For many single-lens digital SLR (DSLR) middle class – this is the first ‘serious’ camera.
The acquisition of such a camera – it’s a logical step for photographers who have outgrown DSLR-camera for beginners and require more powerful and reliable camera with great possibilities of manual control.
But these cameras are suitable not only for re-purchase. DSLR middle class can be attributed to both camps: they can be used in fully automatic mode where the camera sets all the settings itself. Even beginners will cope with this camera, except that it is more powerful than is necessary for a beginner.However DSLR middle class has a number of professional camera features, so that they can be a great help in the development of the profession of the photographer, as well as serve as a second or auxiliary camera for those who already makes a living picture, or those who simply need more light camera at each day.
All on my list cameras are equipped with a sensor APS-C. The Canon, the Nikon, the Sony and (soon) Pentax produce and APS-C, and the full-frame DSLR. Cameras with APS-C sensor is easier and much cheaper, and sometimes they approach the quality of full-screen images to the camera.Therefore, they are ideal for advanced amateurs. There are several full-screen cameras for beginners, which are suitable for the same target audience, for example, the Canon 6D or Nikon D610, but for simplicity I’ll leave it to our list of the best full-frame DSLR cameras .
- Canon EOS 7D Mark II – best buy
- Pentax K-S2
- Canon EOS 760D
- Canon EOS 70D
- Nikon D7100
- Sony A77 Mark II
- Pentax K-3
- Nikon D7200
What I look for in DSLR cameras of the middle class:
Megapixel : amazing, but often entry-level DSLR cameras do not differ in quality permit from the more advanced models. For example, Nikon D3300 has an 24 megapixel APS-C sensor and protection against aliasing filter is removed to create a sharper shots, and this is an excellent performance for a DSLR APS-C cameras. 20 megapixels is the minimum for a camera of this class, and all the listed models have this or a higher resolution.
AF: You’ll see the difference between the AF capabilities in these cells as compared to the devices for beginners. AF level affects the ability to fix the camera moving objects, as well as a general indication of the speed and complexity of the system. And you should look for a hybrid AF system, in which at the sensor has a phase detection pixels. This means that the camera has a fast autofocus; Here is the undisputed leader, Canon has a Dual-pixel CMOS AF system models EOS 70D and 7D Mark II.
Continuous Shooting : middle-class DSLR camera much more quality to take pictures of moving objects, and it’s not only in the AF system. Many of them can make 6 frames per second – which is the minimum for this type of shooting – and some much more.
Design: middle-class DSLR camera is much stronger than the model for beginners. Some cameras metal plate attached to the plastic body, but it would be better if housing was also a metal. Look for a camera with the resistance to adverse weather conditions: they added the protection of places of the casing parts and buttons, to prevent the ingress of water or dust.
Management: a DSLR entry-level cameras are designed to be simple to use and not to frighten newcomers, this means that, although the function of manual control and is available, it is hidden deep in the menu or in an interactive display. In a more advanced DSLR external buttons and wheels, so you can more easily set the desired configuration of the middle class cameras are used. In particular, look for a model with dual command dials (the models for beginners usually have only one disk), because it simplifies the management of shutter speed and the setting of the diaphragm .
Camera Canon EOS 7D Mark II – best buy
Pluses: tenacious autofocus
Cons: no full frame
Average price: . 96,040 rubles
Canon’s fans had to wait long for a successor to the best digital camera’s APS-C format – EOS 7D. The first model 7D well ahead of time, since it has powerful for its time autofocus system, high-speed continuous shooting and the ability to shoot HD video format. But 7D Mark II – a big step forward in all areas. It is designed for amateur photographers who want to shoot everything and need a multifaceted camera that can be used for taking pictures of various objects in different conditions – and as EOS 7D Mark II is resistant to adverse weather conditions, it can be used in more severe conditions than all other models of DSLR cameras from Canon, except for the professional EOS-1DX.
65 point AF (all cross-shaped), which is a work of art excels at shooting moving objects, regardless of whether they are moving in the frame or approaching / moving away. Measuring system with 150,000 pixel component video and infrared sensor also helps to create great images in various conditions.Disturbances are controlled, the color display quality and images show a surprising amount of detail for a camera at this resolution. 7D Mark II – a perfect camera, definitely, by far this is the best model of APS-C size from Canon. Occasionally, I recommend upgrading from a previous model, but the 7D Mark II is so superior to 7D, it is worth it. Unfortunately, it is also the most expensive amateur camera, although things can change when take some time, and prices will start to decline.
