Looking for the best beginner DSLRs? If you’re just starting a new photography hobby, trying to decide which DSLR to buy can feel a little overwhelming. Fortunately, our in-depth testing of all the latest models from the likes of Canon and Nikon is here to find you to find the right match. (Looking for a broader look at the best beginner cameras? Check out our separate buying guide on that, which includes mirrorless options, too).
With fewer fresh models hitting the shelves, beginners will usually find the best value in slightly older options like the Nikon D5600 and Canon EOS 4000D. These might not offer cutting-edge technology, but they tick most of the important boxes for beginners, without breaking the bank. For this reason, we’ve included both current and older models in our guide below.
1. Canon EOS 4000D DSLR Camera
Creating distinctive stories with DSLR quality photos and Full HD movies is easier than you think with the 18 Megapixel EOS 4000D. Share instantly and shoot remotely via your compatible smartphone with Wi-Fi and the Canon Camera Connect app.Just frame and shoot for great results with Scene Intelligent Auto. Enjoy guided Live View shooting with Creative Auto mode and add unique finishes with Creative Filters. Shoot with confidence, Capture the moment just as you remember it with precise autofocus, 3.0 fps, and DIGIC 4+. Easily frame your shots with the optical viewfinder and see results on a 2.7 inch (6.8 cm) LCD screen
+ Easy to use
+ Easy to carry
+ Deluxe Gsdget Bag
2. Nikon D5600 DSLR Camera
D5600 DX-format Digital SLR Double Lens Kit w/ AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR & AF-P DX NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED.
Stand out from the crowd with photos and videos so impressive, they’ll inspire you to keep shooting and learning. Out of the box, you can leave things up to the camera and immediately start taking great photos and videos without the learning curve. As your skills develop, the D5600 offers plenty of room to grow with exceptional image quality, intuitive controls, and powerful tools for pushing the boundaries of your creativity as far as they’ll bend. Unlike others, with a battery lasting over 970 shots per charge, you’ll be able to keep shooting all day long.
+ Free cloud storage
+ Enhanced video features
+ Freeze action in its tracks
3. Canon EOS REBEL T7 DSLR Camera
The EOS Rebel T7 camera can help mobile device users take their photography to the next level. With a large 24.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor, fast autofocus, built-in wireless connectivity, and more, it combines fantastic features with easy operation for high-quality images you’ll be proud to share.the EOS Rebel T7 can help you take photos you’ll want to show off. Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity makes it easy to share, print, or get your favorite pictures up on select social media sites for your friends, family, and the world to see. If you’re new to DSLRs, scene intelligent auto mode can conveniently and automatically adjust the camera’s settings to suit your subject. Easy to use and simple to share with, the EOS Rebel T7 delivers high image quality that’s sure to catch the audience’s eye. Working Humidity Range: 85% or less
+ Improved Dual Pixel CMOS AF and eye detection
+ Use the EOS Utility Webcam Beta Software
+ Optical Viewfinder with approx 95%
4. Canon EOS REBEL SL3 Digital SLR Camera
Whether you’re a first-time SLR user, an aspiring photo enthusiast, or someone looking to capture those amazing family moments, the Canon EOS Rebel SL3 can be the perfect companion. It’s the smallest and lightest EOS DSLR camera to date*, and is equipped with 4K recording capability, Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF, and a vari-angle LCD for selfies and fun angles. Its 24.1 Megapixel (APS-C) CMOS sensor combines with the powerful DIGIC 8 Processor for amazing performance and results, and the EOS Rebel SL3 even lets you channel your creativity with options like 4K Time-lapse movies and Creative Assist. Wherever you are and wherever you go, the EOS Rebel SL3 camera makes it simple to capture stunning photos and videos to view and share.
+ Lightest, Smallest EOS DSLR Camera
+ Fast and Accurate Dual Pixel CMOS AF with Eye Detection AF
+ Vari-angle Touch Screen
5. Canon EOS Rebel T100 DSLR Camera
This beginner’s DSLR with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 III Lens intuitively creates stand-out photos and Full HD movies full of color and detail – offering partial and full manual photographic control. The 18 Megapixel APS-C sensor allows you to shoot in low light, expressing your creativity with interchangeable lenses. Point and shoot with Scene Intelligent Auto and share your stories using Wi-Fi¹ with the and Camera Connect app.
Shoot detailed images into the night with a large 18 Megapixel sensor, with up to 19x more surface area than many smartphones
Instantly review results on the user-friendly, 6.8 cm (2.7”) LCD screen. Expand your shooting options with an extensive range of interchangeable lenses and accessories. Experience the power of interchangeable lenses and capture high-quality shots of people and places with the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 III Lens
+ This Al’s Variety Camera Bundle Includes
+ Deluxe Camera Gadget Bag
+ Get easy guidance on DSLR photography
There are three main factors to consider when buying a beginner-friendly DSLR: the camera’s size, screen, and kit lens options.
If you’re trying to learn your way around manual settings like aperture and shutter speed, which is one of the main benefits of a DSLR, then you’ll ideally need a small model and light. This means you’ll be more likely to take it out regularly and master those controls. The most beginner-friendly cameras, like the Nikon D5600 and Canon 4000D, tend to be particularly small for DSLRs, so take a close look at those.
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