10 best DSLR cameras for beginner photographers

10 best DSLR cameras for beginner photographers
November 15 21:44 2013


This article enlists 10 best DSLR cameras for beginner photographers. We’ve carefully chosen from renowned brands as well as non renowned brands and those who obviously have proved their mettle with their consistent performance. Unfortunately though DSLR cameras are expensive toys and buying a good DSLR camera with a shoe string budget is indeed a challenge. But this challenge is pretty achievable if you chose to log on to various online shopping sites where various codes, vouchers and discounts will help you save immense money; for instance Jessops Promotional Codes are quite popular among online camera shoppers as they get to save lots of money. Just like Jessops, there are other popular online vouchers & codes that will help you get fabulous discounts. All the 10 DSLR cameras enlisted below are available on all the hottest online shopping sites, so availing discounts on them would not be a problem at all.

Nikon D5200

Although tad expensive, this entry level camera from Nikon has lot of substance that will enable you to capture outstanding images without digging deep into any functions. Even If you think you’re a bad amateur photographer, then this camera will surely help you in changing that perception about yourself. We’re quite confident of this, as this entry level camera is backed with whopping 24.1 megapixel DX-format sensor, a sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 6400 and 39-point AF system. All these technical configurations come together to give you a stunning image result and most importantly spruce up your confidence as a budding photographer. And lastly, we’re talking about Nikon here. A company that has become synonymous with high quality DSLR cameras.

Canon EOS 650D/Rebel T4i

This is a successor of the much talked about EOS 600D / Rebel T3i. Although compared to its predecessor the updates in this model are far and few, but it has surprisingly caught up well with budding & amateur photographers. This is purely why we’re recommending this camera to you. Besides boosting 18 mega pixel, ISO range of 100-12800, 9 point AF system, 5 fps continuous shooting, this is the first Canon camera that has ‘Hybrid AF’ that allows continuous autofocus in video mode. All in all, for beginners & amateurs this camera is a perfect buy as it makes photography so much fun and of course the images produced are really out-of-this world.

Sony Alpha SLT-A58

When it comes to DSLR cameras Sony surely doesn’t enjoy the kind of invincible reputation that Nikon and Canon does. But this camera might be that game changer for Sony. It has way too many superlative features that have helped her earn some really good reviews in the industry. With 0.1-megapixel Exmor HD APS sensor, 5 fps continuous shooting, full HD video and ISO of 100 to 16000, this camera will make even the most amateur photographer into a pro in no time at all. But the feature that deserves special mention is Sony’s award winning Translucent Mirror Technology, a technology that enables you to capture any fast moving object with absolute ease.

Pentax K-500

This is another underdog in the DSLR camera arena. But you’ll be surprised to know that this so called underdog company has earned quite a fan following in the world of professional photographers. Pentax K-500 is Pentax’s entry level camera which is as good as Nikon & Canon’s entry level camera, if not better. It offers 18-55mm lens, 16.28MP CMOS sensor, ISO range of 100 – 51,200 and 11-point AF system. And topping up this good configuration is the competitively lower price of this camera. If your budget is shoe-string but you don’t want to compromise on features, then Pentax 500 is for you.

Nikon D3200

The big boy Nikon is here again. This time with Nikon D3200. To begin with this camera is damn cheap, far cheaper than Nikon D5200 that we had mentioned earlier. And to top it Nikon D3200 offers almost the same mega pixel as Nikon D5200 does: i.e. 24.2 mega pixels. As for other features, it offers 18-55mm lens, 11-point Auto focusing System, ISO range of 100 to 6400 and full H.D recording. The features are needless to say very good and when coupled with its low market price, it becomes even better buying proposition.

Nikon D5100

We had begun our article with Nikon D5200. This one is its predecessor and is as good as its updated version. This one is in fact one of Nikon’s most admired & loved entry level DSLR cameras. Check out the configuration below:

  • 16.2 megapixels
  • NIKKOR interchangeable lens
  • 4 fps continuous shooting
  • 11-point auto focus (AF) system
  • ISO range of 100 to 6400
  • HD movie recording

Sony Alpha SLT-A37

We had to include another DSLR camera from Sony. Simply because this one thoroughly deserves to be in our list. It is already selling like hot cake in the market and even experts have given favorable reviews to this entry level camera from Sony. It is obviously backed by Sony’s award winning Translucent Mirror Technology, that will enable even a naïve photographer to capture fleeting and fast moving objects quite effortlessly. And it does pretty good job on other features too.

  • 16.1 mega pixels
  • 7 frames per second continuous shooting
  • ISO 100 – 16000 sensitivity
  • Auto Portrait Framing
  • Full HD recording.

Olympus E-PL2

For years now Olympus has been trying very hard to give Nikon & Canon run for their money and is doing pretty god job at it. Olympus E-PL2 is their entry level camera that is targeted at all the wanna-be photographers. Successor of the much successful E-PL1, E-PL2 not only stands for its easy to use functions but also for its extra light weight body. This is all thanks to its all plastic body which is actually an asset not liability as most DSLR cameras are too weighty for beginners and amateurs.

  • 12 megapixel
  • In-body image stabilization
  • 720p 30fps HD video
  • Eye-detection AF
  • Direct record movie button

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

This is a great alternative to those high end DSLR cameras that always demands you to crack your brains a bit to understand their high end functions. However, with this camera you won’t have to trouble your brains at all. This is a great camera for all those who want to upgrade from point & shoot camera and are eager to learn at least the basics of DSLR photography. In terms of functionality it is similar to Olympus E-PL2 but is more lightweight.

  • 14 mm lens
  • Inter changeable lens camera
  • 12.1 mega pixels
  • 3-inch LCD screen
  • 4x digital zoom
  • 17.3 x 13.0 mm Image sensor size

Canon EOS 600D

We’re rounding up with Canon EOS 600D. This is a perfect photography for hobbyists and all those who have inkling to get into photography. With 18 megapixels, enabling HD video at various frame rates and higher ISO performance, this camera would be more than handy for beginners. But the best thing about it is that it is far more affordable than other entry level cameras from the same company and Nikon as well.

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