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Best DSLR Camera For Beginners in India - Review & Comparison 2021

We picked the 7 best DSLR cameras in 2021 for your budget and use cases.

A wide range of DSLR cameras gives you a lot of options and varieties to choose from. Nowadays, entry-level DSLR (Digital Single-Lens Reflex) cameras deliver high-quality results and professional features at a considerably low price. We picked and reviewed the best DSLR camera for beginners below ₹ 60,000.00 that are great for beginners, hobby photographers and those who want to start shooting videos.

Mirrorless Camera

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12/8/2021

Model

Our Rating

Rating

Lenses

Sensor Size

Megapixel Resolution

Pro's & Con's

Weight

Body Type

Body Material

Resolution

Video Capture Resolution

Sensor Type

Lens Mount

Screen Size

Digital Zoom

Auto Focus

Manual Focus

Wifi Connector

NFC Connector

Bluetooth Connector

Batteries Required

Batteries Included

Touch Screen

Has Self Timer

Nikon D5600

Nikon

Nikon D5600

D5600

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Our Rating

9.6 / 10

11/2020

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70-300 mm

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APS-C

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24 megapixels

Outstanding picture quality
Good low light performance
Great battery backup
Small in size
Bad autofocus while filming and video making
467 g
Compact SLR
Composite
6000 x 4000
Full HD (1280×720)
CMOS
Nikon F
3.2"

Nikon

Nikon D3500

1590

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Our Rating

9.5 / 10

11/2020

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18-55 mm

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APS-C

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24 megapixels

Excellent picture quality
Deep JPEG buffer (100 frames)
Great Battery Backup
Value for money
Comfortable grip
Mediocre autofocus (11 Points)
No headphone, external mic or related accessories
No ISO dedicated button
390 g
Compact SLR
Composite
6000 x 4000
Full HD (1280×720)
CMOS
Nikon F
3"

Nikon

Nikon D5300

D5300

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Our Rating

9.4 / 10

11/2020

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18-55 mm

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APS-C

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24.2 Megapixels

High-resolution, vary-angle LCD
EXPEED 4 processor
Mainly on-screen control
451 g
Compact SLR
Composite
6000 x 4000
Full HD (1280×720)
CMOS
Nikon F
3.2"

Canon

Canon EOS 200D ll

EOS 200D II

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Our Rating

9.4 / 10

11/2020

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18-55 mm

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APS-C

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24.1 Megapixels

Great picture quality
User-friendly controls
Lightweight
4K Video
Good battery life
Only 9 autofocus points
449 g
Compact SLR
Composite
6000 x 4000
4K (3840 x 2160)
CMOS
Canon EF/EF-S
3"

Canon

Canon EOS 1500D

Eos 1500D

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Our Rating

9.3 / 10

11/2020

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18-55 mm

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APS-C

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24.1 Megapixels

High-resolution sensor
Light and solid body
Good battery life
All-rounder yet average performance
Average upgrades
476 g
Mid Size SLR
Composite
6000 x 4000
Full HD (1280×720)
CMOS
Canon EF/EF-S
3"

Canon

Canon EOS 77D

EOS 77D

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9.2 / 10

11/2020

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18-55 mm

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APS-C

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24.2 Megapixels

High-ISO performance
Fast autofocus for video
Decent battery life
Novice-friendly interface
Basic ISO functions
540 g
Mid Size SLR
Composite
6000 x 4000
Full HD (1280×720)
CMOS
Canon EF/EF-S
3"

Canon

Canon EOS 800D

1895C008AA

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Our Rating

9.0 / 10

11/2020

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18-55 mm

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APS-C

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24.2 Megapixels

Impressive autofocus performance
User friendly touchscreen
Great picture quality
95% viewfinder coverage only
531 g
Mid Size SLR
Composite
6000 x 4000
Full HD (1280×720)
CMOS
Canon EF/EF-S
3"

Nikon

Nikon D5600


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Our Rating

9.6 / 10

11/2020

Pro's & Con's

Outstanding picture quality
Good low light performance
Great battery backup
Small in size
Bad autofocus while filming and video making

Features

Lenses

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70-300 mm

Sensor Size

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Megapixel Resolution

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24 megapixels

Weight

467 g

Body Type

Compact SLR

Body Material

Composite

Resolution

6000 x 4000

Video Capture Resolution

Full HD (1280×720)

Sensor Type

CMOS

Lens Mount

Nikon F

Screen Size

3.2"

Digital Zoom

Auto Focus

Manual Focus

Wifi Connector

NFC Connector

Bluetooth Connector

Batteries Required

Batteries Included

Touch Screen

Has Self Timer

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Buyer's Guide - Best DSLR Camera in India

Know all about a DSLR camera to buy the best one.

1

Features: Most important purchase criteria for DSLR cameras

Here’s a sneak peek into the most significant features to consider before buying a DSLR camera.

2

FAQ: Learn more about the details

Any questions left? Here they are, including answers.

3

How-To: Usage hints and care instructions for DSLR cameras

Best practices for DSLR camera usage and care.

5

Our Picks: How we picked the best DSLR Camera

Find out how we selected and ranked the products.

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Accessories

Find out the accessories that your camera needs and why.

1. Features: Most important purchase criteria for DSLR cameras

1.1 Lenses

A tool that is used to bring light to a specific point. Camera lenses are made of glass plates that are convex (curved outward) or concave (curved inward). Lenses are necessary to focus and capture an image. Factors like size and weight and inbuilt features like autofocus makes it a pricey element of the camera. A 24-70mm lens is a mid-size lens that works well for most of the cameras. Below is the table explaining the lens types, focal length and common use cases.

FOCAL LENGTH

TYPE OF LENS

TYPE OF PHOTOGRAPHY

8-24mm

Fisheye (Ultra-wide)

Panoramic shots, cityscapes, landscape, real estate, and abstract.

24-35mm

Wide Angle

Interiors, landscapes, architecture, and forest photography.

35, 50, 85, and 135mm

Standard Prime

Portraits, weddings, and street/documentary photography.

55-200mm

Zoom

Portraits, weddings, and wildlife photography.

50-200mm

Macro

Ultra detailed photography (rings and nature)

100-600mm

Telephoto

Sports, wildlife, and astronomy.

The mm-range that we see in reference to the camera is actually the focal length of the camera. For example, 18mm to 55mm cameras have a single, “fixed” focal length. We call variable focal length lenses or “zoom” lenses using which one can zoom in or out to get farther or closer to a subject. It is also worth noting that the zooming effect happens through a prime element in the camera called the focal ring. Similarly, fixed focal length lenses are called “prime lenses.”

One major thing you must know about lenses is that most DSLR lenses are not interchangeable. If you have bought a DSLR camera from a noted manufacturer, the manufacturer is likely to offer a range of lenses designed specifically for the new camera. Often, these lenses from major brands are compatible with their brand cameras.

A tool that is used to bring light to a specific point. Camera lenses are made of glass plates that are convex (curved outward) or concave (curved inward). Lenses are necessary to focus and capture an image. Factors like size and weight and inbuilt features like autofocus makes it a pricey element of the camera. A 24-70mm lens is a mid-size lens that works well for most of the cameras. Below is the table explaining the lens types, focal length and common use cases.

FOCAL LENGTH

TYPE OF LENS

TYPE OF PHOTOGRAPHY

8-24mm

Fisheye (Ultra-wide)

Panoramic shots, cityscapes, landscape, real estate, and abstract.

24-35mm

Wide Angle

Interiors, landscapes, architecture, and forest photography.

35, 50, 85, and 135mm

Standard Prime

Portraits, weddings, and street/documentary photography.

55-200mm

Zoom

Portraits, weddings, and wildlife photography.

50-200mm

Macro

Ultra detailed photography (rings and nature)

100-600mm

Telephoto

Sports, wildlife, and astronomy.

The mm-range that we see in reference to the camera is actually the focal length of the camera. For example, 18mm to 55mm cameras have a single, “fixed” focal length. We call variable focal length lenses or “zoom” lenses using which one can zoom in or out to get farther or closer to a subject. It is also worth noting that the zooming effect happens through a prime element in the camera called the focal ring. Similarly, fixed focal length lenses are called “prime lenses.”

One major thing you must know about lenses is that most DSLR lenses are not interchangeable. If you have bought a DSLR camera from a noted manufacturer, the manufacturer is likely to offer a range of lenses designed specifically for the new camera. Often, these lenses from major brands are compatible with their brand cameras.

1.2 Sensor Size

A significant and possibly the most important criteria for a camera is the sensor and the size of the sensor. The larger the sensor surface area, the more light it can transmit in the camera. The more information that goes to the processor, the dynamic is the tone and the better is the picture quality.

