The Semi-Pro Nikon DSLR cameras fall neatly in between the entry-level Nikon cameras and the professional Nikon cameras. They are for more advanced photographers who have outgrown the features on their entry level DSLR, or for professionals looking to have an affordable backup body that produces quality, high resolution images. These models include the Nikon D90, D300, D300s and D7000. You can read an overview of each below.
• The Nikon D90
The D90 was heralded as a landmark camera on its April 2008 launch, because it was the first DSLR from any manufacturer to include HD video capabilities. Today, it is still highly regarded as a great all-round camera that works well under ...view middle of the document...
(The D90 and D5000 use manual focus only in their movie modes). It also now has dual memory card slots for SD and Compact Flash cards. It inherits a virtual horizon indicator from the D3, has a tweaked D-Lighting system, a quiet shutter release mode, and a 7 frame per second shot rate. The changes may not tempt some D300 owners to upgrade, but D90 owners, and entry-level DSLR owners, will be looking to this as their next big camera upgrade. And maybe you will too, because the D300s is one of the best Nikon DSLR cameras.
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• The Nikon D7000
[pic]Nikon's latest mid-range DSLR is the D7000. Announced in September 2010, the Nikon D7000 seems to slot in between the D90 and the D300s in Nikon's current lineup. It has a 16.2 megapixel sensor and 1080p HD video recording with an external mic option. The 39 point AF system is a little short of the 51 points found on the D300 cameras, but it will plenty for most. It has 2 SD card slots, a large hi-res 3" LCD screen, and an active, full-time autofocus that works in both live view and movie modes. The D7000 can shoot up to 6 frames per second and has an ISO range of 100-6400, (with the option to extend that further to 25,600). If you are a serious photographer who also wants the option to shoot full HD video, then the D7000 may be the ideal camera for you. Read an in-depth review of the Nikon D7000 here.
These Nikon DSLR cameras represent some of the best camera technologies available today. Each is packed with features, and are capable of taking images of the highest quality. So, whether you opt for the value for money offered by the D90, or the latest D7000, you can be sure that you have one of the best digital SLR cameras that money can buy.
Recommended semi professional DSLR cameras
New semi professional DSLR cameras enter the market all the time and they get better and better. These cameras often adopt features from the much more expensive high end professional DSLR cameras. All cameras in the group cover everything an advanced photo enthusiast needs. In this group you will find cameras with one of the best image qualities available on the market at the moment. Below is a few of my recommended semi professional DSLR cameras.
The Nikon D300 features a 12.3-megapixel self cleaning sensor and a large high resolution 3 inch 920,000 dot LCD.
The D300 has an ISO range from 200-3200 that can be expanded with a Lo-1 ISO 100 setting or a Hi-1 ISO 6400. In the lab D300 has proven to be the first camera with excellent image quality in the whole ISO range. The D300's 51-point autofocus system offers a selectable 9-, 21-, and 51-point group dynamic autofocus. Its drive mode speed is rated at 6 frames per second for a series of 100 JPEGs or 8 fps with Nikon's Multi-Power Battery Pack MB-D10 attached. The D300 body also incorporates an HDMI port for outputting images to a...