In case you’re in the market for something other than a compact camera, here’s a round-up of reviews from Expedition Portal and DPReview. We also met avid photographer and fellow adventurer, David Fowers, at our recent WCXC Meet & Greet—(David blogs at Get Out Explore). His opinion was this: if you’re looking for the most bang for your buck, get an inexpensive camera body and invest in quality lenses, as that’s where you’re going to see the difference in the image. An inexpensive body would be something like Canon EOS Rebel. If you’re going to be out in extreme dust or moisture, go for the expensive camera body, as they have better seals and are made of metal, not plastic.

The Canon 70D, above, falls into the higher-end camp. It’s a sturdy, high-feature, DSLR camera that seems to be everyone’s favorite. It has an auto-focus sensor specially tuned for shooting video. It retails for about $1200 (body only).

Expedition Portal: Canon 70D
DPReview: Canon 70D


The Nikon D7100 is a higher-end DSLR rivaling the Canon 70D. It offers excellent build and image quality but is said to suffer a bit in the video department, both in terms of auto-focus and in the quality of the video. It retails for about $1,150.

DPReview: Nikon D7100


This is the recently announced, entry-level, Canon EOS 1200D (Rebel T5). It accepts Canon’s full-sized lenses. This one retails for the easy-on-the-wallet price of $549, including a 18–55mm lens.

DPReview: Canon EOS 1200D (EOS Rebel T5)


The Olympus OM-D EM-1, above, is considered a high-end, Micro Four Thirds camera. Micro Four Thirds cameras are slightly smaller than DSLRs because they lack a mirror and have smaller image sensors. They have their own lens system, though lenses from older cameras can be used with an adapter (at a slight loss of image quality). This camera retails for about $1250 (body only).

Expedition Portal: Olympus OM-D EM-1
DPReview: Olympus OM-D EM-1


This is the Sony Alpha 7R. People are excited about it because it has a full-frame image sensor like a professional DSLR yet it’s the size of a Micro Four Thirds camera, meaning it’s the smallest full-frame camera you can buy. (Not even the Canon 70D or the Nikon D7100 have full frame sensors—full-frame meaning the image sensor is the size of a 35-mm frame.) Like a Micro Four Thirds it’s smaller because it lacks a mirror. It can also accept nearly any lens ever made when used with the appropriate adapter. It retails for about $2,300 (body only).

DPReview: Sony Alpha 7R


The Nikon AW1 is a mirrorless camera that’s waterproof down to 49 feet. It uses Nikon’s compact Nikkor 1 lenses and retails for about $800, including a 11–27.5mm lens. ExPo calls this a “DSLR” but technically it’s not since it doesn’t have a mirror.

Expedition Portal: Nikon AW1
DPReview: Nikon AW1

Still didn’t find what you’re looking for? Here are some more resources.

Additional Links:
DPReview 2013 round-up
DPReview SLR Buying Guide

Pocket-lint: Best DSLR Cameras 2014