7 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 technology that blends intuitiveness and familiarity with the most current and up-to-date designs available in the world of camera design. 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 is one of the most versatile and expansive systems to begin with and, as such, offers a variety of gateway DSLRs to choose from. The current entry-level model is the EOS Rebel T6, which has a modest feature-set, but a wealth of imaging capabilities. It revolves around an 18MP APS-C CMOS sensor and DIGIC 4+ image processor, which afford Full HD 1080p/30 fps video recording, a 3 fps still shooting rate, and expanded sensitivity to ISO 12800. A 3.0” 920k-dot LCD monitor lets you review imagery and shoot in live view while built-in Wi-Fi with NFC is available for wirelessly sharing photos and movies and remotely controlling the camera from a mobile device.

Canon EOS Rebel T6 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens

Next in line, the EOS Rebel SL2 DSLR is distinct from the first Rebel due to the fact it is one of the smallest DSLRs available, from any manufacturer. Weighing slightly more than 14 oz and measuring just 4.8 x 3.6 x 2.7", this camera is an ideal option for photographers looking to have a camera with them at all times. Beyond its small size, it also features improved imaging specs, such as a 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor and DIGIC 7 image processor, which together combine to avail a top native sensitivity of ISO 51200, 5 fps continuous shooting rate, and Full HD 1080p/60 fps movie recording. A 9-point phase detection system incorporates a central cross point for added precision and, when working in live view or recording movies, the Dual Pixel CMOS AF system takes control and pairs both phase- and contrast-detection focusing methods for accuracy, speed, and focusing smoothness. Despite its small stature, the SL2 still features a large 3.0" touchscreen LCD with 1.04m-dot resolution, and built-in Wi-Fi with NFC and Bluetooth is also available.

Canon EOS Rebel SL2 DSLR Camera

At the peak of Canon’s EOS Rebel lineup is the Rebel T7i, which shares many imaging features with the SL2 but has an expanded feature-set and robust focusing system for a bit more control and customization when shooting. The same 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor and DIGIC 7 image processor are featured, along with a top ISO 51200, Full HD 1080p/60fps recording, and a slightly better 6 fps shooting rate compared to the SL2. The most notable difference in the T7i is the much expanded 45-point all cross-type phase-detection autofocus system, which is notably faster and more adept at tracking subjects due to its wider frame coverage. For video and live view shooting, Dual Pixel CMOS AF is featured again and offers especially smooth, quick, and accurate focus performance. Additionally, the T7i also has built-in Wi-Fi with NFC, Bluetooth, and a 3.0” 1.04m-dot vari-angle touchscreen LCD.

Canon EOS Rebel T7i DSLR Camera


Regarding 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 D3500, which is paired with the AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR 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, native sensitivity to ISO 25600, and Full HD 1080p/60 video recording. A unique feature among entry-level DSLRs is the D3500’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 to maximize the benefits of removing this commonly used filter. This stout set of features is backed by an 11-point autofocus system, a 3.0" 921k-dot LCD monitor, and SnapBridge Bluetooth connectivity for wirelessly transferring imagery from the camera to a linked smartphone or tablet. 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.

Nikon D3500 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens

For photographers looking for a richer feature set and more versatile control, Nikon’s D5600 is the next model in line, and offers a number of distinct advantages over the D3400. 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 fps video recording. From here, though, the D5600 adds a larger, higher-resolution 3.2" 1.04m-dot vari-angle touchscreen LCD screen, more expansive 39-point AF system with nine cross-type sensors, and built-in SnapBridge connectivity that uses Bluetooth and Wi-Fi with NFC. The basic image quality specifications are quite similar between the two models, but the added functionality of the D5600 allows users greater control when working with a variety of subject types, as well as more efficiency for sharing imagery.

Nikon D5600 DSLR Camera


While recently Sony has clearly been focusing much of its attention on the mirrorless market, the company is still committed to 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 full-time phase-detection AF during shooting, and being able to work with the viewfinder during movie recording.

