Digital SLRs offer the greatest amount of flexibility and adaptability of all cameras. If you buy a Digital SLR you have plenty of options for adding lenses and accessories to the camera body over time in order to build your camera system.
When buying Digital SLRs at the entry level end of the market you have the opportunity to buy the camera body with a lens or two to get you started. Entry level Digital SLRs have price tags that are similar to the most expensive compact digital cameras.
The EOS 1100D is aimed at anyone looking to buy their first Digital SLR. It includes an on screen help to guide you through all the main features. Features include 12 megapixels, a 2.7 inch LCD screen, a viewfinder and High Definition movies, plus Eye-Fi connected features to help you upload your photos to your computer and photo sharing websites.
This is a fully featured Digital SLR. It is aimed at top level professionals working in the fields of sports, news and wildlife photography. Key features include 16 megapixels, a 1.3x crop factor, 46 point auto focus, 10 frames per second and the ability to shoot High Definition movies. ISO can be extended between ISO 50 and ISO 102,400. The high specification build quality includes a full magnesium alloy body. It is water and dust resistant through the fitting of 76 rubber seals.
The EOS IDs Mark III sits at the top of the Canon DSLR range. It is aimed at the most demanding professional photographers and offers features such as a shooting speed of 5 frames per second, a full frame sensor and 19 AF cross type points.
Canon has packed 18 megapixels onto the camera sensor. The EOS 550D is capable of shooting at rates up to 3.7 frames per second. It can also capture High Definition movies at a resolution of 1080p. It has a 3 inch LCD screen and is equipped with a 9 point AF system.
Like its predecessor the EOS 5D Mark II has a full frame sensor. It can shoot at up to 3.9 frames per second when images are stored as Jpegs. The 3 inch LCD screen offers Live View for composing images through the screen. There is also a comprehensive dust prevention system.
The Canon EOS 5D Mark III is one of the most advanced Digital SLRs. It offers 61 point Auto Focus, the ability to shoot at up to 6 frames per second and has a 3.2 inch LCD screen. Shooting movies is taken care of by a Full High Definition movie mode, stereo sound and the ability to use manual exposure while recording. There is a socket for an external microphone and one for headphones. Canon have equipped the camera with weather sealing. The body is built around a magnesium chassis.
The EOS 600D offers full High Definition movies. It has 9 point Auto Focus, an ISO range of 100 – 6400 (expandable to 128,000) and can reel off still images at a top speed of 3.7 frames per second. To help you compose photos from awkward shooting positions there is a 3 inch, vari angle LCD screen. If you are new to this level of camera then you are likely to find the on screen camera guide is very useful.
This mid range Digital SLR is capable of capturing up to 5.3 frames per second for up to 58 jpegs. It has a 3 inch vari angle LCD screen and a 9 point cross type AF system. ISO can be set between 100 and 6400. This is expandable to 12,800. In camera RAW processing allows you to adjust settings such as white balance and to correct distortion or chromatic aberration.
The EOS 60Da is aimed at people with an interest in astrophotography. This is because it is more sensitive to infrared light than a typical DSLR. High speed shooting is catered for by a 5.3 frames per second burst mode. For focusing there is a 9 point autofocus system. All 9 points are cross type sensors. Canon have also included an electronic spirit level. Images can be stored in RAW as well as Jpeg. The use of 63 separate metering zones helps to ensure correct exposure.
The EOS 650D has manual exposure controls and can shoot Full High Definition Movies. The 3 inch LCD screen pulls out away from the camera body and can be twisted round to give you a more comfortable shooting angle. The screen offers you some touch control too. There is a 9 point AF system. All the points are cross type. Photos can be stored in RAW and there is a burst mode that can shoot still images at a maximum speed of 5 frames per second.
Key features include the ability to shoot at speeds of up to 8 frames per second. This is ideal for fast moving subjects. Focusing options include a 19 point cross type AF system. The AF system is customisable to give you fine control over focusing. The ISO range is 100 – 6400. This is expandable up to 12800.
The EOS-1D C is a hybrid Digital SLR. It is equally at home shooting both still images and movie clips. It can shoot 4K (4096 x 2160 pixels) movies at a speed of 24 frames per second. Canon claims this gives you cinema quality movies. For still images it can shoot at a top speed of 12 or 14 frames per second. Images can be stored in RAW and there is a set of manual exposure controls. This camera has a 61 point auto focus system and a 3.2 inch LCD screen.
The EOS-1D X is a top of the range Digital SLR aimed at high level professional photographers. It is a full frame model. It is capable of 10.3 frames per second and has a 3.2 inch LCD screen. Photographs can be stored simultaneously as Jpg and RAW. There is a 3.2 inch LCD screen in addition to the viewfinder. ISO ratings go up to 512,000 in standard mode and 204,800 in High ISO mode. You can also shoot Full High Definition movies.
This is a mid range Digital SLR, popular with both professional photographers and advanced amateurs. Key features include the ability to capture HD quality movies, a Live View mode and a 51 point Autofocus system. If can capture photos at an impressive rate of 7 frames per second.
The D3100 is an ideal starter Digital SLR. It is relatively small and lightweight and has a guide mode to help you get the most out of the D3100. Features include 12 megapixels and a 3 inch LCD screen. There is a range of manual exposure controls and you can record High Definition movies. It is available in kit form with a wide angle lens.
