DSLR cameras make the transition from a casual photographer to a professional, although, luckily enough, more and more manufacturers release affordable models for those who simply see photography as a hobby. Here is a breakdown of the hottest DSLR cameras available on the market right now – and yes, most models do require some deep digging in your pocket, but if you’re willing to go there, the result will involve state-of-the art photography.
1) Nikon D3300
Ok, so maybe you’re ready to spill some cash, but not THAT much. In that case, the Nikon D3300 is an excellent option as an intermediary-level camera, easy to use and easy on the money. It sports a 24.3 MP resolution, records videos in 1080p and has a shooting speed of 5 fps. Images are richly colored and detailed, comparable with the more expensive models. The 3-inch LCD screen is fixed to the camera’s body and it’s not touch screen. While the standard 18-55mm lens does provoke the occasional distortion in the photographs, being a DSLR camera means that it has access to hundreds of lenses which can significantly improve its performance.
2) Pentax K-S1
Color us surprised, but the Pentax is starting to make a name for itself on the market. This is the second affordable camera on the list, before bringing out the big guns and surprisingly enough, the K-S1 is a solid entry. The viewfinder sports a pentaprism instead of mirrors, unlike most inexpensive DSLR cameras; this means that the field of view is at 100%, so that you can precisely control the elements which have to appear in the photograph. Another element you don’t find incorporated in the budget cameras of its kind is the anti-shake system; the anti-alias filter is on the opposite side though, since most modern cameras got rid of it. The K-S1 is quite a fancy camera which stands out from the crowd, especially if you pick the blue body-color. But if you don’t, the LED display will get you there as well, thanks to its unique lighting.
3) Nikon D4S
We had a light start, but now it’s time to introduce the serious players. The Nikon D4S while not being revolutionary, is a step ahead of the D4 and pretty much on par with the Canon EOS 1D X (we’ll get to that one in a moment). It’s an exceptional piece of equipment and quite possibly, the camera with the best autofocus, which means that you will barely need any extra assistance to get that perfect shot. We would dare to call the camera priceless, if it wasn’t for the fact that it’s…well, quite pricey. But it’s THE camera, the mother of the grandmother of the mother of all the DSLRs.
4) Canon EOS 1D X
Like mentioned above, with the Nikon D4S and the Canon EOS 1D X, it’s pretty much a two-horse race. And a tight one. There is barely any difference between the two and while the Nikon D4S takes the cake when it comes to autofocus, Canon wins in the speed department. The burst mode is blazing fast and the battery seems to never drain out. This full-frame DSLR has a 18-megapixel sensor which delivers richly-detailed photographs that you can control to the smallest detail. But with such a price tag, it would be a sin not to.
5) Sony Alpha 77 M2
This is another camera shooting with impressive speed. As a matter of fact, it’s so impressive, that it shoots 12 frames per second. The translucent mirror the 77 M2 sports is equally impressive, bouncing the light into an AF sensor featuring 79 focus points. This means that even in the continuous shooting mode, the camera is able to refocus for each picture. The LCD screen can be tilted and rotated and the 77 M2 is able to shoot in a resolution up to 24.3 megapixels. Oh and you should better have a solid grip with this camera, since it weighs more than one pound.