Sony’s entry-level A-mount option is the Alpha a68, which features a rich set of forward-thinking technologies to benefit multimedia image-makers. Pairing a 24.2MP APS-C-sized Exmor CMOS sensor and BIONZ X image processor, this camera has a top sensitivity of ISO 25600, continuous shooting up to 8 fps, and 1080p/30 video recording at 50 Mbps in the XAVC S format. 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, and SteadyShot INSIDE image stabilization minimizes the appearance of camera shake with any mounted lens. As previously mentioned, the a68 incorporates a 1.44m-dot OLED electronic viewfinder in addition to a 2.7" 460.8-dot LCD screen, which features a tilting design to ease the ergonomic strain of photographing from high and low angles.

Sony Alpha a68 DSLR Camera


A manufacturer known for thinking outside of the box, Pentax’s entry-level option features a number of distinctions that separates it from the pack. The K-70 features a 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor and PRIME MII image processor, which afford an impressive top sensitivity of ISO 204800, 6 fps continuous shooting, and Full HD 1080p/30 fps movie recording. The K-70 also features the SAFOX X 11-point AF system with 9 cross-type points, a 3.0" 921k-dot vari-angle LCD monitor, and in-camera Shake Reduction image stabilization, which further contributes to the anti-aliasing filter simulator and Pixel Shift Resolution functions. This model is also characterized by its weather-resistant construction, to permit working in trying environments, along with built-in Wi-Fi for wirelessly sharing imagery and remotely controlling the camera from a linked smartphone or tablet.

Pentax K-70 DSLR Camera

Do you have any questions about these or other entry-level DSLR cameras? Let us know in the comments section below!




I'm from the last century and used a Canon AE-1 for years, developed own film, etc. Have done nothing camera-wise in more than 20 years. Enjoy lots of do-it-yourself activities. I don't own a smartphone or mobile phone, etc. and don't know about bluetooth, etc. Still use cassettes for audio music and VHS for movies - and repair them myself. I need a new camera since film and developing film are getting too obscure even for me. I need to come into the current age of DSLRs and have read a good bit on the topic.


I'm looking for a camera that let's me do most of the thinking and work. Desirable aspects:

* ability to push & see the buttons - for fatter fingers & older eyes

* not too hefty for carrying around

* don't need any video

* under $600 desirable


. . . and, of course, takes great pictures.


I'm not wedded to pictures and only take them for special times - holidays, special events, vacation, . . . - but want great looking picture for hard copy albums that children, grandchildren, friends and neighbors can enjoy.


I've researched numerous sites and cannot seem to find articles suited to my situation. Can you help?




Hi Chris- I think you'd be pleased with either the:

Nikon D3500 (https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1433064-REG/nikon_1590_d3500_dslr_camera_with.html


Canon EOS Rebel T6 (https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1238183-REG/canon_1159c003_eos_rebel_t6_dslr.html).


While neither are quite as manual as your AE-1, I think you'll notice the similarities after some time familiarizing yourself to a DSLR's design. Both cameras have all necessary controls as tactile button/dial options, both are of the most compact DSLRs you can find, and both are easily within your budget including a standard 18-55mm zoom lens. They both have video capabilities (nearly every camera does), but that won't get in the way of your picture-taking.

Let us know if you have any other questions. Thanks

Most DSLR cameras these days incorporate some sort of video function, so it’s a bit hard to get away from that, particularly in the $600+ range. A good starting point with excellent image quality, fast autofocus and great low light performance is the Canon Rebel T7i. We offer it as a kit with the EF-S 18-55mm STM lens.


Hi mate,

Great article but now I’m torn. I’m looking for an entry level DSLR camera for my teenage daughter. she has her heart set on PENTAX. We have a Pentax PZ10 with its phenomenal lense. Can we buy a Pentax dslr k mount camera and keep using the lense we have. What about the K1? Or are they not compatible? Suggestion?


Hi Anna,

You can certainly use any of your current Pentax K mount lenses with the Pentax K1 II (the most current model), which will maintain the proper focal length due to the full frame sensor of that camera. 

Hi Dear,

This is excellent article. Now I am confused between Sony Alpha ILCE-6000Y, Sony Alpha A6300L and Nikon D5600.

