Which Digital SLR should you look for?
Whether you’re a beginner looking for the best DSLR camera to buy, or a seasoned snapper looking to upgrade your kit, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve rounded up the DSLR cameras you can buy right now.
Is your smartphone not quite up to the task of photography? Have you been bitten by the photography bug? You have come to the right place. We have rounded up ten of the best DSLR (short for digital single-lens reflex camera) money can buy in 2014.
There are a few reasons professionals still lug around bulky DSLR cameras. While a mirrorless interchangeable or compact digital camera provide a desirable mix of image quality and size, a DSLR tends to focus on a more subject more quickly and can capture more detail, thanks to a larger sensor.
Then there's the ability to change the lens (something a compact digital camera is unable to do) and line up a shot through an optical viewfinder, which is more natural than relying on a display that is susceptible to sunlight.
Factor in manual controls for making quick adjustments to shutter speed, ISO and aperture and you can see why the DSLR is here to stay.
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At the professional end of the spectrum is the Nikon D810, which is based on the top-spec D4 and the D800's successor. It has a 36.3-megapixel CMOS sensor coupled with a very fast 51-point autofocus system and five frames-per-second continuous shooting (25 per cent faster than the D800) so you have every chance of getting the shot you want. Full 1080p video of a high quality is possible, making this a versatile snapper.
£2,155 | Nikon
Pentak has given the K-5 II (and the K-5 IIs, which forgoes an anti-aliasing filter) a SAFOX X autofocus system, differentiating itself from its K-5 predecessor. Apart from that, it's business as usual including quirky styling, a 16.3-megapixel CMOS sensor, weather-sealed magnesium body, LCD display and ISO range of 100 to 12,800 so you can capture photos in a variety of lighting conditions.
£779.99 | Pentax
Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Yet another camera that requires deep pockets. The Canon EOS 5D Mark III does, however, justify its price with an impressive full-frame 22.3-megapixel sensor, six frames-per-second continuous shooting, full HD video and 61-point autofocus system. A lack of noise with the ISO cranked up, two memory card slots and a talented HDR mode make this particular Canon money well spent. Just be aware, however, that there are rumours the company will be bringing out the Mark IV soon - so you might want to hang on until 2016 now.
£2,249 | Canon
Sony Alpha A77
As APS-C cameras go, the Sony Alpha A77 II is hard to beat. Its 24.3-megapixel sensor offers impressive photo quality, while the LCD display is one of the better offerings. A 3-inch tiltable LCD display lets you take shots at weird angles with less guess work, while the 79 autofocus points and phase detection system help keep the subject locked. To help improve your chances, there's 12 frames-per-second shooting.
£764 | Sony
Canon EOS 700D
The Canon EOS 700D / Rebel T5i picks up where the EOS 650 / T4i Rebel left off. It has an 18-megapixel sensor, 3-inch LCD touchscreen display for navigating the menu and playing back photos and video and a 9-point autofocus system. It can capture photos up to five frames-per-second so it can manage fast-moving subjects and has a built-in flash.
£391 | Canon
If you want to spend less on an SLR but still get good results, check out the entry-level Nikon D3300. It has a clever system for helping you learn how to use the camera, which goes hand-in-hand with a very capable 24.2-megapixel CMOS sensor and snappy autofocus. It is a good size and fairly light, too, making it easier to lug around. A superior Expeed 4 image processor separates the D3300 from its predecessor, the D3200.
£392.99 | Nikon
Sony Alpha A58
Another budget DSLR. This time it's the Sony Alpha A58, a camera aimed at novices that comes with a 20.1-megapixel sensor, 15-point phase-detection autofocus for snapping onto a subject fairly quickly and a 2.7-inch LCD display that can be tilted to help take shots when the viewfinder is out of the question. Five frames-per-second continuous shooting rounds off the package.
£299 | Sony
Nikon is no stranger to DSLR cameras as the D610 - the D600's successor - will attest. This stylish DSLR has a 24.3-megapixel CMOS sensor that can take detailed photos in just about any lighting condition. A 3.2-inch LCD display on the back helps you keep tabs on your photos and settings, while a 39-point autofocus system and two SD card slots help you get the shot you want.
£1,184 | Nikon
Canon EOS 100D
Those who want a small and light entry-level DSLR could find their match in the Canon EOS 100D. It has a 3.2-inch touchscreen, Digic 5 processor, wide ISO range and 18-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor hidden inside a very small body. It is, in fact, one of the smallest DSLRs in the world. Excellent image quality and a touch screen round off the proceedings.
£279 | Canon
As DSLRs go, the Pentak K-3 is a good contender. It has a weather-sealed body so it will survive the elements, while its 24-megapixel Sony-built sensor can take great photos. A 3.2-inch LCD display with an anti-reflective layer is another sensible addition. Usefully, the Pentak K-3 can switch anti-aliasing on using a special simulator mode, on the off chance moiré becomes a problem during a shoot.
From £598 | Pentax