With the forward march of technology continuing unhindered, the realm of photography and videography has like many other fields too undergone a revolutionary change.
The options open to the hobbyist has exploded thanks to technological progress. The trend of digitization has affected photography too and all for the better.
It is now possible to take professional quality pictures and videos at a fraction of the cost in terms of equipment necessary namely in this case cameras.
DSLR cameras are meant for people who want more options, flexibility, and power than what traditional point and shoot cameras have to offer. But before we dive into the advantages of DSLR cameras let us first consider what DSLR cameras actually are.
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Although my favorite among all is Canon EOS 1300D but you must check all of them to make your buying decision.
The EOS 1300D is a particularly popular model which is backed well in terms of marketing by Canon. Despite the fabricating material of the camera body, the unit scores high in its robustness and durability.
The surface of the body features a matte texture and provides a good grip in addition to resisting scratches. This DSLR support Wi-Fi and the display leaves little to complain about due to its high quality.
The camera produces good quality images and is ideal for people who would be using the camera themselves all through.
The camera performs equally well in low-light as well as artificial lights. The videos are a high quality 1080p and require little fiddling with exposure settings.
The battery is powerful and you can take about 500 snaps in a single full charge. For video capture we recommend the use of a tripod in the absence of in-built video stabilization
With the D5300 from Nikon, you get the ability to shoot from a wide variety of angles thanks to the Vari-angle LCD.
Overhead shots like those of crowds from above are done with ease. You can shoot at any situation courtesy of the exceptionally versatile auto-focus.
This particular model from Nikon does not disappoint in any way when it comes to the sharpness and clarity of the snaps thanks to DX format CMOS.
It also allows you to shoot high-quality videos in Full HD glory. You get the added advantage of being able to crop or enlarge photos without any loss of sharpness or detail.
The D5300 is ideal for ardent aficionados of still photography. The design and build quality of the model is sound.
It is both light as well as compact. With the Wi-Fi support provided by the camera transferring files is a breeze and plus it ships with the useful GPS feature. It provides an exceptional battery life.
This is a truly quality DSLR brought to you by Nikon. The robust build of the camera along with the durable nature of the product leaves little to be desired.
Weighing 430 gm is it quite light and one can grip the body with comfortable ease. It is a pleasure to use and handle the products.
The camera responds very well and is a quick performer and you are mere seconds away from powering on, focusing and snapping with this model from Nikon. It is great while taking consecutive snaps.
The quality of the images produced by the came is excellent. The sharpness of the images along with the excellent reproduction of color deserves special mention.
The videos captured with the model look good even in low light conditions. It does not ship with a wi-fi feature but a dongle can remedy that with ease. Even without wi-fi, connecting the DSLR to devices and transferring files is a breeze.
Nikon really shines as a manufacturer of DSLRs with yet another model in our top ten list.
The D3400 is yet another stellar model which is surprisingly light and compact and features a tough surface grip.
The camera amazes you with the ease with which you can shoot and handle it. This ease of use is further reinforced by the layout of the buttons designed keeping in mind convenience and accessibility. The navigation and UI further facilitate this feeling.
As with the other Nikon models mentioned above, this model to leaves little to be desired in terms of the quality of the images and videos captured by it. The ISO performance is exemplary with no visible noise.
Support for SnapBridge which facilitates automatic transfer of image and video files is a good feature. If there is one complaint or rather a feature which might be said to have been good to have it is of support for an external microphone.
That being said, the inbuilt microphone is excellent and should work like magic in most situations.
This EOS 200D model from Canon boasts of robust and solid durability and build quality.
It is ideal for people who would be using their cameras on a regular basis and need models which can handle some rough and tough handling.
The camera is both light and compact and offers a firm grip. The LCD screen provides excellent viewing angles and add to that the responsiveness that the camera offers makes this Canon model extremely convenient for use.
But do not mistake its simplicity as a lack of functionality or ability. Indeed the model has the rare characteristic of performing well in all sorts of lighting conditions even in night shots and artificial lights.
The high-resolution videos captured with the camera are excellent. The focus is prompt to respond and the camera can easily click a series of snaps one after another.
