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Digital SLR Cameras Prices, Reviews and Specifications

     
 


Used primiarly by serious hobbyists and semi-pro or professional photographers, single lens reflex models are typically the largest, fastest and most expensive type of digital camera, with the potential for the best image quality. SLRs have interchangeable lens, and may be sold with just the camera body, in a kit with a standard lens or bundled with accessories like a memory card or camera bag.

 
 
Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera
$2,975-$4,300
The Canon EOS 5D Mark III is a full-frame digital SLR camera with features that will appeal to the serious photography enthusiast. It has an estimated start-up time of 0.1 second, 13 customizable functions, a 61-point autofocus system and a silent-shooting, low-vibration mode to make taking pictures less intrusive.

The 5D Mark III records still images in JPEG, RAW, M-RAW , S-RAW, RAW+JPEG, S-RAW+JPEG formats, and allows in-camera conversion of RAW files to JPEG. It also captures 1080p resolution full-HD video, with up to 29 minutes and 59 seconds of continuous recording. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]

 
Canon EOS 60D Digital SLR Camera
$699-$2,100
The Canon EOS 60D is a mid-range digital SLR camera that should appeal to SLR beginners who want a camera they can grow into and photography enthusiasts who want a bit more than a basic SLR model without the weight, bulk and cost of a professional-grade camera.

The 60D captures still images in JPG, RAW and RAW+JPEG formats and records 1080p full-HD video. This camera has both an optical viewfinder and a high-resolution 3" LCD screen that flips out and angles for flexible viewing, which can be particularly helpful while recording video. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]

 
Canon EOS 6D Digital SLR Camera
$1,999-$2,900
The Canon EOS 6D digital SLR camera offers the benefits of a full-frame sensor -- excellent low-light images, wide field-of-view and shallow depth-of-field -- in a fairly small camera body and at a relatively low price, at least when compared to most full-frame DSLRs.

This camera has many of the features photo enthusiasts desire, plus built-in Wi-Fi and GPS. It takes still images in JPEG and RAW formats, and captures 1080p full-HD video for up to almost 30 minutes of continuous recording. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]

 
Canon EOS Rebel T3 Digital SLR Camera
$429-$700
The Canon EOS Rebel T3 is a basic digital SLR with full auto and manual controls at an entry-level price. Introduced in 2011, it doesn't have all the bells and whistles (and megapixels) of its linemate the EOS Rebel T3i or the more recently released EOS Rebel T4i, but the T3's lower price reflects its just-the-basics approach.

The T3 captures still images in JPEG and RAW formats, and records 720p full-HD video for up to about 17 minutes of continuous shooting -- again, not the 1080p video on the T3i and T4i models, but still respectable and possibly enough for casual shooters wanting to move up to a digital SLR camera without breaking the budget. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]

 
Canon EOS Rebel T3i Digital SLR Camera
$599-$1,200
The Canon EOS Rebel T3i is an entry-level DSLR camera that can allow amateur photographers to become accustomed to the size, features and controls of a digital SLR. It captures still images in both JPEG and RAW formats, and records 1080p full-HD video with zoom. The Video Snapshot feature lets the user record short video bursts of up to eight seconds.

The T3i includes an articulating LCD screen that flips to the side and rotates up to 170 degrees. There's a built-in, pop-up flash in addition to the hot shoe (outlet) for an optional external flash. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]

 
Canon EOS Rebel T4i Digital SLR Camera
$599-$1,250
The Canon EOS Rebel T4i is an entry-level to mid-range digital SLR camera. While larger than most point-and-shoot or compact system cameras, it is relatively small and lightweight for a digital SLR camera. The T4i records still images in JPEG, RAW or RAW+JPEG formats and captures 1080p-resolution full-HD video with a built-in stereo microphone.

The T4i has a continuous shooting speed of up to five frames per second; a touch-screen LCD screen that folds out and swivels for more versatile viewing; and a built-in, pop-up flash in addition to a hot shoe (outlet) for an optional external flash ($155-$225 or more). [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]

 
Nikon D3100 Digital SLR Camera
$477-$1,080
The Nikon D3100 is an entry-level model that is relatively compact and lightweight for a DSLR camera, with several features designed to appeal to aspiring hobbyists. The Guide Mode provides in-camera tutorials to lead novices through the various photographic settings, and there are six automatic scene modes, with settings such as landscape, night portrait or sports.

This camera captures still images in JPEG and NEF (RAW) formats, and records 1080p full-HD video for up to 10 minutes per file, with a built-in monaural microphone.

The D3100 was introduced in November 2010, and in December 2012 it remains a top-seller at several retailers. However, prices for the D3100 dropped after the release of the Nikon D3200 (with 24.2-megapixel resolution and other upgrades) in April 2012. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]

 
Nikon D3200 Digital SLR Camera
$597-$1,450
The Nikon D3200 is an entry-level digital SLR camera that is relatively compact and lightweight for its class, with several features designed to appeal to aspiring hobbyists. The Guide Mode provides in-camera tutorials to lead novices through the various photographic settings, and there are eight automatic scene modes, with settings such as landscape, night portrait or sports.

