Cameras:

Best professional digital SLR cameras of 2014

Updated

Professional photographers require a level of customization, performance, and ruggedness that's at least a notch above what consumer dSLRs provide. Compatibility with a broad range of accessories and studio equipment is also a must. If you have professional aspirations or are a seasoned pro going digital, these are the models you should consider. They require a serious investment, but in exchange they'll give you state-of-the-art imaging technology and the breadth of creative control you need to produce professional results.

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Nikon D4 (Body Only)

For Nikon devotees looking for the fastest body available, the D4 delivers.

4.5 stars Outstanding

Sony a (Alpha) SLT-A99V - digital camera - body only

The Sony Alpha SLT-A99V is a generally great camera that's equally adept at both stills and video, but with a few caveats.

4 stars Excellent

Canon EOS 5D Mark II

A great follow-up to the 5D and top-flight full-frame camera, the Canon EOS 5D Mark II delivers the fluid shooting experience and fine photos you expect from a professional model.

4 stars Excellent