Top rated digital SLR cameras: August 2011

Here are the 10 best digital SLR cameras for August 2011

The digital SLR market is dominated by two players: Canon and Nikon. This is reflected in our August top rated list for digital cameras, with Pentax being the only other vendor getting a look in. We haven't included any Sony cameras in the list as we are yet to review any of the latest models, nor did we include the Olympus E-5, because we didn't rate it highly enough.

We haven't included Micro Four Thirds cameras or other types of mirror-less cameras in this list because they are not quite the same as a digital SLR -- we have a separate list for those cameras.

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D7000
4.50

1. Nikon D7000 digital SLR camera

The Nikon D7000 is an excellent digital SLR camera for photography enthusiasts. There are two small flaws which stop it being perfect, but if you can work around these it is one of the most competent digital SLRs we've tested.
Review Date: 21st Dec., 2010
RRP: $ 1,599.95
Editor's Choice
D700
4.50

2. Nikon D700

If you're already a D-SLR user, the next step up is a full-frame camera. Consider the D700 for its size and more competitive price compared to the top-of-the-line D3, as you won't lose too much in the way of features ...
Review Date: 16th Sept., 2008
RRP: $ 3,999.00
D5000
4.50

3. Nikon D5000 digital SLR camera

Nikon's D5000 is an easy-to-use digital SLR. It's not a big camera, so it won't be too hard to carry on outdoor adventures and overseas trips — unless you also pack plenty of lenses and accessories. We recommend it for ...
Review Date: 27th April, 2009
RRP: $ 1,499.00
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EOS 60D
4.25

4. Canon EOS 60D digital SLR camera

Canon's EOS 60D digital SLR camera is a joy to use in all photography situations. It's fast, it performs very well in the dark, it takes crisp and vibrant pictures, and it offers plenty of physical improvements over the 50D. ...
Review Date: 15th Oct., 2010
RRP: $ 1,699.00
Editor's Choice
EOS 7D digital SLR camera
4.00

5. Canon EOS 7D digital SLR camera

The Canon EOS 7D is definitely for the action photographer: It has a fast burst mode and captures huge images. Its high ISO performance is very good, but we found its focus to be hit and miss.
Review Date: 28th Oct., 2009
RRP: $ 2,699.00
EOS 600D
4.00

6. Canon EOS 600D digital SLR

Canon's EOS 600D is one of the cheaper digital SLR cameras the company offers -- it's a slight drop in price from the slightly superior 60D -- but it's still got a lot of the technology from more expensive models. ...
Review Date: 14th March, 2011
RRP: $ 1,699.00
EOS 5D Mark II
4.00

7. Canon EOS 5D Mark II

The Canon EOS 5D Mark II is well suited to photographers who want to crop in to fine details in their photos, or who just want to shoot and print very large landscapes and portraits. We do wish some of ...
Review Date: 25th March, 2009
RRP: $ 4,299.00
D3100
4.00

8. Nikon D3100 digital SLR camera

The Nikon D3100 may only be an entry-level SLR camera, but it's capable of supplying very good image quality and it also has the ability to shoot HD video. It's a comfortable camera to hold and an easy one to ...
Review Date: 1st March, 2011
RRP: $ 849.95
K2000
4.00

9. Pentax K2000 digital SLR

Overall, despite the Pentax K2000's stellar image quality and what the company has done to make this model appealing and easy to use, it is difficult to recommend the K2000 wholeheartedly due to its focusing shortcomings.
Review Date: 23rd Oct., 2009
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EOS 550D
4.00

10. Canon EOS 550D digital SLR camera

Canon's EOS 550D digital SLR is aimed at users new to the SLR scene, but it's a very capable camera for all types of shooting scenarios. It excels in dark conditions, it's great for portraits, and it can even be ...
Review Date: 22nd March, 2010
RRP: $ 1,349.00
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