Photography is an inherent part of modern life.
It is an immediate and convenient way to communicate. With the advent of quality camera phones, anything to everything can be captured in high definition and shared on Social Media or saved to cherish later.
Smartphones, now, boasts of a superior camera with rich features such as Phase Detection Autofocus, touch focus, HDR and Panorama. Everyone today can claim themselves to be a social media photographer.
However, for the dedicated few, photography is not just a pleasurable pastime. It is a passion. It is about capturing beautiful moments and telling stories through images.
DSLR is an important addition to any photographer’s backpack. These gadgets not only let us take a fine and superior quality photographs, but they also provide unmatched performance compared to smartphones.
A photography enthusiast would usually opt for high-end DSLRs costing way much. But for the passionate who is starting out a mid-range DSLR offers much for learning photography and mastering it with pizzazz.
Here we try to exhibit ‘Ten Best DSLR Cameras that you can buy under Rs 50000’.
We Highly recommend you to read the Camera Buying Guide at the end of this article to get in-depth knowledge about latest Camera technologies and tips on making an informed decision about which product to buy for your needs 🙂
Top 10 Best DSLR Cameras Under 50000 in India
Although my favorite among all is Nikon D5600 but you must check all of them to make your buying decision.
#1. Nikon D5600
Nikon D5600 featuring a 24.2MP with an EXCEED 4 image processing engine is an excellent value for money buy.
The build quality of this camera is praised by many users and it also hosts some excellent features. It also allows video recording at 60fps.
It comes with a fully articulated 3.2” touchscreen LCD display.
The 39 Point autofocus system covers wide area of frame.
- Lightweight and Compact
- Sharp Images
- Videos in 1080p format does not come out that good
#2. Canon EOS200D
Canon EOS200D comes with a 24MP, APS-C-Size CMOS Sensor. It includes a powerful DIGIC 7 Image Processing engine.
The Dual Pixel CMOS AF allows fast autofocus and continuous shooting during Live View mode.
The 3” Touchscreen Vari-angle LCD monitor adds versatility to the camera. Guided Menu Interface which explains the camera settings can prove very useful for beginners.
EOS200D allows videos to be shot in Full HD at 60fps.
- Guided User Interface makes it best for a beginner
- Only offers a 9-Point Autofocus System compared to other cameras which offer much more
#3. Canon EOS750D
This 24.2 Megapixel camera comes with a DIGIC 6 Image Processor. It also has a 19 cross type AF Point Autofocus System. The monitor is a 3” TFT LCD Display.
ISO Range for this camera varies from 100-6400. This camera also includes a built-in Wifi and NFC support.
- Fast Autofocus
- Inbuilt Wifi and NFC
- Limited video capture
#4. SONY Alpha A68
This 24.2MP camera comes with BIONZ X Image Processor and an APS-C Exmor CMOS sensor. Main highlight of this camera is its 4D Focus with 79 Point High Density Autofocus System.
It offers video recording in full HD and up to 8 fps continuous shooting. It also allows 3D, 2D and 4D tracking of a subject.
- Finer quality of images
- Very precise 79 point autofocus
- Low quality LCD display
- No WiFi
#5. Nikon D5300
This 24.2 Megapixel camera comes with DX format C-MOS Sensor with an Expeed 4 Image Processor. It has a 39 Point Autofocus System.
It can shoot impressive videos at 1080p at 60 fps and allows continuous shooting at 5 fps.
With its user-friendly functionality, D5300 is often considered a good buy for a beginner.
- Brilliant 3.2” display
- Built in Wifi and GPS
- No touchscreen
#6. Canon EOS 800D
EOS800D is indeed a top-end compact camera offered by Canon. It comes with 24.2 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and dual pixel autofocus system. It also offers 45 Point Autofocus system, all cross-type.
It has a 3” fully articulating LCD touchscreen display. It also allows video capturing in Full HD at 60p.
It is also Wifi, Bluetooth and NFC enabled DSLR.
- Touchscreen enabled
- Bluetooth, WiFi and NFC enabled
- 45 AF Points (all cross type)
- WiFi connection is complicated and maybe off-putting
#7. Sony A6000L
The A6000 is a competitively priced excellent Mid-budget DSLR. It comes with 24.3 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor with Bionz X Image Processor.
