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Top 10 Digital SLR Cameras

Updated on January 16, 2013

Introduction to the Top 10 Digital SLR Cameras

Finding the best digital SLR camera for your needs is not always easy, you need to find one which matches your style, is comfortable for you to use, and most importantly one which you can use without getting overwhelmed. In my top 10 Digital SLR Cameras guide I will be giving you ten of the very best digital SLR cameras available for different kinds of people, and why each one may (or may not) be suited to you.

Digital SLR Cameras can now be found by nearly every classic camera manufacturer, and a few new companies have entered the game. With the dawn of the digital era a whole new host of possibilities have become available to photographers, to the point that there is now a clear distinction between photographers, and digital photographers.

Choose from the Best Digital SLR Cameras

Top 10 Digital SLR Cameras
Top 10 Digital SLR Cameras

Why Buy a Digital SLR Camera?

Your average digital camera may seem more than functional enough from most people, but sometimes you want a little more control, a little more creativity, and a little more quality. A digital SLR camera can provide all that and more, they are designed to allow you (Sometimes with the help of various lenses) to get the shots you want. Anyone who has a real interest in photography knows that a simple digital camera just doesn't cut it, but with one of the top 10 Digital SLR cameras, you can make a masterpiece.

In teh following list I will be giving you some of the very best Digital SLR cameras, but I will also be showing you who they are best for, and why each of these fantastic digital SLR cameras is in my top ten list!

The Top 10 Digital SLR Cameras

So without further ado, lets start this hub on the very best Top 10 Digital SLR Cameras, and hopefully by the end of this article you will know which DSLR camera is best for you, or for the person you are buying it for!

Samsung NX10 Digital SLR Camera
Samsung NX10 Digital SLR Camera

10) Samsung NX10 Digital SLR Camera

The first camera in our top ten Digital SLR cameras list is the Samsung NX10. The Samsung NX10 Digital SLR camera is probably not for the professionals, if you are new to the game however it can be a great SLR camera to start with.

Some of the benefits include a 'sonic self cleaning' lens, where over 60,000 vibrations are sent through the lens per minute to help shake the dust off, a speedy auto-focus, and a simple design, allowing you to navigate menus quickly.

The Samsung NX10 Digital SLR camera is fairly large, which makes it great for people with larger hands, however some people might find the camera awkward to hold for any length of time. One large benefit is the OLED screen, which is much more responsive than regular LED screens.

If you are looking for an advanced Digital SLR camera then this probably not the camera for you. If you are a beginner though some of the automated settings can really help you get some great pictures without having to learn everything that might affect an image right off the bat.

Sony Alpha A330L Digital SLR Camera
Sony Alpha A330L Digital SLR Camera

9) Sony Alpha A330L Digital SLR Camera

The Sony Alpha A330L is a great camera from this great digital camera manufacturer. What I particularly like about this great Digital SLR is it's light weight, and image stabilization technology, which helps you get a clear shot even under difficult conditions, and awkward positions.

While the Sony Alpha A330L is a great starter digital SLR camera for beginners, it also incorporates a huge amount of advanced customizability, and available lens combinations. This means it is also a strong camera for intermediate users, and even expert photographers.

The Sony Alpha A330L has a live view on it's LCD screen which allows you to take pictures without the viewfinder. One thing that makes this ideal for people just starting to explore the custom functions of the camera is the live view, since you can see what your adjustments are doing to your final picture.

Nikon D40X Digital SLR Camera
Nikon D40X Digital SLR Camera

8) Nikon D40x Digital SLR Camera

For a long time the Nikon D40 was considered one of the best digital SLR cameras for beginners and intermediates alike. It's moderate weight, high functionality, and wide selection of lenses along with a moderately low price made this a fantastic choice for digital photographers.

The small size and light weight, along with a fast shutter response time, make the Nikon D40x digital SLR camera a great choice for travellers and people who need to grab a shot while it is there. This makes the Nikon D40x great for sports or nature photography. This is helped by a quick auto-focus which can quickly make sure that even a hastily taken picture looks clean.

One feature I really like about the Nikon D40x digital SLR camera is it's 170 degree viewable LCD screen, allowing you to see what's on the screen even in the most awkward of photo taking positions. Add on to this red eye reduction and in camera photo editing and you really do have one of the best digital SLR cameras available today!

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 Digital SLR Camera
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 Digital SLR Camera

7) Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 Digital SLR Camera

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 digital SLR camera is a feature packed SLR camera which incorporates a few nifty features in to a surprisingly low price. The light weight of this digital SLR camera also makes it ideal for travelling.

