August 26, 2016
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Digital cameras have evolved at a furious pace in the last decade or so. The rise of smartphones equipped with serious cams and social sharing features of their own forced digital cameras to change or die. Now that they have settled down into various niche markets, one field has done particularly well for itself – the DSLRs, those high-quality, larger cameras with interchangeable lenses and a load of features.
DSLRs tend to appeal to the professional market – as well as the amateur market of young hopefuls who want to become professionals some day. However, if you want a very high quality digital camera that can take remarkable pictures of your surroundings, the best rated DSLR camera is a good bet no matter who you are. Just make sure you are familiar with the settings, modes, adjustments and formats, because this isn’t the kiddie pool.
This powerful Nikon model is an excellent place to start if you want some of the best specs that a DSLR can offer. The camera comes with a 36.3 megapixel CMOS sensor with an optical low pass filter. There’s a 51-point AF system (even particularly robust models usually only have around 40 points), 3D color matrix metering, and a standard ISO range of 64-12,800 which can be expanded up to 51, 200. The Expeed 4 image processor has a speed boost compared to past models, and there’s a new mini-RAW small size format for getting RAW images that don’t take up as much storage room.
As with many DSLR models, if you follow the link you will notice that you have a variety of different options for including various lenses along with your purchase (if they’re in stock). You also have options for things like battery and accessory bundles to complete your kit if you are just starting out. The prices we list here are for the body only, not any lenses or accessories. You can see why buying a DSLR is a sizable investment best done if you are very serious about photography!
At $2,000 less than our Nikon pick, this Canon model may seem far more reasonable to you – and it’s a much friendlier camera for eager beginners. However, the specs also take a major hit. You get a 24.2 megapixel sensor, an ISO range expandable from 100 to 25,600, and a 19-point AF system. However, there’s also a focus on a couple more consumer-friendly features that you’ll probably appreciate. This includes a full HD (sorry, not 4K yet) mode for shooting video, as well as built-in Wi-Fi and NFC tech. Those latter wireless abilities are great for quickly transferring images from your camera to your phone.
On the surface, this Pentax model looks a lot like the Canon EOS Rebel. It has a 10 megapixel sensor, Wi-Fi technology, and video capture (although this time with a 4K option). However, several features really make this DSLR stand out. Some are small but fun, like the selfie mode that lets you get in on the action. Others are more meaningful, like the design that makes the camera dustproof, coldproof, and resistant to shakes or wobbles. This makes the camera ideal for the adventurer, someone who plans to take it on a lot of vacations and use it frequently to capture the fun.
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