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Digital SLR Cameras: Ratings of Sources

Total of 18 Sources
1. Amateur Photographer
As of February 2014
DSLR Reviews
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 rate cameras on eight criteria including 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.
2. Imaging-Resource.com
As of February 2014
Dave's Picks
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 possible. Based on the results, site owner Dave Etchells selects the best cameras for Editor's Choice awards in various categories, including consumer, enthusiast and budget 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; reviewers may take a while to run their full gamut of tests on the latest offerings.
3. DPReview.com
Nov. 27, 2013
Consumer SLR Camera Roundup 2013
by Shawn Barnett
Our AssessmentIn this list of conventional DSLRs from DPReview.com, all the cameras come in at less than $1,000. Four models are for the average consumer; three are geared toward those who aspire to grow as photographers. Editors favor these APS-C sensor cameras over mirrorless cameras, although they admit that the latter have improved recently.
4. ConsumerReports.org
November 2013
Digital SLR Camera Ratings and Reliability
by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentConsumerReports.org ranks more than 80 digital SLR cameras -- plus a few of Sony's DSLR-like translucent-mirror models -- 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 $2,800. However, this site doesn't accept any freebies or advertising, so its objectivity makes it a valuable source.
5. TechRadar.com
As of February 2014
Digital SLRs/Hybrids Rated
by Editors of TechRadar.com
Our AssessmentThis U.K. 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 5 stars out of 5 constitute a shorter list.
6. DXOMark.com
As of February 2014
Camera Sensor Ratings by DxOMark
by Editors of DxOMark.com
Our AssessmentEditors here conduct objective, rigorous tests of digital SLR sensors, then publish highly technical reports and comparisons as well as simpler ratings and rankings. It's important to note that these rankings 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.
7. DigitalCameraInfo.com
As of February 2014
Our Best Lab Tested Digital Cameras
by Editors of Reviewed.com Cameras
Our AssessmentThe reviews and tests here are among the most complete, and most unflinchingly critical, that we've seen. The top four digital SLRs, each earning a full 10 points, range from entry-level to professional. Rankings are based on extensive, 22-part evaluations.
8. What Digital Camera
May 3, 2013
Best DSLRs of 2013
by Paul Nuttall
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 situations, and reports include plenty of test photos and often videos of the camera in use. They 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, mid-priced, advanced and semi-pro.
9. ePhotoZine
As of February 2014
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. You can easily sort the full list of reviews by both score and date to find the newest, best models. Each of these cameras receives a full 5 stars.
10. TrustedReviews.com
Nov. 20, 2013
Best DSLR Cameras 2014
by Michael Sawh
Our AssessmentThis U.K. site lists the top five DSLR cameras of 2014, each of which has been previously fully reviewed. The choices range from full-frame cameras to entry-level models for enthusiasts. The supporting write-ups give the pros and cons of each camera, plus a detailed report covering design, performance and real-world tests of image quality.
11. PhotographyBlog.com
Dec. 10, 2013
The Best Digital Cameras
by Editors of PhotographyBlog.com
Our AssessmentPhotographyBlog.com editors conduct full, detailed tests of most 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, mid-range and high-end DSLRs -- but you must read each individual review to find out why one model might be better than another.
12. PhotographyBay.com
As of February 2014
Recommended Cameras & 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, plus there's 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 at some other sites.
13. Popular Photography
As of February 2014
The Buying Guide: Cameras
by Philip Ryan
Our AssessmentWe like the reports at Popular Photography 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 newer cameras, making it very difficult to determine current ratings.
14. StevesDigicams.com
Feb. 5, 2014
Steve's Best Cameras
by Editors of Steves-Digicams.com
Our AssessmentEditors here recommend the best digital SLRs for various types of buyers, but they don't list them in order of preference. They also 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.
15. Ken Rockwell
As of February 2014
Recommended Cameras
by Ken Rockwell
Our AssessmentKen Rockwell, 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, so as a result 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.
16. CNET
Feb. 26, 2014
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 the 10 best entry-level DSLRs; links along the left side of the page lead to lists of the best mid-range and professional DSLRs. Some honorees get identical ratings, so you must read each write-up 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.
17. PCMag.com
As of February 2014
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.
18. Amazon.com
As of February 2014
Digital SLRs
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 feedback for most cameras. Sometimes the same model is evaluated in different places on the site. Review quality varies, but these first-person insights can't be found in even the best professional write-ups.

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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from Amazon.com
New: $3,999.00   
In Stock.
Average Customer Review:  
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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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from Amazon.com
New: $779.95 $525.89   
Average Customer Review:  
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Canon EOS 70D 20.2 MP Digital SLR Camera with Dual Pixel CMOS AF (Body Only)
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from Amazon.com
New: $1,199.00 $1,099.00   
In Stock.
Average Customer Review:  
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Pentax K-5 II 16.3 MP DSLR DA 18-135mm WR lens kit (Black)
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from Amazon.com
New: $1,449.95 $1,000.00   
In Stock.
Average Customer Review:  
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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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from Amazon.com
New: $649.95   
In Stock.
Average Customer Review:  
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Sony Alpha SLT-A77 Translucent Mirror Digital SLR Camera with 18-135mm Lens
Buy from Amazon.com
from Amazon.com
New: $1,399.99   
Average Customer Review:  
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Nikon D600 24.3 MP CMOS FX-Format Digital SLR Camera (Body Only) (OLD MODEL)
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from Amazon.com
New: $1,899.95 $1,549.09   
In Stock.
Average Customer Review:  
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Canon Rebel T5i Digital SLR Camera and 18-55mm EF-S IS STM Lens Kit
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from Amazon.com
New: $849.00 $749.00   
In Stock.
Average Customer Review:  
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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)
Buy from Amazon.com
from Amazon.com
New: $1,299.95 $1,046.95   
In Stock.
Average Customer Review:  
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Nikon D610 24.3 MP CMOS FX-Format Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)
Buy from Amazon.com
from Amazon.com
New: $1,999.95 $1,896.95   
In Stock.
Average Customer Review:  
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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)
Buy from Amazon.com
from Amazon.com
New: $1,649.95 $1,310.19   
In Stock.
Average Customer Review:  
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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)
Buy from Amazon.com
from Amazon.com
New: $599.99 $448.00   
In Stock.
Average Customer Review:  
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Nikon D3100 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-S Nikkor Zoom Lens (OLD MODEL)
Buy from Amazon.com
from Amazon.com
New: $429.95 $390.00   
In Stock.
Average Customer Review:  
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Canon EOS Rebel T3i 18 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens (DISCONTINUED)
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from Amazon.com
New: $599.00 $528.49   
In Stock.
Average Customer Review:  
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