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9 Recommended Entry-Level DSLR Cameras

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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

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 T5, 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 video recording, a 3 fps shooting rate, and expanded sensitivity to ISO 12800. A 3.0" 460k-dot LCD monitor lets you review imagery and shoot in live view, and a Feature Guide mode helps newcomers learn the ins and outs of how to work with various shooting modes and functions. Next in line and a bit more stacked in the feature department, is the EOS Rebel T6, which uses the majority of the same imaging components of the T5, but with an improved DIGIC 4+ image processor for quicker performance. This model also sports a higher-resolution 3.0" 920k-dot LCD monitor and built-in Wi-Fi with NFC for sharing photos and movies wirelessly and controlling the camera remotely from a mobile device.

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

The EOS Rebel SL1 DSLR is distinct from the first two Rebels because it is 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 1.04m-dot resolution, and the LCD is also a touchscreen for intuitive menu navigation, as well as Touch AF focusing control.

Canon EOS Rebel SL1 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens

Moving up in Canon’s EOS lineup, there is a pair of DSLRs, the Rebel T6i and Rebel T6s, which differentiate themselves from the T5, T6, and 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" 1.04m-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.

Canon EOS Rebel T6i DSLR Camera
Canon EOS Rebel T6s DSLR Camera

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 D3400, 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 D3400’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 D3400 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens

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 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 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.

Nikon D5500 DSLR Camera

Sony

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 contrast-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

Pentax

A manufacturer known for thinking outside of the box, especially in regard to its variety of styling options and colored exteriors, Pentax has a duo of entry-level options, featuring a number of distinctions that separate themselves from the pack. The K-S2 is the current entry-level model, and with it comes a 20.1MP APS-C CMOS sensor and PRIME M II image processor that afford sensitivity to ISO 51200, 5.5 fps continuous shooting, and Full HD 1080p/30 video recording. 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 is especially unique to Pentax, however, is the inclusion of a user-controllable anti-aliasing filter effect; a feature echoed in the flagship K-1 and 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.

Pentax K-S2 DSLR Camera with 18-50mm Lens

Moving ahead, the more recently introduced K-70 improves on a number of features for more controlled image-making. This APS-C format DSLR ups the resolution to 24.2MP and also features the PRIME II image processor to avail a top sensitivity of ISO 204800, 1080p/30 video recording, and up to 6 fps shooting. 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 sharing imagery wirelessly and controlling the camera remotely from a linked smartphone or tablet.

Pentax K-70 DSLR Camera

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Hi.

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?

The Canon 1200D, also known as the Canon Rebel T5 on the US market, would not have a very high ISO range as compared to something like a Canon Rebel T7i, B&H # CAEDRT7I1855.  The ISO range on this camera is up to 51200 and that coupled with some lenses with an aperture of f/2.8 or larger would give you better low light performance.https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1318769-REG/canon_1894c002_eos_rebel_t7i_dslr.html

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? 

Hi Daniel,

A higher megapixel count is not always necessary unless you see yourself making very large prints in the future. That being said, a great camera for your needs would be the Nikon D3300, B&H # NID33001855B. It includes a basic 18-55mm zoom lens and would be within your budget. https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1023353-REG/nikon_1532_d3300_dslr_camera_with.html

HI!

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.

Thanks:)

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.

Hello Mark,

I am a bladesmith looking to start taking better photographs of my products for E- sales. Looking to find the best bang for my buck camera for still pictures in a light box setting. Can you help me out? Would even consider used if that were viable as welll.

Thanks

Hi Gabriel - 

Packing a high resolution 24.2-megapixel CMOS sensor and the DIGIC 6 Image Processor into a compact body is the EOS Rebel T6i DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens from Canon, 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.

You mayalso want to consider a ""macro lens:

The EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens from Canon is a telephoto prime lens and the first true macro lens of their EF-S series, made specifically for "APS-C" format Canon SLR cameras. It produces 1:1 magnification for extremely detailed close-up images and with a 35mm focal length equivalence of 96mm, it is also ideal for medium telephoto applications including portraiture. Its maximum aperture of f/2.8 is effective in low light and offers shallow depth of field control.

A 1:1 magnification macro short telephoto lens for APS-C type, EF-S compatible Canon SLR cameras. Its 35mm focal length equivalence is 96mm.