Primarily, two types of sensors are used in digital cameras, CCD (charge-coupled device) and CMOS (complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor). Though these sensors use different technology to take pictures but they don’t have any difference in quality.

CCD sensor: Captures photons (a type of particle) as electrical charges in each photosite (a light-sensitive area that represents a pixel). After exposure, the charges are transferred from the chip to an amplifier located in one corner of the sensor. An external integrated circuit converts the analogue signal to digital form and stores it into the memory card of the camera.

CMOS sensor: It includes an integrated circuit at each and every photosite to manipulate each pixel in the sensor. The CMOS sensor can respond to lighting conditions better than a CCD. Every photosite can be accessed individually while developing photos.

A significant and possibly the most important criteria for a camera is the sensor and the size of the sensor. The larger the sensor surface area, the more light it can transmit in the camera. The more information that goes to the processor, the dynamic is the tone and the better is the picture quality.

Primarily, two types of sensors are used in digital cameras, CCD (charge-coupled device) and CMOS (complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor). Though these sensors use different technology to take pictures but they don’t have any difference in quality.

CCD sensor: Captures photons (a type of particle) as electrical charges in each photosite (a light-sensitive area that represents a pixel). After exposure, the charges are transferred from the chip to an amplifier located in one corner of the sensor. An external integrated circuit converts the analogue signal to digital form and stores it into the memory card of the camera.

CMOS sensor: It includes an integrated circuit at each and every photosite to manipulate each pixel in the sensor. The CMOS sensor can respond to lighting conditions better than a CCD. Every photosite can be accessed individually while developing photos.

1.3 Megapixel Resolution

Megapixels are formed as a product of horizontal and vertical resolution of an image. More the pixels more is the resolution of the image. Most beginner DSLRs offer 24MP and above resolution. And thus, it proves to be a factor that can affect the buying decision greatly especially considering the humble price range of beginner cameras.

Megapixels are formed as a product of horizontal and vertical resolution of an image. More the pixels more is the resolution of the image. Most beginner DSLRs offer 24MP and above resolution. And thus, it proves to be a factor that can affect the buying decision greatly especially considering the humble price range of beginner cameras.

1.4 Viewfinder

The viewfinder is a camera component that shows the area of the subject that will be captured in a photograph. Viewfinder which is embedded in the camera body is known as an eye-level viewfinder.

Most modern-day digital cameras have display screens on the back allowing you to see the object you’re capturing, it is called viewfinder screen. Hence the viewfinders are integral to cameras.

There are two classifications in viewfinders: optical (OVF) and electronic (EVF).

An optical viewfinder (OVF) allows you to take a shot while seeing exactly what the lens sees. This optical viewfinder uses a system of mirrors and prisms, like a periscope, to bring the image up to the viewfinder and eventually to the eye.

An electronic viewfinder (EVF) is where the image captured by the lens is shown electronically onto a mini display screen. This image is used in aiming the camera at the object or scene to be captured.

The viewfinder is a camera component that shows the area of the subject that will be captured in a photograph. Viewfinder which is embedded in the camera body is known as an eye-level viewfinder.

Most modern-day digital cameras have display screens on the back allowing you to see the object you’re capturing, it is called viewfinder screen. Hence the viewfinders are integral to cameras.

There are two classifications in viewfinders: optical (OVF) and electronic (EVF).

An optical viewfinder (OVF) allows you to take a shot while seeing exactly what the lens sees. This optical viewfinder uses a system of mirrors and prisms, like a periscope, to bring the image up to the viewfinder and eventually to the eye.

An electronic viewfinder (EVF) is where the image captured by the lens is shown electronically onto a mini display screen. This image is used in aiming the camera at the object or scene to be captured.

1.5 ISO

Interestingly, ISO stands for “International Organization for Standardization”. However, camera ISO does not directly refer to this organization that creates various technology and product standards. Although ISO initially defined only film sensitivity (amount of exposure required to produce an image), it was later adopted by digital camera manufacturers with the purpose of indicating brightness levels.

Simply put, ISO refers to a camera setting that will brighten or darken a photo. As you increase your ISO number, your photos will grow progressively brighter. For that reason, ISO can help you capture images in darker environments, or be more flexible with your aperture and shutter speed settings.

ISO, aperture, and shutter speed, all three together are known as the Magic triangle in photography. Speaking of ISO, images captured at too high SEO may have a lot of noise (to be discussed as a separate head) so a high ISO is desirable only when its best suitable alternative while capturing pictures (e.g. low light situations).

Some Common ISO values are ISO 100 (low ISO), ISO 200, ISO 400, ISO 800, ISO 1600, ISO 3200 (High SEO). There are also minimum and maximum ISO limits given for different cameras.

Interestingly, ISO stands for “International Organization for Standardization”. However, camera ISO does not directly refer to this organization that creates various technology and product standards. Although ISO initially defined only film sensitivity (amount of exposure required to produce an image), it was later adopted by digital camera manufacturers with the purpose of indicating brightness levels.

Simply put, ISO refers to a camera setting that will brighten or darken a photo. As you increase your ISO number, your photos will grow progressively brighter. For that reason, ISO can help you capture images in darker environments, or be more flexible with your aperture and shutter speed settings.

ISO, aperture, and shutter speed, all three together are known as the Magic triangle in photography. Speaking of ISO, images captured at too high SEO may have a lot of noise (to be discussed as a separate head) so a high ISO is desirable only when its best suitable alternative while capturing pictures (e.g. low light situations).

Some Common ISO values are ISO 100 (low ISO), ISO 200, ISO 400, ISO 800, ISO 1600, ISO 3200 (High SEO). There are also minimum and maximum ISO limits given for different cameras.

1.6 Shutter Speed

Shutter speed is that length of time for which the sensor of the camera is exposed to light. The shutter speed can be manually set (while in shutter priority mode) or can be determined by the camera (while in auto mode). While the auto mode is on, the camera determines the time for the shutter to open or close depending on the situation in which the photograph is being clicked to avoid the over-exposure or under-exposure of the picture.

Shutter speed is calculated in a fraction of second. For example, 1/4th of a second, 1/25th of a second, and most cameras can handle a shutter speed as fast as 1/4000th a second. Longer shutter speeds can be achieved in the Bulb Mode under which the shutter speed is determined by knowing for how long has the shutter button been active.

Fast shutter speed is capable enough to capture the actions of fast-moving objects while longer shutter speed is useful in cases such as night photography where the intent is to capture as much light as possible.

Shutter speed is that length of time for which the sensor of the camera is exposed to light. The shutter speed can be manually set (while in shutter priority mode) or can be determined by the camera (while in auto mode). While the auto mode is on, the camera determines the time for the shutter to open or close depending on the situation in which the photograph is being clicked to avoid the over-exposure or under-exposure of the picture.

Shutter speed is calculated in a fraction of second. For example, 1/4th of a second, 1/25th of a second, and most cameras can handle a shutter speed as fast as 1/4000th a second. Longer shutter speeds can be achieved in the Bulb Mode under which the shutter speed is determined by knowing for how long has the shutter button been active.

Fast shutter speed is capable enough to capture the actions of fast-moving objects while longer shutter speed is useful in cases such as night photography where the intent is to capture as much light as possible.

1.7 Aperture

Aperture is that opening in a camera lens through which light passes to enter the camera. It can be synonymous to a pupil in our eyes through which light enters our eyes and hits the retina. Also, it shrinks in the bright and expands in low light conditions. The aperture settings are adjusted on the same grounds.

Aperture can add dimensions to your pictures by controlling the depth of field (the area of the image that appears sharp). On one hand, aperture gives you a blurred background with a beautiful shallow focus effect and on the other hand, it will give you sharp photos from the nearby point to the distant horizon. On top of that, it also influences the exposure of your photos by making them brighter or darker.

Also, in photography, an aperture is expressed in a measure called F-Stops. The smaller the F-stop means a larger aperture and vice-a-versa. F-Stops are commonly referred to as F-Numbers.

Looking at the specifications of your lens you may get an idea about how large or small the aperture can get based on the size of the lens. The lens specifications include the lowest aperture (Highest F-Stop) and the highest aperture (Lowest F-Stop).

Some examples of the F-stops/ F Numbers are: f/1, f/1.4, f/2, f/45 etc.

Aperture is that opening in a camera lens through which light passes to enter the camera. It can be synonymous to a pupil in our eyes through which light enters our eyes and hits the retina. Also, it shrinks in the bright and expands in low light conditions. The aperture settings are adjusted on the same grounds.

