Pentax K-3

Like the K-5 models, the K-3 features a rugged magnesium-alloy body housing a metal chassis, and is fully weather-sealed and cold- and dust-resistant.
By The Editors
Estimated Street Price: $1,299 (body only) INTRODUCED 10/2013 Pentax has a new flagship DSLR, with lots of improvements over the very good K-5II for not much more cost. The K-3 features a new PRIME III imaging engine and APS-C 24.35-megapixel CMOS sensor with no anti-aliasing filter for optimal sharpness. But…

Advanced AF

DSLRs use quick phase-detection auto-focusing for viewfinder (non-live view) shooting.
By Mike Stensvold
DSLRs use quick phase-detection auto-focusing for viewfinder (non-live view) shooting. Phase-detection AF can determine from a single reading whether the subject is in focus, and if not, in which direction and by how much. This makes it great for fast-moving subjects—it's quick and can do predictive AF. The SLR mirror…

Sigma SD15

The straightforward design and operation will appeal to purist photographers who aren't into bells and whistles, but the unique Foveon image sensor is the camera's key feature.
By The Editors
ESTIMATED STREET PRICE: $989 INTRODUCED 2/2010 Though Sigma hasn't introduced a new model in a few years, the SD15 remains available, and at a lower price. It features the unique Foveon X3 image sensor, and is able to shoot up to 21 RAW image bursts at 3 fps. It also…

Top Cameras

Smallest, DSLR over $1000, mirrorless, fixed-lens, best sensor rating, highest resolution, innovation, under $1000
By Staff
TOP CAMERAS: SMALLEST SMALLEST DSLR Canon EOS Rebel SL1 Dimensions:?4.6 x 3.6 x 2.7 inches Though it features the same 18-megapixel sensor of the EOS?Rebel T5i, the SL1 is nearly 30% smaller in volume. DSLR OVER $1,000 Pentax K-5 II Dimensions:?5.2 x 3.8 x 2.9 inches The K-5 II packs…

Nikon D600

Nikon's new full-frame DSLR, the D600 features a 24.3-megapixel CMOS sensor and delivers 12- or 14-bit images at 6016x4016 pixels.
1. Unusual in full-frame DSLRs, the D600 has a built-in pop-up flash unit. It's also compatible with Nikon's highly respected i-TTL flash system. 2. Image files and videos are saved on SD/SDHC/SDXC media, with dual card slots. 3. The release-mode dial makes it quick and easy to select single-shot, continuous…

Canon EOS 70D

The camera can use all EF and EF-S lenses; the new Dual Pixel AF system is, at the time of this writing, compatible with 103 of them.
By The Editore
Estimated Street Price: $1,199 (K-5 II/body only) INTRODUCED 2/2010 Since the first DSLRs that could do video, a big problem has been poor video AF performance. The video-capable DSLRs' quick phase-detection AF systems were rendered inoperative in Live View (and, thus, Movie) mode, so contrast-based AF off the image sensor…
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