Ultrasonic ring-type autofocus motor (USM) provides fast, smooth and silent autofocus action.

Full-time manual focus override enables precise manual focus at any time, even in AF mode. This is particularly useful when shooting macro for final critical focus.

Internal focus system does not extend lens barrel during focus and a three-element floating optical system results in excellent delineation at all focal lengths.

A minimum focus distance of 7.8" (20cm).

A truly circular aperture diaphragm for natural highlights and pleasing out-of-focus background.

Accepts both MR-14EX Macro Ring Lite and MT-24EX Macro Twin Lite.

Super Spectra special lens coatings minimize reflections, ghosting and flare.

Hello Mark! So I'm about to star a photography course and don't know what camera would be the best option for me. I'd like to follow the fashion or architechture path haha. Which camera would you recommend?

Hi Guillermo - 

You might consider the Nikon D5600 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm and 70-300mm Lenses. It is an excellent kit for the beginner.  The D5600 has excellent low light capability and fantastic image quality,  It is fairly intuitive/user friendly for starting out, but is still something you could grow with as you progress in your photography. It is more than capable of capturing great portraits, architectural landscapes, and fashion.

Hi!

I'm a newbie in photography and looking to get a nicer camera. I primarily take pictures of nature/beach/birds so need a camera that can take great pictures at both high and very low levels of light, and quickly! Additionally, I will be traveling for a few weeks so would like it to not be too heavy and long battery power. 

I've had Nikon D3400, Canon EOS Rebel T6, and Sony Alpha 6000 recommended to me... And I'm so lost, help!

Hi Noemi - 

You might appreciate the lighter, more compact form factor of the  SONY Alpha a6000.  i ti sthe perfect camera for shooters on the go!

This is a terrific kit:

he black Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera is a versatile and advanced mirrorless camera featuring a 24.3MP APS-C-sized Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor and BIONZ X image processor to produce high-resolution still images and Full HD movies with marked low-light quality and sensitivity to ISO 25600. Beyond notable imaging traits, the image processor also lends itself to continuous shooting up to 11 fps and an intelligent Fast Hybrid AF system that uses both phase- and contrast-detection methods to quickly and accurately acquire focus.

For live view monitoring, image playback, and menu navigation, both a large rear monitor and detailed electronic viewfinder are available. The 3.0" 921k-dot Xtra Fine LCD screen features a tilting design to facilitate easier use from both high and low angles and also incorporates WhiteMagic technology for easier viewing in bright conditions. The 0.39" 1,440k-dot Tru-Finder OLED EVF offers 100% frame coverage and a refined optical design to provide a natural viewing perspective and magnification. The body design of the a6000 also houses a configurable user interface, built around several customizable buttons and two control dials, for efficient and intuitive access to frequently used camera settings. Additionally, a Multi Interface shoe is available for attaching external flashes, continuous lights, or microphones.

Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, with support for NFC-enabled devices, is also integrated into the a6000 to support remote camera control and image sharing to linked mobile devices. In addition to these base features, with firmware version 2.0 users will have access to the XAVC S format for Full HD 1080p video at 24, 30, and 60 fps. This format will dramatically improve video quality by allowing the camera to capture images at a high bit rate of 50 Mbps, which holds more information than AVCHD for fewer artifacts. Along with this, users will be required to use Class 10 or faster SDXC memory cards with a capacity of 64GB or greater.

Included with the camera body is a retractable E PZ 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Lens, which provides a 35mm-equivalent focal length range of 24-75mm. This range of perspectives is well-suited to everyday shooting and is further enhanced through the inclusion of Optical SteadyShot image stabilization for minimizing the appearance of camera shake. Power Zoom technology allows for electronic control over the zoom position and the inclusion of one extra-low dispersion element and four aspherical elements helps to reduce chromatic aberrations throughout the zoom range as well as contribute to high overall sharpness. Also, this kit includes the E 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 OSS Lens, which covers an 82.5-315mm equivalent focal length range. This lens, too, offers Optical SteadyShot image stabilization and features two extra-low dispersion elements and one aspherical element in its design to control aberrations and distortions.

