5 IIs was made for you!
Let's be clear from the start: the Pentax K-5 IIs is not a camera for the average photographer. Just as in Nikon's D800E, the lack of an optical low-pass filter in the K-5 IIs maximizes per-pixel detail at the risk of introducing moiré into your images. If you solely shoot subjects such as landscapes where the fine patterns that trigger moiré are rare, though, or you spend all your time in the studio with full control of your subject, that low-pass filter might just be robbing your images of subtle detail for no good reason, and removing its effect might be very desirable indeed. Sadly for you, there aren't many cameras without a low-pass filter, and fewer still of these are SLRs. The Pentax K-5 IIs represents your most affordable OLPF-free option in a weather-sealed DSLR body. In other respects, it's identical to the Pentax K-5 II, itself a Dave's Pick camera. If you have an insatiable desire for per-pixel detail, that makes the Pentax K-5 IIs something of a no-brainer! Click here for more on the Pentax K-5 IIs, or click this link to shop! (minimize)

image of Samsung NX1000 digital camera Samsung NX1000 20.3 2.50x $699.99
This entry-level mirrorless is heavy on the features, not on the wallet
Affordable is good: money saved on your next mirrorless camera means money to burn on lenses and accessories. The Samsung NX1000 compact system camera sets a new benchmark for NX-series affordability, but unlike some rivals, it's not been pared down to the bare minimum to achieve its $700 pricetag including kit lens. On the contrary, the Samsung NX1000 sports some features that aren't so common at this price point: built-in WiFi Direct wireless networking connectivity, i-Function control over camera settings from the lens, a dual-axis level gauge, and an external flash hot shoe. Not to mention Full HD high-definition video capture capability, complete with support for an optional external microphone -- and incredibly, you can plug your headphones into the mic to monitor audio levels! The Samsung NX1000, then, is a camera that offers a lot more than you'd expect for the price. If that's not worth a Dave's Pick, we don't know what is! Click here for more on the Samsung NX1000, or click this link to shop! (minimize)

image of Samsung NX20 digital camera Samsung NX20 20.3 3.06x $1,099.99
Takes great shots and delivers them to social media too, straight from the camera
With an SLR-like appearance and smooth styling, the 20.3-megapixel Samsung NX20 takes up the flagship position in the company's mirrorless lineup, offering interchangeable lenses and an electronic viewfinder. The new camera offers new possibilities with the inclusion of WiFi, complete with backup options, connectivity with smartphones, PCs and tablets, as well as direct hooks into popular social media websites. Image quality is quite good, but the camera has a little trouble with JPEG images at ISO 1,600 or above. We enjoyed shooting with it, as well as shooting via remote control from a tablet, so click here to see what we thought of the Samsung NX20! (minimize)

image of Samsung NX200 digital camera Samsung NX200 20.3 3.06x $900.00
Samsung's NX200 makes some serious strides, improving both performance and image quality
With a whole new look on the outside, the Samsung NX200 gets quite a few internal upgrades compared to its predecessor, not the least of which is its 20-megapixel sensor. Combined with a new lens design and a slick menu system, we found the Samsung NX200 a kick to use. We were most impressed with the improved image quality and faster autofocus, and a few of the special Smart Filters were interesting as well. Click here for our Samsung NX200 review! (minimize)

image of Samsung NX300 digital camera Samsung NX300 20.3 3.06x $799.99
Affordably-priced, retro-meets-modern mirrorless camera shoots great photos, shares them wirelessly
The 20.3-megapixel Samsung NX300 is the most fully realized mirrorless, compact system camera the company has produced yet, and one of the best on the market in its class. Though the NX300 is slightly bigger and heavier than its predecessors, its "retro modern" design looks great, and it's still highly portable. Its brand-new APS-C sized, CMOS image sensor forgoes a pack-in-more-pixels upgrade in favor of better image quality and on-chip phase detection autofocus, allowing a quicker and more accurate Hybrid AF system. The NX300 also adds a larger, sharper display, and makes it both tiltable for versatility, and touch-sensitive for ease-of-use. The NX300 is also a faster performer than previous models, and sports improved wireless connectivity that helps put your photos on your smartphone. Read our Samsung NX300 review for more on this affordable, comprehensively-upgraded compact system camera! (minimize)

image of Sony Alpha ILCE-A6000 digital camera Sony Alpha ILCE-A6000 24.3 3.13x $780.75
The Sony A6000 is affordable, fast, and takes really great pictures. Could this be the ultimate all-rounder camera?
Not only does this high-res speed demon cram in plenty of desirable features, the Sony A6000 also shaves a couple of hundred dollars off its predecessor's price. That's the recipe for greatness, so it's no surprise this has been one of our most popular reviews in recent memory -- and now, it's finished! So what was our final verdict on this affordable, swift-shooting camera, and is it time you bought one for yourself? Read our in-depth Sony A6000 review, and see what we thought! (minimize)

image of Sony Alpha ILCE-A7 digital camera Sony Alpha ILCE-A7 24.3 2.50x $1,867.59
Good news: The best full-frame mirrorless camera may also be the most affordable!
When we reviewed Sony's A7R mirrorless camera, we were thrilled by its combination of a full-frame image sensor and a compact body. The Sony A7 offers both, and yet it's even more affordable. It also boasts better autofocus and performance, but trades off some of its sibling's epic resolution to achieve these. We already knew the Sony A7 would be great, but we wanted to answer which was better: The Sony A7 or A7R? Does amazing image quality trump performance? Are you better off spending a little more, or can you be thrifty and still get the best full-frame mirrorless camera money can buy? Read our Sony A7 review and find out! (minimize)

