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Best midrange digital SLR cameras of 2015

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These models live in a sort of limbo: they offer more flexibility, customization, and generally better performance than their cheaper siblings--for a higher price tag, of course. However, they tend to lack the flexibility, durability, and performance needed by most professional photographers. Also, not all newbies will be satisfied with a cheap model, and not all pros require the machine-gun speed of an expensive one. Whether you're ready to step up from your first SLR or need a second body to supplement your pro camera, these models are the ones to choose from.

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Canon EOS 7D Mark II

The fixed LCD and lack of built-in wireless file transfer support may make some people cross it off their short list, but the Canon EOS 7D Mark II should please any Canon fan looking for speed.

4 stars Excellent

Nikon D610

Though competition's increasing for low-end full-frame cameras, the Nikon D610 holds its own; that said, while slightly faster than its predecessor it's not a whole lot different.

4 stars Excellent

Sony Alpha SLT-A77V

The Sony Alpha SLT-A77V is an excellent, well-designed camera for deep-pocketed amateurs; it nevertheless has a few limitations that may make it impractical for professionals.

4 stars Excellent

Nikon D7100

Offering an attractive combination of performance and usability, the D7100 is a proficient SLR that caters for plenty of different photographers.

Price: $1,049.00 - $1,859.00 Check prices

4.5 stars Outstanding Nikon D7100

Nikon D7000

An excellent dSLR for experienced shooters or Nikon professionals looking for a relatively cheap option, the Nikon D7000 delivers on almost all counts, including the company's best shooting design to date.

Price: $1,585.00 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Canon EOS 6D

An excellent camera for Canon users looking to step-up into the world of full-frame photography, the 6D delivers great photo and video quality as well as effective Wi-Fi.

Price: $1,484.21 - $2,119.00 Check prices

4 stars Excellent Canon EOS 6D