A smartphone camera nowadays can do a fair job when it comes to creating good-looking pictures. But if you want to pursue advanced photography, a DSLR is a better choice to learn the essentials.
Since DSLRs are quite an investment, we suggest you start with a budget DSLR. Polishing your skills on an entry-level DSLR and then switching to a high-end/costly DSLR is usually the preferred path. So, here are some great options under Rs 30,000 that you can start with.
1. Nikon D3400
Sensor: APS-C CMOS | Megapixels: 24.2MP | Lens mount: Nikon DX | Screen type: 3-inch, 921,000 dots | Maximum continuous shooting speed: 5fps | Max video resolution: 1080p | User level: Beginner
Superb battery life
Easy to use
No touch screen
No microphone port
The Nikon D3400 succeeds the company’s other beginner-level DSLR – D3300. It is considered as one of the best choices for beginners with easy to use functions and quality results.
It comes with a Guide Mode, which teaches the user the art of clicking great pictures. The camera also delivers accurate colours and fine details with the help of a reliable 24.2 megapixel sensor.
Nikon has added a SnapBridge feature to this camera which allows users to transfer images to their smart devices via a constant Bluetooth Low Energy connection. You can also access the images using this connection even if the camera is switched off. Nikon D3400 is a feature-rich camera worth buying if you are a first-time DSLR user.
Read the full review: Nikon D3400
2. Canon EOS 1300D
Sensor: APS-C CMOS | Megapixels: 18MP | Lens mount: Canon EF-S | Screen type: 3-inch, 920,000 dots | Maximum continuous shooting speed: 3fps | Max video resolution: 1080p | User level: Beginner
High resolution screen
Wi-Fi and NFC
Slow focusing in live view
While Nikon offers a SnapBridge feature for transferring files to smart devices, the Canon EOS 1300D comes with built-in Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity which sets it apart from its predecessor – the Canon EOS 1200D.
Besides this, the camera is also equipped with an upgraded image processor-DIGIC 4+, and has a better screen resolution of 920k dots. It sticks to its promise of delivering fine image quality and captures well saturated and detailed pictures.
Read the full review: Canon EOS 1300D
3. Canon EOS 1500D
Sensor: APS-C CMOS (22.3 x 14.9 mm) | Megapixels: 18MP | Lens mount: Canon EF-S | Screen type: 3-inch, 920,000 dots | Maximum continuous shooting speed: 3fps | Max video resolution: 1080p | User level: Beginner
NFC and Wi-Fi connectivity
9 auto focus points
Canon EOS 1500D comes with a 24.1MP APS-C CMOS sensor which forms the backbone for the DIGIC 4+ image processor. There are 9 autofocus points along with 1 cross point. The EOS 1500D also supports Wi-Fi and NFC. It is compatible with Canon’s EF/EF-S lenses and EX-series speedlites.
It retails for Rs 24,347 on Amazon India.
4. Nikon D5200
Sensor: APS-C CMOS | Megapixels: 24.1MP | Lens mount: Nikon F mount | Screen type: 3-inch, 921,000 dots | Maximum continuous shooting speed: 5fps | Max video resolution: 1080p | User level: Beginner
Few direct controls
The quality of images it clicks with its 24.1-megapixel sensor is great for the price it comes at, and the EXPEED 3 image processing engine does a good job of enhancing images.
Its 2016-pixel RGB sensor helps scope out accurate scene brightness and colour information. Additionally, the camera has a wide ISO range of 100-6400 which can be further extended up to Hi-2 ISO 25600, thus, it allows for quality images in almost any lighting conditions.
Those who love capturing fast-moving objects will appreciate the camera as it features a continuous moving speed of 5fps.
Overall, the Nikon D5200 is a good camera for beginners with its articulating screen combined with a simple interface.
Read the full review: Nikon D5200
5. Pentax K-500
Sensor: APS-C CMOS | Megapixels: 16.3MP | Lens mount: Pentax KAF2 | Screen type: 3-inch, 921,000 dots | Maximum continuous shooting speed: 6fps | Max video resolution: 1080p | User level: Beginner/enthusiast
Excellent image quality
100 percent viewfinder coverage
No focus point display in viewfinder
The Pentax K-500 camera features a 16-megapixel high performing sensor which delivers promising image quality when paired with the PRIME M image processing engine.
The K-500 shows that an entry-level DSLR doesn’t have to compromise on features or control. Excellent image quality and build further enhances the camera’s appeal, as does the viewfinder with 100%-coverage.
While the camera is good for the price, there’s a reason why we ranked it at number five. The lack of any focus point display in the viewfinder is a small yet a very noticeable omission. That, along with the K-500’s propensity to underexpose, makes it easy to lose faith in the camera’s autofocus and exposure metering abilities.
Read the full review: Pentax K-500