This nifty little thing from Nikon is a great entry level DSLR. You can even purchase books just about how to use this camera – one in the For Dummies range, and more besides.
But you definitely won’t have to read the books first – you can get taking high quality photos straight out of the box. You get the optimum combination of intuitive controls and powerful tools.
As for the specs, you get a large high resolution sensor, 24.2 megapixels, a great image processor, the EXPEED 4, and it can come with a choice of different lenses (and you can always buy more). Some lenses feature a special Glance Autofocus.
There’s a high quality optical viewfinder, which lets you block out sunlight and distractions.
You get great performance, even in low light, with it’s special Night Landscape mode. It also sports a built in flash.
We love how you can hook it up to your smartphone, whether it be to transfer photos, or to use your smartphone as a camera remote to compose and snap portraits from a distance. Allowing the photographer to be the shot for a change!
The flip out touch screen is amazing – you can swipe, pinch, zoom and even set focus with your fingertips, just like you would a smartphone!
What’s more you get loads of free cloud storage, all your photos are stored automatically and securely on Nikon Image Space.
And you needn’t limit yourself to photos – it does full HD 1080pixel video recording too, at an impressive 60 frames per second. Or for photos you can shoot at 5 frames per second. When your subject is on the move, you can freeze action in its tracks, with 39 autofocus points (3x more than some older versions).
The battery is impressive too, lasting over 950 shots per charge.
One the best brands in DSLR cameras
great entry level DSLR
large high resolution sensor, 24.2 megapixels
great image processor, the EXPEED 4
choice of different lenses
hook it up to your smartphone and snap photos from a distance
set focus with your fingertips with the flip out touch screen
loads of free cloud storage
full HD 1080pixel video recording
Long lasting battery
Some customers (not many) have complained about having to use Nikon’s own Snapbridge to access the wifi
Out of all of the DSLR cameras in our Top 5, this beauty from Canon is the best one for someone with intermediate ability with DSLR cameras. It may cost a pretty penny but many customers have felt it was worth it – its average customer rating on the Amazon page comes at a really really good 4 and a half stars out of 5. And that’s after 300 ratings.
The link above will take you to the page for the camera body on it’s own, but it's worth noting that you can also purchase it as part of a kit, bundle or set.
You get a 26.2 megapixel CMOS sensor – that’s a better resolution than some of the other sensors we’ve shown you in our Top 5.
It’s optical viewfinder has a 45 point All Cross type AF System. And it’s compatible with almost all Canon EF lenses, with the only exception being EF S and EF M lenses.
It’s image processor is the DIGIC 7 which is great. And the ISO is certainly not too shabby, coming in at 100-40000. With all this great technology working in unison, you get photos and videos of incredible quality.
The touch screen is 3 inches big, and you can vary the angle on it according to what style of shot you want to take.
Although it’s aimed at DSLR photographers at an intermediate level of ability, it still has that much loved autofocus feature. The high speed dual pixel CMOS sensor has phase detection for fast precise autofocus in Live View.
As for continuous shooting, the camera performs at 6.5 frames per second for capturing all those special spontaneous moments.
We love that in addition to the wifi and bluetooth connectivity, it also features GPS – a great addition for any travel photography you might like to try your hand at.
26.2 Megapixel large cmos sensor
45 point all cross type af system
Compatible with almost all canon ef lenses
Image processor is the digic 7
Iso range is 100-40000
Large vari angle touch screen
Continuous shooting works at 6.5 Fps
Phase detection for fast precise autofocus
Can be bought as part of a kit, bundle or set
High customer rating on amazon
Considerably more expensive than an entry level DSLR
This is a great bundle for a professional photographer – and the bundle comes at a significant discount, costing not much more than what you would pay for the camera body alone. And at this level any kind of discount is a blessing.
The bundle includes all your usual paraphernalia, including a tripod, and an oh so handy memory card, but more importantly it comes with two lenses, the Canon EF-S 18-55mm IS STM Lens, and the Canon 75-300mm III Telephoto Lens. These lenses are worth over $100 each.
The Canon EF-S 18-55mm IS STM Lens has a versatile zoom range and is great for both landscapes and portraits and has an optical image stabilizer. The Canon 75-300mm III Telephoto Lens meanwhile is great for photographing distant subjects like wildlife and sports events.
The camera itself features a large 20.2 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, with a 65-point all cross-type AF optical viewfinder system.
