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Top 11 Best DSLRs

Top 11 Best DSLRs - Here are the Top 11 Best DSLRs reviewed by us on ePHOTOzine.

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After looking at the Top 10 Best DSLRs reviewed since January 2010 we have decided to look at the overall Top 10 Best DSLRs. It was so hard to compile a Top 10 we had to extend it to 11, so here is the best of the best DSLRs that have been reviewed on ePHOTOzine...

1. Nikon D3S
Nikon D3S
 
Scoring an overall ten out of ten in our review last year, the Nikon D3S has an incredible ISO range, fast shooting speed and everything else you would expect from a pro-spec Nikon DSLR. The Nikon D3s is available for £3599 here.

Nikon D3S Digital SLR Review
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2. Pentax K5
 
Pentax' new flagship DSLR, the K-5, with a new sensor, better AF capabilities and improved low light performance. An excellent camera that is very highly recommended. The Pentax K-5 is available from £998.00 here.

Pentax K-5 Digital SLR Review
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3. Pentax K-r
 
The mid-level Pentax K-r is an exciting product that offers excellent performance and is very well priced to compete in the marketplace. The Pentax K-r is available from £429.00 here.

Pentax K-r Digital SLR Review
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Joint 4. Canon EOS 600D
 
Photos straight from the camera come out looking great, with brilliant levels of detail thanks to the 18 megapixel sensor. Colour is a strong point with excellent skin tones, rich vibrant reds and blues, and excellent flash performance. The Canon EOS 600D is available from £619.00 here.

Canon ESO 600D Review
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Joint 4. Nikon D5100
 
The Nikon D5100 scores very highly in features, image quality, and offers good value for money in the market, particularly with a 2 year warranty. It is feature packed with some previously unseen features and modes, such as night vision, and built in HDR merge. The Nikon D5100 costs £669 and is available here.

Nikon D5100 Review
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Joint 4. Nikon D7000
 
Aimed at advanced amateurs, the D7000 has many features normally found in their pro line-up, such as a weather sealed magnesium and polycarbonate body, a 16.2Mp sensor, 39 AF points and continuous shooting at 6fps. The Nikon D7000 costs £898.00 and is available here.

Nikon D7000 Digital SLR Review
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Joint 4. Nikon D700
Nikon D700
 
The Nikon D700 is highly recommended award because of the image quality, features and performance. The Nikon D700 costs £1849.00 and is available here.

Nikon D700 Review
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Joint 4. Canon EOS 7d
Canon EOS 7D
 
This is a classy, feature-rich DSLR that has a reassuringly robust body so should easily withstand even severe knocks and bumps with performance of a very high order, so it is undoubtedly worthy of recommendation. The Canon EOS 7D costs from £1178.95 and is available here.

Canon EOS 7D Review
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9. Canon EOS 1Ds MkIII
Canon EOS 1Ds
 
The Canon EOS 1Ds is lighter than the MKII, with a new layout and delivers excellent results even at high ISOs. The Canon EOS 1Ds Mk III costs £5102.99 and is available here.

Canon EOS 1Ds MkIII Review
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Joint 9. Nikon D3100
 
The Nikon D3100 is a high quality, entry-level DSLR with a new 14.2Mp sensor, Live View and a full HD 1920x1080 / 1080p, 24fps video recording at an affordable price. The Nikon D3100 is available from £398.99 at Warehouse Express here.

Nikon D3100 Digital SLR Review
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Joint 9. Canon EOS 5D MkII
Canon 5D MkII
 
With a new sensor and processor the Canon EOS 5D MkII comes Highly Recommended. The Canon EOS 5D MkII costs from £1698.00 and is available here.

Canon EOS 5D MkII Review
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JohnGon 3 4
6 May 2011 5:21PM
High praise indeed for the D5100 and 600D to be mixing it with the big boys... but how can you possibly put the D700 above the EOS 5D Mk II?! Madness.