Hi, I'm a relatively new filmmaker, and I have been stuck with my Canon Vixia HF R500 for way too long, and now that I've saved enough money I want a good camera.  The only thing is I don't know which one to buy.  I work on a low budget-no budget system, so I want something that is under $1,000, preferably under $700.  I usually dramatic movies, not so much action, but they have a fair amount of movement in them.  I'm not exactly searching for an run-and-gun type of camera, but one that will work nicely in dialogue and can autofocus nicely.  A lot of the cameras I've looked at have been decent but more leaning towards the still photography side rather than the video/filmmaking side.  What's the best one for my criteria?

Oh, and one with a shotgun mic mount would be ideal.

Hi Nathan - 

Your workflow and criteria point more towards a camcorder.  Consider:

The Panasonic HC-X920 3MOS Ultrafine Full HD Camcorder features three back-illuminated MOS sensors (3MOS) with an effective size of approximately 1/4" each and records Full HD 1080/60p video in the AVCHD format. The 12x Leica Dicomar zoom lens has a fast max aperture of f/1.5 and a 35mm equivalent of approximately 29.8-399.2mm, and the optical zoom is supplemented by an 25x Intelligent Zoom. Built-in Wi-Fi enables real time streaming and remote control via a smartphone or tablet. Other features include a 3.5" LCD touchscreen monitor, Five Axis Hybrid OIS, 5.1-channel surround sound, and iA Plus Mode.

The MS-66-K DSLR/Video Mini Shotgun Microphone Kit from Senal is a complete solution for recording audio directly to your DSLR or camcorder. With several qualities of a professional shotgun mic packed into a pen-sized lightweight design, it allows for clear dialog capture without compromising your compact setup or getting in the way of your shot.

Hello! I'm looking for an entry-level DSLR that would be good for capturing action (specifically action sports), often at night and with stadium lighting. I'd be using this for both still photos and videos. Any recommendations? Thanks!

I find the Nikon introductory DSLRs to be among the best currently on the market. The D5600 is an excellent intro DSLR, and would be a solid option for taking photos of sports. It has great low light performance and overall image quality. It would be good not only for sports photography, but also a solid option for video.

I need some help I am currently in the military and about to take a photography class I want a camera that will be good for landscape, some portraits, and a big thing I want to do is Astrophotography I was leaning towards a canon t6i but I was told by a few people to look at Nikon what would be a good choice for me under $900

thank you- Ryley

If you are looking for something from Nikon, you might checkout the Nikon D5600 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm and 70-300mm Lenses. That would be an excellent kit for starting out. The D5600 has excellent low light capability and fantastic image quality all around. It would be fairly intuitive/user friendly for starting out, but is still something you could grow with as you progress in your photography. It is more than capable of capturing great portraits, landscapes, and shots of the night sky.

Hi! I have always been extremely interested in photography since I was young and have several different types of Cameras, mostly staying within Nikon or Cannon for the company. However, I have never had a DSLR because it is intimidating for being the professional camera choice... I felt learning it would be hard. I am now taking the leap to get myself a DSLR camera and am looking for a good solid camera for entry level and that will last me a long time. My current camera is the mirrorless Nikon J1. Budget is a factor and will be looking for ones under $1000 with body and a lens.

I am looking to be able to use this camera for still and motion, portratis and landscape. (Overall anything I can take a picture of that catches my fancy).

What would be a good camera you would recommend?

Nikon makes some excellent introductory DSLRs. You might look at the Nikon D5600 DSLR Camera with 18-140mm Lens. It would be a great option for starting out. It would have solid image quality for both stills and video, while also being fairly user friendly.

Hi I'm new to photography and I'm looking for the right DSLR camera to buy. I'm looking to shoot landscapes, portraits, night shoots, and I'm looking to take a lot of pictures when I travel. I'm considering the Nikon D5600, and just wanted to know if that would be a camera to recommend for a beginner? And if not, what camera would you recommend?

The D5600 is a great camera and would be an excellent option for an introductory DSLR. It has good image quality and low light performance. It would be a solid option for landscapes, portraits, and travel.

HELP....I am going on a safari in Africa in June and need a "real" camera.

Think I have it nailed down to either the Canon EOS Rebel 6i or the Nikon D3400.

I believe I would like the collasable lense on the Nikon as I don't like bulky things.

However the touchscreen on the Canon sounds like a great feature for an older person with not the best memory any more!

