What is the best DSLR for between £500 and £800?

You want a DSLR for between £500 and £800. Here is a list of our favourites

DSLR cameras for between £500 and £800:

Canon EOS 550DCanon EOS 550D

The EOS 550D is an excellent camera, offering a beginner similar specs to an EOS 7D semi-pro model at a fraction of the price. The low-light and video perfromance are a superb bonus to the excellent overall image quality.

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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Nikon D90Nikon D90

Even if we ignore the camera's movie function, Nikon has done a mighty fine job in delivering such a camera as the D90.

The D80 proved to be a successful model for Nikon, and inheriting the finer points of its more advanced models has allowed Nikon to expand and improve the camera's feature set.

Following such successful models does, however, mean that our expectations of it are slightly higher, but it's good to see that rather than changing a winning formula Nikon has simply made it a more refined one.

Summary:

12 megapixels Has a maximum ISO of 3200 Has a manual exposure mode Has HD video Has a large LCD screen Has a built-in flash Takes sd media cards

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