What is the best DSLR for beginners?

You want a DSLR for beginners. Here is a list of our favourite entry level DSLRs


DSLR cameras for beginners:

Canon EOS 600D

You'd be forgiven for mistaking the EOS 600D's specs for those of the EOS 550D, its predecessor. Although the sensor may be the same a number of subtle changes to the metering, processing and ISO range generally improve the camera, while the flip-out-and-swivel LCD screen makes shooting at high and low angles far easier.

Summary:

 18 Megapixels Has a maximum ISO of 12800 Has a manual exposure mode Has HD video Has a large LCD screen Takes sd media cards  

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Pentax K-r

A simple, straightforward DSLR that does little flashy and is all the better for it. The 12MP sensor and 3inch LCD screen won't entice anyone comparing specifications, but the general design and image quality is enough to ensure even absolute beginners will be able to take a decent image regardless of their experience level.

Summary:

12 megapixels Has a maximum ISO of 6400 Has a manual exposure mode Has HD video Has a large LCD screenTakes sd media cards  

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Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100

Although there are a few small niggles niggles the D3100 is still a superb camera, offering the kind of specs that would easily befit a mid-range model. The full HD movie mode especially is an impressive addition, making the D3100 a superbly rounded DSLR.

Summary:

14 megapixels Has a maximum ISO of 12800 Has a manual exposure mode Has a built-in flash Has HD video Takes sd media cards  

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