9 Best DSLR Cameras for Beginners
If you’ve been bitten by a love for photography, you’ll rapidly outgrow the camera built into your smartphone — as soon as you try to use a slow shutter speed to capture water lapping up on a beach or take a sharp close-up of the Moon’s craters, you’ll encounter the limits of what a phone can do. That’s when it’s time to make the transition to a DLSR — a Digital Single Lens Reflex camera — where you can really explore the world of photography and learn how to get creative. But there are a lot of DLSRs out there, and you should make a smart purchase. The best DSLRs for beginners won’t cost you a fortune, will offer all the automatic features you need to hit the ground running, and yet will have enough features to give you the room to grow, learn, and expand your skills at your own pace.
To be completely fair, you don’t need a DSLR. To some degree, a camera is a camera is a camera, and you can take great photos with any camera: a point and shoot, mirrorless, DSLR, or yes, even a smartphone. But a DSLR is the best choice for most people. Unlike a smartphone and point & shoot, it lets you change lenses to suit the needs of the picture you are trying to take. And while mirrorless cameras are, like DSLRs, also interchangeable lens cameras, DSLRs have a few advantages, at least for now. DSLRs offer you a true optical viewfinder and a much longer battery life. DSLRs also have a bigger selection of lenses. Building a collection of lenses for a mirrorless camera can get expensive feel limiting.
I’ve rounded up 9 of the very best digital SLRs for sale today. These cameras are at the intersection of good prices, features, and ease of use. Any of these models will serve you well. And if you want to dig deeper into how to smartly buy the right DSLR, scroll to the end of the article for some buying advice that you can apply regardless of what camera you’re interested in.