The ISO range is a nice 100-16000. And it features Dual DIGIC 6 Image Processors for high quality results.
The intelligent viewfinder becomes easy to use once you grasp it, and you can get large zone autofocus, autofocus point expansion, and single point autofocus, all made possible by its impressive 65-point AF Auto Selection. This is it’s USP.
It also makes high speed shooting a breeze, as it's capable of shooting up to 10.0 frames per second.
This is hands down the best entry level DSLR package across the Canon range!
The Canon Rebel T7i comes equipped with that all important 18-55mm lens, and of course carrying, cleaning, and charging equipment.
We love the camera’s autofocus system! With the optical viewfinder you can quickly get a subject in focus, regardless of where it is in the frame or if it’s moving. And there’s virtually no lag between what you see and the image you get.
The 24.2 megapixel CMOS sensor comes equipped with phase-detection, so it can quickly and accurately determine how far away an object is and where the lens should focus.
We also love the vari-angle 3 inch screen, enabling you to shoot at high or low angles.
With it’s DIGIC 7 Image Processor, you get really high image quality, even in low light.
And that’s not all of it’s cool features. It does high speed continuous shooting at 6 frames per second, has great image stabilisation, and is great for HDR and time lapse movies.
And with it’s built in wifi and bluetooth connectivity, you can share your precious moments and upload directly to the web.
The feedback from Amazon customers (and customers elsewhere) is really positive, with the Amazon average customer rating coming in at a full 5 stars out of 5!
One the best brands
Amazing autofocus system
Large high resolution sensor
Vari-angle 3 inch screen
Digic 7 image processor
All the accessories you need to start
High speed continuous shooting
Great image stabilisation
Great for hdr and time lapse movies.
Built in wifi and bluetooth connectivity
Rating of 5 stars out of 5
Premium product at a premium price
You would have to pay separately if you wanted a macro lens or a telephoto zoom
If you know your photography, you know there’s a lot of things to think about when buying a camera – resolution, monitor size, maximum ISO sensitivity, continuous shooting speed, movie settings…the list goes on. But in the interest of brevity, we’ll just focus on the main aspects here.
One of the most significant decisions you’ll have to make is what brand of camera to go for. Once you have chosen a brand, it is extremely hard to switch to another one, because you would basically have to get rid of everything that is incompatible and replace it with the brand you are switching to, which can cost you big time.
You will notice that all of the DSLR cameras in our Top 5 all come from Top brands and any one of them will serve you well and do a kick ass job.
It’s easy to get bogged down with all the debate on photography forums about which brand is best. If we had to narrow it down to two brands though, it would be Nikon and Canon. If you're more interested in a Nikon camera you could go for our Number 1 or our Number 2 picks. The remaining 3 picks are all Canons.
As to which of those you might want to go for it depends on a number of factors, which of course includes your level of ability and experience. Nikons are easier to use and learn than Canons, especially for beginners. They also have a better auto ISO feature. Canon on the other hand is generally cheaper and they have a better choice of lenses.
Your level of experience
DSLR cameras are often built with the user’s level of experience in mind. That’s why in our Top 5 DSLR cameras we have included a combination of cameras across a range of different levels of ability or experience.
Entry level models tend to have the most automated controls, which more professional models sometimes lack. Entry level models also tend to be a lot more affordable.
One option may be to start with an affordable entry level DSLR camera, and as your confidence grows, switch up to something more involved.
If you’re after an entry level DSLR camera, we can recommend our Number 1 camera, the Nikon D5600 DSLR.
If however you’re better suited to something more professional, with all the bells and whistles, we can recommend our Number 2 camera, the Nikon D850 FX-format Digital SLR.
The bigger the sensor size the better. The larger the photosite’s surface area, the more light it can capture and the more data it can record. Then in turn, the more data that goes to the camera’s image processor, the greater the dynamic (tonal) range in the resulting image – and consequently the better the picture quality. You’ll notice the benefits of a large sensor size when you take photos in low light settings.
Of course the beauty of a DSLR is having all those different lens options. There are 3 main types of lenses which will be of use time and again even for the more versatile photographers amongst us, and these are the fast general purpose zoom (18-50mm), a macro lens and a telephoto zoom (70-200mm). These lenses are also the most widely available.
Unfortunately it’s beyond the scope of this article to go into the (many) other types of lenses or specs.
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