A 16 megapixel digital SLR strikes a good balance: you can make large prints without needing to buy tons of storage space for your photos.
If you're limited by your budget, then consider an older model with a lower megapixel count.
But if you'd like the latest and greatest, then 16 megapixels is a "sweet spot" in terms of megapixels.
This number of megapixels provides you with plenty of options when it comes to print sizes, even if you decide to crop out large portions of each photo.
While a 16 megapixel digital SLR will create large image sizes that require more memory to store and more powerful computers to process, the good news here is that the price of memory is quite cheap and you can purchase cards and hard drives with TONS of storage for very reasonable prices.
Release Date: July 2012
QUICK OVERVIEW: Weather sealed, 16 megapixels, built-in stabilization, 6 photos per second, Full HD movie mode.
If travel is your thing, then consider the Pentax K-30: its 81 seals prevent dust and moisture from getting inside and ruining the camera. Plus, you can also use the K-30 in very cold weather. Built-in image stabilization will help eliminate blur from your photos and a high ISO range paired with a fast continuous speed will ensure that you don't miss the action.
Release Date: October 2012
QUICK OVERVIEW: Weather sealed, 16 megapixels, built-in stabilization, 7 photos per second, Full HD movie mode, ISO from 80 to 51200.
The K-5 II is the successor to the immensely popular K-5. The biggest improvement in the K-5 II is its autofocus system, which is now capable of locking focus even in exceptionally dim available light. The K-5 II still sports the same built-in image stabilization and huge ISO range of the K-5. For those who want to shoot in rough weather, the fully-sealed K-5 II is dustproof, water resistant and cold resistant.