Top 10 DSLR CAMERA
Digital single-lens reflex cameras (DSLR) are digital cameras combining the optics and the mechanisms of a single-lens reflex camera with a digital imaging sensor, as opposed to photographic film. This our top 10 dslr camera of 2013 at PING Magazine.
1. Olympus OM-D E-M5
The Olympus OM-D E-M5 released last year is one of the more complex products on the mirrorless market and deserved a great deal of actual use and thought before rendering a verdict. More so than any previous mirrorless camera the E-M5 provides a fairly DSLR-like experience, and its performance qualities have been at the top of the heap during 2012. (The GH3 may change my mind a bit, but I’m early in my evaluation of that camera). OM-D is a family of camera, just like Pen is a family of cameras for Olympus’ earlier and original mirrorless offerings. It’s a group name, not an individual product name. The actual product name is E-M5. This implies that there may be other OM-D cameras in the future. Indeed, I’m certain there will be. So we need to refer to the camera by its correct name: E-M5. This is our no 1 top 10 dslr camera.
Costing two-thirds of the way towards a grand, it’s slightly silly to call this an entry-level camera, but that’s precisely how Canon‘s describing it. As a ‘first choice for those starting their DSLR adventures’, it offers specs that would have been impossibly expensive just five years ago, including the first touch-enabled screen on any DSLR. The mid-priced market is increasingly squeezed. At one end you have the considerably more expensive professional cameras, like the EOS 5D Mark III and Nikon D800, but at the other you have a healthy crop of interchangeable lens compacts like the Sony Alpha NEX-5N and Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5. The latter offer a wide range of lenses and higher resolutions at similar or lower prices, with the added benefit of a smaller body. The lower price of the Nikon D3200 offsets the features you’ll be missing, but the more advanced Canon will likely have longer-lasting appeal. This is our no 2 top 10 dslr camera.
3. Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 is the latest in Panasonic’s line of SLR-styled Micro Four Thirds camera bodies. The 16-megapixel shooter looks and handles a lot like a scaled-down D-SLR. It has an extremely sharp eye-level EVF, a vari-angle touch-sensitive LCD, shoots at 5.3 frames per second, and shoots excellent photos through ISO 6400. If you are not afraid of focusing manually, you can mount almost any vintage lens to the camera, provided you can locate the appropriate adapter. If $800 is a reach for your budget, the NEX-F3 and Olympus E-PL5 are both excellent cameras and are available for a bit less, and the Samsung NX1000 is a solid option if you want an interchangeable lens camera with Wi-Fi connectivity although none of those bodies feature a built-in EVF. This is our no 3 top 10 dslr camera.
4. Sony NEX-7
The Sony NEX-7 is a new compact system camera, the fifth model in the NEX series, that’s aimed squarely at enthusiasts. Featuring the same 24.3 megapixel Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor as the A77 and A65 SLT cameras, the NEX-7 has an eye-level XGA OLED electronic viewfinder, 25-point contrast-detect autofocus system, 1200-zone evaluative metering, 3-inch tilting LCD panel with 921,000-dot resolution, an ISO range of 100-16000 and a shutter release lag of just 0.02 seconds. Lenses can be fitted via the E mount system, and the NEX cameras can also use regular Sony Alpha lenses via the optional LA-EA2 adapter. Although the supplied 18-55mm kit lens is a competent enough performer, there just aren’t enough premium lenses in Sony’s current E-system line-up to match the sheer performance of the NEX-7 the Carl Zeiss 24mm f/1.4 and Sony 50mm F/1.8 spring most readily to mind, but the former costs almost as much as the NEX-7 itself. Sony really needs to release some fast, affordable primes to support the launch of what is a stunning camera when judged on its own merits. This is our no 4 top 10 dslr camera.
Sony’s current top-of-the-line DSLR gives its Canon and Nikon competitors a major run for the money. Although on the expensive side, the Sony SLT-A77 is one of the best DSLRs in the past year or so. The combination of high-quality stills and excellent video without focusing hassles takes this camera to a testing status. The camera’s not perfect, but you can tweak the results to your tastes as you master its many options. We recommend this camera with the DT 16-50mm lens to anyone willing to make a serious imaging investment. This is our no 5 top 10 dslr camera.
