There are so many dSLR cameras available today that it can be difficult to choose the one that’s right for you. It’s true that being a photographer is not all about having a dSLR camera. But let’s face it, there will come a time when your mobile phone or point-and-shoot camera will meet its limits and you’ll need a professional or semi-professional camera. And that’s when you may become totally confused by everything that’s on offer. To help you make your choice, we’ve decided to list five most popular dSLR cameras and give you a brief description of each of them.
If you’re looking to buy your first dSLR, then Nikon D3300 is the perfect camera for you. It’s a 24.2 MP camera that shoots great photos and stunning full HD videos, is very easy to use, comes with a 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II kit zoom lens. It’s great for shooting panoramas too and has a special guide mode to help you learn all the camera’s features and options.
This is another perfect dSLR for a beginner. It has a 12.2 MP CMOS sensor that Canon uses in its professional cameras like EOS-1D Mark III. Canon EOS Rebel T3 also boasts incredible autofocus, a wide ISO range for great shots from dawn to dusk, high quality videos and great continuous shooting speed for taking action photos.
Another dSLR from Canon, this camera is a new flagship of the Rebel line. Rebel T5i is an 18 megapixel camera with a DIGIC 5 image processor. I particularly like that it has an extensive ISO range of 100–12800, which makes the images very crisp in all sorts of lighting situations. And because of its 14-bit analog-to-digital conversion capability, Rebel T5i gives images lots of details and subtle tones that are so hard to capture without the right equipment. It also has an HDR Backlight Control mode that lightens backlit subjects.
4. Nikon D7100
I’m a Nikon girl, so I almost always choose Nikon over Canon. Have a look at Nikon D7100 and you’ll most likely become a Nikon fan too. Unlike the rest of the cameras recommended in this post, this is a DX-format camera, which means its sensor is smaller and there is a crop factor, but it make the camera and the lenses lighter (you can read all about Nikon’s DX and FX lenses here). Thus this camera is very lightweight and a perfect travel companion. Add to it crisp and pure images, EXPEED 3, flawless autofocus and wireless photo sharing, and you’ll get the perfect upgrade of your first dSLR.
Canon and Nikon are not the only dSLR camera makers, so it’s only fair to include this camera from Sony. The A57M is the successor of SLT-A55 and it has some great features. Alpha SLT-A57M is a 16.1 megapixels camera with a BIONZ processor. It’s main advantages are 12 fps telezoom high speed continuous shooting, an auto portrait mode, full-time continuous AF and enhanced object tracking.