One of the oldest discussions among beginners and seasoned professionals alike is what the best Digital SLR camera is.
Or an even more common question (for people who think their 1.3 megapixel camera phone is the very height of photographic technology) is simply: What is a Digital SLR?
To briefly summarize, SLR stands for Single-Lens Reflex, and this where you get to see exactly what is visible through the camera lens, and a hinged mirror controlling light enables for exposures almost as fast as the blink of an eye, ideal for sports photographers who want to capture that particular expression or goal. DSLR Cameras are usually quite expensive, although they are coming down in price almost daily and are vastly superior to normal point-and-shoot cameras. The very finest Digital SLR cameras will cost (of course) thousands of Euros. However, some of the ones on this list take into account those on leaner budgets!
5. Canon EOS 450D
At around €550, it’s a bargain, with both an expensive look and feel, and the LCD screen menu options are particularly easy to use. Despite lacking the high definition video capabilities of its older brother, the 500D, but yet is significantly cheaper. Advantages include a high megapixel count of 12.2, and much more compatibility with Canon’s range of lenses than many other cameras of this type.
4. Nikon D60
Costing around €450, this is considered perhaps the best value for money budget DSLR – still quite expensive though, isn’t it! Like many DSLR cameras at this price, the lens that comes bundled with it leaves a lot to be desired, meaning you’ll probably want to upgrade it after a few weeks of ownership to make the most of its 10.2 megapixels, a relatively unimportant yet still rather meagre megapixel count. Standout features include a start-up time of just 0.19 seconds and an extremely light, mostly plastic body.
3. Nikon D700
It has been called by many the best Digital SLR of 2008. It does, however, command a high premium of around €2000 – and that doesn’t include the lens. Some of the advantages and features that justify this price level are a massive, self-cleaning “FX” sensor, and a 5ps image capture rate which can increase with a more expensive battery kit.
2. Pentax K200D
It costs €575, only has 10.2 megapixels, and is quite expensive for the features offered. What then, makes it worth buying? Pentax are well known for their rugged durability and reliability, and are popular with journalists – the K200D has 60 individual seals that protect the camera from any kind of dust and damp that would make this camera ideal for taking onto a warzone. While the average Venere Blog Reader isn’t probably going to encounter anything of the sort, it could come in handy for those going on an African Safari or even the beach. Take my advice – nothing ruins cameras more than sand.
1. Olympus E-3
Olympus aren’t usually featured anywhere near the top of any photographer’s list of the best cameras, but that doesn’t mean they can’t manufacture a gem every now and then. The E-3, costing around €2400, is the most expensive on this list, but for some, the price will be easily justifiable with its renowned autofocus system which basically has the ability to keep very fast moving objects in focus – thought to be better than any other camera in the world. It’s also bundled with wireless flash and is extremely durable. Well worth the money!
Photo of traveler taking pictures in Luxor, Egypt, by Antonioperezrio.es