Photography / Buying Guide

8 Recommended Entry-Level DSLR Cameras

         

Although visually understood as “the type of camera the pros use,” DSLRs comprise a wide-ranging genre of cameras with numerous options available for all skill levels. Offering significantly more control while photographing than nearly any compact point-and-shoot camera available, DSLRs are a tried-and-true design that blends an air of intuitiveness and familiarity with the most current and up-to-date designs available in the world of camera design. And in specific regard to the models mentioned here, this is a current lineup of DSLRs that strive to be equally as friendly and welcoming to the novice photographer without sacrificing the image quality all photographers have grown to expect.

Canon

Canon is one of the most versatile and expansive systems to begin with and, as such, it offers a choice of two entry-level DSLRs, along with an intermediate DSLR for users looking to upgrade or begin with a slightly richer set of features. The EOS Rebel SL1 DSLR is the current entrymodel and also happens to be one of the smallest DSLRs available from any manufacturer. Weighing slightly more than 13 oz and measuring 4.6 x 3.6 x 2.7", this camera is an ideal option for photographers looking to have a camera with them at all times. It features an 18MP APS-C CMOS sensor and DIGIC 5 image processor, which together combine to avail a top native sensitivity of ISO 12800, 4 fps continuous shooting rate, and full HD 1080p/30 movie recording. A 9-point phase detection system incorporates a central dual cross point for added precision and, when working in live view or recording movies, the Hybrid CMOS AF system takes control and pairs both phase- and contrast-detection focusing methods for accuracy and speed. Despite its small stature, the SL1 still features a large 3.0" Clear View II LCD with 1,040k-dot resolution, and the LCD is also a touchscreen for intuitive menu navigation, as well as Touch AF focusing control.

Moving up in Canon’s EOS lineup, there is a pair of DSLRs, the Rebel T6i and Rebel T6s, which differentiate themselves from the SL1 in many ways, yet share a similar compact form factor. Both cameras feature a 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor, DIGIC 6 image processor, and a 3.0" 1,040k-dot vari-angle touchscreen LCD. The two DSLRs also share the ability to record full HD 1080p/30 video, a continuous shooting rate of 5 fps, expandable sensitivity to ISO 25600, and built-in Wi-Fi with NFC. A 19-point all cross-type AF system offers speed and accuracy during still shooting, while the Hybrid CMOS AF system benefits video and live view shooting applications by combining phase- and contrast-detection focusing methods. While the same in most regards, the T6s does stand out among the two with its inclusion of a top LCD panel for settings review, a Quick Control Dial for faster settings adjustment, and a horizontal level for ensuring consistently straight horizons while shooting.

Progressing from the Rebel series of DSLRs, Canon’s next stop is the EOS 70D. Featuring a 20.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor and DIGIC 5+ image processor, the 70D has a continuous shooting rate of 7 fps, native sensitivity to ISO 12800, and full HD video recording at 30 fps. And, like the T6i/s, the 70D has a 3.0" 1,040k-dot vari-angle touchscreen. Its all-cross-type phase-detection autofocus system has been expanded to 19 points, but even more noteworthy is the Dual Pixel CMOS AF system that can be employed when working in live view. Introduced with the 70D, this unique focusing system is able to track moving subjects more effectively with virtually no focus hunting. When coupled with the Touch AF control, this system works well in conjunction with the Movie Servo AF mode to enable rack focusing and smooth focus transitions for more dynamic video recordings. Among other features found in the 70D, it also sports built-in Wi-Fi connectivity for wireless image transfer and remote camera control.

