You want a semi-pro DSLR. Here is a list of our favourite semi professional DSLR cameras

Semi-pro DSLR cameras:

Canon EOS 7DCanon EOS 7D

Changing a system that works so well can be a dangerous business, but Canon appears to have pulled it off with the 7D. The changes are subtle but generally help usability once you find the new positions.

This camera is likely to be as popular for videographers as it will for still photographers for similar reasons. Overall, the 7D will be an aspiration for all amateur photographers, and those who purchase will not be disappointed.

Summary:

18 megapixelsHas a maximum ISO of 12800Has a manual exposure modeHas HD videoHas a large LCD screenHas built-in anti shakeHas a built-in flashTakes cf media cards  

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Nikon D7000

Based around a new 16.2MP sensor, the Nikon D7000 sits just below the full frame group with an impressive degree of style. The incredible 25,600 ISO range and 6fps burst rate make the D7000 an excellent all rounder, suitable for sports and portrait shooting with some impressive low light performance and robust build quality.

Summary:

 Has a maximum ISO of 6400Has a manual exposure modeHas HD videoHas a large LCD screenHas a built-in flashTakes sd media cardsTakes cf media cards

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Olympus E-3Olympus E-3

The E-3 doesn’t offer many innovations, compared to either its competitors or Olympus lower-end models. What it does offer, though, is a fantastic build quality, excellent images and a functional, pleasant user experience.

Summary: 

12 megapixelsHas a maximum ISO of 3200Has a manual exposure modeHas built-in anti shakeHas a built-in flashTakes xd media cardsTakes cf media cards

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