Want to upgrade from your phone, or a point and shoot camera and jump into the DSLR world? It’s no surprise that DSLR cameras are more becoming more and more popular, seeing as companies are lowering the prices and also introducing new features pretty much every other month.
But with all those models, you probably don’t know what to look for and how to ultimately choose the right camera for you. After all, you’re buying a system that you will use for years to come! Make the best decision now so you won’t regret it later.
Best DSLR Camera For Beginners
- Bigger, professional sensor. This results in high quality and crisp shots
- The ability to change lenses means there is nothing limiting you anymore (except for the budget)
- Low light photography is much more fun to do, as DSLR cameras have way less noise than any other digital camera
- Manual controls are one of the main reasons why we use these cameras. From the shutter speed, all the way to auto focus points; you can control it
- Auto focus is amazingly fast, and there is also no delay when taking pictures. No more missing the shot because of a bad camera!
These are just the ones that really stand out more, the list could go on forever!
Are there any disadvantages? Honestly speaking, no, but you will have to get used to the fact that you can’t put a DSLR in your pocket. Most of us never had an issue with this anyways, and the rest got used to it pretty quickly. When you own such an amazing camera you really don’t care about anything else!
What To Look For In a DSLR
Body – If you are looking for small and light DSLR cameras then consider yourself lucky, as that’s what companies have been working on for years. Canon’s SL1 is actually the smallest DSLR on earth right now. Check out my DSLR Body & Buttons explained.
Brand – I say this so many times in my articles, but the brand you go with doesn’t matter. Both Canon and Nikon will allow you to get great shots, as long as you know what you are doing! Lenses and other equipment matters much more, the camera is just a starting point
Megapixels – Another common myth is that megapixels are the one and only factor for sharp shots. While this is simply not true, it doesn’t hurt to have more (cropping, printing large). 10 or more megapixels is already enough for most, and considering DSLR cameras today come with 15+, there is nothing to complain about.
Auto Focus – The more AF points there are, there more specific you can be with your focus selection (in the auto mode). Anything above 7 should be fine! Canon’s beginner models usually have 9 AF points, while Nikon can go even up to 39!
Burst Mode – You want to shoot action right? Whether it’s a football match, or your dog running around, the burst mode matters a lot! Look for cameras that have above 4 frames per second.
ISO Performance – If you often find yourself taking pictures at night, but always get noisy shots, don’t forget to make sure your new DSLR has a high maximum ISO range! ISO 6,400 max. is a good starting point, but most cameras today go up to 12,800 or even 25,600! Check out my ISO Photography tutorial.
Video – It’s crazy to think that the cheapest DSLR has better looking video than many more expensive cameras out there. Older models have HD recording, while Full HD is pretty much the standard today. For slow motion effects, go with the one that allows you to record at 60/50fps.
And that’s it! What you are basically looking for is a Canon/Nikon camera with more than 10 megapixels, a good sensor and the ability to record videos. Let’s look at the best DSLR cameras for beginners available right now!
1. Nikon D3100
Nikon D3100 is the most popular camera among DSLR shooters. Super easy to handle, 14 megapixels, video capability and a cost of around $420. It really doesn’t get better than this!
2. Canon EOS 600D/Rebel T3i
Another entry level DSLR that’s been on the market for over 2 years, but it’s still rocking the sales! 18 megapixel sensor, up to 12,800 ISO with high quality images and an articulating LCD screen!
3. Nikon D3200
24 megapixels (more than most professional cameras), 4 vs 3fps and slightly improved video recording. It’s not that much better than the D3100, but it’s newer and has a similar price!
You will see that if there’s one thing the cameras above have in common, it’s their low price. There are obviously more expensive models that are still appropriate for beginners, so if you want to check those out just go to my Semi-Professional DSLR Guide, or the actual DSLR Buying Guide.