Our Top 3 DSLRS for Beginners

So you’ve probably been interested in photography for a while. You’ve used your compact camera, maybe even your smart phone camera. 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 a big financial commitment, 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.

To help you make an informed decision over which DSLR is best for you, we’ve compiled a list of our top 3 DSLRs for beginners (although there is a wealth of top quality DSLR cameras out there).

Nikon D3300

The Nikon D3300 is a great first DSLR. It’s smaller than most DSLRs, which will help you get used to the weight of a DSLR. Its compact size also makes it easier to lug around on your photographic expeditions.

Nikon D3300

Even though it’s smaller, it has most of the features of bigger, pricier DSLRs. That includes 24.2 megapixels and an ISO range of 100 to 12800. It does full HD 1080p video recording. There’s a 3-inch fixed LCD monitor too.

You can buy the Nikon D3300 with an 18-55mm stock lens, which is collapsible for easy transport. Once you get used to using your stock lens, you may want to branch out with a range of other lenses. Don’t worry; Nikon has plenty of options for you there.

The D3300 makes for a fantastic learner DSLR as it has a Guide mode that offers step-by-step instructions. This mode walks you through manual controls and explains your new camera’s features as you go. This will prove handy if you’re just discovering the intricacies of aperture and shutter speed!

The Nikon D3300 is the most affordable of our picks and is well worth your consideration.

Canon 750D

If you’re happy with a larger price tag, you can get more features with the Canon 750D. This new camera should serve you well as you develop your skill set.


It has a new 24.2-megapixel sensor and DIG!C 6 image processor that delivers superb image quality. It has built-in Wi-Fi so you can pair the camera with your phone or laptop and transfer your images wirelessly.

The 750D has a great autofocus and exposure metering system. With higher ISO sensitivity, it has lower noise levels. It has a wide ISO range of 100 to 12800. This means you can get great shots, no matter the lighting conditions.

It has a 3-inch touchscreen, which you can move to get a better angle when shooting from awkward positions or when shooting Full HD 1080p video.

The 750D weighs about 555 grams. That makes it heavier than the Nikon D3300, but it isn’t as heavy has many other enthusiast cameras. As with the Nikon cameras, you can buy the 750D with several different lenses.

Pentax K-50

The Pentax K-50 is a sturdy option for a budding photographer. A weatherproof camera usually costs an arm and a leg, but the K-50 is good value for money.

pentax k50 beginners dslr

This camera body is rain and dust resistant, meaning you can shoot in many conditions. You only need a weather resistant lens and you’re set.

It’s a mid-level DSLR that comes in bold colours for a bit of personalisation. It has a 16 megapixel sensor, with an ISO range up to 51200.

Beginner photographers will love the precise auto focusing feature. On top of that is the advanced built-in shake reduction system, which saves you from a shaky image and can even fix skewed horizons.

The K-50 a great option for a beginner photographer who wants to get out of the city to take some quality shots in beautiful natural environments.

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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