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pulsar69 10 1.6k 6 United Kingdom
6 May 2011 8:06PM
I am looking puzzled lol , not sure what the criteria are here really , the pro cameras all taking a back seat to the amateur ones ?? think clarification is needed , top 11 best dslrs at what exactly ???

If this list is right then canon have a bit of a problem with their current flagship 1dsmk3 worth 5k being trumped by a 619 pound beginners camera ..

Best camera at getting gold stars in magazines it seems Grin
PhotoMorph 5 12 1 United Kingdom
6 May 2011 10:07PM
Suprised the Eos 60D is not in this list and as pulsar says other much higher spec cameras appear to be less useful than the entry level models, clarification is indeed needed.
The Canon 1DMk4 isn't mentioned in this list. Presumably it doesn't qualify simply because it hasn't been reviewed, but that just goes to show that lists such as this are of little or no use in and of themselves.
KNS 5 106 2 United Kingdom
7 May 2011 9:29PM
There is no objective way in which cameras in this list can be compared to one another and the list therefore seems a little silly, and meaningless......
7 May 2011 10:13PM

Quote: High praise indeed for the D5100 and 600D to be mixing it with the big boys... but how can you possibly put the D700 above the EOS 5D Mk II?! Madness.

Probably the fps and ISO range on the D700 and because I have one Smile

Can we take the D out and include the Nikon F5?

But seriously folks, the list is for the bestest DSLRs? Hasselblad must be spitting - NOT!

Maybe we could have a 10 worst lists list.
su671 4 32 United Kingdom
8 May 2011 8:58AM
i think a better way of doing a TOP 10 SLRs would have been to do it in catogries, i mean the Best SLR for sport would be one with a quick FPS, but if you only took portraits then a better ISO would work in your favour, but then you would have to match each camera to a lens and then the list would go on & on & on & on if you get my drift. I own a D80, but i want a D7000, and then you read lists like this and you think, yes i want one in fact i need one and of you go and buy one, so its good marketing,, the cheaper cameras came top because more people can afford one of these cameras and if you click the link, you will be taken to a shop and hopefully buy one "if 100 people vist the shop Via the link and 5% buy from the shop", then thats been good advertising. so here i go looking at D7000 again, with the Angle on my left shoulder saying dont buy,, and the Devel on my right shoulder saying BUY BUY BUY Wink.
just a quick PS,,, if anyone is thinking about buying a G12 all i can say is BUY BUY BUY, bought mine in Decemeber and its the BEST CAMERA i have ever owned
Suresh Khaire 12 50 1 India
8 May 2011 12:33PM
I do agree with the above statement by Su.

I think the categorised items would be better judged. All the cameras should be individually and groupwise at the same time featurewise looked upon so that it's fully justify.

Regards,
Suresh Khaire
9 May 2011 6:33PM
Can't agree with the Nikon D5100 despite all it's fancy extras supporting D series autofocus lenses would be a good start. No D90? At the end of the day the body is just a box it's the lens that is more important in my opinion anyway
AJMiles 3 16 1 United Kingdom
11 May 2011 12:06PM
Good statement su,

Not sure who was putting the thought power into this review maybe they just wanted something to do Wink (no offence intended)

Categorical reviews would be the best way to go in regards to cameras.

my belief is that the most important thing within photography isn't the camera body, not the lens, not even all the little bits and bobs that you gather over the years, it is that person wielding the camera.
edsephiroth 8 169 9 United Kingdom
12 May 2011 12:16PM
This is just something to put on an email to make people click - totally unobjective and of no use to professional photographers OR people looking for help in making a decision on what DSLR to buy first/next.