This great SLR camera has a 12.1 Mega pixel capability, and a touch screen LCD screen which allows for fast paced menu navigation. it comes with HD movie capability, and a live camera view on the LCD screen for easy photo taking. The best part about this touch screen is that you can auto-focus on any subject in your viewfinder simply by touching the object on your screen

The Panasonic Lumix G2 definitely has a lot of features, and yet it has a very comfortable grip which keeps all the functions within easy reach of your thumbs and fingers, without feeling cluttered.

While the auto focus and automated functions of this camera make it a great addition for most photographers, advanced users might not like how they interfere with their custom pictures. The good news is that it is just as easy not to use the Panasonic Lumix G2's automated tools.

Nikon D3000 Digital SLR Camera
Nikon D3000 Digital SLR Camera

6) Nikon D3000 Digital SLR Camera

The Nikon D3000 Digital SLR Camera is an advanced 10MP Digital SLR camera which gives you huge functionality and fast response times. While this is one of the lesser advanced digital SLR cameras on this list, it is great for intermediate digital photographers who are really looking to learn the more intimate details of taking astounding photographs.

As with many of the Nikon cameras, the Nikon D3000 Digital SLR Camera is compatible with the wide range of Nikkor lenses, which are some of the best in the world.

The Nikon D3000 has split second shutter response, automatic lens cleaning and 11 point autofocus for simple photo taking, as well as advanced photography. The pictures taken with the Nikon D3000 are astounding, and pretty much trounce the D40x, and the good news is that there are even more advanced Nikon cameras which can take even better photographs!

Canon EOS Rebel T2i 18mp digital SLR camera
Canon EOS Rebel T2i 18mp digital SLR camera

5) Canon EOS Rebel T2i Digital SLR Camera


Canon has released the Canon Rebel T3i. I have not updated this in the listing because it does come with a higher price tag, and most of it's improvements seem to be geared towards video recording over photography.

The Canon EOS Rebel T2i 181MP digital SLR camera is probably one of my favorite digital SLR cameras when considering quality and price. It has a wide range of features, more mega pixels than you can shake a stick at, and best of all it is in the (just) $1000 range with a lens!

Along with an inbuilt flash, the Canon EOS Rebel T2i Digital SLR camera has a few extra tricks to make the camera easy to use for even novice photographers. It brings together auto lighting and auto focus, and it is compatible with a huge range of lenses, perfect for anyone looking for a unique style.

A great feature of the Canon EOS Rebel T2i is that it has a much larger ISO range than normal. This gives you a much greater chance of snapping a good picture in poor lighting conditions.

Sony Alpha SLTA55VL Digital SLR Camera
Sony Alpha SLTA55VL Digital SLR Camera

4) Sony Alpha SLT A55 VL Digital SLR Camera

The Sony Alpha SLTA55VL Digital SLR Camera has one of the fastest auto focus speeds in it's class thanks to a unique translucent mirror technology. The overall performance of the Sony Alpha A55 is astounding, and it's strong performance clearly shows in the quality of the pictures it takes.

At 16.2 megapixels the Sony Alpha A55 is one powerful camera, and with HD video recording, 10 fps continual shooting and plenty more features, this camera can give you every thing you need in a digital SLR camera.

This brilliant camera has had a whole array of great reviews, and right now you can find some great offers on the Sony Alpha A55 on Amazon (below!)

Nikon D7000 Digital SLR Camera
Nikon D7000 Digital SLR Camera

3) Nikon D7000 Digital SLR Camera

The Nikon D7000 16.2MP digital SLR camera is a fantastic camera at the price. It has a large ISO range, and 6 fps continuous shooting. This camera is by far one of the best mid level Digital SLR cameras, and it is used by expert photographers and intermediate photographers alike.

The Nikon D700 also has a magnificently strong frame to protect the camera from knocks and drops, which happen with unfortunate regularity.

The Nikon D700 comes with a live view for easy point and click picture taking. But the real beauty is in the carefully crafted design and placement of buttons to help make this as easy to use as possible. This fantastic DSLR also comes with plenty of features inside to help you take perfect photographs every time!

nikon D3x Digital SLR Camera
nikon D3x Digital SLR Camera

2) Nikon D3x Digital SLR Camera

The Nikon D3x 24.5 mega pixel digital camera is one of the world's most powerful consumer digital SLR cameras. It is definitely a camera for professionals, and you will see little of the ease of use functionality that you will find in many of the cheaper Nikon digital SLR cameras.

