The digital camera industry is one of the most competitive technology fields today. Most camera companies are struggling to outperform the higher and higher quality of camera smartphones now provided. However, what phones can’t provide and DSLR (digital single lens reflex) cameras can are high quality photos that negotiate with almost all lighting and movement. The price of these cameras continue to fall, yet their quality continues to increase – much to the joy of more serious and professional photographers.
Today, Canon and Nikon continue to provide the highest quality of professional cameras on the market. It should be no surprise that only Canon and Nikon cameras populate the list of the five best Digital SLR cameras currently available. Although Canon and Nikon are separate companies, the design of their cameras are remarkably similar. Where the differences lie are each camera’s internal features.
Canon EOS 5D Mark III
While this camera is over three years old, it continues to provide a high quality experience. This camera boasts a high processing speed and its raw, unprocessed pictures are still of a higher quality than most smartphone pictures. At minimum, 22 MP frame images can be captured from this camera. One downside to this model is its JPEG output and its ISO handling. JPEGs are the most common and the most workable digital file format, but when other file formats are converted to JPEG, the image often decreases in quality. Unfortunately, the Mark III also suffers from this conversion error. However, users can decrease the effect by tinkering with the camera’s settings. The same can be done to correct the camera’s mediocre handling of higher ISOs.
This digital camera was released over a year ago and for its price (just a few hundred dollars), packs a decent punch. It’s a better fit for those who are beginning their professional photography journey. This camera has a 24 megapixel sensor, meaning exquisite detail can be found in the photos. Unlike the Mark III, this camera more seamlessly coverts its native images to JPEG. It also is capable of handling quality JPEG photos at an up to 1,600 ISO with minimal flaws. After 1,600 ISO, you will need a booster to get optimal performance. You can survive without the booster though until around 6,400 ISO. A significant downside to this digital camera model is its processor speed. It is said to feel quite slow compared to the other professional camera’s in the market. However, in comparison to camera’s that are around the same price range, the Nikon D3300 processor is faster.
Canon EOS Rebel T3i
This 4 year old camera is a great starter for those who take frequent still-shots. However, considering its age, the Rebel T3i is not the best at capturing action shots. The digital camera’s JPEG output is clean cut until 1,600 ISO. You will then distinctly notice the fuzzing of detail. However, you can fix this by adjusting the settings.
Canon EOS 6D
This camera hails a lightweight frame, Wi-Fi, GPS, an excellent video and image quality, even through JPEG conversion and at an ISO above 1,600. Unfortunately, this camera lacks flash and other standardized digital camera components. This is a turnoff, especially considering you can get another camera on this list with more features at a few dozen dollars more.
Canon EOS Rebel SL1
One of the lightest models on this list, the Rebel SL1 is sized for those who have smaller hands. It’s preferable for those who are just beginning their photographer journey. Internally, there are few distinct qualities this camera has to rant or rave about. Nonetheless, you’ll get a higher quality of photos from this camera than most smartphones on the market and compared to other entries on this list, it’s very cheap.
Whatever camera you choose to buy, make sure to purchase one that fits your skill level and budget. Otherwise, your purchase will just act as a dust collector as you search for something better. The five best Digital SLR cameras article hopefully can give you a hint how to choose your own camera.