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The question I’m being asked on a daily basis at the moment is – ‘what camera should I buy?’ Obviously cameras are on many people’s wishlists this Christmas!
I’m planning to update our Popular Digital Cameras and Gear page here on DPS in the coming week to help answer the question but thought I’d do a quick post looking specifically at what’s hot at the moment when it comes to DSLRs (as this is what many of those asking questions are focusing upon).
Note: it’s a particularly good time to buy a digital camera. Most online stores have Black Friday sales on at the moment. Here’s Amazon’s Camera sale (they’re updating it every day) and B&H also seem to have a lot of specials on at the moment.
Note: The following DSLRs are the most popular with our readers in their purchases over the last month. We’re listing them in the order of popularity in terms of sales and in the configuration (ie with or without lenses bundled) that they’re selling in best.
This camera has topped our best selling list for the last few months.
It’s a 15.1 megapixel DSLR which comes with an 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Image Stabilised Lens.
It has a 3.0 inch LCD, full HD video capture, live view framing of images, face detection autofocusing and a good range of features.
The Nikon D90 DX is a 12.3 megapixel DSLR which comes bundled with an 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6 ED AF-S VR lens.
While not Nikon’s newest camera it has many fans in our forums and it is no wonder when you see its feature set including 3.0 inch LCD (high res), Live View framing, Face Detection, Video recording Image sensor cleaning, 4.5 frames per second shooting and a lot more.
The Nikon D90 with it’s 18-105mm lens comes in at $1031.89 or you can grab it Body Only for $794.95. It’s probably one of the best cameras in the ‘enthusiast’ range of cameras and in most reviews I’ve read of it gets a very high rating.
The 50D is another mid range/enthusiast camera that is often put forward in our forums by users as one to consider and it is reflected in the sales figures among our readers. Featuring a 15.1 megapixel image sensor, 3.0 inch LCD, Live View Framing, DIGIC 4 processor and 6.3 frames per second shooting – this camera still packs a punch despite having been on the market for over a year (although no video which is becoming standard on DSLRs).
Another popular entry level DSLR from Canon contineus to be the 12.2 megapixel XSi (also known as the 450D in some parts of the world).
Features on this DSLR include a 3.0 inch LCD, DIGIC III processor, dust cleaning, 3.5 frames per second shooting, Live View Framing and a range of other standard DSLR features.
Again – this gets great reviews but is perhaps starting to date a little (although is selling well according to our figures.
Nikon’s turn – with their 12.3 Megapixel DSLR.
It’s another entry level offering but this one a little more up to date than others, having been released this year – plus it has a few extra features and probably puts it in the upper end of the entry level spectrum.
Feature wise it has a 2.7 inch tilt and swivel LCD, 720p HD Movie capture, Live View, Face Detection, 11 AF points and 4 frames per second shooting.
The D5000 is getting great reviews and takes great images for something of this price point.
Speaking of price – the D5000 bundled with an 18-55mm lens (the most popular bundle we’ve seen sold) retails at Amazon for $651.89 or body only for $599.99.
The little brother to the D5000, this 10.2 megapixel camera has been a popular buy with those right at the entry level of DSLR purchases. In fact at present the D3000 is the top selling DSLR on Amazon.
Features include a 3.0 inch LCD, Image sensor cleaning, 11 AF points and 3 frames per second shooting. Missing in comparison are a number of features including Live View, no automatic chromatic aberation correction, slower burst shooting, no tilt and swivel LCD. It also does not have a video mode.
One of the newest cameras on this list is Canon’s 18 megapixel 7D – a camera that has had ALOT of press this year.
This is a camera for the serious enthusiast (in fact I know a couple of pros who have this as their 2nd camera) and it is feature rich (a true big brother to the 50D mentioned above). Features include – Dual DIGIC 4 processors, 100% viewfinder, 19 point AF system, 8 frames per second shooting, built in flash (that can control external flashes), 1080p HD video, 3.0 inch LCD and environmental sealing.
In some ways this is actually a better camera than the Canon EOS 5D Mark II – and if you don’t need a full frame sensor this could be one to consider.
Getting very high ratings – the Canon EOS 7D is priced at $1699.95 as a body only package or with a 28-135mm lens is $1899.99 (although if I were spending that much on a body I’d want to grab an L series lens to put on it).
In a similar space to the Canon EOS 7D we find the D300S. While lower megapixels (it has a 12 MP sensor) it’s got a great feature list. The D300 (its predecessor) was widely regarded as the top of its class by many and the 300S is a worthy update.
Features include – 720p 24 frames per second HD video (with some in camera movie editing), 7 frames per second shooting, 3.0 inch LCD, image sensor cleaning, 51 AF points, Live View and a lot more.
Yay! Finally a non Canon or Nikon in the list. We promise we’re not biased, we’re just reporting what people are buying from our readership!
The Pentax K-7 DSLR is a 14.6 megapixel DSLR. It has a 3.0 inch LCD, Live View framing, Moving Mode (1280x720p 30fps moview), 5.2 frames per second shooting and weather/dust/cold resistant body.
The K-7 has a retail price on Amazon of $1,114.95 when bundled with a 18-55mm lens.
Rounding out our top 10 list is a DSLR from Olympus which will appeal to the entry level DSLR buyer.
This camera was released this year and features a four-thirds 10 megapixel sensor, in body image stabilization, face detection, shadow adjustment, Live View and more.
While it’s features are not as advanced as some of the other cameras above for its price it’s going to be very attractive to many – Body Only it is $399.92 and bundled with a 14-42mm lens it is $449.95.
There you have it – the top 10 most popular DSLRs among our readers when it comes to purchases over the last couple of months.
Of course as with all of these types of posts there will be debate over whether the cameras should be ordered in that order or whether others should have made the list – but in the end this is just a list based upon our community’s spending patterns.
Is your camera in the list? If so – which one is it? If not – what have you bought?
May 31, 2013 08:52 am
I am new to the Photography scene. I got into it because photography has always been a part of who I am and I have been told a lot in the last few years that I am quite good and I only use a point and shoot digital and my cell phone. But I have more confidence and really want to make photography my life. :-)
May 4, 2012 11:06 pm
You made some first rate points there. I appeared on the internet for the issue and found most individuals will go together with with your website.
July 28, 2011 12:28 am
Thanks! Actually, many of those were taken with a Canon Powershot A620. When I first started out trying to sell my work back in 2007, that's the camera I had at my disposal. One of the best cameras I've ever used. I upgraded, because, like any serious artist, I wanted room to grow. :) The newer ones--post 2008--are the D60.
To be sure the camera is right for you, could you maybe borrow from friends or rent different ones for a couple of weeks at a time? Play with some different ones and see which ones feel best and are easiest for you to maneuver.
Finally, remember that it's not the camera--it's the artist. If you're good at what you do, you can make almost any setup work for you, but it IS good to have a rig with some flexibility.
July 27, 2011 04:52 am
Jen, thank you for sharing. I've looked at your gallery, your work is beautiful - and all that with just kit lens? Amazing!
You've made a good point about me being absolutely sure that this is the right camera for me.
Now, how do I get to that point when I AM absolutely sure?
It's very hard for me to decide; the overall offer in that price-range is overwhelming, the information as well, and I'm scared to end up with something I will outgrow.
I use my camera for my hobby, which is stock photography, and my family photographs. I'm not planning to go pro, but I would like a bit more traffic on my micro-stock profiles.
I'd like a camera which is fast enough to take my child's photographs (she's tired of posing, and I'm tired of blurry pictures!), and I'd like the camera and lens that take decent evening and night shots acceptable for stock sites, without a lot of noise and blur.
This is what I think I need right now.
Would Canon Eos 500D give me that, with those twin lenses? How can I be sure?
Sorry, all, I know it is a simple enough and stupid enough question, but with recent economy, taking the plunge is a big deal.
July 27, 2011 01:17 am
When I bought my Nikon D60, it only came with the kit lens. That was 3 years ago. I outgrew the kit lens within a couple of weeks, and I still can't afford to buy new glass. It's been very frustrating to me.
If you decide that is the right camera for you, I would jump on that deal. It sounds like a pretty good one; however, be absolutely SURE that is the right camera for you before you plunk down the money.
July 26, 2011 11:41 pm
Can I join you with the question?
I still haven't upgraded :(, I asked previously a question here about Sony DSLR, but I didn't get it.
I would still like to upgrade and go DSLR. I've been looking at Canon EOS 500D kit with two lenses, 18-55 and 75-300.
The price for this lot is 940 US $.
I'm still learning about DSLR photography, and I've read somewhere that 18-55 lens is pretty basic and doesn't get you far (in terms of really good photography and stock-wise, as I'm a microstock contributor), but I'm thinking that the second lens in that kit, 75-300, might get me covered. Am I wrong?
The lenses alone are very expensive, so the whole deal (camera + two lenses), financially, might be good for me.
