With the kind of camera features constantly being introduced in to the technological market today, it is no wonder we have the kind of overwhelming choice of cameras that we do and in every price bracket. When you look at the good digital cameras under 100 dollars or best digital cameras under 300 dollars, you will mostly find point and shoot cameras that are often comparable to the high end smart phone cameras available.
In such cases, it does make more sense to opt for a phone since it offers more necessary functions. But if you are an avid photographer, amateur or professional, not only are phone cameras utterly useless, the kinds of cameras that start to appear in the price range over $450 are mostly Digital SLRs. And of course the higher you goin cost the more professional they get with their sensor technology, Wi-Fi connectivity, video imaging, external accessories and so on.
The big issue we face (assuming you know the kind of technical specifications you want) is one, which price category of DSLR camera to buy?
And secondly, which model?
For most semi-pro and professional photographers, a DSLR in a price range between $800 to $900 is either a new addition, a second back up or an upgrade of body considering you already have compatible lenses from previous cameras. Unless these are your reasons, cheaper cameras are better advised for amateurs trying to transition in to heavier visually expressive methods.
And even though this price is only upper mid-range compared to the highest end of what’s out there, this is a great category to indulge in some truly astounding cameras features without splurging your money to the point of no return.
In this list, you will find the 4 most recommended digital SLR cameras under $900;it’s for those of you who would rather upgrade the camera body but still make use of your past collection of attachments and devices.
#4) Canon EOS Rebel T5i– Price: $859.95
Whether you are a fashion photographer, a travel photographer, a sponsored blogger or a photo journalist, this Canon DSLR camera from the Rebel line makes for a great investment. Practically top of the line in features and quality construction, this camera was literally designed to unleash your artistic nature.
With an EF-S 18-55 mm lens, an 18.0 megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor and Canon’s signature DIGIC 5 image processor, your images and camera performance fall nothing short of incredible.
Combine all that technology with an extensive ISO range of 100 to 12,800 which is further expandable to 25,600 in H –mode and you’ve got yourself a gadget that can capture snow at night or sun rays and other high contrast highlights.
This EOS Rebel boasts of sharp, detailed images with a continuous shooting speed of 5.0 frames per second so you won’t miss a single moment of capture. Its 9 cross type AF focus points make sure life-like focus throughout the frame while its hybrid photo sensor enables fast and accurate auto focus when shooting in Live View mode.
Its movie recording is no less high tech. With a 3 inch Vari- angle Touch Screen Clear View LCD display, you can see what you shoot with great ease no matter how bright or dark it is. Its EOS Full HD Movie mode along with Movie Servo AF brings very high quality to all your videos. And of course, no creative composition could be complete without the Creative Filters option, of which it has seven settings that can be viewed in real time.
#3) Pentax K-S2– Price: $879.00
The Pentax K-S2 by Ricoh is a great amalgamation for the fun and serious photographers. Essentially designed as one camera for a whole photography-appreciative family, it is highly user friendly for those who enjoy clicking a selfie or two, at the same time being fully feature packed for the more regular hobby-ists, making it a solid competitor against its other DSLR rivals in this price bracket.
To begin with, its body is weather resistant. No matter if it’s raining or super windy or dusty,Ricoh’s Pentax camera prides itself on being the smallest one to offer this important feature. And this feature becomes even more impressive when you consider its versatile, side mounted tilt and swivel LCD monitor.
This large 3 inch display screen has the capability to swivel face forward to allow for quick-and-easy selfies shooting. Unlike many other cameras whose regular shutter button is difficult to use for selfies, the top deck Wi-Fi button in this camera acts as a secondary shutter button, lighting up to let you know when it is activated.
The body of this camera is superbly well thought through as it also has an ultra-compact retractable Vari-angle zoom lens of 18-50 mm, WR lens 50- 200 mm. Along with a 20.1 megapixel, AA filter-less CMOS (APS-C) sensor and Prime MII imaging engine, the power and speed of performance is something of a force to be reckoned with.
