Top 5 Best DSLR Cameras

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Before digital single lens reflex (DSLR) cameras hit the market, photography was a world dominated by serious artists and hobby-ists. Getting the most out of your digital SLR camera means practice, though, and knowing which SLR is best for you. Digital SLR cameras are broken down into two main categories: those that have full frame sensors and those that have crop sensors. Generally speaking, full-frame cameras are more expensive and used primarily by professional photographers. Unless you’re planning on creating top-notch prints or shooting primarily at night, a crop sensor DSLR will do the trick. Here are our top choices for best crop sensor DSLRs available today.

Canon EOS 70D

Canon was long the undisputed leader in mid-range DSLR camera models, and its D-series crop-sensor line is no exception. Released at the end of 2013 to replace the 60D model, the 70D remains the unequivocal leader for user-friendly interface and stunning imaging technology.

• Can use both touchscreen LCD and optical viewfinder
• Wi-Fi enabled and compatible with an external GPS device
• Professional-grade video capability, with full 1080 HD
• 20.2 megapixel CMOS sensor
• Swiveling LCD screen

• Not compatible with Lightroom v.4.4 or lower
• Dial pad is a bit small
• Can’t take or send movies when Wi-Fi is enabled

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Nikon D5300

The specs between this Nikon and the Canon’s 70D are negligible—it’s really all about personal preference when it comes to ergonomics and button layout. If you’re planning on recording primarily in video, the Nikon is your best bet: it offers 1920x1080p full HD recording at a frame rate of 60 or 50 frames per second. The 70D does not.

• 24.2 megapixel CMOS sensor
• Wi-Fi and GPS enabled
• Swiveling LCD screen
• Auto ISO option

• Autofocus options other than central focus don’t always function well; must have AF-S lens for autofocus option
• Menu for RAW processing is slow
• Wi-Fi and GPS functions don’t always perform and drain battery life

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Pentax K–30

Pentax is starting to make waves in the American market as of late, though the Japanese brand has long been a favorite in Asia. Its lens mount has a true 100 percent viewfinder unlike some of its competitors and its body is weather-sealed.

• Weatherproof and freezing-proof for extreme outdoor use
• Full 1080p HD video recording
• 3” LCD screen viewfinder
• Not much digital noise even at ISO 6400

• Focus highlight coloring a bit off
• Not as wide range of lens choices as Canon or Nikon
• No external microphone jack

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Nikon D3300

Nikon’s newest crop sensor DSLR to hit the market, the D3300 isn’t necessarily a step up from the D5300, but does offer some additional features. It’s significantly more expensive, but will likely be Nikon’s leading model for a while.

• Lighter than the D5 series
• Great high ISO (low-light) results
• 24.2 megapixel resolution with CMOS sensor
• Full 1080 HD video capability

• Hinged LCD screen for swivel shooting
• Lacks incremental ISO settings
• RAW format needs conversion before usable in editing software

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Canon Rebel T5i

Canon’s lower-end crop sensor DSLR Rebel series remains some of the premiere entry-level DSLRs on the market.

• 18 megapixel hybrid CMOS sensor
• Full 1080 HD video capability
• Good low-light capability (standard shooting until ISO 12800; can expand to ISO 25600)
• Touchscreen option

• Shutter lag
• Holding it for rear-screen shooting not ergonomic—shaky hand visible
• Autofocus doesn’t always hit the mark

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