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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'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.

Stuck between Nikon d3300 and the d3400 which one should I get ... 

Though they are similar in performance, D3400 offers definitely a better dynamic range, which would enhance your landscape photos, besides, it offers a slightly better color depth and of course is newer model, so if money is not an issue, I would pick D3400 for sure.

As Seth mentioned, the D3400 has a slight edge in terms of image quality.  The battery life of the D3400 will also be better, it has built-in Bluetooth for SnapBridge, and weighs slightly less.  Though, the D3300 has a slightly more powerful built-in flash, built in mic jack, and a self cleaning sensor function.  It’s a difficult decision, though I might lean towards the D3400.

Hello, I've been reading so much recently and the more i read the more i'm lost.

Please Help Me, I'm Looking For My First DSLR and all i have Is Up to 500 Euros, My Main Goal Is To be able to shoot cars passing by in the street and shoot street lamps in the night ( Urban Photography ) So ISO is so important and the focus is so importnant but image quality in these conditions is the main goal, i'm really going towards professional photography and i don't want to regret my option.

Thank You.

There aren’t an overly large amount of options in that price range.  Though, you could look at the Canon EOS Rebel SL1 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm and 75-300mm Lenses Bundle.  It would be a decent kit to start with.  Canon makes some of the better DSLR cameras on the market, and the SL1 would be a solid option for an introductory DSLR.  It would have good image quality both in bright and dim light, as well as a good autofocus system. 

Hello, i am looking for my first dslr... Trying to decide beetwen Canon 70d\80d and nikon d7200. Which is better for photo?!

Between the Canon 80D/70D and the D7200, I would lean towards the D7200, especially if you are looking to shoot photos.  I find that the D7200 has the edge when it comes to overall image quality and low light performance. 

Hello, I am looking for a DSLR. I would call myself a beginner-plus. I am really confused between Canon T5i, T6 & Nikon D5300, please advise how to start. 

Hi Vikrant-

To start, you want to make the decision whether to go Nikon or Canon when comparing those options. There's not really a wrong choice between the two, both will provide you with excellent image quality and a huge system of lenses to grow into. It's hard to recommend one brand over the other, so if possible you should try to handle both and see which one fits you better, and also weigh which specific features are most important to you. Also spend some time looking at the lenses that are available for both, and see if there are any lenses you are interested in that one brand has that the other might not.

In regard to the models you pointed out: the T5i and T6 are similar, but the T5i is a little bit faster with a 5 fps shooting rate (versus 3 fps with the T6) and has an extra stop of sensitivity, with the top ISO 25600 versus the T6's ISO 12800. The T5i also has Hybrid CMOS AF for improved autofocus while shooting video or working in live view. The D5300, on the other hand, has a higher resolution 24.2MP sensor versus the Canons' 18MP sensor. The Nikon also has a larger 3.2" LCD screen, a 39-point AF system (versus the Canons' 9-point), and can record Full HD 1080p video at 60 fps versus the Canons' that record up to 30 fps.

Love the Sony RX100, buy the orginal used and save your self a bundle.
I bought mine for all the same reasons.
Good Luck

Hi, I have two great DSLRs, and am a photo enthusiast.  I am now looking for a pocket camera for those times when I'm not carrying my bigger SLR.  Picture quality is important.  Ability to shoot in raw is important.  Fast shutter speed and aperature is also important (aka aperature at least 2.8, and ability to shoot continuous).  I'd like some zoom capability - at least 3x, not a fixed focal point, and preferrably more like 5 to 10x.  And some control capability - I don't shoot in Auto or Program.   And portability is important - I would really like to be able to slip it into a pocket.  So is that the impossible creature?   A few models that keep showing up in my search include Sony RX100, Canon S120, Canon G5X, and a few others.  Any tips?

Hi Michele-

Those few models that you named would be right along the same line of suggestions I would have for you: the Sony RX100 V; Canon PowerShot G5 X or G7 X Mark II; or Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100, LX10, or LX100 would all be fine choices for your needs.

Which is a beast entry level Nikon that can use old lenses that has a motor?? Small, light, cheap? I inherited an old d50 with a couple lenses. Would like to not spend too much.

