Our Top 3 DSLRS for Beginners, Revisited for 2018

If you’re reading this post, you’ve probably been interested in photography for a while. You’ve no doubt used your smartphone camera a lot, perhaps a compact camera too. But now you’re interested in stepping up your photography game.

Whether you’re booked into a photography course or you’re planning on using online tutorials, your first step will be finding a quality entry-level DSLR camera.

Buying a DSLR can be pricey, but if you want to begin taking higher quality images and having more control over settings and lenses, a DSLR may be your best option. And the good news is that the ones featured here are entry level prices.

To help you make an informed decision over which DSLR is best for you, we’ve compiled our list of our top 3 DSLRs for beginners.

Nikon D3300

In a nutshell:

  • One of the cheapest DSLRs on the market
  • Great battery life
  • Impressive AF shooting
  • SnapBridge technology makes sharing photos easy


The Nikon D3500 is an amazing first DSLR. It’s more streamlined than its D3400 predecessor and more compact than most DSLRs, which will help you get used to the weight and makes it easier to carry around on your photo expeditions.

Even though it’s smaller, it has most of the features of bigger, pricier DSLRs. That includes 24.2 megapixels, an ISO range of 100 to 25600 and an 11-point autofocus system. It does full HD video recording and there’s a 3-inch fixed LCD monitor too. And the battery life is phenomenal.

Like the D3300 & D3400, the D3500 makes a fantastic learner DSLR. It has a ‘Guide’ mode that offers step-by-step instructions to walk you through manual controls and explain your new camera’s features as you go. This will prove handy if you’re just discovering the intricacies of aperture and shutter speed!

A feature of the D3500 is SnapBridge, which automatically shares your images to your smart devices using a constant Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) connection. It’s a game-changer for sharing photos.

Consider getting the Nikon D3500 with a starter lens, like an 18-55mm lens. This is a good starter lens from which to learn the DSLR basics before you graduate to the host of other lenses out there. Don’t worry; Nikon has plenty of lens options for you and your preferred style of photography.

The Nikon D3500 is the most affordable of our picks and well worth your consideration.

Canon 800D

In a nutshell:

  • Great vari-angle touchscreen display
  • Fast and effective live view AF system
  • Intuitive navigation


If you’re happy with a larger price tag, you can get more features with the Canon 800D, which will serve you well as you develop your skill set.

The specs are similar to the Nikon D3500. Both have 24.2-megapixel sensors, an ISO range of 100 – 25600 so you can get great shots no matter the lighting conditions, and full HD video recording.

This Canon D800 comes equipped with their latest DIG!C 7 image processor to deliver superb image quality quickly. The 800D also has an awesome DualPixel CMOS auto focus and exposure metering system to keep focused on moving objects and changing light.

It has built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technology too so you can pair the camera with your phone or laptop and transfer your images wirelessly.

Like Nikon’s model, the 800D comes with Camera Assist, a feature that allows you to get to know your camera, unlock advanced features with tips and techniques and provides ways to maximize your shooting experience.

But one of the best aspects of this camera is its 3-inch touchscreen, which is beautifully crisp and responsive. You can turn it to almost any position to get a better angle when shooting from an awkward position or when shooting Full HD video.

Overall, the 800D is a versatile, very usable camera, which is a good choice for first time DSLR buyers, especially if you have a preference to the Canon brand.

Pentax K-70

In a nutshell:

  • Weather resistant body
  • Design improvements on the K-50
  • Wide ISO range from 100-102,400.
  • Full-time autofocus during movie capture


The Pentax K-70 is a sturdy DSLR option for a budding photographer. It combines advanced features within its sleek body and mid-range price point.

As with the other two mentioned here, it has a 24-megapixel APS-C sensor, an ISO range up to 102,400, a 3” LCD screen and Wi-FI connectivity for easy sharing.

Specific to the K-70 is Pentax’s innovative Pixel Shift Technology, which takes four exposures in rapid time then processes them into a single image, an improved built-in shake reduction system to save you from blurry images; it can even fix skewed horizons and precise auto focusing, which beginner photographers will love.

A unique feature of the K-70 is that it’s weatherproof. It usually costs an arm and a leg to buy a camera body that’s water, cold and dust resistant, but the K-70 is good value for money. Just make sure your lenses are equally resistant and you’re set to shoot in almost any condition.

The K-70 a great option for a beginner photographer who wants to get out of the city to take some quality shots in beautiful natural environments. It also comes with full-time autofocus during movie capture so any budding videographers should take note of that too.


For these DSLRs and more photography equipment, be sure to check out our online store or head into your local Camera House shop to get expert advice and recommendations from our staff.


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