Which Camera I should Buy As A Beginner?

You want to buy your first digital Camera?

 
How much you want to spend? If your budget is below 20k and you want to get the large prints to hang it on the wall, you can buy point and shoot camera also. Preferably, buy any point and shoot camera between 12 Megapixel to 20 Megapixel.
 
But you want the defocused background in your photos, Right? You will have to increase your budget a bit to achieve such results in your every photos. Once you raise the budget, you can put your hands on DSLR level cameras. How to achieve the defocused background by DSLR? We will talk about it in our separate blog.
 
Majorly, Nikon and canon has wide range of starting level DSLRs.
 
1. Nikon D3300:
 
This is a fantastic entry level camera. Nikon has recently upgraded this with D3400. Though, I always suggest that one should go for the updated technology yet you can settle with D3300. With this camera, you can save money and get great images too. You will not get touch screen and wi-fi technology with this one. I have used this camera with 18-200 mm lens and I could get stunning images with this combination. 24.2 megapixel supports you to get large prints for your photo wall.
nikond3300
 
Specifications of Nikon D3300:-
 
Sensor: APS-C CMOS (It means, It is a cropped sensor)
Megapixels: 24.2MP
 
Lens mount: Nikon DX (It means, you need crop lenses)
 
Screen: 3-inch, 921,000 dots
 
Continuous shooting speed: 5fps (It means, you can make photos at the rate of 5 frames per second)
 
Card Slot: One SD Card
 
ISO range: 100-12800
 
Flash: Built-in
 
Max video resolution/File format: 1080p/MOV
 
Weight: Approx. 460g
 
User level: Beginner
 
2. Canon EOS 1300D:
 
It is an another great camera in the segment of entry level DSLRs. Canon upgraded this from 1200D. I have tried my hands on 1200D and I was very much satisfied with its results. With 1300D, You get wi-fi and NFC technology to access and transfer your photos directly through the smartphone as a quick sharing tool. Nikon has come up with this technology in their another entry level camera i.e. D3400.
canon1300d
 
Specifications of Canon EOS 1300D:-
 
Sensor: APS-C CMOS (A cropped sensor)
 
Megapixels: 18.0 MP
 
Lens mount: Canon EF-S
 
Screen: 3-inch, 920,000 dots
 
Continuous shooting speed: 3fps (It means, you can make photos at the rate of 3 frames per second)
 
ISO range: 100-6400
 
Flash: Built-in
Max video resolution/File format: 1080p/MOV
User level: Beginner
 
Which lens you should buy with your entry level DSLR?
 
Usually, the authorized dealers press you to buy the camera with two lenses here in India. One 18-55 mm (Kit Lens) and second 55-200 mm (Offered Lens). Either you buy only 18-55 mm or you buy only camera body (Without lens). I suggest, Instead of two lenses, You should buy one multipurpose lens i.e. 18-200 mm with VR (Vibration Reduction) technology. Though, 18-200 mm is not a cheaper lens. You can buy it from Tamron to save some money. It has recently raised its level a notch in the performances of lenses. Tamron 18-200 mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC is almost half the price of what Nikon offers for the same.
Indian Street Photography

Shot made by Tamron 18-200 mm

 
If you buy two different lenses, you will end up struggling with changing the lens. Imagine, you have an 18-55 mm mounted on your DSLR, you can not make detailed shots beyond  the range of 55 mm. You will still be able to view the scene but you will not get the desired results until you get closer to the subject with in its range. If you have mounted 18-200 mm lens, you will not face such issues. If you buy other than Nikon or Canon made lens, you will have to buy it specifically for Nikon mount or Canon Mount DSLR.
 
You will have to shell out more money once you decide to buy DSLR. Don’t forget to buy UV protection filter for your lens and screen guard of the camera body. Company does not offer memory cards also with the camera. You will have to buy these accessories separately which will cost you another 3k – 4k.
 

Many broader technical details/jargons have been left out purposely to avoid the confusion for beginners. Feel free to ask for more suggestions through comment box.

Siddharth Malkania

Siddharth Malkania is a journalism graduate. He studied photography at India's premier institute. Having worked as a photojournalist for two years, he traveled to Tokyo, Paris, Barcelona and Amsterdam to brush up his skills of photography. Currently, He is a professional photographer based in New Delhi, India.

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