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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.

4 stars Excellent

Canon EOS 7D

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

4 stars Excellent

Canon EOS 70D

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

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

Nikon D600

The D600 represents excellent value for money. If you've been hankering after a full-frame dSLR and don't have a stash of rival lenses that you want to keep using, look this way. It's chunky, and a little bit heavy, but it's a camera that should serve you well for years to come.

4.5 stars Outstanding

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

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.

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: £809.00 - £809.00 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Canon EOS 6D

It isn't pocket money, but the EOS 6D nonetheless puts full-frame features within reach of the more ambitious enthusiast photographer. I'd have happily swapped the GPS and Wifi for more autofocus points, but it's nonetheless a great body that captures great colours and very detailed shots.

Price: £1,299.00 - £1,299.00 Check prices

4.5 stars Outstanding
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