Its major feature is its 4D focus with Fast Hybrid AF and a comprehensive 179 Autofocus Points.
It includes a 3” Tiltable LCD screen and an OLED electronic viewfinder.
It has WiFi with NFC capability.
- Fast Hybrid Autofocus
- Comprehensive 179 AF Points
- Low battery life
- Low resolution electronic viewfinder
#8. Canon EOS 1300D
This budget friendly camera sports an 18 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor with a DIGIC 4 Image Processor and holds up as an excellent option for a beginner photography enthusiast.
It has a built-in phase detection autofocus and comes with a 9-point cross type AF System.
It has a fully articulating 3” touchscreen LCD display.
- Built-in Wifi and NFC
- Budget friendly
- Not for those looking for good resolution and dynamic range
#9. Nikon D3300
Nikon D3300 is still considered one of the best entry level DSLRs for absolute beginners. It features a 24 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor with Expeed 4 Processor.
It also has an 11-point AF system
Though it features a 3” LCD display, it is not articulating or have a built-in Wifi. But the camera is still as powerful as Nikon D5300. It also allows for shooting full HD videos at 60p.
- One of the best entry level DSLR
- Multiple features
- No articulating LCD display
- No built-in WiFi
#10. Canon EOS 1500D
Another Canon camera for beginners EOS 1500D offers 24.1 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor using DIGIC 4+ Image Processor.
It has an ISO range of 100-6400, 3fps continuous shooting and HD recording at 30 fps. It also has 9 Autofocus point with 1 cross type. This camera is supposed to be improvement on 1300D.
- Touchscreen enabled
- Wifi and NFC Enabled
- Not a good budget buy
- Only a 9 Point AF System for the price
Buyer's Guide - DSLR Camera Buying Guide in India
What is a DSLR?
Single Lens Reflex revolutionized the way photographers approached their subject. It uses mirrors to reflect light from the lens to the viewfinder. The mirror reflects the light coming in through the lens up to a prism and then into your viewfinder.
When the shutter button is pressed, the mirror is flipped back and the light passes onto the image sensor located at the back of the camera. Once the image is embellished on the image sensor, the processor takes the image and converts into an appropriate format and saves it in the memory card.
The three major concepts relating to a DSLR are Shutter Speed, Aperture and the ISO which are explained below. These are major weapons in the arsenal of a DSLR owner. Crisper and less noisy images can be captured in any available light by manipulating these three major properties of a DSLR.
Why Own a DSLR?
All the phone manufacturers are providing excellent camera phones at competitive prices. Its only natural to ask the need for a DSLR when you can get a smartphone with an intelligent camera which can do so much more for, more or less, the same price.
Anyone can take a photograph but can you tell a story? DSLR is for artists, they are for storytellers. A DSLR gives the photographer full control over their camera.
They include better image sensors, guarantee high performance and come with the ability to change lenses. However, DSLR’s main selling point is its Manual Controls. Unlike point and shoot option of a phone camera, the same moment can be captured in a variety of different ways with a DSLR.
Concepts of a DSLR
It is impossible to capture a fine moment on your camera without having a basic understanding of the most important concepts in a DSLR. Understanding and mastering the following concepts will equip you to capture photographs that would stand out and be appreciated.
Exposure defines how dark or light a photograph will come out. Exposure is basically determined by the three main camera settings, discussed above, called Shutter Speed, Aperture and ISO. They are together called the Exposure Triangle.
DSLR cameras come with standardized exposure modes like Auto, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority etc. Each mode control how aperture, shutter speed, and ISO are selected for any given exposure. They can be set in Auto or can be set manually.
Exposure Value (EV)
DSLRs often come with Exposure Value compensation setting. Sometimes the camera makes an incorrect assessment of the lighting when the subject is too bright or too dark. EV compensation makes sure the photos are always correctly exposed.
As the name implies, the length of time the shutter is open to the light is called shutter speed. Shutter speeds are typically a fraction of a second. Slower shutter speed allows more light into the camera and is generally used in low lights.
Faster shutter speed is employed when one needs to capture a fast-moving object.
Aperture is a small hole in the lens of the camera through which the light enters the camera body. Larger hole implies, more light travels into the camera body and vice versa. Aperture is calculated using “focal ratio” or f-numbers.