Photography-wise, would you say it is justified? Those of you who had or have that camera/lenses, what are your experiences? Please share :).
Many thanks in advance for your thoughts. :)
May 6, 2011 07:25 pm
Is this list still valid, today, the 6th of May 2011? May I suggest that this and your other very useful similar articles all carry the date of publication and the date of updating, if they are updated, please.
March 15, 2011 03:08 am
“Sometimes known as the 450D in SOME PARTS OF THE WORLD”…
How about “Most of the world, except the US and Japan, call this the 450D”.
Canon EOS 450D and Canon Rebel XSi are not exactly the same...
October 29, 2010 05:50 am
Is that the best you can do.Pentax is the best bang for buck camera around,and what I fail to understand is why people still buy cameras where they need to buy lens that have to have IS in the lens instead of the body. I have two Pentax camreras isT.ds and a K200D and have obtained a range of lens,from a 50mm f1.4 to a 500mm with 9 lens inbetween for less than $1000.try that with your Canikons,Just wont happen
September 25, 2010 01:50 am
Hai there. I still new in this photographic world looking for my first DSLR camera and I need you all advice here. So I have survey Nikon D3000 and Canon EOS 1000D. I have made a comparison but still need expert and experience user to guide me. So to not waste our time, what camera should I buy between Nikon D3000 and Canon EOS 1000D? I hope that I will get a good feedback from you all. All the information and advice is much appreciated.
August 24, 2010 02:56 am
On a dSLR there is not built-in "zoom factor" like you see on the consumer cameras. A consumer camera has fixed lens that you cannot change. The length of zoom is pre-determined based on the glass and mechanics built into that model of camera. That is why you see 10x optical zoom or 20x optical zoom, etc. printed on the camera or packaging for those units. If you see a consumer camera that lists "digital zoom" ignore that as digital zoom is worthless.
With a dSLR, the amount of available zoom is not determined by the camera at all, but by the type of lens you attach to it. It's also not measured in 10x, 20x, etc...but rather in mm (millemeters). So, let's say you have a Canon 450D (ie. Rebel XSi like I have)....you can buy a telephoto zoom lens with a rating of 75mm-300mm. That means the lens at its closest is 75mm and when you zoom out far away, it's 300mm.
Also remember...if you plan on going up to a dSLR, do your research first to determine what you consider the best type of camera for your needs. Once you start buying a certain brand of lens, you are kind of locked into that brand from there on out. If you buy a Canon lens, you cannot turn around and use it on a Nikkon, and vice-versa. However, if you want to save some money, you don't HAVE TO buy the same brand of lens as your camera. For example, Tamron makes some really nice quality lenses for both Canon and Nikkon (and others) for less than the cost of the Canon or Nikkon brand lenses.
The most important thing to consider when upgrading to a dSLR is not the camera body, but more the glass (ie. lenses). Get the body you can afford with the features you want, but don't skimp on the glass. The better quality lens, the better your pictures will look as you get more proficient with your new dSLR.
August 20, 2010 02:01 am
I'm a beginner & currently going through your tutorials. I'm planning on buying a DSLR camera & reviewing number of popular cameras. There is one stupid query I have, i.e. how is zoom of a DSLR camera determined or in other terms in terms of 'X' figure in Digicam which feature of SLR cam give its zoom strength
August 5, 2010 04:16 am
licor. That is a pretty open-ended question. Canon offers two lens mounts for their DSLR's: EF and EF-S. The EF lenses work on all Canon DSLR's (full frame and crop), but the EF-S lenses can only be mounted on crop frame models. Examples of crop frames are Rebels, 30D, 40D, 50D, etc. These have crop factors of 1.6.
Plenty of other lenses are available for Canon DSLR's of both formats. Some are Sigma, Tamron, Vivitar, and Tokina. Go to any on-line camera shop, like B&H or Adorama and you can find out about all of the differnt options.
August 4, 2010 07:31 pm
Is there a specific lense for specific dslr in canon or we can used any lenses??
August 4, 2010 01:21 am
I wouldn't be too overly conerned about the LV functions, in my experience, most serious photographers don't use it. My camera (40D) has LV, but I have yet to use it myself. Plus it eats up the batteries...
August 2, 2010 11:37 pm
I have a nikon D3000 and have been using it for last 3 months.I am beginner to the world of DSLR's but one thing thing i can say for sure is D3000 is one of the best entry level DSLR. Although it doesnt have a LV it offers good user interface and is very easy to use.Even the image quality is good.
Its a complete value for money.
July 30, 2010 03:19 am
I have a D3000 now, and it is my first DSLR, but I've used other cameras also. A D3s, D300, D90 and a Rebel XS, and I must say that even though it's impossible to compare it to the D3s, compared to the others it is a good camera and I'm more than satisfied with it. I know that a lot of people trying to buy their first DSLR try to choose between the Rebel XS and the D3000. In my opinion the D3000 is much better even though it has no LV, mostly because of the software. I needed to shoot with a XS once, and everything was way too hard to find. At least that is my take on it.
July 29, 2010 11:49 pm
I bought the Nikon D90 (upgraded from D80) when it first came out and I am very happy with it. It takes great photos and videos!
May 18, 2010 01:03 am
What do you think about a Canon EOS 500D + Sigma 18-200 as my first DSLR camera and lens ? Thanks
May 7, 2010 03:17 am
I am beginning to wonder if I am the only one out there with a Sony a330. I just got it a week ago, and so far I really like it. It is my first DSLR. I recieved the package that had of course the 18-55mm and then the 55-200mm came with it too. I am alittle intimidated by all of it, but I am confident that with practice, I will be fine. I have turned out some pretty good stuff with my little Canon PowerShot, so I am really looking forward to doing this with a much better camera. I have plans on doing macro, wildlife and landscape, and anything else that might jump in front of my lens. And oh yea, I have a huge wish list started....haha
April 7, 2010 01:52 pm
just got my nikon D90, and very happy to see it here. i never know whats the differences among others (DSLR cameras) because i am new to this world of photography. i am so excited to explore things and take a photos of it.
March 29, 2010 10:24 pm
Recently I went to Shopping Mall (Dubai) to buy one DSLR (7D) camera for me… I got confused between two prices quoted by two different shops (One is small shop only sell cameras and another with well known electronics mall (they sell all type of goods)…. The difference between to cameras is 2000 AED (7000 AED n 5000 AED)…..
- 7000 AED (With Insurance (Middle East)
- 5000 AED (With Insurance) (Asked about online registration abt the product – Answer they don’t know)
- Is this camera is genuine
- Is there procedure to check whether these cameras are original, without any cheating etc etc
- Whether Insurance is must for camera….
- Which one you suggest me to buy
March 20, 2010 05:21 am
I have a Nikon D3000, maybe my next update is to have a Nikon D5000 because his price and more features. Cool review of the top teen cameras.
March 1, 2010 04:31 am
Katrina, if you want to play around with photo editing software and effects, you don't need to break the bank and buy Photoshop. That program is good, but there are other programs out there that are just as good (and better at some things) that are infinitely less expensive and have a lesser learning curve. The top competitor would be Corel Photopaint (part of Corel Graphics Suite) or Corel Painter (stand alone product). You can get all the same power, a lower learning curve, and at a fraction of the cost.
If you want to go the FREE route and still want a lot of power, try using The GIMP. It's open source, and therefore FREE! It will also work on several different operating systems, including Windows and Linux.
March 1, 2010 02:37 am
I have the Olympus E-620 and am thrilled! I am a beginner and enjoy the built in art filters since I have yet to buy (able to afford) Photoshop. The fact that for comparable Nikon d5000, I get two lenses w/ Olumpus instead of Nikon's one is also a plus. All of my friends are either Nikon or Canon fans, and although I checked out each, I was really sold on Olympus' dust removal system. Plus, it matches my pesonality to go with a company that is not the BIG TWO. I feel my Olympus has an independent feel to it that gives me more freedom, if that makes any sense.
February 19, 2010 11:58 pm
When I read the forum I can't help feeling that everyone is worried about brand names and models. What you have already is potent enough to take great photos. Just look at the photos displayed in various photo magazines and you will be horrified by the beautiful photos taken by a Nikon D40 or something of that vintage. So its not the magapixels or new features that counts. Its the good lens and skillful use of the equipment that matters. One thing you need a good lens. Unless you are a professional who has special needs eg. speed, full-frame, high iso, low light photography, you can be proud of what you have. Just upgrade to a better lens. I have a Pentax 200D with a kit lens Sigma 18-50mm but I use my old Pentax 1.4 50 mm lens which gave me excellent pictures.
Have fun clicking with what you got.
February 19, 2010 10:56 am
I have the Nikon D5000! I'm glad it made the list.. I am still learning with it but it's exciting!
