Did your smartphone spark an interest in photography? The fake bokeh on the iPhone X only takes you so far. Now you’re in the market for a DSLR. Do you jump into the deep end or dip your feet into the world of DSLRs? Easy mirrorless fans, there’s a guide for you too. I know we have our Sony and Fuji fans.
Our guide on the best entry-level DSLRs is about easing you into the hobby. It’s not about tossing you a professional level full-frame and saying good luck. Besides, who actually reads the manual? We were all beginners at one point, and on this list, you’ll find a variety of cameras that are both budget and user-friendly.
Start out with the kit lens and graduate to a solid prime lens. 35mm. 50mm. Whatever you feel the most comfortable with. Don’t break the bank until you’re ready to really dive into the hobby or decide to make yourself the next YouTube vlogging sensation.
Best Beginner DSLRs 2018
1. Nikon D3400
It’s the latest in Nikon’s D3000 series and represents an amazing value for those getting their first DSLR. It adds better connectivity and battery life over the D3300 and is sub-$400 with the AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR kit lens. Add in the 70-300mm dual lens bundle for less than $500.
Nikon D3400 w/AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR (Black)
SnapBridge Bluetooth Connectivity
24.2MP DX-Format CMOS Sensor
The D3400 features a 24.2-megapixel DX-Format CMOS sensor with an EXPEED 4 image processor. It won’t blow the doors off in speed, but for a beginner DSLR, it’s more than enough. Other features include 5fps and an ISO range of 100-25600.
One of the chief benefits of the D3400 over the D3300 is the integrated WiFi. I can’t tell you how many WiFi adapters I lost with the older generation. Snapbridge is also a great app for those who insist on spamming everyone’s Instagram feed. Pictures are automatically synced to your smartphone via Bluetooth.
Weight: 13.9 oz
What You’ll Love: The connectivity and extreme value of the package.
What You Might Not: For a beginner, it’s a solid camera. There won’t be many complaints with the camera other than it doesn’t shoot in 4K, but it’s also under $400.