Here are the top 5 HDR cameras in no particular order (remember, price doesn't always mean everything):
Panasonic Lumix GX1
A good camera for those on a budget (about $500), but well worth the price. The Panasonic Lumix DX1 has a 16 megapixel sensor and utilizes the "micro four thirds" system, or MFT, a standard created by Olympus and Panasonic (you can read more here). It has a nice 3" touch screen and comes with a stock 14-42mm lens that shoots wide-angle and has a bit of a zoom. Overall, a good camera if you are just beginning.
This high-res camera is a great camera for under a grand. It always gets positive reviews from users, and it's really no wonder why. The D7000 is another superior camera for a beginner. It's simple to use, but packs a wallop in regards to features (16.2mp, 3" LCD screen, high-speed 6 frame shooting, and shoots well in low light). The Nikon D7000 comes in around $900, but is worth every penny of it.
Another good camera, but one that is on the high end of the price spectrum (about $1100) in regards to what is considered "good." It has a 24 megapixel lens, a 3" LCD screen, and a thousand features that it's hard to believe you get for such a low price, honestly. A perfect all around camera that delivers on quality and comes in at a great price.
Moving up the scale, we get to a top notch camera that many photogs favor. This gem of the camera world runs around three grand and is a bit more traditional looking as a camera, but it shoots 36 megapixels. Honestly, this camera can pretty much do it all (even run 1080p video), and why wouldn't it for $3000?
Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Up the scale once more and we get to a camera that may be one of the best on the market (no fighting!). The Canon EOS runs about $3300, depending on where you get it, and has 22.3 Megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor, a 63 zone dual-layer metering sensor, HD video, and a lovely 3.2" LCD monitor with a 170° viewing angle, and on, and on, and on. It also makes you pancakes on demand (okay... that's a lie, but this baby sure can take pictures).
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