Top 5 DSLR Cameras for 2011

There are a lot of types of digital cameras available, from compact travel ones that can be used by anyone to big, bulky dSLR’s (digital Single Reflex Lens) that can be effectively used only by professionals with experience.

Nikon D700 Review
Nikon D700 Review

While almost all newer digital cameras are good for taking good quality pictures, if you want to take it one step further and make studio-quality shots with a lot of special effects that are very hard to do, you’ll pretty much need a DSLR camera.

They have the highest picture quality (because of the type of lens and sensor used) and the widest selection of features, mostly aimed at pros that need to tune them manually, so they lack the automatic features that the usual consumer cameras have.

Canon EOS Digital Rebel T2i review
Canon EOS Digital Rebel T2i

Every single professional photographer uses either a dSLR camera, or an older professional SLR one (if they’re really into old-school stuff). If you want to make professionally looking photos or are training to become a good professional photographer, you’ll definitely need to get a dSRL for yourself.

Below are some of the best models from different manufacturers available on the market (I won’t talk about the lens, as they deserve a separate discussion by themselves).

Nikon D700. This is the most expensive camera on this list, and for good reasons. It is technically one of the best dSLR’s ever created, and a lot of professional photographers use it. It’s got Nikon’s original FX-format (23.9x36mm) 12.1 megapixels sensor, the EXPEED digital image processing technology, an incredibly low noise and an ISO 6400 sensitivity, a 3 inch super-dense 921,000 pixels VGA display, two live view modes (tripod and hand-held), magnesium alloy construction, ultrasonic sensor cleaning, and much, much more. You practically can’t go wrong when selecting this dSLR camera.

Canon EOS Digital Rebel T2i. The new Digital Rebel from Canon brings in a lot more features for the users and an improved, lightweight body. This is the top of the line EOS Rebel, replacing the T1. The specs are nothing short of amazing: the camera features an 18 megapixels CMOS sensor, Full HD support, increased light sensitivity, Live View, the ability to shoot 4 frames per second in burst mode, SDXC cards support, 63 zone metering, and much more. The video is encoded with H.264, which allows for more filming time than usual Mov video cameras, and the camera has an external microphone jack which is great if you need quality video/audio recording.

sony camera reviews
Sony Alpha DSLR-A450

Sony Alpha DSLR-A450. This is one of Sony’s dSLR cameras. They have other models, both more expensive and cheaper. This one is positioned by them as a middle-class professional dSLR. It’s very good for any shots, but if you need bigger images or even better quality, you may want to choose a higher-end camera. The specs are pretty standard for a dSLR: it’s got a 14 megapixels sensor, SteadyShot Inside (that’s the full name) image stabilization technology, a lot of shot modes and manual adjustment possibilities, and other things.

Canon EOS 50D
Canon EOS 50D

Canon EOS 50D. This is another model from Canon. The EOS 50D is a great middle-class dSLR with a lot of features that will make the owners of older higher-end dSLR’s envious. It has a 15 megapixels APS-C sized sensor, a 6 frames per second fast shooting mode, 3 inch 920,000 pixels LCD for high-quality image viewing, and a great selection of both manual and automatic modes. This dSLR camera is a great choice for anyone, from novices to seasoned professionals.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10K review
Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10K

Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10K. The last camera on this list is Panasonic’s last true dSLR, which still uses lens. Their newer models have switched to a fully electronic system, which is not necessarily bad, but it’s new and the quality just isn’t as high as that of the time tested Single Reflex Lens technology. The good thing about this camera is that it dropped in price since it’s considered an older model. But the specs are still impressive and enough for any novice, amateur or even some professional photographers. It’s got a 10 megapixels sensor, full time live view, a flexible, swiveling 2.5 inch display (which gives you a greater flexibility when shooting anything that’s not right in front of you), Panasonic’s face detection technology, and much more. A thing to remember is that this is a four thirds camera, so it’ll not work with some full size lens, and you’ll need a converter if you’re going to use them anyway.

As I said, you’ll need a dSLR if you want to go pro or just take the highest quality pictures possible. The above cameras are very good, but you can also go for cheaper or more expensive models if you don’t want to spend a lot of money or want to have m

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