Digital Single-Lens Reflex aka DSLR cameras are one considered to the top notches in the digital camera segment as they come with some advanced features can capture images, which is not possible with a normal digital camera or a smartphone camera.
What makes them so special is the fact that one can connect different lenses and there is a viewfinder, which gives an advantage over other cameras available in the market. But it takes some time to get know the different features of a DSLR so that one can use its full potential. And when it comes to buying a professional-level DSLR, it surely becomes a daunting task and burns a deep hole in one’s pocket. But don’t worry, there are many entry-level DSLRs available as well which gives you the look and feel of the professional DSLRs. So to make it simpler for you, we have handpicked top 5 entry-level DSLR cameras available in the market right now.
For the budding photographers, the entry-level DSLR from Canon is one of the best option available under sub Rs 25,000 range. The successor of EOS 1200D comes with a faster 18-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor coupled with a DIGIC 4+ processor which allows faster image processing and focusing speeds. The camera has an ISO range from 100 to 6,400 and comes with equipped with 3-inch LCD screen which has 920 thousands dots for sharper and clearer picture.
As for the lens is concerned, the device comes with EF-S 18-55 IS II kit lens and there is also an EF-S 55-250 IS II zoom lens available for purchase. Further, the EOS 1300D can be used with over 70 EF/EF-S lenses. What makes it special is the fact that one can use different modes starting from basic auto mode to advanced manual mode where you can adjust the ISO, shutter speed, aperture and more according to your need. The camera also features 1080p video recording and 9-point autofocus system and allows burst shooting up to 30 frames per second.
Other than this, the camera comes equipped with Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity, which allows users to transfer images to one’s smartphone or remotely frame a shot with Canon Camera Connect app. Overall, with an asking price of Rs 21,999, the DSLR camera is a good option to consider.
The latest offering from Nikon comes is considered one of the best DSLR cameras for beginners. The camera comes with a 24-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor coupled with Expeed 4 image processor which provide some good shots. What makes this entry-level DSLR camera so special is the fact that it is equipped with company’s SnapBridge technology, for a quick transfer of photos to your smartphones or any connected device for that matter. The camera uses a Bluetooth Low Energy to sync.
As for the lens is a concern, the company has also come up with telephoto lens namely as Nikon AF-P DX NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED and AF-P DX NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED VR. The device comes with a 3-inch LCD display with 170-degree viewing angle and 921k dot. The offers 11 focus points and can click around 1,200 photos with a single charge. Other than this, it offers an ISO range of 100-25600, 5fps burst shooting, maximum shutter speed of 1/4000sec and video recording up to 1080p video at 60fps. You can get this camera as low as Rs 29,000 from e-commerce sites, which makes it probably the best camera at this price segment.
Sony Alpha 58 is loaded with some interesting features which make it one of the entry-level DSLR cameras available in the market. The device sports a 20.1-megapixel APS-C Exmor sensor coupled with company’s in-house Bionz image processor, which gives some image and video output. The camera has an ISO range of 100-16000 and a shutter speed of 1/4000 sec to 30 sec. It also features 15-point autofocus with 3 cross sensor for fast focusing.
The Alpha 58 sports an OLED viewfinder which gives a real-time display of the shot you are about to take. The device can also capture Full HD videos and has burst mode through one can capture shots up to 8fps. The camera has a wide range of White Balance selection which includes Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent and Fluorescent. It supports all Sony DSLR lenses and A-Mount bayonet lenses from Minolta and Konica Minolta. The camera is available with18-55 mm zoom lens for Rs 33,990.
Ricoh is a well-known name in the camera industry. The company is known for making some top-of-the-line cameras in the different ranges and this entry-level camera is no different. To start with, the camera comes with a 16-megapixel APS-C type CMOS sensor along with Prime M image processing engine, which delivers some good quality images at similar price point.
The device comes with SAFOX IXi+ autofocus engine, with AF assist lamp and 11-point AF, which makes helps it autofocus in easily in different lighting conditions. What makes it stand off the crowd is the fact that it comes with 81 weather seals which rugged device one can use in any weather condition, whether be it rain or sand. The digital camera has a 3-inch LCD with brightness and colour adjustments are wide angle viewable and feature 921,000 dots of resolution. The device comes with ISO range up to 51200 and can shoot HD videos at 6fps.
There is also an in-body shake reduction feature which ensures that image captured is not blurry and it comes loaded with Pentaprism viewfinder which the company claims gives a 100 per cent field of view. The device is compatible with every K-mount lens made by the company and can be found online for approx. Rs 38,000, making it one of the best entry-level cameras in the market.
If you are looking for an entry-level DSLR camera then this one from Canon can also be considered as a good option. The camera comes loaded with 18-megpixel CMOS sensor coupled with Digic 5 image processor, which gives some good quality output. The device has an ISO range starting from 100-12800, which can be further expanded up to 25600. For those who want to have some while clicking, the camera comes loaded with 7 filters including Fish-Eye effect, Toy camera Effect, Grainy Black & white, Soft Focus, Miniature Effect, Art Bold Effect and Water Painting Effect.
The DSLR camera comes with improved autofocus with a 9-point, all cross-type AF system (including dual-cross f/2.8 centre point) for accurate focus whether the camera is oriented in portrait or landscape position. Further, the EOS 700D can be used with over 70 EF/EF-S lenses and comes loaded with different modes from manual to a basic auto mode and comes with a 3-inch LCD display with 1.04 million dots resolution. The camera can be bought from online and offline stores for around Rs 37,000 with bothEF S18 – 55 mm IS II and EF S55 – 250 mm IS II lenses.