Aperture can add dimensions to your pictures by controlling the depth of field (the area of the image that appears sharp). On one hand, aperture gives you a blurred background with a beautiful shallow focus effect and on the other hand, it will give you sharp photos from the nearby point to the distant horizon. On top of that, it also influences the exposure of your photos by making them brighter or darker.

Also, in photography, an aperture is expressed in a measure called F-Stops. The smaller the F-stop means a larger aperture and vice-a-versa. F-Stops are commonly referred to as F-Numbers.

Looking at the specifications of your lens you may get an idea about how large or small the aperture can get based on the size of the lens. The lens specifications include the lowest aperture (Highest F-Stop) and the highest aperture (Lowest F-Stop).

Some examples of the F-stops/ F Numbers are: f/1, f/1.4, f/2, f/45 etc.

1.8 Modes

Auto Mode is where the camera automatically chooses the optimal shutter speed, aperture, ISO, and flash settings for your shot. No manual adjustment needed. The photographer just adjusts the focus and take pictures.

Portrait Mode is used when the subject in the foreground (nearest to the observer) of the frame aims to keep the subject in focus and blur the background. This mode works great in bright conditions or broad daylight, and if the surrounding is dark, it will add flash automatically.

Macro Mode is used particularly when you want to take a picture of a very small image or object. A special macro lens is required for such a capture. This mode works well in bright surroundings and keeps the subject in focus.

Landscape Mode uses a small aperture to create a focused image from a distance. It works best in daylight conditions and needs a wide-angle lens to achieve a great capture.

Sports Mode captures a subject that is constantly moving. In this mode, a high shutter speed of at least 1/500 - 1/1000 of a second is required. This helps to freeze a movement perfectly without blurring the subject in question.


Night Portrait Mode balances the darkness of the background along with the need for light to capture the image of the subject. In this mode, the aperture will be wide to allow more light to get in, as it captures the background and keeps the subject in focus. Flash can also be used in lowlight conditions in this mode.

Shutter-Priority Mode lets you manually set the camera's shutter speed while all the other factors (ISO, Aperture, Depth in field etc.) will be adjusted based on the conditions in which the picture is being taken.


Aperture -Priority Mode lets you manually set the camera's aperture while all the other factors (ISO, Shutter Speed, Depth in field etc.) will be adjusted based on the conditions in which the picture is being taken.

Manual mode gives you control over every aspect of the camera including shutter speed, aperture, ISO, flash, focus and everything else.

Auto Mode is where the camera automatically chooses the optimal shutter speed, aperture, ISO, and flash settings for your shot. No manual adjustment needed. The photographer just adjusts the focus and take pictures.

Portrait Mode is used when the subject in the foreground (nearest to the observer) of the frame aims to keep the subject in focus and blur the background. This mode works great in bright conditions or broad daylight, and if the surrounding is dark, it will add flash automatically.

Macro Mode is used particularly when you want to take a picture of a very small image or object. A special macro lens is required for such a capture. This mode works well in bright surroundings and keeps the subject in focus.

Landscape Mode uses a small aperture to create a focused image from a distance. It works best in daylight conditions and needs a wide-angle lens to achieve a great capture.

Sports Mode captures a subject that is constantly moving. In this mode, a high shutter speed of at least 1/500 - 1/1000 of a second is required. This helps to freeze a movement perfectly without blurring the subject in question.


Night Portrait Mode balances the darkness of the background along with the need for light to capture the image of the subject. In this mode, the aperture will be wide to allow more light to get in, as it captures the background and keeps the subject in focus. Flash can also be used in lowlight conditions in this mode.

Shutter-Priority Mode lets you manually set the camera's shutter speed while all the other factors (ISO, Aperture, Depth in field etc.) will be adjusted based on the conditions in which the picture is being taken.


Aperture -Priority Mode lets you manually set the camera's aperture while all the other factors (ISO, Shutter Speed, Depth in field etc.) will be adjusted based on the conditions in which the picture is being taken.

Manual mode gives you control over every aspect of the camera including shutter speed, aperture, ISO, flash, focus and everything else.

1.9 LCD Screen

Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) is used to frame shots, view, change menu & settings, and review recorded images. This is located at the back of digital cameras.

Since LCDs have increased in size and quality, it has replaced viewfinders in many compact and mirror-less digital cameras.

LCDs offer a range of sizes and resolution. The higher the resolution of an LCD, the better it is for viewing. These resolutions are also called screen dots. A few examples of LCD screen resolution are 230,400 screen dots, 461,000 screen dots, 920,000 screen dots etc.

LCDs have significantly improved in aspects including colour and quality, but there’s a good chance that it’s still not clearly viewable in bright sunlight even if it comes with an anti-reflective coating on it.

There are 3 variations of LCD screens available:

AMOLED LCD screens - AMOLED (organic light-emitting diode) screens provide their own light. They use less battery and has vibrant shades.

Capacitive Touchscreens - They are pressure-sensitive LCD that provides quick access to settings and functionality. It even allows some basic in-camera editing via touch. Cameras having touch-screen are well streamlined will less external features.

Vary-angle LCD - It is useful for macro photography (making smaller objects appear life-size) when shooting from a difficult angle.

Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) is used to frame shots, view, change menu & settings, and review recorded images. This is located at the back of digital cameras.

Since LCDs have increased in size and quality, it has replaced viewfinders in many compact and mirror-less digital cameras.

LCDs offer a range of sizes and resolution. The higher the resolution of an LCD, the better it is for viewing. These resolutions are also called screen dots. A few examples of LCD screen resolution are 230,400 screen dots, 461,000 screen dots, 920,000 screen dots etc.

LCDs have significantly improved in aspects including colour and quality, but there’s a good chance that it’s still not clearly viewable in bright sunlight even if it comes with an anti-reflective coating on it.

There are 3 variations of LCD screens available:

AMOLED LCD screens - AMOLED (organic light-emitting diode) screens provide their own light. They use less battery and has vibrant shades.

Capacitive Touchscreens - They are pressure-sensitive LCD that provides quick access to settings and functionality. It even allows some basic in-camera editing via touch. Cameras having touch-screen are well streamlined will less external features.

Vary-angle LCD - It is useful for macro photography (making smaller objects appear life-size) when shooting from a difficult angle.

1.10 Flash

The sole purpose of a flash is to emit a short burst of bright light as the shutter is released. This lights up the room for the fraction of a second in which the film is exposed. It helps in enhancing the picture quality.

A flash is made up of three parts, namely, head, body, and foot. The foot of the flash features electrical contact points that further help in triggering the flash into firing once it is mounted on the camera's head.

There are three basic types of camera flashes; an on-camera flash, off-camera flash and in-camera flash.

The sole purpose of a flash is to emit a short burst of bright light as the shutter is released. This lights up the room for the fraction of a second in which the film is exposed. It helps in enhancing the picture quality.

A flash is made up of three parts, namely, head, body, and foot. The foot of the flash features electrical contact points that further help in triggering the flash into firing once it is mounted on the camera's head.

There are three basic types of camera flashes; an on-camera flash, off-camera flash and in-camera flash.

1.11 Video Functionality

Most beginner DSLR cameras, in general, are basically still cameras with only 1080 p (Full HD) video. And these are meant primarily for still photography. However, if you still want to go for video shooting options with a beginner DSLR, you should look in for 4K video quality in a camera. Plus the image stabilization (not blurring subjects while recording or producing shaky videos) is equally significant.

Most beginner DSLR cameras, in general, are basically still cameras with only 1080 p (Full HD) video. And these are meant primarily for still photography. However, if you still want to go for video shooting options with a beginner DSLR, you should look in for 4K video quality in a camera. Plus the image stabilization (not blurring subjects while recording or producing shaky videos) is equally significant.

1.12 Easy to Handle

Most of the DSLRs have an easy to handle characteristic and that’s why they are fresher’s favourite. They are easy to handle because of their:   

  • Sturdy Build.

  • Lightweight.

  • Rigidity in terms of external structure.

  • Durability.

  • Seamlessness in transferring of photos and media.

  • Comforting functions such as self-timer, continuous shooting, auto mode.

Most of the DSLRs have an easy to handle characteristic and that’s why they are fresher’s favourite. They are easy to handle because of their:   

  • Sturdy Build.

  • Lightweight.

  • Rigidity in terms of external structure.

  • Durability.

  • Seamlessness in transferring of photos and media.

  • Comforting functions such as self-timer, continuous shooting, auto mode.

1.13 Ease of Use

With features combined, like in-built autofocus in the sensors and vary angle touch screen to adjust the camera specifications, beginner DSLR is an absolute delight for the photo enthusiast. The main factors which excite a new photographer towards a camera are:

  • Cameras that are low on maintenance.

  •  Easy to understand.

  •  No cluster of confusing features.

  •  Right placement of control buttons.