February 16, 2010 07:38 am
I'm in the olympus group..lol. I just purchased the Olympus E520 and for my first DSL camera I love it. My only complaint about the whole thing is that you need a seperate xd card for panorama shots..lol. But, I can get over that quick. It's a simple to use camera for us newbies but I think the quality of the camera is up there with cannon.
February 12, 2010 08:29 am
I bought a Canon 40D w/ kit lens back in Oct. 2008 along with the battery grip and several other Great L lens.
the 50D had just come out but It was new and having more issues so I opted for the 40D which was only
300.00 less then 50D. My (40D) camera has taken over 22 Thousand pics in the studio and outdoors without missing a beat a real work horse. I have big hands and the Rebels and nikons I was looking at just did not feel good.
the camera has been a great and dependable camera but I have outgrown it and want to do much bigger & more detailed size prints.
I am waiting to see what the 1DS MKIV will be before I upgrade. I am hoping they keep the video
camera garb off this model.
I have own Canons, Nikons, Olys, Pentax and many others. brand is not important they are all tools which tool is best for what you want to do?
here is a few shots from the 40D:
January 26, 2010 09:34 am
I received a K-x for my birthday last month and I am looking forward to learning all the ins and outs of a DLSR over a point and shoot. I have seen very positive reviews for this camera so I am excited.
January 21, 2010 09:20 pm
I've got the Pentax K-7. Really great camera. Video and image quality among the best I've seen so far. Also bought a nice f/2.8 lens to go with it.
January 12, 2010 07:31 pm
Thanks for the advice! I'll look up the Canon Rebel XSi.
January 12, 2010 06:33 am
I have a Canon Rebel XSi which is considered a "starter level" dSLR. It has most of the features the other "professional level" cameras have and a whole lot more than most of the consumer level cameras have. I totally LOVE this camera.
But what it really boils down to is the person behind the camera. You can take amazing shots with just about anything if you know what you're doing.
But, if you are new to dSLR you don't need to fork out a ton of money to get a great camera. I highly recommend the Rebel XSi. Large on features, low on price. Excellent picture quality.
January 11, 2010 10:47 pm
Hi, I am hoping to buy a dSLR. I actually had decided to buy the Nikon D3000 and went to a local store on saturday to purchase it. The assistant was very helpful and big into his photography and ended up advising me that I would be better off buying the Canon 500D as the lenses and equipment are much cheaper than Nikon Lenses etc. The store was completely sold out of stock and were waiting on deliveries so I didn't buy anything in the end, but now I'm hugely confused about what camera to buy! i had decided on the D3000 for financial reasons as it was in my price range. The Canon 500D is about 200 euro more and I hadn't quiet planned on spending that much. Can anyone advise me what would be a good starting model as I really have only recently developed an interest in photography. I own a very old and not so good point and shoot and want to get a decent dSLR. Any advice appreciated.
January 5, 2010 10:07 pm
hi, my girl bought me a sony alpha 550 dslr for christmas. i love this camera, but i am a real amature photographer, can any body out there please help me out with any links that will help me get started it would be much appreciated
January 4, 2010 05:49 am
A+for canon company.its one of the best camera .I like its zooming and i request the company to make a new design of the camera
January 3, 2010 09:07 pm
Thanks for confirming that the D5000 has auto bracketing for me :)
January 3, 2010 02:09 pm
I'm rather happy with my Canon 30d - and have gotten a ton of use out of the 50mm 1.4f lens. The comments about buying a used camera wicked cheap are spot on. I just sold my Canon 20d body (no lens) for $250, and it's a great entry into the DSLR field.
January 3, 2010 04:20 am
This article needs a last updated date.
January 2, 2010 11:24 am
where is the priceless Canon EOS 1000D ?
January 1, 2010 05:43 pm
Just got a Canon T1i/500 with the 18-55mm lens and the 55-250mm lens, both with the stabilizer at the suggestion of my son Chris. I have not had this kind of fun in Photography since I got my Asahi Pentax K 1000 while in the Navy, why with "HDR" and all that goes with digital photography I just can't wait to fire away each day.
January 1, 2010 05:39 pm
Thank you for the great info! I am looking to purchase my first DSLR, but has been unsure what to buy, as they all looked the same to me... your blog is really really helpful! Thank you!
January 1, 2010 09:09 am
Thanks everyone for all your great comments. I've been looking to buy my first slr and I've been looking at Nikon D5000 vs. Canon XSi (450D). Does anyone have any ideas as to what to look at? How to compare them?
Thanks in advance.
January 1, 2010 08:42 am
being the only guy in my photo group from chicago who shoots sony, you would not believe the comments i get when i flip the live view up or down to get those shots i'd otherwise have to climb a ladder or get down on my belly or knees to take......they are impressed, it's like they never knew such a thing existed.......sony a350 here and love it....plus, i never have to worry about anyone stealing my equipment....haha!! i started with sony point and shoots and most of the controls were similar and in the same layout menu wise......all of our cameras do things we could never envision a few years ago....they are all great.......enjoy and take great pics!!!!
January 1, 2010 01:45 am
Just bought the " Canon EOS Rebel T1i" kit and loving it.
My mom also presented me with the 55-250mm lens. Going through the manual at the moment !! but just love the photos i've clicked so far..
January 1, 2010 01:18 am
@pepeh and DaveW
“Sometimes known as the 450D in SOME PARTS OF THE WORLD”…
How about “Most of the world, except the US and Japan, call this the 450D”.
It is also called the XSi here in Canada. We may not be many, but we cover a bigger chunk of the globe than the US or Japan combined.
December 31, 2009 07:02 pm
the D5000 has autobracketing. you dont have to manually set expusore for each shot. you just setup the parameters. then shoot n times.
December 31, 2009 06:19 pm
Mine isn't on the list :( I've got the Pentax K20D and I love it! It's much faster then my old camera (the Pentax *istDs) and has more options. I just love the way it fits in my hand, the sound of the 'click' when shooting and how people react when they see me with it.\
Yeah, I just love my camera!
December 31, 2009 04:48 pm
Canon 5D MarkII. I also have an original 5d that i still love to death after 50,000 actuations, but the MarkII is all that and the tee shirt.
December 31, 2009 01:23 pm
Stephen and others,
Nikon D5000 DOES have auto bracketing. It is a great camera! I still cannot believe the shots I am producing 6 months later!!!!
It was very hard to decide for me: D90 or D5000? D90 had everythign going for it: the extra buttons, the better LCD screen, DOF button etc. But, it is much heavier than D5000 and it is a concern for me.
Providing, the guts and the final quality are the same on BOTH cameras, I chose D5000. Price difference at that time was insignificant. I slapped 18-200 mm VR II lens on (after being fed up with constantly switching lens); now, I cannot ask for more!
Happy New Year!
December 31, 2009 09:35 am
Harry, If you set your white balance to sun/shade and leave it there for all outdoor shots and most indoor, you'll be happy with your 510 white balance. Good luck
December 31, 2009 09:32 am
December 31, 2009 09:20 am
I bought an Olympus e510. I can't stand the white balance and a couple of other annoyances, but I enjoy everything else about the camera; it's small size, 14-42 stock lens, creative control without a lot of fiddling. I do wish I had waited for the 520 which fixed the problems I was having. Sometimes being out of the gate first doesn't get to the finish line first.
December 30, 2009 02:57 am
Does the D5000 have auto bracketing on it or do you have to vary the exposure manually if you are taking multiple shots?
December 30, 2009 02:46 am
I just love my Nikon D5000. Image quality is very good, even at ISO 3200.
December 30, 2009 12:24 am
I started my digital photography hobby with a CANON 30D. When the 40D was released I traded up to it. The 40D was a great mid range camera and I have many excellent photos taken with that body.. When the 50 D was released I was not compelled to trade since the 40D I felt was a better overall camera and the 50D was not worth the added investment.
I waited for the 5D 2 to be released and saved for that purchase. However when it was released I was disappointed in the FPS rate and the old auto foucs system then issues with black dot and banding made me decide to stay with my trusty 40D.
So again I was in wait mode for a new body and considering a switch to NIKON.
Then the Canon 7D was released. I read the specs and except for not being full frame I was impressed and at $1000 less than the 5D 2 and with an improved feature set including the 19 point autofoucs, 8fps, HDMI output, H.264 video capability, wireless flash and much more I deided it was time to buy.
I received my 7D in October and it has proven to be a great decision. I love this camera. Shooting with a Canon 24-70mm F/2.8 lens it produces beautful images!
This camera marks a new generation of mid level Pro/Am features and worth every penny.
December 29, 2009 09:32 pm
You might check out Ken Rockwell's reviews at kenrockwell.com. Ken has a good, nuts-and-bolts approach to cameras. He thoroughly road-tests each camera and writes his opinions on each. His articles include every feature and function of the camera and his recommendations for settings. He gets a lot of flack from purists, but as a novice into the realm of dslr his articles provide a great starting point.