Its enhanced features, especially when compared to its predecessors is far superior with an advanced HDR mode that gives images a higher clarity of texture reproduction, even for subjects without a high color contrast, like clouds on a cloudy day.
And perhaps the best aspect of this camera’s first of its kind model is its Wi-Fi connectivity that lets you seamlessly share your images and videos to any social media site as well as to tablets and PCs of any operating system. This is a fantastic camera with which to capture any and all adventures of life for you and your family.
#2) Sony A77 II ILC- A77M2– Price: $898.00
This technological beast from Sony is a highly versatile and advanced digital camera that not long ago, was priced in the $900 to $1000 category. So clearly, its features are more than worthy of its current price bracket. This particular model features a 24.3 megapixel APS-C Exmor CMOS sensor and BIONZ X image processor to produce high resolution images and HD movies alike. Also lent by the image processor is the performance speed of this camera with up to 12 frames per second in RAW file format.
In fact its processor and sensor are so advanced that it effectively directs light to both sensor and focus sensor simultaneously through its Translucent Mirror technology. This further allows for a whopping 79- point AF system which has 15 cross type points which again applies to video recording and still photographer, including continuous shooting. Only second to this feature is its inbuilt Wi-Fi connectivity that can swiftly send any images to all mobile devices, PC and is compatible with all operating systems.
The body of this magnificent beast is just like its high powered insides. With a magnesium alloy body that seals out dust and moisture, its structure is ergonomically designed for a comfort grip. While slightly on the heavier side compared to some others on the list, its 11 different customizable buttons can be configured to control 53 functions. An additional Memory Recall function on the mode dial can be set to 3 distinct exposure settings while still being intuitive and highly user friendly.
There is no doubt this camera is for highly professional use as one can take a good week to discover its automated and manual functions. But what comes of its functions and as a result the images, speak for them self.
#1) Nikon D5200 DSLR – Price: $842.99
This is a great, solid camera from Nikon’s D –series that has everything one could possibly need for a semi-professional to professional shoot. It’s also not incredibly hard to pick up for first time users. True to Nikon’s signature, it designed for functional fluidity and all the buttons and dials are placed strategically for the user’s convenience.
Essentially, its body is light and yet sturdy making is superbly easy to carry around. It is available in black, silver and red so its style quotient isn’t entirely lost. The hand grip is rubber coated as to not slip easily and the edges are secured so that any knocks to its corners are minimized in damage.
This model comes with a 18- 55mm G VR DX AF-S Zoom Telephoto Wide Angle lens from NIKKOR, 3x optical zoom and its body contains a standard but proficient 24.1 megapixel CMOS sensor which enables high, sharp and fast performance. Its massive ISO range is between ISO 100- 64,100 that lets you shoot in literally any lighting condition you can think of with the advantage of altering your settings to auto or manual focus. Obviously it has an optical viewfinder with a 3 inch LCD display with backlighting for very bright or dark environments.
But the biggest advantage a camera of this category has is its endless possibilities of external devices that can be added and changed according to your particular needs. Everything from a tripod, filters, and lens hood to a PD ML-L3 Wireless Shutter release Remote and memory card input up to 32GB can be used on it.
Ideal for unleashing your creative passion for photography, this camera offers 1080p HD movies, a precise 39- point AF system, EXPEED 3 image processing, 2016 pixel RGB sensor, an inbuilt Scene Recognition System and continuous shooting with a speed of 5 frames per second. If all this wasn’t enough, its 7 special effects is really the cherry on top of the cake.
For an enthusiast who is looking to upgrade the body of their camera, these don’t just fulfill that with flying colors but also offer many new external devices as extensions of their body. Still, I’m sure this extraordinary range of Digital SLR cameras will be hard to choose from. They have many unique yetsimilar features, only slightly differing in performance power and quality.
The one thing that is starkly different about them though is their brand manufacturer. True, if the list was reviewing the top six or ten best cameras in this range, many brand names would be repeated, some more than twice.
But all in all, there is a sense of satisfaction in the varied choices presented here.
If the list could be extended, which other cameras would you add?