  •  Makes the capturing process less cumbersome (with features as autofocus).

With features combined, like in-built autofocus in the sensors and vary angle touch screen to adjust the camera specifications, beginner DSLR is an absolute delight for the photo enthusiast. The main factors which excite a new photographer towards a camera are:

  • Cameras that are low on maintenance.

  •  Easy to understand.

  •  No cluster of confusing features.

  •  Right placement of control buttons.

  •  Makes the capturing process less cumbersome (with features as autofocus).

1.14 Travel Friendly

Despite having amazing smartphones, DSLR cameras are the best travel buddies for many. Their amazing picture quality is not the only reason behind that. Some of the other reasons people prefer to carry a DSLR with them are:

  • Lightweight

  • Durable body

  • Great outdoor/ lowlight performance

  • High resolution

  • Image stabilization

Despite having amazing smartphones, DSLR cameras are the best travel buddies for many. Their amazing picture quality is not the only reason behind that. Some of the other reasons people prefer to carry a DSLR with them are:

  • Lightweight

  • Durable body

  • Great outdoor/ lowlight performance

  • High resolution

  • Image stabilization

1.15 Battery Life

DSLR cameras have great battery life. The batteries are usually added to the camera kit and are rechargeable.

The biggest drain of batteries happen through LCD (both Rear Screen and viewfinder LCD) and that’s the reason that batteries run better in DSLR than the mirrorless camera. Besides, some external accessories and camera settings take a toll on battery life as well. Some of the examples are image stabilization, popup flash, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, GPS dongles, mics etc.

However, a few modes and settings may help us with battery optimization. For instance, metering “timeout” setting lets you select how long you want the camera to wait during inactivity before shutting off its metering system. Eco mode dims and finally turns the LCD off when not in use, improving your battery life significantly. 

Moreover, the camera battery dies faster at room temperature as compared to warmer conditions. Removing the batteries when the camera is not in use for a long time is possibly the best solution for increasing the battery life of a camera.

DSLR cameras have great battery life. The batteries are usually added to the camera kit and are rechargeable.

The biggest drain of batteries happen through LCD (both Rear Screen and viewfinder LCD) and that’s the reason that batteries run better in DSLR than the mirrorless camera. Besides, some external accessories and camera settings take a toll on battery life as well. Some of the examples are image stabilization, popup flash, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, GPS dongles, mics etc.

However, a few modes and settings may help us with battery optimization. For instance, metering “timeout” setting lets you select how long you want the camera to wait during inactivity before shutting off its metering system. Eco mode dims and finally turns the LCD off when not in use, improving your battery life significantly. 

Moreover, the camera battery dies faster at room temperature as compared to warmer conditions. Removing the batteries when the camera is not in use for a long time is possibly the best solution for increasing the battery life of a camera.

1.16 Raw Image Buffer

The camera's image buffer helps speed up the camera's processes as it temporarily stores the data. The camera's hardware can then quickly and easily write it to the memory card.

The speed at which the process occurs is measured in terms of buffer count and depends on two aspects. First, the size of the camera's image buffer decides how much data it can capture and hold temporarily. The large would be the buffer, the more information it can incorporate. Second, different cameras have different data writing speeds, similar to memory cards. Hence, faster data writing speed would mean that the buffer can be cleared quickly.

The camera's image buffer helps speed up the camera's processes as it temporarily stores the data. The camera's hardware can then quickly and easily write it to the memory card.

The speed at which the process occurs is measured in terms of buffer count and depends on two aspects. First, the size of the camera's image buffer decides how much data it can capture and hold temporarily. The large would be the buffer, the more information it can incorporate. Second, different cameras have different data writing speeds, similar to memory cards. Hence, faster data writing speed would mean that the buffer can be cleared quickly.

1.17 Price

The price factor is possibly the most significant factors due to which DSLR is in the game and have gained popularity over time despite the fact that they are not as good as a mirrorless camera when it comes to video making. We have mentioned budgeted DSLRs, but you can get DSLR as costly as Rs. 5,00,000. However, entry-level DSLRs have a huge market not just because of the reasonable price but also the picture quality and exclusive features they offer. Also, they are the best for beginner photographers.

The price factor is possibly the most significant factors due to which DSLR is in the game and have gained popularity over time despite the fact that they are not as good as a mirrorless camera when it comes to video making. We have mentioned budgeted DSLRs, but you can get DSLR as costly as Rs. 5,00,000. However, entry-level DSLRs have a huge market not just because of the reasonable price but also the picture quality and exclusive features they offer. Also, they are the best for beginner photographers.

2. FAQ: Learn more about the details

2.1 Are DSLR cameras waterproof?

Most Weather Shield DSLRs can be considered waterproof, however, they are not meant for long exposures to extreme conditions.
Weather Sealing is a protection granted for the internal parts of a camera against moisture, dust, and humidity. The quality and degree of weather sealing vary from model to model.
The weather shield protection is provided by both rubber sealing with silicon rings and gaskets. Sealing is, however, not provided by a single piece of hardware. Often 60-70 silicon rings are used in a typical DSLR body while 30-40 silicon rings are used in a battery grip.
Weather sealing is common nowadays in most high-end professional cameras and you can get one even in cameras coming under Rs. 60,000.

Most Weather Shield DSLRs can be considered waterproof, however, they are not meant for long exposures to extreme conditions.
Weather Sealing is a protection granted for the internal parts of a camera against moisture, dust, and humidity. The quality and degree of weather sealing vary from model to model.
The weather shield protection is provided by both rubber sealing with silicon rings and gaskets. Sealing is, however, not provided by a single piece of hardware. Often 60-70 silicon rings are used in a typical DSLR body while 30-40 silicon rings are used in a battery grip.
Weather sealing is common nowadays in most high-end professional cameras and you can get one even in cameras coming under Rs. 60,000.

2.2 Can I use DSLR for videography?

The answer depends on the type of video you are going to make. DSLR are dedicatedly meant for still photography but you can use it for videography as long as it is casual and not professional. Most of the DSLR has a Full HD video over 4K video which is preferred for video shooting. Additionally. it lacks the image stabilization feature which is significant for videography.

The answer depends on the type of video you are going to make. DSLR are dedicatedly meant for still photography but you can use it for videography as long as it is casual and not professional. Most of the DSLR has a Full HD video over 4K video which is preferred for video shooting. Additionally. it lacks the image stabilization feature which is significant for videography.

2.3 Can a DSLR camera be used as a webcam?

Yes. Canon has officially launched the DSLR webcam utility tool for Windows 10.

Yes. Canon has officially launched the DSLR webcam utility tool for Windows 10.

2.4 What is image stabilization in DSLR Cameras and how is it important?

Image stabilization is a technique that reduces blurring of images while the camera is moving. Greater image stabilization is required for the better quality of photography and videography. It also affects the quality of the audio recording.

Image stabilization is a technique that reduces blurring of images while the camera is moving. Greater image stabilization is required for the better quality of photography and videography. It also affects the quality of the audio recording.

2.5 Should I turn my camera off between usage? If yes, then for how long?

The Metering “timeout” setting lets you select how long you want the camera to wait during inactivity before turning off. This feature can be used to optimize the battery.  

The Metering “timeout” setting lets you select how long you want the camera to wait during inactivity before turning off. This feature can be used to optimize the battery.  

2.6 How does a DSLR camera work?

The DSLR is a digital camera that uses a mirror device to reflect light from the camera lens to the viewfinder (which is the rear eye of the camera the person looks at to see what they are capturing) or let the light completely surpass the image sensor (which takes the image) by moving the screen out of the way.

The DSLR is a digital camera that uses a mirror device to reflect light from the camera lens to the viewfinder (which is the rear eye of the camera the person looks at to see what they are capturing) or let the light completely surpass the image sensor (which takes the image) by moving the screen out of the way.

2.7 What does DSLR mean?

DSLR  is an abbreviation for Digital single-lens reflex camera.

DSLR  is an abbreviation for Digital single-lens reflex camera.

2.8 What is the price range of a DSLR camera available for beginners?

The price range of DSLR for beginners in India varies between Rs. 23,000 to 60,000.

The price range of DSLR for beginners in India varies between Rs. 23,000 to 60,000.

2.9 Are DSLR camera lenses interchangeable ?

While a DSLR is compatible with different kinds of lenses (standard, wide-angle, macro) but they aren’t completely interchangeable. The lense of one brand will never work on the camera of another brand. In fact, chances are rare if lense of one camera model would fit another camera model manufactured by the same brand. However, if you need variety, high brands offer a range of lenses designed specifically for a camera and you can always choose from them.

If you have affordability is an issue, you can get lenses made by small independent brands as that fits most major camera brands although they aren’t always as great to use.

