Best DSLR Cameras

Check out the best DSLR Cameras, as rated by Digital Trends' expert reviewers.

Best of DSLRWhile point and shoots have some serious competition in the form of the smartphone and the mirrorless market continues to experiment, DSLRs remain the solid pillars of digital photography. These large-sensor bearing, big-bodied cameras are capable machines that yield the highest quality, professional level photos. Features like interchangeable lenses, viewfinders, hot shoe ports, and battery packs mean you can seriously accessorize your device, although bear in mind that the body alone is going to considerably set you back. But if you can afford it and are willing to master the art of manual, then one of these DSLRs is your best bet.

Our best DSLR cameras list is continually updated as we review new products that enter the market.

Samsung NX30

If you’re looking for an alternative to an enthusiast DSLR, the Samsung NX30 Compact System Camera will do the trick.

  • Pros: High-quality stills and videos, Very good EVF…
  • Cons: Relatively expensive, ISO results not best in…
  • Megapixels 20.3
  • Features 3D-Capable
  • Type DSLR
  • GPS No
  • Wi-Fi Yes
Our Score: 8.5
Viewer Score: 0

Pentax K-3

Even with the negatives, the Pentax K-3 is really a top-notch enthusiast DSLR that’s deserving of an Editor’s Choice.

  • Pros: Excellent 24MP image quality, Extremely…
  • Cons: Bulky, expensive – but to be expected, Built-in…
  • Self-timer 12-second
  • Megapixels 24 megapixels
  • Type DSLR
  • GPS No
  • Wi-Fi No
Our Score: 8.5
Viewer Score: 0

Canon EOS 70D

In addition to great stills and videos, Canon’s new Dual Pixel AF technology is a real winner, garnering the EOS 70D an Editor’s Choice Award.

  • Pros: Excellent enthusiast DSLR, Dual Pixel AF for…
  • Cons: No AF Assist lamp on body, Wi-Fi implementation…
  • Self-timer 10 sec/2 sec
  • Megapixels 20.2 megapixels
  • Features Articulating Screen
  • Type DSLR
  • Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC
Our Score: 8.5
Viewer Score: 0

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Nikon Df

The Df is homage to old Nikon SLRs, but with the strong performance of a modern-day shooter. Nostalgia is lovely, but it’s not worth $3,000.

  • Pros: Amazing low-light capability, Love those dials…
  • Cons: Too darn expensive, No video or Wi-Fi, Images…
  • Self-timer 10-second
  • Megapixels 16.2
  • Type DSLR
  • Features Rugged/Waterproof
  • Interchangeable Yes
Our Score: 8
Viewer Score: 0

Canon EOS Rebel SL1

Canon DSLRs remain top sellers because they take good stills – and in the case of the EOS Rebel SL1 – good videos.

  • Pros: Quality Canon 18MP stills, Good 1080/30p videos…
  • Cons: Grip may be too small for some, Mono onboard…
  • Lens 1
  • Self-timer 10 Sec
  • Megapixels 18 megapixels
  • Type DSLR
  • Features HD Video Recording
Our Score: 8
Viewer Score: 0

Nikon D3300

Nikon’s D3300 may not offer anything flashy, but what’s important for users – those new to DSLRs – is that is captures excellent photos.

  • Pros: Excellent stills, Easy to use, Improved video…
  • Cons: Mono sound, No built-in Wi-Fi
  • Self-timer 10-second
  • Megapixels 24.7
  • Type DSLR
  • Wi-Fi Eye-Fi
  • Features GPS
Our Score: 8
Viewer Score: 0

Olympus OM-D E-M10

The E-M10 isn’t better than cameras that have larger APS-C sensors and cost less, but for Olympus Micro Four Thirds fans, they will be pleased with the fine photographs.

  • Pros: High-quality 16MP stills, Compact, lightweight…
  • Cons: Relatively high priced, Touchscreen not very…
  • Self-timer 12 seconds
  • Megapixels 16 Megapixels
  • Features Articulating Screen
  • Type DSLR
  • Optical Zoom Not Applicable
Our Score: 8
Viewer Score: 0

Nikon D610

Specs wise, the D610 isn’t as eye-popping as some of its full-frame counterparts, but don’t let that deter you from this DSLR that shoots excellent stills and videos.

  • Pros: Superior full-frame stills, Quality Full HD…
  • Cons: Expensive, heavy – but totally expected, Specs…
  • Megapixels 24 megapixels
  • Features Articulating Screen
  • Type DSLR
  • Optical Zoom Not Applicable
  • Self-timer Yes
Our Score: 8
Viewer Score: 0

Canon EOS Rebel T5i

Recommending the T5i for still photography is a no-brainer. It’s easy to use, takes quality images, and has enough technical headroom so you can spread your creative wings.

  • Pros: Fine 18MP still images, Helpful vari-angle…
  • Cons: Build quality not the greatest, Video focusing…
  • Self-timer 10-sec. or 2-sec. delay
  • Megapixels 18 megapixels
  • Features Articulating Screen
  • Type DSLR
  • Optical Zoom Not Applicable
Our Score: 8
Viewer Score: 0

Canon EOS Rebel T5

For what it is and whom it’s intended for, Canon’s EOS Rebel T5 is a decent budget DSLR. Yet, it leaves us wanting more.

  • Pros: Good stills with classic Canon image style, Good…
  • Cons: Noisy shutter mechanism, Even though new, seems…
  • Self-timer 10-second
  • Megapixels 18
  • Type DSLR
  • Features HD Video Recording
  • GPS No
Our Score: 7
Viewer Score: 0

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