The 5 best reflex cameras for beginners

If you want to buy a SLR and do not know what features you do not have to give up, read our tips. Pay attention to everyone their camera: it is not enough to choose the most expensive one to get the best results.

You have decided: it's time to buy a SLR camera. Summer has begun, so what better chance to start testing your new purchase? So, now you have to "just" choose the model that suits you among the hundreds on the market. But, how to choose a SLR? And what are the best SLRs? Are there any SLRs and SLRs to start taking pictures? Better Nikon or Canon? Ultimately, the question of all time is: which reflex to buy? In our purchase guide you will find the main tips to choose the best SLR for beginners.

Choose your SLR to start taking pictures

The truth is that there is no reflex par excellence, the one that will prove to be suitable for everyone. Whether you are a professional photographer, a photographer or simply a photography enthusiast, everything is reduced to what you want to do with your camera: do you want a camera to start taking pictures of your holiday and hiking landscapes? Do you intend to watch sports events and capture moving images? Or do you want to enjoy with still life photographs? But it is not over here, after having "played" with your SLR, what do you intend to do with your shots? It is different to choose a camera to print your results on squares to keep on the bedside table, rather than on canvases to hang at home or even on billboards. Let's see, therefore, how the various selection criteria are declined.

Reflex for beginners - Budget

Now you can find a SLR camera to start even around € 250. However, at such a low price, you will risk that the material of the camera body or lenses is poor and that, in general, your photographic expectations are disregarded. Better not to go under € 500. If you are not a professional, with this investment, you will have a budget of great respect without addressing the high-end models that would have features not necessary for your use and much more expensive.


When you think about how to choose a SLR, know that this is the most important element as it represents the component that has given way to digital photography, definitely saluting the analog. A larger sensor captures more light, so it is more sensitive. Which of course translates into better photographs, less noise at high ISO settings and a wider tonal range. So, if possible, you prefer full-frame sensors because they correspond to the old 35 mm of the cameras. Otherwise, you can try a camera with APS-C sensor, which is much more widespread and therefore also cheaper. Corresponds to the 23.6 × 15.7mm dimensions, so the reduction is not excessive.


Do not give in to the temptation to believe that the best SLR is the one with the largest number of MegaPixels. The SLR cameras with a resolution between 12 and 18 Megapixels are absolutely high quality products and suitable for the vast majority of situations. If you have identified some model that arouses your interest and you still have a few euros to add to your purchase, rather spend them to choose a full frame sensor or a continuous shutter camera. The only cases in which you may really need a higher resolution are landscape or fashion photographs, as they are rich in meticulous detail, or if you expect to have to print only a portion of the photo frame (crop). In this case,

Best SLRs for Beginners - Optics and Objectives

When evaluating the purchase of a SLR, please note that you will need to provide additional interchangeable lenses. If you do not want to shoulder this expense, but have quality photos, the only alternative is to evaluate the purchase of a bridge, ie a semi-professional camera, with lenses and quality resolutions that do not require the use of lenses because in the camera body there is already a wide angle and a rather powerful optical zoom.

On the other hand, on SLR cameras, it is a condition that can not be overcome, but the freedom it will give you in terms of configurations, especially manual ones, is much higher. Attention, however, you will have to choose professional lenses and optics, otherwise you will void all the quality that you might have from the sensor.


When taking pictures with long exposure times or when the subject is very close to zooming, the risk is to have a blurred photograph. The problem can be solved thanks to the stabilizer that can be present in the sensor, then directly on the machine, or in the lenses. Canon and Nikon DSLR have predicted it in their lenses, while Panasonic preferred to mount it on the sensor.

SLR cameras - weight and size

This information looks like a detail, but it does not. If you want a camera to start with holiday photos, you should orient yourself on a model that is as easy to handle and light as possible. Otherwise you will end up with about half a kg hanging around your neck all day. However, if you intend to use the camera for professional or semi-professional purposes, then more subject to wear, better choose more resistant materials. Not only that, if you plan to use it a lot on the outside with the possibility of rain, cold or exposure to dust, you should choose a tropicalized machine, therefore suitable for more "extreme" uses.

