Best DSLR For Beginners and Newbies

Finding the best dslrs for beginners can be a tough task for a beginner. There are so many options, brands, and features. However, several cameras are ideal for beginners because of their simplicity and ease of use. These are great options to consider if you want a simple DSLR that doesn’t sacrifice image quality and performance.

Canon Rebel T2i

Canon EOS R10 RF-S18-45mm F4.5-6.3 IS STM Lens Kit, Mirrorless Vlogging Camera, 24.2 MP, 4K Video, DIGIC X Image Processor, High-Speed Shooting, Subject Tracking, Compact, for Content Creators Black
  • DIGIC X IMAGE PROCESSOR: Enhances performance for sharp photos and ultra-high definition videos
  • CMOS SENSOR: Canon’s 24.2 MP APS-C CMOS sensor ensures images appear crisp
  • LENS COMPATIBILITY: Pair with a Canon RF-S/RF lens (or EF/EF-S lens using the Mount Adapter EF-EOS R (1) ) for stellar results
  • HIGH-SPEED CONTINUOUS SHOOTING: With mechanical shutter speeds of up to 15 fps, this camera can continuously shoot sharp images of fast moving subjects (2) so you won’t miss a second of the action
  • SMART & SPEEDY AUTOFOCUS: Canon’s EOS R10 features subject detection technology to keep your subject in crystal-clear focus

Looking for a beginner DSLR? Get the Rebel T2i. It should be the first DSLR you should own and for many good reasons.

It’s incredibly easy to use, the image quality is excellent (as well as the video), and it’s reasonably priced. And if you want to become a serious hobbyist or professional one day, there’s really no shame in using the T2i at all.

The T2i is incredibly nimble, and light, but with a comfortable, ergonomic grip. We absolutely love the 3-inch display. It’s bright enough to use in bright sunlight.

The mode dial system is pretty easy to use, and you’ll get the hang of it, especially if you’ve used a Canon Point and shoot camera before. There are also several shooting modes that should be familiar to beginners, like Sports and Night Portrait.

In terms of photo quality, the Rebel T2i delivers. If you’ve been using a point-and-shoot your entire life, trust me when we say you’ll be visually stunned at the quality of the T2i. Even in low light conditions, the T2i performs well. It’s not until we reach an ISO of 1600 that we see some noise. But that’s pretty remarkable for a DSLR of this price range and caliber.

The video quality is solid, and unless you got a keen eye, you wouldn’t notice much difference between the video quality of the T2i compared with higher-end models.

The Rebel T2i is the ideal beginner DSLR in our eyes. Easy to use, yet still packing in tremendous photo and video quality. And if you ever decide to pickup photography seriously, it’s a great camera to learn with, as well.

What’s great about it:
– Easy to use
– Solid photo quality
– One of the more inexpensive DSLRs
– Easy to grow with as you learn more
– Performs well in low light

What’s not so great:
– Slow shooting speed compared with others
– Video is not the best.

Nikon D3000

Canon EOS R50 Mirrorless Vlogging Camera (Black) w/RF-S18-45mm F4.5-6.3 IS STM Lens, 24.2 MP, 4K Video, Subject Detection & Tracking, Compact, Smartphone Connection, Content Creator
  • Compact, lightweight RF mount camera with a 24.2 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor and DIGIC X processor.
  • 4K uncropped movie with Dual Pixel CMOS AF II at up to 30 fps oversampled from 6K and Full HD High-frame rate movie at up to 120 fps. Movie for Close-up Demo Mode quickly switches focus when a product is brought close to the camera.
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF II covering up to 100% x 100% area with 651 AF zones with auto subject detection and tracking of people, animals, and vehicles using deep learning technology
  • Continuous shooting with 12 fps with Electronic First Curtain and 15 fps with Electronic Shutter.
  • Take great shots even in difficult settings with Advanced A+ Assist which offers an expanded array of auto-compatible scenes enabling greater expressive capability in auto mode, and built-in flash for shooting in dark environments or with backlit scenes.