Nikon

In regard to Nikon, there are two featured DSLR models that are ideally suited for those just learning, as well as those already well versed in the basics of photography. The entry-level option is the D3300, which is paired with the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II lens. A 24.2MP DX-format CMOS sensor and EXPEED 4 image processor form the central imaging components, which enable shooting up to 5 fps, expandable sensitivity to ISO 25600, and full HD 1080p/60 video recording. A unique feature among entry-level DSLRs is the D3300’s omission of an optical low-pass filter, which helps to garner increased image sharpness and resolution compared to models featuring an OLPF to counteract the effects of moiré. Even with this filter removed, however, the processing capabilities of the EXPEED 4 serve to negate the false colors and artifacting in order to maximize the benefits of removing this commonly used filter. This stout set of features is backed by an 11-point autofocus system, external microphone input, and a 3.0" 921k-dot LCD monitor for clear, bright image review and live view monitoring. Also serving newcomers to photography, this model incorporates a dedicated Guide Mode that helps familiarize one with the variety of features throughout the entire camera system.

For photographers looking for a richer feature set and more versatile control, Nikon’s D5500 is the next model in line, and offers a number of distinct advantages over the D3300. The sensor and image processor remain the same—24.2MP DX-format CMOS and EXPEED 4—as well as the 5 fps continuous shooting rate and 1080p/60 video recording. From here, though, the D5500 adds a larger, higher-resolution 3.2" 1.04m-dot tilting touchscreen LCD screen, more expansive 39-point AF system with nine cross-type sensors, and built-in Wi-Fi connectivity. The basic image quality specifications are quite similar between the two models, but the added functionality of the D5500 allows users greater control when working with a variety of subject types, as well as more efficiency for sharing imagery.

Sony

While recently Sony has clearly been focusing much of its attention on the mirrorless market, the company is still working toward developing its branch of unique DSLRs—or to be more correct, DSLTs. Right from the beginning, Sony differentiates itself in that its A-mount cameras feature a Translucent Mirror and electronic viewfinder, as opposed to the traditional swinging reflex mirror and optical viewfinder. The benefits of this technology include previewing any exposure effects or creative settings prior to exposure, the ability to utilize contrast-detection AF during shooting, and being able to work with the viewfinder during movie recording.

One of the most enticing A-mount options is the Alpha a77II, which features a rich set of forward-thinking technologies to benefit photographers of all skill levels. Pairing a 24.3MP APS-C-sized Exmor CMOS sensor and BIONZ X image processor, this camera has a top sensitivity of ISO 25600, continuous shooting up to 12 fps, and 1080p/60 video recording. Beyond these specifications, a 79-point phase-detection AF system, with 15 cross-type points, covers a broad area of the image frame to suit working with moving subjects and in mixed lighting conditions. As previously mentioned, the a77II incorporates a 2.4m-dot OLED electronic viewfinder in addition to a 3.0" 1.2m-dot LCD screen, which features a three-way tilting design to benefit working from high and low angles. Furthering viewing capabilities, built-in Wi-Fi connectivity with NFC support enable remote monitoring and camera control from mobile devices, as well as the ability to wirelessly share imagery between devices.

Pentax

A manufacturer recently known for thinking outside of the box, especially in regard to its huge variety of styling options and customizable exteriors, Pentax has a duo of entry-level options, featuring a number of distinctions that separate themselves from the pack. The K-50 is the current pared-down model, and with it comes a 16.3MP APS-C CMOS sensor and PRIME M image processor that afford sensitivity to ISO 51200, 6 fps continuous shooting, and full HD 1080p/30 video recording. Differing from Canon and Nikon, Pentax DSLRs feature in-body image stabilization that effectively renders any mounted lens as “stabilized” to help minimize the appearance of camera shake. Furthermore, the K-50 is also characterized by its fully weather-sealed body design, for safely working in inclement conditions, and the ability to accept either a lithium-ion battery pack or readily available AA batteries with an optional battery holder. A 3.0" 921k-dot LCD enables clear live view monitoring and image review and the 11-point SAFOX IXi+ autofocus system incorporates nine cross-type points to benefit working in mixed lighting conditions.

