Digital SLR Cameras: Ratings of Sources
Total of 18 Sources
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by Editors of Amateur Photographer
Our AssessmentThis U.K. publication is the most up-to-date source of DSLR reviews we've found, testing cameras in both the lab and the field. Detailed, critical evaluations score cameras on eight criteria such as features, autofocus, dynamic range and overall, and testers explain how each model stacks up against its biggest rivals. Editors classify cameras into various categories from entry- to professional-level digital SLR so readers can compare.
by Dave Etchells
Our AssessmentExperts here test cameras in extreme detail, shooting both in the lab and in the field to judge just about every feature and facet possible. Based on the results, site owner Etchells selects the best cameras in various categories, including consumer, enthusiast and professional DSLRs. Descriptions highlight the advantages of each top pick, and clicking on each camera takes you to a full review. Some highly rated cameras are older models; it may take reviewers a while to run their full gamut of tests on the latest offerings.
Interchangeable Lens Camera Reviews/Previews
by Editors of DPReview.com
Our AssessmentThese comprehensive, well-illustrated reviews are written to appeal to both the beginner and the seasoned pro. Editors' attention to detail is excellent, providing nearly as vivid an experience as visiting a camera store. The list of recommended DSLRs is long, but the highest Gold Award level includes just a few current cameras in each price range. However, this site hasn't reviewed some of the latest models.
Digital SLR Camera Ratings and Reliability
by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentConsumerReports.org ranks 20 digital SLR cameras -- plus a few of Sony's DSLR-like translucent-mirror models -- from best to worst based on their performance in various tests for image quality, ease of use and more. The list includes both current and recently discontinued models, which can be useful if you're looking for a deal. Tests and write-ups aren't as detailed as at the dedicated photography publications, and ConsumerReports.org doesn't evaluate any professional DSLRs costing more than $2,000. However, this site doesn't accept any freebies or advertising, so its objectivity makes it a very valuable source.
Digital SLRs/Hybrids Rated
by Editors of TechRadar.com
Our AssessmentThis British site conducts thorough testing and writes detailed reviews of digital SLR cameras. There's a lengthy list of "best DSLRs," but it doesn't narrow the field much. The most recent cameras to earn 4.5 or 5 stars out of 5 constitute a much shorter list.
Camera Sensor Ratings by DxOMark
by Editors of DxOMark.com
Our AssessmentEditors here conduct objective, rigorous tests of digital SLR sensors, publishing highly technical reports and comparisons as well as simpler ratings and rankings. It's important to note that the rankings here refer only to the camera sensors; overall image quality also depends on in-camera processing and, of course, the lenses added. Each camera sensor gets a brief review.
Best Digital Cameras
by Editors of DigitalCameraInfo.com
Our AssessmentThe reviews and tests here are among the most complete, and most unflinchingly critical, that we've seen. The top five digital SLRs range from entry-level to professional, and rankings are based on extensive, 22-part evaluations.
The Best Digital SLR Cameras of 2012
by Audley Jarvis
Our AssessmentAt this sister publication to Amateur Photographer, reviews don't usually include extensive lab tests. However, editors shoot each camera in a variety of circumstances, and reports include plenty of test photos and often videos of the camera in use. Reviews also explain the pros and cons of each camera, and compare it with rival models. Here, editors recommend the best DSLRs in four categories: budget, midpriced, advanced and semi-pro.
Our Recommended Digital Cameras
by Editors of DCResource.com
Our AssessmentDCResource.com's reviews are thorough yet easy to understand, with plenty of photos and videos to show how each camera performs in the lab and in the field. A helpful "How Does It Compare?" section in each review discusses the camera's pros and cons, as well as some rival models you may want to cross-shop. This list of recommended brands is organized by price range, but some of the very latest offerings haven't been reviewed yet.
