When the camera phones and smart phones came into existence, everyone thought that good old analog cameras will lose their sheen.
It pretty much happened, but DSLR cameras replaced them and became the most sought after gadgets for photography lovers. These digital cameras are easy to use, and you do not need to put the old films and get them developed after every roll.
You can instantly see the pictures and videos which you have clicked and upload them on social media instantly. If you are an amateur photographer, and want to buy a good camera in a decent budget, then these are few of the top choices for you.
This review includes some of the popular DSLR cameras along with a few ‘’point and shoot’’ cameras which are easy to use and does not need much of customizations.
We Highly recommend you to read the DSLR Camera Buying Guide at the end of this article to get in-depth knowledge about latest DSLR camera technologies and tips on making an informed decision about which product to buy for your needs 🙂
Although my favorite among all is Nikon D3400 but you must check all of them to make your buying decision.
This camera was first launched in Sep. 2016 and has become one of the most favorite ones for the photo lovers.
You will get great picture quality as this camera integrates a DX-format CMOS sensor. It allows you to take great pictures even in low light conditions.
If you are entering into the field of photography, then this is one of the best choices as along with SnapBridge connectivity via a built-in Bluetooth low energy technology this camera will allow you to transfer all the pictures clicked with the camera to a smart device automatically.
This is a great DSLR camera for the beginners.
This product was launched recently in March 2018 in India, and is an upgrade for its previous entry-level DSLR the 1300D model.
This camera from the house of the Japanese Multinational has a 24MP CMOS sensor. Along with a Digic 4+ processor, you will get great speed while shooting.
The 9 point autofocus system is great for the beginners who are still learning the nuances of photography.
With 3-fps continuous shooting speed, this equipment is decent enough for video recording too.
This camera is fitted with Carl-Zeiss lens and the BionZ processor makes it a great buy in this range.
The users who love to use SONY home appliances too love to use it as they have a huge respect for the brand. This camera comes along with electronic view finder with 100% field coverage. It is not the typical DSLR camera, however has creative modes like P/A/S/M.
The OS is very intuitive and is very useful for amateurs to pick up the different modes and features. The battery life is quite good.
The steady shot feature of this camera ensures that if your hand shakes while taking a picture; it does not affect the quality of the picture even without tripod.
This camera was launched in Jan 2017 in India and is the next version of Sony’s HX300 series.
This is the perfect one for the budget conscious ones. This product was launched in India in May 2016 and it is not a typical DSLR camera.
But it has a great resolution and has multiple modes just like a DSLR camera. It is decent enough for video recording and comes along electronically controlled ND filter (-2.0 AV) insertion.
This is a superzoom camera and you need not worry too much about the settings while taking your pictures and videos.
The tilt-able screen will help you to shoot when you are shooting from a height.
Packed with a DIGIC 4+ image processor, the fun of photography will be enhanced with this camera.
Many auto shooting features will definitely help you to take that perfect shot and if you want to look like a professional, then use it along with an EF/EF-S lens.
It is compatible with more than 70 of them. It comes along with 16 GB Memory card.
Since it comes along with a view finder, if you are used to the old analogue cameras, it will help you.
This is mainly meant for people who love point and shoot cameras. It does not come along with too many modes and most of the stuffs will be in auto mode.
It is not a full HD camera and you can take only 720 p videos.
But if you are a no fuss needed kind of a photographer, then this is the one for you.
This is not a full-fledged DSLR camera, but the picture quality and features are very similar one to the DSLR camera.
It was launched in India in Aug. 2014. The "Tag and Go" feature of this phone is liked by the shooters a lot.
No manual set up is required, and you can transfer, share and back up images very easily. Remote view-finder feature will allow you to control your camera via a smartphone.
Your smart device will act as a viewfinder and capturing pictures in low-light area will be very easy.
This camera will equip you with an optical viewfinder which will enable you to capture the special moments quickly.
This camera was recently launched in India in Mar. 2018 and already has become very popular among the users.
This camera will come along with a 16 GB memory card.
This trendy looking camera comes in colors like yellow, brick orange, army camouflage and the traditional black.
Again this is not a traditional DSLR camera, but the features make it very close to one. The waterproof feature will enable it to use it underwater up to 100 feet.
It also has features like freeze proof, shockproof and dustproof and is a perfect adventure camera.
The built-in eCompass, altimeter will help you during your sea surfing, skiing, scuba diving, biking, rock climbing and mountaineering experiences.
This might not be the traditional DSLR camera with a protruding lens, but there are many features of this digital camera which will make you fall in love with it.
It is primarily a ‘’point and shoot’’ (Mirrorless) camera. The color pink is the favorite of most of the women and they prefer this gadget a lot.
The full DSLR cameras from Olympus are quite expensive and hence are not included in this review.
