If you’ve outgrown your point-and-shoot camera or are no longer satisfied with the snaps you get from your smartphone, and feel like you’re ready to take your photography to the next level, then an entry-level DSLR is the most obvious choice. While photography is never just about the camera, but have a good piece of hardware along with you never hurts.
DSLRs deliver a big step up in image quality from a compact camera or smartphone, offering far more manual control and the ability to change lenses to tackle a huge variety of projects. Don’t worry though – there are also a host of auto modes to help you out until you’re comfortable with the more creative controls.
Obviously, the more features you want, the more you’ll pay, but do you actually need them? Our top camera is one of the cheapest on the market, but still offers impressive performance and image quality, plus enough features to handle most assignments, especially if you’re still learning.
As such, we’ve compiled a list of the best DSLR cameras available in India.
1. Nikon D3400
It’s not the most expensive DSLR, but we think it’s the best
Sensor: APS-C CMOS | Megapixels: 24.2MP | Lens mount: Nikon DX | Screen: 3-inch, 921,000 dots | Continuous shooting speed: 5fps | Max video resolution: 1080p
Nikon’s D3400 builds on the brilliant D3300, which was until recently our top pick. Sharing pretty much the same design and specification as its predecessor, the D3400 adds Nikon’s SnapBridge bluetooth connectivity to transfer images directly to your smart device to make it that much easier to share images. The 24.2MP sensor resolves bags of detail, while the D3400 is also a very easy camera to live with. Its clever Guide Mode is a useful learning tool that gives real-time explanations of important features. There’s no touchscreen, but otherwise this is our favorite entry-level DSLR right now.
2. CANON EOS 600D WITH 18-135MM LENS
Canon EOS 600D with 18-135mm Lens is the second best DSLR camera under 50000 Rupees in India.
It has the following features:
1) It comes with 18 Megapixel high image quality CMOS sensor.
2) It has a crisp 3-inch wide Vari-Angle Clear View LCD monitor that contains over a million dots.
3) It provides 1080p Full HD Recording.
4) It uses DIGIC 4 image processor of 14 bit, which gives speedy process of the images.
5) It comes with ISO speed of 100-6400, further expandable up to 12800, which allows to shoot in extremely dim light conditions either.
6) It is compatible with the entire range of EF mount lenses and EF-S mount lenses.
7) It comes with 2 years Canon India warranty.
3. Canon EOS Rebel T7i
Sensor: APS-C CMOS
Lens mount: Canon EF-S
Screen: 3-inch articulating touchscreen, 1,040,000 dots
Continuous shooting speed: 6fps
Max video resolution: 1080p
User level: Beginner/enthusiast
The EOS Rebel T7i (known as the EOS 800D outside) sits at the top of Canon’s entry-level EOS DSLR range. Sporting a newly designed 24.2MP sensor that delivers an improved high ISO performance, the Rebel T7i’s autofocus also gets a boost, now with a 45-point arrangement that’s backed up by excellent live view AF system. There’s also newly designed graphical interface that will certainly make this camera even more appealing to new users, but the absence of 4K video and the quality of the exterior materials disappoint. Perhaps the most expensive option out there, but definitely one of the best.
4. NIKON D5500 WITH 18-55MM LENS
Nikon D5500 with 18-55mm Lens is the fourth best DSLR camera under 50000 in India.
It has the following features:
1) It comes with 24.2 MP DX-format CMOS sensor.
2) It comes with built-in WiFi using which you can transfer images to your mobile and laptop.
3) It has 3.2-inch TFT LCD touchscreen.
4) It provides full HD video recording.
5) For optimal sharpness, its accurate 39-point autofocus quickly locks on to and track subjects.
6) Its ISO range spans between 100 and 12800, which means that you can capture your images in varying lighting conditions.
7) It comes with 2 years Nikon India warranty.
5. Pentax K-70
Rugged build offers decent protection for an entry-level DSLR
Sensor: APS-C CMOS | Megapixels: 24.2MP | Lens mount: Pentax K | Screen: 3-inch articulating screen, 921,000 dots | Continuous shooting speed: 6fps | Max video resolution: 1080p
Pentax is renowned for producing DSLRs with maximum bang per buck, and the K-70 is no exception. Weatherproof DSLRs that are rain and dust resistant usually cost a packet, but the K-70 offers this protection at a reasonable price so you can shoot in all conditions. Just remember that you’ll have to partner it with more expensive WR (weather resistant) lenses to get the full benefit. Regardless of the lens you use, the new hybrid live view autofocus system makes live view shooting an enjoyable and practical alternative to using the viewfinder. Pentax’s in-camera Shake Reduction system cuts camera shake and can even correct slightly skewed horizons. The only reason the K-70 isn’t higher on our list is Pentax’s relatively restricted lens range.