Top 10 Best DSLR Cameras in India (Updated 2019) – Reviews & Comparison

A digital single lens reflex camera (or DSLR camera) is the camera of choice for hardened professionals as well as amateur photography enthusiasts who can afford them.

DSLR cameras allow you to take photographs in the traditional way, by allowing you to manually control every aspect of the photograph.

You get much better picture quality with a DSLR, and you can modify the type and combination of the lenses you use.

Because of these advantages, DSLR cameras regained their popularity in recent years and have registered an increase in use by photography enthusiasts. Let us look at the top ten DSLR cameras you can buy.

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We Highly recommend you to read the DSLR Cameras 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 🙂

Top 10 Best DSLR Cameras in India

Although my favorite among all is Nikon D810 but you must check all of them to make your buying decision.

This is a combined model from the immensely popular D800 and D800E series of Nikon cameras. You will find some of the popular features of the erstwhile models in it, but you will also notice several improvements.

First, let us look at a few of the changes.

The optical low pass filter has been completely omitted in the D810. In pictures clicked using D810 (which still has some filter stacks), the central portion of the pictures do not show any remarkable difference, but the edges exhibit slightly reduced sharpness.

The mirror and shutter mechanisms of the earlier models have been completely overhauled, so there is a lower possibility of getting blurred photographs. The D810 also allows a much lower ISO level of ISO 64.

This camera would be handy for shooting moving subjects, owing to its comparatively faster processing speed.

Some of the other new features on the D810 are the possibility of simultaneous recording on both memory cards and internal memory, option of choosing particular frequency ranges, greatly improved control on apertures etc.

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Features:

  • 36.3 MP CMOS sensor
  • ISO-64-12,800 that can expand to ISA 32-51,200
  • Electronic first curtain shutter
  • 9 MP RAW mode
  • Expeed 4 engine
  • 5 fps shooting in FX mode
  • 7 fps in DX mode
  • This camera handles well and is easy to master and use
  • It provides very good image and video quality
  • There are several other cameras which offer much better resolution and better shoot speed

This offering from Nikon has upstaged the D810 and it has so many attractive features that it is not difficult to understand why.

The 45.7MP sensor illuminated from behind (BSI) gives higher resolutions.

This makes the edges of the picture much better and brighter because the pixels there retain the light better.

Nikon has added two additional settings (of below 2seconds each) for delay into this model, and if you turn on this delayed exposure mode, you can get the complete benefit of the Mirror-Up mode on this camera.

The ISO 64 capability continues in this model, so that you can handle very bright light easily.

Features:

  • 45.7 MP backlit CMOS sensor with full frame
  • ISO 64-25,600 can be taken till ISA 32-102,400
  • 7 fps shooting speed
  • AF with 153 points
  • UHS makr II compatible XQD and SD
  • 3.2 inch tilting touchscreen
  • You can use this camera to capture some details which the D810 cannot.
  • The touchscreen is responsive and users have liked it for its help in navigation and also during taking photographs.
  • If you usually shoot at ISO 64 as the faster shutter, then you might notice some blurring effects
  • When you are taking a series of photographs of a stationary or moving subject, you might get several poorly defined photographs

If you don’t like a heavy weight slung around your neck, you need look no further than the Canon EOS 200D, which is said to be the lightest APS-C DSLR.

This is much more advanced than most entry level cameras, but too hind to take its price out of reach.

The processor inside this camera allows much better continuous shooting speed of 5 fps. This camera gives you ISO 100-25,600.

You can of course let the camera decide the best sensitivity for the ambience, with the Auto ISO feature.

The autofocus system used on this model makes it punch way beyond its weight, because the CMOS AF system would normally be expected in much costlier models.

If you are a beginner and would like help, you can use the Scene Intelligent Auto mode, although manual selections are always possible once you pick up skills and develop confidence.

If you have been taking pictures using your smartphone and are looking to upgrade to a camera, the Wi-Fi inbuilt on this camera will make the switch easier.

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Features:

  • 24.2 MP resolution CMOS sensor
  • up to 5 fps continuous shooting
  • maximum ISO of 25,600 and expandable to 51, 200
  • optical viewfinder with 9-point autofocus
  • Digic 7 image processor
  • Live View
  • You will be grateful for the guided user interface if you are a beginner.
  • The Live View allows you to focus on your subjects really quickly.
  • You will find this camera useful only if you are a beginner.
  • For more features you would need to upgrade.

This EOS model also is great for beginners. It has a simple layout of controls, and those used to using phones can control the settings using the touchscreen, or use the buttons provided.

