Beginner DSLRs: Top 5 Entry level DSLRs
- Thu, 5 Aug 2010
Canon EOS 450D
Not Canon's most entry-level model (that goes to the 1000D), but can be found at a similar price-point to the competition.
Offering 3.5fps continuous shooting, a 12.2MP CMOS sensor, 9-point wide AF system and a 3in LCD - but you'll need to grab one sharpish because the 500D and 550D have since succeeded this model in the range.
Nikon's ‘helpful' D3000 is the ideal model for a new-starter.
Its Guide mode assists users in explaining functions in order to quickly reap the best images from this 10.2MP DSLR.
A large 3in LCD screen and an 11-point AF (autofocus) system feature with the ability to shoot at up to 3 frames per second.
The speediest snapper of the bunch, Pentax's K-x is capable of shooting up to 4.7 frames per second and can even capture 720p high definition movies at 24fps.
Unusually, however, the K-x relies on
4x AA batteries which may attract or deter potential buyers depending on preference.
Olympus's Four Thirds standard system focuses on the benefits of being small and light due to a slightly smaller sensor than the other DSLRs listed here.
Fast shooting up to 3.5 frames per second, a wide variety of shooting modes and in-camera image stabilisation for pin-sharp, creative shots.
Sony's most up to date DSLR is the entry-level A390.
Ridding the sunken grip of the previous A380 model, this new offering has a 14.2MP sensor, class-leading Quick AF Live View, can shoot at 2.5 frames per second and has sensor-based SteadyShot INSIDE image stabilisation too.