In the previous article, we listed out some of the best DSLR cameras available under Rs 50,000. However, if you want to try a hand at photography, that’s quite a hefty investment. Therefore, this time around we have compiled a list of DSLRs that remain south of the Rs 35,000 mark. Much like the models featured on our last list, these cameras boast of impressive imaging sensors and processors. Of course, you can swap between prime and telephoto lens kit. However, these affordable DSLRs mostly miss out on fancy features such as GSP and Wi-Fi. If that doesn’t bother you, though, here are the top five DSLRs for beginners.
1. Canon EOS 1300D
Price: Rs. 22,000
Includes- (18-55mm lens +16GB card & Carry case)
The Canon 1300D has an 18-megapixel APS-C sensor powered by a DIGIC 4+ image processor. The ISO sensitivity range is 100-6400 which can be cracked up to ISO 12,800. For someone graduating from a compact point and shoot camera, this would be a viable option as it weighs as low as 500g. It has a 9-Point autofocus system, the centre focus point being the lone cross type one. This camera supports both EF and EF-S lenses, and one could browse through a very big ecosystem of lenses that Canon possesses. The display is a fixed type 3-inch LCD. Wi-Fi and NFC are some of the noteworthy additions at this price point. The Canon 1300D is no slouch and delivers vibrant images and videos at Full HD resolution and could prove to be a good first DSLR to have considering the ease of use.
2. Nikon D3300
Price: Rs 26,000
Includes- (Nikkor 18-55mm ED VR Lens + 16GB Card + Carry case)
The Nikon D3300 boasts of a 24.2-megapixel sensor and ditches the optical low-pass filter. This results in images more vibrant and sharper images. It is powered by an EXPEED 4 image processor. It gets 11-Point autofocus system which is a cross-type sensor with the ability to shoot up to 5 frames per second burst. The display 3-inch TFT LCD and is a fixed type. The videos can be recorded at Full HD resolution on this one. Nikon provides a wireless adapter as an aftermarket option which lets you transfer the data to other devices. The camera is made of polycarbonate and is quite light in weight. However, its weather shielding is non-existent, so you have to be extremely careful when using it near water.
3. Nikon D3400
Price: Rs 29,500
Includes (NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR AF-P Lens + 8GB memory card + Camera Bag)
The Nikon D3400 is an ideal step up from the Nikon D3300 if you don’t mind spending a few extra bucks. The D3400 gets a 24.2-megapixels DX-format CMOS sensor coupled with EXPEED 4 image processor. It has 11-Point autofocus system. The ISO range is 100-6400 after which the pictures become noisy but still is expandable up to 25,600. The sensor and processor combo provides a 5 fps continuous shooting rate as well as videos at Full HD at 60 fps. Much like the D3300, this camera misses out on external mic support, which can be a major deal breaker for videographers.
24.2-megapixels DX CMOS sensor
EXPEED 4 image processor
11-Point Autofocus system
ISO range 100-6400 (expandable to 25,600)
3-inch fixed type LCD monitor
5 fps continuous shooting
Full HD videos at 60 fps
4. Nikon D5200
Price: Rs 30,000
Includes- (18-55mm AF-S VR II Lens + memory card + camera bag)
Nikon D5200 gets a certain bump in features to the already popular D5100 which it supplanted in most markets. It features a bigger 24.1-megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor and is powered by the EXPEED 3 image processor. The Nikon D5200 also comes with a bump in continuous shooting burst mode, which is rated at 5fps. It gets a 39-Point autofocus system from its bigger sibling Nikon D7000 as opposed to 11-Point on its predecessor. It inherits 3-inch swivel screen. Videographers would be pleased to have Full HD video recording and external mic input. The optional wireless adapter can be hooked on for convenient data transfer.
24.1-megapixel DX CMOS sensor
EXPEED 3 image processor
39-Point autofocus system
ISO 100-6400 (Expandable up to 25,600)
3-inch 270 degree articulating LCD screen
Full HD 1080p movie recording, HDR
External Mic support
Optional Wi-Fi Adapter
Sony is known for making the best-selling DSLRs, and with the Sony A58, they have managed to pack in certain features like a translucent mirror technology and a High-Contrast OLED viewfinder which are usually seen on top-end DSLRs. The Sony Alpha A58 features a newly developed 20.1-megapixel Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor, which offers accurate colour reproduction. It features a 15-Point autofocus system with three cross type sensors. The camera sports an OLED electronic viewfinder along with a 2.7-inch-LCD which rotates on this hinge. This DSLR provides the leverage to shoot great videos with the continuous phase-detection autofocus at Full HD resolution. The Low light performance of this DSLR is quite good too. What it notably lacks in is Wi-Fi and GPS.
20.1-megapixel Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor
BioNZ image processor
15-Point Autofocus with 3 cross sensors
OLED electronic viewfinder
Lock-on Auto focus
Quick AF FullHD videos
HDMI out and External Mic support