Shutter Speed is inversely proportional to Aperture Length. Lower aperture means longer shutter speed and vice versa.
ISO means sensor brightness. On conditions when Shutter Speed or Aperture cannot help to brighten or darken the image, ISO is employed.
Lower ISO means a darker image and a higher ISO means a brighter image. But Higher ISO also stands chances of having noise.
Modern DSLRs are usually equipped with the advanced Autofocus system. Understanding Autofocus will help the user to capture sharper and vivid photographs.
The camera instructs the lens to adjust the focus by studying the subject using inbuilt special sensors. The lens will focus until sharpness is achieved.
DSLRs come with AF Points that defines the number of points the camera uses to focus on a subject. Large AF Points are useful when taking action-shots, while for portrait and landscapes lower AF Points will do.
Depth of Field
Striking images can be captured once photographer understands how to use Depth of Field (DoF).
DoF relates to the distance between farthest and nearest subject in a landscape and helps understand what is in sharp focus in your image. This is determined by Focal length, the distance of the object from the lens and the aperture of the lens.
Things to Consider
The major question you need to ask yourself will be what exactly is the purpose for you to buy a DSLR.
For learning purposes, you can opt for many entry-level DSLRs which are rich in functions and features. For travel enthusiasts, you need to get something which is compact and takes rich photographs quickly even in Auto mode.
For sports photographers, the camera needs to have the ability to freeze motions without blurring anything. For landscape photographers, field of depth will be important. So, you need to understand what kind of photographer you normally would be and choose a camera best suited to your needs.
A good DSLR with high-end features would cost a fortune. But excellent DSLRs are also available for a much lower budget. The usual advice from photographers is to buy a good lens for the money you have and then buy the camera body with the rest of the amount.
Quality of Images
Getting sharp images are quite tricky. Hence, of course, getting sharper and flawless image is the topmost priority for choosing a DSLR. A good DSLR would capture vibrant color in any light.
Video Shooting Ability
DSLRs with LiveView option has given great power to hands by allowing you to shoot quality videos. If you also intend to buy a DSLR for video shooting then Frame Rates and AF Points are important factors to consider.
Shooting experience should not vary much with different lights. The camera should be able to decide by itself the exposure and white balance etc. in Auto Mode.
This gives an advantage to the beginners who prefer to point and shoot. The camera by deciding the optimal properties to be set by itself and capturing a sharp image in the process, allow the user versatility.
Importance of lens is not stressed enough when buying a DSLR. The glass quality, the aperture size, the powerful zoom etc. all help in getting that perfect shot. Lens pretty much decides what kind of shot you can take.
It is advised to spend the necessary time to understand the various kind of lenses that the camera can mount.
In India, Canon and Nikon have been offering excellent DSLRs at very competitive prices for as long as one can remember. The brand name is synonymous with trust. User reviews and expert reviews have constantly placed these brands as trustworthy and reliable.
There are countless reasons for you to invest in a good DSLR camera. They are very powerful compared to a regular camera or a smartphone.
The color and the sharpness of the image is unparalleled. They also give you full access to the settings which allow you to define how the photograph will look as you would want it to.
However, it is important to note that DSLR is not for any casual hobbyists. It requires dedication and effort on the part of the user to master it completely. It requires immense patience to change the settings over and over again until you find that sweet spot.
One needs to constantly take photographs in different settings to understand the subtle nuances of each different setting. As with everything, constant practice and application of that knowledge result in the development of skill which will make you a better photographer.
But once mastered, photography can give you an entirely new perspective on everyday life. It is also a skill that can rake in lot of money. It might be tempting and seem wise to opt for a camera that is released recently for they are more modern and have capabilities the older ones do not possess.
However, newer does not automatically imply better. Therefore, we suggest that you look for a camera which has stood the test of time and has most of the functionality offered by any new range of cameras.
Canon’s EOS 800D, EOS 750D, and EOS 200D are all exceptional products offering a myriad of ranges for a beginner. EOS 200D stands out among these as one of the best DSLR for a beginner in the mid-range category.
However, our pick of the lot is Nikon D5600. Hailed by users and critics alike D5600 is indeed one of the best DSLR cameras under 50,000 rupees. It offers maximized detail and better-quality images compared to the rest. It has a better dynamic range to capture more details.