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 6016×4016 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... Read more

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.

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 had to be used. And... Read more

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.

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 boasts 77-segment metering and a rugged body built for rigorous pro use. ... Read more
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Top Cameras

Smallest, DSLR over $1000, mirrorless, fixed-lens, best sensor rating, highest resolution, innovation, under $1000

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 a lot of capability—16.3-megapixel stills, Full 1080... Read more

Nikon D7100

Nikon’s D7100 DSLR improves on its popular D7000 predecessor in a number of ways.

Estimated Street Price: $1,199 (body only) INTRODUCED 2/2013 Nikon’s D7100 DSLR improves on its popular D7000 predecessor in a number of ways: better sensor, better processing, better AF system, better LCD monitor, better video capabilities, better weather resistance, a new "1.3x DX" crop mode and more. Yet it carries the same $1,199... Read more

Is It Time To Go Full-Frame?

Full-frame DSLRs are hot! The reasons?

Full-frame DSLRs are hot! The reasons? Well, image quality, for starters: All other things being equal, a full-frame sensor can collect more light than a smaller one, and that means a better signal-to-noise ratio (see the sidebar for more about this). And that means better image quality, with less noise, especially at higher ISO settings—full-frame... Read more

Hybrid AF

Phase-detection AF, used in DSLRs for non-live-view shooting, is quick and very good at tracking moving subjects.

Phase-detection AF, used in DSLRs for non-live-view shooting, is quick and very good at tracking moving subjects. Contrast-detection AF, used in compact and mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras—and DSLRs (other than Sony’s) when shooting in Live View mode—is very accurate, but historically slow, and not good at tracking moving subjects.... Read more

Pentax k-5 II

The K-5 II retains those features and adds some new ones, all at a good price.

Estimated Street Price: $1,199 (K-5 II/body only); $1,299 (K-5 IIs/body only) INTRODUCED 9/2012 Pentax’s K-5 DSLR offered a lot of great features in a compact package, including an excellent 16.3-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, 7 fps shooting, two 14-bit RAW formats (PEF and DNG), and dustproof, cold- and weather-resistant construction with a stainless-steel... Read more

Canon EOS 6D

Canon’s newest full-frame DSLR is the EOS 6D, which features a 20.2-megapixel CMOS sensor that delivers 14-bit images measuring 5472×3648 pixels.

Estimated Street Price: $2,099 (body only) INTRODUCED 9/2012 Canon’s newest full-frame DSLR is the EOS 6D, which features a 20.2-megapixel CMOS sensor that delivers 14-bit images measuring 5472×3648 pixels. DIGIC 5+ processing provides shooting at up to 4.5 fps and a normal ISO range of 100-25,600, expandable to 50-102,400. A new 11-point... Read more

Top 10 Tips For Camera Buyers

Digital technology hasn’t only transformed the way we take photographs, but also created an explosion of camera options.

Digital technology hasn’t only transformed the way we take photographs, but also created an explosion of camera options. Where a camera maker in the days of film would have a few models in their line, it’s not uncommon today to find a dozen or more options from each manufacturer. This is partly because there are more variations of camera... Read more
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