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BEST DSLRs in the market today

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As I write this month’s shutterbug, I feel a bit pissed off at the way people these days are treating photography like. There is a popular page on social media network that’s swarmed with pictures, clicked mainly on DSLRs – sadly without any specific subject, topic, aim and focus! There are several DSLR owners who assume nudity is an art – which it is, but then you have to be artistic and learn that just showing off private parts doesn’t make it a nude art! Similarly landscapes and monuments are out of focus and these so-called photographers are collecting applauds.

To all who it may concern, and with due respect, DSLR doesn’t make you a photographer. You have to buy the perfect camera, learn about its features, get used to its lenses, learn about its tips and tricks – and most importantly, practice. Then, may be, you reach where you aim to be at!

Enough rants, let’s get to the point – let’s talk the best DSLRs available in the market. Pick your choice according to the expertise, budget and requirement. Once you settle down with the camera, we will talk about some lenses you might like to own, the next step to adapting to your DSLR features in the following issues.

 Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

Price: ₹ 3,15,000

Specs at the glance:

  • Sensor: Full-frame CMOS
  • Megapixels: 30.4MP
  • Autofocus: 61-point AF, 41 cross-type
  • Screen type: 3.2-inch touchscreen, 1,620,000 dots
  • Maximum continuous shooting speed: 7fps
  • Movies: 4K
  • User level: Expert

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The complete DSLR!

Canon’s EOS 5D series of cameras don’t need an introduction. The 5D Mark IV pretty much tweaks and improves on everything before it – we mean its predecessors. With a new sensor that delivers pin-sharp results, a 61-point AF system that’s incredibly advanced and some very polished handling, the EOS 5D Mark IV has to be one of the best DSLRs in the market today. A serious investment, but you won’t be disappointed as far as photography is concerned.

 Nikon D810

Price: ₹ 1,98,999

Specs at the glance:

  • Sensor: Full-frame CMOS
  • Megapixels: 36.3MP
  • Autofocus: 51-point AF, 15 cross-type
  • Screen type: 3.2-inch, 1,229,000 dots
  • Maximum continuous shooting speed: 5fps
  • Movies: 1080p
  • User level: Expert

thetechy - Nikon D810

Excellent resolution with solid build and value

Okay, so this is a relatively older one in the list, but nonetheless our fav and is still a great buy. It’s built like a tank, it handles beautifully and it does cost much but a good value for the moolah you spend. The D810 ditches the antialiasing filter – that’s usually placed in front of DSLR sensor – to maximize its formidable resolution, and delivers stunning results with huge amounts of detailing. If you’re into sports, action and wildlife photography, none can match the D810’s outright image quality and value for money.

 Canon EOS 5DS

Price: ₹ 2,49,990

Specs at the glance:

  • Sensor: Full-frame CMOS
  • Megapixels: 50.6MP
  • Autofocus: 61-point AF, 41 cross-type
  • Screen type: 3.2-inch, 1,040,000 dots
  • Maximum continuous shooting speed: 5fps
  • Movies: 1080p
  • User level: Expert

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Proof that more can mean better

With 50.6 million effective pixels, the 5DS is by far the highest resolution full-frame DSLR in the market. Image quality is superb, with fantastic detail, well controlled noise and good dynamic range. The 5DS is now the benchmark for fullframe image quality, but it’s not quite perfect. There’s no Wi-Fi or Ultra HD video recording, and huge image file sizes necessitate decent memory cards and a fast computer. The 5DS out-resolves any other full-frame camera on the market in our lab tests.

 Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Price: ₹ 1,37,800

Specs at the glance:

  • Sensor: APS-C CMOS
  • Megapixels: 20.2MP
  • Autofocus: 65-point AF, 65 cross-type
  • Screen type: 3.0-inch, 1,040,000 dots
  • Maximum continuous shooting speed: 10fps
  • Movies: 1080p
  • User level: Expert

thetechy - Canon EOS 7D Mark II

An all-round camera with a great sensor

Now you can shoot action and sports like the pros, but at a price within the reach of enthusiasts. The EOS 7D Mark II isn’t just a high-speed specialist, it’s a terrific all-round camera. It’s tough, with an alloy body and weather-sealed controls, it has a great sensor with an advanced dual-pixel hybrid autofocus system, and it’s a powerful video camera too.

 Nikon D500

Price: ₹ 1,21,525

Specs at the glance:

  • Sensor: APS-C CMOS
  • Megapixels: 20.9MP
  • Autofocus: 153-point AF, 99 cross-type
  • Screen type: 3.2-inch tilt-angle touchscreen, 2,359,000 dots
  • Maximum continuous shooting speed: 10fps
  • Movies: 4K
  • User level: Expert

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Perfect for the action photographer

Nikon has taken their flagship D5 DSLR and most of its high-end features and distilled all of this into a smaller, but still very durable metal body. The full-frame sensor is replaced by a 20.9MP APS-C sized chip. That does mean the D500 can shoot at a rapid 10fps and the high ISO performance is that bit better, while the 153-point AF arrangement is perhaps the best autofocus system out there right now. A brilliant all-rounder, it excels at fast action like sports and wildlife photography, but still has the chops to shoot landscapes and portraits.

