Best Entry-Level DSLRs
In general, it is pretty fine to take nice photos with a point and shoot camera. However a DSLR (Digital Single-Lens Reflex) Camera is a better option for those who have a passion on photography. With a DSLR camera, you will be happier with the image quality thank to the larger image sensors. Besides, there are far more options for you to control and adjust the images. You can select one among a lot of lenses provided by manufacturer.
The benefits cannot be denied.
There are so many DSLR models in the current market that you may take a considerable effort to choose the best one based on your demand. The following list will help you update the best entry-level DSLRs. The order is arranged according to the alphabet. Beginners shall find it useful and interesting to use one of those cameras.
The list of Best Entry-Level DSLR cameras
Canon EOS Rebel T3
The first one I recommend is the Rebel T3 model, which has a pretty low price. You can find it interesting to use this camera. The resolution is measured at 12.2 megapixels and the HD movie mode helps create videos of good quality although it is just limited to 720p.
The Rebel T3 has included most basic specifications. Actually, this camera is pretty simple; however, the basic features are enough for taking nice photos, including the accurate decent AF, reliable metering as well as the detailed and natural JPEGs straight out of the box.
However, if you are not necessarily stick to the cameras produced by Canon (for example, you may use a film camera while having several other EF lenses), many other manufacturers can be considered. The value you can receive from one of those manufacturers may be higher.
Canon EOS Rebel T3i
Compared to the successful Rebel T2i model with a lot of nice features, the Rebel T3i is a better replacement. While the 18 megapixels resolution and the full HD video mode still remains the same, there are some new features which are even new to the DSLR camera market and make you easily attracted.
One of those new nice feature is the articulated LCD screen. When buying this mode, you are also provided with Feature Guide in which the functions can be easily found out even for a beginner. The high quality images are produce at all the ISOs settings and in comparison with many other cameras, the JPEG quality really surprises you. In general, the Rebel T3i is a great option to consider.
Stop looking at Canon’ cameras for a moment, the Nikon’s D3100 DSLR camera is also a wonderful entry-level model for beginners.
With the 14.2 MP resolution and the inclusion of a full HD video mode, this is considered an award-winning D3100. You can easily use the camera thanks to the Guide Mode provided together when you make the purchase decision. Even beginners do not find it difficult to take control over the settings. In general, the D3100 is a pretty easy-to-use camera.
One of the very outstanding aspects of this camera is its great performance in most circumstances, even in high contrast scenes. You shall find less noise with the JPEG photos with the high ISO settings than converted RAW images.
If you are looking for the smallest and lightest camera among the current DSLR models for beginners, Pentax K-x is an interesting option for a limited budget. Thanks to its design, this is very convenient for those who often travel somewhere else.
The 12.4 MP resolution is nice with this mode and the HD movie mode (just limited to 720p) is included as well. The Image quality, even for photos shot in low light condition, is great. Thanks to this aspect, the K-x can be equally compared to or even sometimes outperform other competitors.
However, there remains only one small drawback with this camera, in which despite having 11 autofocus points, you cannot view them in the viewfinder. If this does not matter to you, the K-x is a wonderful camera to choose.
Sony Alpha SLT-A55V
The Sony Alpha SLT-A55V is considered a “hybrid DSLR” camera thanks to its fast autofocus speed for not only still images but also movies. The A55 (sometimes referred to as the a55) is such an award-winning thanks to the advanced technology called “”translucent mirror technology”. With this technology, the light is able to come to the image sensor and the autofocus simultaneously, which helps the speed become faster. Unlike a traditional DSLR mirror, you will not see the a55’s interior mirror “flipping up”. It requires the a55 to have an EVF together.
Thanks to its large CMOS image sensor and the 16.2 MP resolution, you shall be satisfied with the great image quality images. It is convenient to hold this camera in which the 3.0-inch LCD can tilt away from the camera.