image of Sony Alpha ILCE-A7R digital camera Sony Alpha ILCE-A7R 36.4 -- $2,298.33
Our 2013 Camera of the Year marks the start of the full-frame mirrorless revolution
The news you've been waiting for has arrived! The age of the fully-featured, full-frame mirrorless camera is finally here -- and boy, what a duo of cameras kickstart the revolution. The Sony A7R promises absolutely amazing image quality in a compact body, while its closely-related sibling the A7 trades a little resolution for greater performance. Both cameras excite in their own way, but it's the Sony A7R -- our 2013 Camera of the Year -- which really floors us. This amazing compact system camera offers image quality to rival a medium format design, yet in a body that can fit in a coat pocket, even with a lens attached. Travel and street photographers in particular should have the Sony A7R at the top of their wishlist. Read our in-depth Sony A7R review for all the details, or shop for one now! (minimize)

image of Sony Alpha NEX-6 digital camera Sony Alpha NEX-6 16.1 3.13x $999.99
NEX features and image quality, with a user interface designed to seduce SLR-owners
Sony's NEX cameras have earned a solid reputation for image quality, while at the same time delivering unique and truly useful features like Handheld Twilight and Sweep Panorama modes. The one obstacle for many enthusiast users has been the NEX series user interface. While the Tri-Navi interface on the NEX-7 is one of the best we've used, it's still different from those on most SLRs, and the novice-oriented interface on the lower-end models is just awkward. Deliberately designed to woo SLR users, the Sony NEX-6 offers a much more conventional UI design, with a traditional mode dial with a surrounding function dial, plus a combination 4-way/rotary control dial on the back and four other control buttons plus a dedicated movie button. The result is indeed a camera that will be more immediately familiar to SLR shooters, while maintaining the excellent image quality and unique features that have made the NEX line such a hit. If you've been considering a move to mirrorless, the Sony NEX-6 deserves to be on your (very) short list. (minimize)

image of Sony Alpha NEX-7 digital camera Sony Alpha NEX-7 24.3 3.06x $1,349.99
Excellent image quality plus refined controls equal one superb camera.
Making quite a leap for compact system cameras both in terms of image quality and camera control, the Sony NEX-7 really impressed us. We used words like "astonishing" and "amazing" when describing image quality, both printed and onscreen, because the NEX-7's images are even sharper than the A77's. And for an APS-C sensor to approach the quality of the Nikon D3X, well, that is saying something. Its Tri-Navi interface takes the NEX-7's camera control beyond the extra dials we find on other enthusiast digital cameras: Just a single button allows the dials to jump from controlling exposure settings to focus, white balance, D-Range, and Creative Style settings. An excellent electronic viewfinder is tucked in the upper left corner, offering a really big view while keeping the top deck nice and flat, unlike most other designs. The result is a camera custom-built for photographers who want the most control combined with the best image quality. Isn't that what we've all been waiting for? Click here for our Sony NEX-7 review! (minimize)

image of Sony Alpha SLT-A77 digital camera Sony Alpha SLT-A77 24.3 3.13x $1,999.99
Pro-camera burst performance and full-time AF in a camera that enthusiasts can afford
With the Alpha SLT-A77, Sony makes a bold step into pro camera territory by combining an extremely high-res 24 megapixel APS-C image sensor, a speedy Bionz image processor, and its phase detect-friendly Translucent Mirror design. The result? A camera that can shoot at up to an astounding twelve full-resolution frames per second, while still adjusting focus between frames. The Sony A77 also boasts a go-anywhere weather-sealed design, and yet still manages to include a versatile tilting LCD monitor, something not offered by its nearest rivals. Add built-in GPS and Full HD, 60 frames-per-second video with full-time phase detect autofocus, and you've got quite a camera on your hands. Whether you're a sports shooter, an enthusiastic videographer, or you've just got hyperactive kids to keep up with the Sony Alpha A77 should prove more than up to the task. All that at a price tag that an enthusiast can justify makes the Sony A77 an easy Dave's Pick. Click here for our review of the Sony A77, or click this link to shop! (minimize)

image of Sony Alpha SLT-A99 digital camera Sony Alpha SLT-A99 24.3 -- $2,295.28
Sony delivers a no-excuses full-frame SLR breakthrough
Sony's been trying to crack the pro SLR market for years, but with relatively little success till now. With the Sony Alpha SLT-A99, though, it looks like they finally have a winner: It's a blazingly fast shooter, yet delivers 24 megapixels of resolution, while Sony's unique translucent-mirror technology means it can focus rapidly, continuously, and accurately, whether shooting videos or rapid-fire bursts of stills. It's also the only full-frame camera with very effective sensor-based image stabilization built in, providing IS benefits regardless of what lens is attached. The list of the Sony A99's features goes on and on, including a unique range-sensitive AF mode, a super-resolution EVF, built-in GPS, and a rugged magnesium-alloy frame with full weather sealing that's both smaller and lighter than most other high-end full-frame SLRs on the market. If you're looking for a true professional-grade full-frame SLR with unparalleled continuous AF capability, great shooting speed, and a price literally half those of its nearest competitors, look no further than the Sony A99. It offers truly ground-breaking capabilities at a price sure to shake up the pro camera marketplace. (minimize)

 
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