Moving ahead, the more recently introduced K-S2 improves on a number of features for more controlled image making. This APS-C format DSLR ups the resolution to 20.1MP and also features the refined PRIME II image processor. A top sensitivity of ISO 51200 and 1080p/30 video recording remain the same and the continuous shooting rate gets a slight bump to 5.5 fps. Additionally, the K-S2 also features the SAFOX X 11-point AF system, a 3.0" 921k-dot vari-angle LCD monitor, and in-camera Shake Reduction image stabilization. One area that clearly separates the two cameras, however, is the inclusion of a user-controllable anti-aliasing filter effect; a feature borrowed from the flagship K-3-series of DSLRs. Effectively, the K-S2 does not feature an OLPF (optical low-pass filter), and uses this omission for greater image sharpness and resolution, but the moiré-reducing capabilities can be simulated with a feature that subtly vibrates the sensor to break up any aliasing or artifacting that certain scenes are prone to cause, such as when photographing against brick walls or with certain fabric types.

Discussion 62

Add new comment

Add comment Cancel

Can anyone recommend an inexpensive ($400 range) DSLR/Point and Shoot/Bridge camera that has a viewfinder, optical zoom, handles low light and some motion well? WiFi is a bonus.

I shoot chorus and quartet singers in conference center halls from a distance so a great zoom capacity is critical. They don't move a lot, but need to adjust for blur when hands move, etc. Lighting tends to go from low light to white stage light depending on what the facility sets up.

Hi
Is canon 700 d is a best cam or nikon d90. Which is best cam compare to both. I came to know that nikon d 90 is quite good that we can adjust any type of lenses is that true but m interested in canon

The D90 was discontinued some time ago and has since been replaced by the D7100.  Between the D7100 and the Canon T5i (700D), the D7100 would be the better camera.  The T5i is one of Canon’s introductory cameras, while the D7100 is an enthusiast/prosumer level camera from Nikon.  As for lenses, each can use interchangeable lenses (T5i uses the Canon EF/EF-S mount; the D1700 uses the Nikon F-mount).  If you have specific questions about the cameras, I would suggest sending our Photo Department an email: AskPhoto@bhphoto.com

But I have seen d90 nd 700d photos compare to both 700d photos is Good good brightness good background blurring d90 not having that much clarity and effect I have to shoot modeling type of photographs can u please suggest wich camera is best u can suggest other best cam around 50 to 60k plz that have but clarity, brightness, low light capturing, blurring nd more

I knw m expecting more but wt to do ppl needs more then wt they have in thr hand so please suggest me best ☝

Hello, I am looking for a DSLR. I would call myself a beginner-plus as I did a lot of photography back in the day with film! I'm new to the digital stuff and am looking to get back in the swing of things.  I'm looking at the D5500 and the EOS 70D.  I take a lot of photos when I travel, also I am looking to do some portrait and fashion type shoots. So I would need something that has an excellent resolution and also be able to  blow up the photos as large as possible, i.e. poster size. I appreciate any input. 

The Nikon D7100 would be a more comparable option to the Canon 70D: they would both be enthusiast/prosumer level cameras while the D5500 is one of Nikon’s introductory DSLRs.  The D7100 will have some more advanced features and will be more suited to adjusting exposure manually (of course it also has auto settings).  Between the D7100 and the 70D, I would lean towards the D7100.  It lacks an optical low pass filter and has a higher resolution sensor, which can allow for more detail in your shots.  This would assist in making enlargements.  It also has excellent image quality and low light performance.   

I just wanna ask if what camera would you recommend for VIDEO/PHOTOGRAPHY? I'm still a beginner though. :D

If you will be doing an equal amount of video and photo, you might look at the Canon 80D, which is the successor to the 70D mentioned in this article.  The 80D has an improved AF system, which functions well for both video and photo.  It has both headphone and mic jacks for improved audio recording/monitoring, along with multiple video frame rate options.  It would also be a solid option for still photography having solid image quality and low light performance.

Hi,

 Trying to decide between canon T6i and Nikon D5500 for my daughter who is a beginner film student. So using mostly for film but also still photography. I keep going back and forth between Canon and Nikon. Which is better for film?

thanks!