Can I get a job on ephotozine drawing up silly lists for money please? I could do it all day.
BobEH 8 14 United Kingdom
12 May 2011 10:12PM
All those poor Nikon & Canon users are obviously feeling miffed that there brand is not up there. I am a Nikon user (D90) and I can honestly say that it was one of my worst purchases. My D40 was great, sharp and exposure near perfect. The D90 - well its softish. Anyone want to buy a D90 & 18 - 105?
My camera of choice is an ageing pentax ist DS and a K7 (when you've got sharp images you can make them soft deliberately). Use it on ISP priority (yes, the only brand that has this despite an article in AP not mentioning it). My next purchase, after I sell my crappy D90 & 70 - 300 VR (It must be quality control) is a K5. Just look at the DXO report. Its the bees knees. Ho Ho!
BobEH 8 14 United Kingdom
12 May 2011 10:21PM
Of course I spelt "their" incorectly just in case anyone though I was illiterate. Most Nikons are great I was just unlucky. The D700 is the best and I am sure most Canons are great as well. Check out the K5 its small weighty and brilliant. 7 FPS, mirror up, no noise. Wonderful handling, what more can I say, and that terrific ISO priority. The Star lenses are the best, but the range is miniscule. Still there must be good Sigma & Tamron long lenses that will suffice. - Ex LX user.
dsims 5 United States
13 May 2011 12:19AM
I'd say this is a list of the cameras which are the most outstanding - the ones that are worth investing in if you need that type of DSLR. I'd especially agree with the top three - I have a K-5 and previously owned a K-x (the K-r's predecessor). No other kit for around $2000 can come close to the performance of a K-r or K-x with the two DA* zooms (16-50 and 50-135). The only other camera I'd seriously consider is the D3S - if I had an actual need for it, it's unquestionably the one I'd get.

I do believe this list implies that High-ISO performance and overall image quality are important - as they are to me.

A camera like the Canon 60D is simply not worth investing in when you could get a K-5, Nikon D7000, or Canon 600D instead. These cameras give nice image quality on an absolute basis, as well as being a good value. The D3S is the only DSLR (MF is not included here) which I know would give me substantially better images than I'm getting now.

However, I do think the 5D Mk II is ranked a little low here, despite its age. Late last year I did a shoot on a Hollywood backlot. I changed off between my Pentax and the 5D Mk II (with a couple of L series zooms) and I got excellent performance from both.
FrankRobinson 4 84 2 United Kingdom
13 May 2011 12:30PM
I like the list above - it affects my camera choices as much as the list given in the main article... Tongue

What a job - writing this twaddle.
FrankRobinson 4 84 2 United Kingdom
13 May 2011 12:31PM
Ah heck, then someone goes and removes the spam list of sports shoes and makes my witticism meaningless... Sad
ccd 10 2 United States
21 May 2011 5:19AM

Quote:

If this list is right then canon have a bit of a problem with their current flagship 1dsmk3 worth 5k being trumped by a 619 pound beginners camera ..


Wow, and the Canon people are usually saying the Pentax owners are sensitive.Wink Lots of people with noses out of joint with this list....it's great that the roles are reversed (at least here). Smile

I think it says a lot that what you stated has taken place. It's obviously not a list of the best DSLR's based on a sum of their merits. But it does speak to how well the camera has done in their eyes across the board. I think it's implied that there would normally be "genre's" to designate or classify for a certain price or feature set. I find it quite amusing that there are those who take it so seriously as to discredit the list accordingly. It's one list.....if someone buys a camera based just on this, then shame on them for not doing more research.

The K-r and the K-5 obviously are at the top of their game in their respective classes and that's why they are high on the overall list. They both addressed relative shortcomings in their previous models (K-x and K-7)....then added some nice additional features or upgrades. It's a matter of bang for the buck....and practicality for most photographers. Who has $5,000 for a camera? Most of us don't.....esp. these days. I would rather use whatever money I might save by getting a cheaper body and get some good glass.