Can you please help me out selecting one from these according to my requirement.

1. Need Excellent Picture Quality. (80% Usage)

2. Need Good -> Very Good Video (20% Usage) 

3. Need dismantlable battery (If possible to keep the spare)

4. Looking to keep the Camera for next 5 years.

5. Mostly Travel Photos and Kids activity Pic

6. Do I need Add-on Lens with above 3?


Hi Braja,

All three of those models you mentioned would offer excellent image quality. However, I would lean more towards the A6300 since it offers more points of autofocus, a higher ISO range, and it shares the same continuous shooting rate of 11 FPS with the A6000.  The most practical configuration for your needs would be the Sony Alpha a6300 Digital camera with E 18-135mm Lens and Accessories Kit B&H # SOA6300KBAK. https://bhpho.to/2EbxbNt

Hi, I am looking in purchasing my first DSLR.  I am so lost in which camera to get. I love to take pictures when I travel. I mostly take pictures of the scenery and architecture and of course the family. I want a camera that takes great pictures at night too.  I want a camera that is not too complicated to use. Thank you!

Hi B&H Staff. Congrats for your web store and your attention. I like to introduce on photography with a DSLR camera. I have a project recording soundscapes and want to have a picture documentary of it. Taking photos and video as well. And further, i want to try some astrophotography. Which one would you suggest? 


Depending on your budget, the two cameras I would recommend for your usage needs would be either the Canon EOS 80D DSLR Camera with 18-135mm Lens, B&H # CAE80D18135, or the Canon EOS Rebel T7i DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens, B&H # CAEDRT7I1855, for your usage needs, listed in the order of recommendation. Overall, the Canon EOS 80D DSLR camera would have slightly better image quality and autofocus performance, and it has both a microphone jack and a headphone jack for adding a microphone to the camera and monitoring audio during video recording using headphones. The Canon EOS T7i DSLR camera has a microphone jack, but no headphone jack.  However, both cameras have built-in stereo microphones, and both cameras record 1080p Full HD video at up to 60 fps. Both cameras would work well for your planned usage needs for still photography, astrophotography, and video recording usage needs.

I’d like to buy my first DSLR. My teenage daughter is starting her singing career. I would, therefor, need the camera to take photos as well as videos when she is on stage. If there is a white screen behind her with photos or videos displayed, the video recording should not flicker. Sound should also be good. Which one of the above cameras would you recommend?

Of the cameras listed above, I would recommend the Nikon D5600 DSLR camera for your usage needs, followed by the Canon EOS Digital Rebel T7i DSLR camera.  Technically, all of the cameras should work for your intended usage needs, but the two options listed above should provide the best image quality and offer the most lens options.  The one issue would be concerning recording a screen as you describe in your inquiry.  There is no camera that is designed not to encounter flicker when recording a screen or a monitor.  Whether a recording of a projected or illuminated video flickers depends on the refresh rate of the screen, monitor, or projector that is being used.  Different devices have different refresh rates, as many television monitors in the United States have a refresh rate of 60Hz, while some international countries use 50Hz as their refresh rate, and LCD monitors may have varying refresh rates from 60Hz to 85Hz or faster, depending on the application.  To eliminate flicker, you would have to know the refresh rate of the screen/monitor being recorded, and to use a frame rate that is a multiple of the screen's refresh rate.  As the cameras listed above have the option to record 1080p video at 60 fps, this would be a good starting point for usage in the United States, but as stated, it will depend on the specific frame rate used by the venue displaying the video.  You may have to experiment with different frame rate settings on your camera to see which causes the least amount of flicker.  It is not guaranteed it will be eliminated unless you have a frame rate that is divisible by the screen's refresh rate, but these would be the options I would recommend.

To Change the ISO solve this problem.

I’d like to buy my first DSLR. I’ll be using it to take travel photos of landscape/architecture in Europe, as well as pictures of my young boys (with a nifty fifty prime lens). I may also use it to take videos, but photography is my primary objective. I finally have it narrowed down to three cameras, the Canon Rebel T6i, Nikon D5600, or Sony mirrorless A6000. Which one would you recommend and why?

