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Fully featured yet affordable advanced DSLR cameras

In the $1,000 to $2,000 range, you'll find semi-pro DSLRs that experts say will satisfy most serious photography enthusiasts. For this price, you get faster frame rates and shutter speeds, a sturdier build, more sophisticated autofocus and other advanced features. These cameras are often sold body-only, since buyers are usually stepping up from a more modest DSLR by the same manufacturer and already own at least one lens.

The first two cameras featured here are successors to models we rated highly in our last report. The Nikon D7100 (Est. $1,150 body only) is an update to our previous Best Reviewed advanced camera, the Nikon D7000 (Est. $1,000 (with kit lens)) . Reviewers call it "one of the most complete enthusiast DSLR cameras," and rave about its excellent quality images and video. Its autofocus is outstanding with 51 points, nearly the highest number found in any DSLR camera. The D7100 also omits the anti-aliasing filter, resulting in crisper and more detailed images. Surprising for such a quality camera, the D7100 does not have built-in GPS or Wi-Fi -- although these are available through adapters -- and the LCD screen is not articulated.

The Canon EOS 70D (Est. $1050 (body only)) also has an outstanding autofocus feature that some call "innovative," and it adds an articulated touch-screen LCD and built-in GPS and Wi-Fi. The EOS 70D retains all the features of its predecessor, the EOS 60D that's now discontinued, and is known for its especially high-quality video. At 7 fps, its burst rate is faster than most other DSLR cameras.

Rounding out this category is the Pentax K-3 (Est. $1450 (with kit lens)) at the top of Ricoh's Pentax range. A rugged camera that works in temperatures down to minus-10 degrees Celsius, the K-3 produces excellent quality images at high ISO sensitivities. It's the only DSLR camera we reviewed that has an anti-aliasing option, which gives you the choice of whether to use the anti-aliasing filter or not.

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Nikon D7100 24.1 MP DX-Format CMOS Digital SLR (Body Only)
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Canon EOS 70D 20.2 MP Digital SLR Camera with Dual Pixel CMOS AF (Body Only)
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Pentax K-3 lens kit w/ 18-135mm WR 24MP SLR Camera with 3.2-Inch TFT LCD and 18-135mm WR f 3.5-5.6 (Black)
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Digital SLR Cameras Runners Up:

Canon EOS 5D Mark III Est. $3,400 (body only)

6 picks including: Amazon.com, DPReview.com…

Pentax K-50 Est. $610 (with kit lens)

5 picks including: Amazon.com, DPReview.com…

Canon EOS 70D Est. $1050 (body only)

4 picks including: Amazon.com, DPReview.com…

Pentax K-5 II Est. $925 (with kit lens)

4 picks including: Amazon.com, DPReview.com…

Nikon D5100 Est. $480 (with kit lens)

3 picks including: Amazon.com, DPReview.com…

Sony Alpha A77 Est. $1,050 (with kit lens)

3 picks including: Amazon.com, DPReview.com…

Nikon D600 Est. $1500 (body only)

3 picks including: Amazon.com, CNET…

Canon EOS Rebel T5i Est. $650 (with kit lens)

3 picks including: Amazon.com, DPReview.com…

Nikon D5300 Est. $1000 (with kit lens)

3 picks including: Amazon.com, DPReview.com…

Nikon D610 Est. $1700 (body only)

3 picks including: Amazon.com, DPReview.com…

Pentax K-3 Est. $1450 (with kit lens)

3 picks including: Amazon.com, DPReview.com…

Sony Alpha A58 Est. $450 (with kit lens)

3 picks including: DPReview.com, CNET…

Canon EOS 60D Est. $1,100 (with kit lens)

2 picks including: Amazon.com, DPReview.com…

Nikon D3100 Est. $400 (with kit lens)

2 picks including: Amazon.com, DPReview.com…

Nikon D7000 Est. $1,000 (with kit lens)

2 picks including: Amazon.com, DPReview.com…

Canon EOS Rebel T3i Est. $695 (with kit lens)

1 pick including: Amazon.com, DPReview.com…

Canon EOS Rebel T3 Est. $495 (with kit lens)

1 pick including: Amazon.com, CNET…

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Canon EOS 5D Mark III 22.3 MP Full Frame CMOS Digital SLR Camera with EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens
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Pentax K-50 16MP Digital SLR Camera Kit with DA L 18-55mm WR f3.5-5.6 Lens (Black)
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Canon EOS 70D 20.2 MP Digital SLR Camera with Dual Pixel CMOS AF (Body Only)
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Pentax K-5 II 16.3 MP DSLR DA 18-135mm WR lens kit (Black)
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Nikon D5100 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-S Nikkor Zoom Lens (OLD MODEL)
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Sony Alpha SLT-A77 Translucent Mirror Digital SLR Camera with 18-135mm Lens
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Nikon D600 24.3 MP CMOS FX-Format Digital SLR Camera (Body Only) (OLD MODEL)
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Canon Rebel T5i Digital SLR Camera and 18-55mm EF-S IS STM Lens Kit
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Nikon D5300 24.2 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera with 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX NIKKOR Zoom Lens (Black)
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Nikon D610 24.3 MP CMOS FX-Format Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)
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Pentax K-3 lens kit w/ 18-135mm WR 24MP SLR Camera with 3.2-Inch TFT LCD and 18-135mm WR f 3.5-5.6 (Black)
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Sony SLT-A58K Digital SLR Kit with 18-55mm Zoom Lens, 20.1MP SLR Camera with 2.7 -Inch LCD Screen (Black)
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Nikon D3100 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-S Nikkor Zoom Lens (OLD MODEL)
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