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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Nikon D3100

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 use, and its in-built guides allow you to learn how to use its manual features on-the-fly. It's a great model for a novice user.

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  • 1st March, 2011
  • Elias Plastiras
  • Nikon
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  • Pros:
  • Very good image quality, HD video capability, compact and comfortable body, built-in guides are useful, excellent high ISO performance
  • Cons:
  • Menu could use more detail, no dedicated ISO button, no microphone jack, screen doesn't swivel
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