Digital SLRs Photography Equipment Reviews
by Editors of EPhotoZine.com
Our AssessmentThis website offers excellent single-product reviews of digital SLRs, with sample photos from outdoors, in the studio and in the lab, as well as video samples. Each camera gets a star rating, plus a summary of pros and cons. The site's list of the top four budget DSLRs hasn't been updated in six months, however, and its catalog of the top 11 DSLRs is more than a year old. Yet you can easily sort the full list of reviews by both score and date to find the newest, best models.
The Best Digital Cameras
by Editors of PhotographyBlog.com
Our AssessmentPhotographyBlog.com editors conduct full, detailed tests of most of the major digital SLRs on the market. The multipart reviews are easy to read and cover ease of use, features and image quality, including shots from the lab, studio, outdoors and more. Editors list their top five picks in each of three categories -- budget, midrange and high-end DSLRs -- but you have to read each individual review to find out why one might be better than another.
Recommended Cameras and Accessories
by Editors of PhotographyBay.com
Our AssessmentThis site keeps an up-to-date list of digital SLR model reviews and maintains this index of recommended cameras. The top six DSLRs for pros and the top five for amateurs are clearly ranked, and there's also a helpful list of recommended DSLR lenses. You can find full reviews for many -- but not all -- of the recommended cameras under the Reviews tab. Reports include plenty of sample shots from the lab, studio and outdoors, as well as video clips, but they aren't as exhaustively detailed as some other sites'.
The Buying Guide: Cameras
by Philip Ryan
Our AssessmentWe like the reports at PopPhoto.com for their combination of objective lab tests, hands-on use and ratings that make it easier to compare cameras. You can sort the reviews by 13 criteria -- such as type from entry-level to pro DSLR, rating and price -- making it fairly easy to find the best camera for your needs and budget. However, discontinued models are mixed in with current offerings.
Steve's Best Cameras
by Editors of Steves-Digicams.com
Our AssessmentEditors here recommend the best digital SLRs for various types of buyers, but haven't fully reviewed several of the latest models. When they do, the reports are detailed, with plenty of sample shots in the camera's various modes.
by Ken Rockwell
Our AssessmentRockwell, the photographer who runs this site, says he refuses to accept any freebies or payments from camera companies. Instead, he either buys or borrows the cameras he tests, the result being that he doesn't evaluate as many models as some other websites. His reviews give blunt opinions in plain English, and he encourages readers to simply learn to shoot better photos rather than spending more and more on new cameras. Among digital SLRs, he mostly recommends Nikons and one Canon.
Best Entry-level Digital SLR Cameras
by Lori Grunin
Our AssessmentCNET regularly reviews digital SLR cameras with a sharp, critical eye. This buyer's guide names nine best entry-level DSLRs; links along the left side of the page lead to lists of the best midrange and professional DSLRs. Some honorees get identical ratings, so you have to read each review to narrow your choice. Review quality falls short of that at the top enthusiast sites and CNET doesn't test the latest models as quickly, but cameras are appropriately and thoroughly evaluated, with ample criticisms noted.
Digital Cameras: Latest Reviews
by Editors of PCMag.com
Our AssessmentCamera tests at this tech website aren't as comprehensive as those at photography sites, but editors do a good job of critiquing each camera, comparing it with rivals, and generally hitting the important points for most buyers. You can sort this chart to show either the most recent reviews or the top-rated cameras, but once a camera earns a rating here or an Editors' Choice award, it stays, making a good portion of the chart outdated. Current award winners include the entry-level Nikon D5100 and Canon EOS Rebel T2i, advanced Sony A77 and professional Nikon D4.
Digital SLR Cameras
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentAmazon.com is one of the best places to read owners' impressions of DSLRs after the sale. You can sort the list by average user ratings and find out the number of reviews upon which that average is based. Other useful tools include a box comparing the most helpful positive and negative review for most cameras. Sometimes the same model is evaluated in different places on the site, and review quality varies. Still, these first-person insights can't be found in even the best professional reviews.