Buy | 96 040 rubles.
Camera Pentax K-S2
Cons: no touch screen
Average price: . 56,990 rubles
I have not had a chance to test the latest DSLR Pentax camera, but it looks very attractive for the fans who do not want to pay a high price for the camera. K-S2 waterproof, has a dual control dial and fully mobile display. It has a built-in Wi-Fi and the NFC, as well as the effective image stabilization system that can work with any lens. Canon and Nikon – known manufacturers of DSLR cameras, and Pentax is considered something of an outsider, but Pentax devices have rough, straightforward appeal and numerous control functions, filters and effects.
Buy | 56 990 rubles.
Camera Canon EOS 760D
Pros: Excellent image quality
Cons: no 4K
Average price: . From 52 890 rubles
It is another new feature that I have not experienced, and that it may make some rustling. EOS 760D does not have such excellent performance as the best model in this list, but it is much cheaper. The camera hit the market with the model for beginners EOS 750D. In both uses the latest 24 megapixel sensor that finally replaced the 18 megapixel CMOS sensor in APS-C cameras from Canon – but the 760D with an optional LCD on the top panel and dual command dials created more for the fans.
Buy | from 52,890 rubles.
Camera Canon EOS 70D
Cons: Wi-Fi access
Average price: . From 57 800 rubles
Multifunctional amateur camera from Canon is a little tired, but it still falls into one of the best. It uses high-tech Dual-pixel CMOS AF autofocus system to accelerate the focus in the screen viewing modes and shooting, the camera is also equipped with a movable touch screen, has a continuous shooting speed is above average – 7 frames per second. It also has built-in Wi-Fi, which is not a powerful EOS 7D Mark II (probably due to metal housing). This camera does not have the best technical characteristics in our list, but if you value the same diversity and the cost, the proposal should not be missed.
Buy | from 57 800 rubles.
Camera Nikon D7100
Pros: sharp focus
Cons: small buffer
Average price: . From 47 890 rubles
In D7100 appearance on the market has been promised an exclusive image quality among amateur DSLR APS-C format cameras. It has a 24 megapixel sensor that eliminates interference, which gives clarity images, comparable to the full-screen camera. The disadvantage is a small amount of buffer memory, which means that you will be able to withdraw at a time only half a dozen raw-files;the screen is fixed and does not move and you will have to buy an adapter if you need Wi-Fi.
Buy | from 47,890 rubles.
Sony A77 Mark II Camera
Pros: Swivel Screen
Average price: . From 67 500 rubles
Strictly speaking, Sony A77 II is rather a ‘SLT’ camera (single lens and the semitransparent mirror) than a DSLR. The mirror is fixed and is not decomposed at the time of the snapshot.This means faster and more complex phase autofocus system model A77 II remains operational modes of sight on the screen and shooting. There are some disadvantages of using a moving screen and control buttons, but the A77 II allows you to create high-quality 24 megapixel images with an almost professional level of AF – and continuous shooting at a rate of 12 frames per second is unique in its segment.
Buy | from 67 500 rubles.
Camera Pentax K-3
Pros: excellent white balance
Average Price: . 80,890 rubles
K-3 – strong, powerful device for photographers who prefer more traditional models: the fixed screen, and if you need Wi-Fi, you will have to use a special card, although slots the memory card is still there. 24 megapixel sensor has no noise filter and allows you to make very clear pictures, even though I have encountered cases of chromatic aberration, which have been linked more with the very camera than the lens. The continuous shooting speed of 8.3 frames per second, which is very good for the amateur a DSLR, but the choice of lenses from Pentax is smaller than the Canon and Nikon.
Buy | 80 890 rubles.
Camera Nikon D7200
Pros: fast and precise autofocus
Cons: No swivel screen
average price: from 61 590 rub.
The Nikon D7200 was released recently, so I was not able to properly test it. But it is rather a more advanced version of D7100, a camera than a new model, with the difference between them is negligible. The sensor has the same resolution, but a slightly modified design, and D7200 has a new processor Expeed 4, which extends the range of sensitivity, although the continuous shooting speed is still at 4 frames per second. AF sensitivity has increased a bit, the same can be said about the battery life.