Most of the photography lover’s dream is to own the Canon 5D Mark IV or the Nikon D810 but then you realize that those beast DSLRs will cost you a whopping $5000 for only the body and along with the lenses it’s only a dream to own them.
The most important thing to know is that the photographer makes the images great not the DSLR.
Even if you are not able to buy a full frame DSLR you can buy an entry-level crop sensor DSLR and still click those photos that you can see in those Photography magazine or websites.
Let us talk about the TOP 5 entry-level DSLRs available in the market.
5. Canon EOS 1300D/Rebel T6/Kiss X80
Canon launched this amazing DSLR this year in March bundled with NFC and in-built Wi-Fi which is real breaking deal at a very cheap price of $450.
The Rebel T6 comes with an 18.0 effective megapixel CMOS sensor and a DIGIC 4+ image processor which succeeds the DIGIC 4 of Canon EOS 1200D.
The Rebel has 9 AF points with 1 cross-type point in the center at f/5.6 and extra sensitivity at f/2.8 or faster.
You can record 1080p Full HD video recording at 24p, 25p and 30p and also 720p HD video recording at 60p and 50p.
The rebel T6 has a 3.0″ in 4:3 ratio color TFT LCD screen and can shoot at 3 FPS.
4. Sony α58 / A58/SLT-58
The only camera from other manufacturer other than Nikon and Canon is Sony Alpha 58 camera which boasts a 20.1 megapixel camera and very fast autofocus in most conditions.
It’s also support Full HD recording at 24p and the display is a 2.7” tiltable screen which will help you to shoot at different angles.
The drawback of this camera is the clustered menus and the button placement which makes it difficult for the novice user. The viewfinder is not optical so it’s a turnoff for many.
Also the image tends to be noisy at higher ISOs and lens mount is plastic.
3. Nikon D3300
This camera from Nikon launched in 2014 is overall package. It can shoot high quality images with 24.2 megapixel image sensor and in burst mode at 5 Frames per second.
It has Expeed 4 image processor and can record video up to 1080p video in 60p/50p fps.
A new viewfinder with 0.85 magnification was introduced over the old D3200.
The Nikon D3300 body is Carbon-fiber-reinforced polymer, small and very light.
It has fantastic high-ISO performance.
The only thing which stops it from becoming Rank 1 or 2 is the absence of an in-built motor.
The Automatic video autofocus is average and the Wi-Fi is optional.
2. Nikon D5200
The Nikon D5200 is not an entry-level camera but a high – entry-level and low mid-level DSLR camera which can click amazing photographs with low noise which can match the quality of a full frame camera.
It can shoot continuously at 5fps. It boast a 39-point AF with 9 cross-type AF system
The video recording is Up to 1080p at 24, 25 and 50i, 30 and 60i, 720p at 50 or 60 frames per second (fps) and also clean 1080p HDMI video out.
A fluid shooting design and solid feature set the Nikon D5200 delivers a lot for the money.
The graphic user interface is very intuitive.
It also supports Wi-Fi & GPS and the display screen is articulating 3” LCD.
The D5200 supports Live View shooting mode with Contrast Detect and face priority auto focus (activated with a dedicated button).
However the battery life of D5200 is weak and it lacks a viewfinder eye sensor. It also lacks a touchscreen and an autofocus motor in the body.
1. Canon 700D/Rebel t5i/ Kiss X7i
The best camera level in the entry level range is the Canon EOS 700D which has the new 18.0 effective megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor.
The 700D has 9 AF points and all cross-type at f/5.6 (Center point is high precision, double cross-type at f/2.8 or faster).
The Newgen kit lens is great to work with and touchscreen is very responsive and display screen is 360⁰ LCD with live view mode.
The Canon 700D records1080p Full HD video recording with movie servo at 30fps, 25p and 30p with drop frame timing, 720p HD video recording at 60p and 50p.
It can shoot at 5 fps with ample buffering in JPEG-only mode.
It can work with approximately 210 type of lenses which will help you click different types of image and video.
The ISO performance of EOS 700D is excellent. The ISO sensitivity is 100 – 12800 and can extends to ISO 25600.
The things we didn’t like is little changes from the earlier T4i and Slow ‘hybrid AF’ performance in live view and video modes.
Also Canon is still stick to the older 18 MP APS sensor with this model and it’s not a big problem.
But this camera is beast and an all-in-one package.