Of the cameras you list above, the only two that are DSLR cameras are the Canon EOS Digital Rebel T6i DSLR camera and the Nikon D5600 DSLR camera.  The Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera is not a DSLR camera (DSLR standing for "Digital Single-Lens Reflex," indicating the camera has a reflexing mirror inside the camera so the viewfinder sees what is seen by the lens; the Sony a6000 has no reflexing mirror, hence, it is a "Mirrorless" digital camera).  

Between the Canon EOS Ti and the Nikon D5600, I personally would choose the Nikon D5600.  While the Canon T6i DSLR camera is slightly faster than the Nikon D5600, has more cross-type focus points (though the D5600 has more overall focus points), and has better autofocus during video recording.  However, the Nikon D5600 has much better image quality with more color depth (capturing more colors), a wider dynamic range and better low-light performance with less noise.  It has more autofocus points (39, 9 of which are cross-type; the T6i has 19 AF points, but all 19 are cross-type), has better battery life, and while both cameras have Wi-Fi for transferring images wirelessly to smartphones/tablets, Nikon's D5600 has built-in Bluetooth for always-on connectivity, meaning once you first correctly set up the wireless feature following the directions in the instruction manual, anytime you are within range, the camera may connect to your phone.  With the Canon camera, each time you wish to transfer images, you must again sync your camera to your phone/tablet.

If you do not mind a mirrorless camera, then  the image quality between the Nikon D5600 DSLR camera and the Sony a6000 are more closely matched, having similar dynamic range, color depth, and low-light performance.  The Nikon D5600 does have a tilt/swivel LCD touchscreen, better battery life, built-in Bluetooth, an external microphone jack, and a larger native lens selection.  The Sony a6000 is more than twice as fast as the D5600, shooting a burst speed of 11 frames per second compared to 5 frames per second with the Nikon D5600, and you may shoot in-camera panoramic images without needing to stitch the images together during post-production editing.  It also has more electronic viewfinder magnification, has better video autofocus due to on-sensor phase detect AF and focus peaking capabilities, and is both smaller and lighter compared to the Nikon D5600.

If you are looking for a DSLR camera, while the Caon T6i is a nice camera, unless you will mainly be using the camera for video and need better focus performance, the Nikon D5600 would be my recommendation.  Between the Nikon D5600 and the Sony a6000, it is a tougher choice.  It would come down to personal preference.  The Sony would be better for video and is faster, while the Nikon camera lasts longer.  As I own a DSLR camera and I would like a lighter camera, the Sony camera would be my recommendation, but for still photography usage, both cameras are great options.  Depending on your shooting needs/style, and whether you will be using this for video should help you decide which camera may be best for your planned usage.

Hello! I'm looking to replace my old Canon VIXIA HV40 with a DSLR. Mostly, I use a camera for nature shots, but also for horse races. (The HV40 was great at the races!) I've looked at the Nikon 7500 but its awfully big in my hands & would like to spend closer to $1,000 or under. Thanks for any suggestions!

Hello.. I am interested in photography and i am thinking of buying entry level DSLR. I prefer longer battery life with high image quality. My budget is $500 - $550. I am looking at d3400, d5300, d5500 & rebel sl2 . Which one would be better? Thank you for your help.

Hi Santosh,

All of the cameras you mentioned are great for beginners, but only the Nikon D3400 and the Canon Rebel SL2 are current, while the others are discontinued. What is best between those two cameras depends on which features are most important. For example, the D3400 offers more points of autofocus in the viewfinder and no optical low pass filter for added contrast, better color and more sharpness in your images. On the other hand, the SL2 offers a higher ISO range and video oriented features such as a microphone input over the D3400.  

I am looking for a camera to shoot quilts and other sewn items with.  For the most part, I will be in daylight, and I need to be able to shoot close up (enough to show stitches that are as short as 1mm) all the way to full quilts hanging on a wall, which could mean standing up to 10' away depending on the size of the quilt.  I will also be shooting the quilts outdoors on occasion, and also plan on using the camera for general (ie road trips and family) usage.  I've been looking at the Canon EOS Rebel T6, but am unsure what I need to get with it as far as filters and extra lenses go for the type of pictures I plan on taking the most of.  Can you advise me please?