An image sensor or imaging sensor detects and conveys information used to make an image. Both types of sensors capture light and convert it into electrical signals. CMOS sensors are cheaper in cost and hence are used in cameras for still photography.
They also have lower power consumption. Nikon D3400 Digital Camera, Canon EOS 1500D Digital SLR Camera and many use these types of sensors and hence the cost of a DSLR camera can be kept low.
CCD sensors are used for high-end broadcast quality video cameras, however the cost also goes higher. Each cell of a CCD image sensor is an analog device and it finally amplifies the output.
The way the amplification happens is like a chain reaction in a nuclear reactor. When light strikes the chip, the charge in each photo sensor is passed on to the nearest line of pixels till end. And thus since the image quality is enhanced, the cost of this sensor too is higher.
Nikon Coolpix 18208943104 is one of the best cameras in this range.
Canon- Canon Inc. is headquartered in Ota, Tokyo, Japan. It is known for being a high-end manufacturer of optical products which include cameras, camcorders, photocopiers, computer printers and medical equipments.
Canon EOS 1500D Digital SLR Camera, Canon EOS 1300D Digital SLR Camera, Canon EOS 3000D DSLR Camera are some of the best DSLR cameras in this range from this manufacturer.
Nikon Corporation also is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. It is a world-leader in the field of manufacturing optics and imaging products. It is known for manufacturing cameras, camera lenses and binoculars for professional usage and is considered the most preferred brand world-wide.
This company is also into manufacturing bio-medical products like microscopes, ophthalmic lenses etc. They are also into manufacturing equipments used in the battlefield like measurement instruments, rifle scopes and spotting scopes.
They are the second-largest manufacturers of the steppers used in the photolithography steps of semiconductor fabrication.
Some of the best models for this brand are Nikon D3400 Digital Camera (full review done), Nikon D3300 24.2MP Digital SLR Camera, Nikon D5300 24.2MP Digital SLR Camera, Nikon Coolpix B500, Nikon Coolpix B500 Camera (full review done) etc.
Quite a few of them will cost more than 30, 000 and you may think of stretching your budget before going for your favorite one.
Sony Corporation is headquartered in Konan, Minato; Tokyo and is a huge conglomerate spread across the globe.
Its diversified business includes consumer and professional electronics, music entertainment business, film and television industry, gaming, entertainment and financial services. Sony launched its first cyber-shot camera in 1996. Sony acquired the camera business of Konica Minolta in 2006 and subsequently named it as the Alpha line of cameras.
They entered the market for digital single-lens reflex cameras along with this acquisition. So after Canon and Nikon, Sony has captured the camera and camcorder business world-wide.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H300/BC, Sony DSC W830 Cyber-shot 20.1 MP, Sony Cybershot DSC-HX400V 20.4MP, Sony H400/B 20.1 MP are some of the most popular ‘’point and shoot’’ cameras which are sold in India.
The DSLR cameras are a little expensive and Sony Alpha A6000Y 24.3MP Digital SLR Camera, Sony Alpha ILCE5100L 24.3MP Digital SLR Camera, Sony Alpha A6000L 24.3MP Digital SLR Camera, Sony Alpha A6300L 24.2 MP Digital SLR Camera with 16-50 mm Lens (ILCE-6300L) are some of the most popular ones in India.
Olympus Corporation was established in 1919 and is headquartered in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan. They are one of the market leaders in the manufacturing of optics and reprography products.
They are the global leaders in the endoscope market and it is completely ruled by them. Precision machinery equipments, cameras and camcorders are their other products. They entered into the camera manufacturing segment in 1936 and ever since have manufactured high end cameras.
The DSLR cameras of Olympus are at the higher-end when it comes to their pricing in India.
Olympus Evolt E520 10MP Digital SLR Camera, Olympus Evolt E420 10MP Digital SLR Camera, Olympus Evolt E410 10MP Digital SLR Camera are few of the most popular models here. However they are leaders in manufacturing mirrorless cameras too.
Olympus Pen E-PL9 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera, Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera are their high-end products which use CCD sensors.
Pentax is a brand name used by the company Ricoh for marketing their imaging and electronics products. Products manufactured by this brand are used in sport optics (including binoculars and rifle scopes), and CCTV optics.
This company was also founded in Tokyo, Japan in 1919 and they have created markets in Asia, Europe and North America.
Most of their DSLR cameras cost more than 60 K in India. Pentax K 5 IIs DSLR Camera, Pentax K 5 II DSLR Camera, Pentax K 50 DSLR Camera are some of the popular models which are sold in India.
Fujifilm Holdings Corporation, headquartered in Tokyo, Japan ruled the world of still photography along with Kodak about two decades back. The entry of digital cameras might have created a dent in their profits, but they are still one of the leading photography and imaging companies in the world.
They have a diversified business-line which includes business document solutions, medical imaging and diagnostics equipment. They have invested in the cosmetics business too. They have diversified in life-sciences businesses like regenerative medicine, stem cells, biologics manufacturing etc.
