When you are starting with photography, one of the most daunting decisions to make is which camera to start with. There are budget constraints with every beginner out there. But apart from that, choosing the first right camera isn’t only about spending less, it’s about spending the least and getting the best out of it. And this would drastically vary on where you are headed with your photography.
Maybe you are starting from scratch and just want to keep a DSLR that you can carry everywhere like your digicam (believe me it’s not easy) to take some better photos. Or maybe you had enough hands-on with your friend’s camera and you want something more advanced to shoot with now. Here is a list of entry level DSLRs listed for various different requirements.
Since time immemorial, Canon 1100D has served as one of kind learning DSLR for beginners. It was, and is a very cost effective package even today when cameras with literally twice the Megapixel count are available for a few thousand bucks extra. After the launch of its successor 1200D, it maintains its position as light and versatile equipment, compatible with almost every Canon lens or Sigma and Tamron lens for Canon. If you are too short on budget, this will also help you feel less guilty of your investment. Or pair it up with a 50mm prime lens to make perfect kit for street, portrait or even macro (reverse mount) photography.
Succeeding Nikon’s best entry level camera in the market, D3200 has high hopes to satisfy. It doesn’t have a steep learning curve as such, but you will find a guide mode in the camera that would tell you what settings to keep for getting desired results.
Particularly, Nikon D3200 is the highest amount of Megapixels your money can buy. This roughly translates to more details in your photos and slightly better low light performance compared to high end point and shoot cameras. It has a 24 Megapixel sensor with continuous Auto Focus system for video recording; and has an option to attach an external Mic (3.5mm).
Among entry level DSLRs, D3200 also has the widest range of Nikon and 3rd party lenses to choose from. What more you could ask for in a sub 25k DSLR?
Later still, one would always come back to a camera that houses a 24 million pixel sensor in a 500g body.
If you think a beginners’ DSLR should have everything in small quantities to experiment and practice on, the Nikon D5200 is what you should be looking at. It not only fulfills a responsibility to take resolution to a higher level, but to become a camera that a learner could cling on to for longer. An easy to use Nikon with a Flip out screen for any kind of framing with ease, it is scratching the surface of how good it can get.
It has a 24MP sensor and diligently controls noise at high ISO levels (typically above 1000), which makes it great for Landscape and most other kinds of photography. It lacks HDR but has a wide dynamic range of 13.9EV (DXOMark).
Sony SLT A58
The Sony SLT A58 makes it to the list due to a very special capability that most high-end DSLRs lack, phase detection AF coupled with ‘sensor shift’ image stabilization. You can click pictures and shoot videos with clear and accurate focus without any effort. It’s more like using a point and shoot camera with the picture quality and ISO might of a DSLR.
The camera has an external Mic jack to record audio separately using an external Mic. Moreover, A58 can shoot take burst shots at 8 frames per second. That’s the highest on the list!