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Best Digital Cameras of 2011

Introduction

Here we present the best digital cameras for 2011. Winning cameras are selected among their class from models currently available, although some may not be in all markets. This year there are both new models as well as some cameras holding on to last year's top spot.

Categories largely remain the same as last year except that SLDs, often referred to as Mirrorless cameras, were split in two categories based on the size of their systems. Compact mirrorless are completely new this year with both Pentax and Nikon inaugurating the market. Panasonic, Olympus and Sony which produce larger models fall into the Standard SLD, for the lack of a better term. At this point it looks like this may turn into the Advanced SLD category but it is still too early to tell.

Emphasis for selection is on image quality above all else. All models below are chosen for outstanding image quality, feature set and performance relative to cameras in the same category. If you are not sure which category would suite you better, consult the Choosing Basics section of the buying guide.

Ultra-Compact

Making digital cameras this small requires compromises. Choosing among them means deciding which compromises we can accept. In return, we get a camera which can unobtrusively be taken anywhere and more photo opportunities. The most drastic compromises are found in ultra-compact digital cameras.

No current ultra-compact can match the image quality of the 2009 category winner, the Fujifilm Finepix F200 EXR
Fujifilm Finepix F200 EXR
.


Top Pick

Canon Powershot ELPH 310 HS

12 Megapixels12 MegapixelsStabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Continuous DriveContinuous DriveFull 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more but less than 4K.Full 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more but less than 4K.Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Spot MeteringSpot MeteringAccepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Accepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Discontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.Discontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.

This ultra-compact uses a 12 megapixels BSI-CMOS sensor which delivers improved image quality over its modern peers. It also gives it high-speed features including full 1080p HD video capture and a 3.5 FPS continuous drive. A stabilized wide-angle 8X optical zoom lens provides good versatility.

The ELPH 310 HS is strictly Point&Shoot with an easy to use interface. It is very light and small but manages to fit a crisp 3" LCD with 460K pixels.


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What you will like
Slim and light
Reasonable image quality
Good continuous drive
Bright and crisp LCD
Metal construction
What you may not like
Above average occurrence of redeye
Minimalist user interface
Below average battery life

COMING SOON

Canon Powershot S100

12 Megapixels12 MegapixelsHigh ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.High ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Continuous DriveContinuous DriveFull 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more but less than 4K.Full 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more but less than 4K.Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Spot MeteringSpot MeteringBuilt-In GPSBuilt-In GPSAccepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Accepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Discontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.Discontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.

The Canon Powershot S100
Canon Powershot S100
is the follow up to the excellent Canon Powershot S95
Canon Powershot S95
. By the miracle of modern technology, Canon managed to make it into an ultra-compact while retaining the efficient user-interface and advanced photographic controls of its predecessor. The S100 trades the 10 MP CCD for a 12 MP CMOS sensor but keeps it the same size which should give comparable image quality.

The lens has been improved with a more versatile ultra-wide angle equivalent of 24-120mm while retaining the F/2 maximum aperture at the wide end. This bright lens is key to its potential since this lets the S100 shoot at one ISO lower than competitors.

The Canon Powershot S100 is scheduled to be available for December 2011.


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Travel-Zoom

Small ultra-zoom digital cameras are plentiful. With sizes varying between ultra-compact and compact, these models pack at least 8X optical zoom. Just a few years ago, this was only possible with much larger models. Inevitably the size of the lens determines the compromise between focal-length and optical quality, although sensors are roughly the same now across most fixed-lens cameras from a given company.


Top Pick

Nikon Coolpix S8200

16 Megapixels16 MegapixelsUltra-Zoom: At least 10X optical zoom.Ultra-Zoom: At least 10X optical zoom.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Continuous DriveContinuous DriveFull 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more but less than 4K.Full 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more but less than 4K.Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Accepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Accepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Neocamera detailed reviewNeocamera detailed reviewDiscontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.Discontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.

