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.