Connectivity features of the model are similarly excellent offering Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and even NFC connectivity. There is no inbuilt microphone, but the camera does have an external mic jack.
The A5100 features a comfortable rubber hand grip besides the compact plastic body and there is even a plastic square on its back to place the right thumb of yours.
It weighs a mere 224gm minus the lens and has a nice flash that pops up and is activated when an adjacent small button is pressed.
The autofocus extremely fast as well as accurate with 6fps and 179 AF point. This budget model from Sony can also track moving objects with fine accuracy.
The camera can record Full HD video and can also handle fast action at 60p or 60i frame rates thanks to the new 179-point autofocus.
Though the camera does indeed facilitate the process of taking selfies in this day and age, DSLR owners are more likely to, than not, be embarrassed at taking pictures with something even closely dubbed as a selfie cam.
But that does injustice to this good DSLR and it is a worthwhile feature to mention. One may also add new apps to the camera.
Despite being an entry-level model from Canon, EOS 1500D surprises with its ability to satisfy the needs of both DSLR beginners as well as professionals.
The 24.1 MP CMOS sensor is good enough to be compared with the advanced higher end models. The largeness of the sensor is evident in the depth that it provides to the images captured by it.
You also have the option to blur the background should you so please. The autofocus is swift and accurate enabling you to snap pictures that can boast of being extremely sharp.
The color gradation is well looked after by the noted DIGIC 4+ image processor and leaves little to be desired. Shooting in low light produces good results with the absence of any type of significant noise.
The EOS 1500D sips with a number of inbuilt shooting modes which makes life easy for beginners. It also boats of five distinct and unique filter effects.
You can easily transfer your videos and images by connecting them to printers or smartphones in addition to your computer through NFC and Wi-Fi. The camera even has a GPS feature.
The grip of the ILCE A5000 is somewhat chunky but in a very secure manner. When a person is using heavy cameras there is little chance of using it with the help of a single hand.
But this model’s lightweight build might ensure that you indeed do so on quite a number of occasions where the chunky grip may come in handy to make things steady.
The camera by virtue of its design facilitates one hand use with nearly all of the buttons being placed on its right side.
In terms of the cameras to have come out of the manufacturing prowess of Sony, the a5000 is perhaps the lightest and smallest of its kind from Sony considering that it features interchangeable lenses.
The LCD is versatile and can be tilted up to 180 degrees making it good for self-portraits or selfies. The camera body also features a zoom lever which may be operated with one hand also facilitates this.
The intelligent new Auto Object Framing mode makes the process of taking aesthetically wonderful snaps nothing short of a breeze. You can share your works of art with ease by virtue of the cameras one-touch NFC connection even directly from the camera itself.
It is becoming increasingly hard to get hold of the Alpha A58K in the normal market.
But in case you are resourceful enough to get your hands on one, it is a tempting camera to buy particularly for the people looking for quality at a shoestring budget.
The models make use of a good 20MP sensor and ships with an OLED viewfinder in sharp contrast to most of the cameras reviewed by us previously.
The camera also boasts of a new mode the lock-on focus which is great at tracking objects in addition to the Auto Object Framing mode. It does a good job at both pictures as well as video.
Though this model is priced just above the strict Rs 40,000 level, I am sure the buyer or seeker of camera information would grant me the liberty to briefly discuss this camera just above the price level of the top ten list.
Indeed, I do not wish to lead you on to lame models and make you feel all grumpy but instead I want to show you another example of a good camera.
The a6000 is an impressive attempt to merge the advantages of the CSC as well as the DSLR segments.
The camera has nothing singularly unique or exceptional, but it does not really need to as it performs excellently on all of the parameters on which its competitors collectively excel.
The term DSLR stands for Digital Single-Lens Reflex Camera. Inside the camera body of typical DSLR cameras, one will encounter a mirror. This mirror reflects the light it receives from the lens to an optical viewfinder.
The transmission of light is done by the means of a series of additional mirrors in budget DSLRs and through a prism in higher end models. This procedure enables you to see whatever you are shooting and also responsible for the reflex tag which refers to the reflection by the mirror.