December 29, 2009 12:42 pm
Hi everyone, I've been checking this site out all year trying to learn as I read along. The time has come for me to stop wishing and jump in to the pool to play. I'm suppose to decide what I want for my christmas gift and christmas has come and gone with my choices being Olympus E620 Top pick so far, Nikon D5000, and CanonT1i. Everyone has made great comments on all three. But, I want to thank MCLIZARD for their comments to not stress the specs so much( which I was) I just entered the digital era last year and here I'm jumping if not being push into dslr. Believe me it is something I want to do. Please send me some feedback about my selections and advice will be so very much appreciated. I look forward to doing my first assignment. God Bless and keep you safe and good health.
December 28, 2009 08:52 am
I love my D300, but can't help feeling just a teeny bit jealous of the D300s's HD capabilities :)
December 28, 2009 03:48 am
I've just changed from a Canon 350D to a 450D, both were bought as "factory refurbished". Both cameras have been faultless, both were bought on Ebay at considerable saving. Well worth looking out for!
December 28, 2009 01:32 am
I am loving my Sony ?900 (a surprise from my wife) and have now added an ?850 as a second/backup body.
My favorite things about these are the wonderfully large and bright viewfinders - 100% view on the ?900, 98% on the ?850 - and how they have kept things simple and more importantly, easily accessible.
A bit like having a very nice old film camera, but with 24mp digital output; with noise in the images even having more of a film grain look that patterned noise.
Not that I was lucky enough to ever own a nice old SLR.
I will add that properly exposed images with do not exhibit the noise issues that many say plague these cameras.
title="a shot taken before sunrise" with my ?850 with alternate spherical matte focusing screen (to aid manual focus) and my recently acquired, near mint Tamron 300mm f/2.8.
December 27, 2009 11:59 am
My lovely wife got me a 7D for my Nov. Birthday. And Christmas. And our upcoming anniversary. Def. improvement over my aged 300D Digital Rebel, but I still have lots to learn about it. Enjoying the process.
December 24, 2009 05:39 pm
I would like to buy DSLR for me.. I am new to this field... but still have therotical knowledge.... continuously doing research on the web .. keep on learning....
Can you suggest me camera and lens .. Cannon or Nikon.... I dont want to invest on old models.... also I don’t want to buy basic model and feel bad after few days….
I want to take zoom shots / landscape / etc etc…
December 24, 2009 12:38 pm
Well I bought the Nikon D5000, don't have it yet. I am excited to see what it can do. I love this website, there is so much info here.
December 23, 2009 11:48 pm
Good to see a Pentax on the list. I recently moved away from Nikon and got a Pentax K20D. If you able to find one they are a fantastic camera, way better than Nikon, cheaper and you get more for your money.
December 23, 2009 03:05 am
Yeap!Our D90 is there alright. My husband and I are beginners and wanted to improve the quality of our "memory box" it has superb features that has not disappointed us yet and to think we have zero photography knowledge.
December 22, 2009 01:20 pm
I do love my D90 but would be lying if I were to say that I was not longing for the D700.
December 21, 2009 08:03 pm
I have Nikon D- 50 camera and i want to change it with new one . Please help me witch camera is best now in digital .Can i use Nikon again or purchase Canon camera body now.
December 21, 2009 01:02 pm
I almost agree with the except for Nikon D3000, it does not deserve to be in the list. It does not have live view its image quality is not even at par with other entry level camera such as Pentax K-X which are not even on the list.
December 21, 2009 09:30 am
All the info here is worth a read in my opinion. I not long ago moved from my Canon 35mm to an Olympus DSLR. I wanted to go cannon again but when I looked further I decided that what I got was better than the other options. I compared it to cars, have you ever driven a Ferrari? How often will I actually be able to go that fast (they all say "well it's there if you need it"). I personally wouldn't own one. A BMW goes nearly as fast but is actually nice to drive. I felt like this with camera choices. I also believe that at entry level with any hobby anyone will be happy with what they have bought (they payed good money for it and will defend that decision). I feel the best decision made is the one to go to dslr. I have had a lot of fun and amazed myself with some shots (not scared of wasting film now). It has got me going out and looking at things in a different light (and exposure hehe).
I say buy what feels right for your cash, listen to people but be careful of brand loyalism and old fashioned views (smoking used to be endorsed by doctors), and most of all feel happy in yourself that you have got what you wanted, not what someone else wanted you to get.
December 19, 2009 07:09 am
I've only just recently bought my Canon EOS 40D which is just before the 50D, and I just love it. It's still available here and there. Worth considering.
Just discovered this site today. I'm sure I'll pick up some good tips and tricks here.
December 17, 2009 03:03 pm
Thanks Jennifer and T . I will take your experience into consideration.
I appreciate it tremendously. :)
December 17, 2009 12:13 pm
I use a Canon Rebel XSi (450D) and love it!! The lenses I get for it and can be switched between auto and manual focus at will.
I also like the little Canon battery backs as they seem to last a LOT longer than AA batteries. If you get a battery grip for the camera and get a second battery you get a gross amount of battery life and can shoot for what seems like forever. :-P
December 17, 2009 12:07 pm
Heather, I'm LOVING the rechargeable battery pack. I think they last longer (between charges,) personally.
JenniferLynn Productions, LLC
December 17, 2009 03:21 am
I am looking to buy a camera with manual focus. I like having that control, plus it reminds me of the old manual film cameras. I guess I am a bit nostalgic.
I was going to go for the Nikon D5000 or Canon T1 but I am not sure those have manual focus. I hate to spend the money on a camera that doesn't have this.
Another question is do I want a camera that uses AA batteries or the new li-on battery pack jobs.
Anybody have any ideas.
Let me know.
December 16, 2009 05:11 am
Glad people have good things to say about the Nikon D60. When I bought my own camera last spring (I had been using my boyfriend's Canon Powershot A620, which was an excellent camera, BTW,) that's what I bought.
I have to say, though, that I outgrew the kit lens VERY quickly, and it's driving me nuts that I can't afford another lens right now. I'm making it work for me, but I feel very limited. Bah!
JenniferLynn Productions, LLC
December 14, 2009 01:29 am
I've had a Canon Rebel XTi. Surprisingly, it didn't make it on the list. I see them all over the place.
It's a great affordable camera that takes quality pics.
December 14, 2009 12:40 am
I have the Nikon D3000. Really nice camera, very user friendly.[eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/9175199@N07/4138901509/' title='Nikon D3000 sample 5' url='http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2697/4138901509_90da378be4.jpg']
December 14, 2009 12:39 am
I have the Nikon D3000. Really nice camera, very user friendly.
December 13, 2009 05:09 am
Cannon, Nikon. It sort of reminds me of Democrats and Republicans. Sick of both of them. Not a political post, BUT I chose explicitly, after doing my due diligence and through research, a Sony A350 about 1 year ago. I liked every feature better than some of these top 10 most popular ones, including price.
I don't know if it is my ignorance or just going against the Status-Quo but I am very happy with my Sony A350 and have won some awards with it.
Remember, it is not the car that makes a winning race. Or a tool that makes a good master carpenter.
Cheers.[eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/fgr1111/3609944866/' title='Serbian Church' url='http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3378/3609944866_1c2cc21121.jpg']
December 12, 2009 11:29 pm
All the cameras listed and those mentioned by other readers are great cameras. Unless you are a pro, there is nothing much to debate and choose from the great selection of workable DSLRs. Pros have specific needs and they do need to make the right choice for their work requirements and paying big bucks too. As for beginners and amatuers, less expensive cameras have very similar features and the ability to take WOW photos if you read up on the skills and do a lot of actual photography work to experiment. Read widely ONLINE and PHOTO mags from the library and buy some reference materials ( cheap photography mags with lessons on specific skills ). Buy whatever you fancy but make sure to go to the shops to feel the camera in your hands. Ignore all the gimmics and claims on advertisements but treat that as an education to be up to date with those features.
My first attempt to move into DSLR is when I bought a Pentax K200D ( I don't want to brag about the features because all the cameras mentioned have them ) after reading extensively on DSLR but I did not make my decision based on all the hipes in the brochure. I bought it because it feels good in my hand and the ease of use as provided by the menu system. The price was also right for me because its not a very expensive camera. I made sure it will do all the things I want ( not crazy about live view or video taking ). Anyway the images are amazing compare to P&S compacts ( nothing wrong with P&S ) it was'nt design for that. So just buy what suits you and most important what you like and what you can afford. The way I see it is to buy a camera with lens that come with it and then save money to buy a high quality lens ( because it will produce extra WOW images ) and then 5 years later when you have save more money get a full frame DSLR with a high quality lens ( pro cameras normally come with that - not kit lens ). If you like buying things and tech savvy chasing technology then the above does not apply to you.
Be happy with what we can afford
December 12, 2009 08:30 am
Jeff commented: "it’s is a contraction! its is a promoun! Got that third-graders?"
OK Jeff, do you have a tap dance to go along with that feeble routine? No? Then get back in next door with all the other second graders!
