Best DSLR Cameras: Top Ten DSLR Camera Reviews and Ratings

nikon-dslrDSLR cameras are becoming more popular and turning the everyday picture taker into a professional photographer.  We’ve searched the web and interrogated our editors to find the ten best  DSLR cameras available today. Check out our Digital Camera Tips and Tricks: 10 Reasons to Buy a DSLR.

Nikon D700

  • 12.1-megapixel FX-format (23.9 x 36mm) CMOS sensor; body only
  • 3.0-inch, 920,000-dot VGA color monitor;
  • nikon-d700Fast, accurate 51-point AF system; 3D Focus Tracking and two Live View shooting modes
  • Sensor size: 36 x 23.9 mm
  • Total pixels: 12.87 million
  • Effective pixels: 12.1 million
  • Top continuous shooting speed at full resolution: 5 frames per second
  • Continuous shooting options: FX format: Up to 5 frames per second (CH), up to 4 frames per second (CL); DX format: up to 5 frames per second (CH), up to 4 frames per second (CL)
  • LCD monitor size: 3 inches diagonal
  • LCD monitor type: Wide-viewing angle TFT_LCD super density
  • LCD monitor resolution: 920,000 dots
  • Bulb shutter setting: Yes

Check out our Nikon D700 Review



Sony Alpha DSLR-A850 sony-alpha-a850

  • Camera Type: Sony a Digital 35mm SLR full-frame camera w/ pentaprism viewfinder and inter-changeable lenses
  • Color Filter System: RGB primary color filters
  • Effective Picture Resolution: Approx. 24,6 megapixels
  • Imaging Sensor: 35mm Full-frame Exmor CMOS sensor
  • Lens Mount Type: Sony a lens, Minolta and Konica Minolta AF lens
  • Pixel Gross: Approx. 25,7 megapixels
  • Processor: Dual BIONZ image processors
  • Diopter Adjustment: -1m -1
  • Eye relief: Approx. 20 mm from the eyepiece
  • Field of View: 98%

Check out our Sony Alpha DSLR-A850 review





Canon EOS Rebel T1i Review canon-rebel-ti

  • Type: Digital, single-lens reflex, AF/AE camera
  • Recording Media: SD memory card, SDHC memory card
  • Image Sensor Size: 22.3mm x 14.9mm (APS-C size)
  • Compatible Lenses: Canon EF lenses including EF-S lenses (35mm-equivalent focal length is approx. 1.6x the lens focal length)
  • Lens Mount: Canon EF mount
  • Pixels: Effective pixels: Approx. 15.10 megapixels
  • Total Pixels: Total pixels: Approx. 15.50 megapixels
  • Aspect Ratio: 3:2 (Horizontal: Vertical)
  • Color Filter System: RGB primary color filters
  • Low-pass Filter: Fixed position in front of the CMOS sensor

Check out our Canon EOS Rebel T1i Review



Nikon D5000nikon-d5000

  • Effective pixels: 12.3 million
  • Image sensor: CMOS sensor, 23.6 x 15.8 mm; total pixels: 12.9 million; Nikon DX-format
  • Image size (pixels): 4,288 x 2,[L], 3,216 x 2,[M], 2,144 x 1,[S]
  • Sensitivity: ISO 200 to 3200 in steps of 1/3 EV.
  • Storage media: SD memory cards, SDHC compliant
  • Monitor: Vari-angle type, 2.7-in., approx. 230k-dot TFT LCD, approx. 100% frame coverage, and brightness adjustment
  • Exposure metering: 3D Color Matrix Metering II, Center-Weighted and Spot Metering
  • Interface: Hi-Speed USB
  • Power sources: One Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL9a, AC Adapter EH-5a
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): Approx. 127 x 104 x 80 mm (5.0 x 4.1 x 3.1 in.)

Check out our Nikon D5000 Review



Canon EOS 7D

  • 18MP APS-C CMOS sensorcanon-eos-7d
  • 8 frames per second continuous shooting
  • 1080p HD video recording with manual controls
  • 3.0 inch Clear View II LCD screen with 920,000 dots
  • 19-point AF system (all cross-type)
  • 1.0x magnification and 100% coverage viewfinder
  • Wireless flash control
  • Environmental sealing


Check out DPReview.com’s Canon EOS 7D Review




Canon EOS 5D Mark II

  • Megapixels: 21.1 Megapixels canon-eos-5d-mark-2
  • Auto Focus: TTL phase detection
  • Lens System: Body only
  • Image Sensor: CMOS
  • Maximum Shutter Speed: 1/8000 sec
  • Minimum Shutter Speed: 30 sec
  • Image Format: JPEG, RAW, RAW + JPEG
  • Exposure Settings: Program, Bulb, Automatic, Manual, Aperture-priority, Shutter-priority, E-TTL II program flash
  • ISO Equivalencies: auto (100-3200), 50, 12800, 25600, 100-6400
  • Metering Characteristics: Partial (8%), Evaluative, Spot (3.5%), Spot AF area, Center-weighted CCD Size: 24 x 36mm
  • Number Of CCD Pixels: 22 Million
  • LCD Screen Size: 3 in
  • Viewfinder: Fixed eye-level pentaprism
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Viewfinder Field of View: 98 %


Check out our Canon EOS 5D Mark II Review


Nikon D3000

  • Image Sensor Format: DXnikon-d3000
  • Image Sensor Type: CCD
  • Sensor Size: 23.6 x 15.8mm
  • Total Pixels: 10.75 million
  • Effective Pixels: 10.2 million
  • Top Continuous Shooting Speed at full resolution: 3 frames per second
  • Monitor: 3.0-in., approx. 230k-dot TFT LCD, and brightness adjustment
  • Exposure metering: 3D Color Matrix Metering II, Center-weighted, and Spot Metering


Check out our Nikon D3000 write-up.



Nikon D40

  • Resolution: 6.10 Megapixels
  • Kit Lens: 3.00x zoom 18-55mm (27-83mm eq.) nikon-d40
  • Viewfinder: Optical LCD
  • Size: 2.5 inch
  • ISO: 200-3200
  • Shutter: 30-1/4000
  • Max Aperture: 3.5
  • Mem Type: SDHC / SD
  • Battery: Custom LiIon Dimensions: 5.0 x 3.7 x 2.5 in. (126 x 94 x 64 mm)
  • Weight: 26.0 oz (737 g)


Check out our Nikon D40 Review




Samsung GX-20

  • Product Type: Digital camera – SLRsamsung-gx-20
  • Color: Black
  • Resolution: 14.6 megapixels
  • Sensor resolution: 14.6 megapixels
  • Optical Sensor Type: CMOS
  • Battery Life: 1,000 Images
  • Max Shutter Speed: 1/4000 sec
  • Sensor Dust Reduction: Yes
  • Min Shutter Speed: 30 sec
  • X-sync Speed: 1/180 sec


Checkout PC Pro’s Samsung GX-20 Review.



Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

  • Type: D-SLRpanasonic-lumix-dslr
  • Megapixels: 12.1 MP
  • Maximum Resolution: 4000 x 3000 pixels
  • Media Format: Secure Digital High Capacity
  • 35-mm Equivalent (Wide): 20
  • LCD size: 3 inches
  • Wireless Connectivity: No
  • HD Video Capture: Yes

Check out our Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 write up and PCMag’s Review


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