The Nikon D3000 is considered a mid-range camera but it is extremely newbie-friendly. In fact, it’s targeted especially for beginners. It lacks the most advanced features but still packs great performance and image quality that is in line with competing cameras in this price range.

One example of how they make this camera newbie-friendly is the introduction of a “show me everything” mode that does all the hard work of shooting. The display is also user-friendly, with the options arrayed around the edges, which is easier to look at than a cluttered screen.

Since it’s for beginners, the photo quality and performance must suffer, right? Nope. The D3000 manages to make everything easy to use while still maintaining excellent image quality and fast performance, compared with similarly priced models.

If you’re making the transition from a point-and-shoot camera to a DSLR, the Nikon D3000 is probably the best camera for you. If you’re planning to become a professional photographer, the D3000 is probably not the best camera to start learning the craft because it lacks a lot of advanced features. For that, we’d recommend the D5000.

What’s great about it:
– Lightweight
– Excellent quality at low ISO
– Fast performance

What’s not so great:
– LCD screen could be improved
– ISO capped at 1600

Nikon D5000

Canon EOS Rebel T7 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens | Built-in Wi-Fi | 24.1 MP CMOS Sensor | DIGIC 4+ Image Processor and Full HD Videos
  • 24.1 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor with is 100–6400 (H: 12800)
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC technology
  • 9-Point AF system and AI Servo AF
  • Optical Viewfinder with approx 95% viewing coverage
  • Use the EOS Utility Webcam Beta Software (Mac and Windows) to turn your compatible Canon camera into a high-quality webcam. Compatible Lenses- Canon EF Lenses (including EF-S lenses, excluding EF-M lenses)

The D5000 is like the D3000 but with a bit more advanced features. Its layout is pretty similar to that of most Nikon cameras. They did get rid of several direct access buttons and replaced it with the display. Here, you can adjust several settings, such as the shutter speed and ISO sensitivity. Fairly easy to learn and use.

The performance and image quality are excellent, and we got no complaints. It’s quite fast. Power on to shoot takes just .2 seconds, with burst shooting at 4 frames per second, which is as good as it gets.

The photo quality is great. We saw accurate colors and solid exposure in all our photos. The noise was not noticeable until we reached ISO of 1600. The video, though left a lot to be desired. It just shoots at a poor 24 frames per second 720p.

If you’re looking for an easy to use a camera that has more advanced features, better image quality, faster performance, AND you got the extra cash to spend, it’s a no-brainer; go with the Nikon D5000 instead of the D3000.

What’s great about it:
– Good image quality
– Fast performance
– Supports video capture
– Solid kit lens

What’s not so great:
– Small viewfinder could be improved

Olympus E620

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As with most Olympus models, the E620 contains a twistable LCD screen, which we found convenient in many situations.

We’re big fans of the controls of the E620. They may look awkwardly laid out for the seasoned veteran, but if you never used a DSLR camera before, we think you will get used to it pretty quickly. It’s sort of like using a longtime Windows user using a Mac. It’s awkward. But for someone who never used a PC, the Mac is the most user-friendly.

The performance is solid for the E620, though nowhere close to that of the competition. In fact, we would rate it as more on the slow. Power and shoot take 1.4 seconds, which is quite slow. Shooting continuously takes .5 seconds, which is reasonable. And it’s 3.1 frames per second, which is, again average.

The photo quality should not disappoint, however. We saw accurate, consistent photos in every ISO level until we reached 800, even at 3200 at times.

If you need a DSLR with video capture capability though, you will need to look elsewhere because the E620 doesn’t support it.

What’s great about it:
– Buttons are illuminated
– LCD screen can be rotated
– Great image quality
– Small and light
– Reasonably priced

What’s not so great:
– No video
– LCD resolution is not as good

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