The Nikon Coolpix S8200
Nikon Coolpix S8200
features a 16 megapixels CMOS sensor behind a stabilized 14X ultra-wide optical zoom lens in a compact body. This simple Point&Shoot camera can capture full 1080p HD video with stereo sound and shoot continuously at 6 FPS. It also puts in CMOS sensor to good use with a number of multi-frame and high-speed video modes.

The S8200 shows good image quality for a camera with such a small sensor. Noise levels are low, metering is reliable and there are very little optical issues despite a very compact and versatile zoom range.


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What you will like
Impressive image quality and usable ISO range
Good metering system
Effective image stabilization
Excellent LCD visibility
Simple user interface
What you may not like
Poor color accuracy
Slow autofocus towards telephoto end
Slow shot-to-shoot speed
Video recording delay
Impossible to setup video framing
Flash cannot be locked down after it pops

Advanced Compact

Advanced compacts are digital cameras with an extensive feature set in a relatively compact body. They cannot fit in a pocket but neither do other cameras with the same feature set.

This category is under pressure due to its premium pricing, particularly by newer SLDs which offer improved image quality over traditional compacts in a similar form-factor.


Top Pick

Fujifilm Finepix X100

12 Megapixels12 MegapixelsElectronic View FinderElectronic View FinderHigh ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.High ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.Continuous DriveContinuous Drive720p HD Video: 1280 x 720 resolution or more but less than 1920 x 1080.720p HD Video: 1280 x 720 resolution or more but less than 1920 x 1080.Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Spot MeteringSpot MeteringDepth-Of-Field Preview: Improve perception of DOF before shooting.Depth-Of-Field Preview: Improve perception of DOF before shooting.Accepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Accepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Neocamera detailed reviewNeocamera detailed reviewDiscontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.Discontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.

The Fujifilm Finepix X100
Fujifilm Finepix X100
is a fixed-lens digital camera with an APS-C CMOS sensor and a bright F/2 prime 35mm-equivalent lens. This gives it class-leading image quality, comparable to a Digital SLR with a fast prime lens.

The X100 is designed for advanced user with plenty of dials and mechanical controls, a very solid metal construction and a unique hybrid viewfinder which switches between EVF and Optical-Tunnel modes.


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What you will like
Class-leading image quality
Excellent sharpness from wide-open
Bright maximum aperture
Excellent EVF clarity
Built-in 3-stop ND-Filer
Built like a tank
High-speed sync
What you may not like
Slow autofocus system
Unresponsive manual focus ring
Poor white-balance indoors
Not exposure priority
Fixed focal-length

Alternate Choice

Nikon Coolpix P7100

10 Megapixels10 MegapixelsHigh ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.High ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Level: Measures camera tilt and helps to keep the horizon level.Level: Measures camera tilt and helps to keep the horizon level.720p HD Video: 1280 x 720 resolution or more but less than 1920 x 1080.720p HD Video: 1280 x 720 resolution or more but less than 1920 x 1080.Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Spot MeteringSpot MeteringAccepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Accepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Neocamera detailed reviewNeocamera detailed reviewDiscontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.Discontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.

The Nikon Coolpix P7100
Nikon Coolpix P7100
packs an extensive feature set along with a 7X wide-angle optical zoom lens. Its image quality is great considering its sensor-size. Exposure, metering, color and white-balance are also very reliable too. Complete manual controls make this an ideal camera for creative photography when a large camera would be impractical.

The extensive buttons and dials that cover the P7100 make it efficient to control in all exposure-modes. Triple control-dials means that manual-exposure can be set without using buttons or a menu.It even includes a digital-level and support for stereo sound during HD video recording via its internal microphone or using an external audio input.


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What you will like
Better than average image noise
Excellent metering
Good colors and white-balance
Excellent ergonomics and build quality
Excellent video-recording features
Short shutter-lag
What you may not like
Not exposure-priority
Poor LCD coverage
Slow shot-to-shot speed

The nearly identical Nikon Coolpix P7000
Nikon Coolpix P7000
which won this category last year performs similarly except in the areas of autofocus where the Nikon P7100 is greatly improved.