Any guidance would be appreciated!  Susan   San Francisco

Both Canon and Nikon make excellent cameras, and it would be hard to go wrong with either the D3400 or T6i for an introductory DSLR. That being said, I would likely lean towards the D3400. While the touch screen of the T6i is definitely a great feature, I find the D3400 has the better overall image quality and low light performance. I also find the D3400 to be a bit more user friendly with a slightly more intuitive menu.

I'm looking for a DSLR camera that is the most indicated to make short movies. Actually I'm looking for a camera that will complement videos that I make with GoPro cameras. Which you recommend?

Hello,

I LOVE taking photos and my phone camera's quality is really not doing it for me, at first I was bent up on changing my phone but then when I really thought about it I decided to buy a camera instead...So basically I'm looking for a CHEAP camera that gives me clear good quality pictures (videos are far from priority). If anyone can help me please get back to me ASAP (before I end up spending all my money).

Thank you.

Hi Jena - 

If you are shooting on a budget, cosider a point-and-shoot camera.  The optical zoom ens is built-in and not removeable.  The quality  of the images can be quite impressive however:

The black Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350 Digital Camera is a compact zoom point-and-shoot that features an 18.2MP Exmor R CMOS sensor with a BIONZ X image processor for notable low-light performance, and a powerful 20x optical zoom lens with an additional 40x Clear Image Zoom. A 4.3-86mm f/3.5-6.5 lens, which has a 35mm equivalent focal length of 25-500mm, establishes the camera as having considerable wide-angle to telephoto image capturing abilities. To view your images and high-resolution full HD 1080/60p AVCHD videos, there is a 3" Clear Photo LCD 460k-dot monitor at the back.

Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization helps compensate for camera shake to provide clearer images, especially in low light and when using the longer focal lengths. Useful for sports photography, the WX350 features 10 frames per second continuous shooting at the full 18.2MP resolution ensuring sharp, clear images that are less likely to be missed.

To capture a wide area all in one photo, Intelligent Sweep Panorama utilizes motion compensation while shooting panoramas in order to reduce the blur created by moving figures in the foreground. Enhanced Superior Auto enables the camera to select optimal settings based on scene recognition and provides crisp, beautiful results even in low-light situations. For easy uploading after a long day of shooting, a built-in Wi-Fi allows you to instantly share what you have created with your family and friends.

Hi my nikon d3200 is starting to have some issues and needing to get a replacement I generally shot portraits but I enjoy all photography. I'm looking to upgrade without breaking the bank what are your suggestions? Thanks

You might look at the Nikon D7100. It would be an excellent option for an upgrade from the D3200. The D7100 has a much better build, it’s faster, and would have better image quality/low light performance. It would also be compatible with any of the lenses that you were using on your D3200.

looking to buy a first dslr camera for my 14 year old. I am looking to spend about $350. Shooting clear images and ease of use is first priority. Video is secondary. Size of camera isn't important but image viewer is.

Any guidance?

Hi Lisa - 

This is the only DSLR currently offered in your stated price range:

The red Nikon D3300 DSLR Camera is a compact and versatile camera featuring a DX-format 24.2 megapixel CMOS sensor and EXPEED 4 image processor. The sensor and processor combine to realize high-resolution imaging, notable low-light sensitivity to an expandable ISO 25600, continuous shooting to 5 fps, and Full HD 1080p video recording capabilities. Additionally, the sensor design omits the traditional optical low-pass filter in order to gain the utmost sharpness and resolution from both photos and videos. These imaging assets are complemented by an 11-point autofocus system, which provides quick and accurate focusing capabilities to suit working with a variety of subject types in nearly any lighting situation. A range of shooting modes and features are also available to help creatively accentuating your imagery, including an Easy Panorama mode as well as Picture Control settings for in-camera adjustment of the color and contrast qualities of your photos and movies.

I'm about to buy Nikon D3300 because I read on a review that it's better than the d3400. Is that true?

Hi Bernadette - 

These cameras are nearly identical, with the major image-producing components being the same.  Both cameras offer the same sensor, the same processor, the same ISO range and the same shutter speed.  Video quality also isn’t improved; it remains Full HD. If you want a relatively inexpensive, quality camera it's a coin toss with the NIKON D3400 gaining the edge due to a couple of valuable new features/improvements:

1. Integrated Bluetooth connectivity and compatibility with Nikon Snapbridge platform permits seamless transferring of imagery to a mobile device. BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) technology enables communication between the camera and a smart device, and allows for automatic 2MP image transfers as you shoot. SnapBridge requires a one-time setup, for up to five unique devices, and also works in conjunction with NIKON IMAGE SPACE for backing up files and sharing imagery.