BTW, the K-r is not just for beginners. I've been shooting for years, won photographic competitions, have taught classes on landscape photography, and sell prints now and then. I consider myself an advanced amateur/enthusiast and I chose the K-r because it has mid-range capabilities for an entry level price. In fact, ironically enough it outperforms the hefty 1dsmk3 in frames per second......6 to 5. And, it has a unique feature that no other DSLR to my knowledge has.....the ability to run on the standard lithium-ion stick and AA's. Of course it's not on par with a full frame professional model almost 10 times the cost......but it has excellent IQ considering that price difference (esp. at high ISO).

Alas, however.....thanks primarily to aggressive marketing and that market teeming with lemming-like purchasers, there's no need to worry about the Canikon blitzkrieg. It's alive and still well. And granted both companies make excellent cameras regardless. Pentax is a niche company, and their owners are often cantankerous contrarians to be sure. If you look around there have been some issues with the K-5 and the K-r with stains/front focusing.....those Pentax owners are the first to rip their own. In spite of those problems (firmware has addressed them to some extent and for other owners the issues are of no consequence)....both models are excellent cameras otherwise and the lions share of their owners are extremely satisfied.

In this case, it's not gloating when you've been down in the digital grand scheme of things for so long. It's about trying to survive in a very competitive market.
16 Aug 2011 2:08PM
HI BobEH,

You said:

"I am a Nikon user (D90) and I can honestly say that it was one of my worst purchases. My D40 was great, sharp and exposure near perfect. The D90 - well its softish. Anyone want to buy a D90 & 18 - 105?"


My first DSLR was Nikon D40. It was a great camera. Since that I have had D5000 and D3100 until I bought My D90 last winter. I have used the same Nikkor 18-105 VR lens on all of them and I can tell that D90 is the best Nikon I have had so far. Out of all cameras I have had, D5000 comes closest to D90 in terms of performance. D90 is actually faster in autofocus as Nikon D7000 (you can verify this by checking it at their reviews at www.imaging-resource.com. Also, the image quality of D90+18-108 combo is quite superior to that of D40+18-105.

By "softish" you might mean the jpeg image quality? You can always tweak the jpeg output by adjusting sharpness, contrast and saturation. I use sharpness +1 for jpegs on my D90. In the end it is not so important for me because for any important photography I shoot in raw.

Regarding Pentax K-5, I agree with you so much. It is a great camera both in IQ and performance. I wouldn't mind to get one!

Cheers!
BobEH 8 14 United Kingdom
17 Aug 2011 7:39PM
I believe that non pro models of camera makes do not get the same attention as ordinary models and on Nikon thats probably D300s upwards. (Im not sure about the D7000). My D90 definitely struggles with ultimate sharpness compared with all my other cameras. (I use raw too) Although I too have just upped the sharpness to +1 and things definitely look better. I have also changed my walkabout lens for an ageing 24-120d non VR and only £125 frm LCE and mint too boot . This is much sharper than the 18-105 I have also bought a 50-300 vr DX lens and results are sharper than my 70- 300vr full frame lens. So the 18-105 a 105vr and a 70-300vr are worse than the two lenses I now use. It must be something to do with focus on the sensor plane which you cant change on the D90. Therefore if you have a good camera & lens you have no problem.
15 Sep 2011 7:52AM
All rubbish do not know under what basis they are judged.Because recent market share of Sony is in 2nd place after Canon,& their performance is fantastic. Lumix & Olympus are also too good. At least their performance are no way inferior to Nikon 3100/5100. Canon EOS5 Mk II, is outstanding. Pentax has no market in INDIA, now merged with RICOH for obvious reasons. People are confused with the war of megapixels. I am still relying upon my faithful Nikon D 70 S. Therefore crux of the matter remains how best one can use his gadget & the burning example is Carol G,& her PF in Ephotozine.
15 Sep 2011 4:01PM

Quote: All rubbish do not know under what basis they are judged.Because recent market share of Sony is in 2nd place after Canon,& their performance is fantastic. Lumix & Olympus are also too good. At least their performance are no way inferior to Nikon 3100/5100. Canon EOS5 Mk II, is outstanding. Pentax has no market in INDIA, now merged with RICOH for obvious reasons. People are confused with the war of megapixels. I am still relying upon my faithful Nikon D 70 S. Therefore crux of the matter remains how best one can use his gadget & the burning example is Carol G,& her PF in Ephotozine.

