Do you want to purchase a DSLR camera but do not know which one to go for? Then you are at the right place, as this is where I am going to suggest the best DSLR cameras of 2014. I would like to guide you through the hottest deal on cameras available in the market and the exclusive models that I have some across. This will definitely save you time when it comes to working out what are the best options you have.
DSLR stands for digital single lens reflex, the cameras which have removable lenses so that diverse optics can be attached in order to provide a different vision on the world. This diversity allows you to start small and build-up to the more varied, sharper and enviable featured lenses as you go along. It also adds hands-on control for zoom and focus accuracy unlike that of most compact cameras.
DSLRs are not to be confused with the newer condensed system cameras that are also sensitive camera shops up and down the land. They are the ones that typically look like point-and-shoot cameras but also have interchangeable lenses.
Whether you are new-fangled to the DSLR concept, are looking to upgrade, already know plenty about cameras already and are weighing up the options, or are considering a more pro-spec option, we’ve broken down our list of great DSLR cameras into sub-headed categories to make things that bit easier to digest.
A quick verdict in lenses
First things first: cameras do not work in a one-size-fits-all way. Brands like to keep their own legacy and each manufacturer has its own kind of lens mount. Say for Canon its EF, for Nikon its F-mount, for Pentax its K-mount, and Sony has A-mount. There are some additions and exceptions as well; however those are the current four to focus on. Don’t fall into the trap by selling the wrong lenses just for the reason that the brand names match up.
Secondly to the equation is sensor size. Entry and mid-level cameras usually have what’s called an APS-C size sensor. Some pro-spec cameras have full-frame sensors that they are physically larger and need specific – typically pricier and more superior lenses that are capable of covering the better dimensions. In each case the mount size remains the same, irrelevant of the sensor size. If you are looking at a top-of-the-range lens for a top-of-the-range camera, you’ll know all this already. For those starting out it may seem a bit of a minefield out there, although a fairly easy one to recognize once you catch hold the argot of the manufacturer you have chosen.
Focal length equivalent
There is bounty of things to think with lenses and this all depends on the type of photography you are setting up on doing. If it is all about portraits you’ll want something like around the 50mm or 75mm mark.
Entry-level DSLR -Best
You have decided that a DSLR is the one for you, but you don’t want to fork out masses of cash and don’t want pompous or complex controls to get in your way. The Nikon D3200 is a well-balanced selection to introduce you to the world of DSLR. Recently replaced by the D5300, which is a comparatively subtle upgrade, the price of the D3200 continues to drop, thus making it a reasonable offering in the market.
Absolute with a Guide mode on its main mode dial, the camera can help you in a visual way to generate the types of photographs you wish for. These visual cues will help in growing your understanding of exposure, aperture values, depth of field and all those things that, quite probably; you don’t know about just yet. But at the same time if that that sounds too daunting then just stick the camera in auto mode and push the shutter button – it’ll do all the autofocus and exposure metering for you and, more often than not, do it well.
If there’s a drawback it’s that the optical viewfinder has a 95 per cent field-of-view, meaning that the outermost five per cent of the shot will be captured, but won’t show up in the preview. It’s classic of DSLR cameras at this level without exception.
Image quality from the D3200’s 24-megapixel sensor is top quality, and at the time of writing it’s possible to pick up a model for a fair price too. Competition comes in the form of the Canon EOS 1100D, but that’s far older and not as up to the task these days.
PRICE: Rs. 28,681.00 (Currently)
QUICK JUDGMENT: The D3200 has produces a great image at high decree and the accessible street price makes it well value the investment. It’s the camera to usher in a new level of image eminence to the entry-level DSLR market without over-complicating things to ensure it’s appropriate for its target audience.
Best small DSLR
Canon EOS 100D (Canon EOS SL1)
The Canon EOS 100D sits in a world of its own. It’s as small as DSLR cameras come and that in itself is the single biggest rationale for buying it. It’s a technological mini marvel with a rightfully reasonably priced.
This is the DSLR to take up less bag space while delivering quality akin to the EOS 650D and EOS 700D models; the one that stands out on its own.
PRICE: Rs. 52,999.00 (Currently)
QUICK JUDGMENT: The EOS 100D is a manufacturing marvel and while showing off in making such a small DSLR, it doesn’t match up to head or heart. The 700D is better in every way on paper and while this puts the brakes on the 100D it still has its small size trump card. That’s the one notable feature here: if you want small then this is the one to go for.
Best all-round DSLR bargain
The Canon EOS 100D sits in a world of its own. It’s as small as DSLR cameras come and that in itself is the single biggest reason for buying it. It’s a technological mini marvel with a suitably affordable price tag to boot. This is the DSLR to take up less bag space while delivering quality akin to the EOS 650D and EOS 700D models. If anything, the image quality that we’ve come to see from Pentax models tends to enhance its nearest competitors and the K-30 – which comes in at a very fair price but delivers beefier features than entry-level models – is no exception.
If you’re not tied to any one brand by lens mount then I would thoroughly recommend the K-30: it’s weather-sealed, has a powerful build, 100 per cent viewfinder, however such features never come at the cost of overall quality.
PRICE: Rs. 48,695.00 (body only)
QUICK JUDGMENT: The EOS 100D is an engineering marvel and while we doff our hats to Canon for showing off in making such a small DSLR, it doesn’t match up to head nor heart: the 700D is better in every way on paper and while this, in part, puts the brakes on the 100D it still has its small size trump card. That’s the one standout feature here: if you want small then this is the one to go for.
Best DSLR for movie capture
Sony Alpha A99
Even if I have got some doubts with the A99 as a standalone stills camera, when it comes to movie capture it’s Sony’s SLT (single lens translucent technology) which, I admit, means this isn’t precisely a DSLR which make for exceptional quick and quiet autofocus.
There’s a silent control wheel to the front of the camera for live adjustment during recording, while the full-frame sensor is spot on for blurred-background effects and creating those pro-looking 1080p shots.
All this can be witnessed in real time on the rear LCD screen without any cost to autofocus ability which, because of the SLT design, is just as fast as when using the camera through its electronic viewfinder – and that’s also possible when capturing video.
Other cameras throw plenty at the movie front as well, there’s rarely a DSLR model that doesn’t have plenty to offer in this department – but the Sony’s got stacks of good stuff on offer, a definite winner.
PRICE: Rs 179,900 (Currently)
QUICK JUDGMENT: The first full-frame SLT has plenty of strengths such as a fast burst mode, great movie mode and quality pictures; however comes up a little short somewhere else. The battery life isn’t good enough; the burst mode is hindered by the buffer’s limitations. If movie is your focus, however, then it’s well worth investigating.