You get 18 megapixels on this model, and it gives you the pleasure of recording videos in full HD. This camera can work equally well in dim lighting conditions by increasing its ISO speed up to ISO 1600.

You can use the Live View option to go through some of the modes possible before you actually click a picture. In case you use the JPEG mode instead of RAW, you would not need to worry too much about showing up the correct highlights in bright weather.

The 9 point autofocus might not compare favourably with some other cameras which provide 3-4 times of that, but at the price range, we thought 9 points is fine. They respond fairly quickly comparable to similar models.

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Features:

  • CMOS APS-C sensor
  • Digic 5 processor
  • 5 fps continuous drive
  • shutter speed starting from 30s
  • 9 point autofocus
  • Manual focus option available
  • It has a touchscreen that is pretty straightforward to use.
  • The buttons are clear to read and laid out in straightforward fashion.
  • The autofocus and the 18 megapixel sensor are definite strengths.
  • If you have used the 600D or 650D before, you would not find too many differences against the extra money you pay for 700D.

You get much better manual controls on this model than on its lower end entry level counterparts from Nikon. You get a 24 megapixel CMOS sensor without OLPF in the D5300, and the video shooting capabilities of this model are also more pronounced.

You can enjoy continuous shooting @ 5 fps. The autofocus system is a similar 39-point one unlike the 9-point ones in the models discussed above.

Nikon has no qualms in admitting that the D5300 is just a beefed up version of the D5200, and some of the visible improvements are : increase in ISO sensitivity to 100-12,800, 3.2” display size, and enhanced battery life worth 600 clicks.

The comparable model from Canon is the EOS Rebel T5i, but the D5300 looks much more compact. Once you are done with a session of clicking pictures you can conveniently transfer them without the need for any physical device.

You can use the Wi-Fi and transfer all the files you want to. Just like a phone, this camera also provides GPS functionalities.

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Features:

  • 24.2 MP (DX) sensor
  • 5fps continuous shooting
  • 39 point autofocus
  • 9 cross type sensors for autofocus
  • vari-angle LCD monitor
  • ISO 100-12,800 can go up to 25,600
  • Expeed 4 processing
  • This camera comes with a strong battery and handles extremely well due to its light weight.
  • The continuous shooting speed of up to 5 fps and the effective optical zoom allows good photography in different ambient conditions.
  • The rear screen is not touch sensitive.
  • Viewfinder could easily be improved. Other cameras in this category offer electronic viewfinder.

This is another good entry level option from the house of Canon, although it does boast of several ‘advanced’ features as well.

It is priced well below the next higher model of Canon (the 800D), but its features are good enough to give many good models a run for their money. The autofocus is of 19 points, and you get an ISO range of 100-12800.

The polycarbonate outer body does make its body lighter, though it might lose out on the ruggedness of pricier models which use magnesium alloy bodies.

That’s why it’s better to use the cheaper lens like the 50 mm f1.8 lens instead of the giant fast lenses.

What a beginner would like with this camera is the simple control panels with a single manual control wheel.

The mode dial is easy to reach and easy to use. You need to specify the shutter speed and aperture, and the camera will figure out the rest.

You will also like the Wi-Fi and remote controlling feature (using the app) of this camera.

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Features:

  • 24.2 MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100-12,800 extendable to ISO 25,600
  • 18-55 mm ISSTM lens
  • 30 – 1/4000 second shutter speed
  • LCD monitor
  • continuous shooting speed of 5 fps
  • The touchscreen at the back allows for easy control and manoeuvrability.
  • The 19 point AF in this camera gives you great autofocus speed accuracy in live view.
  • This camera is not as robust as you might want, and might also not offer complete weatherproofing.
  • The processor used in this camera is slightly outdated

Technically speaking, this camera is a DSLT, where the changed last letter T stands for the word translucent.

This gives you faster speeds than when you shoot with a DSLR, but we still went ahead and included it here because of its nifty features and wide popularity.

You get an APS-C sensor, HD video capability and a breath-taking 79-point autofocus.

You can use the wide variety of dials and buttons to control the pictures you click, because unlike many other DSLRs, this one doesn’t have a touchscreen.

Most users prefer to use the function (fn) button to control their picture quality.

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Features:

  • 24.2 MP APS-C Exmor CMOS sensor
  • Engine from Bionz X
  • Interchangeable lens system
  • 79 point autofocus
  • Continuous shooting of up to 8 fps
  • You get very high quality images using this camera
  • Autofocus is a 79-Point AF
  • You can shoot continuous pictures very easily.
  • The electronic viewfinder will take some getting used to.
  • The results of this viewfinder are not the best in class.

