Capturing a high-quality, professional-looking image usually requires professional equipment. However, the art of photography encompasses more than just expensive cameras, lenses and lighting set-ups. Photographs that evoke emotion or stun the audience visually require a certain amount of preparation and technique on the part of the photographer. Many photographers currently use DSLRs, or Digital Single-Lens Reflex Cameras, to capture high-quality images. The Mid-Range DSLRs described in this article fall between the most commonly used entry-level and high-end DSLRs offered by the leading manufacturers.
The Nikon D7000, a DSLR, captures images at 16.2 megapixels and can record video at full HD, 1080p screen resolution. The D7000 stores images via two SDXC card slots and has a battery life of about 1,050 shots. The Nikon D7000 works especially well with an external flash connected to its built-in shoe mount. The camera has an easy yet functional layout that offers auto focus controls via the built-in turn dial. The D7000's shutter is relatively quiet compared to many DSLRs and offers high-quality image capturing for budget-sensitive photographers. Overall, the Nikon D7000 offers a practical choice for amateur and professional photographers alike.
Canon EOS 550D
Also known as the Canon Rebel T2i, the Canon EOS 550D captures images at 18 megapixels and stores files via its SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot. Although a bit smaller than some other Canon "prosumer" models, the 550D offers features comparable to many high-end cameras. The 550D offers three different Auto Focus options that work well when trying to shoot moving subjects. This Canon model can take up to 3.7 photos a second when in Continuous Shooting mode. The 550D's battery life spans about 400 shots when using the optical viewfinder. Overall, the Canon 550D offers an especially high resolution in a compact camera.
The Nikon D90 captures images at 12.3 megapixels and stores them via one SD memory card slot. This camera automatically focuses on subjects very precisely when using any of the three available auto focus menu options. The offered 3-D auto focus option also allows the the camera to track 11 points during focusing. Although the Nikon D90 has no specific continuous shooting mode, the camera captures approximately four frames per second when holding the trigger. The D90's high resolution screen also provides a detailed preview of your images. Overall, the Nikon D90 offers many of the features necessary for capturing professional-looking photographs.
The Sony A55 captures 16.2 megapixel images and stores files via Sony or other SD memory cards. Using translucent mirror technology, this camera captures up to ten images per second when set to its "burst" continuous shooting mode. The Sony A55 offers a 15 point auto focus setting that works very well when shooting fast-moving subjects. The A55 can also capture 1080i high definition video at 25 frames per second. This camera's screen tilts downward for shooting objects that require you to raise the camera above your head. The Sony A55 offers a nonthreatening interface for amateur users with many features often only found in high-end models.
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