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Digital SLR Cameras

Updated: 27-11-2015 07:28
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Nikon D5500

Nikon has two DSLR series aimed at beginners. The cheaper D3000-series cameras like the D3300 are...

45 expert reviews | 522 user reviews

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Canon EOS 5Ds / 5Ds R

Canon's 5D line of DSLRs has been an important one, bridging the gap between professional and...

37 expert reviews | 51 user reviews

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Nikon D750

On the face of it, the D750 seems to offer the same sensor as the D610. In fact, its a redesigned...

54 expert reviews | 680 user reviews

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Canon EOS 750D / Rebel T6i / KISS X8i

With the introduction of the EOS 760D and 750D as upgrades to the 700D (which is set to continue...

22 expert reviews | 353 user reviews

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Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Let's cut to the chase: we're yet to use an APS-C sensor DSLR camera that's impressed us more...

51 expert reviews | 558 user reviews

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Nikon D3300

Ratings in depth • New page added: key differences between the D3300 and D3200

77 expert reviews | 2759 user reviews

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Canon EOS 760D / Rebel T6s

In a move that runs the risk of confusing the market, Canon has introduced two upgrades to the...

26 expert reviews | 239 user reviews

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Nikon D810

Ratings in depth Nikon's D800 and D800E caused great excitement when they were first announced in...

61 expert reviews | 336 user reviews

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Canon EOS 70D

The announcement of any Canon DSLR usually creates a lot of excitement, but when that camera...

90 expert reviews | 3851 user reviews

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Nikon D5300

The Nikon D5300 offers a semi-pro spec with 24.2MP resolution, tilting LCD and Wi-Fi in the body...

71 expert reviews | 1961 user reviews

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Nikon D7200

The Nikon D7200 really pulls it out of the bag where it matters. From enhanced image quality to...

41 expert reviews | 608 user reviews

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Canon EOS 1200D / Rebel T5 / EOS Kiss X70

Ratings in depth Despite the low price points, the entry level of the DSLR market is very...

65 expert reviews | 5192 user reviews

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Pentax K-S2

Ricoh/Pentax introduced its new K-S2 relatively quickly after the K-S1 came out. However, despite...

23 expert reviews | 31 user reviews

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Nikon D4s

The Nikon D4S is an evolutionary rather than revolutionary continuation of the earlier D4 model...

49 expert reviews | 33 user reviews

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Pentax K-3

Ratings in depth Since Pentax was bought from Hoya by Ricoh, it's seen a bit of an increase in...

64 expert reviews | 229 user reviews

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Pentax K-3 II

Pentax has stepped up the rate at which it releases new DSLRs of late, and the K-3 II marks the...

17 expert reviews | 48 user reviews

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Nikon D7100

The D7100 is still on sale alongside the newer D7200 and it's a good deal cheaper. It lags behind...

102 expert reviews | 4754 user reviews

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Sony Alpha 77 II

Ratings in depth After the announcement of the full-frame E-mount Sony A7, A7R and A7S compact...

48 expert reviews | 277 user reviews

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Canon EOS 700D / Rebel T5i / EOS KISS X7i

If you're looking for your first digital SLR and are prepared to stump up what feels initially...

81 expert reviews | 6649 user reviews

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Canon EOS 100D / Rebel SL1 / EOS KISS X7

The compact proportions of the 18 megapixel Canon EOS 100D and its relatively lightweight feel...

107 expert reviews | 3408 user reviews

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Nikon D610

The only criticism we can really throw at the Nikon D610 is that it’s nothing more than a D600...

68 expert reviews | 551 user reviews

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Nikon Df

The Nikon Df could be called over-ambitious. With the likes of Fujifilm pulling off the retro...

79 expert reviews | 91 user reviews

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Pentax 645Z

Ratings in depth As a medium format camera the Pentax 645Z has a sensor that's considerably...

24 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

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Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Canon's EOS 5D Mark III has a lot to live up to. For a start, the original Canon EOS 5D was the...

101 expert reviews | 1646 user reviews

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Nikon D7000

Challenging the perception that latest is always best, the 16.2 megapixel D7000 remains a...

150 expert reviews | 3911 user reviews


    Buying Guide

    Buying Guide - Digital SLR Cameras

    Digital SLR Cameras - For years, digital cameras produced images which were grainy, washed out, or which did not capture the vibrant range of colours accurately. The invention of the digital SLR, or single lens reflex, has revolutionised the quality of digital shots, making them rival and in some cases surpass the images generated by traditional film cameras. Additionally, the instant viewing format enables photographers to preview their work on the fly, instead of waiting for a time-consuming film development process. Each SLR is equipped with different features; selecting the appropriate model largely depends on the type of photographs that will be taken.

    Frame Rate - Perhaps the most vital aspect of producing high quality images is selecting a fast enough frame rate. For professional photographers, a frame rate of between 6-8 frames per second is usually sufficient, although some exceptionally demanding shoots need a higher rate of 8-10 fps. Because of the high quality precision of the camera, a 2-3 fps rate will suit the needs of the average photographer. The Olympus brand has always provided photographers with clean, high performance fps, although the Panasonic and Canon models will not disappoint in this category. For those who wish to invest in a camera but have a relatively limited budget, the Pentax model will provide adequate fps for most shooting scenarios.

    Megapixels - The resolution of each photograph is measured in megapixels. For those who plan on snapping random shots of a summer vacation, a resolution rate of 6-8 megapixels is more than sufficient. However, in commercial photography applications, where every centimetre of the image is frequently edited for clarity, a higher range of 10-12 or in some cases, 12 plus megapixels, is recommended. This provides the rich, meticulous detail necessary to create saleable photographs.

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