Smaller, compact digital cameras may be very popular, but full-fledged DSLR cameras typically offer the fastest focusing, best image detail, and least noise of all digital cameras in the marketplace. They also typically offer a very wide range of interchangeable lenses, including ultra-wide angle designs and zoom lenses with extremely long focal lengths. Macro lenses (for extreme close-ups) and shift lenses (for perspective control) can also be used with digital single-lens-reflex cameras.
Top DSLR Cameras
A list of the best DSLR cameras of 2014 often includes the following models:
Nikon's D3200 enjoyed a good run as a versatile and yet affordable DSLR. This camera has now been replaced in the Nikon lineup by the D3300. In this camera, the image sensor is capable of 24.3 megapixel detail. The high-definition, 1080p video capture occurs at a prodigious 60 frames per second, which is double the usual 30 fps frame rate. These are still and video image capture capabilities, which are often featured in cameras costing significantly more.
Although the Nikon D3300 body can accept hundreds of Nikon lenses, the new version of the popular 18-55mm zoom lens is more compact than ever. It covers most of the non-zoom focal lengths commonly preferred by photographers. The 18mm wide angle focal length offers creative compositional possibilities. The 55mm focal length is the so-called "normal" setting.
The large LCD screen features 912k pixels, so the displayed image is quite sharp. Consistent with the modest cost of the D3300, the screen does not tilt and swivel. It is also not a touch screen LCD. For more advanced features, consider the Nikon D610.
The serious amateur or photo enthusiast will appreciate the advanced functions featured on Canon's 70D. It is a slightly larger and more upscale version of Canon's popular T5i. The 70D body weighs about 771g while the T5i only weighs about 500g.
The 20 megapixel sensor will capture fine detail across a wide range of demanding shooting situations. Video capture is 30 frames-per-second at 1080p. The 70D excels in offering quick, smooth autofocus in video mode. Thanks to some advanced engineering, it outperforms its Nikon counterpart, the D7100, in video focusing speed. The design of the autofocus system eliminates a traditional focus confirmation step, allowing for quicker focusing. The serious photographer will enjoy the ability to select from 19 precise cross-type focus points. One impressive feature is the control over which part of the composition will be in focus.
The touch-screen capability of the 1040-pixel LCD can be readily activated with the touch of the Q button. This offers easy control over a wide variety of important functions such as shutter speed, ISO, aperture, exposure compensation, photo style, and image quality. The variable-angle LCD swings out to the side of the D70, and it facilitates viewing from above or below. The ability to hold the camera high above ones head at a concert or other crowded venue is also a nice touch.
Integrated Wi-Fi allows tremendous versatility in using the photographs that have been taken. They can be sent directly to ones mobile device, a Canon Wi-Fi printer, an HDTV, or the Internet. The Canon EOS Remote app allows interesting remote control possibilities. Use of the Wi-Fi function does require the temporary disabling of the camera's video function. Also, the 70D does not have GPS capability like its professional counterpart, the Canon 6D.
The Sony Alpha 77 Mark II is an updated version of the Alpha 77. It was first introduced to the market in June 2014. This Wi-Fi equipped camera is perfect for the advanced amateur who can use any A-mount lenses with the body. The APS-C sensor can capture an impressive 24.3 megapixels worth of information.
Thanks to the inclusion of an SLT transparent mirror, there is no need for the mirror to move out of the way for each shot. This allows for shooting at 12 frames-per-second in burst mode; up to 60 frames can be captured at full resolution. Such capability should interest avid sports and wildlife photographers. Another feature that sets the Alpha 77 Mark II apart from some competitors is the nature of the operation of the phase-detect focus unit. It functions during both live-view and HD video capture.
Image-stabilisation (IS) technology is built into the camera body. This typically expands handheld capabilities by about two settings, so an image normally requiring a 1/250 sec. shutter speed to retain clarity would be possible at 1/60 sec with IS technology.
The best DSLR cameras for 2014 can be found through a number of online retailers, like eBay. Professional photographers to avid enthusiasts should be able to find the ideal camera for their photography needs with the help of this useful guide.