The Canon EOS Digital Rebel T6 DSLR Camera would work for your usage needs.  If you are looking for a close-up macro lens for photographing the stitches on your quilts, I would recommend the Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens, B&H # CA6028MEF, for your usage needs.  For wide angle images taken outdoors, while you may use the kit lens typically included with the T6 DSLR camera, if you are looking for better image quality, the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art Lens for Canon, B&H # SI183518DCC, would be my recommendation.  For a wider lens that would be both sharper and brighter, I would recommend the Tokina 12-28mm f/4.0 AT-X Pro APS-C Lens for Canon, B&H # TO12284DXC, for your usage needs.





Hi, I'll be buying a camera from you as a late Christmas gift... I planned to buy the Nikon d5600 but have been hearing and reading many bad reviews about the snapbridge app.

Can you please give any advice on your experiences? and advise if there is a worthy replacement option, better camera?

I'll be taking pics when traveling (Europe and So America this year), actvice and sporting events, family and friends, indoor and outdoor. 

Personally, the Nikon D5600 DSLR camera is one of my favorite entry-level DSLR cameras to recommend and one of the ones I recommend most often due to its awesome image quality and performance in its class.  I will say many people have had complaints about the Nikon Snapbridge app, but from the complaints I have received, most of them have been because they did not follow the instructions from Nikon when it comes to setup and connecting the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.  Nikon has specific setup instructions and if followed, it works very well.  Also, as the D5600 has Bluetooth, once it is set up, connecting to your phone in the future is simple.  Unfortunately, many people are used to going to their smartphone/tablet's settings first, and if set up incorrectly, it will not work properly until you re-do the setup correctly.  If you are looking for an alternative, the Canon Camera Connect app that is used with their Canon EOS Digital Rebel T7i DSLR camera. I personally prefer the Nikon D5600 over the Canon T7i, but if Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity is your main concern, the Canon T7i would be a similar camera that would have an easier setup.


Canon EOS Digital Rebel T7i DSLR Camera with 18-55mm lens, B&H# CAEDRT7I1855.


I would like to get a camera to take pictures and videos with sound in low light, and also to post it on the internet. Can you please guide me to a not to expensive camera. Thank you very much

If you are looking for a camera that can capture both photos and videos in low lighting, the cameras listed below would be my recommendation for your usage needs, listed in order based on low-light performance:


Nikon D7500 DSLR Camera with 18-140mm Lens, B&H # NID7500K (https://bhpho.to/2j0YIYt)

Sony Alpha a6300 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Lens, B&H # SOA6300BK (https://bhpho.to/2BxAg6h)

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II Digital Camera, B&H # CAPSG7X2B (https://bhpho.to/2bg1Muc)

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 Digital Camera (Black), B&H # SODSCRX100B (https://bhpho.to/2E7PhvL)

I'm pretty certain the Sony A-68 will run circles around most entry level DSLR/SLT cameras.  I've used Sony DSLR/SLT cameras for 10 years now and the A-68 for a year and a half shooting mostly wildlife and family photos.  In addition to what's mentioned above, the A-68 includes the same focusing module found on the much pricier Sony A-77II, a built in focus limiter for any mounted lens and image stabilization for any mounted lens.  The camera is an incredible bargain.


I am very passionate about photography and I do use my phone to take a few when I travel. I am planning to buy a DSLR for the first time as my wedding which is around the corner. Later, I would like to use this camera for my travel/shoot/whatever. What's your suggestion? My budget is in between 500-1000 USD. Thanks in advance!

