The Canon EOS 70D is a great update of Canon's enthusiast-level DSLR. With its sound design and build, sleek swivel touchscreen and first-rate handling, it's more than just a simple mix of the 60D and 7D. The innovative Dual Pixel AF system makes the autofocus fast and smooth when working in Live View mode or video mode, successfully improving on a long-standing problem in the DSLR world.
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24x36mm, Tilt Display & Wi-Fi
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.
By ditching the low-pass filter, borrowing a sensor from a higher-end model, adding a new image processor, building in a GPS and Wi-Fi, improving design, and speeding up performances, Nikon has made a triumphant return to the enthusiast DSLR market with the D5300. This is much more than a bog-standard update of the D5200!
Canon EOS 100D
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.
Sony Alpha 58
Sony's A58 SLT is packed with functions, including an 8 fps burst mode with autofocus, sweep panorama, and a fast autofocus in video mode. Still, this being an SLT, you'll have to make do with an electronic viewfinder rather than a proper optical viewfinder.