Hi Derrick-

At the moment, the most affordable Nikon DSLR with a built-in focusing motor is the D7100. If you have lenses that are not AF-S type, and require the camera to have a focusing motor, you need to look in the D7xxx or higher range in order to have autofocus compatibility. The lenses will still fit on D3xxx and D5xxx bodies, but you will have to manually focus the lens.

If the lenses you've inherited are compatible with the D50, however, they will still work just fine on Nikon's current entry-level D3400 and D5500 DSLRs, as the D50 also does not have a built-in AF motor either.

Hi,

I never captured anything in my mobile and camera, I am total new. I thinking to start exploring the world with my eyes so my frd suggest me that why don't I start photography. I thinking to buy a good camera which can help me to learn and can suite my very low budget like $300. I cant aford to buy camera again so need sugestion for the best which can capture a profestional image. 
As I total blank and new, please advise how to start.    :) 
Thanks for support. 

Hi Bhanu -

      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.

As a beginner to event photography I'm interested in purchasing my first dslr. With event photography (and potential video) I'm interested in one that is good at low light and has potentially good video capabilities). It's very hard to differentiate between canon and Nikon at these entry levels. should I just purchase the camera with kit lens or aim for the body only and purchase a prime AND zoom lens. My budget is $800 to $1000 but that is camera body and both lense.

While most features and image quality will be comparable between the entry level Canon and Nikon offerings, Canon will have the advantage in terms of video. Their Hybrid CMOS Auto Focus System in combination with their STM lenses serve to provide smooth, quick and nearly silent autofocus during video. This will be a noticeably better than attempting AF during video with a Nikon body. The Canon EOS Rebel T5i DSLR Camera with 18-135mm Lens along with the Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Lens would be within your budget and provide a very versatile range. The 24mm would also be ideal for lower light shooting in both video and stills.

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 Anita -

     Featuring a far-reaching 65x optical zoom lens, equivalent to 21-1,365mm in the 35mm format, the PowerShot SX60 HS Digital Camera from Canon will provide users with a compact, yet extremely versatile unit for capturing highly detailed images. Additionally, this camera is capable of Full HD 1080p video recording at 60 fps and has an external microphone input for higher quality audio. The SX60 also combines a 16.1-megapixel High Sensitivity CMOS sensor and the DIGIC 6 image processor to create the Canon HS SYSTEM, allowing for accurate colors and fine detail to be captured in low-light conditions.

The SX60 offers two methods for composing images and video, either through the bright 3.0" vari-angle LCD display or an electronic viewfinder. Each features a 922k-dot resolution and works with the Zoom Framing Assist function to help track and capture subjects while at the furthest telephoto focal lengths. There is also a High Speed AF that when paired with the 6.4 fps continuous shooting speed you will be able to record a plethora of sharp stills and video at full resolution. Additionally, this camera is capable of RAW image capture.

Also packed into this camera is an Intelligent Image Stabilization system with eight different modes for getting the best possible image depending on the situation. And, in addition to all of the other features, the SX60 has built-in Wi-Fi connectivity with NFC for connecting to a compatible mobile device.

Sony A58...great little camera with some features that their more high end camera's have!

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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 ☝

Hi Amith -

Please send us an e-mail describing your shooting style, subjects and budget range to:  AskBH@BandH.com

Keep in mind, a camera is only as good as the photographer using it.  Also, the lens will have just as much to do with image quality, if not more so, than the camera: light has to pass through the lens before it reaches the sensor.  The D90 does have the better color depth, dynamic range, and low light performance compared to the Canon 700D.  The D90 is one of Nikon’s enthusiast level cameras, while the 700D is one of Canon’s introductory DSLRs.  That being said, the D90 was discontinued some time ago, and B&H has since sold out of all stock.  I would again suggest looking at the D7100, which would be one of the current cameras in the same line as the D90.  It would have even better image quality and low light performance than the D90. 

Hi Amith -

If you have specific questions about the cameras, I would suggest sending our Photo Department an email: AskPhoto@bhphoto.com

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