I personally like the Nikon D5600 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm LensB&H # NID56001855, as as good DSLR camera for both travel photography and as a beginning DSLR camera.  It is a small camera that will work well when traveling, and it has full controls and ease-of-use for your upcoming wedding and for use to learn more about photography in the future.  For more flexibility, the Nikon D5600 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm and 70-300mm LensesB&H # NID56002LK, would be the same camera, but packaged as a two-lens kit for more framing options.  Due to the age of this article and the time of your (and my) reply, the camera was not mentioned above, but it is the upgraded version of the Nikon D5500 DSLR camera that was mentioned.  While all of the cameras may be used for your planned usage, I feel the Nikon D5600 DSLR camera would have the best overall image quality.  For travel purposes, I do recommend purchasing extra batteries and memory cards to ensure you have enough storage and power to last during your travels and for the duration of your wedding.  By the way, congratulations from B&H Photo on your upcoming nuptials!

Great article mate! I am a novice photographer and looking to take it as a hobby in my spare time. I currently have a Samsung NX3000 and looking to upgrade to a DSLR. I'm looking for a camera to take on holidays, footbal games and walks in the park. I need it to be durable and have wifi capability for easy transfers of photo to my phone and also reasonably priced. Leaning towards the Nikon D3400 but would like your professional input. 

Hi Razell,

While the Nikon D3400 does offer wireless image transfer using the SnapBridge app, it is only through Bluetooth, as the Wi-Fi connectivity is only with Eye-Fi cards.  If you need Wi-Fi as an alternative method of connection, you might want to look into the Nikon D5600 instead, Nikon D5600 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens B&H # NID56001855, which works on the same app and offers a better AF system.



Thank you for a great article! I am looking to buy my first dslr, and had been tossing around Nikon and Canon, now, I am wondering if Pentax k70 isn't the camera I should get. I mostly take outdoors, landscape, wildlife, and family pictures. From what you have here in this article, the weather resistant Pentax seems like the best option, but what is the battery life like? If I am trail riding, or hiking, I don't want to be taking ten thousand batteries with me. Is it user friendly for a beginner? What options are available for lenses? Pentax seems to be lacking in the accessories department. Is there another weather resistant entry level dslr out there? 

Hi Rebekah,

Thanks for taking the time to read the article. The Pentax K70 is a certainly a great choice in a DSLR due to its weather resistant design, its high ISO range, built in stabilization and high resolution. As per Pentax, a full charged D-Li109 battery would allow you to shoot up to 480 images and about 270 minutes of video.  Since you will be hiking with the camera, the Pentax DA 18-135mm lens included along with the K-70, B&H # PEK7018135B would be a good all around option.  As for another weather resistant DSLR in another brand, the Canon EOS 80D DSLR Camera with 18-135mm Lens B&H # CAE80D18135. It would have less resolution, but it would offer more points of autofocus to work with.  https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1225877-REG/canon_1263c006_eos_80d_dslr_camera.html

Hi All,

I am currently looking into purchasing either a bridge or DSLR Camera but as most inexperienced photographers i have no idea which camera is best suited to my needs, i will only be using the camera for my travels shooting scenery, beaches and portraits etc. so ideally the camera would have to be easy to carry around without many lenses to change or any at all, with the simplest settings but would get the best clear pictures. Price wise looking under $500


Any recommendations?


Hi There,


Stumbled across this article while doing research for a project.

We are going to shoot a new TV series in central America and I was researching this information not for our cameras, (which we already have) but for the new lady that would be handling the all important job of documenting the "Making Of" of our shoot. Her primary job will to follow the crew and do "BTS" as well as Social media updates and small website updates along the path.

I myself am a former professional Photographer but I have been out of the game awhile. My last camera was the Nikon D4S, And while I remember this to be an amazing camera, I also remember the amazing price-tag. She is going into this with a basic level of experience to gain some background in working in the movie industry.

I know for our requirements she needs the following:

1. Camera (or video camera) needs to be affordable

2. Have good battery life and easy to obtain duplicates

3. If it is a DSLR not me huge, possibly have WIFI and minimal lens, I am thinking probably one basic zoom and a prime 50mm should get her by

4. Be somewhat portable

5. Be able to take on quality external sound (either from a Wired LAV, or a mounted shotgun, or ideally both via a splitter?)


Any thoughts, I did look at some of the smaller canon XA models, but they do not take the best photos and are upwards of 1k, which is more then she will probably want/need to spend for a BTS camera.