2. Battery life is vastly improved in the D3400 providing nearly twice the number of shots per single charge than the D3400.

The D3400 has also been re-engineered to be be about 20% lighter, which can make a HUUUUUUGE (Sorry - just couldn't help myself) difference while sightseeing or hiking those trails all day.

Hello,

I'm new to digital cameras but have a baby and am looking for a good beginners camera. I'll be taking a lot of pictures of a moving toddler and pictures of us on our beach vacations. I know the lense matters too. I'm looking to spend $750 for the camera and an additional lens if necessary. I know it will take practice but would like any filtering capabilities and the ever so popular blurred background. Any input would help. Thanks!

You might look at the Nikon D5300 DSLR Camera Dual Lens Kit.  It would be a solid option for a first DSLR.  It would be an excellent option for images of a moving toddler, vacation photos , and also capable of great image quality.  The Camera and lenses in that kit would also be capable of achieving a shallow depth of field. 

Hello,

I'm a beginner photographer and I'm looking for my first DSLR camera. I would like to photograph anything from my children, landscapes, people and lifestyle to portraits and travel. I would like the camera to have the ability to take a fast series of shots in focus and without delay. I'm thinking "photojournalist" style since I am a journalist - just lacking the "photo" part for the moment. A smaller more discreet camera seems attractive to me so that I can carry it around with me at all times. So I was thinking of the EOS Rebel SL1 and the Pentax K-S2. I'm on a fairly tight budget as well so I'd appreciate any advice you can give me.

Many thanks,

Victoria

If you think you will be upgrading in the future to other cameras and lenses, I would likely go with the Canon SL1.  There are more lens and camera options from Canon, making it a better system to start out with if you foresee yourself moving to higher end cameras at some point in the future.  Otherwise, the K-S2 would be a solid option for what you are looking for in a camera.  It is slightly larger than the SL1, but it is weather sealed and is faster.

Hi, I am lookin to start photography. I like adventure, scenery pictures & videos as well as portrait! I just want the best all around begginer camera. One that I can grow with and add lenses. Please help :) 

Hi Melissa - 

Consider the Canon EOS Rebel SL1.  It's a convenient and comfortable compact size and offers an external microphone input. It is compatible with  anon's huge selection of EF lenses. 

I am trying to decide between the new Pentax K1 and the Canon EOS 6d ,which in your opinion would be the better investment ? Thank You.

please help which is better nikkon d5500 or d7100... i want a canera i can grow into i am a beginner

Hi Jackie -

     The  Nikon D7100 DSLR is the better deal currently and offers the benefit of a Weather-Resistant Magnesium Alloy Body, a  faster burst speed,  more advanced auto-focus, and a  low-power consumption OLED display.

Hello! I plan on purchasingy first camera. I have read so much on various cameras that I even more confused. HELP! I am a beginner but I want a good camera. The camera will be used for my kiddos sport events, outings, at the beach and just lots of family pictures. What is the beat camera? Is Pentax one worth considering?

Hi

I am new to the DSLR world; I am a little confused with all the entry level cameras in the market between Canon & Nikon. Could you please suggest which should I go for. Should I go for the D3400 ot the D5500 or 1300D or the 700D? or any other model you would suggest. I have a budget of $500~$550.

Thanks

Hi Rajib -

Of the cameras you have mentioned, I like the Nikon D5500  best.  It offers the best combination of features and technology for the price.

        Product Highlights

  • 24.2MP DX-Format CMOS Sensor
  • EXPEED 4 Image Processor
  • No Optical Low-Pass Filter
  • 3.2" 1,037k-Dot Vari-Angle Touchscreen
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 60 fps
  • Multi-CAM 4800DX 39-Point AF Sensor
  • ISO 100-25600
  • 5 fps Shooting at Full Resolution
  • Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity
  • DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II Lens
  • External microphone input

I'm  running to choose between the Canon T6 and the Nikon D 3400 for general photography use and which would be a good system to grow into. 

Between the two options, I would lean towards the Nikon D3400.  I find that it has the edge in terms of overall image quality and low light performance.  The D3400 is also a faster camera, with a better AF system for photography.

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