While a DSLR is compatible with different kinds of lenses (standard, wide-angle, macro) but they aren’t completely interchangeable. The lense of one brand will never work on the camera of another brand. In fact, chances are rare if lense of one camera model would fit another camera model manufactured by the same brand. However, if you need variety, high brands offer a range of lenses designed specifically for a camera and you can always choose from them.

If you have affordability is an issue, you can get lenses made by small independent brands as that fits most major camera brands although they aren’t always as great to use.

2.10 The more megapixel the better it is. Is it true?

We are happy to burst the bubble of pixels here. It’s the camera sensors that essentially converts the light received in-camera into electrical signals which are digitalized assigning a colour to every pixel. Simply said, the pixels are the microparticles that constitute the length and breadth of an image. Therefore, it is not just the pixels that affect or enhance the picture quality.

We are happy to burst the bubble of pixels here. It’s the camera sensors that essentially converts the light received in-camera into electrical signals which are digitalized assigning a colour to every pixel. Simply said, the pixels are the microparticles that constitute the length and breadth of an image. Therefore, it is not just the pixels that affect or enhance the picture quality.

2.11 What is image noise ?

Noise is grains (small micro-particles) in a photograph damaging details and making the picture appear to be of bad quality. There are situations where the pictures can’t be used due to too much noise. This can occur due to factors like very high ISO, bad quality senors and alteration in internal electronics.

Noise is grains (small micro-particles) in a photograph damaging details and making the picture appear to be of bad quality. There are situations where the pictures can’t be used due to too much noise. This can occur due to factors like very high ISO, bad quality senors and alteration in internal electronics.

3. How-To: Usage hints and care instructions for DSLR cameras

3.1 What are the general care tips for DSLR camera and its accessories?

  • Use a lens tissue that comes with the camera kit to clean the lens. Using rugged clothes such as T-Shirt to clean up the lens may make it dirtier and can also damage the sensitive lens optics.

  • It’s a great practice to buckle up the camera while shooting especially when shooting outdoors or in crowded spaces. The manufacturers provide buckles/straps in the kit box which can be wrapped around your waist or on the shoulder.

  • It's very important to keep the lenses covered when the camera is not in use. A front and rear covering cap are used for the same.

  • Use the body cap to protect the sensors. Sensors are light-sensitive, prone to damage from dust and debris.

  • Never remove a memory card while the camera is on. You will find a status light in most cameras, that will blink while the card is being accessed. Wait for the process to complete and then remove the memory card. If the camera hasn’t written the data on the memory card, you may lose the pictures taken.

  • After you’ve backed up your files and you’re ready to clear your memory card, the best thing is to reformat the memory card.

  • Even if you aren’t using your camera extensively on any given day, batteries will still lose their charge over time especially under extreme weather conditions. Always charge the camera prior to a shoot or outing.

  • Use a lens tissue that comes with the camera kit to clean the lens. Using rugged clothes such as T-Shirt to clean up the lens may make it dirtier and can also damage the sensitive lens optics.

  • It’s a great practice to buckle up the camera while shooting especially when shooting outdoors or in crowded spaces. The manufacturers provide buckles/straps in the kit box which can be wrapped around your waist or on the shoulder.

  • It's very important to keep the lenses covered when the camera is not in use. A front and rear covering cap are used for the same.

  • Use the body cap to protect the sensors. Sensors are light-sensitive, prone to damage from dust and debris.

  • Never remove a memory card while the camera is on. You will find a status light in most cameras, that will blink while the card is being accessed. Wait for the process to complete and then remove the memory card. If the camera hasn’t written the data on the memory card, you may lose the pictures taken.

  • After you’ve backed up your files and you’re ready to clear your memory card, the best thing is to reformat the memory card.

  • Even if you aren’t using your camera extensively on any given day, batteries will still lose their charge over time especially under extreme weather conditions. Always charge the camera prior to a shoot or outing.

3.2 How to set up a camera correctly?

  1. Unbox the camera.

  2. Charge the battery although usually, batteries come with a full charge.

  3. Insert the battery and memory card.

  4. Insert lens (Check 4.3 to know how to insert the same).

  5. Start the camera and remove the lens cap. Locate the power switch of the camera (usually placed on the upper/top side) and remove the lens cap to see your subject.

  6. Set modes (automatic is good for first tests).

  7. Test shutter a few times and try to capture your first picture.

  8. Review your captures.

  9. Turn off the camera and add a lens cap.

  1. Unbox the camera.

  2. Charge the battery although usually, batteries come with a full charge.

  3. Insert the battery and memory card.

  4. Insert lens (Check 4.3 to know how to insert the same).

  5. Start the camera and remove the lens cap. Locate the power switch of the camera (usually placed on the upper/top side) and remove the lens cap to see your subject.

  6. Set modes (automatic is good for first tests).

  7. Test shutter a few times and try to capture your first picture.

  8. Review your captures.

  9. Turn off the camera and add a lens cap.

3.3 How to insert a lens?

  1. Ther is a small dot around the opening of the lens, bring the lens and body closer at the dots and connect them together.

  2. Once you placed the lens inside the body, turn the lens to the right and it should fix in.

  3. To remove the lens, place your finger on the large button to the right of the lens and twist left, bringing the dots back together, then pull out.

  1. Ther is a small dot around the opening of the lens, bring the lens and body closer at the dots and connect them together.

  2. Once you placed the lens inside the body, turn the lens to the right and it should fix in.

  3. To remove the lens, place your finger on the large button to the right of the lens and twist left, bringing the dots back together, then pull out.

4. Fun Facts: Interesting facts, figures and things to know about DSLR cameras

4.1 The oldest photograph with a camera was shot in the year 1838.

4.2 In the year 1933, the world’s first SLR (single-lens reflex) camera was launched.

4.3 Kodak and Canon came together in 1986 combining the prowess of a single-lens reflex camera and a digital imaging sensor instead of a photographic film. And the first digital single-lens reflex or DSLR was born.

4.4 The first-ever DSLR had a 1.3MP sensor and it was developed by Kodak. Kodak also launched the first commercial DSLR in 1991. The camera was called Kodak DCS 100.

4.5 Kodak stopped making digital cameras in 2012 after turning bankrupt.

4.6 Discoveries of George E Smith and Willard S Boyle in the field of transmission of light were instrumental in inventing the DSLR’s. They were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2009.

4.7 Many new camera manufacturers like Canon, Nikon, Sony and Sigma entered the DSLR market during the 1990s and 2000s.

4.8 DSLRs work when light travels through the lens to a mirror, which in turn, sends the image to either the digital imaging sensor or the viewfinder. However, an advance camera type, mirror-less camera, has been enjoying its newfound success due to a major upgrade over DSLR.

4.1 The oldest photograph with a camera was shot in the year 1838.

4.2 In the year 1933, the world’s first SLR (single-lens reflex) camera was launched.

4.3 Kodak and Canon came together in 1986 combining the prowess of a single-lens reflex camera and a digital imaging sensor instead of a photographic film. And the first digital single-lens reflex or DSLR was born.

4.4 The first-ever DSLR had a 1.3MP sensor and it was developed by Kodak. Kodak also launched the first commercial DSLR in 1991. The camera was called Kodak DCS 100.

4.5 Kodak stopped making digital cameras in 2012 after turning bankrupt.

4.6 Discoveries of George E Smith and Willard S Boyle in the field of transmission of light were instrumental in inventing the DSLR’s. They were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2009.

4.7 Many new camera manufacturers like Canon, Nikon, Sony and Sigma entered the DSLR market during the 1990s and 2000s.

4.8 DSLRs work when light travels through the lens to a mirror, which in turn, sends the image to either the digital imaging sensor or the viewfinder. However, an advance camera type, mirror-less camera, has been enjoying its newfound success due to a major upgrade over DSLR.

5. Our Picks: How we picked the best DSLR Camera

5.1 Nikon D 5600

Why this should be on your buying list?

Nikon D 5600 is a power-packed addition to the Nikon D 5000 series and proves to be a deserving successor of the Nikon 5000. Nikon brought in the GPS, Wi-Fi connectors and better battery life in the successive models of this series.

5600 also have a touch screen, which can be a less preferred feature for those who are not so used to it. One of the important features is 100 JPEG Raw Buffer which although consumes a bit of your battery but it still is a win-win as it provides an exceptional picture quality and makes it easy for a novice to play around. Nikon D 5600 is a feature-filled DSLR camera available at a great price.

Why this could be the one?

The Nikon D 5600 can be an amazing camera to start with in terms of ease of use and also by being power-packed with functionalities, sufficient enough to excite a freshman to experiment and explore.