This again is a dependable and cost effective way to get into photography for a beginner, yet offers many good features one associates with the Nikon name. It looks and handles comfortably and is quite moderately light.

You will be amused to see the pop up flash still available on this model, although Nikon is doing away with it in most newer models.

The 24 megapixel APS-C sensor and the Expeed 4 processor combine to give you solid photography performance on this model.

You can seamlessly connect to your social media profiles directly using the SnapBridge app that gives you Bluetooth connectivity.

You will get a maximum of 5 fps continuous shooting speed but the autofocus is of 39 points.

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Features:

  • 24.2 MP APS-C sensor
  • EXPEED 4 image processor
  • Sensitivities ranging from ISO100 to the equivalent of 25,600
  • Continuous shoots of 5 fps
  • 95% horizontal and vertical coverage
  • LCD monitor housed on rear panel
  • 39 point autofocus
  • Easy connectivity and dependable battery life make this a good camera to carry on long trips.
  • You will love the quick autofocus capabilities and the high quality of pictures and videos.
  • The features are almost similar to the earlier D5500 (still available)

This model has been around for almost a decade, and is still one of the sentimental favourites for beginners and experts alike. You will find an LCD screen with a 3:2 aspect ratio on this camera, and ISO settings of 100-6400, which you can stretch up to 12800.

You can use the interactive status screen to check your current settings.

There are several features of this camera that you can allow it to adjust by itself, one example being the A-Dep (automatic depth of field).

That said, you will also love experimenting with features like sensitivity, AF mode, drive mode etc. and further honing your skills in the Creativity Zone.

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Features:

  • 18 MP APS-C sensor (CMOS)
  • Digic 4 image processor
  • Sensitivity of ISO 100-6400
  • Continuous shooting of only 3.7 fps
  • LCD has 1040k dots
  • You would be able to get a lot of detailing on this camera, without getting lost in a multitude of controls.
  • Slightly heavier lenses are needed to bring out the best qualities of this camera.

The last camera on our list has been a popular choice with amateur enthusiasts and beginners for some time now, because this model offered several distinct improvements over its predecessor, the D3000.

You get a touchscreen (LCD that is touch enabled) and a CMOS sensor of more than 24 megapixels housed in a compact and lightweight body. The processor used is the trusted Expeed 4.

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Features:

  • 24.2 MP CMOS sensor
  • Multicam 4800DX autofocus system with 39 points
  • RGB metering sensor
  • 3D tracking in autofocus
  • Sensitivity of ISO 100-25,600
  • Maximum shutter speed of 1/4000 seconds
  • Continuous shooting speed of 5 fps
  • The no optical low-pass filter maximizes the resolution
  • The monocoque design of this camera makes it durable without making it heavy.
  • The GPS feature in the earlier variant is not present in this model.

Buyer's Guide - DSLR Cameras Buying Guide in India

If you have not used a DSLR camera before and listen to two photography enthusiasts speaking, you would think you are speaking to two scientists. The multitude of alphanumeric jargon will make you feel really uneducated.

The same scenario is likely to be repeated if you go to a buy a new DSLR camera. That is why it is instructive to know a few basics before you go to buy your new camera.

We bring you the ten most important things you should be aware of and find out before you go shopping.

