BUYER'S GUIDE / The Best DSLR Cameras
Pick of the best DSLRs
The 6 best digital cameras of the moment: the best all-rounder, the best-value digital camera, the best budget option, the best choice if money is no object.
The first Alpha 77 was a revolutionary camera for many reasons, such as its electronic viewfinder, fast shooting and swivel screen. For the Alpha 77 Mark II, it wasn't until the firmware 2.00 update that it hit its stride, at which point it became once again the best fastest DSLR camera with an APS-C sensor. It has plenty of advantages over standard DSLRs and is definitely worth your attention!
The Nikon D750 is fast, it's lightweight and it takes gorgeous pictures. It's a full-frame DSLR that's more modern than its predecessors by integrating a tilt display and Wi-Fi. All it's really lacking is a bit of daring.
With the D5500, Nikon has once again produced an effective and responsive consumer-oriented SLR that takes a good photo. The addition of a touchscreen is a real plus, and it works brilliantly. The interface, though, is still too convoluted and much more difficult to figure out than those of many of the D5500's competitors.
The EOS 100D is effectively a mini version of the 650D. This compact DSLR has the same main strengths as its full-sized counterpart, with a user-friendly design, a good sensor, quality electronics and an excellent screen. Plus, this mini version is speedier to use and is obviously more portable. However, the kit zoom lens lets the side down. It's too big for this compact camera body, it's plagued by optical aberrations and it has trouble maintaining sharpness. Potential 100D owners should seriously think about replacing the lens to get the best out of their camera.
The Pentax K-3 is a sturdy and hard-wearing but quite traditional SLR. It doesn't get any newfangled features like Wi-Fi, GPS, touch-controls, a swivel screen or extra video features. However, the basics are all covered very well, from the 100% optical viewfinder, the tough all-weather finish and the speedy 8 fps burst mode, to the mechanical stabilisation system and 24-Megapixel sensor.
The K-S2 is brimming with good ideas. It should have no trouble finding buyers, thanks to its tropicalised body and lens, intuitive build and controls, bright viewfinder, customisability, swivel screen and picture quality. Other aspects might turn users off, such as slow shooting and noisy operation, but we can't help but think that with just a little more at their disposal, Ricoh-Pentax's R&D could do something truly amazing.