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.
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 🙂
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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