Midrange DSLR(Digital Single-Lens Reflex) cameras offer more power, robustness and control than typical entry-level models. They are great for shooting tricky subjects such as sports or wildlife, thanks to having faster continuous shooting rates and superior autofocus systems. Some even add weatherproofing for extra robustness and peace of mind.
Although, these DSLRs do not offer more megapixels, you will often get increased ISO sensitivity ranges to help with low light shooting. Additional controls can actually improve their ease of use as you learn more about photography, yet they still include an automatic mode that will take care of everything for you.
Not all newbies will be satisfied with a cheap model, and not all pros require the machine-gun speed of an expensive one. Whether you are ready to step up from your first digital SLR or need a second body to supplement your pro camera, these models are the ones to choose from.
The good: Small size; 100% Viewfinder; Wi-Fi and NFC.
The bad: Purple fringing evident sometimes; underexposes a little; no touchscreen.
Bottom line: Powerful features, intuitive controls, twin controls and weatherproofing gives the compact K-S2 a lot of appeal for enthusiasts.
- Rating: 9/10
- Price: From N180,000
- Website: www.pentax.com
Canon EOS 7D Mark II
The good: The 7D Mark II is speedy with excellent photo and video quality, GPS, a flexible autofocus system and a big, bright viewfinder.
The bad: Lack of tilting or articulated display makes shooting video without a rig annoying, and it lacks built-in Wi-Fi.
The bottom line: The 7D Mark II has a new sensor and processing engine along with advanced metering and AF systems, giving it bags of appeal to the enthusiast wedded to the idea of an SLR rather than a compact system camera.
- Rating: 8.5/10
- Price: From N350,000
- Website: www.canon.com
The good: The Nikon has a great set of shooting features, comfortable and intelligent design, and excellent photo quality and performance.
The bad: Photos display some unrecoverable clipping in the highlights that ; requires an extra-cost Wi-Fi dongle for connectivity.
The bottom line: The D600 is an excellent DSLR, with top-notch photo quality, a well-built body and impressive movie recording capabilities
- Rating : 8.5/10
- Price: From N480,000
- Website: nikon.com
Sony Alpha SLT-A77V
The good: A well-designed camera that is enjoyable to shoot, partly thanks to a great viewfinder. The fixed-mirror Sony Alpha SLT-A77V sports a cleverly articulated display, built-in GPS for geotagging, and very good 1080/60p video.
The bad: There are annoying omissions in the A77V’s feature set, including odd limitations for raw and video shooting, plus battery life is subpar.
The bottom line: The Sony Alpha SLT-A77V is an excellent, well-designed digital camera for deep-pocketed amateurs; it nevertheless has a few limitations that may make it impractical for professionals.
- Rating: 8/10
- Price:From N280,000
- Website: www.sony.com/