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Mark Sincevich

Professional Photography Expert

DSLR Cameras

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DSLR (digital single lens reflex) cameras have the ability to deliver professional-quality photographs due to better optics, a larger image sensor and often times more MP (megapixels). Essentially you get more control over the people, places and objects that tickle your photographic fancy. And you get more control over the light. Light is what separates an average photograph from an exceptional one. However, the more control comes with caveats – the size of your camera is going to be larger and you will spend more for the DSLR camera body. There is also going to be more to learn and to remember.

All Best of the Best DSLR cameras listed are dominated either by Canon or Nikon. These two companies comprise the vast majority of the DSLR market and are used by more entry-level and mid-level professional photographers than any other DSLR camera. The Best of the Best DSLR Camera is the Canon EOS 5D. It is extremely well made featuring a ruggedized magnesium body and has a full-frame image sensor. This means if you put a 50mm lens on your 5D, you will get a photograph from a 50mm lens. It uses a 1x multiplication factor.

What do you think is the most expensive piece of gear for a photographer? It’s going to be the camera lenses. When you take a total cost of ownership and holistic view of your equipment, then you will change your paradigm for buying your camera body and accessories. I definitely want you to take as many accessories with you to the next DSLR camera body that you can such as memory cards, rechargeable AA batteries and most importantly your lenses! Remember to never purchase a camera ‘kit’ as these almost always include an inferior lens. Always purchase your DSLR as ‘body only.’

From where does the multiplication factor come? It relates to the sensor size of your DSLR. And let me make it clear that the sensor sizes of DSLR’s are of much higher quality than there consumer cousins and they come in two flavors, CMOS and CCD. The DSLR sensors will allow you to capture more vibrant images (together with using better optics). This is really where the industry is headed. Most DSLR’s will contain a full-frame DSLR sensor, so you can use the most expensive pieces of your photography investment, your lenses at the size(s) listed on the lens.

All DSLR cameras reviewed can take photographs in either RAW or JPEG format, accept the professional CFII (compact flash) cards (with the exception of the Nikon N80), have a hot shoe for an external flash gun or other lighting, can accept rechargeable AA batteries in external (called vertical shutter) grips, and have sophisticated electronics. Also, the vast majority are ruggedized, so there is less of a chance for the camera to be damaged when in use.

Best DSLR Cameras by Mark Sincevich

The Best You Can Get

  • Nikon D300

    Mark says: The Nikon D300 is the Best DSLR Digital Camera. It has extremely fast image processing, a 51-point auto focusing area and a large 3-inch LCD! It has a self-cleaning sensor, so dust will be vibrated off of the resulting images. The camera is ruggedized for the most demanding of applications, can take 6 frames per second (fps) in burst mode and has a feature called Live View to reveal the final image before the shutter is pressed. The D300 can even be set to ISO 6400! You can even use AA batteries in the extra battery grip.

    • Takes Nikon F-mount and DX Lenses
    • Lens Multiplication Factor 1.5x
    • 12.3 MP
    • AA Batteries optional in extra vertical camera grip
  • Canon EOS 5D

    Mark says: The EOS 5D is the first full-frame DSLR for the mid-range professional market. It is extremely lightweight for its feature set and has a ruggedized magnesium body. The great thing about this camera is if you put a 50mm lens on your 5D, you will get a photograph from a 50mm lens due to its full-frame image sensor. It features a 9-point auto focus system and a 2.5-inch LCD.

    • Takes Canon EF Mount Lenses
    • Lens Multiplication Factor 1x
    • 12.7 MP
    • AA Batteries optional in extra vertical camera grip
  • Canon 50D

    Mark says: If you are ready to purchase a great digital camera that is designed for the serious amateur or entry-level professional, then look no further. The 50D features a ruggedized body, a very fast 6.3 fps shooting capability, and a 3-inch LCD. It can access Canon’s sophisticated flash technology and features the Live View function including the ability to enlarge any area of the LCD to determine precise focus. Plus, its integrated cleaning system will vibrate dust off of the sensor to ensure accurate photographs. You can even take the ISO3200 to 12800, and you can use AA Batteries in extra battery grip.

