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Insights & Thoughts

Best Crop Sensor Camera of 2013 | SLR Lounge Reader’s Choice

By Anthony Thurston on December 29th 2013


Over the next week, we will be conducting our Reader’s Choice polling. We are really curious to see what the best and worst of 2013 were in your eyes. 

Today, we have a good one for you, one of the busiest sections of the camera market, crop sensor cameras. Specifically, we are interested in what you all think was the best crop sensor camera body, w/ interchangeable lenses, from 2013.

I am not going to spend a ton of time breaking down each camera, because this post would end up being 10 pages long. So here are the options, broken down by the manufacturer, for you to choose from.






*I listed the most popular 2013 crop sensor cameras in the market. If I missed your favorite one, let me know in the comments below.

Voting Rules

You may select up to three (3) cameras as your best of 2013 choice(s). This is simply because we understand that these sorts of questions are rarely black and white and this gives you the opportunity to show your support to multiple cameras. It also makes the voting a bit more interesting.

If you only want to vote once, go ahead, but you have the option to select up to three(3).

Best Crop Sensor w/ Interchangeable lens (SLR/ILC) Camera of 2013

  • (27%) Nikon D7100
  • (24%) Canon 70D
  • (15%) Pentax K-3
  • (10%) Olympus OM-D E-M1
  • (8%) Canon Rebel SL1
  • (4%) Canon Rebel T5i
  • (3%) Samsung NX2000
  • (3%) Samsung Galaxy NX
  • (3%) Other (Leave Your Choice in Comment Below)
  • (3%) Nikon D5300
  • (1%) Nikon 1 AW1
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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. BreAna Cannon

    I’ll take the Canon 7D without a doubt. Fast, ergonomic and packed with all the features one would need. Best of the best.

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  2. Rob McGlade

    Isn’t this just a vote on what cameras were bought? Not being able to buy them all goes against the title of the article!

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    • Patrick O’Connor

      All of these “what do you think” polls are worthless unless you find them entertaining…

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  3. william symington

    well well me again see that you have left out one off the best camera Sony A3000 + NEX and the lates A7/A7r Very poor show not good enough.

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  4. Joseph

    SL1 ftw,,, the best dsrl of 2013 defineteley!

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  5. ken

    Is an E-M1 still an SLR w/o a mirror? :-)

    I’d say the most innovative of the year were the K-3 (AA w/ SR) and 70D (AF sensor sites). Didn’t think the D7100 was that innovative to warrant its current #1 standing because they used a sensor that has banding at high ISOs…

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  6. Falk

    Olympus OMD, ergonomics are great and being able to carry small lenses with great quality pictures will make you never want to deal with a DSLR ever again.

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  7. Sam

    Uh, fujifilm x100s

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  8. JF

    Fuji X100S and X-E2 here!

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  9. Julian Koch

    Im not surprised by the many votes for the D7100. It was the first DX which really peaked my interest! A wonderful combination and if you don’t need a huge buffer size the camera offers almost everything for an affordable price! Canon Eos 70D is great as well, but when Canon released it the D7100 was already slightly cheaper.

    i upgraded happily from a D90 to the D7100

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  10. Matthew Saville

    As an adventure photographer the clear winners for me in 2013 are the Nikon D5300, the Olympus E-M1, and the Pentax K-3. I understand that most others may be a bit more casual of a shooter than I am but if you love crazy adventures and extreme situations, those three cameras are incredible performers!


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    • MattB

      I agree on the K-3 which is what I have. I shoot adventure sports, lifestyle, and remote landscapes and for my purposes it’s just about perfect (as was the K-5 before it). I’ll be skiing to the summit of a mountain tonight with my K-3 to shoot photos of the New Year’s celebration at a nearby ski resort. There’s no other camera I’d rather do that with!

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  11. TeeJay

    I think I would have to go with the t4i for the same reasons as Brad Lovell

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  12. Donald

    I find the best camera is the one you own.
    Not having others sort of negates which one I would choose.
    PS I have the Canon 600d.

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  13. Greg

    Fujifilm X-E2: refined, grown-up member of Fuji X family.

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  14. QS

    Why is iphone 5s not on this list? Since it is one of the most used cameras. Since m43 is on here against larger APSCs.

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    • QS

      they also have interchangeable lens kits for iphone now.

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    • Anthony Thurston

      Yes, but the Iphone 5 does not support interchangeable lenses on its own so it does not qualify for this poll.

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  15. Spencer

    How could any serious publication, when voting for best crop serape cameras, leave out the game changing Fuji X series? They completely revolutionized the compact fixed and interchangeable lens market with the X100s and XE-2/X-Pro 1, respectively. The X trans sensor is a modern masterpiece and easily rival full frame sensors in color reproduction, dynamic range, and low light capability. If you want a sample of just what these amazing cameras are capable of, I invite you to check out my site: I shoot exclusively with a X100s (Previously the X-E1). Also:, that’s a personal favorite of mine.

    In my opinion this rating system is invalidated for not including at least one of the models from the incredible Fuji line up.

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    • Anthony Thurston

      They were simply overlooked, lots of camera releases over the course of a year – it is easy to miss a couple. This is why votes are also counted for in comments to make up for any missed options.

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    • Mike

      I agree, they also left out the Sony cams (Alpha and NEX) so the whole poll is of little value in my mind.

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  16. Ariel Gonzalez

    Fuji x-Pro 1

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  17. Sebastien D’Amour

    The Fuji XE-2 is the best crop camera for casual work and pleasure on the market for me.

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  18. JORY

    Still rockin 7D’s. Love that camera

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  19. Mike

    Why did you leave out the Sony cams?

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    • Scott A

      Because Sony only released one crop camera in 2013, and it really wasnt all that hot (the A58).

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    • Mike

      What about the A3000, NEX 3N and NEX 5T? You don’t count those?

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    • nubye

      exactly ;(

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  20. Luc

    Fujifilm X-E2

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  21. Daryl McMullen

    My preference would be the Canon 7D. I know the 70D has a lot more bells and whistles – but the 7D is solid with the crazy 8-10 fps.

    Love it.

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    • Anthony Thurston

      The 7D is a great crop sensor camera, no doubt, but it is many years old. This poll is for the best crop sensor cameras released in 2013.

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  22. brad lovell

    I bought the t4i (650d) early 2013, and i thought it was an awesome little camera. noise was awful at high iso’s, but over all i yielded great results. coupled with the 17-50 2.8 tamron, instead of the kit lens, it is an awesome consumer grade camera. also, i have to admit the touch screen is very useful and friendly. although the t5i has great new technology, i cant let the t4i go unnoticed as i am mainly a photographer not video

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