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Sony accounted for a whopping seven of the 2010 models (all of which were in the sub-$1,000 range) but we also saw some major announcements from Canon and Nikon in the midrange, with key updates to some favorite models. All of this means there’s a vast array of dSLRs to choose from this holiday season.
To help you narrow down the options, here’s a list of my five favorite dSLRs of the moment:
No1. Pentax K-x
Though it’s starting to get a little long in the tooth in dSLR years, it’s still hard to find a better deal than the Pentax K-x.
It holds its own against the slightly more-expensive Nikon D3100 and hangs onto its title as the lowest-priced dSLR to offer HD video recording (720p HD video recording mode at 24fps), albeit by the skin of its teeth now that the Sony Alpha SLT-A33 is on the scene with even higher resolution video at the same list price. But with street prices as low as $470 (with an 18-55mm lens),
The K-x bests most similarly priced cameras with its 11-point autofocus system, 4.7 fps continuous shooting speed, and impressive sensitivity range (ISO 100 to 12,800 expanded). Plus, its famous candy-color body options will help it stand out under the tree. [Check prices]
No2. Canon EOS Rebel T2i
If you can spend a bit more on an entry-level shooter, the Canon EOS Rebel T2i is the sub-$1,000 dSLR to buy.
It’s very well specified for the price, borrowing some high-end features from the Canon EOS 7D such as the ability to shoot 1080p video at 30-, 25-, and 24fps. And like its big brother, the T2i gives you full autofocus and manual controls while shooting video and uses the same 63-zone metering system.
You’d be hard pressed to find a lower priced camera with a better features set or specifications, and most reviewers agree that the T2i delivers the best image and video quality in a dSLR for under $1,000 right now.
No3. Canon EOS 60D
When Canon replaced its venerable EOS 50D with the Canon EOS 60D, it made a significant shift in features, specs and design, repositioning Canon’s key midrange offering as more of a high-end consumer dSLR than a low-end pro’s camera.
It’s a welcome change, making the camera more accessible to folks ready to upgrade from entry-level Rebels and the like. The most obvious updates are the 60D’s lighter-weight more compact body design, the new 3-inch articulated LCD, and the 1080p HD video recording capability (at 30-, 25-, and 24fps). It also catches up with the T2i and EOS 7D’s 18 megapixel resolution, ISO 100-6,400 (12,800 expanded) sensitivity range, and improved metering system, though its improved autofocus system is not quite up to par with the 7D’s.
The 60D adds some higher-end features borrowed from the 7D, such as a built-in wireless flash control, but also includes some more consumer-oriented features like the Creative Image Filters borrowed from the PowerShot point-and-shoot line, as well as in-camera reduced resolution image copies and raw image processing.
No4. Nikon D7000
The camera records 1,920×1,080 HD video at only 24 fps, but it does offer manual exposure control and continuous autofocus while in movie mode. Although some will prefer the 60D’s articulating LCD, the D7000’s optical viewfinder outshines the 60D’s with 100 percent coverage and 0.94x magnification (vs. the 60D’s 96 percent coverage and 0.95x magnification).
And with a compact but solid body design, the camera is splashproof and dustproof like Nikon’s higher-end D300s and it includes two memory card slots (both SD/SDHC/SDXC in this case) like Nikon’s other higher-end dSLRs.
No5. Canon EOS 7D
Last, but not least, I’m still picking the Canon EOS 7D for a high-end semi-pro option. In this price range (body-only list of $1,700) you are either unusually generous, or your gift recipient is making at least some income through photography (and shooting you kickbacks?).Either way, the 7D is still the semi-pro camera to beat.In many ways, the 7D outspecs its one-year-older big brother, the EOS 5D Mark II — for example, its 19-point autofocus system, a big and bright viewfinder with 100-percent coverage and 1.0x magnification, and 63-zone metering (not to mention the much faster continuous shooting mode).
Add in the 7D’s top-notch video capabilities (1,920×1,080 HD video at a full 30 fps and full manual control), and the 7D still holds the semi-pro crown.