5 Best Interchangeable Lens Cameras for Prosumers

Submitted by lalit on February 18, 2011 - 1:30pm.

With advancements in sensor technology and decrease in camera prices many good interchangeable lens cameras are now available below $1,000. Here’s the list of 5 best cameras for prosumers priced below $1,000 that offer almost perfect combination of performance, price and size. As always the list below is not ranked and is a reflection of what we think are the best cameras available on the market for prosumers.

Canon EOS Rebel T2i: Canon pioneered the prosumer DSLR market with launch of Rebel series. Canon's latest offering Rebel T2i is still one of the best DSLR below $1,000. It has an 18-megapixel CMOS sensor, DIGIC 4 image processor, ISO range of 100-6400 and 1080p video recording support. Lori Grunin of CNET wrote in her review “A great follow-up to the T1i, if you want the best photo and video quality in a dSLR for less than $1,000, the Canon EOS Rebel T2i is hard to beat.” Canon Rebel T2i with EF-S 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6 IS lens is available on Amazon for $789.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2: When it comes to Micro Four Thirds camera standard Panasonic is the leader. The original Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 is still considered one of the best Micro Four Thirds camera on the market. The new Lumix DMC-GF2 is more focused on consumer buying their first DSLR like camera with its simplified touchscreen control, compact size and lower price tag. Photography Blog has posted a very good review of the new camera talking in detail about all the new features. The camera comes with 12.1-megapixel Live MOS sensor, ISO range of 100-6400 and 1080p video recording. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 with 14mm f/2.5 G Aspherical lens is available on Amazon for $699.95.

Nikon D3100: Nikon’s entry level D3100 is one of the best sub-$1,000 DSLR on the market. It is $200 cheaper then Canon T2i, but offers many of the features found on T2i. It has 14.2-megapixel CMOS sensor, ISO range of 100-3200, 1080p video recording and Guide mode for new DSLR users. CNET’s review described the camera as “A very good entry-level dSLR, the Nikon D3100 delivers excellent photo quality in a body that's streamlined for experienced photographers, but relatively unintimidating for the less advanced. Its only weakness is performance; though solid, it nevertheless lags behind the competition.” Nikon D3100 with 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6 AF-s DX VR Nikkor lens is available on Amazon for $599.

Sony Alpha NEX-5: It is the smallest camera on the list, but it still packs APS-C size sensor. Sony NEX-5 offers a near perfect balance of convenience and performance with an attractive price tag. It comes with 14.2-megapixel CMOS sensor, ISO range of 200-1600 and 1080p video recording. Lori Grunin of CNET wrote in her review “For a lot of people, the excellent high-sensitivity photo quality, competitive performance, and an ultracompact body will likely outweigh the Sony Alpha NEX-5's quirks and operational annoyances.” Sony Alpha NEX-5 with 18-55mm lens is available on Amazon for $699.

Pentax K-x: It is the cheapest camera on the list, but it offers sensor with best sensitivity and very good noise profile. DP Reviews wrote “Pentax has managed to squeeze what is, for this class of camera, an impressive feature set into the camera's minuscule, rather inconspicuous, body and the image quality, especially in low light, is the best we have seen so far in the entry-level bracket of the DSLR market. To put some icing on the cake, all of this comes at a currently, compared to the closest rivals, very attractive price point.” The camera comes with 12.4-megapixel sensor, Prime II image processor, ISO range of 200-6400 and 720p video recording. Pentax K-x with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL lens is available on Amazon for $519.