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The SLR Lounge Reader’s Choice ‘Best Camera of 2014’ Is…

By Anthony Thurston on December 29th 2014


Nikon D750 | SLR Lounge Reader’s Choice ‘Best Camera of 2014’

If you have been following our poll for the best camera of 2014, it should come as no surprise that the Nikon D750 took the cake. The Nikon full frame DSLR was leading the poll from the get go after being snubbed from our Editor’s Award Top 5 short list.

Overall, the D750 is as well rounded as you could ask for a DSLR to be. It is the new Nikon Goldilocks camera; not overachieving in any one respect, but just right all round. Everyone from Wedding Pros, to Wildlife and Landscape shooters are raving about this camera, and for good reason.

Make sure to check out our full D750 review from Kishore Sawh here.

Fuji X-T1 | SLR Lounge Reader’s Choice ‘Best Camera of 2014’ Runner Up

IMG_9791It was a pretty tight race for much of the polling between the Sony A7s and Fujifilm X-T1 for runner up to the D750. In the end though, the Fujifilm X-T1 pulled through and again found itself in a great position on the final listing.

I recently bought an X-T1 myself, so you know I have been drinking the Fuji kool-aid, but I am not surprised in the slightest that this camera is well regarded by our readers as well. Once the Fuji system catches up on lenses (and they are already really well off in that respect), watch out!

Final Results

Best Camera of 2014 | Reader's Choice Poll

  • (20%) Nikon D750
  • (16%) Fujifilm X-T1
  • (15%) Sony A7s
  • (13%) Canon 7D Mark II
  • (13%) Nikon D810
  • (6%) Sony A7 Mk II
  • (5%) Fuji X100T
  • (4%) Olympus OMD E-M10
  • (3%) Panasonic GH4
  • (3%) Pentax 645Z
  • (1%) Samsung NX1
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What are your thoughts on the final results of the poll? Do you agree with the masses, or do you think another camera should have been in the running? Leave a comment and let us know what you think. 

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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. Marshall Barth

    With just getting back into the trade, I’ve been forming up a “stable” of kit. I call it a “stable” because it consist of numerous thoroughbreds. With this report, it now appears that my plans of putting a D750 in there has been moved up in the rankings. This mostly due to the $ difference between it and the D810 , which had been at the front of the list :{)))

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  2. Jordan Buckway

    I would love to get the D750. Guess, I better start saving!

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  3. Brandon Silvera

    Love my D750. Happy I got it. Even more Happy that my camera is first run & has no issues haha.

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  4. Rafael Steffen

    I can’t wait to try the D750 out.

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  5. Matthew Saville

    Wow, the D750 pulled ahead by quite a margin! Color me impressed.

    I would say “oh, it’s just because the D750 is one of the more recent cameras to debut” …but then again, the 7D mk2 and A7 mk2 came out at about the same exact time, and both of their votes combined don’t even hit the D750’s 20% vote, if I am capable of mathing correctly.

    All in all, either way it has been a rather exciting year for digital cameras, period. The D810, the A7s, the D750, the 7D mk2, the X-T1, and many others, have all highly impressed me. This is one of those years where I think “well, I don’t think I’ll be buying a newer-than-2014 camera for at least another ~5 years…” In other words, even if it takes me a year or two to acquire a used D810 and A7S, I’m 100% certain that anything newer will sway me to do otherwise.

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  6. Thorsten Ott

    Without a doubt, the D750 is my favorite current Nikon camera body. The F5 and the D2x were pretty cool too and shot many jobs.

    I particularly like the dynamic range, the stunning autofocus, the low noise, and the video quality just rocks. Now if we can just twist Nikon’s arm and get them to lower the price of the MB-D16 Battery Grip, LOL.

    The D810 would have gotten my vote but I don’t need 36MP yet, all my images end up on e-commerce websites anyway…..

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  7. Steven Pellegrino

    Those are surprising results especially to see that second place didn’t go to a full frame camera! Canon vs Nikon, that’s what you hear and to see Canon come in fourth place is pretty amazing.

    While I love my Nikon D7100 and out-dated Fuji X100 & X-E1, I’d be lying if I said I wouldn’t trade up to the D750 and X-T1.

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  8. Steve VanSickle

    This year, I went full-frame and I’m loving the D610. But for a lightweight walk-around kit, I’m really thinking about that X-T1.

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    • David Hill

      Hey Steve, check out the X100T or used X100s which is what I have for my ‘walk around’ lightweight street kit. Really cool with great IQ. Discrete, light, quiet etc etc. I wanted a fixed focal length lightweight camera and this suited my needs/budget more than the X-T1 but clearly if you need interchangeable lenses, then X100 no good! Good luck. You wont be disappointed with and X camera. Dave

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