Now that in our guide to buying a camera we have provided you with the main tips to choose a good camera to start having fun with professional photography, we show you the best cheap SLR for beginners.

Canon 1300D

Better Nikon or Canon? Let's clear the field of doubts: life is made of preferences and choices. This is one of those. They are both excellent, you will not be wrong anyway. This is the Canon 1300D equipped with APS-C sensor with 18 MegaPixel resolution. The size of the format and the resolution will allow you to take your first pictures with a SLR up to A2 format.

The ISO range is 100 - 6400 (expandable up to 12,800), so you will not be constantly forced to resort to flash whenever you are in low light. It mounts a DIG! C 4+ image processor that optimizes colors, contrast and the various details of your shots.

Photographs made with other devices can be shared on the fly thanks to NFC or WiFi. To help you get acquainted with your new SLR, you can start with Smart Auto Scene mode with which you will not have to set the various settings. Finally, you can shoot Full HD movies.

Nikon 3400

This Nikon SLR for beginners features a DX sensor with a resolution of 24.2 MegaPixel combined with the NIKKOR lens. On this model we find a range of ISO sensitivity ranging from 100 to 25600, so very "pushed", while the image processor is the EXPEED 4 to post-work in the best way all your shots. With Nikon's SnapBridge system, you can connect and synchronize your SLR with your smartphone, so you can share your photos as soon as you take them. In this way you can publish photos on Facebook and Instagram directly from the phone ... And what a picture! Photo from reflex.

The Nikon 3400 snaps at a speed of 5 fps to shoot moving images and is compact and light (about 445 grams, considering already the battery) so you can easily carry it with you during the holidays. Even in this case you can record Full HD movies.

Canon EOS 750

With the EOS 750, the performance improves and, necessarily, increases the price a little. It is again a machine with CMOS APS-C sensor, with 24.2 MegaPixel resolution. The ISO sensitivity ranges from 100 to 12800 (expandable up to ISO 25600) and this reflex has 19 points of focus and the shutter speed is 5 frames per second. In short, the improvements are obvious. This model is also equipped with an LCD screen (in addition of course to the optical viewfinder) that is orientable and touch, for better interaction with the camera. Thanks to the Wi-Fi and NFC features, you can connect your camera to smartphones, tablets and printers.

The EOS 750D is equipped with an intelligent viewfinder: this means that when you look in, you can easily see the focus point and the active AF areas, while the shooting information is clearly displayed.

Sony α68

In recent years, Sony has also established itself in the field of SLR cameras, presenting models that have convinced audiences and critics. The α68 is a SLR with APS-C sensor and 24.2 MegaPixel resolution. The autofocus system works at 79 points (15 of which are cross-shaped) concentrating mainly the points in the central part of the frame, thus helping to focus on moving subjects.

This, among other things, is further facilitated by the shutter speed that on this model, compared to those described above, rises to 8 fps.

The image stabilizer is built into the full range of focal lengths for any compatible lens. The image processor is the BIONZ X that can handle huge amounts of data coming from the machine to ensure reduced noise in photographs. In essence, the image is subdivided on the basis of the reasons found (for example edges, textures and areas with uniform coloring) and then the most appropriate noise reduction is applied to each area.

It has a display on the upper part of the machine body for a more convenient and immediate control of the controls, as well as a 2.7-inch LCD panel that can be tilted up to 135 upwards and up to 55 downwards.

Nikon D5300

The latest SLR camera of our buying guide for the best SLRs for beginners is the Nikon D5300. It has a CMOS sensor in DX format with 24.2 MegaPixel resolution. It guarantees a high ISO sensitivity with 100-12800 range (extensible up to ISO 25600 equivalent). As for the other Nikon proposal before, we find an image processor EXPEED 4 that ensures a very rapid management of the information acquired.

Focusing is based on a 39-point AF system and nine cross-type sensors. The 3D subject tracking feature is interesting, keeping the focus even on small moving subjects. The sensor of this SLR camera ensures very precise exposure measurements and is a great help for those who start taking pictures as it sends data to the camera scene recognition system, which automatically adjusts settings such as auto exposure, autofocus and white balance.

The shutter speed is 5 fps and has the built-in GPS to geolocate immediately your photos wherever you are.


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