 Nikon D7200

Price: ₹ 85,550

Specs at the glance:

  • Sensor: APS-C CMOS
  • Megapixels: 24.2MP
  • Autofocus: 51-point AF, 15 cross-type
  • Screen type: 3.2-inch, 1,229,000 dots
  • Maximum continuous shooting speed: 6fps
  • Movies: 1080p
  • User level: Intermediate

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Versatile, powerful and capable of excellent results in terms of resolution and clarity

Using Nikon’s excellent 24-megapixel APS-C format sensor with no anti-aliasing filter, it produces some of the sharpest images you’ll see outside of professional full-frame cameras. The D7200 doesn’t match the D500’s sheer speed or out-andout build quality, but it can still shoot at 6 frames per second for up to 100 JPEG photos or 27 raw files, and it uses a tried-and-tested 51-point autofocus system that offers a range of advanced features.

 Nikon D3300

Price: ₹ 25,499

Specs at the glance:

  • Sensor: APS-C CMOS
  • Megapixels: 24.2MP
  • Autofocus: 11-point AF, 1 cross-type
  • Screen type: 3.0-inch, 921,000 dots
  • Maximum continuous shooting speed: 5fps
  • Movies: 1080p
  • User level: Beginner

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Cheap cameras don’t always bring compromise!

The D3300 is cheap as chips, has one of the sharpest APS-C sensors there is and a neat retracting kit lens. It proves that you don’t have to pay a fortune to get a great camera, and we say its sheer value for money makes it just as impressive as much more advanced (read expensive) alternatives. It has the same 24-megapixel non-antialiased sensor as the best of Nikon’s APS-C format DSLRs, and the controls are designed to be simple for the beginners as well as for the experts.

 Nikon D750

Price: ₹ 1,62,500

Specs at the glance:

  • Sensor: Full-frame CMOS
  • Megapixels: 24.3MP
  • Autofocus: 51-point AF, 15 cross-type
  • Screen type: 3.2-inch tilting, 1,229,000 dots
  • Maximum continuous shooting speed: 6.5fps
  • Movies: 1080p
  • User level: Intermediate

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A full-frame DSLR with performance, versatility and value

Liked Nikon’s D810, but don’t want to shell out quite that much? Then look no further than the 24MP full-frame D750. It doesn’t have that magnificent 36-megapixel sensor that the D810 does, but its 24-megapixel alternative still delivers top quality results, especially at high ISO settings. The D750 is also a bit more versatile than the D810, with a faster 6.5fps continuous shooting speed, a handy tilting screen and a lower price – and you still get the enhanced autofocus system and Picture Control 2.0 options of the D810.

 Pentax K-1

Price: ₹ 1,57,000

Specs at the glance:

  • Sensor: Full-frame CMOS
  • Megapixels: 36MP
  • Autofocus: 33-point AF, 25 cross-type
  • Screen type: 3.2-inch tilting, 1,037,000 dots
  • Maximum continuous shooting speed: 4.4fps
  • Movies: 1080p
  • User level: Enthusiast/expert

Nikon D750

Pentax’s first full-frame DSLR has a lot to offer

The K-1 offers a rugged build and a full-frame sensor at a relatively affordable price. It’s not cheap, but definitely a great value for money. Pentax’s Pixel Shift Technology is clever, and it’s great that the company has managed to produce a mode that can be used when the camera is handheld, although the impact is subtle. Less of an all-rounder than the 5D Mk III, the K-1 makes an excellent camera for landscape, still life and portrait photography, or any genre that doesn’t require fast autofocus and which benefits from a high pixel count for detail resolution.

 Canon EOS 800D

Price: ₹ 57,950

Specs at the glance:

  • Sensor: APS-C CMOS
  • Megapixels: 24.2MP
  • Autofocus: 19-point AF, 19 cross-type
  • Screen type: 3-inch articulating touchscreen, 1,040,000 dots
  • Continuous shooting speed: 5fps
  • Movies: 1080p
  • User level: Beginner/enthusiast

thetechy - Canon EOS 800D

A compelling combination of top-notch ergonomics and a superb sensor

Pay a bit more cash over the D3300 and you get a quite a bit more camera for your cash with the Canon EOS 800D. The new 24.2MP sensor delivers stunning image quality with impressively low noise levels at high ISO sensitivities. Although outwardly similar to its 700D predecessor, you get the same articulating, touch-sensitive screen to enjoy. A very capable piece of kit for those looking to get into DSLR photography.

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