Both cameras area able to shoot Full 1920x1080p HD Video, the Canon in 30 fps, 25 fps, 24 fps, the Nikon in 60 fps, 50 fps, 30 fps, 25 fps, and 24 fps. What sets Canon Apart are their STM lenses, which can focus smoothly and quietly, and their Hybrid CMOS Auto Focus for fast, accurate autofocus during movie shooting and during Live View. Their Auto focus system will be faster than the Contrast Detection AF Nikon uses and will give Canon the advantage in video shooting. 

Hi
I am confusing hear some one saying pentax is good camera for beginners nd some One saying canon nd some one Panasonic. So please tell me exactly which is d best camera for self photography

What works best for each person may vary, its not always one size fits all. I would recommend sending us an email to askbh@bhphoto.com. Let us know what kind of subject matter you generally shoot, will you be traveling a lot with the camera? Are you shooting mostly stills or will be using the camera for a fair amount of video as well. Also let us know what budget range you were looking to stay within. We'd be happy to recommend something suited to your needs once we have a bit more information.

Hi, Im looking to get into the hobby of photography. I have gotten started in my photography business with just the basic like name, business cards, and portfolio stuff like that. I want to start looking to purchasing my camera I AM NOT TRYING TO SPEND OVER $300. $300 is my budget. I will be taking pictures of landscape, self portraits, family portraits, nature, things like that so basically everything. What will be the best camera for me and for my budget. I would like something that gives high quality sharp and clean focused images. That takes so smoothly and naturally like a really professional took the picture.

Hi -

Real professionals are all about lighting and composition and less about the gear.  It is about experience and application of lighting, composition, and the ability to tell a story with your images that really define professional results.  That said, consider an advanced point and shoot, superzoom "bridge" camera:

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 Digital Camera is a bridge-style point-and-shoot digital camera that features a 16.1 megapixel High Sensitivity BSI MOS sensor and Venus Engine image processor to produce high resolution still imagery and full HD 1080i/p video with notable low-light quality. The combination of the processor and sensor enable a native sensitivity range of ISO 100-3200, which can be further expanded to ISO 6400. The processor also affords a wealth of speed to the camera, including the ability to record up to 9 fps in a 3-shot burst, 5 fps with one-shot AF, or 2 fps with continuous AF.

hi i want to buy a camera but i cannot decide which of this two are best for beginners nikon d5500 and nikon d5300 i never had a camera b4 so can someone till me which one the good. thank you

Both the D5500 and D5300 would be great options for an introductory DSLR.  The D5500 has a few advantages over the D5300, such as a touch screen lCD and longer battery life.  Though, it would be hard to go wrong with either, and both should be equally user friendly. 

Pentax ks1 its good for me ? I'm a beginner 

Hi Ali -

The Pentax KS-1 has a terrific sensor and autofocus for a camera in this price range. The Pentax K lens mount enables the use of a wide variety of both past and present K-mount lenses as well as compatibility with a variety of lens mount adapters.  This is a smart choice for the beginner!

Hello! I am someone who is looking into getting involved with Photography as a hobby for the moment. I've already found some great workshops here in my town to get started but I still am unsure of what kind of camera I should buy. Mostly interested in partaking in landscape photography, astrophotography (what is best for low light conditions?), and general scenic. An entry level DSLR would be great to have and I'm willing to pay the money needed but I don't want to go over $1500 for the body.

I've been looking at the Nikon D5500, D3300, as well as the Canon 70D or Rebel T6i.

Which would you recommend for learning, performance, and versatility for lenses?

Hi Nicole -  

All great choices, but I'm recommending the  Canon EOS Rebel T6i DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens, which includes a versatile standard zoom lens useful for stills and video. This system enables shooting in a wide variety of conditions, from bright sunlight to dim indoor scenarios due to ISO performance of up to 12,800, which can be expanded to 25,600. The APS-C camera also has built-in Wi-Fi connectivity with NFC that allows for wireless transfer of images and video to social networks and cloud storage via the Camera Connect mobile app. Also, NFC enables fast connection to mobile devices as well as the CS100 Connect Station.  It's tough to beat it's versatility and the sheer volume of selection for Canon and third-party lenses.