The D3200 is an entry level Digital SLR. As well as the high number of megapixels for a camera at this level it has an 11 point auto focus system and can fire off bursts of shots at up to 4 frames per second. One of the big attractions for someone stepping up to a Digital SLR for the first time is the comprehensive Guide Mode. The D3200 can also capture Full High Definition Movies.
The D3s is clearly a high end Digital SLR. It is able to reel off shots at a rate of 9 frames per second. It has a 51 point auto focus system with 15 cross type sensors. It has a rugged construction based on a magnesium alloy body. Other features include High Definition movies, an ISO range of ISO 200 – 12,800 (expandable to 102400) and a 3 inch LCD screen. The viewfinder offers 100% coverage.
The D3x is aimed at the most demanding professional photographers. It has 51 AF points and can shoot full resolution photos at a top speed of five frames per second. The body is made from a magnesium alloy and is resistant to moisture, dust and shock.
The Nikon D4 is a top of the range Digital SLR. This full frame model has a 51 point AF and can shoot up to 10 frames per second. Full 1080p High Definition movies can be captured with stereo sound. You can even take 2 megapixel stills while shooting video. It has a 3.2 inch LCD screen, dual memory card slots and a built in HDR function. The body is based on a magnesium alloy chassis and there are seals to protect the D4 from moisture and dust. Amongst the optional accessories is a wireless transmitter.
The D5100 has a vari angle, 3 inch LCD screen, the ability to shoot 1080p High Definition movies and an 11 point Auto Focus system. Other features include a High Dynamic Range setting and a series of in camera effects include low key and high key modes.
The D700 comes with some of the features more recently introduced to Digital SLRs such as a Live View mode and a cleaning system that automatically removes dust from the sensor. It has a 3 inch LCD screen and can shoot at a maximum of 8 frames per second with the optional battery pack. A wireless transmitter is available for wireless communication with Ethernets and LANs.
The D7000 is a mid range Digital SLR. Key features include the ability to capture still images at speeds of up to 6 frames per second for 100 images. The camera can also record Full High Definition movies with a maximum resolution of 1080p. You also have the option of adding a stereo microphone for recording sound. There is a 3 inch LCD screen in addition to the optical viewfinder. For focusing Nikon have equipped the D7000 with 39 Auto Focus points including 9 cross type points.
The Nikon D800 is a high quality Digital SLR aimed at professional photographers. The D800 is a full frame Digital SLR. It is capable of shooting Full 1080p High Definition movies with stereo sound. It has a 51 point AF and an ISO 100 to 6400 range that can be expanded to 25,600. Burst mode can reel off shots at up to 4 frames per second. There is also a HDR function to increase the dynamic range of high contrast photos.
The Nikon D90 is a 12 megapixel Digital SLR. This SLR is aimed at serious photography enthusiasts. The D90 is compatible with Nikon’s NIKKOR range of lenses. It also includes a movie mode. For composing photos there is a Live View Mode.
The E-5 is a professional level Digital SLR. Key features include 12 megapixels and an 11 point Auto Focus system. The body of the camera is made out of magnesium alloy and is both splashproof and dustproof. Image stabilisation has been built into the body and the 3 inch LCD screen pulls away from the body so that you can twist it round to a comfortable shooting position. A depth of field preview button is available and you can shoot High Definition movies.
The K-5 is a mid priced Digital SLR. It is waterproof, dustproof and can handle temperatures down to -10 degrees centigrade. It has a 3 inch LCD screen and a burst mode that can shoot at 7 frames per second. Image stabilisation has been built into the body and the K-5 can also shoot Full High Definition movies.
The A55V has a great range of features for a mid priced Digital SLR. These include 16 megapixels, shooting at 10 frames per second, Full High Definition movies, GPS tagging, a 3 inch vari angle LCD screen and a sweep panorama mode. The sweep panorama mode has a 3D option. There is also setting to increase the dynamic range of your photos. This brings out extra detail in the lightest and darkest areas of your photos.
The A57 is aimed at advanced amateur photographers. Key features include the ability to capture shots at a rate of 12 frames per second. It can also capture Full High Definition Movies at a top speed of 50 frames per second. Manual exposure controls are available in movie mode as well as when you are taking still shots. There is a 15 point AF system with 3 cross type sensors.
The SLT A37 is an entry level Digital SLR. It can shoot High Definition Movies, has a set of manual exposure controls and a 2.7 inch LCD screen. Key features include Image Stabilisation and a burst mode that can capture images at a maximum speed of 7 frames per second. It also has a Handheld Twilight mode and a HDR mode for bringing out increased levels of detail in photos where there is a lot of contrast.
The SLT A65 has a range of manual exposure controls, is capable of shooting at up to 7 frames per second and a 15 point AF system. Image stabilisation has been built into the camera body. You have access to an electronic viewfinder for composing images as well as a 3 inch LCD screen that tilts and swivels away from the body. The SLT A65 can record Full High Definition movies.
As well as having a very high number of megapixels the SLT A77 offers shooting at speeds up to 12 frames per second. It also has GPS tracking. Other features include a 3 inch LCD screen, an electronic viewfinder, image stabilisation, a depth of field preview button and a digital tele converter that can increase the magnification of your lens by up to 2x. A 19 point Auto Focus system is available and the SLT A77 is able to record Full High Definition movies.