I am honestly leaning towards a slightly used Canon SL1 as it seems to have the video capability (she only needs 720P -1080P) and looks like it might be lightweight.


Thanks in Advance



Hi Jayunch - 

The SL1 is a fine choice, especially for those shooters with smaller hands.  Why not consider the brand new Canon EOS Rebel SL2?

With a compact and lightweight body, the black Canon EOS Rebel SL2 DSLR Camera provides users with a fully-featured system that won't weigh them down. Packed into the tiny body is a capable 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor and a DIGIC 7 Image Processor, both of which work together to create sharp, vivid images at native sensitivities up to ISO 25600 and extended sensitivities up to ISO 51200. Video shooting has received a boost with Full HD 1080p recording possible at up to 60 fps. The SL2 also manages some significant body upgrades, with the main addition being a 3.0" vari-angle touchscreen LCD for intuitive operation and the ability to work at odd angles with relative ease.

Body Design and Other Features:
  • Large 3.0" 1.04m-dot touchscreen LCD provides an intuitive method for controlling focusing points, navigating menus, and reviewing imagery. This screen also features a vari-angle design to better enable working from high and low angles.
  • Optical pentamirror viewfinder serves a clear means for eye-level shooting.
  • Built-in Wi-Fi with NFC allows for easy wireless sharing of both photos and movies to a linked mobile device.
  • Bluetooth permits linking a smartphone or tablet for quick image sharing between devices as well as remote control capabilities.
  • Included LP-E17 rechargeable lithium-ion battery provides approximately 820 shots per charge.
  • A Feature Assistant user interface is available to highlight and guide use of specific camera modes and features.


I am looking at studying photography and am struggling to choose the best camera for my course. I have used and loved canon in the past. What would you recommend for this purpose? 



Hi Emily - 

This exciting, new HDSLR from Canon would be a great camera camera for the beginner and intermediate photographer:

With a compact and lightweight body, the black Canon EOS Rebel SL2 DSLR Camera provides users with a fully-featured system that won't weigh them down. Packed into the tiny body is a capable 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor and a DIGIC 7 Image Processor, both of which work together to create sharp, vivid images at native sensitivities up to ISO 25600 and extended sensitivities up to ISO 51200. Video shooting has received a boost with Full HD 1080p recording possible at up to 60 fps. The SL2 also manages some significant body upgrades, with the main addition being a 3.0" vari-angle touchscreen LCD for intuitive operation and the ability to work at odd angles with relative ease.

As a DSLR, the SL2 obviously retains the optical viewfinder for fast, natural composition of your images and it can shoot continuously at speeds up to 5 fps. This setup also features a 9-point AF system for capturing tack sharp images. If you are working in Live View or shooting video, the SL2 does offer Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology, providing fast, accurate focusing in these modes and with intuitive control via the touchscreen. Additionally, the SL2 has a microphone input for higher quality audio recording during movie shooting.

I've been looking into getting back into photography. I used to use a family member's older canon rebel something or other model in high school for my projects. Now I'm wanting to branch out a bit further. What do you recommend for travel and also low light shots? 

Hi there:)

I am a fashion student and I lately I have been into photography I want to buy my own camera (I have been using my father´s semi-pro sony). I want a camara that I can use for a long time and that I can buy many lenses for (so that the photo posibilities grow as my abilities do), It will be used for school projects, my portfolio and other semi.professional projects. For now I think the Canon T6i would be the better option, do you have any recomendations?

Hi Nana - 

Hard to argue with a preference for the Canon EOS T6i.  You might want to also consider the Canon EOS SL1.  Many female photographers find its compact, ergonomic form factor more comfortable to grip,especially during extended shooting sessions.


I have been using a point and shoot camera to keep up with school and university (low vision) for 7 years (canon isux dunno the model), and pucked up the hobby.  I have used a friend's canon 1200d on occations lately.

I am now looking for a replacement for my now deseased point and shoot and i thought it is a good time for an upgrade.

I was pointed to the canon 1200d and the nikon D3xxx series. (I presume with 18-55mm and 55-300mm lenses)

i found the 1200d a really good camera but lackluster in dark scenes. (i have no other reference point to compare it to)

can anyone give me a hand?

