Top 10 of Digital cameras (February 2011)

A partially objective list of the best digital reflex cameras, closely reflecting the views of photography experts in the specialist media and of the main professional associations expressed over the past year. We know that there are many other types of digital camera that would deserve our attention, but those shown here are undoubtedly the finest and most prestigious models on the market.

Hasselblad H3DII-50, a heavyweight
The arrival of this medium-format camera in the shops last summer was a milestone in the photography industry, for it was the first to reach a resolution of 50 megapixels, something quite inconceivable just a few months before. The Swedish firm Hasselblad has kept the design and performance of the previous version and added a new 36x48 mm CCD sensor, developed by Kodak, twice the size of the sensors in other full frame DSLRs. Price: €21,500.
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Leica M9, with a titanium body
Leica fans should not miss out on this edition limited to 500 units of the M9 "Titanium". Envisaged by Walter da Silva, Audi's star designer, this camera is for them. With luxury details such as a protective cover in sapphire-crystal glass for the monitor or the LED illumination of the bright-line frames in the electronic viewfinder. It costs € 22,000.
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Mamiya DL33, extravagant discretion
Its design goes almost unnoticed, but the new Mamiya DL33 has been much talked of since its launch last spring. It has a 3.5 inch touchscreen and a 33 megapixel sensor. Price: €14,800.
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4.- Hasselblad H4D Ferrari, passion for quality
The perfect pairing of two iconic brands, Hasselblad and Ferrari, which have created this limited edition (499 units) of the emblematic Hasselblad camera. Manufactured in Ferrari's “Rosso Fuoco” colour, the camera includes an 80-mm lens and an exclusively designed glass top. A pleasure at € 21,499.
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5.- Pentax K5, a cutting-edge beauty
With features similar to the K7, the internal details of the K5 are a true luxury. It comes with a 16.3-megapixel CMOS, 80- to 51200-ISO, Full HD video (1960x1080, 16:9, 25 frames per second), 3-inch LCD and 921,000 dots. Also noteworthy are its 5-type HDR function, including image composition (without tripod) and CMOS with image stabilisation. Price: € 1,299.
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6.- Nikon D3X, undisputed queen of the professional market
The Nikon D3X has a MOSC sensor with quality similar to that of the legendary D3, but with slightly higher resolution: 24.5 megapixels. It is the perfect tool for any good professional. Price: €6,799 (body only, lens separate).
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7.- Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, the veteran is still up to date
It has been on the market for nearly 3 years and it is still Canon’s top high-end camera, though there is starting to be talk of it being upgraded. It has a 21.1 megapixel CMOS sensor. Price: €7,999.
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8.- Sony Alpha DSLR-A900, the alternative
Sony has shown with this camera that there is life after Nikon and Canon. With a 24.6 megapixel sensor and a relatively moderate price, its performance is exceptional. Price: €2,599 (body only, lenses separate).
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9.- Nikon D300s, in Canon’s footsteps
It hit the market last summer and brought with it the ability to record HD video, as with Canon’s EOS 5D Mark II. The best bit is its 12.3 megapixel CMOS sensor. Price: €1,499.
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10.- Olympus E-3, a perfect tool for the professional all-rounder
Olympus claims that the E-3 offers the fastest autofocus on the market. Its 10 megapixel Live MOS sensor and image stabilizer are quite simply surprising. Price: €1,499.
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