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Previously used exclusively by the pros, today the best dSLR camera market has expanded and become more affordable to the amateur photo enthusiasts or for the aspiring professional. The best dSLR cameras open up a world of creative flexibility while shooting, which cannot be reproduced by the point and shoot cameras.

Some of the plus points which make dSLR's a compelling buy are,

-Image quality, Sporting larger sensors than the point-and-shoot cameras this ensures excellent image quality. Thanks to the advanced imaging sensors, the entry-level dSLR's offer significantly better image quality than the high end point and shoot cameras.

-Support for wider dynamic ranges- enables capturing of vivid hues and contrasts.

-Creative control- all settings can be made manually offering unlimited control to the photographer

-Performance- Increased shutter speed- to capture action shots, kids photos etc. Faster continuous mode and autofocus performance

-Flexibility-Due to compatibility with a wide range of lenses, can be fiited with lenses which run the gamut of zooms, from the ultra-wide angles to super telephoto lenses and special lenses such as fish-eye and macro lenses etc.

Choosing the best dSLR/Professional camera is indeed a tough option. This is a varied segment and you should choose the best type of dSLR/Pro camera that would fit your needs. Typically the dSLR's come as body-only' cameras unless they are equipped with the kit lenses' which usually offer less optical zoom. The lenses require an additional investment based on your photo needs.

Check out this list of best DSLRs 2013, top rated by some of the best camera reviewers around the web.

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Pentax K-3

Pentax K-3 SLR Camera - Body Only


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Pentax K-3
Nikon D610
Nikon D5300
Canon EOS 70D
Canon EOS 700D (EOS Rebel T5i)
Pentax K-3 SLR Camera - Body Only
Nikon D610 24.3 MP CMOS FX-Format Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)
Nikon D5300 24.2 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera
Canon EOS 70D 20.2 MP Digital SLR Camera
Canon EOS 700D (EOS Rebel T5i) Digital Camera
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SLR/Professional, Mid-size SLR
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SLR/Professional, Mid-size SLR
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28.2 mm
43.18 mm
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27.04 mm
26.81 mm

  • The Pentax K-3 is the most refined K-mount SLR to date, offering fast autofocus and superb image quality. Its video autofocus implementation isn't the best, but it still manages to snag our Editors' Choice award.


  • The Pentax K-3 is the most full-featured prosumer DSLR camera on the market, but not only that, it also delivers great performance, weather-resistant build quality, slick handling and excellent image quality too. The K-3 certainly has what it takes to compete with its main rivals, the Canon EOS 70D and Nikon D7100.
    The Pentax K-3 builds on the proven handling of the K-5 II camera.


  • A completely weatherproof body, good image quality and intuitive handling puts the K-3 cat among the pigeons, but there's still work to do if Pentax is to seriously compete with the DSLR options from Canon and Nikon.


  • Though competition's increasing for low-end full-frame cameras, the Nikon D610 holds its own; that said, while slightly faster than its predecessor it's not a whole lot different.


  • That the D610 is lighter than any other Nikon FX digital SLR camera is a real boon to anyone planning to use it for extended periods of time, though be prepared that it's still quite a handful and noticeably heavier than the cheapest auto focus SLRs of the film era (then again, it's a much higher specified model than any of those). The Nikon D610's mirror is surprisingly quiet for a full-frame SLR camera and in normal use it produces only minimal viewfinder blackout.


  • While the Nikon D610 is an excellent camera that's capable of recording plenty of detail in images with rich tones, good exposure and pleasant colours it is considerably more expensive the Canon 6D.


  • So while the Nikon D5300 doesn't add that many new features to the year-old D5200, what it does add makes it a unique product at the mid-range price-point, offering something genuinely different to the likes of the Canon EOS 650D, Pentax K-5 II and the Sony A65. The combination of a free-angle screen, great video mode, high-quality stills and new connectivity options mean that the Nikon D5300 is a worthy winner of our Highly Recommended award.


  • The Nikon D5300 is what's often referred to in the technology world as an 'evolutionary' upgrade. Nikon has abandoned the D5200's optical low pass filter, which might have been considered revolutonary a year ago, but now looks, to borrow a fashion industry term, 'on trend'. That's not to say it's frivolous or unwarranted, given that it improves the D5300's image quality with no apparent drawbacks (Moire wasn't an issue in any of my test shots) it's absolutely the right move.


  • Although the upgrades made to the D5200 by the D5300 are solid, they are unlikely to attract D5200 users to upgrade.
    They may make the camera more attractive to photographers without a brand commitment, but they aren't especially forward-looking or novel. The variangle screen and Effect modes encourage the user to shoot in live view mode (and compose the image on screen), but the live view AF system's performance lags behind that of many compact system cameras, and the screen isn't touch-sensitive.


  • 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 official launch price of the Canon EOS 700D / Rebel T5i has dropped slightly compared to the previous model's full RRP, perhaps its most attractive feature when compared directly against its predecessor, especially as the STM kit lens is a better partner, especially for shooting video.


  • The Canon EOS 700D is a very capable and versatile camera that produces high quality images. It has a comprehensive feature set and affords all the control expected by enthusiast photographers while providing automatic hand-holding options for less experienced users.
    It produces images that are of very similar quality to those from the Canon 650D, although our tests reveal that they are a little noisier.


  • The Canon EOS 700D / Rebel T5i is an upgrade to the 650D almost in name only, but still combines very good image quality with a comprehensive, well-designed touchscreen interface. AF performance in live view mode and video is an improvement over early Rebel DSLRs, but still lags behind mirrorless options.


The main categories which dSLR's would fall into are,

Entry level dSLR- Most of the best entry-level dSLR cameras are available for about $600- $800 body only mainly for the aspiring hobbyist who expects more from his camera than what a point and shoot has to offer.

Mid-range dSLR- Mainly for aspiring professionals they offer more flexibility, performance and ruggedness than the entry level dSLR's. Most of the best mid-range dSLRs are typically available in the $1000-$2000 range.

Professional dSLR- They bring a level of versatility, ruggedness and functionality for pro photographers. The best professional dSLR cameras are available from $2000 upwards for body only.