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Mr. Cantor,

Thanks for taking the time to answer my previous question. I hope you don't mind another.

Very simple... DSLR or not... what is the absolute best still camera available on the market today, in your opinion... and why?

Thanks for your time, in advance!


Hey Mike,

Glad to hear from you. You can always feel free to ask me anything on photography.

There are so many great DSLRs in the market today. SLR stands for Single Lens Reflex. Rather than having a separate viewfinder, an SLR camera used a mirror system to reflect light to the viewfinder, snapping out of view when you want to expose the frame.

In the digital world, you generally have a live preview option, along with an optical viewfinder that was slightly off of the actual lens. A D-SLR camera (Digital-SLR) generally lacks a realtime LCD preview, since the mirror is in the way, although newer DSLR cameras do offer the ability to offer the traditional preview like a standard digital.

The main advantage of SLR and D-SLR cameras are interchangeable lenses, and most true SLR cameras don't come with a lens.

When you are looking at DSLR’s if money wasn’t an object, you could spend 5 to $8000 for the EOS1 Mark III (Canon) if you wanted, or settle for the modest brand like the Pentex K10 for $1000. What camera would you buy? There are three which really stand out: the Canon Mark III, Canon 7D, and D3 from Nikon.

Canon EOS 1D Mark III

Extremely fast, 10-megapixel continuous shooting; very low noise; highly customizable; well-designed body with weather sealing; 3-inch LCD; abundant optional accessories. One draw is that it can be heavy; may be a bit too large for people with small hands. Canon's EOS 1D Mark III offers high-resolution, extremely low noise, really really fast burst shooting, abundant customization, and a build quality and ergonomic design among the best you'll find in today's camera market.

Canon 7D

This is Canon's first semi-pro DSLR, and it is my favorite. This is because of the 19-point autofocus system. You're able to select AF zones—clusters of AF points—while in the past with Canon you've been limited to a full AF blast or picking out a single point. The system is also more customizable, so it can be locked with different default focus points depending on whether you're holding the camera horizontally and vertically orientations. Against Nikon's D300s, Canon's new AF system mostly kept up, and definitely performs better than autofocus on the 5D Mark II.

Nikon D3

Overall, it's not 16 or 21.1 megapixels like the Canon 1Ds line, it's 12.1. And it's not a full 10 frames per second, like the 1D Mark III, it's 9; but you can get to 11 frames per second if you don't need full resolution and focusing tracking. The Nikon D3 has 14-bit A/D conversion, just like the D300 that was introduced at the same time, plus the option of stepping back into 12-bit A/D conversion if you desire. The Nikon D3's new Scene Recognition System merges data from the AF system with data has for greater accuracy and better tracking. It also has a 51-point AF system includes 15 cross-type sensors and a wide range of modes to take best advantage of them.

My choice is the Canon 7D, because it’s versatility and simple design and custom settings to make it work anyway you want.

Hope this helps.

Brian Cantor


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