Compact SLD

SLDs are Interchangeable Lens Cameras designed to bring the versatility of interchangeable lenses to a small form-factor. While original manufacturers of SLDs adopted relatively large sensors to provide DSLR-like image quality, this limited potential size savings. A second wave of manufacturers created SLDs with smaller sensors to produce Compact SLDs.


Top Pick

Nikon 1 V1

10 Megapixels10 MegapixelsElectronic View FinderElectronic View FinderContinuous DriveContinuous DriveFull 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more but less than 4K.Full 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more but less than 4K.Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Spot MeteringSpot MeteringAccepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Accepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Neocamera detailed reviewNeocamera detailed reviewDiscontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.Discontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.

The Nikon 1 V1
Nikon 1 V1
is the flagship SLD which introduced the Nikon 1 system. By using a sensor with 2.7X FLM, this model, and its sibling the Nikon 1 J1
Nikon 1 J1
, are can top the image quality of most compact digital cameras in a form-factor which is relatively compact. A good deal of savings in bulk is provided by lightweight lenses.

The V1 uses a specially designed high-speed CMOS sensor with built-in phase-detection. This lets it focus faster than most SLDs and to shoot continuously at up to 60 FPS. The electronic shutter can also freeze action at 1/16000s. Even the fastest Digital SLR is not capable of performing either of these feats.


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What you will like
High image quality for its class
Phase-Detect autofocus
Ultra-fast continuous drive
Full 1080p HD video with autofocus
Compact form factor and lenses
Built-in EVF
What you may not like
Limited external controls
No built-in flash
Limited selection of lenses

Standard SLD

Standard SLD cameras are designed to give DSLR-like image quality and the convenience of changing lenses using a smaller form-factor. Image-quality is kept high by using the same sensors as entry-level DSLRs and size is reduced by removing the space required to provide an optical reflex viewfinder.

Last year's category winner, the Sony Alpha SLT-A55
Sony Alpha SLT-A55
, was followed by two models, the A77
Sony Alpha SLT-A77
and A65
Sony Alpha SLT-A65
which may not be available yet in all markets but should be by early 2012.


Top Pick

Sony Alpha SLT-A77

24 Megapixels24 MegapixelsElectronic View FinderElectronic View FinderHigh ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.High ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Level: Measures camera tilt and helps to keep the horizon level.Level: Measures camera tilt and helps to keep the horizon level.Continuous DriveContinuous DriveFull 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more but less than 4K.Full 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more but less than 4K.Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Spot MeteringSpot MeteringDepth-Of-Field Preview: Improve perception of DOF before shooting.Depth-Of-Field Preview: Improve perception of DOF before shooting.Live-View: Lets DSLR cameras use the rear LCD as an EVF.Live-View: Lets DSLR cameras use the rear LCD as an EVF.Weatherproof - Seals protect from dust, humidity and light splashing.Weatherproof - Seals protect from dust, humidity and light splashing.Built-In GPSBuilt-In GPSAccepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Accepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Accepts Memory Stick Duo memory.Accepts Memory Stick Duo memory.Discontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.Discontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.

The Sony Alpha SLT-A77 features a 24 megapixels APS-C sensor behind a translucent mirror which it inherits from the A55. This lets it focus and meter constantly, even during exposure. It can continuously shoot at 12 FPS and record 1920x1080 @ 60 FPS video while maintaining focus. A built-in stabilization mechanism benefits all lenses too. Image quality from the new sensor is good at low ISO sensitivities, definitely up to 400, allowing for humongous prints. At higher ISOs, performance naturally drops behind top of the line DSLRs.

The A77 is the first SLT aimed at advanced users and features dual control-dials, plenty of external controls and a weather-sealed body. The view from its class-leading 2.4 megapixels EVF is bright, crisp and of similar size to that of full-frame DSLRs. This EVF accurately previews exposure and allows this SLD to be kept at eye-level more often than most cameras. Its feature set is rounded by a built-in GPS.