Hi
Is Eos 1200 is best r 700d for self photography with good brightness I heard that if we take canon camera we nly have to use canon lenses

The Canon T5i (750D) will the better camera, compared to the T5 (1200D).  The T5i has more advanced features, along with better low light performance and over all image quality.  Both the Canon Rebel T5i and T5 are compatible with any Canon EF or EF-S lens, and any lens made for Canon EOS cameras by other manufacturers.

Hi
Is canon Eos 700d is best camera I want to take stylish nd self photograph and good brightness, features can u plz tell me I am beginner

Hi Sameer -

Please Note:  The Canon EOS 700D is known as the Canon EOS Rebel T5i in the USA.  This is a fine choice for the entry-level to the intermediate-level photographer.

I currently have a Canon Powershot S2IS.  It's a good camera but I would like to move into the digital SLR cameras for higher quality photos.  My photography interests are primarily scenic/landscape photos and wildlife photos. 

I have a set of several Takumar lens from my old Pentax Spotmatic, including a great 300 mm F4 lens.  Is it possible to get an adapter and use these lens on a digital SLR camera?  I understand they lenses may work on one the Pentax digital SLR cameras, but would they work on one of the Canon cameras, like one of the EOS Rebel T cameras?

It appears that the Pentax Spotmatic has the Pentax M42 screw mount.  We do carry several M42 to Canon EOS lens adapters, which would enable you to mount your Takumar lenses on the Canon EOS digital rebels.  You would likely need to set exposure manually when using the lenses on a DSLR. 

I'm looking to buy a new camera so my wife can get good shots of the kids playing sports and using for travelling. I've been in Sams and saw a bundle for both the Canon T6i and the Nikon d550 ... between the two, what's the better choice? 

The added autofocus points of the D5500 will make tracking and continuous focus when shooting action a bit faster than the T6i is capable. The D5500 would also have a wider native ISO range for slightly better images in low light with less noise. However, if video is of any concern, the T6i would offer faster, smoother and virtually silent continuous Autofocus during video recording. 

Could you kindly recommend DSLR/Point and Shoot cameras, that have inputs for external microphones, to be used for shooting video?

Generally, Point and Shoot type cameras will not feature any kind of audio imput. Of the DSLRs mentioned in this article, all with the exception of the Pentax K-50 and K-S2, will features an mic imput. If you are inquiring about a specific camera, or are looking for a more targeted recommendation, I would suggest email us at askbh@bhphoto.com. Let us know the subject matter you are shooting, any specific feature you require as well as a budget range you are looking to stay within. 

Hello, I'm a fairly new beginner to photography. I would like to know which camera or cameras would be best to use. I like Nikons but I'm on the fence. At the moment I'm using my phone camera and I would love to step up my game and possibly start my own business 

Hi Cody -

Why are you on the fence?  The  Nikon D3300 DSLR Camera is a great place to start.

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS:

  • 24.2MP DX-Format CMOS Sensor
  • EXPEED 4 Image Processor
  • No Optical Low-Pass Filter
  • 3.0" 921k-Dot LCD Monitor
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 60 fps, 50 fps, 30 fps, 25 fps, 24 fps
  • Multi-CAM 1000 11-Point AF Sensor
  • Native ISO 12800, Extended to ISO 25600
  • 5 fps Shooting at Full Resolution
  • Compatible with WU-1a Wireless Adapter
  • DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II Lens
  • External Microphone input
  • Please contact us via e-mail if you have additional questions:  AskBH@BandH.com

As a new comer to the photography field (yet competent with most terminology and technology), I have a faily small budget. I'm looking for a 'entry level' camera that can take great stills, yet perform well with film as well, perhaps like a 3:2 ratio. I am on eventually getting sound equipment and rigs. Having researched a fair amount I have come down to this 'group' of cameras. Just wondering what the best pic would be considering that Nikons have a lead in still images, yet Canons seem to have better autofocus, magic lantern compatability. Nikon has no optical loss pass filter and offer 1080/60 whilst Canon have 1080/30 max, yet Canons still seem to be the most common for video. Any pointers? Probable looking at around the D3300 price range. But if the 70D is that much better, which I heard its pretty damn good, it might be an option after more saving.

