Canon's latest powerhouse bargain camera is the T5i which packs impressive specs at price that won't break the bank. The T5i comes with an 18MP CMOS sensor, 12800 max ISO, 9-point cross-type AF system, 5.0 fps burst shooting capabilities, full HD 1080P video recording, and a vari-angle 3.0″ touch-screen LCD. I own a T3i (the same model two generations before this) and the money I spent on it a few years ago was worth every penny!
The Nikon D5200 is one of the more expensive options on this list, but is also one of the most feature packed. Inside you'll find a 24.1MP CMOS sensor, vari-angle 3.0″ screen, 5fps burst shooting capabilities, full 1080P HD video recording, and EXPEED 3 processing power. If you decide to buy this model with one of the two kit lens options (18-105mm or 18-55mm) they are both high quality NIKKOR lenses so you'll experience extreme clarity with every shot.
The Pentax K-30 is a weather-proof DSLR model that can be used in almost any conditions including sub-freezing temperatures. Packed inside is a 16MP CMOS sensor, 3-inch LCD screen, full 1080P HD video capabilities, SAFOX Ixi+ autofocus technology, a built-in shake reduction mechanism, and is capable of 6fps burst shooting. While Pentax may not offer as many accessories or lens models as more popular brands like Canon or Nikon, this camera is still a heck of a deal for the price especially if you're going to be taking it through rough conditions.
Sony's most recent model in this category is the SLT-A58K and is the cheapest of the 5 models mentioned here. For just under $600, you still get a solid DSLR with a 20.1MP HD sensor, auto-locking auto-focus, full 1080P HD video, tilt-able 2.7-inch LCD screen, 5fps capabilities, a built-in HDR mode, image stabilization, and an easy way to take panoramic images. This model replaced the popular Sony A55 model that came out a few years ago improved in multiple areas.
Another Canon model worth mentioning in the sub-$1000 price range is the Canon 60D which debuted back in 2010. Originally priced relatively higher than $1K, the price has dropped significantly with the announcement of the 70D which will be released in the next few months. The 60D packs a 18MP CMOS sensor, 12800 max ISO, 5.3 fps burst capabilities, full 1080P HD video, and a vari-angle 3-inch LCD screen.
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