The highlight is, of course, the picture quality, aided with vary angle LCD touch screen, autofocus, moderate battery life and a lightweight kit.

It is a camera with 24.2-megapixel high-resolution CMOS sensor, EXPEED 4 image processor offering stunning results and continuous shooting at 5 frames-per-second (fps). Additionally, it has a 39-point autofocus system which makes it easier to capture the fast-moving objects.

Additionally, it has a proven great low light performance, special effects modes, manual controls and a time-lapse mode allowing you to be a little playful and comfortable while taking shots.

The highlight of the camera is much-talked Nikon SnapBridge, a free app on play store that enables seamless connectivity and transferring of photos from the camera to laptops/ computers wirelessly. However, there are multiple issues encountered by the users regarding its pairing with the camera.

How it’s affecting your pocket?

Despite being a moderate machine it seems to be upright costly than its peers. That’s the reason it’s still on the list and yet not on the top spot.

Why this should be on your buying list?

Nikon D 5600 is a power-packed addition to the Nikon D 5000 series and proves to be a deserving successor of the Nikon 5000. Nikon brought in the GPS, Wi-Fi connectors and better battery life in the successive models of this series.

5600 also have a touch screen, which can be a less preferred feature for those who are not so used to it. One of the important features is 100 JPEG Raw Buffer which although consumes a bit of your battery but it still is a win-win as it provides an exceptional picture quality and makes it easy for a novice to play around. Nikon D 5600 is a feature-filled DSLR camera available at a great price.

Why this could be the one?

The Nikon D 5600 can be an amazing camera to start with in terms of ease of use and also by being power-packed with functionalities, sufficient enough to excite a freshman to experiment and explore.

The highlight is, of course, the picture quality, aided with vary angle LCD touch screen, autofocus, moderate battery life and a lightweight kit.

It is a camera with 24.2-megapixel high-resolution CMOS sensor, EXPEED 4 image processor offering stunning results and continuous shooting at 5 frames-per-second (fps). Additionally, it has a 39-point autofocus system which makes it easier to capture the fast-moving objects.

Additionally, it has a proven great low light performance, special effects modes, manual controls and a time-lapse mode allowing you to be a little playful and comfortable while taking shots.

The highlight of the camera is much-talked Nikon SnapBridge, a free app on play store that enables seamless connectivity and transferring of photos from the camera to laptops/ computers wirelessly. However, there are multiple issues encountered by the users regarding its pairing with the camera.

How it’s affecting your pocket?

Despite being a moderate machine it seems to be upright costly than its peers. That’s the reason it’s still on the list and yet not on the top spot.

5.2 Nikon D 3500

Why this should be on your buying list?

This Nikon family member has been a long time favourite of buyers and one of the most preferred recommendations for beginners. Adding great value and sturdy performance even with its limited yet remarkable capacities, this may prove to be an ideal package for you. Competing even its successors, it has some of the most thoughtfully designed features which makes it super friendly for a newcomer.

This is not it as it even has a fair chance to win in front of its mirrorless contemporaries considering armatures look for a camera with few handling tantrums and a great build at the same time. Furthermore, this version of the Nikon family remains the most cost-effective version camera with a viewfinder.

Just like other DSLRs from Nikon family, this also has a great picture quality and a decent battery life. Alongside that, the camera comes with an option of interchangeable lenses based on your requirements and an 18-55mm kit lens.         

Why this could be the one?

The D3500's sensor is of 24.78MP, compared to 24.72MP on the D3400, providing brilliant picture quality and lesser noise. Moreover, the APS-C sized sensor (common in most DSLR) in the D3500 performs well with an optical low-pass filter and helps to improve image quality.

With 11-point Multi-CAM 1000 AF system that covers a decent amount of the viewfinder in a diamond formation facilitates supreme autofocus compared to its nearest rivals like EOS2000.

The D3500 offers high-ISO performance, showing less image noise and good colour.

Not having a vary- angle LCD touchscreen can be a boon or bane depending on how you choose to look at it. Additionally, it offers a decent video quality with moderate video stabilization which pushes the camera in the beginner segment.

 How it’s affecting your pocket?

Having said everything else, it’s still unfair to presume that this camera as the only go-to thing when it comes to beginner level DSLR. Peers like Fujifilm, Olympus, Canon or even Nikon has almost identical options with minor alterations, yet this D 35 offers a tough fight on the price front. For example, when compared with a Nikon D5600, the price is almost half compared to that which justifies keeping this camera in top 3.

Why this should be on your buying list?

This Nikon family member has been a long time favourite of buyers and one of the most preferred recommendations for beginners. Adding great value and sturdy performance even with its limited yet remarkable capacities, this may prove to be an ideal package for you. Competing even its successors, it has some of the most thoughtfully designed features which makes it super friendly for a newcomer.

This is not it as it even has a fair chance to win in front of its mirrorless contemporaries considering armatures look for a camera with few handling tantrums and a great build at the same time. Furthermore, this version of the Nikon family remains the most cost-effective version camera with a viewfinder.

Just like other DSLRs from Nikon family, this also has a great picture quality and a decent battery life. Alongside that, the camera comes with an option of interchangeable lenses based on your requirements and an 18-55mm kit lens.         

Why this could be the one?

The D3500's sensor is of 24.78MP, compared to 24.72MP on the D3400, providing brilliant picture quality and lesser noise. Moreover, the APS-C sized sensor (common in most DSLR) in the D3500 performs well with an optical low-pass filter and helps to improve image quality.

With 11-point Multi-CAM 1000 AF system that covers a decent amount of the viewfinder in a diamond formation facilitates supreme autofocus compared to its nearest rivals like EOS2000.

The D3500 offers high-ISO performance, showing less image noise and good colour.

Not having a vary- angle LCD touchscreen can be a boon or bane depending on how you choose to look at it. Additionally, it offers a decent video quality with moderate video stabilization which pushes the camera in the beginner segment.

 How it’s affecting your pocket?

Having said everything else, it’s still unfair to presume that this camera as the only go-to thing when it comes to beginner level DSLR. Peers like Fujifilm, Olympus, Canon or even Nikon has almost identical options with minor alterations, yet this D 35 offers a tough fight on the price front. For example, when compared with a Nikon D5600, the price is almost half compared to that which justifies keeping this camera in top 3.

5.3 Nikon D 5300

Why this should be on your buying list?

Following the other Nikon DSLRs, the D5300 uses a sensor without a low-pass filter, more likely to capture finer details.

The most significant change from the previous D5200 is the switch to the new EXPEED 4 processing engine. This has given Nikon greater power to improve image quality and is now more efficient with noise control at the highest sensitivity.

Two interesting creative effect modes are added bringing the count from 7 to 9. HDR Painting and Toy Camera gives the photographer a bit more room to experiment. There are 16 scene modes and the range of picture control options. The contrast, sharpening, brightness, saturation, and hue of the color options can be altered as required. Also, a 600 shot battery life is not a detail worth missing.

Why this could be the one?

Nikon enabled shooting from creative angles by increasing the size of the vari-angle LCD screen from 3 inches to 3.2-inches and increasing its dot-count to 1,037,000.

Another significant change for the D5300 is the addition of built-in Wi-Fi and GPS technology. The Wi-Fi connectivity allows the camera to transfer images wirelessly to a smartphone or tablet via Nikon's free Wireless Utility Mobile app.

The GPS system allows the longitude, latitude and altitude of the shooting location to be tagged with images. Like the previous cameras of this lineage, the D5300 is capable of shooting Full HD (1920x1080) movies at the available frame rates of 30p, 25p, 24p, 60p and 50p.

There are 14 features available for adjustment and are most likely to be used frequently such as Picture Control, Focus mode, AF-area mode and Metering mode.

This is same as other Nikon camera on the terms of autofocus and offers a 39-point AF. A magnified view that is available when using manual focus, has plenty of detail, which makes it a great option for stationary (macro) and still life photography.

How is it affecting your pocket?

Though a lot of details still holds the D5300 in a moderate camera bucket, but this simple layout, 3.2-inch screen and a machine with 39 point AF system are not at all a bad purchase for a serious photography enthusiast.

Why this should be on your buying list?

Following the other Nikon DSLRs, the D5300 uses a sensor without a low-pass filter, more likely to capture finer details.

The most significant change from the previous D5200 is the switch to the new EXPEED 4 processing engine. This has given Nikon greater power to improve image quality and is now more efficient with noise control at the highest sensitivity.

Two interesting creative effect modes are added bringing the count from 7 to 9. HDR Painting and Toy Camera gives the photographer a bit more room to experiment. There are 16 scene modes and the range of picture control options. The contrast, sharpening, brightness, saturation, and hue of the color options can be altered as required. Also, a 600 shot battery life is not a detail worth missing.

