The best digital cameras of 2013, top Digital SLR Cameras

About Digital SLR Cameras

Ever since we have entered the digital era, many types of digital cameras appeared on the market, leading to a new wave of digital photographers that captured the world in better ways than before. Digital camera manufacturers tried to provide the best products for a market that was growing day by day, adding more megapixels or better functions to their DSLR's.

Which is the best DSLR of 2013?

If you plan to buy a new digital SLR for you or if you are just curious about the topic, you should know that choosing a DSLR could become a tricky job, depending on the budget and the purpose of the camera. Of course, other factors like megapixels, optical (including zoom) and the type of memory card used are important, and they need to be taken into consideration. Besides these criteria, you have to be very careful because there are many more features included that are difficult to identify, and that can greatly affect the quality of your choice. In this hub, I will try to cover the best 5 cameras of 2013, both DSLR and non-DSLR.

Digital SLR manufacturers
Digital SLR manufacturers

Brands and megapixels

Before seeing the actual list with best cameras of 2013, I want to make a short introduction for beginners. If you have extended knowledge in digital photography, you can skip the following paragraph.

Brands

Don't get blinded by the magic of megapixels or the name of the company. If a company produces great HD TVs, it does not mean the are making great digital cameras. Get informed before buying the product, or you can spend a lot of money and acquire a mediocre camera. Here are the main three categories of camera manufacturers:

  1. Canon, Fuji, Nikon, Olympus, Sony, Panasonic, Pentax
  2. Casio, Kodak, Benq, Agfa, Epson, Hp, Toshiba, Samsung, Sanyo, Kyocera, Ricoh, Genius, Creative
  3. Medion, Matushita, Lumicron, Syd, Yakumo

Without going into much details now, I will share my honest opinion based on my experience and the experience of every photographer I know: if you plan to buy a new DSLR, choose a camera from the first category.

Megapixels

Megapixels, aslwo known as MP, give the maximum size of the picture. If the megapixels on the camera is higher, the picture should have more details. But that's not the single indicator of performance. These days, people tend to be fooled by the large number of megapixels shown on the boxes, forgetting about other details like Zoom, LCD quality, battery life, features and other specifications. More megapixels does not mean a better camera!


Sony RX1
Sony RX1 | Source

Sony RX-1

Although RX1 is a compact camera, it features Full Frame sensor and 35mm f/2.0 Carl Zeiss Sonnar T fixed lens. It's the smallest camera with Full Frame feature. Although many specialists will say that this camera is not for pros, there are serious signals from the community saying that RX-1 takes astonishing pictures for a compact camera with fixed lens. I started with this "niche" device, because street photography is praised these days, and this camera is especially designed for this purpose.

Sony RX-1 Video Review

Olympus OM-D

Olympus OM has been around for some time, and it was a praised camera. Why? Well, it was elegant, it was innovative and introduced a unique style of a classic camera. Although the production of Olympus OM was interrupted, fans all over the world signaled that they want the old product back, or at least an updated version of it. This is how OM-D was born, a post-modern clone of the old series. According to reviews, OM-D is a mirrorless versatile camera that captures high-quality sharp and clear images with its 16-megapixel LIVE MOS sensor and its one-of-a-kind image processor. Another featurs that I should mention are the 5-axis image stabilization system, the large screen, the waterproof case and the world's fastest auto-focus.

Video Review

Fujifilm X-E1

This camera came as an improved model of 2012's X-Pro1 from Fuji with better specs, a more versatile AF system, better battery life and great price. This 16.3 MP mirrorless camera looks nice and solid, keeping the button placements of previous model. As you can see in the following video, even if the subject is in the move, the X-E1 manages to capture outstanding sharp pictures.

Fujifilm X-E1 Video Review

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Nikon D800E

If megapixels you want, with Nikon D800E you know that you will definitely get them. This digital SLR features a 36 megapixel sensor, making it the highest resolution full frame camera. As I said before, although this resolution seems enough reasons to buy this camera, we really need to take a closer look at other specs: high dynamic range, low noise image, AF. But what make this camera stand out from the crowd is the low light filter that allows you to capture great images and videos in low-light conditions. You should also check the previous version, D700.

Nikon D800E Video Review

Canon 5D Mark III

Ever since 5D Mark II reinvented the rules of the game in digital photography, fans were waiting for the next big thing from Canon. 3 years passed, and the long awaited update came: Canon 5D Mark III. At this point, I should reveal an important info: I've kept the best for last, and this camera is definitely the best choice you can make. Every major feature is "imported" from Canon's 1DX flagship camera, making it the undisputed winner in the top of the best DLSR cameras of 2013.

  • 22.3 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor
  • 1 bit A/D conversion
  • 61-Point High-Density Reticular AF
  • iFCL Metering with 63 zone dual-layer metering
  • EOS HD Video with manual exposure

Aside from these features, the camera has been redesigned with a more ergonomic design that fits your hands better than ever. This camera is perfect if you plan to shoot pictures or record a full-length movie, because it captures videos with ultra-realistic details. With proper editing, you can create astonishing videos. I've seen many music videos recorded with this device, and I understand why people have such high regards for it: it is the best!

Canon 5D Mark III video review

Poll

Which is the best DSLR of 2013?

  • Canon 5D Mark III
  • Nikon D800e
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Conclusions

Although there is plenty of time for new cameras to be released on the market, I truly believe that these are the best options to choose from if you plan to buy an exquisite digital camera this year. Watching all the devices presented here in retrospective, I see now that the bar for the upcoming cameras of 2014 is set pretty high. Manufacturers have a lot of work in designing new DLSR or non-DSLR camera, and more work convincing us that the upgrades are worth buying. What's your favorite camera this year? What's your all time favorite camera? Any other suggestions?

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3 years ago

DSLRs or even compact have gone stupidly priced, Any one wanting to get the best and favour quality in images, have to be either filthy rich, or so successful , to by the above and able to make the money back. Not like the 70-90 where you could go out and by a pro body or medium format for less 1/2 the price , or even go second hand, for a couple of hundred pounds. That camera RX1 , NUTS $2700. insane .

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