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Best midrange digital SLR cameras of 2014

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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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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: $599.00 - $1,099.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Canon EOS 7D

An excellent midrange dSLR, the Canon EOS 7D delivers for the money.

Price: $1,099.00 - $2,348.00 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Canon EOS 70D

An overall excellent camera, but one that fails to capture the best-in-class prize for image quality.

Price: $1,199.95 - $2,198.00 Check prices

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.

Price: $2,796.95 - $2,799.95 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Nikon D600

The Nikon D600 is a really good camera for the money, as long as you're willing to shell out for the lenses that can do it justice.

Price: $1,499.95 - $1,549.09 Check prices

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.

Price: $1,399.99 - $1,399.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Canon EOS 60D

The Canon EOS 60D is in many ways a great camera: fast, feature-packed, and with excellent photo and video quality. Some annoying aspects of its control layout dim its shine a little, however, so try before you buy.

Price: $969.95 - $1,346.00 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Nikon D7100

While it's still a great prosumer dSLR, the D7100 may only be worth the extra cash if you need a faster Nikon right now.

Price: $1,099.95 - $1,399.95 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Canon EOS 6D

The photo quality you get from the EOS 6D makes it well worth the upgrade over a consumer APS-C model, but between this and comparable or higher-end models it's a less obvious choice.

Price: $1,349.00 - $2,548.00 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good
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