December 12, 2009 08:24 am
"I have the opportunity to buy for relatively small amount of money a new Sony A 200 camera – would this be a good “entry level” camera?"
The Sony Alpha 200 is great value for money and will not let you down. Apart from some great lenses from Sony, Tamron and Sigma, Sony DSLR cameras are fully compatible with all Minolta AF lenses as Sony bought out Minoltas camera division to get started in DSLR. Saving on the camera body to allow a bigger budget for better lenses is the smart way to go as so called "kit lenses" are made cheap to sell cheap, and a camera after all is still only a light proof box to support a lens. I am a long term Minolta and now Sony user and have never been happier than I am now with my Alpha DSLR. For better sharpness, keep away from high ratio zoom lenses (18mm-270mm etc.) and stick to what you need for the shots you want, 2 or 3 lower ratio zooms (ie. 11mm-24mm, 24,mm-70mm, 70mm-200mm) are better than one general zoom and get as fast a lens as you can afford, all mine are at least f2.8. Hope this helps.
December 11, 2009 09:59 pm
it's is a contraction! its is a promoun!
Got that third-graders?
December 11, 2009 08:02 pm
this is a very interesting discussion for me personally, as I'm looking into buying my first DSRL camera.
I have the opportunity to buy for relatively small amount of money a new Sony A 200 camera - would this be a good "entry level" camera?
I shoot family photos, holidays, etc., but also sell some of my work on microstock sites (using Olympus "prozoomer"), and I need to upgrade.
With the price I can get for the Sony A200, I think I can save a lot of additional lenses and other gear.
But I still wouldn't won't to "waste" that money if I would have to upgrade too soon to another camera.
I'd also like to try myself in night photography (for which I find my present camera not good), and, do to microstock requirements, I need my new camera to create as less noise as possible.
Would SonyA200 be good for that?
Many thanks for your suggestions!
December 11, 2009 06:16 am
Oh one more thing... the Canon is also delivered with all of the software you need for post processing, including RAW (Digital Photo Professional), downloading and managing (ZoomBrowser), remote setting and operation of the camera (EOS Utility), and Style Editor (Picture Style Editor. I alse like the Canon lenses...
It all fits very nicely i the Canon backpack that I bought too :-).
December 11, 2009 06:03 am
Last November I bought the Canon 40D. It came with a 70-300mm 5.6 lens (AF USM IS) that takes very nice, sharp pictures. I added an EF-s 18-200 mm lense and a 50mm f1.4 lens, which is probably the best in terms of quality. I use a Speedlite 43 EX, but kind of wish that I bought the 580 instead. I might still get it.
The camera is easy to use and takes fantastic pictures. My previous SLR was a Canon EF (circa 1973) which I still have as well. I considered the Nikon D90, and actually had both for comparison for about a week or so. The D90 also took great pictures and offered some nice in-camera special effects that are absent from the 40D, but easily added post-processing with Photoshop. I also didn't care too much about the HD Video on the D90 - kind of gimmicky I thought.
It was a tough decsion to make, but in the end the Canon just felt better in my hand and I have no regrets. Well, maybe waiting for the D50 might have been a good decision. That camera seems to be getting pretty good reviews.
All in all I am very happy with the 40D. It's easy to use (although I still have a lot of learing to do) and takes fantastic pictures (although I like to think that I have something to do with that too...). I bought a book by David Busch that I would recommend to anyone.
December 11, 2009 03:52 am
I have 450D, or as it is called on Japanese market, Kiss X2. Pretty weird name.
(i have japanese version)
And I really don't get it why this camera has 3 different names. Oo
Anyhow - great piece of equipment, especially if you're a amateurish as I am (:
December 11, 2009 12:54 am
Nice list. I was between the D90 and K7, but the K7 won out. I have it now and it is awesome. Also, B&H has a rebate for $100 for the kit plus an extra $100 for each lens you buy in addition. I get $200 back. Rock on.
The only downside is that I have not found a lot of lenses for it. I mean compared to Canon and Nikon at least. I am confident that will change as Pentax grows in popularity. Unless anyone here has a recommendation for where to find Pentax compatible primes? We'll save that convo for another day.
Conclusion: Pentax K7 = great value!
December 10, 2009 10:31 pm
Oh, by the way. Until Canon released the 7D none of their aps-c DSLRs included built in wireless flash control. You were forced to buy a flash for this. Pentax provide this free even with the entry level Kx. Its these small things which many users don't even consider let alone the reviewers.
December 10, 2009 10:28 pm
Don't follow the crowd. Get the Pentax Kx. Great camera and even better value for money. Canon and Nikon rip you off with no inbuilt image stabilisation. It also sports a Sony sensor used by both Nikon and Sony so no complaints on image quality.
Also think about build quality. I have a Pentax K20D and K10D. Their build quality is so much better than the entry level DSLRs yet they cost the same price. Again, a bargain.
December 10, 2009 03:07 am
so is anyone who has gott canon 1000 d slr---- the more i read about all different cameras the more confuesed i gett. can someone comment on this canon????????? please?????
December 9, 2009 02:53 pm
yes! my camera, the xsi, made the list. i'm considering getting the canon 7d(body only), and to show my wife how to use the xsi.
December 8, 2009 03:02 pm
As a D5000 owner, I'd be lying if I didn't say that I wish I has spent the extra $200 and bought a D90 instead.
Yes the D90 doesn't have the cool swivel screen, but it makes up for that with the Control Panel LCD display on the top of the camera which can be easily read in bright light (can't say the same for the D5000). The D90 can also auto-focus on both the AF and the AF-S lenses, where as the D5000 is limited to auto-focusing the AF-S lenses only. The D90 has an abundance of useful shortcut buttons for things like ISO, White Balance, etc, where as the D5000 relies on pressing the "i" button to access such settings (which is a pain in bright light as you can barely see the screen). The rear LCD screen on the D90 has a better resolution than the D5000. The D90 can control some Nikon flashes wirelessly, where as the D5000 cannot.
These are just a few reasons I wish I had of bought the D90 instead of the D5000.
December 5, 2009 08:00 pm
i just buy a 1000D Canon last month, actually i dont know which is better nikon or canon im a beginner only in photography maybe for bwginner this is okay already
December 4, 2009 10:07 pm
@marc: another Olympus e620 user here.
I am not surprised the E520 made the list though, it is cheap! But the E600 will sell I think, as an E620 lite.
I am a former E500 owner that upgraded to the E620 and have decided to spend on my money on lenses now for a few years. I looked at all cam systems before staying with Oly, but decided I wanted IS in cam body, and then I wanted the swivel lcd. When I bought my E500 I knew nothing about cameras, but the grip and the dust reduction system sold me. And to this day I never had to clean my sensor of the old E500, no dust what so ever on it! But having said this, to each their own. I reckon when you get up to dslr entry level, it is your skill that decides the quality of the shot, not primarily the camera :)
December 4, 2009 04:50 pm
On a personal level I agree with T Schulz about video capture on still cameras, but the new generation of DSLR buyers have grown up with video on their phones and P&S cameras so it must seem unnatural to them for any camera not to have video. Hopefully the major manufacturers will always have a few high end or pro spec cameras as pure still shooters. Us older citizens used computers for years without the internet, try and separate them now.
December 4, 2009 09:05 am
The one feature I don't care for on some of the newer cameras is the ability to capture video. I've never found the ability to have video built into a still image camera to be a benefit. I think it's just one more piece of the technology to go wrong if something breaks. Plus the image quality (and sound if available) is not comparable to just getting a camcorder of some kind. I think a dedicated video camera is best for video.
I have the Canon Rebel XSi and absolutely LOVE IT!! One of the best purchases I've ever made.
December 4, 2009 08:06 am
I have had my Sony A550 for a bit over a month and thats since moving up from my A100. I'm sure it won't be long till Sony is knocking the big boys around on the list. The A550 has the best 3" Live View shooting around. No blanking of LCD between shots with seperate sensor for Live View. 7fps fixed focus and 5fps AF and so far the reviews I've read leave the comparitive Canon T1i and Nikon D5000 gasping in it's dynamic wake. Yes it has "In Camera" image stability which is definately good for at least 2 stops and some cool tricks like Smile Shutter and Face Detection but I'm enjoying the hand held HDR.
Like mentioned above. I didn't want a run of the mill camera and went for something a bit more exotic in Sony. The A100 had noise issues which slowed the camera terribly. It was great for macro/tripod work but this A550 is a weapon. Sony have gone for the Exmoor CMOS sensor and cured the noise problems. Useable images at iso6400. No speed issues any more. There is an abundance of very nice older Minolta lense out there along with Sony and Zeiss glass that are all "IS" on these cameras. Exotic is good..I like my Sony and I'm sure I'll keep winning competitions with it..cheers
December 4, 2009 08:00 am
Last year at this time, I bought my first DSLR, a Nikon D40. A few months later, I thought that I had already outgrown the camera and bought a D5000. That camera satisfied me for several months. However, I recently took it to a week-long photography workshop and came back with a bad case of camera-envy. So a couple of weeks ago I bought a Nikon D300S. I hope that this camera will last a long time -- at least until my wounded bank account heals.
