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Best DSLR Cameras 2014

Best DSLR Cameras 2014
By , Sean Captain, Cherlynn Low

Digital single-lens reflex cameras are a step up for those who are tired of sluggish point-and-shoots and want to spread their photographic wings. Yes, DSLRs are bulkier than their mirrorless interchangeable-lens cousins, but in many instances, they still provide higher performance. For instance, DLSRs generally have faster autofocus, especially on higher-end models. For people who like to frame their shots in a viewfinder, the optical versions in DSLRs still outperform even the best electronic viewfinders. Plus, by virtue of having been around longer, DSLRs give you access to a much broader selection of lenses. 

Here are our top picks for digital single-lens reflex cameras — from novice to professional levels.

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    jasonelmore , September 5, 2014 1:31 PM
    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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    jassminnadia , September 7, 2014 9:23 AM
    Nice article I own Nikon D3200 and i think it is the best entry level dslr camera for beginners to DSLR technology, because it is very easy to use, has more megapixel and large sensor than any Canon DSLR camera under $700 and have a low price near its competitors, so you can invest in tripod and lenses, because the goal is learning, and that's what Nikon D3200 do (learn + great image quality and HD video); i write here http://goo.gl/eq7LJo a small comparison between different entry level dslr cameras, maybe it can help who is confusion about what to buy as first DSLR camera.
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    marktax , September 9, 2014 8:52 PM
    Pentax slams both D3300 and T5i in their respective categories.
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    TwoDigital , October 21, 2014 10:33 AM
    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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    Colin Lee , October 21, 2014 10:41 AM
    Quote:
    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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