Dear Prabhusinha,

I have owned D3100 and now I have Olympus E-PL1 (with the 14-42mm Mk II MSC lens that improves the autofocus of the lovely E-PL1 quite a lot) as the second camera. I can tell you that even though I really like my E-PL1 (and take it more often with me than my D90 when I go out to downtown) it is NOT on par with D90 except in compact size and portability. The dynamic range, colour accuracy, speed, features, build quality including the LCD and the viewfinder and the high-ISO performance of D90 is just superior. D5100 meets and actually exceeds many of these features of D90.

I got an external flash for my E-PL1 and I'm planning to get an electronic viewfinder also. After shooting in the very bright conditions here in the tropical zone in Brazil I have found EVF quite necessary. When I travel back to northern Europe, I find E-PL1 a little incapable to copy with the darker conditions over there. Also, it is important to know that the low light IQ of the latest Olympus PEN and Panasonic G and GF series is the same or just marginally better than that of E-PL1.

Anyhow, it all depends of your needs. You might really need the performance/IQ of D5100 or you'd be perfectly fine with an Oly or Pan µ43rd! In the end it is nice that there is something for everybody available in the market!

BTW, D70 is still a nice camera—my brother has one. Smile

Cheers!
OK55 3 4
24 Sep 2011 5:00PM
No 1D Mk IV...and low ratings for Canons...? Seems to me someone doesn't like Canons...!
bangma 3 Indonesia
7 Oct 2011 12:16PM
no Sony alpha ? Smile
DecoMike 2 3 United Kingdom
31 Dec 2011 11:47PM
Interesting comments above having just joined the site forums as an 'ABSOLUTE BEGINNER'. After spending several months looking for the right camera 'for me' I am convinced that manufacturers are so dynamic with their pricing that the old addage 'you get what you pay for' has never been closer to the truth.

Most of us will never use all of the functions of the more sophisticated cameras so my own perspective is that you buy the camera that feels right at the VERY TOP of your budget with a decent lense (and a tripod) to get you going. If you buy the right body then adding lenses in the future is an exciting hobby.

I chose the Canon EOS 7D for its amazing feel, spec and of course abundance of reviews and added 3 lenses (Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM, Canon EF 24-70mm f2.8L USM & Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM). That said my best friend with his Nikon D3S doesn't like my choice at all and I don't get the same feel with his Nikon so horses for courses. The point is save until you can afford the best you can get if you are serious about photography as I have also seen others buy 3 cameras in as many years, which seems a waste to me. One final note is that my friends shots from 20 years ago on an Olympus OM 10 still amaze me so we should really take stock of the fact that all of the cameras above can support our creative flare to deliver excellent results....Just my thoughts as a rookie without getting personal about choice and promotion of brand.
ablast 5 10 Australia
24 Jan 2012 12:44PM
I think it is pretty obvious that there is an assumption of class here. Most, if not all of us are aware what class each camera model belongs in. I certainly would not set up comparison between my 350D and my 1Ds MKII. Tongue
mrcamm 7 United Kingdom
8 Feb 2012 6:44PM
Hahaha - this list is funny! Putting aside my canon sensibilities for a moment - pentax? Are you having a laugh?!
chris_c1 5 9 United Kingdom
7 Mar 2012 8:08PM
This list is out of date now and has been for some time, just to say you have the Ds3 as top camera and from the photo's i have seen it soft focus on them, the D4 it better camera from the sampils i have seenTongue
mrcamm i tried loads of cameras in shop including canons as have numerous canons in past a1, eos1n i dont regret getting k5 at all for price unbeatable

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