If you have a large enough budget, the best DSLR and DIL cameras in the $750 price range can give you a powerful model with great speed and image quality. All of the cameras I've listed in this price range are advanced models that offer interchangeable lenses.
The best DSLR and DIL cameras I've listed here include the cost of the camera body only. Accessories for these cameras will cost extra, such as lenses and external flashes. Here are the best DSLR and DIL cameras for under $750, listed alphabetically.
And, if you want some help in finding the best DSLR camera, click the link and read our DSLR camera buying guide.
Canon's latest DSLR camera -- the EOS 60D -- builds on past successes of Canon DSLR models, while adding some interesting new features. The EOS 60D is the first Canon EOS camera that includes a 3.0-inch, high-resolution LCD screen that's viewable from almost any angle. It also can swivel and rotate away from the camera body, allowing for odd-angle photos. Canon re-designed the dials from previous EOS models, making them easier to use, regardless of whether you're shooting vertical or horizontal photos.
Canon's smallest DSLR camera -- the Canon EOS Rebel SL1 (also called the 100D in some parts of the world) -- is now available. This is the smallest DSLR camera on the market that contains an APS-C sized image sensor. The SL1 quickly received awards from TIPA and EISA, and I've included it in my list of the best cameras in 2013.
The SL1's CMOS image sensor offers 18 megapixels of resolution. Canon has designed the Rebel SL1 to be an easy-to-use camera for those photographers looking to make the jump from a point and shoot model to an interchangeable lens camera by including a mode called Scene Intelligent Auto Mode.
The SL1 also offers a 3.0-inch touch screen LCD, four frames per second shooting options, and full HD video recording. You can purchase the SL1 with a kit lens or with the camera body alone. The SL1's camera body alone weighs 14.36 ounces, making it the lightest DSLR on the market with such a large image sensor. As with other Canon DSLR cameras, the EOS Rebel SL1 is available in black only.
Although it's touted as an upgrade to last year's Canon Rebel T4i, the new Canon EOS Rebel T5i doesn't appear to offer a significant number of improvements over the T4i. So if you already own the T4i, an upgrade probably isn't worth the investment.
Still, if you didn't purchase the T4i, the now available T5i can provide some nice improvements over older Rebel cameras, making it well worth considering as an upgrade over those older DSLR models.
Fujifilm's third interchangeable lens mirrorless camera -- the X-M1 -- is the most impressive model yet, offering an image sensor that's similar in size to what you'd find in a DSLR camera.
The X-M1, which measures only 1.5 inches in thickness without a lens attached. includes a 3.0-inch articulated LCD, a start-up time of 0.5 seconds, full 1080p video recording, built-in Wi-Fi, and in-camera RAW processing.
The X-M1, which is part of my list of the best 2013 cameras, can make use of an Fujifilm XF or XC interchangeable lenses. You can find the X-M1 in three body colors, black, silver, or brown.
Fujifilm's X-S1 digital camera is a fixed lens camera that includes some high-end features that you may find with a DSLR camera.
The X-S1, which was announced by Fujifilm just before CES 2012, offers a precision Fujinon 26X optical zoom lens. It includes a popup flash and a viewfinder, along with a 3.0-inch, high-resolution LCD.
The highlight of the X-S1, however, is its large image sensor, which is a 2/3-inch sensor. This allows the X-S1 to excel in low light.
You won't find many fixed lens cameras in such a high price range, so it may be tough for Fujifilm to gain a lot of traction here, but it's impossible to argue with the great features of this camera.
The world's first waterproof interchangeable lens camera is now available, and the Nikon 1 AW1 is one of the more impressive mirrorless DIL cameras heading into this holiday season.
Nikon's AW1 can be used in up to 49 feet of water depth and it can survive a fall of up to 6.6 feet. To use this camera's waterproof capabilities, you will need to purchase a 1 Nikkor lens that's also rated as being waterproof.