In DSLRs when you press the shutter, the mirror flips from the path of the light from the lens and as the shutter is opened the imaging sensor captures what is present.
The design of DSLRs cameras confer upon them some important advantages vis a vis point and shoot or mirrorless cameras in that you are able to see through the optical viewfinder exactly what will be captured in the picture should you press the shutter in real time.
It is in contrast to mirrorless or point and shoots where there might potentially be a lag caused by the sensor having to transfer the view to a digital display placed elsewhere on the camera.
The drawback of DSLRs when compared to their mirrorless counterparts is that you cannot really preview the results of exposure settings like you can in the case of the latter. Another important advantage of DSLRs is the enhanced battery life due to the very low consumption of power by the optical viewfinder.
If there is one thing about DSLRs that is totally confusing to new photography enthusiasts, it is undoubtedly the sensor. Though the MP or megapixel count definitely is important it is the sensor’s physical size that gives its images an advantage over point and shoot or smartphone cameras in terms of the quality of the image produced. DSLR sensors come in two flavors viz:
To put it simply a full-frame camera sensor is of the same size of 35mm film’s standard frame.
This type of sensors are in size half of standard 35mm negative and create as a result what is termed as a crop factor.
In brief, a crop factor of 1.5x on a 50mm lens endows a field view of a full frame camera’s 75mm lens. One may use full frame lenses or crop frame camera bodies but it is not at all advisable, even if possible, to use crop lenses on full frame cameras.
Many people have part-time uses of the DSLR in the capacity of a video camera. In this respect there are two things to be aware of:
1080p is the norm these days in any sort of video recording. 1080p refers to a video resolution of 1920x1080. If possible try to find out a model which offers 4K or UHD video recording capabilities, just to be future proof.
The higher the frame rate the smoother the movement captured in the video appears to be. Do not settle for anything less than 1080p at 30fps or frames per second.
If you are one of the die-hard fans of the still image and frown down on video, still you want to consider the video recording capabilities of a DSLR you are thinking of buying. You might get pleasantly surprised, the video is fun.
All DSLRs come shipped with a variety of modes in which you can take snaps. Typical modes include Night, Action, Landscape, Portrait etc. For the total beginner, some entry-level DSLRs also feature additional modes like Scene Intelligent Auto, Panorama.
These are particular to the make and model of the DSLR.
Eventually, through the holding hands of aperture and shutter-priority mode, you eventually want to enter the arena of the real pros- the manual mode. But if you are just starting out the in-built predefined modes are of great help in honing your skill in the initiation time period.
Look for cameras that have a shutter, aperture and manual modes in addition to auto if you are looking for a DSLR that you will own for quite some time to come.
These days it is not at all rare to come across cameras that let you do light edits from the camera screen itself. These edits are typically things like filters, changing exposure or making automatic adjustments. You will find that such edits are far easier as well as effective when carried out on your desktop or laptop, but the feature is still useful and fun.
Most DSLRs with a price tag of below Rs 40,000 come equipped with what is referred to as a kit lens. These lenses are typically 18-55mm zoom lens. They suffice for most purposes but lack most of the finer bells and whistles of the more expensive lenses.
Watch out for package deals where you get a better kit lens or a 50mm prime lens or if you are really lucky even a telephoto lens. These packages also come with much-needed items like memory card, camera bag, camera strap, and an extra lens and cost you less than what it would have taken if you were to buy them separately.
The look and feel of most entry-level DSLRs show little variety. But there are a number of things that you must watch out for. One of them is the LCD screen.
Note that not all LCD screens are created equal and try to get hold of a model which has at least a decent LCD screen as after all this is where you are going to review the snaps you take.
Also, see if the camera screen is rotated after being popped out from the camera’s back. This helps you to take photos from unconventional angles and still get a good look. Touchscreen is better than buttons at navigating through the various menus that your camera might have.
Ensure that the camera fits into your hand properly. Some cameras are by design meant for people with small hands. Just in case should you have bigger hands the camera will feel cramped.
Most cameras in the price bracket we are talking about in this review post come with polycarbonate bodies. There are better quality material for camera bodies in the market but they will come at a higher price.
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