Today cameras are very popular especially when most of the high end smartphones have dedicated camera with host of features and also the point and shoot camera have now become a lot cheaper that it used to be earlier. Now if you love photography and is passionate about it, then it is always better that you upgrade a point and shoot camera to a Digital SLR camera (DSLR). A DSLR camera provides you with far more control over your images, the image sensors are bigger, wider lenses and the image quality is better.
DSLR cameras come in different ranges, entry level, mid range and high end professional photography cameras. Now if you are upgrading from a point and shoot camera, you can try getting one of the cheapest and the entry level cameras. Please note that the prices mentioned are indicative only and it may vary based on countries and markets.
Best Entry Level DSLR Cameras
1. Canon EOS Rebel T3i/ EOS 600D
The Canon EOS 600D is an 18.0 megapixel digital single-lens reflex camera, released by Canon in February 2011. It is known as the EOS Kiss X5 in Japan and the EOS Rebel T3i in the Americas. The 600D is the second Canon EOS camera with an articulating LCD screen. Canon EOS Rebel T3i is a great choice for DSLR photographers. The image quality and general shooting performance are very good and one of the best entry level cameras. Prices starts from around $600.
2. Canon EOS Rebel T2i / EOS 550D:
The Canon EOS 550D is an 18.0 megapixel digital single-lens reflex camera, announced by Canon in February 2010. It is also called as EOS Rebel T2i in Americas. EOS 550D impresses with fast performance; excellent photo quality; above average video-capture quality. It is similar to EOS 600D but without the articulating LCD screen. EOS 550D prices starts at $550.
3. Nikon D5100:
Nikon D5100 is an amazing entry/mid range DSLR camera which delivers a solid combination of image quality, performance, features, and design that puts it out in front if you’re looking for a well-rounded option under $1,000. It offers excellent photos and it best for shooting both photos and videos. The camera is priced around $600- $700 range.
4. Nikon D3100:
The Nikon D3100 is a 14.2 megapixel DX format DSLR Nikon F-mount camera announced by Nikon in August 2010. It introduced Nikon’s new EXPEED 2 image processor and was the first Nikon DSLR featuring full high definition video recording with full time autofocus and H.264 compression, instead of Motion JPEG compression. It was also the first Nikon DSLR to provide high-definition video recording at more than one frame rate. It is priced around the $450- $550 range.
5. Nikon D3200:
The Nikon D3200 is a 24.2 megapixel DX format DSLR Nikon F-mount camera officially launched by Nikon in April, 2012. It is marketed as an entry level DSLR camera and it replaces the D3100. With reasonably fast performance and very good photo quality, the Nikon D3200 delivers what you expect from a DSLR. It is priced around $600-$700 range.
6. Sony Alpha SLT-A37:
Sony Alpha SLT-A37 is yet another entry level camera which offers some class-leading performance, along with a solid set of features and respectable photo quality. It is a good option if you’re looking for something fast with a viewfinder and tilting LCD. It is priced around the $500-$600 range.
7. Canon EOS Rebel T3/ 1100D:
Canon EOS 1100D is a 12.2-megapixel digital single-lens reflex camera announced by Canon in February 2011. It is known as the EOS Kiss X50 in Japan and the EOS Rebel T3 in the Americas. The 1100D is an entry-level DSLR that introduces movie mode to Canon’s entry level DSLRs . Rebel T3 is a basicDSLR camera priced around $400.