Hi! I am looking to buy an inexpensive (< $500) DSLR camera kit.

My primary purpose for the camera would be to take portraits and film of my young kids (baby on the way soon!) and family members. (I am assuming something with a high megapixel count is necessary for this?) Additionally, a secondary objective would be to take photos of scenery, nature etc when we go on family trips. Can you recommend a beginner camera for us? 


I am looking for a camera to take on vactions and also use taking pics of ballet dancers and kids in sports. I have a VERY old Sony. I would still consider myself a beginner and need user friendly.



Hi Kathy - 

Consider this bundle:

Combining a pair of zooms with a versatile DSLR, the EOS Rebel SL1 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm and 75-300mm Lenses Bundle from Canon includes the sleek camera, two lenses covering wide-angle to telephoto perspectives, and a padded gadget bag for holding all of the kit components.

The EOS Rebel SL1 features an 18MP APS-C-sized CMOS sensor and DIGIC 5 image processor to produce high-resolution still imagery and full HD 1080p recording up to 30 fps. The processor also affords a wealth of performance and speed-related assets, including 4 fps continuous shooting and a sensitivity range of ISO 100-12800, which is further expandable to ISO 25600. A 9-point AF system, which includes a high-precision center cross-type point, ensures fast and accurate focusing or, when working in live view, Hybrid CMOS AF II combines both phase- and contrast-detection focusing methods to assist in continuous focusing and subject tracking. One of the SL1's most notable features is its highly compact size and light weight, measuring just 4.6" wide and weighing only 14.4 oz with battery and memory card installed. Incorporated within the small body, however, is a large 3.0" 1.04m-dot Clear View II touchscreen LCD monitor, which enables an intuitive touch-based means for focus and exposure control as well as playback and menu navigation.

Included with the body is the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens, which provides a 35mm-equivalent focal length range of 28.8-88mm, covering wide-angle to portrait-length perspectives. An Optical Image Stabilizer system helps to minimize the appearance of camera shake by up to four shutter speed steps and the STM stepping AF motor delivers smooth and near-silent focusing performance. One aspherical element is integrated into the optical design to minimize chromatic aberrations and optimized lens coatings help to reduce lens flare and ghosting while maintaining high image contrast and color neutrality. Extending the combined zoom range even further, the EF 75-300 f/4-5.6 III lens is also included, which offers an equivalent focal length range of 120-480mm. Well-suited to use with distant subjects, this lens utilizes a DC autofocus motor to acquire precise focus while the telephoto perspective is especially useful for visually compressing the space between subjects and producing a shallow depth of field.

How do you all do? My age is 37 years old, and I still do love Photography all my life! First, I still do film photography from now on, and all the time indeed! Now, I still do digital photography in where I receive a new digital camera called the Olympus E-420 then I made a trade for a brand new digital camera called the Canon EOS Rebel T5 Kit. I still do Love Canon, and from now on, indeed!

hello, i am a 14 year old that is really into photography, i use cameras in yearbook or my friends but i want one myself , i am looking into photographing like the beach my friends Big cities like LA. I have a little nikon camera but i want a professional type of camera. Getting used to the camera wont be very hard for me. Can someone please help with a recommendation

Hi Nicole:


The black EOS Rebel SL1 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens from Canon is a lightweight APS-C format digital SLR camera with an 18MP CMOS sensor and the DIGIC 5 image processor. It is combined with the 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 lens for an effective range of wide-angle to standard focal length shooting options.  The Rebel SL1 is a particularly compact and lightweight DSLR, weighing approximately 13 oz.

The EOS SL1 provides sharp details, accurate colors and low-noise imaging in compact form factor with easy to use interface. A 9-point autofocus system provides fast focusing when shooting with the viewfinder and Hybrid CMOS AF II increases autofocus speed and accuracy when shooting in Live View. The Rebel SL1 can continuously shoot up to 4 fps and its wide ISO range of 100-12800 (expandable to 25600) allows for confident shooting in bright and low light situations.

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