Why this could be the one?

Nikon enabled shooting from creative angles by increasing the size of the vari-angle LCD screen from 3 inches to 3.2-inches and increasing its dot-count to 1,037,000.

Another significant change for the D5300 is the addition of built-in Wi-Fi and GPS technology. The Wi-Fi connectivity allows the camera to transfer images wirelessly to a smartphone or tablet via Nikon's free Wireless Utility Mobile app.

The GPS system allows the longitude, latitude and altitude of the shooting location to be tagged with images. Like the previous cameras of this lineage, the D5300 is capable of shooting Full HD (1920x1080) movies at the available frame rates of 30p, 25p, 24p, 60p and 50p.

There are 14 features available for adjustment and are most likely to be used frequently such as Picture Control, Focus mode, AF-area mode and Metering mode.

This is same as other Nikon camera on the terms of autofocus and offers a 39-point AF. A magnified view that is available when using manual focus, has plenty of detail, which makes it a great option for stationary (macro) and still life photography.

How is it affecting your pocket?

Though a lot of details still holds the D5300 in a moderate camera bucket, but this simple layout, 3.2-inch screen and a machine with 39 point AF system are not at all a bad purchase for a serious photography enthusiast.

5.4 Canon EOS 200D II

Why this should be on your buying list?

Often referred to as the Cannon’s lightest and smallest DSLR, the Canon EOS 200D II is power-packed with some of the most valued features for a beginner DSLR. This camera is a successor model of EOS 200D. A significant fact that had everyone’s attention is that it measures 122.4 x 92.6 x 69.8mm and weighs just 449g.    

Why this could be the one?

It has a 3-inch 1.04 million-dot vary-angle rear LCD touchscreen, pop-up flash and a DIGIC 8 engine similar to mirror-less cameras which ensures a significant performance upgrade.

ISO sensitivity is at 100-25,600, which is expandable to 51,200. The battery of the EOS 200D II deserves a special mention. It has an amazing 1,070-shot per charge battery life when using the flash at 50%, as compared to the EOS 200D's 650-shot per charge.

Having a 24.1 Megapixels CMOS sensor, it provides 9-point autofocus and an optical viewfinder. There’s also an HDR (High Dynamic Range)option that records at 30fps and 4K/24p video is an obvious highlight.

How it’s affecting your pocket?

Canon EOS 200D II is a great buy at a decent price if you want to use your camera more dynamically than just photography. A 4K video remains its unique selling point. Other features and functionalities of this camera in terms of processor and picture quality makes this a deal worth locking.

Why this should be on your buying list?

Often referred to as the Cannon’s lightest and smallest DSLR, the Canon EOS 200D II is power-packed with some of the most valued features for a beginner DSLR. This camera is a successor model of EOS 200D. A significant fact that had everyone’s attention is that it measures 122.4 x 92.6 x 69.8mm and weighs just 449g.    

Why this could be the one?

It has a 3-inch 1.04 million-dot vary-angle rear LCD touchscreen, pop-up flash and a DIGIC 8 engine similar to mirror-less cameras which ensures a significant performance upgrade.

ISO sensitivity is at 100-25,600, which is expandable to 51,200. The battery of the EOS 200D II deserves a special mention. It has an amazing 1,070-shot per charge battery life when using the flash at 50%, as compared to the EOS 200D's 650-shot per charge.

Having a 24.1 Megapixels CMOS sensor, it provides 9-point autofocus and an optical viewfinder. There’s also an HDR (High Dynamic Range)option that records at 30fps and 4K/24p video is an obvious highlight.

How it’s affecting your pocket?

Canon EOS 200D II is a great buy at a decent price if you want to use your camera more dynamically than just photography. A 4K video remains its unique selling point. Other features and functionalities of this camera in terms of processor and picture quality makes this a deal worth locking.

5.5 Canon EOS 1500D

Why this should be on your buying list?

The EOS 1500D makes one-handed shooting easier by offering a good grip. Moreover, it has EF S18-55 IS II kit lens and offers 3x optical zoom. This is not it, it is equipped with a switch for manual focus or autofocus and a built-in stabilizer.

Why this could be the one?

Canon 1500D has a  24.1-megapixel APS-C sensor. It uses a Digic 4+ image processor and features a native ISO range of 100-6400 and video recording up to 1080p at 30fps. It has 9 autofocus points including one cross-type AF point in the centre.

The EOS 1500D has NFC and Wi-Fi for connecting it to your devices. With NFC, the entire process of pairing is automated which makes it very easy to set up with an Android phone. Once setup is done, the Canon Camera Connect app lets you access photos from the SD card of the camera and even lets your phone’s display act as a viewfinder for remote shooting.

Additionally, the 1500D has an ISO range of 100-6400 (which can be expanded to 12800). Even with the ISO rating of 1600, noise is handled well and details remain intact.

Video recording is at 1080p (30fps), which is good but lagging behind in the current market. Quality of video is great but you’ll have to focus manually or use the shutter button.

How is it affecting your pocket?

It's amazing features, the easy to use nature and seamless transfer through Wi-Fi justifies the price.

Why this should be on your buying list?

The EOS 1500D makes one-handed shooting easier by offering a good grip. Moreover, it has EF S18-55 IS II kit lens and offers 3x optical zoom. This is not it, it is equipped with a switch for manual focus or autofocus and a built-in stabilizer.

Why this could be the one?

Canon 1500D has a  24.1-megapixel APS-C sensor. It uses a Digic 4+ image processor and features a native ISO range of 100-6400 and video recording up to 1080p at 30fps. It has 9 autofocus points including one cross-type AF point in the centre.

The EOS 1500D has NFC and Wi-Fi for connecting it to your devices. With NFC, the entire process of pairing is automated which makes it very easy to set up with an Android phone. Once setup is done, the Canon Camera Connect app lets you access photos from the SD card of the camera and even lets your phone’s display act as a viewfinder for remote shooting.

Additionally, the 1500D has an ISO range of 100-6400 (which can be expanded to 12800). Even with the ISO rating of 1600, noise is handled well and details remain intact.

Video recording is at 1080p (30fps), which is good but lagging behind in the current market. Quality of video is great but you’ll have to focus manually or use the shutter button.

How is it affecting your pocket?

It's amazing features, the easy to use nature and seamless transfer through Wi-Fi justifies the price.

5.6 Canon EOS 77D

Why this should be on your buying list?

EOS 77D is a 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor camera producing cleaner images at higher ISOs and is almost identical to several of its predecessors and successors in this lineup.

Canon EOS 77D uses a three-inch, vary-angle touchscreen display with a resolution of 1,040,000 dots. Furthermore, you get a Full HD capture up to 60p and the support of Canon’s five-axis image stabilization system to shoot handheld footage. This built-in system is designed for videos only.

The EOS 77D uses Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity, while there’s also the option to set up a low-energy Bluetooth connection to remain connected to the camera. You can remotely wake the camera from its sleep mode (if you haven’t turned the camera off) and can browse photos and operate the camera remotely from your smart device.

The finish and overall build of the EOS 77D is a combination of aluminium alloy and polycarbonate resin.

Why this could be the one?

It keeps key shooting information handy, which includes the ISO setting, shutter speed and aperture, battery level, exposure compensation, Wi-Fi activation and the number of shots remaining etc. Also, there are dedicated controls for ISO and AF in the front and a button to adjust the brightness of the LCD.

There’s a dedicated Auto focus-On button for back-button focusing, which can be really handy to shoot using continuous focusing. The EOS 77D has a 45-point autofocus system with all cross-type sensors, sensitive in both the horizontal and vertical planes that in turn delivers more accurate focusing.

Moreover, the EOS 77D has a touchscreen interface and an optical viewfinder with 95% coverage. All these features make an entry-level DSLR almost perfect.

How is it affecting your pocket?

The EOS 77D is a competent DSLR.

Why this should be on your buying list?

EOS 77D is a 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor camera producing cleaner images at higher ISOs and is almost identical to several of its predecessors and successors in this lineup.

Canon EOS 77D uses a three-inch, vary-angle touchscreen display with a resolution of 1,040,000 dots. Furthermore, you get a Full HD capture up to 60p and the support of Canon’s five-axis image stabilization system to shoot handheld footage. This built-in system is designed for videos only.

The EOS 77D uses Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity, while there’s also the option to set up a low-energy Bluetooth connection to remain connected to the camera. You can remotely wake the camera from its sleep mode (if you haven’t turned the camera off) and can browse photos and operate the camera remotely from your smart device.

The finish and overall build of the EOS 77D is a combination of aluminium alloy and polycarbonate resin.

Why this could be the one?