    • Takes Canon EF Mount Lenses
    • Lens Multiplication Factor 1.6x
    • 15.1 MP
    • AA Batteries optional in extra vertical camera grip
  • Fuji FinePix S5 Pro

    Mark says: The Fuji FinePix S5 Pro uses a CCD image sensor unlike the Nikon and Canon DSLRs for a slightly more uniform image quality. A six-step dynamic range setting will allow for a higher tonal range, and it will reproduce images like that of Fuji Film – allowing green grass to look yellow green. It is dust and moisture resistant with rubber seals and features an ergonomically designed body for hours of shooting comfort.



    • Takes Nikon F-Mount Lenses
    • Lens Multiplication Factor 1.5x
    • 12.1 MP
    • AA Batteries optional in extra vertical camera grip
  • Nikon D200

    Mark says: The D200 is a slightly older sibling to the Nikon D300 and it costs a little less too. It incorporates a magnesium-alloy body and an eleven-point auto focus system. If you want a DSLR with professional qualities, but don’t want to purchase the D300, then seriously consider this camera. It also has a 2.5-inch LCD and can take five fps continuous.



    • Takes Nikon F-Mount Lenses
    • Lens Multiplication Factor 1.5x
    • 10.2 MP
    • AA Batteries optional in extra vertical camera grip

You will be happy with any of these

  • Canon Digital Rebel XSi

    Mark says: The Canon Digital Rebel XSi is a great entry-level DSLR or makes a wonderful backup DSLR if you like to have more than one camera body. This is the same basic camera as the EOS 50D, but missing a few of the more professional features. It’s lightweight with a 3-inch LCD and features a self-cleaning sensor to remove dust. The XSi has a 9-point auto focus sensor with face detection, 6.3 fps continuous, and high-end ISO3200 to 12800!

    • Takes Canon EF-Mount Lenses
    • Lens Multiplication Factor 1.6x
    • 12.2 MP
    • AA batteries optional in extra vertical camera grip
  • Canon EOS 40D

    Mark says: If you want magnesium clad or ruggedized body, a camera with true spot metering and a durable shutter mechanism, then seriously consider the EOS 40D. This is the camera that was replaced by the Canon EOS 50D; however, you can make use of the same professional features in this Best Value camera. It has a 2.5-inch LCD and can take photographs in 5 fps bursts.

    • Takes Canon EF-Mount Lenses
    • Lens Multiplication Factor 1.6x
    • 10.1 MP
    • AA batteries optional in extra vertical camera grip
  • Nikon D80

    Mark says: If you have lots of Nikon lenses and want to venture into the DSLR world, then this is the camera for you. It has an eleven-area auto focus system, a built-in speed light and a 2.5-inch LCD monitor. The Nikon D80 sensor is a CCD for good image quality. Keep in mind that this camera only uses the consumer level SD (secure digital) cards and not the CFII (compact flash) variety.



    • Takes Nikon F-Mount and DX Lenses
    • Lens Multiplication Factor 1.5x
    • 10.2 MP
    • AA Batteries optional in extra vertical camera grip
  • Nikon D90

    Mark says: The Nikon D90 is the newest entry-level professional DSLR. It has a self-cleaning sensor, 4.5 fps (frames per second) in burst, in-camera image editing, live view, 3200 ISO, and can take AA batteries in extra battery grip.

    • Takes Nikon F-Mount and DX Lenses
    • Lens Multiplication Factor 1.5x
    • 12.3 MP
    • AA batteries optional in extra vertical camera grip
  • Canon Digital Rebel XTi

    Mark says: The Canon Digital Rebel XTi is a great entry-level DSLR. All of the features you will learn to use on this camera can be applied on the more expensive Canon DSLRs. This is the same basic camera as the EOS-40D. When you are ready to upgrade the camera, the knowledge goes with you. The XTi is the smallest and lightest of the Canon Digital cameras, and has a 7-point auto focus area.

    • Takes Canon EF-Mount Lenses
    • Lens Multiplication Factor 1.6x
    • 10.1 MP
    • AA batteries optional in extra vertical camera grip

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