The Best Digital SLR of 2009

Sunday, July 4, 2010

The Best Digital SLR of 2009

In a year that was packed with new camera releases, selecting the best digital SLR of 2009 has less to do with features than you might expect.

The reason is a simple one: today, cameras are pretty hard to tell apart on features alone.

This is not to say that all cameras are identical - they are different from each other based on the group of features that they offer rather than one unique defining characteristic.

But comparing 5 different cameras that all have essentially the group of features can be a difficult task.

So for 2009, instead of selecting the most powerful camera, or the fastest, or the one with the highest ISO setting, I asked myself: "which of these cameras represents the best value for money?"

And that's how I finally made up my mind.
The Contenders

In 2009, manufacturers recognized that many people are making the switch from point-and-shoot compacts to digital SLRs.

As such, fewer of these cameras are geared for pro and semi-pro photograhers — most are aimed squarely at the consumer market.

The digital SLRs of 2009 include plenty of features - high continuous speeds, fast autofocus, live view, video capture - at prices that are very reasonable (at least for DSLR cameras).

Let's begin with a look at the DSLR models released in 2009:

CAMERA NOTES

  • Olympus E-30
  • Nikon D5000
  • Panasonic DMC-GH1
  • Canon Rebel T1i (500D)
  • Olympus E-620 A
  • Sony DSLR-A230
  • Olympus E-P1
  • Pentax K-7
  • Sony DSLR-A330
  • Sony DSLR-A380
  • Nikon D3000
  • Nikon D300s
  • Sony DSLR-A850
  • Canon 7D
  • Sony DSLR-A500
  • Sony DSLR-A550
  • Pentax K-x
  • Olympus E-P2

And The Winner Is...

My pick for the best digital SLR of 2009 is the Pentax K-x.
pentax k-x black

No, it's not the most powerful camera of the available options, nor does it come with an abundance of brand-name recognition.

But what the Pentax K-x does have going for it is sheer value.

It's the only camera in its price range to include both built-in image stabilization AND video capture. These two features alone would make the camera quite versatile.

But the good news is that it has even more to offer.

Pentax K-x

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