What are the Best Digital Cameras?

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Digital SLR cameras appeal to amateur photographers and professionals alike, and with each model, specs and price tag will vary. Its no question that when it comes to getting professional level photographs, DLSR cameras are the way to go. These cameras are priced all across the board, but there are options to suit any level of photographer.

The experts at DigitalCameraReview have looked at a lot of these cameras – from both an engineering and user perspective – and picked these five top models as ‘best buys’ when it comes to DSLR performance and control, with one notable exception.

1. Nikon D800

Nikon D800

The Nikon D800 is an upgrade from the Nikon D700, and the D800 comes with some significant improvements. With its 36-megapixel sensor, it will produce high quality images in a variety of settings;  but be aware that this also means large file sizes. Those megapixels come at a price of $2,800; the price may be high, but the Nikon D800 will not disappoint.

Rating Average: 9.4 out of 10
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1. (tie) Nikon D600

Nikon D600 side

The Nikon D600 is a mid-range full-frame camera that features a 24-megapixel sensor. Although considered to be accessibly priced for a full-frame DSLR, the price tag is still high at $2,100.  Although pricey, those upgrading from Nikon DX models will be pleased to know their lenses will be compatible with the D600.

Rating Average: 9.4 out of 10
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3. Samsung EX2F

Samsung EX2F

OK, it’s not a DSLR, but rather a simple point-and-shoot. But as far as point-and-shoot cameras go, professionals and amateur photographers alike can’t go wrong with the Samsung EX2F. A perfect choice for multiple users who range in experience, since it is targeted at professionals, but beginners will feel just as comfortable with its user friendly design and Smart Auto mode. This is the one point-and-shoot that rivals many DSLRs in terms of performance.

Rating Average: 9.2 out of 10
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4. Nikon D7100

Nikon D7100

The Nikon D7100 is no joke! It has an impressive spec sheet that includes a 24.1 megapixel image sensor, 3.2-inch LCD, weather sealing, and dual card slots, and its list of pros far outweigh the cons. Great image quality? Check. Excellent build and design? Check. Fast autofocus? Check. In fact, the only negatives are nitpicks. For example, the autofocus slows when all focus points are selected, and there is no aperture control for video. And taken as a whole, those register barely a blip.

Rating Average: 9.0 out of 10
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5. Sony Alpha A99

Sony A99 DSLR

With fast FPS shooting, stabilization for video, and great image quailty, the Sony Alpha A99 is a perfect option for full frame shooting. It also boasts a swivel-tilt LCD screen, a bright EVF, and is relatively easy to navigate. The impressively featured Sony Alpha A99 retails for $2,798, but is definitely worth looking at even with the high price tag.

Rating Average: 8.8 out of 10
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