  • Know What You Want – If you are planning to buy a DSLR camera, you should know the difference between DSLRs, Mirrorless cameras, Compact point-and-shoot cameras, and even the cameras that all phones come equipped with nowadays. The most distinctive feature of a DSLR is that it allows you to look through the lens using a mirror, giving you a very accurate idea of what the final composition would be like. If you wish to pursue photography as a hobby seriously, or in case you plan to take up photography as your profession, then you must go in for a DSLR camera.
  • Fix your Budget – You will realise when you walk into a photography store or when you log on to an online store, that there are so many attractive options that you can quickly end up spending a lot more money than what you had provisioned for. Most newbie photographers admit that they do not get down to using many of the things that they had purchased. That is why it is a much better idea to have a figure in mind and then make a list of the must have features in what you intend to buy, in decreasing order of importance. That will help you keep track of what you are about to spend, and leave out unnecessary stuff that bloats your spend. If shopping online, please also check to see if the shipping is free or if you would be charged. If you will pay shipping, then that should be also taken into account while matching with your budget.
  • Be Aware Of Some Basics – Like we said earlier, try reading up on at least some of the jargon that will most likely be thrown at you. A manual mode camera would need you to do everything that decides the kind of picture you will get. But if you select a camera with auto mode, several aspects would be correctly selected by the camera. If you are a beginner, your camera should have an automatic mode for sure. You will be asked about the ISO you want. This number tells you how sensitive your camera would be to light. As a beginner, you should not accept a camera with ISO less than 1600. The MP (megapixels) that your camera has tells you how much clarity your photographs will have. Although many of our recommended cameras above provide resolution of 24 megapixels, but anything above 12 MP should be fine for you. And finally, you need to check whether your camera has an autofocus, and how well and how quickly it focusses automatically. Apart from some of these technical parameters you need to aware of, also remember to check physically the weight, feel and handling of the camera in your hands.
  • Some non-basic features – Depending on your budget, you could also be looking for some additional features in your camera. Remember, these are only to give you additional control on your pictures, but they are not something you can’t do without. Do check out some of these features like LCD screen, electronic viewfinder, Wi-Fi connectivity, GPS capability, automatic cleaning of sensor, HD video capability, image stabilization, panoramic mode etc. As you grow in confidence with your photography skills, you might want to buy cameras with some or all of these features.
  • Brand Names – This might be known to you even if we do not mention it. There are less than 10 camera brand names that an average photography enthusiast would be able to tell you, and the most common ones are Nikon and Canon, which have more than 70% of the share of the camera market. But you should also compare some of the brands other than these two, like Olympus, Pentax, Minolta, Sony, Leica etc.
  • How To Buy – There are three ways in which people usually buy cameras, and you can choose any of them. There are several supermarkets and discount stores which have a separate photography section. They might give you better prices but they will not have technical experts to guide you. Online shopping is the second option but here too you will need to educate yourself and make the correct selection. And finally there are the traditional photography stores which you should choose if you are a newbie and want someone to be explain things to you and answer your questions. Additionally, there are some websites which sell used cameras and photography equipment, and you can pick up some cool stuff t nifty discounts there. But you should use them only after you have become an expert about the technical terms, so that you are not fooled.
  • Avoid Getting Addicted To Buying – A problem we hinted at in the beginning of this section is how people love to throw jargon around regarding their photography. Similarly, another reason for lots of peer pressure is the kind of additional gear you are using. This results in many photography enthusiasts getting addicted to buying more and more equipment and additional gear for their cameras rather than making the best use of what they have and focussing on clicking good photographs. You need to remember this when you go in to buy your first camera and also later. Buy just the basic stuff which is essential, and focus more on developing your own photography skills.
  • Learn About Software – There are several tools which come into play after you have clicked your photographs. It is good for you to know about some of these tools. That will not only help you remove any glitches in your compositions, but even for perfectly acceptable photographs, you can improve their quality using these tools. You can make subtle changes in the colour, contrast and even light exposure of the photographs. Some tools not only help make these basic improvements but also give the photograph some really eye popping enhancements. Most cameras would come equipped with some basic photo editing software but there are also many advanced paid tools you can opt for as your skills go up.
  • Accessories – Although this point comes so low in our list of camera buying guides, it is perhaps one of the most important ones for you. If you miss out on some essential accessories, it might affect your quality of work, but if you splurge on unnecessary items, then you might end up playing havoc with your budget without any visible improvements in quality of photographs. That is why it is very important for you to be able to learn to distinguish between must-have and good-to-have. Extra batteries and additional memory sticks are the first things you should be looking for and must have in your arsenal. In case your new camera doesn’t come with a bag, or if the bag you get isn’t spacious enough, then you could also consider investing in a bag with enough pockets and space to carry all your stuff. One more essential accessory is a good set of cleaning equipment for your camera and its parts. Dirt and dust spot would not only impact the output of your pictures but also impact the longevity of your camera.
  • Lenses – A camera and its output are only as good as the lenses it has, so it is important for you to understand as much as you can about lenses so that you can make the correct choice from among the several options that you are likely to be presented with. Every camera comes with a basic set of fitted lens which is usually referred to as the kit lens. This is usually an 18-55 mm zoom lens. Their price is included in the camera price and for starters you might be fine with it. But if you wish to give yourself more options and also learn about combinations of lenses, then you might need some additional lenses for specific needs, like prime lens, telephoto lens etc.

Once you have gone through this list of 10 most attractive yet economical DSLR cameras and also equipped yourself with some basic knowledge, you are all set to get yourself a fine camera and begin your exhilarating journey into photography.

You will see that it will soon become an all-consuming passion and you will arm yourself with more knowledge, better skills and cutting edge equipment.

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