The Nikon 1 AW1's photographic capabilities are pretty impressive, too, as it has a 14.2MP CX-sized CMOS image sensor, full 1080p HD video recording, a 73-point autofocus array, full manual control, a built-in GPS unit, and a 3.0-inch LCD. The AW1's popup flash unit is waterproof, too.
Look for the AW1 to be available in three colors, black, white, or silver, and Nikon is also offering some skins to provide additional body colors, including khaki or orange.
At first glance, the Olympus Stylus XZ-2 iHS fixed-lens camera might not look like anything special. However, this model is aimed at intermediate photographers who want high-end results in a small camera without the hassle of having to carry a series of lenses, as with a DIL system.
The XZ-2 doesn't really fit in with the other top sub-$750 cameras, as most cameras here are interchangeable lens models. However, the XZ-2's outstanding image quality definitely shows it belongs on this list.
A fast f/1.8 lens leads to the strong image quality of this model, as Olympus has based the XZ-2's lens on its DSLR camera technology. The XZ-2 includes a 4X optical zoom, 12MP of resolution in a CMOS image sensor, ISO settings up to 12,800, a 3.0-inch articulated LCD, and 1080p HD video capabillities.
The latest DSLR camera from Pentax, the K-30, provides some extremely powerful features, building on the success that Pentax has enjoyed in the past several years in the prosumer DSLR market. You can find the K-30 in a black, white, or blue camera body with black trim.
The K-30 has a 16 megapixel CMOS image sensor, which gives it good low light capabilities. It also includes a 3-inch, high-resolution LCD, 1080p HD video capabilities, and six frames per second shooting. Pentax DA interchangeable lenses will fit the lens mount on the K-30.
Pentax also fully weather sealed the K-30, protecting it from most types of weather and allowing it to work in temperatures as low as 14 degrees Fahrenheit. However, this doesn't mean that this DSLR is usable underwater.
Pentax has combined a very nice camera body with some fun and helpful external features in its recently released Pentax K-50 DSLR camera.
The K-50 is very similar in performance levels to the Pentax K-500. The K-50 has a large 16.2MP CMOS image sensor, a 3.0-inch LCD screen, full 1080p HD video recording, and the ability to use any Pentax K-series interchangeable lenses. The K-50 can shoot at up to 6 frames per second in burst mode.
On the K-50's exterior, you will find 81 seals featuring weather resistance, which is an area where this model differs from the K-500. Another area of difference is the inclusion of Pentax's Color to Order system with the K-50, which allows photographers to order the Pentax K-50 in up to 120 color combinations.
Samsung continues to add stylish interchangeable lens cameras to its lineup, including the NX1100.
The DIL NX1100 features 20.3 megapixels in its CMOS image sensor, a 3.0-inch LCD screen, 1080p HD video quality, and built-in Wi-Fi. The NX1100 offers an extremely fast shutter speed up to 1/4000th of a second.
Samsung's family of DIL cameras have provided some great models over the past few years, including the NX10. The latest Samsung DIL camera is now available, and the NX2000 is another very impressive camera, qualifying for my list of the best cameras in 2013.
The NX2000's specification list is certainly eye-catching. It offers 20.3 megapixels of resolution in a large image sensor, 8 frames per second in burst mode, a 3.7-inch large touch screen LCD, and full HD video recording. You can connect the NX2000 to Android and iOS mobile devices or use built-in Wi-Fi connectivity.
The NX2000 is available in pink, white, or black camera bodies and matching colors of NX lenses.
12. Sony NEX-5T DIL
The Sony NEX-5T mirrorless interchangeable lens camera has quite a few advanced features for such a small camera, including NFC and Wi-Fi wireless connectivity.
The NEX-5T includes a 16.1MP APS-C sized image sensor, which is similar to what you'd find in some DSLR style cameras, leading to high-end image quality. You'll also have a 3.0-inch touchscreen articulated LCD, which is a nice feature as the small NEX-5T has no viewfinder.
You'll find the NEX-5T in black, white, or silver camera bodies.