The Top DSLR Cameras of 2013

I’ve been a long time member of the PPA (Professional Photographers of America). Every year the PPA releases its “Hot One” awards.  They’ve chosen their top DSLR list within 3 price categories.  Perhaps it will help you narrow down your next camera upgrade purchase!

LESS THAN $1,000
Canon EOS Rebel T4i
The Canon EOS Rebel T4i features an 18-megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor, Digic 5 processing, continuous shooting up to five frames per second (fps), extended ISO range of 100 to 12,800, improved autofocus (AF), faster hybrid CMOS AF, and the 3-inch vari-angle touchscreen Clear View LCD monitor. Just after our entry eligibility window, Canon replaced this model with the EOS Rebel T5i, which takes full advantage of the Stepping Motor Technology for smooth and silent focusing.
Price: $799.99
DIGITAL SLR BETWEEN $1,000 & $3,000 – IT’S A TIE!
Canon EOS 6D
The Canon EOS 6D builds on the foundation of the EOS 5D Mark II. This full-frame camera has a newly designed 20.2-megapixel CMOS sensor and a Digic 5+ image processor with built-in Wi-Fi transmitter and GPS. The EOS 6D includes an 11-point AF array and 63-zone dual-layer iFCL metering sensor along with 1080p full HD video capabilities.
Price: $1,999
Nikon D800/D800E
The Nikon D800 is a 36.3-megapixel FX-format DSLR with an ISO range of 100 to 6400. Nikon’s Advanced Scene Recognition System features a 91,000-pixel RGB light meter that assists AF, AE, i-TTL flash control, face recognition, and auto white balance. Other features include an updated 51-point AF system, full 1080p video recording, and input for a stereo microphone and headphones. The D800 uses an optical low-pass filter (OLPF), and the D800E removes the “effect” of the OLPF for gains in sharpness and resolution; recommended for studio and still life photographers.
Price: D800: $2,999.95, D800E: $3,299.95
DIGITAL SLR BETWEEN $3,000 & $7,000
Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Positioned between the EOS 5D Mark II and the top-of-the-line EOS-1D X, the Canon EOS 5D Mark III has a newly designed 22.3-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor, Digic 5+ image processor, 61-point High Density Reticular AF system, and continuous shooting speed up to 6 fps. A firmware update enables the camera to export uncompressed HDMI output to an external recorder while still being able to record to CF or SD and monitor the video on the rear display.
Price: $3,499

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