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What you will like
Incredible image resolution
Built-in image stabilization
Superb EVF with heads-up display
Excellent Live-View implementation
Continuous AF during video recording
Continuous AF during continuous drive
Top 12 FPS shooting
Dual-axis digital-level
Weatherproof SLD
What you may not like
Increased noise above ISO 800
No preview during high-speed drive
Sluggish user-interface
Relatively short battery-life
Sensitive translucent mirror
Large for an SLD

Entry-Level DSLR

Entry-Level DSLR cameras use the same large sensor as advanced models to give equally impressive image quality while remaining much faster than fixed-lens cameras and the majority of SLDs. These cameras are often choice models when searching for high image quality at a low cost, particularly for shooting moving subjects.


Top Pick

Nikon D5100

16 Megapixels16 MegapixelsSingle Lens ReflexSingle Lens ReflexHigh ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.High ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.Continuous DriveContinuous DriveFull 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more but less than 4K.Full 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more but less than 4K.Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Spot MeteringSpot MeteringAccepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Accepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Neocamera detailed reviewNeocamera detailed reviewDiscontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.Discontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.

This entry-level DSLR closely matches the image quality of DSLRs that cost twice as much by using a similarly designed 16 megapixels sensor. Its feature set and interface are very basic, providing a simple camera for beginners who rarely use of advanced controls.

With a standard ISO range reaching 6400, the D5100 improves upon previous entry-level models when it comes to low-light photography. This DSLR is also full 1080p HD video capture with optional continuous autofocus.


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What you will like
Very low image noise even at high ISO
Excellent white-balance
Great dynamic range and reliable metering
Very quick and responsive
Full HD video with autofocus
Excellent value for its image quality
What you may not like
Autofocus slower than average for a DSLR
Poor color accuracy
General softness due to noise-reduction
Limited external controls and inefficient interface

Advanced DSLR

Today's Advanced DSLRs show exceptional image quality, great speed of operation and a wealth of features. These cameras are designed for efficient operation and can be used for all types of photography without much bulk. Choice of lenses abounds with a growing number specifically designed for cropped-sensor, saving cost and weight compared to comparable full-frame models.

For the second year, the Pentax K-5 keeps the title of Best Advanced DSLR for its exceptional image quality and unmatched feature set.


Top Pick

Pentax K-5

16 Megapixels16 MegapixelsSingle Lens ReflexSingle Lens ReflexHigh ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.High ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Automatic Level: Corrects for some degree of tilt to keep the horizon level.Automatic Level: Corrects for some degree of tilt to keep the horizon level.Continuous DriveContinuous DriveFull 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more but less than 4K.Full 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more but less than 4K.Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Spot MeteringSpot MeteringDepth-Of-Field Preview: Improve perception of DOF before shooting.Depth-Of-Field Preview: Improve perception of DOF before shooting.Weatherproof - Seals protect from dust, humidity and light splashing.Weatherproof - Seals protect from dust, humidity and light splashing.Accepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Accepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Neocamera detailed reviewNeocamera detailed reviewDiscontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.Discontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.

The 16 megapixels sensor in the Pentax K-5
Pentax K-5
brings unprecedented level of image quality to cropped-sensor DSLRs, challenging even larger full-frame cameras on many fronts. Plus, the K-5 keeps all the fantastic and unique features of the K-7 including built-in stabilization, automatic horizon correction, 100% coverage viewfinder and the best weatherproof protection among ILCs.

This DSLR now features an extended ISO range that reaches 51200 plus a dual-axis digital-level, 7 FPS continuous drive and full 1080p HD video recording in standard 16:9 aspect ratio.


