Getting an entry-level DSLR is the most reasonable course of action for amateur photographers, those who want to elevate their photography to a new level, or those who are simply tired of their old point-and-shoot. With the additional manual control and the capability to switch lenses on the go, DSLR cameras provide a superb image quality coupled with a compact, easy to carry form. Although most of them are fairly expensive, there are a number of entry-level devices which can be purchased for a reasonable price.
Canon EOS Rebel T6 / Canon EOS 1300D
Canon EOS 1300D has the same sensor as its predecessor, the 1200D. A new and improved processing engine provides somewhat higher-quality photographs, however, this difference between the two is negligible when observed at normal viewing sizes. Canon EOS 1300D, however, has far better connectivity than the 1200D, with built-in NFC and Wi-Fi. This simplifies and speeds up the file transfer between your camera and PC or smartphone. It has an 18-megapixel sensor capable of recording at 1080p, with the recording being viewed on a 3inch, 920,000 dots screen.
Canon EOS Rebel T6i / Canon EOS 750D
Although the Canon 750D is still holding its price, it has a new 24.2-megapixel sensor which delivers exceptional image quality with very little noise, even when using high ISO. Metering systems and autofocus have been improved over its precursor, the 700D and it has both NFC and Wi-Fi built-in. It is capable of recording at a maximum resolution of 1080p with continuous shooting speed of 5 frames per second. Shots can be viewed using the articulating, 3inch, 1,040,000 dots screen.
Canon EOS Rebel T6s / Canon EOS 760D
Just like 750D, Canon 760D boasts the same 24.2-megapixel APS-C sensor capable of recording at full HD at 24, 25 or 30 frames per second. These two DSLR cameras are almost identical, however, 760D has a new rear thumbwheel and a new LCD display. It also features servo autofocus in video mode and live view, which means that the lens is focused as long as you’re holding the shutter half-way down. The viewfinder can be used to display the electronic level, which only specifies horizontal tilt.
Nikon D3300 features a 24.2-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, which is excellent for making pictures with low noise even at ISO3200. It uses a 3inch 921,000 dots screen, which unfortunately is not articulated nor does it have touch capabilities. Another thing this camera doesn’t have is Wi-Fi connectivity, however, this can be sorted out using an inexpensive Wi-Fi plug-in provided by Nikon. Even with these drawbacks, Nikon D3300 is one of the most user-friendly cameras available, with the Guide Mode being an amazing tool for learning, as it explains how to use the most important features in real-time.
Nikon D5500 contains the same non-anti-aliased 24.2-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, capable of recording video at full HD. It is the first DSLR made by Nikon to feature touchscreen controls, and unlike the D3300, it has both Wi-Fi and a 3.2inch, 1,040,000 dots articulated touchscreen. It lacks GPS, however, Nikon is offering a GPS unit as an optional part. Focusing in Live View can be rather slow, but this doesn’t prevent it from delivering an exceptional image. This is one of the best cameras for beginner photographers available at the moment.
These are just some of the choices currently available on the market. Some of them are faster, some lighter and some make better pictures. Find the one that best suits your individual needs and when you’re ready to invest, check your local camera shop or use an online retailer such as Amazon. If buying a new one is just too expensive, you can buy a used one instead. Just be careful of scammers and remember to buy only from verified sources and from people with plenty of positive reviews.