December 4, 2009 07:35 am
I've had a Nikon d80 for nearly two years and it has served me well...one day I hope to get a more advanced camera, but which would you recommend, a Canon or a Nikon for a really high-level camera?
December 4, 2009 07:10 am
Got to say a pretty big omission not putting the 5D on the list, is this a beginners list? Absolutely love my 5D and my 50D and I can understand why it is on the list but the 5D is much better. So this isn't a list of best DSLR more a list of the compromises people made due to financial constraints.
Listing a camera with an 18-55mm zoom doesn't cut it for me, this has to be the worst lens I have ever used. Got rid of it ages ago, a far better option would be a cheap Canon 50mm f1.8 prime. Much better image quality than the cheap nasty lens Canon includes in their kits, my advice buy body only and buy a better lens. Love canon hate their kit lenses.
December 4, 2009 06:26 am
i'm amazed at the choice of the e520 (in last place...) over NO consideration for the e-620 which DP review says "More importantly, perhaps, the E-620 seems to address some of the main shortcomings of the E-520"... for a camera far cheaper than it's equivalent offerings by Canon and Nikon (under $1000 with two 4/3 lenses). The e-620 is considered a not sot distant brother of the e-30 ... for half the price ... hmmm ... also i had a Canon all my life and decide to migrate away ... which made me migrate towards Olympus (which has impressed me so far) ... but after reading all the reviews I could find .. i have to say you are most likely the only one in the last 2 years to choose Canon of Nikon ... which makes me think you might be simply a die hard Canon fan... (still very good ...but hardly the most impressive).
December 4, 2009 05:19 am
Just bought the Canon 450D (XSi) a week ago. I would have loved to have purchased the XT1 to also have the video capabilities, but am on kind of a budget (a.k.a. furlough days). I couldn't me more thrilled with this camera and know that it will take time to master all the things it can do. Exactly what I was hoping for in my first DSLR.
December 4, 2009 05:11 am
You failed to include a single Sony DLSR. I have the Sony Alpha 700, which is great. Unlike any Canon or Nikon DSLR, it has in-body image stabilization, giving you stabilization with any lens, including those by independent manufacturers. Sony's Zeiss lenses are unexcelled, and many of the Minolta lenses (available used) are as good as anything by Canon and Nikon. The Sony Alpha 850 offers full-frame quality at a price below any of the Canon-Nikon competition, without unnecessary gimmicks like "live view" and video.
December 4, 2009 04:27 am
I have the Canon 400d but Im upgrading to the 50d shortly. I just spent a wad of cash on the Canon 70-200 2.8L IS lens so I need a camera now that's better in low light situations, I'd go for the 7d but unfortunately wouldnt have the cash for a long time and Im shooting sports this winter and need something quick. 50d it is!!
December 3, 2009 12:51 am
Oops...should be "Just picked up an XSi..." Too bad we can't edit comments on here.
December 3, 2009 12:50 am
Just picked up an after a mishap with my XTi recently. It is getting a little dated, but the price/performance factor is still very high. I'd like to see a list of popular lenses that people are using out there.
December 2, 2009 08:58 am
I have a Sony 350 and I think it has been a wonderful starting DSLR camera. I've never had any photography lessons but the camera is so simple to use that I've been able to play with the features easily. I'm excited to learn more about its features and hopefully move onto a new camera soon.
December 2, 2009 12:40 am
im just thinking what to gett for my self---becouse i would like to start learn photography and i just dont know where to start :)
December 2, 2009 12:38 am
how about canon slr 1000d is that a good camera????
December 2, 2009 12:20 am
DSLR cameras open up a whole new world to the "Hobby" photographer. Which camera to choose all depends on budget and personal choice. After reading numerous reviews and changing my mind almost every hour, I invested in a Sony a350 about a year ago. It has been the perfect purchase from my point of view, and a superb piece of kit, I am even selling cards and framed prints this Christmas much to my delight and surprise. Whichever camera you opt for you should leave money in your budget for at least two different lenses, and a good quality printer, then just click away and amaze yourself with your results!
December 1, 2009 10:40 pm
I think, Nikon D80 is the Top rather than the Nikon D90. Nikon D90 is in 2nd place while Nikon D80 is the first place. Follow with Nikon D40 on the 3rd place, Nikon D60 is in 4th place and the Nikon D300 is in the 5th place.
December 1, 2009 12:38 pm
I picked up a T1i a couple weeks ago as well as a 50mm f/1.8 prime and I couldn't be happier with it!
December 1, 2009 11:19 am
I brought my first DSLR last year and that was the Olympus Evolt. And I have no plans of changing brands and buying a new one. I found my needs in Olympus and it has served me well.
November 29, 2009 09:38 pm
Both the 18-200mm and the 55-200mm are f5.6 at the long end which will be far too slow for basketball shots, I believe you should be thinking towards a 70-200mm constant f2.8 lens, Sigma and Tamron lenses should be considered as well as the Nikkor offering, I use the Sigma (Sony mount) and I love its super fast focusing and sharpness, the tripod collar can be removed while the lens is attached to the camera which can be useful if you switch from tripod / monopod to hand held for some shots.
November 29, 2009 08:56 pm
My entry level Pentax K100D Super is a great entry level (maybe the K200 now). As it was so cheap I throw it in my handbag and actually take it places and hand it to the kids when they want to play - great bang for buck with Pentax so I can spend on the glass. I nearly fell over when I saw the K-7 on the list as I am sooooo used to seeing only Canon and Nikon. Hoping to get the K-7 soon. Was surprised as well there were no Sony. It's funny as I never really even considered buying Canon or Nikon as it seemed everyone had one and from this list it looks to be true!
November 29, 2009 04:15 pm
I am looking at the Nikon D90 slr to purchase, but am looking for advice on the lenses, the trickiest shots will be in basketball stadiums (low light & fast action), and little athletics (whatever light is on the day & fast action i guess), my research has led me to believe that the NIKKOR 18-200mm VRII lens is the optimum glass for my shots without messing around, there is some concern that i may lose sharpness and get distortion and ends of the ranges (is this true?) and if so is the standard twin lens kit (18-55 VR + 55-200mm VR) a better lens choice, as it is definitely cheaper, or is the 18-200mm the ants pants, not just for convenience, but quality, or would another lens suit my requirements better? Can anyone offer any opinions please?
November 29, 2009 10:23 am
While Nikon and Canon make great equipment, Pentax does as well. In addition, if you go with one of the big two, you will have to pay extra for image stabalazation in every lens or lose that wonderful benefit. That fact alone was enough to push me toward either Pentax, Olympus or Sony, all of which have IM built into their camera bodies. Pentax new K-x is my mind is one of the best new entry- lower-mid level cameras out there. If you are going to get more serious about photography, the K-7 is a truly wonderful cameras. Each camera manufacturer makes a lot of great equipment. Visit a local camera shop if there is one close to you and take a look at everything that's close to your price range. I love my Pentax equipment, but there are many legitimate choices out there. Find out what works best for you. Posting your question here was a great way to begin that process, but ultimately, it comes down to what you feel comfortable with yourself as every camera has its own positive and negative points,
November 29, 2009 07:46 am
No haven't really checked them out, but you do have a point about the lenses. I didn't realized they would work on their DSLR's. That would save me money and I do love my lenses. I just started looking at Nikon and Canon because they're most popular. I should look into what Pentax offers too. Thanks Christine.
November 29, 2009 07:44 am
James said ;
"The main reason I go with nikon is whenever I saw a group of professional photojournalist 90% of the time they are carrying Nikon dslr so I think with their experience Nikon gives them what they want in their photos."
There's a big difference between a pro spec and an entry level or enthusiast camera, these pros weren't using low end Nikons with kit lenses were they? it's a bit like saying a lot of top NASCAR pros drive Fords so I bought a Ford Focus to be like them!
November 29, 2009 07:26 am
@lovelyn... Have you checked out the Pentax line of DSLRs? Especially if you have a 35mm Pentax... all of your film lenses will work with it, and Pentax has some great lenses...
November 29, 2009 04:45 am
@james reinier lino:
I've actually been trying to decide between the same two cameras also and like you I'm leaning toward the Nikon. Everyone I know who has one really likes theirs. It's funny how I know more Nikon owners than Canon owners because I always think of canon as the most popular brand. I need to get a DSLR soon though. My digital point and shoot just isn't cutting it anymore. I still love the camera, but I need something better. I come from a photographer family and all my photographer relatives always used Pentax. I've been hanging on to my Pentax 35mm desperately, but I really need to enter the DSLR world.