In the world of optical films for flat panel displays, optical devices, photocopiers and printers, digital cameras etc. they are one of the top companies across the globe. And they are world-leaders in the field of color film, color paper, photofinishing chemicals, photofinishing equipment, graphic arts equipment and materials.
Fujifilm FinePix S8500 16MP Point and Shoot Digital Camera with 46x Optical Zoom, Fujifilm X-T100 w/XC15-45mm Lens Kit Mirrorless Digital Camera, Fujifilm X-T2 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm F2.8-4.0R LM OIS Lens.
Fuji GFX 50S 51.4MP Mirrorless Medium Format Camera are some of the very high-end cameras which are available in India and are used by extremely high-end photographers. A few of them cost more than a few lakhs.
They manufacture many low-end instant cameras which are very popular with the kids. Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Flamingo Pink Festive Pack Instant Camera, Fujifilm Instax Minion Mini 8 Special Pack Instant Camera are some of the popular analog cameras (Film-roll) in India.
DSLR stands for Digital Single Lens Reflex. Since these cameras are digital, they are different from the old SLR cameras which used film rolls. In today’s fast paced world, no one has time and inclination towards getting a roll developed and then taking the photo prints and saving them in an album.
The photography technology has gone through a lot of revolution since the 18th century. In 1835, Henry Fox Talbot had produced durable silver chloride camera negatives and is known as the father of photography.
These images were produced on paper and he conceived the two-step negative-positive procedure, which is till date used in most non-electronic photography. In 1888, the Kodak n°1 box camera, the first easy-to-use camera, was introduced. It had a very eye-catching tagline, "You press the button, we do the rest." In 1914, Kodak introduced the autographic film system.
In 1957 the first Asahi Pentax SLR was introduced. In 1959 AGFA introduced the first fully automatic camera, the Optima. In 1964 the first Pentax Spotmatic SLR was introduced. In 1995 Kodak DC40 and the Apple QuickTake 100 became the first digital cameras marketed for the consumers.
" In1997 the first known publicly shared picture via a cell phone was the one by Philippe Kahn.
Ours was a family of photography lovers and my father owned a box camera in the 1960s. I have seen those black and white pictures as a kid and since both my parents loved travelling, I have seen their pictures which they had taken in Kashmir, Shimla, Kanyakumari and many other places.
My mom insisted to buy a Kodak Polaroid camera in 1982 as she was fascinated by the feature of instant photography. I still have the pictures taken in that camera on my birthdays. The color had changed to blue or green when it was kept in the albums, but everyone loved the camera those days.
I was sad to know that in 2008 Polaroid announced its discontinuation of the production of all instant film products, as the rise of digital technology had reduced the demand.
My dad had been to Japan and got a Minolta camera in 1985. I grew up taking pictures in that camera till my adulthood. My mom had bought a Yashika camera sometime in 1987 or so which was unfortunately stolen from her bag in a Durga Puja pandal.
When I went to my college hostel in 1994, my dad gifted me a Kodak camera as the Minolta had to stay at home for my mom to use. Till about 2003 or so, both of them functioned very well. Unfortunately the Minolta is still powering up, but the grooves which rotate when the film rotates, have worn off and I could not get it repaired.
I gifted the Kodak one to my maids as she wanted to take pictures for her grandson’s birthday. Till date she uses it occasionally even though her kids now prefer to take pictures on their mobile phones. Hence, I went for a Samsung Fino 800 in 2003 and till date I use it sometimes when I become nostalgic and want to be away from digital things.
My first digital camera was gifted by my best friend when he went to the US in 2010. He got a 10 X optical zoom 9.0 Mega pixels Canon Powershot SX110 camera for me which my kids till date use with a lot of enthusiasm.
You will be surprised to know, but in 2017, I bought a Nikon Coolpix B500 (Red one) because I was bored of black cameras. I am overall happy with the features and the Wi-Fi connectivity and the ease with which I can share the pictures which I could not do in my previous Canon one.
However, my photographer friends who use Canon EOS 1500D, Canon EOS 1300D or Nikon D5300 or Nikon D3400 Digital Camera click much sharper images than my own Nikon Coolpix B500. My next purchase will be Pentax K 5 II DSLR Camera.
When I was a kid, I used to go for drawing classes and my drawing teacher owned a sophisticated Pentax camera. Ever since, I had a desire to own a Pentax. It is a little expensive for my pocket now, but in future I am sure I will end up buying it. The data processing speed of this device is awesome. Its extra-wide sensitivity range between ISO 80 and ISO 51200 is commendable.
The full HD-proportion movie recording at 1920 x 1080 pixels almost is close to shooting a movie. It can capture seven images per second and my friends who own it are really proud of it. The built body is exceptionally solid and durable and will last a lifetime if it is handled with care. Happy clicking!!
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