Thinking about getting into photography? It might be time to pick out a starter camera. Because you’re learning, it’s best to pick one that isn’t too expensive, but a decent quality to help you master the skills that will help you excel as a photographer or videographer. This will be your tool for getting those amazing shots and a certain level of quality and control that will teach you how to handle a DSLR. Here’s a take on the best beginner DSLR cameras on the market:
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Considering a DSLR Brand
There are a lot of factors that should play into your decision here. Are you into selfies? Portraits? Planning to become a vlogger? Into amateur film making? Each camera will have different strengths and weaknesses, and each brand will have their own answer to each type of use.
Choosing a camera brand is just as much about the available lenses as it is about the camera body. As most branded lenses fit the DSLRs of the same brand, your photography equipment will build upon itself, even once you upgrade your camera body with an intermediate or professional level camera. Any prime lenses you buy now will work just as well (if not better) when you do upgrade, so treat them as an investment towards your future as a photographer.
Why Choose a DSLR Over a Smartphone Camera?
In a word? Control. While the mirrors, lenses, and filters in smartphones have evolved at an impressive rate, they can’t yet capture the raw power and versatility of a DSLR yet. Partially because the lenses are limited and fixed. With a DSLR, you can swap out to any kind of lens you want, fine tune your settings to fit your shoot, and the sheer space requirements that quality film takes up could frankly fill up an entire phone, where with your camera, you can simply swap out your SD card and continue to shoot.
Best Beginner DSLR Cameras:
Comparing quality with price and performance, I’ve gathered a list of some of my favorite cameras for beginner photography. If you already have some lenses, you can just buy the camera body instead, but many beginners are starting fresh. Here is a composite list of some of the best beginner DSLR cameras 2020 has to offer:
Best Beginner Canon DSLR Cameras
Canon EOS 90D
Pros: 4K video at 30 fps, High resolution sensor
Cons: No image stabilization, Costly for beginners
Canon EOS 80D
Pros: Quick and reliable autofocus system, Excellent photo results
Cons: No 4k video, No PC sync
Canon EOS 77D
Pros: Duel pixel autofocus, Lens range and availability
Cons: Plastic body finish, No 4k video
Best Beginner Nikon DSLR Cameras
Pros: Easy to use, Excellent image quality
Cons: No touch screen, No bluetooth/wireless
Pros: Articulating touch screen, Beautiful image quality
Cons: Slow view focusing, Snap Bridge needs work
Best Beginner Pentax DSLR Cameras
Pros: Compact, Anti-shake stabilization, Good value
Cons: Few autofocus points, soft kit lens