It keeps key shooting information handy, which includes the ISO setting, shutter speed and aperture, battery level, exposure compensation, Wi-Fi activation and the number of shots remaining etc. Also, there are dedicated controls for ISO and AF in the front and a button to adjust the brightness of the LCD.

There’s a dedicated Auto focus-On button for back-button focusing, which can be really handy to shoot using continuous focusing. The EOS 77D has a 45-point autofocus system with all cross-type sensors, sensitive in both the horizontal and vertical planes that in turn delivers more accurate focusing.

Moreover, the EOS 77D has a touchscreen interface and an optical viewfinder with 95% coverage. All these features make an entry-level DSLR almost perfect.

How is it affecting your pocket?

The EOS 77D is a competent DSLR.

5.7 Canon EOS 800D

Why this should be on your buying list?

The highlights of the Canon EOS 8000D is that the image quality offered by this camera is good. It’s small and light making an ideal fit for a beginner who travels a lot. However, it’s a bit costly and thus doesn’t hold a strong position on this front compared to other similar ones out there.

It has a 24MP APS-C Dual Pixel CMOS AF sensor, the 0.5 fps continuous shooting rate and a 100-25,600 ISO range. However, the lack of hands-on control takes away its buying appeal for beginners.

The 800D basically falls in the moderate bucket and it’s a bit better from what the very basic models of this segment offer.

Why this could be the one?

The EOS 800D 45-point autofocus system makes it one of the best on the list in this respect. This curves out to be one of the most robust features for a beginner camera.

This has a Digic 7 processor, a higher ISO range (up to ISO 25,600 without expansion), and 6fps continuous shooting. The 800D still doesn’t come up with a 4K video (sad!) but it can shoot full HD at 60/50fps.

The 800D is more power-efficient but still clicks maximum of 600 shots on a single charge giving some serious competition to mirror-less cams but a more than a usual thing for DSLR’s. The EOS 800D has EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM kit lens.

How is it affecting your pocket?

Despite having a great design and amazing autofocus, the price can make the buyer go indecisive. All in all, there are plenty of alternatives available, this can be an easy skip if you’re looking for a beginner camera and considering other brands too.

Why this should be on your buying list?

The highlights of the Canon EOS 8000D is that the image quality offered by this camera is good. It’s small and light making an ideal fit for a beginner who travels a lot. However, it’s a bit costly and thus doesn’t hold a strong position on this front compared to other similar ones out there.

It has a 24MP APS-C Dual Pixel CMOS AF sensor, the 0.5 fps continuous shooting rate and a 100-25,600 ISO range. However, the lack of hands-on control takes away its buying appeal for beginners.

The 800D basically falls in the moderate bucket and it’s a bit better from what the very basic models of this segment offer.

Why this could be the one?

The EOS 800D 45-point autofocus system makes it one of the best on the list in this respect. This curves out to be one of the most robust features for a beginner camera.

This has a Digic 7 processor, a higher ISO range (up to ISO 25,600 without expansion), and 6fps continuous shooting. The 800D still doesn’t come up with a 4K video (sad!) but it can shoot full HD at 60/50fps.

The 800D is more power-efficient but still clicks maximum of 600 shots on a single charge giving some serious competition to mirror-less cams but a more than a usual thing for DSLR’s. The EOS 800D has EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM kit lens.

How is it affecting your pocket?

Despite having a great design and amazing autofocus, the price can make the buyer go indecisive. All in all, there are plenty of alternatives available, this can be an easy skip if you’re looking for a beginner camera and considering other brands too.

6. Accessories

6.1 Camera Bag

We always need a durable camera bag for the equipment to fit in for both safety and maintenance purposes. We know that you might get a feeling of not spending a dime more once you have bought something as expensive as a DSLR but to ensure that your camera lasts long, its accessories are a must and camera bag is just one of them. Camera bags come in different shapes, sizes, material and even styles like backpacks, handbags and sling bags. You can choose as per your requirement.

We always need a durable camera bag for the equipment to fit in for both safety and maintenance purposes. We know that you might get a feeling of not spending a dime more once you have bought something as expensive as a DSLR but to ensure that your camera lasts long, its accessories are a must and camera bag is just one of them. Camera bags come in different shapes, sizes, material and even styles like backpacks, handbags and sling bags. You can choose as per your requirement.

6.2 Lens Cleaning Kit

A lens cleaning kit is as significant as it can get. With the newbie photographer exploring the dynamics of photography and diving in novel ways of having that first great capture, the camera is bound to get used excessively. It also includes experimenting with the lens right from the first fix to changing it, again and again, causing lens some pivotal damage if not handled carefully. It may not only damage the lens but also the sensor if it gets in touch with any impurity (and even liquids).

There are many cleaning kits that come with cleaning swabs and an all-natural cleaner agent. This is not it, you also get specialized lens cleaning products in the market such as a special lens cleaning pen with a brush on one side and a padded tip on the other, an air blower for dust particles, and lens-cleaning tissue papers for regular wiping. Make the most of them!

A lens cleaning kit is as significant as it can get. With the newbie photographer exploring the dynamics of photography and diving in novel ways of having that first great capture, the camera is bound to get used excessively. It also includes experimenting with the lens right from the first fix to changing it, again and again, causing lens some pivotal damage if not handled carefully. It may not only damage the lens but also the sensor if it gets in touch with any impurity (and even liquids).

There are many cleaning kits that come with cleaning swabs and an all-natural cleaner agent. This is not it, you also get specialized lens cleaning products in the market such as a special lens cleaning pen with a brush on one side and a padded tip on the other, an air blower for dust particles, and lens-cleaning tissue papers for regular wiping. Make the most of them!

6.3 Extra Batteries

Extra batteries are also an obvious addition to the accessories' list. Camera elements like LCD consuming a lot of battery in one go create the need for that extra pair of batteries. It becomes more important in case of an outdoor shoot to save yourself from the stress of optimizing battery. Most manufacturers provide with a battery charger kit as well that can be at the photographer's rescue in crisis.

Extra batteries are also an obvious addition to the accessories' list. Camera elements like LCD consuming a lot of battery in one go create the need for that extra pair of batteries. It becomes more important in case of an outdoor shoot to save yourself from the stress of optimizing battery. Most manufacturers provide with a battery charger kit as well that can be at the photographer's rescue in crisis.

6.4 SD Card

SD card is significant to save your captured photos and recorded videos. A great storing capacity and an equally fast transfer speed are the key factors to look for in an SD Card. Ideal SD card for a beginner DSLR is one that has at least 64 GB storage capacity and 95 MB/s (Megabite Per second) is the transfer speed.

SD card is significant to save your captured photos and recorded videos. A great storing capacity and an equally fast transfer speed are the key factors to look for in an SD Card. Ideal SD card for a beginner DSLR is one that has at least 64 GB storage capacity and 95 MB/s (Megabite Per second) is the transfer speed.

6.5 Tripod Stand

A tripod will help you capture a shot that requires long exposure and help you focus on image quality. As a new photographer, you may not require a mammoth tripod, the basic would be sufficient. 

A tripod will help you capture a shot that requires long exposure and help you focus on image quality. As a new photographer, you may not require a mammoth tripod, the basic would be sufficient. 

6.6 Remote Controllers

Remote controllers are great additions and they come with most DSLR (including Nikon and canon). They let you click more precise shots and that too comfortably. From controlling the shutter speeds to having controls to switch between modes and play around with functionalities, a remote control allows you all.

Remote controllers are great additions and they come with most DSLR (including Nikon and canon). They let you click more precise shots and that too comfortably. From controlling the shutter speeds to having controls to switch between modes and play around with functionalities, a remote control allows you all.

6.7 Polarizing Filter

Whether to capture great shots of bright objects or to capture great shots of objects with bright backgrounds, a polarizing filter is an important camera component that comes into play here. This will help you block out the unwanted glare or splitting of light during the capture. Besides that, a polarizing filter for DSLR helps you achieve close-to-natural and realistic colours.

Whether to capture great shots of bright objects or to capture great shots of objects with bright backgrounds, a polarizing filter is an important camera component that comes into play here. This will help you block out the unwanted glare or splitting of light during the capture. Besides that, a polarizing filter for DSLR helps you achieve close-to-natural and realistic colours.

6.8 Additional Lenses

It is great that you have a lens cleaning kit, but an extra lens never hurts. After all, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Checkout reviews and comparison of best tripods, best webcams, best home security camera, Best Mirrorless Camera, best action camera in India.

It is great that you have a lens cleaning kit, but an extra lens never hurts. After all, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Checkout reviews and comparison of best tripods, best webcams, best home security camera, Best Mirrorless Camera, best action camera in India.