6. Nikon D7100
The Nikon D7100 is the company’s latest digital SLR for enthusiasts and semi-professional photographers. It’s an update to the Nikon D7000, which has been a firm favorite since its launch back in 2010. The D7100 costs around £1,050 with the 18-105mm kit lens, or £870 body only. These prices and its specifications mean there isn’t a direct equivalent model in other manufacturers’ SLR ranges. Among such diverse, strong competition, the D7100 isn’t as much of a stand-out, groundbreaking camera as the D7000 was when it first appeared. Still, being spoiled for choice doesn’t diminish the D7100’s appeal. The short-lived continuous raw speed is our only serious disappointment, especially as this could have been the perfect camera for wildlife enthusiasts with its large viewfinder, sophisticated autofocus and weather-proofing. Otherwise, it’s very hard to fault, with class-leading image quality, exceptional ergonomics and sophisticated autofocus that keen photographers will really appreciate. This is our no 6 top 10 dslr camera.
The Pentax K-5 IIs is a new semi-professional DSLR camera, based around the same body design as the older K-5 and the same 16.3 megapixel image sensor as found in the Nikon D7000 and Sony A55 cameras, but without an anti-aliasing filter for increased resolution. Key features include a new Safox X AF module that remains operational down to -3EV, an upgraded AF algorithm, ISO range of 80-51200, Full HD 1080p video at 25fps, 7fps continuous shooting, upgraded 11-point SAFOX IX+ AF system with wider coverage and faster speed, improved High Dynamic Range mode, and a bigger range of in-built digital filter effects. The Pentax K-5 IIs is available body only for £949.99/$1,199.95. So if you don’t mind paying a little extra, the Pentax K-5 IIs delivers better image quality than the standard model whilst remaining good value when compared to its main rivals, firmly making it one of our favourite prosumer DSLRs. This is our no 7 top 10 dslr camera.
8. Fujifilm X-Pro 1
If you’re a street or travel photographer you already know how this camera operates in those circumstances. It’s small enough that carrying it isn’t cumbersome, it’s really well built, it feels good in hands, and it’s always either with us when we are out, or sitting on a nearby shelf when we are home. It also doesn’t hurt that the camera itself is just plain sexy. The one warning is that you shouldn’t buy this camera if you are expecting it to react like your DLSR, it won’t. It takes some time to get used to, the focus is still not as quick, and the auto focus reacts differently based on distance, but once you get a handle on it, it truly is a fun camera to shoot. This is our no 8 top 10 dslr camera.
9. Canon Digital SLR Camera EOS 5D Mark II
Whoever coined the phrase about patience being a virtue would probably have a lot to say about Canon’s EOS 5D Mark II. It’s been over three years since Canon’s EOS 5D was announced, which gave ample time for all manner of conjecture, with all the hype created all those stuffs. Canon users may now have the resolution of the 1Ds Mark III in a smaller and much cheaper body, but it’s clear that the similarities end there. The newer model may not be expected to perform to the same ‘pro’ standard as the 1Ds Mark III, and its specifications, to a degree, reflect this. Perhaps critically, we not only get the best EOS image quality yet, but at less than half the price of the existing 1Ds Mark III. Nikon and Sony are hardly taking this lying down, but they certainly have a fight on their hands, because in our estimation the EOS 5D Mark II is, all things considered, probably the best ever Canon DSLR. This is our no 9 top 10 dslr camera.
Since its first appearance in the Sigma SD9 back in 2002, we have seen a lot of development in the unique Foveon X3. Sigma now owns the Foveon Company, and has continued to use this innovative technology in its cameras, including the DP2s compact camera, as well as Sigma’s most recent DSLR the SD15.The Foveon X3 sensor works in a different way to the standard CCD and CMOS sensors found in every other digital camera. Although the Foveon sensor technology certainly has potential, as it stands the SD15 is only an incremental upgrade from the three-year-old SD14 and can’t compete with the current range of consumer DSLR cameras. It is expensive, the design is bulky and heavy, it has relatively poor performance, and it simply doesn’t produce the kind of image quality to compare with its rivals, especially at higher ISO settings. This is our no 10 top 10 dslr camera.