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Aspiring professionals and semi-pro photo hobbyists who want more out of their dSLR in terms of performance, functionality and ruggedness would want to invest in a mid-range dSLR. The best mid-range dSLR cameras are a step-up to the entry level dSLR's and are for those who cannot splurge on the all-out pro cameras , but nevertheless need top-notch image quality.

The best mid-range dSLRs are the semi-pro models which offer some sophisticated features from the entry level cameras, like improved sensor size, faster continuous mode shooting to capture action shots, higher resolution LCD screen, a more advanced viewfinder and HD video recording facility. Typically available in the $1000-$2000 range, they justify the steep price tag with some nifty features such as enhanced metering system, better low-light performance, quicker autofocus with more focusing points also coupled with advanced dust clearing systems to protect your camera.

The best mid-range dSLR cameras offer some of the sophisticated features only found in professional models at a better price. The leaders in this segment are of course Canon and Nikon with their multiple mid-range models but the performance of Pentax and Sony are not too far behind. We take a look at some of the best mid-range dSLR digital cameras in the market now.

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Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 70D 20.2 MP Digital SLR Camera


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Canon EOS 70D
Nikon D5200
Nikon D600
Canon EOS 650D (Rebel T4i)
Olympus OM-D E-M5
Canon EOS 70D 20.2 MP Digital SLR Camera
Nikon D5200 Digital Camera with 18-105mm lens
Nikon D600 DSLR Digital Camera
Canon EOS Rebel T4i Digital Camera with 18-135mm lens
Olympus OM-D E-M5 Light Field Camera
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Release Date
Jun 2013
Dec 2012
Sep 2012
Jun 2012
Apr 2012
Camera Type
SLR/Professional, Mid-size SLR
SLR/Professional
SLR/Professional
SLR/Professional
SLR/Professional
Resolution
20.0 Megapixel
24.7 Megapixel
24.3 Megapixel
18.0 Megapixel
16.1 Megapixel
Image Sensor Type
CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
Live MOS
LCD Screen Size
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.2 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
Image Sensor Size
27.04 mm
28.2 mm
43.2 mm
26.7 mm
21.6 mm

  • An overall excellent camera, but one that fails to capture the best-in-class prize for image quality.


  • The Canon EOS 70D delivers the smoothest Live View focus we've seen in a traditional D-SLR, but it can struggle to lock that focus in dim light.


  • Indeed, until we see Dual-Pixel CMOS AF inevitably make its way across the EOS range, we'd recommend the new Canon EOS 70D as the APS-C camera to go for if you're currently considering a mid-range DSLR camera. It offers a winning blend of features, performance and image quality that is hard to beat, both by its EOS brothers and other manufacturers' offerings. The new EOS 70D marks a real step forward for both Canon and the venerable SLR camera.


  • The Nikon D5200 makes a great choice for family and vacation photographers.


  • The under-$1,000 Nikon D5200 is a capable D-SLR that delivers impressive image quality and continuous shooting at 4 frames per second, earning it our Editors' Choice.


  • The ultimate irony of these cameras is this: when the D5100 first came to market we awarded it both Camera of the Year, and Budget DSLR of the Year. It was just such an amazing deal, with rare levels of performance at the price point. But after two years and little improvement for the D5200, this great camera didn't hit us with the same impact its predecessor did. Like we've said countless times in the review, the D5200 is a fine camera, but it's not $300 finer than the old one.


  • The Nikon D600 is essentially a D7000 with an FX sensor, but lacks some of the extra features found in the Canon EOS 6D.


  • The Nikon D600 was one of the worst-kept secrets in the industry this year, and the enthusiast and prosumer crowd has been foaming at the mouth to see what an affordable full-frame camera from Nikon would look like. The Nikon D600 does not disappoint, offering nearly every bit of control that the impressive D800 offers, with comparable features.

    The D600 is an odd camera to write first impressions about, because it's clearly ready for public consumption, having already hit the labs of the folks at DXOMark.


  • If you think you can live with that and a few other limitations / omissions versus the D800; the smaller, lighter and cheaper Nikon D600 will serve you just as well as the more expensive model - and even give you faster frame rates and more manageable raw file sizes as an added bonus.


  • In summary the new 650D / Rebel T4i is the most complicated yet friendly mid-range Canon DSLR yet, truly a camera that you can grow into as your photography skills develop. It only misses out on our highest Essential award because of the still slow Live View auto-focusing and a small price increase over the 600D, but is more than deserving of our still-coveted Highly Recommended award.


  • Although it has an 18 million pixel sensor, Canon's EOS 650D/Rebel T4i doesn't use the same CMOS device as other cameras in Canon's range. It uses a new Hybrid CMOS sensor that is designed to facilitate a combined phase detection and contrast detection autofocus system that operates during video recording and when Live View is activated.


  • With the EOS 650D, Canon faced the challenge of taking an already successful camera line and finding a way to offer more than a token upgrade without stealing too much thunder from its higher-spec'd DSLRs. By maintaining what has long been very good image quality for both stills and video shooting and addressing operational handling with a remarkably well-executed touchscreen implementation, the latest addition to the Rebel lineup carves out a niche as one of the more enjoyable to use entry level DSLRs on the market.


  • If you're looking for something a lot better, faster, and more sophisticated than a point-and-shoot that can stand up to your adventures, the Olympus OM-D E-M5 is a great choice.


  • The Olympus OM-D E-M5 is the best Micro Four Thirds camera we've tested. It's got a top-notch stabilization system, is fully weather sealed, can shoot in all types of light, and ships with a sharp and versatile kit lens. Add it all up, and you have our new Editors' Choice for high-end compact interchangeable lens cameras.


  • It hasn't taken Olympus long to speed into our hearts with their retro-inspired compact system camera lineup. The Micro Four Thirds PEN series was well-received not only for its style, but its image quality and usability. Seeing a gap at the top of their product line, Olympus now has the OM-D E-M5, answering the question: what would happen if you stuffed modern digital guts in a 1970s compact SLR body? The E-M5 is the first camera in Olympus new OM-D line, a direct descendant of their OM line of compact SLR film cameras.


Top 5 midrange dslr digital camera:

  1. Canon EOS 70D 20.2 MP Digital SLR Camera
  2. Nikon D5200 Digital Camera with 18-105mm lens
  3. Nikon D600 DSLR Digital Camera
  4. Canon EOS Rebel T4i Digital Camera with 18-135mm lens
  5. Olympus OM-D E-M5 Light Field Camera