With 24.2 megapixels, the D3200's resolution is higher than most in its class. It captures still images in JPEG and NEF (RAW) formats, and records 1080p full-HD video for up to 20 minutes per file. The built-in microphone is monaural, but an optional external stereo microphone ($180) is available. Nikon also offers an optional wireless adapter ($60) or GPS unit ($265) for the D3200. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]

 
Nikon D5100 Digital SLR Camera
$447-$1,650
The Nikon D5100 is an entry- to mid-level digital SLR camera that offers aspiring photographers a variety of settings and features. It has seven picture controls (such as landscape or monochrome), 16 automatic scene modes (like beach or night portrait) and 19 in-camera editing settings, as well as exposure bracketing (shooting the same image at slightly different settings) for three frames in 1/3 or 1/2 steps.

The D5100 has both an optical viewfinder and a side-mounted LCD screen that tilts and swivels. It captures still images in JPEG or NEF (RAW) formats and records 1920x1080p full-HD video recording with a built-in monaural microphone, for a maximum of 20 minutes of continuous recording. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]

 
Nikon D600 Digital SLR Camera
$1,997-$5,500
Even with a $2,000-$2,100 price tag for just the camera body and a heft of nearly 27 ounces, as a professional-grade camera the Nikon D600 is relatively inexpensive and compact for its class. It's intended for an enthusiast wanting to upgrade from a mid-range DSLR model or a professional photographer needing an affordable backup DSLR camera.

The D600 has a full-frame sensor (the same size as a frame of 35mm film), 24.3-megapixel resolution, a full complement of shooting options, a built-in flash, dual SD card slots and a headphone jack. It captures still images in JPEG and RAW formats and records 1080p full-HD video for up to 20 minutes of continuous shooting at the highest settings, or 29 minutes 59 seconds at normal settings. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]

 
Nikon D7000 Digital SLR Camera
$897-$3,900
For experienced photographers wanting more than an entry-level digital SLR, the mid-range Nikon D7000 offers both an optical viewfinder with 100% coverage and a 3" high-resolution (about 921K dots) LCD screen, as well as full-time autofocus, full manual exposure control and two SD memory card slots.

The D7000's magnesium alloy construction is dust- and moisture-sealed. It captures still images in JPEG and RAW formats, and records 1080p full-HD video at 24 frames per second. Continuous shooting of still images has a maximum speed of 6 frames per second. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]

 
Nikon D800 Digital SLR Camera
$2,997-$5,500
The Nikon D800 is a high-end digital SLR camera with an unusually high resolution (36.3 megapixels), full-frame sensor (the same size as 35mm film) for professional photographers who want precisely detailed photos. In addition to still images in JPEG, RAW or TIFF formats, the D800 records 1080p full-HD video.

This camera is also available in a more expensive limited edition known as the D800E, which has a modified low-pass filter system that typically creates sharper still images, but can cause problems with some subjects and generally doesn't work well for video recording. The D800E is typically chosen by professional photographers who need an extra level of precise detail in still photographs. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]

 
Pentax K-30 Digital SLR Camera
$625-$1,151
The Pentax K-30 is a rugged, mid-range digital SLR with a number of features typically found on more expensive models, including lots of manual controls, a relatively fast six frames per second continuous shooting speed, a high-resolution LCD screen and a large optical viewfinder that Pentax advertises as 100% accurate (so the image viewed is pretty much the same as the image recoded). The camera body is sealed to be water-, dust- and cold-proof, although it requires the use of a sealed lens to be fully weather-resistant (the basic kit lens is not weather-sealed).

The K-30 records still images in JPEG, RAW (DNG), DCF 2.0 compliant, DPOF and PIM II formats and captures 1080p full-HD video. It can use both a rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack and an optional ($30) holder for four AA batteries. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]

 
Sony Alpha SLT-A77 Digital SLR Camera
$1,098-$2,250
The Sony Alpha SLT-A77 is a mid-range digital SLR with a number of distinctive features to appeal to serious photo enthusiasts or gadget lovers. It is actually one of Sony's proprietary single lens translucent cameras rather than a true single lens reflex model, meaning the lens is translucent and fixed in place -- and faster than the hinged lenses on most SLRs.

The A77 captures still images in JPEG or RAW formats, and record 1080p-resolution full-HD video. It has a built-in GPS unit, a sensor with 24.3 MP resolution, an electronic rather than an optical viewfinder and a 3" LCD screen mounted on an extending arm for extra-flexible viewing. It can shoot at a speed of up to 12 frames per second in continuous shooting mode, and has a panoramic setting that stitches together several images for extra-wide images of scenery or groups. [See Prices, Reviews and Specifications]