Hi Glenn -

Consider the Sony Alpha a58 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens Accessory Kit from B&H  which combines the compact a58 DSLR with a standard zoom, a 32GB memory card, and a spare rechargeable lithium-ion battery to get you started shooting. This is a terrific value and ideally suited for the beginner.  The video  and AFaspects of the camera are amazing!

The Sony Alpha a58 DSLR is a compact DSLR camera that blends high imaging performance with a host of intelligent and intuitive features to help achieve optimal results for both still and moving imagery. The a58 houses a 20.1 megapixel APS-C-sized Exmor HD APS CMOS sensor and BIONZ image processor, which work together to produce clear, detailed imagery with impressive low-light sensitivity to ISO 16000 and fast performance that enables up to 5 fps full-resolution continuous shooting. The processor and sensor combination are also significantly benefited by the unique Translucent Mirror Technology, which effectively directs light to both the image sensor and focus sensor simultaneously. This enables the 15-point AF system to work continuously even while recording video and photographing in a continuous shooting mode. In regard to video, full HD 1920 x 1080 video is supported at up to 60i or 24p, in the AVCHD version 2.0 format. The Internet-friendly MP4 format is also available when recording 1440 x 1080/30p movies for a more streamlined and efficient workflow.

 Please contact us via e-mail if you have additional questions:  AskBH@BandH.com

Hi just read your article...want to move from bridge to DSLR and so confused about which camera would be best as starter? Are the canon 700 or 1200 old hat now as there seem to be a few deals around. Budget is around £350ish! Many thanks

Hi Bryan -

The Nikon D3200 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm is a professional imaging machine in the truest sense. It captures stunning high-resolution JPEG and RAW still photos and HD 1080p video via its 24.2 MP DX-format CMOS sensor. Enjoy superior color and sharpness, make gorgeous adjustments and perform creative cropping without any loss in sharpness. The camera's EXPEED III image processor makes optimal use of the 24.2 MP sensor, producing fine tonal gradations and exceptional color fidelity. The large 3.0" (7.6 cm) 921K-dot LCD allows bright, clear framing, playback, menu navigation and Guide Mode settings.

The versatile included AF-S NIKKOR 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6G lens with Vibration Reduction (VR) for blur-free photos is ideal for wide-angle to medium telephoto shooting. The camera is compatible with an array of other NIKKOR lenses, as well. The D3200's quick, accurate 11-point autofocusing system with phase-detection AF within the camera finder works to ensure you never miss an opportunity to grab a great shot.

Please contact us via e-mail if you have additional questions:  AskBH@BandH.com

Does Nikon d5500s lcd screen wash out in sunshine?

The LCD screen on the camera is very vibrant and in most brightly lit conditions is easy to work with.  In direct sunlight any screen would be washed out but this camera's LCD has the advantage of being a vari-angle type, which will allow you to move the screen to different angles and positions if the sun does become an issue.  Further to that you can always opt to view through the viewfinder in those conditions and the sunlight will not be an issue when doing so. 

We are taken a trip to Alaska this year and are looking to get a DSLR for this trip.  We will be on a cruise ship for several days and then on a train for a couple of days in Denaili National Park as well so I am looking for something that I can take photos with from a distance as well as up close.  I am new to this style camera but have narrowed my choices down to the Canon EOS T5 and the Nikon D3300.  We currently have a Canon Power Shot which has been great for us but I want something a little better for this trip.   Any comments or suggestions woudl be greatly appreciated. 

