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The best DSLRs for less than $1,000

#1

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Announced over 2 years ago
explain score 100
Canon EOS 5D Mark III

$3,399 

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
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2,293 ISO
Screen size
Large screen
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3.2"
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
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0.71x
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Low light performance 2,293 ISO
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Megapixels 22.3 MP
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Dynamic range 11.7 EV
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External mic jack Yes
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Supports 24p Yes
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Light sensitivity 25,600 ISO
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Image stabilization None
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Screen size 3.2"
#2

Nikon DF

Announced 11 months ago
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Nikon DF

$397 

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
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3,279 ISO
Screen size
Large screen
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3.2"
Pixel size
Large sensor pixels
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53.1 µm²
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Low light performance 3,279 ISO
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Megapixels 16.2 MP
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Dynamic range 13.1 EV
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External mic jack n/a
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Supports 24p n/a
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Light sensitivity 12,800 ISO
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Image stabilization None
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Screen size 3.2"
#3

Pentax K-3

Announced 11 months ago
explain score 87
Pentax K-3

$975 

Light sensitivity
High ISO
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51,200 ISO
Screen size
Large screen
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3.2"
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
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Sensor shift
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Low light performance 1,216 ISO
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Megapixels 24.1 MP
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Dynamic range 13.4 EV
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External mic jack Yes
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Supports 24p Yes
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Light sensitivity 51,200 ISO
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Image stabilization Sensor shift
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Screen size 3.2"
#4

Pentax K-5

Announced over 2 years ago
explain score 81
Pentax K-5

$594 

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
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Sensor shift
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
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Shoot in extreme weather
Viewfinder coverage
Great viewfinder coverage
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100%
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Low light performance 1,162 ISO
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Megapixels 16.1 MP
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Dynamic range 14.1 EV
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External mic jack Yes
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Supports 24p No
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Light sensitivity 12,800 ISO
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Image stabilization Sensor shift
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Screen size 3.0"
#5

Canon EOS 70D

Announced over a year ago
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Canon EOS 70D

$1,099 

Touch screen
Touch screen
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Less buttons
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
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Great for movies
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
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197 lenses
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Low light performance 926 ISO
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Megapixels 20 MP
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Dynamic range 11.6 EV
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External mic jack Yes
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Supports 24p Yes
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Light sensitivity 12,800 ISO
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Image stabilization None
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Screen size 3.0"
#6

Pentax K-5 II

Announced over a year ago
explain score 78
Pentax K-5 II

$700 

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
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Sensor shift
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
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Shoot in extreme weather
Viewfinder coverage
Great viewfinder coverage
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100%
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Low light performance 1,235 ISO
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Megapixels 16.1 MP
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Dynamic range 14.1 EV
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External mic jack Yes
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Supports 24p No
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Light sensitivity 12,800 ISO
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Image stabilization Sensor shift
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Screen size 3.0"
#7

Pentax K-50

Announced over a year ago
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Pentax K-50

$447 

Light sensitivity
High ISO
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51,600 ISO
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
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Sensor shift
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
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Shoot in extreme weather
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Low light performance 1,120 ISO
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Megapixels 16.2 MP
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Dynamic range 13 EV
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External mic jack No
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Supports 24p Yes
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Light sensitivity 51,600 ISO
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Image stabilization Sensor shift
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Screen size 3.0"
#8

Pentax K-30

Announced over 2 years ago
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Pentax K-30

$560 (w/ lens)

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
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Sensor shift
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
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Shoot in extreme weather
Viewfinder coverage
Great viewfinder coverage
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100%
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Low light performance 1,129 ISO
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Megapixels 16.1 MP
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Dynamic range 13 EV
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External mic jack No
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Supports 24p Yes
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Light sensitivity 12,800 ISO
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Image stabilization Sensor shift
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Screen size 3.0"
#9

Pentax K-500

Announced over a year ago
explain score 77
Pentax K-500

$399 (w/ lens)

Light sensitivity
High ISO
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51,600 ISO
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
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Sensor shift
Announced
New
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June, 2013
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Low light performance 1,087 ISO
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Megapixels 16.1 MP
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Dynamic range 13.1 EV
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External mic jack No
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Supports 24p Yes
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Light sensitivity 51,600 ISO
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Image stabilization Sensor shift
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Screen size 3.0"
#10

Nikon D5300

Announced 11 months ago
explain score 75
Nikon D5300

$747 

Screen size
Large screen
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3.2"
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
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Great for movies
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
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205 lenses
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Low light performance 1,338 ISO
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Megapixels 24.2 MP
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Dynamic range 13.9 EV
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External mic jack Yes
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Supports 24p Yes
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Light sensitivity 12,800 ISO
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Image stabilization None
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Screen size 3.2"