November 28, 2009 10:59 pm
I'm curious, is it this site, or most of its subscribers who think only two camera makers exist? I would be interested to know how many respondents to this article have actually ever tested other brands than Nikon, or Canon to even see if they would appreciate what less promoted brands can offer? Also do you want to be a still photographer, or a video photographer? Because trying to combine your efforts to do both will only make you medicore at both. After having actually used several different brands I prefer and own Sony A700 just a pure DSLR, lightweight joy to use, with in camera ant-shake, and tons of Sony and Minolta lens.
November 28, 2009 10:17 pm
Quote from Jack:
I think that is my main problem: i don’t want to buy any lens until i decide on Canon or Nikon. And so far it’s between the 7D and D300(s). Any opinions?
Just talked to the pro photographer with 30 years of experience in my daughter 'sschool, he said that canon really has 7 colors vs 5 of nikon, my boss said canon has a louder shutter vs nikon. The main reason I go with nikon is whenever I saw a group of professional photojournalist 90% of the time they are carrying Nikon dslr so I think with their experience Nikon gives them what they want in their photos.
Hope this piece would help.
"Keep the shutter clicking!"
November 28, 2009 10:09 pm
Nikon D5000 trully is a smart, sharp and simply brilliant entry level dslr, I just have it for almost a month now and using it 24/7 with two major occassion ( my daughter's quizbee in school, and my youngest daughter's baptism) and is satisfied with it as of now no complains about its performance. Sure is a good performing camera for a newbie like me, many of the features of D90 is in this camera.
"To God be the Glory!"
November 28, 2009 07:14 pm
Am not a really active member of DPS, although I do my best to follow the daily posts, and the weekly assignments, and I must say, it helped me a lot :)
I've a Lumix FZ50, it's not DSLR, but it has the features on an SLR, it's been a while since I started using it, very good photos, a bit complicated menu, but by the end of the day, the photos are still good..honestly speaking what bothers me, that when you check the dpi of lumix photos it's only 72 dpi, where as in other cameras, it is 300 dpi .. which really affect the picture quality, and you notice it with time!
My question here, if anyone knows how to play around the low dpi thing, that would be great. one more thing, since most of you here are either professional photographers, do you recommend to get the lumix lens accessories and converters for 100 $ or buy a new dSLR "nikon or canon" for 600$ ? which option is considered to be a good investment for the long run?
November 28, 2009 05:11 pm
I started with a series of Sony Cybershots and finally moved to a true DSLR with the Nikon D200. I enjoyed this for a couple of years and then went to the D300 - a major improvement. I have just recently began using the D300S it is sweet. (I just wish that there was a decent operators DVD- to bring me up to speed - I have only just begun to experiment with the new functions- ) Anyone out there have a hint or YouTube of the new improvements?
I do have to agree with a previous post- it is just as critical that you have a decent glass in front of the camera body- I was spoiled with the Carl Zeiss lenses of the Sony line and I have jsut heard that CZ will be producing lens for my Nikons now- Great news- Now can I afford them?
November 28, 2009 12:36 pm
Don't forget -- the Pentax has in-body image stabilization!
November 28, 2009 12:25 pm
Both are fantastic cameras. Purchasing either, will leave you feeling satisfied. Either could be considered a Mercedes, or BMW. Take a memory card to your local camera store; take some shots on the various settings (on each model). Go home and evaluate. It may boil down to the fact that you simply prefer the "look" of one menu, over the other---never mind the actual photos.
While each have their respective key features...generally, the Canon is better suited for sports; while the Nikon will outperform in low light situations.
Either way, when you make your decision...shoot, shoot, shoot---and don't second guess.
Cheers and good luck!
November 28, 2009 11:54 am
Great to see Pentax on the list. :-)
Excellent price for the build quality and features. They pay attention to their loyal supporters....
November 28, 2009 11:24 am
I think that is my main problem: i don't want to buy any lens until i decide on Canon or Nikon. And so far it's between the 7D and D300(s). Any opinions?
November 28, 2009 11:11 am
My 'primary' camera is a 5D. Earlier this year, I bought an E-520, and it has become my main 'walkabout' camera. It takes great pictures (tho the 5D does better in low light situations), and I like the lighter weight rig around my neck.
November 28, 2009 10:57 am
I would say that for many people it is actually better to invest more in the lenses than in a new camera body.
What use has the best camera if you don't have enough money left for a good lens?
November 28, 2009 10:57 am
Don't be upset if your choice of camera is not on this list as a lot of the buyers it was based on will have been upgrading from P&S to their first DSLR camera. There is also the point that kit lenses make good door stoppers.
As a long term Minolta user I recently bought a Sony Alpha 900 with a Zeiss 24-70 f2.8 and a Sigma 70-200 f2.8 and have never been happier; I have always lusted for full frame and fast glass and now I have the equipment of my dreams, the only issues really are cost and weight. If you are thinking of going to full frame, lenses tend to be more expensive and heavier than APS-C format, with the Sigma 70-200 on the A900 you are swinging 5 pound around your head which can get rather tiring. Both these lenses are equiped with micro motors so are lightning fast focusing and pin sharp. I will probably buy an Alpha 550 with an APS-C zoom as a field camera when I get a photography budget back again.
So what if my camera is not on the top ten list! I have never owned a car or motorcycle that has been in the top ten, always preferring something a little more exotic.
November 28, 2009 08:05 am
I purchased a 5D Mark II this year. And just when I was going to buy another, I found the 7D to be the perfect back up body for me. In addition because of the smaller sensor you have better depth of field, in addition to all the frame rates for incredible video!
November 28, 2009 02:42 am
Bought a Canon XSi (450D) about a year ago. Lately I have been looking to upgrade, as shooting sports and low light situations have proven very difficult. Was going to get a used D300, as It was a better fit for me than the 50D, but seeing the new specs and reviews on the 7D has shifted me back to the canon path. As of right now, I think i'm going to spring for the more expensive 7D, that is once i get the money (I also get the keep the bit of canon glass I have). NAy one have any opinions on D300 vs 7D when it comes to price vs. ability?
November 28, 2009 02:37 am
Are you getting any remuneration from Amazon?
November 28, 2009 01:56 am
As I'm a begginer in the photography world I bought a Nikon D3000, and I love it!!!! is a really good choice for those like me, who are just learning because is really easy to use and gives all the advantages of a DSLR!!
November 28, 2009 01:19 am
Upgraded from the Pentax K10 (fell in the creek with it) to the Pentax K7...no regrets staying with the Pentax camera line. I like being an outlier.
November 28, 2009 01:18 am
Nikon D90. Bought it refurbished and had to send it back twice in order to get a battery-drain problem fixed. All is well now. The camera does an excellent job. For the most part the camera default settings will yield great photos. The 18-105 kit lens is OK.
I had a 3MP Sony Cybershot, then a 6MP Panasonic Lumix. Then I got into DSLR with a used Nikon D70 and was immediately hooked.
November 27, 2009 09:11 pm
I'm new to serious photography but very happy with my Panasonic Lumix G1 so far. The screen is great and it's a very comfortable camera in the hands, especially for those of us who are not very large. The weight counts for me when I start adding a bigger lenses and a flash. There is now a version with video which has had terrific reviews.
November 27, 2009 06:38 pm
I agree with DaveW :-))
“Sometimes known as the 450D in SOME PARTS OF THE WORLD”…
How about “Most of the world, except the US and Japan, call this the 450D”.
I'm also living in "some part of the world"...
November 27, 2009 04:46 pm
I bought my first dslr...a Nikon D5000 and i m happy to see it in the list... Am an amateur in digital photography, but even i find the features of this camera amazing...
November 27, 2009 04:25 pm
I started with the E-520 last year, and have to say for 450$ including the 14-42mm kit lens it's incredibly cheap. The camera is especially nice for people who can't be bothered to shoot RAW all the time (but of course it does RAW, too).
November 27, 2009 02:47 pm
I bought my first DSLR earlier this year, a Nikon D40. I understand the model has been discontinued BUT you can still find it new, a great buy at under $450 including kit lens. For someone new to DSLRs, it is a great camera to start with, plus is small and lightweight. This camera is packed with features and I know I will be happy with it for years to come. For anyone new to DSLRs, the magic doesn't begin until you get out of the auto "scene" modes!!! So be sure to take the time to learn about exposure and all of your camera's features.
November 27, 2009 01:48 pm
canon 1000d...budget friendly but pack with features. the little brother of 450d
November 27, 2009 01:02 pm
Possibly not the best to date in it's category,
it might not have the best features. functions, or performances.
However, from all the cameras I have seen in the Entry level.
The Sony a200 is by far the best felling and natural DSLR for the new Photographer.
My opinion (only)
November 27, 2009 12:49 pm
Are you kidding with this list? Where's the Olympus E-3? :-)
November 27, 2009 12:00 pm
I have just changed up to a Pentax k-x which is reported as the best value for money for its class. It has most functions of the K7 wih other benefits such as iso 6000 with capacity to boost to 12000. I am yet to give it a full workout but am confident it will come up to the reports.