The T5 and D3300 cameras are good options to go with.  Both are easy to learn on and use and deliver nice image quality.  Right now we currently have a nice bundle on the Canon Rebel T5 which includes 2 lenses, a standard one for your normal situations, and a telephoto zoom which is useful for your distant subjects.  See the link below for details:

http://bhpho.to/1oXWUp3

Thanks so much for the article!  It was very useful to me as my daughter has asked for an entry level DSLR for Christmas.  Your list narrows it down for me quite a bit!  

Hi just interested but which camera did you /she go for?

I bought a D5300 from B&H 17 months ago. I've averaged an honest 1,000 photos/week (more, actually). It hasn't missed a beat!

Though rated down to 32 degrees F., i've shot when temps are in the teens (windchill in the single digits) with no problems other than the autofocus is a bit slower. I've also shot when it's over 100 degrees with no problems. 99.9% outdoor photography...including banging the camera and kit 18-55mm lens repeatedly against steering wheels. Flawless.

The fully articulating screen (Hey B&H - that's a wee bit more than "tilting"!...and the _only_ Nikon DSLR, at any price, that has this screen) has come in handy too. Mind, I'm often looking over my shoulder at Canon's and my Pentax ME-Super has a place in my heart for 35mm film cameras...but...I'm insanely happy with my D5300 and envy the touch screen on the D5500. B&H _rocks_ too! :)

Nobody seems to talk about the size of each pixel, only number of pixels...The top models which are best in            low-light have 7.3-7.4 µ (Newton nano meters) the top models are usually 6µ, most of the APS-C Canons are 4.9 and the Nikon DX by 3.9. Of course the smaller cameras have smaller. Forget about Smart Phones. The question is, are you making large prints or using it all for internet and social media. Everything can produce a good or super sharp 5x7.

The APS-C/DX over 13x17 and the FF with 24-36-42 MPs larger.

I bought the K50 Pentax a couple of years ago.  I had a Pentax SLR back in the dark ages and after reading the manual found the setting to enable it to use all of the old lenses.  I am now able to go buy old lenses on E-Bay for the odd sizes that I want to use now and again for a fraction of the cost of the DSLR lens prices as well as re-use my old lenses.  Camera bodies are cheap (relatively), it's the lenses that cost all of the money.  It sure was nice to be able to re-use my old 800mm lens and my old 28mm lens.  Sure, it doesn't auto-focus with the old lenses, and you have to manually set the lens f stop when you install the lens (making older vari-focal lenses kind of tricky to use since they are also multi-f stop) but if you're on a budget, this is a great choice.

In the description of the K-50, the author makes a big deal about the fact that Pentax provides various exterior options ... then all they show is plain black!!

To make their point, they should show a blue camera (like the one I bought) for K-50 and a white-with-lime-bottom for the K-S2

Anonymous wrote:

I bought the K50 Pentax a couple of years ago.  I had a Pentax SLR back in the dark ages and after reading the manual found the setting to enable it to use all of the old lenses.  I am now able to go buy old lenses on E-Bay for the odd sizes that I want to use now and again for a fraction of the cost of the DSLR lens prices as well as re-use my old lenses.  Camera bodies are cheap (relatively), it's the lenses that cost all of the money.  It sure was nice to be able to re-use my old 800mm lens and my old 28mm lens.  Sure, it doesn't auto-focus with the old lenses, and you have to manually set the lens f stop when you install the lens (making older vari-focal lenses kind of tricky to use since they are also multi-f stop) but if you're on a budget, this is a great choice.

Wow I would have had the Nikon d7200 in there. Same money as the 70d. Voted by many as the best all round crop sensor camera out there. 

Darn good camera. Have one. But I wouldn't consider it a beginner camera.

Darn good camera. Have one. But I wouldn't consider it a beginner camera.

No but it's the same price as a 70d. I know what I'd get. Just sayn

Show older comments

Close

Close

Close