Picture perfect: 3 DSLRs to feast your eyes on

Having a high quality camera doesn´t just mean your pictures will look more vibrant and focused, it will also give you the freedom to explore to your heart´s content and take your photography in new directions.

04 Apr 2014


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Are you a connoisseur in the market for a new camera?  Or just starting out in the world of single-lens reflex cameras?  Either way, you are sure to find a camera to suit your needs from Currys' selection of hi-spec DSLRs.

Having a high quality camera doesn't just mean your pictures will look more vibrant and focused, it will also give you the freedom to explore to your heart's content and take your photography in new directions.

If you're already an expert, or if you want to learn a few skills along the way, photography walks are increasingly popular events where camera enthusiasts can gather and roam together at will.

Before you start down that path, however, you need to get your hands on the kit.

In this article, we take a look at three of the best options for all levels of photographer; entry, mid and expert - here goes...


Nikon 3200 DSLR

Entry-level:  Nikon D3200

The Nikon D3200 Digital SLR Camera twin kit, with 18-55mm VR zoom lens and an additional 55-200mm zoom lens, is a great entry-level DSLR package exlusive to Currys. The D3200 boasts unrivalled photographic technology allowing you to take your photography to a whole new level of precision.  There's a whole load of high-spec technology built into the relatively small body of this camera, including some features that you'd normally only expect to see in a more expensive model.

If you've never used a DSLR camera before, then you're in for a treat. Thanks to its massive 24.2 megapixels and powerful DX-format CMOS sensor you'll be able to take photos in virtually any situation and can expect a high-res, clear result every time.  With its Expeed 3 processing engine, you'll also get superfast processing - something you'd expect from a higher-end model, which, in combination with its low noise and range of frame rates for full HD video recording, makes it a really great option if you're just starting out in the world of DSLR.

When it comes to the feel of the camera, it's robust and solid, and you can be confident that it will withstand the knocks and scrapes that it will inevitably encounter.  The VR Zoom Lens is a great addition to the basic body too, but, even if you don't want to invest in a zoom, the 24 million pixel sensor enables some creative image cropping whilst keeping the image resolution high.

One of the best features of this camera is its six scene modes that you can choose from when taking photos. This will help you to achieve stunning results in even the most challenging photographic conditions such as poor lighting or jerky movement.  You can choose from modes including Day or Night Portrait, Landscape and Close Up to capture the moment with exacting precision.  What's more, the cameras wide ISO range of 100-6400 with autofocus allows you to shoot in very low light without a flash - capturing the composition in its unlit form with full clarity.

Price:  £449.00


Canon 70D DSLR

Mid-level:  Canon 70D

What has been dubbed the professional DSLR user's camera of choice, the Canon EOS 70D DSLR Camera with 18 - 55 mm Telephoto Zoom Lens is the perfect mid-level option for aspiring photographers.  With an exceptionally high pixel count - 20.2 million - coupled with a 14-bit Digic 5+ processor, the image quality is second to none; ultra sharp and crystal clear. 

As well as the high pixel count the cameras sensor is a Dual Pixel CMOS device, which allows for faster focusing in both Live View and video modes.  Not only does the autofocus offer smoother and more accurate image capturing, but it also allows you to keep moving subjects in sharp focus and create professional-looking, pull-focus effects with ease.

The native ISO range of 100-12800 lets you shoot in very low lighting conditions with faster shutter speeds, whilst maintaining high image quality.  What's more, the Telephoto Zoom Lens is ideal for those starting out in photo and video work.  It even includes a Dynamic Image Stabilizer, which cuts down on vibrations while you shoot.

Other features that make this the camera the mark of a real professional include the ability to use shutter speeds up to four times longer than normal without your images suffering from motion blur.  You can also shoot hand-held in low light without the use of the flash or a tripod for stability.

When it comes to its feel, it's compact and robust yet equally lightweight, making it an ideal choice for the travelling photographer.  The whole camera has been designed for comfort and convenient operation.  The Intelligent Viewfinder has 98% frame coverage and 0.95x magnification, allowing you to easily frame images and visualise settings using the electronic overlay.

It even has a built-in wireless transmitter offering loads of connectivity options so you can easily share images and remotely control the shutter speed, aperture and ISO from a smartphone using the EOS Remote app, or from a PC. A seriously intelligent bit of kit, no?

The aim of this DSLR is really to enable you to reach your creative potential and the whole host of creative modes are what help make this possible. 

Price:  £968.00. 

Looking for an alternative to a DSLR? Check out the awesome Olympus OM-D E-M10, currently at £699.99!


Canon 5D DSLR Camera

High-end:  Canon 5D Mark III

Canon is a brand synonymous with photography, so the Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR (with 24 - 105mm Telephoto Zoom Lens) has a lot to live up to in the now crowded DSLR market.  Thankfully, it doesn't disappoint.  With a huge 23.4 million pixel resolution that achieves a simply extraordinary level of image detail, this is truly the camera for the photography professional. 

The 14-bit DIGIC 5+ image processor ensures accurate reproduction of bright and natural colours and tones, shooting your moments in superb detail. If you're hoping for something more in the region of 8fps for shooting speed then it may not be the model for you, but with such pristine picture quality on offer, we simply can't bring ourselves to say it could disappoint. It's just too good.

This model shoots in sharp, stunning detail in all conditions be it daylight, night-time, rapid motion or low light. It also has better weatherproofing than earlier models thanks to its well-crafted magnesium body, which is a big reassurance to photographers who want a camera that will last. You'll benefit from fast and accurate focusing on all subjects due to its 61-point AF system that features 41 cross-type and 5 dual cross-type sensors.

If you need to make edits on the move, the Canon 5D Mark III even has in-camera editing, allowing you to create that perfect image without having to download it to your PC. You can manually control your shots to achieve the desired effects and view the captured moments in glorious detail on the 3.2" Clear View II TFT screen.  You can also shoot in full high definition video with excellent audio quality that, when combined with a high performance memory card, will really bring out the best in your photography and video capture.  This really is a stunning bit of kit.

Price:  £2899.00, with £150 cashback available until May 7 2014!

Do you own one the cameras above already? What do you love most about it? Tell us in the comments below...