Best Digital SLR Camera | Comparison & Test Winner 2016

If you are looking for the highest-quality digital SLR camera (DSLR), then it can be tricky because so many are offered with slightly differing features and specifications. In the table, below, you can assess each of the leading manufacturer’s models at a glance with key features shown side by side. Different people want differing things from a DSLR, usually because they have an interest in a particular aspect of photography. Whether this applies to you or whether you simply want a better camera to improve your images, the table will help you to select the right one.

DSLR Camera Nikon D90 Canon EOS 650D Nikon D3200 Nikon D5100 Sony SLT-A37K Canon EOS 1100 Olympus E-M5 Canon EOS 600D
Score 6 / 10 9 / 10 10 / 10 7 / 10 8 / 10 8 / 10 7 / 10 9 / 10
Photo quality
Megapixel 12 MP 18 MP 24 MP 16 MP 16 MP 12 MP 16 MP 18 MP
Focal length 18 – 55 mm 18 – 55 mm 18 – 55 mm 18 – 55 mm 18 – 55 mm 18 – 55 mm 12 – 50 mm 18 – 55 mm
Display 3.0″ 3.0″ Touch 3.0″ 3.0″ 2.7″ 2.7″ 3.0″ 3.0″
Optical zoom 2 x 3 x 3 x 3 x 2 x 3 x 4 x 3 x
ISO sensitivity Auto – 3.200 Auto – 12.800 Auto – 12.800 Auto – 6.400 Auto – 16.000 Auto – 6.400 Auto – 25.600 Auto – 12.800
Video  Full HD Full HD HD Full HD Full HD HD Full HD Full HD
Built-in flash
Auto focusing
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Last Update: March 2016

The table shows both an overall winner and a product which offers the most cost-effective choice.

When it comes to DSLRs photographic quality has to be the most important aspect. If you are choosing to upgrade your digital camera, then the quality of the photographs you can take will relate to the number of megapixels the camera uses. Check this in the table before making your choice. Those with higher figures – generally speaking – produce better images. In addition to this, we have laid out a handy star rating for the photographic quality of each camera.

Each of the devices reviewed in the table also has a secondary function as a video camera and the quality of moving images is also noted under the same easy to understand star rating system. Some offer full high definition (HD) but others do not and you can check this in the table, too.

Other key features that are worth looking into include the size of the display screen that each of the DSLR cameras has. Only one, for example, has a touch screen. The ISO sensitivity of each camera varies, so this is worth looking into as well. Another function that is not available with all of the cameras is three dimensional image capturing, so this may affect your choice, too. DSLRs tend to store their images on flash memory cards, so if you own these already, the compatibility of the memory slots in each camera reviewed will be of interest to you. Again, you check this within the table.