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What you will like
Extremely low image-noise
Class-leading dynamic-range
Built-in stabilization works with all lenses
Automatic horizon correction, corrects up to 2° of tilt
100% Coverage Viewfinder
Class leading weather-resistance
Innovative exposure modes, program line
Digital white balance preview
Excellent usability features
What you may not like
Status screen does not turn off automatically
LCD flush with left side
Small lens lineup compared to Canon and Nikon

Professional DSLR

Professional full-frame DSLRs feature the best image quality and performance for demanding photographers. The trade-offs are always increased cost of both camera and lenses as well as added bulk. These cameras are extremely versatile and with the right lenses, suitable for all types of photography.

The market of full-frame DSLRs is considerably smaller and therefore models evolve at a slower pace than other types of digital cameras. For the third year in a row, the Nikon D3S takes first place in this category.


Top Pick

Nikon D3S

12 Megapixels12 MegapixelsSingle Lens ReflexSingle Lens ReflexHigh ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.High ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.Level: Measures camera tilt and helps to keep the horizon level.Level: Measures camera tilt and helps to keep the horizon level.Continuous DriveContinuous Drive720p HD Video: 1280 x 720 resolution or more but less than 1920 x 1080.720p HD Video: 1280 x 720 resolution or more but less than 1920 x 1080.Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Spot MeteringSpot MeteringDepth-Of-Field Preview: Improve perception of DOF before shooting.Depth-Of-Field Preview: Improve perception of DOF before shooting.Weatherproof - Seals protect from dust, humidity and light splashing.Weatherproof - Seals protect from dust, humidity and light splashing.Accepts Compact Flash memory.Accepts Compact Flash memory.Discontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.Discontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.

The Nikon D3S
Nikon D3S
is without a doubt the low-light champion. By keeping its 12 megapixels resolution, the D3S can remain usable with a reduction in print-size at ISO 51200. Ultra-clean images up to ISO 6400 make this professional DSLR a must have for event photographers where reaching fast shutter-speeds is a top priority. Its fast 9 FPS continuous drive at full-resolution and fast 3D-tracking autofocus system reinforces this digital camera's position for high-speed action.

As expected from a high-end model like this one, this DSLR includes a 100% coverage viewfinder and weather-seals to protect it against the elements. It can also record 720p HD video and has a digital-level and dual compact-flash memory slots which can work to provide a longer uninterrupted shoot or on-the-fly backups.


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What you will like
Extremely low image noise, clean images up to ISO 6400 and even usable ISO 51200
Class-leading continuous drive up to 11 FPS in cropped mode
Fast 51-point auto focus with 3D subject-tracking
Large 100% coverage viewfinder
Ultra-sharp 3" LCD with 920K pixels
Built-in digital level
Great ergonomics and superb build quality
What you may not like
Poor automatic white-balance in artificial light
No built-in flash
Quite heavy and bulky

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    Roundup of reviews for GFX Medium Format Mirrorless lenses: Fujinon GF 23mm F/4R LM WR, GF 32-64mm F/4R LM WR and GF 110mm F/2R LM WR.

  • 2017.08.14

  • 2017.08.14

    Nikon D500 Review

    Nikon D500 Review

    Full-review of the ultimate Nikon flagship APS-C DSLR. The Nikon D500 offers a new 20 MP CMOS sensor with incredible ISO 50-1638400, 10 FPS, 4K Ultra-HD and a 153-Point Phase-Detect AF system sensitive to -4 EV. Built for professionals into a weatherproof body with dual control-dials and large 100% coverage viewfinder with built-in shutter.

  • 2016.12.13

  • 2016.12.13

    DxO ViewPoint 3 Review

    DxO ViewPoint 3 Review

    Review of DxO ViewPoint 3. Perspective, distortion and horizon correction software.

  • 2016.08.25

  • 2016.08.25

    Nikon D5 XQD Review

    Nikon D5 XQD Review

    Nikon flagship professional DSLR with 20 megapixels Full-Frame CMOS sensor. All-new 153-point Phase-Detect AF sensitive to -4 EV. ISO 50 to unprecedented 3,276,800! 12 FPS Drive for 200 JPEGs or 180 RAW. First Nikon DSLR with 4K Ultra HD video.