If you are finally ready to make the jump from a point-and-shoot camera to a digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) camera, now is the perfect time. There are a lot of really great affordable DSLR cameras on the market today that offer a lot of features and flexibility that would have been out of reach to everybody but professionals just a few years ago.
The benefit of DSLR over point-and-shoot is that you get a lot more control over what the final photo will look like. DSLR cameras combine the optics and mechanisms of the kind of single-lens reflex cameras that were so popular in the '90s and '00s with a digital imaging sensor. That was a huge breakthrough for both amateur and pro photographers because it allows them to shoot as much as they want without having to worry about the expense of buying and developing film.
DSLR Is the Way to Go
When DSLR cameras were first introduced, the cost kept them out of the hands of most weekend photographers. But in recent years, the technology has become so widespread so there are a lot more cameras to choose from. Plus, the memory storage capacity has increased exponentially. The result is a dramatic drop in the cost of DSLR camera to the point where anybody can afford them.
In fact, I would venture to say that if you are in the least bit serious about photography, you would have to be foolish not to get your hands on a high-quality DSLR camera because the prices are ridiculously low and the flexibility and technical improvements they offer are worlds ahead of point-and-shoot.
One of the downsides of the boom in DSLR's popularity is that the market is flooded with so many great choices that it's hard to know which cameras offer the best value while providing the most features and benefits. Fear not: I've narrowed your search down to the top 3 best-selling DSLR cameras on the market in 2015.
|Nikon D5300||Canon EOS Rebel SL1||Pentax K-50|
|Price||~ $549.99||~ $499.00||~ $368.95|
|Color Depth (bits)||24||21.9||23.7|
|Dynamic Range (Evs)||13.9||11.3||13|
|Low Light Performance (ISO)||1338||843||1120|
|Maximum Video Resolution/Frame Rate||1080p||1080p||1120|
|Maximum Frame Rate||60fps @ 1080p||60fps @ 720p||60fps @ 720p|
|Battery Life (shots per charge)||600||430||480|
|Continuous Shooting Speed (Frames per Second)||5fps||4fps||6fps|
|Auto Focus Points||39||9||11|
|Shutter Speed Range||30-1/4000||30-1/4000||30-1/6000|
|Features & Design|
|Rear Display Size (inches)||3||3||3|
|Articulating LCD Screen|
|Auto-Focus Assist Light|
|Help & Support|
|Warranty||1 year||1 year||1 year|
This camera still carries a somewhat higher price tag than some of the other DSLRs you will find (the MSRP is $799.95 but you can find it for around $700 if you look around), but you get a whole lot of punch for your money.
The Nikon D5300 features a 24-megapixel sensor, but it doesn't have an optical low-pass filter so you can sharper images. It also features a sharp vari-angle display and outstanding JPG detail at high ISO. You can shoot up to 4.7 frames per second with its continuous shooting setting. Plus, it has a built-in 39-point autofocus system.
Like most of today's DSLR's, the Nikon D5300 also has a 1080p high definition video capability. But what really sets this camera head and shoulders above all the others is its integrated WiFi and GPS systems. Given the way the technology is going, at some point most cameras will offer this, but for the Nikon D5300 the future is now!
Our another review of an incredible Nikon camera you can check out here!
Canon EOS Rebel SL1
Thanks to tennis champion Andre Agassi, the Canon Rebel is one of the most popular SLR cameras of all time. This digital version of Canon's workhorse offers real value with high quality performance.
The first thing you will notice about the Canon EOS Rebel SL1 is how small it is. It design is so compact that it could easily fit into your pants pocket. But don't let its diminutive stature fool you. This camera offers huge benefits, such as its touch screen, 4 fps continuous shooting, and its high ISO performance.
It lists at $649.99, but this popular camera is always on sale and you can easily find it for $400 or even lower if you do a little comparison shopping.
The reason behind this camera's popularity probably has to do with the fact that you can get it in any of 120 color combinations. Despite this, it's actually a very good midrange DSLR camera that provides both technical features of a much more costly camera with the durability that Pentax has built its reputation around.
The Pentax K-50 offers weather sealing so you don't have to be as worried about using it to shoot in rainstorms or in less than ideal conditions.
It's another one of these cameras that always seems to be on sale. While it lists at $699.95, you definitely can find it at about half that price if you are determined.