November 27, 2009 10:57 am
I have Canon 1000D, and though it will always take a backseat to the 450D... I love it all the same...
November 27, 2009 10:46 am
I own a 450D and if I were to upgrade, I might consider either the 50D or 7D.
November 27, 2009 09:20 am
This is a great list, but adding the max usable ISO would be helpful. I think that can be a big differentiating feature.
November 27, 2009 08:12 am
Just upgraded from EOS 350D to EOS 50D. Magic!
*Ok, this comment is a copy-cat of Christopher's one, but cheaper!*
November 27, 2009 08:02 am
I got the Canon EOS 450D about 7 months ago and like everyone I'm quite happy with and attached to my camera :-) When I was making my choice I was considering the Nikon D60, D80 and Canon 1000D as well. After a lot of thinking and reading my husband and I made our mind in favor of the Canon 450D. We found a lot of helpful information on this site: http://dpreview.com/
It offers side-by-side reviews of cameras as well as reviews of lenses. I recommend it to anyone looking for a camera.
November 27, 2009 07:30 am
How about the Canon 5D Mark II....I love the camera..one of the best in the market.
November 27, 2009 07:19 am
I'm the proud owner of the Canon T1i, and I'm so happy with it. It's quite easy to use, and it has a lot of features.
It's my first DSLR, and I feel comfortable with it.
And the video quality is great (though it lacks a bit of control over light...).
November 27, 2009 06:37 am
If you're just learning to shoot - grab a used 20D or 40D, if Nikon a D40, D40x, or D60 and just see what you can do. You can get these as low as $250 online, talk about cheap. Pair that with a $80 50mm lens and you're off and running with a decent megapixel cam that can take amazing images. Heck, there are point and shoots that cost more than that.
November 27, 2009 06:35 am
i have the sony a700 - love it! it is a good, sturdy camera, capable of so much more than I even know how to do yet...my first DSLR and haven't been disappointed.
this is the camera that i've started my portrait biz with...so i feel a connection, ya know?? hope it will last me for a while longer!!!!
and yes, zeiss lenses are expensive, but WELL worth it!
November 27, 2009 06:33 am
Just upgraded from EOS 20D to EOS 7D. Magic!
November 27, 2009 06:16 am
I've just purchased a Canon EOS 1000D which I love - still getting used to all its functionality but really happy with images already taken
November 27, 2009 05:44 am
One recommendation I have for you if this is your first DSLR is to not go crazy shopping on specifications. All of these cameras (and others not on the list) have the ability to capture incredible images. However, the most important this is whether you will use it!
Sure, higher end enthusiast cameras SOUND great, but if you spend the money and then use it in Auto mode, it's not going to help you too much. Also, it is easy to get overwhelmed by all the options.
My recommendation is to go physically play with the cameras and see which ones FEEL good to you. Will it be comfortable holding this camera for hours? Are the controls easy to reach while you are aiming the camera? These are the things that end up being the most important.
My first DSLR (I had numerous manual film SLR cameras) was (is) a Nikon D60 which I purchased a little over a year ago. I totally love it and take it everywhere. Coming from the film world, the small body size is similar to my old cameras, and the controls make perfect sense. I believe I could now make use of the newer cameras (and probably would have purchased a D90 if it had been available when I was shopping), but I am 100% happy with my decision.
Main reason? It feels good in my hands and is similar to my old cameras. The smaller Canons simply didn't feel right. Another person may have the opposite view. Excellent lenses and accessories are available for ALL cameras.
Nearly all the images on my blog in the past year were taken with this SLR if you are looking for a variety of "real world" (extremely amateur) images.
November 27, 2009 04:08 am
Hi Darren I didn't know the Nikon D90 is called a DX. Anyway, it is a fantastic camera. I've had it for 4 months now and I chose it because I have been a Nikon guy for the last 15 years and I wanted a SLR which was not too bulky and at the same time gave me high ISO..
November 27, 2009 03:37 am
Canon 50d? Yes, yet the 40D seens to sport less noise at high IOS than the 50. I guess if you are in to high megapixels the 50D is the camera for folks but I'd rather have less noise so I'll stick to the 40D.
November 27, 2009 03:36 am
i was of the opinion that zeiss lens are very expensive,compared with nikon or canon's lens range...are you saying they are actually cheaper??
November 27, 2009 03:35 am
how about you make a list of 'dated' DSLRs?
I have and still using my EOS 350D, loving every moment with it.. comparing to my brother's 450D, it still has better noise on high ISOs..
November 27, 2009 03:33 am
The Nikon D90 shoots HD video. Refer the dpreview website for feature specifications :)
November 27, 2009 03:30 am
no 5D or 5D Mark II?
November 27, 2009 03:22 am
Just upgraded from the Canon 40D to the new 7D and am VERY happy!
November 27, 2009 03:10 am
The Nikon D90 actually shoots in HD. 720p at 24 Frames/Second. This was one of the reasons I purchased this camera. I love it! Here is a link showing all the features of the D90. http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/588977-REG/Nikon__D90_SLR_Digital_Camera.html
November 27, 2009 03:02 am
People just don't realize how comfortable and light Sony DSLRs are to carry with the image stabilization in the body rather than in the lens. Or how inexpensive, comparatively speaking, that the big range of Zeiss lenses you can get for Sonys because of it.
November 27, 2009 03:01 am
I bought the Canon 7d a few weeks ago and could not be happier.
Lots to learn about it yet but really enjoying it.
November 27, 2009 02:58 am
Just a quick point - the Nikon D90 does record in HD (1080i) although it doesn't autofocus so is pretty clunky. Great camera though.
November 27, 2009 02:56 am
Love your comment on th 20d Martin. I bought mine as soon as they came out, not realizing that the camera market would turn into the computer market. Eventually I'll buy a 7d or go full frame,but as a bang for the buck camera you just cant go wrong with a 20d. Put some good glass on it and you have NO excuses to produce excellent images, unless skill may be in your way.
November 27, 2009 02:44 am
I went with the Olympus E-30. I've always loved the Zuiko lenses. It's a great camera with all the features I wanted.
November 27, 2009 02:26 am
The 7d is an amazing camera. Though the price is higher, it is so impressive.
For people wanting to go full frame, a used canon 5d may be a good way to go. $1200 seems to be a good price.
November 27, 2009 01:22 am
very happy to see a Pentax in the list :)
November 27, 2009 01:16 am
I am still 'learning' my D300s. Only have one relevant comment.... WOW! :)
November 27, 2009 01:15 am
I would suggest Ebay for a used camera. The Canon 20D (8.2 mp) is a wonderful DSLR and can be had for under $400 US
November 27, 2009 01:13 am
Why does it seem that Olympus are always (or almost) regarded as 2nd class dSLRs? They were the first to introduce a dust reduction system, years before their competition, and theirs is still the one to beat, as well as Live View. Then the others introduced it saying "hey, look what we've done", instead of "hey, we've tried to copy them, but haven't quite made it" (I still remember the Canon EOS 400D ad, saying something in the line of "you don't have to worry about dust anymore", while Olympus DSLR users had never had to worry about it).
Besides, Olympus makes some of the best lenses around, like the 7-14 wide angle. Expensive, but great.
Sure, the lack of a wide user base among pros prior to going digital, the late introduction in the digital world, the smaller size of the company, etc. have made it less used by pro photographers, but that doesn't make their equipment any worse.
November 27, 2009 12:39 am
Thank you for posting this list. The camera I'm vying for is the Canon XSI, so I'm pleased (yet not surprised) that it is in the top 5. I'm so glad I'm subscribed to this site :).
November 27, 2009 12:29 am
"Sometimes known as the 450D in SOME PARTS OF THE WORLD"...
How about "Most of the world, except the US and Japan, call this the 450D".
November 27, 2009 12:22 am
if i am not right on (my) target
November 27, 2009 12:20 am
i have the olympus e520 and i love it. the only thing i had to figure out was the auto focusing. if i am not right on your target with the auto focusing metering, i will miss the shot. i don't use the live view much but prefer to use the viewfinder and i set it to C-AF (continuous auto focus) and that has helped tremendously (for me). i don't miss a shot now. i say it takes some practice with using the focusing modes. i found one that works for me and the camera produces excellent colors. great as a starter camera, but with any camera, practice before you take it out, get the know the controls and which one will give YOU the best results.
the e520 is a back up camera to my canon g10 which doesn't miss a beat, but this is about DSLR. :)
November 27, 2009 12:10 am
A recent photography student of mine had a Canon T1i and it is a good improvement over past Canon models I've seen from a ergonomic, menu, being able to change settings point of view, but still no where near the ease of Nikon's in that class to me. Still no top LCD on the body.
I'm surprised Pentax and Olympus can crack this list but not Sony.
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