Despite this the Nikon D3x is a great DSLR for any professional photographer who wants to get the very best from his camera, it is packed with functionality and power are combined with some of the highest quality photographs you will take for decades to come.

You will be able to capture nature in real vivid life, and whether you are shooting a model or a a fleeting humming bird, you can get a perfect quality shot easily with this great digital SLR camera.

Canon EOS 5D Mark 2 21.1 MP Digital SLR Camera
Canon EOS 5D Mark 2 21.1 MP Digital SLR Camera

1) Canon EOS 5D Mark 2 Digital SLR Camera

This list might have been a little exhausting, I have summarized some pretty good cameras here, and it is definitely a hard choice to make. The final winner is definitely the Canon 5D Mark 2 Digital camera. it brings together great power, and functionality, along with a price much cheaper than it's competition.  This does mean it is not quiet as sturdy as some of it's competitors, however with an interior magnesium frame it can still stand up to a few knocks here and there.

This compact and lightweight digital SLR camera takes some fantastic pictures as well as HD movies.  It's large LCD screen makes it easy for even novice users to navigate the many options, and the superb quality it provides makes it an ideal addition to any serious photographer looking for a professional DSLR upgrade.

Every picture taken by the Canon EOS 5D Mark 2 digital SLR camera seems to come out perfect, and with a little bit of knowledge you can take some truely breathtaking shots with this amazing piece fo craftmanship.


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    • thisisoli profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Austin, Texas (From York, England!)

      Hey, I haven't read much about it, I would love to try it though!

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      6 years ago

      Hi what about Pentax k5...

    • thisisoli profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Austin, Texas (From York, England!)

      I wish I had time and space to write a compete review of each camera on this list, unfortunately the best I can do is summarize why I like a particular DSLR.

      The T2i is actually my camera of choice for new buyers, it is an amazing piece of kit for the price.

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      7 years ago

      Photography isn't about the camera, and anyone can take a good shot with a low end compact or even a handphone camera. Its the person behind the lens that matters.

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      7 years ago

      Kind of felt that you should have gave a more complete round up of the features, especially the 5D Mk II. Thats one amazing camera with a full frame sensor. Personally i've used the T2i/Kiss X4/550D (They're the same camera) and i've found it amazing and i feel that it would be the best camera for a beginner, with its superb video function and its relatively cheap price.

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      7 years ago from china

      Great Hub,I really enjoy it.

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      7 years ago from UK

      Nice hub and nice camera ! thanks a lot.i really enjoyed it.

    • thisisoli profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Austin, Texas (From York, England!)

      The price of the Canon Rebel T2i has dropped again, the temptation is killing me!

    • thisisoli profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Austin, Texas (From York, England!)

      Glad you enjoyed it :)

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      Duchess OBlunt 

      7 years ago

      I read this with interest, and I am there, and wanting to make that leap. Serious research is required, and this has been a good starting point. Thanks

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      7 years ago

      seems really excellent list collection. Thanks for it.

    • thisisoli profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Austin, Texas (From York, England!)

      heh, you are much further advanced than me by the sounds of it. I really want to get the Rebel T2i, but it is pretty expensive, and is going to take some saving!

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      Richard Bivins 

      7 years ago from Charleston, SC

      I like your choices of cameras and the 5D is my ultimate goal but I have a lot of training to do before I move up to such a sophisticated camera.

    • thisisoli profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Austin, Texas (From York, England!)

      Man I really want the Canon Rebel T2i, that camera seems to be pretty much the most amazing thing ever.

    • thisisoli profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Austin, Texas (From York, England!)

      Just keep writing Helen, I thought you had left hubpages I hadn't seen you in that long!

      I really want to get a high end Digital SLR camera, I used to borrow my friends D40x all teh time, and the pictures always came out looking amazing!

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Great hub with such a big selection.

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      8 years ago from Kentuckeh'

      If I manage to begin making decent money online, I really would like to buy a nice camera. Thanks for the hub, it gave me ideas!

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      Ken Moncrieff 

      8 years ago

      Hi, A great hub, very informative and well focused! Pleasure to read. Reminds me of the two old ladies walking along the promenade in Brighton, UK, where a beach photographer was laying in wait. One old lady said to the other "look Edith - he's going to focus, "Oh my God" she replied - "What the both of us?"


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