Nowadays entry-level DSLRs are not exactly what they were five or ten years ago. Now almost every DSLR for beginner and enthusiast photographers is almost as good as a fancy flagship model that professional photographers would use. There are only slight differences like changes in design, fewer professional features, slower shooting speed, viewfinder type and size, absence of weather protection, and megapixel number.
More to that, some of DSLRs for beginners offer you some features—like GPS, articulating touch screen, and Wi-Fi—that professional models may lack. And the difference in price is really shocking. So be sure to check out this list of the best entry-level DSLRs as of Q2 2015 and choose the one you like!
Nikon D3100 is a great entry-level camera for those who want to purchase a budget camera with nice image quality. And though it’s not too fast with only 3 shots per second, it has a great 14.8 MP sensor and all features that you will need.
Body $274.95/Kit $374
Nikon D3200 is the successor of the above-mentioned model that has been upgraded a great deal. And you know what? There’s almost no difference in price. Now it features a 24.7 MP sensor and can shoot at up to 4 shots per second. Not bad for a $300 camera.
Body $299.95/Kit $379.95
Nikon D3300 is yet another newer camera from D3xxx series that got better and didn’t change in price. It now shoots at 5 shots per second, the battery will last 200 shots more, and the camera got lighter.
Body $299.95/Kit $429.95
Nikon Dxxx series will be a great buy for those who already know how to use a DSLR but would like to get something that’s close to mid-range cameras when it comes to available features. A 24.7 MP sensor, articulating screen, 5 shots per second shooting speed, 6400 ISO expandable to 25,600 equivalent, and 39 dynamic focus points with 3D tracking.
From $489 kit
Nikon D5300 is a more expensive and a bit more high-performance successor of D5200. The color depth got better, AF system was improved, built-in Wi-Fi and GPS were added, it weighs less, the use of optical low-pass filter was discontinued, and it features 12,800 ISO expandable to 25,600.
Body $646.95/Kit $746.95
Sales of Nikon D5500 have started just recently and this camera is said to be the best from entry-level Nikon DSLRs. However, apart from its price not too many things have changed in comparison with D5300. D5500 features upgraded touch screen, 25,600 ISO, and is lighter. Weirdly enough, now it doesn’t have GPS.
Body $746.95/Kit $846.95
Canon EOS Rebel T5/EOS 1200D/EOS Kiss X70
Canon Rebel T5 is the most budget camera in Rebel series that provides great image quality and will be a perfect buy for beginners. And though it shoots only at 3 shots per second and has only 9 AF points, its 18 MP sensor and 6400 ISO expandable to 12,800 ensure solid performance.
Body $339/Kit $369.99
Canon EOS Rebel SL1/EOS 100D/EOS Kiss X7
EOS Rebel SL1 is a newer budget Canon DSLR that features an improved 18.5 MP sensor, quicker shooting speed at 4fps, 12,800 ISO expandable to 25,600, touch screen, and is lightweight. Still, the number of AF points remains at 9, which is not good enough.
Body $399/Kit $499.99
Canon EOS Rebel T6i/EOS 750D/EOS Kiss X8i
Canon EOS Rebel T6i is the newest entry-level DSLR by Nikon and it comes really upgraded in comparison with its predecessors. Now it features a 24.7 MP sensor, 19 AF points, shooting speed at 5fps, articulating touch screen, and better color depth. It’s still quite pricey enough though because it’s new.
Body $749/Kit $849
Pentax K-S1 is a budget camera that performs really awesome. It features a 20.42 MP sensor, 5.4fps shooting speed, high color depth, ISO expandable up to 51,200, 100% viewfinder size, and min 1/5988 shutter speed. And it’s pretty lightweight for what it is.
Body $389/Kit $449
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