Best DSLR Cameras 2015

Digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) cameras are the most reliable and consistent shooters out there. Fast autofocus is a given, and large sensors ensure top-notch quality. The optical eyepiece is a must-have feature for many photographers who want to see exactly what the subject looks like, rather than previewing it on a screen.

Camera companies have been making DSLRs for nearly a generation, and their analog SLR predecessors for many generations before that. Thus, DSLRs have access to a vast selection of lenses, flashes and other accessories. As such an established technology, DSLRs can provide entry-level models that are generally cheaper than equivalent mirrorless or bridge camera options. DSLRs also offer the most powerful, dependable (and expensive) pro models that in some cases are literally battle-ready. In between is a wide selection of models for any budget or skill level.

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20 comments
  • The D3300 has way better picture quality than the Canon T5i. The image quality difference is night and day.

    However the T5i has more options and settings to fiddle around with, the D3300 takes better pictures by far. Even better than the 70D.
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  • Pentax slams both D3300 and T5i in their respective categories.
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  • If this article gets a "version 2.0" down the road, you may want to have 2 suggestions at each user level... with these DSLRs, users will be collecting lenses as they move from 'beginner' to 'intermediate', etc. If you suggest they buy a Nikon f-mount (D3300) as a beginner and then a Canon EF-S lens mount (T5i) you are ignoring a growing investment in lenses... Just something to keep in mind.
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  • TwoDigital said:
    If this article gets a "version 2.0" down the road, you may want to have 2 suggestions at each user level... with these DSLRs, users will be collecting lenses as they move from 'beginner' to 'intermediate', etc. If you suggest they buy a Nikon f-mount (D3300) as a beginner and then a Canon EF-S lens mount (T5i) you are ignoring a growing investment in lenses... Just something to keep in mind.


    Very true...
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  • the t5i is better than the nikon d5200? Please answer
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  • good,the T5i has more options and settings to fiddle around with, the D3300 takes better pictures by far. Even better than the 70D.
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  • My fiancé is a photographer and in his point of view DSLR cameras offer interchangeable lenses for better magnification and better ISO ranges as well as fully adjustable focus. So if you are wildlife photographer then Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III is best for you and for beginner T5i or Nikon D3100 is better.
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  • Mikhail Ratchkovski
    It is not about the cameras, it is all about the lenses.
    Tread carefully on your first camera as it is a commitment to the lenses camp.
    The camera bodies will go as every couple of years the technology moves on but the lenses will stay and you will accumulate more lenses over the years.
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  • Agree with Ratchkovski; Photographic imagining has always been about the quality of the optics; build your system around the very best lenses you can afford.
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  • Before you make the plunge, read some reviews and take suggestions from the forum. Don't aim too low when choosing a camera. I've never heard anyone complaining that the camera they bought is too good.

    Don't rule out used and refurbished cameras from dealers and manufacturers.

    Camera Reviews

    http://www.photographytalk.com/compare-prices/camera-buying-guide

    http://www.dpreview.com

    http://www.snapsort.com

    http://www.whatdigitalcamera.com/equipment.html
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  • The fact that Pentax isn't even on this list shows the Sam Rutherford is clueless.
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  • thagishu tharau
    What's the best beginners camera? Would really love to know. Thanks all.
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  • I want the Canon EOS 70D so badly!
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  • Any suggestions for catching a toddler at play? I am looking for a camera that's has great quality pictures and is fast enough to catch my toddler since she only has a 2 second attention span.
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  • Mitchell Robinson
    yespinal said:
    Any suggestions for catching a toddler at play? I am looking for a camera that's has great quality pictures and is fast enough to catch my toddler since she only has a 2 second attention span.


    What you want here isn't any particular camera. As long has they have manual control what you want to look for is a camera with a high shutter speed. 1/800 or more

    Anywho, If it has to be a DSLR look for a lens with a zoom as this will help the most capturing no matter how far away you are from your little one(s). Some SLR's also have a higher fps when it come to stills also so maybe keep that in mind too if you want to be taking photos in burst.

    Hope this helped,

    - Mitch
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  • Nikon D4 is the best DSLR camera for shot and shut your memorable moments
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  • What abt the K-S2 (Pentax, of course)?
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  • <b> Bought D5300 in http://amzn.to/1cXmlZI from AMAZON with 40% discount last week!!!. I am much satisfied with the range and shutter speed. the best camera I have ever had and would suggest for every one. </b>
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  • Very nice article, and as you said <it's hard to decide what is the best DSLR> especial if you are beginner to dslr photography, so i like the Nikon D3200 because it's cheap and made for absolute beginners as me, but i was confused with Nikon D5200, but in the end i buy Nikon D3200, this article help me a lot in making my decision http://goo.gl/3oOS7D
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  • I personally think that Canon 760D / Rebel t6s is the best in beginner series :love: ( but it is a bit costly but worth the money ). For those who can't afford a camera like that , A 750D / t6i ( Lacks the top LCD screen in 760D ) or 700D / t5i ( Lacks some features of its successors ) can do :wahoo: . In professional DSLRs Canon 5D Mark III or 5DR and 5DS is best I think :ange::):ange:. I Don't get it why Nikon has top places in 3 categories :no::??::no::??::no: . Canon also has the BEST lens against Nikon I think .:ange: . The makers of this website must NOT be partial to Nikon . They should respect other makers too !!! I have used Nikon and Canon and I say , Canon IS Best!!!
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