The Best Digital SLR of 2008

Sunday, July 4, 2010

The Best Digital SLR of 2008

Finding the best digital SLR of 2008 was not a tough task.

In years past, there have been so many similar cameras that selecting one over the others required in-depth analysis.

But this year, the camera that I liked the best bubbled right to the top due in large part to its ability to take any type of photo.

Many digital SLR cameras have strengths and weaknesses: some are great for action photography, while others are better suited for portraits or landscapes.

It's somewhat rare to find a camera that excels at all types of photography, but the best digital SLR of 2008 does just that.

The only drawback is that you're going to pay a premium for all this functionality - but once you've got it you should have a camera that will last for years to come.
The Contenders

More digital SLR cameras are released in even years vs. odd ones.

While this may seem a bit strange at first, it makes sense once you understand that one of the largest trade shows in the industry - Photokina - only takes place on even years.

Camera makers wait for Photokina to surprise and dazzle the public with their latest and greatest SLRs.

This explains why SO many cameras made their appearance in 2008 - creating a long list of possible candidates for the best digital SLR of 2008.

Here they are:

CAMERA RELEASE MONTH NOTES

  • Sony DSLR-A200
  • Pentax K20D
  • Nikon D60
  • Pentax K200D
  • Canon Rebel XSi (450D)
  • Sony DSLR-A350
  • Olympus E-420
  • Sony DSLR-A300
  • Nikon D700
  • Olympus E-520
  • Canon Rebel XS (1000D)
  • Nikon D90
  • Canon 50D
  • Sony DSLR-A900
  • Canon 5D Mark II

And The Winner Is...

My pick for the best digital SLR of 2008 is the Nikon D90.

While it initially captured my attention because of its ability to capture video (which opens up a WHOLE new way to create lasting moments) what really sold me on this camera was its exceptional image quality, even when you boost the ISO (more on this in a moment).

I was also impressed with the little "extras" packed into this camera, making it extremely versatile and able to satisfy the needs of a wide variety of photographers.

Some of the extras include precise control over image toning (sepia, cyanotype, etc.), the ability to take multiple exposures, and an impressive built-in flash that also can act as a wireless trigger for other external Nikon flash units.

Finally, there's something quite tangible about the appeal of the D90 - it just feels great in your hand. Nikon clearly thought a lot about the ergonomics of the camera, because the balance and heft of the camera are just right.

Nikon D90

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