Top 5 DSLR cameras below Rs.30,000 you can buy online

See the best of DSLR cameras below the range of Rs.30,000. Know the features of these cameras, see how they made it to our top 5 list and why you should consider buying one of them.

DSLRs brought a drastic revolution in the world of photography. Over the last couple of years, photographers have been lucky to test some of the best Digital SLRs around. DSLRs are available at lower prices than ever before. For under Rs 30,000, you can get a high quality DSLR cameras from all big brands like, Canon, Pentax , Nikon and Sony. If you're shopping for a new DSLR camera, we have short list of top 5 DSLR cameras with us under the range of Rs 30,000.

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1. Nikon D5100 16.2MP Digital SLR Camera

Nikon D5100 16.2MP Digital SLR Camera
A high-resolution Nikon DX-format CMOS image sensor with an effective pixel count of 16.2 million pixels. It has EXPEED 2 image-processing engine as the high-end D7000 digital-SLR camera with an image-processing engine that provides superior image quality and rich expression of tones and also with the new High Dynamic Range (HDR) function. It has a display monitor of 3-inch with approximately 921k-dot vari-angle with wide viewing angle which increases the preview of photograph's visibility. It has standard sensitivity settings of ISO 100 - 6400 and additionally increases up to Hi 2 (ISO 25600 equivalent). If we talk about its focus range then it has:
  • Autofocus

  • AF-S (Single-servo Auto-Focus)

  • AF-C ( Continuous servo AF)

  • AF-A(Auto AF-S/AF-C selection )

  • MF (Manual focus) which can be selected from 11 focus area

It has feature of MOV movie which creates H.264/MPEG-4 AVC compression format with Linear PCM sound movie and stereo sound with external microphone. It supports high-speed continuous shooting at up to approximately 4 fps. Nikon D5100 is powered by rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL14. Box contains a battery Charger MH-24, Audio Video Cable EG-CP14, USB Cable UC-E6, Eyepiece Cap DK-5, Rubber Eyecup DK-20, Strap AN-DC3, accessory shoe cover BS-1, Body Cap BF-1B and a ViewNX 2 CD as an additional accessory kit. With this model company gives you the 2 year manufacturer warranty.

The only negative on Nokia D5100 is that it does not have an in built motor in body and you will have to buy AF-s lenses with Silent Wave Motor if you are a professional. However, if this is your first DSLR then it won't make much difference to you.

2. Canon EOS 600D 18MP Digital SLR Camera

Canon EOS 600D 18MP Digital SLR Camera
The EOS 600D is powered by an 18-megapixel high image quality CMOS sensor and DIGIC 4 image processor. It is fresh out of Canon's factory of innovation with the Scene Intelligent Auto mode with a fully automatic shooting mode that takes total advantage of the EOS Scene Detection System. Its integrated system analyses every element of a scene including a person's face and image's distance, brightness, contrast, color, movement and more. Its ISO is automatically set to 100-6400 and is expandable to 12800. For exceptional recording and playback of images the EOS 600D employs a crisp 3-inch wide Vari-Angle Clear View LCD monitor that contains over a million dots. EOS has different Viewfinder type as:

  • Eye-level penta-mirror

  • Fixed and Precision Matte focusing screen

  • Quick-return type mirror

  • Depth-of-field preview provided

The advanced Creative are integrated into the EOS 600D, as well as Full HD video recording and Video Snapshot with full HD recording in 24, 25 and 30fps. Its complete packed box contains EOS 600D Digital SLR Body, Battery Charger LC-E8E, Battery Pack LP-E8, Interface Cable, Wide Strap EW-100DB III, Stereo AV cable AVC-DC400ST,Software Instruction Manual CD, EOS Digital Solution Disk, Camera Basic instruction Manual Booklet. Company gives you 2 Years Warranty with this device.

Live view of Canon is much better than of Nikon. While changing the aperture, you will be able to view Live view in Canon EOS 600D which is not possible in Nikon. We suggest you buy a 50mm 1.8 lens with it too see the real power of a good lens. Though the frame rate of RAW is not very good but you do have a lot of options in the feature list to work with.

3. Nikon D3200 24.2MP Digital SLR Camera

Nikon D3200 24.2MP Digital SLR Camera
With 24.2 effective megapixels Nikon D3200 develops the DX-format CMOS image sensor. It is also having EXPEED 3 Image-processing engine which is also used in Nikon D4 FX-format flagship camera. It achieves high speed, high performance and multiple functions. D3200 provides you an inbuilt intuitive guide mode that shows you how to capture the pictures. It has wide ISO sensitivity range with standard setting of ISO 100 to 6400 and it can be set to ISO 12800 equivalents. Its screen size is of 3 inch with Eye-level penta-mirror single-lens reflex viewfinder. Its high-performance noise-reduction function and rich gradation with less noise is achieved even at a high sensitivity range which is for both still images and movies. It has high-speed continuous shooting at approximately 4fps to capture decisive moments reliably. In its box pack it has EN-EL14 rechargeable Li-ion battery (with terminal cover), AN-DC3 strap, MH-24 battery charger, UC-E17 USB cable, EG-CP14 audio/video cable, BS-1 accessory shoe cover, DK-5 eyepiece cap, DK-20 rubber eyecup, ViewNX 2 CD-ROM, BF-1B body cap, and a reference CD. This device also has a 2 year manufacturer warranty.

There are a lot of in camera photo editing features. The weight of camera is less but that is due to its weak battery which offers comparatively lesser On time. Eye piece is quite short and the strap supplied with the camera is of low quality so take precaution if using it or better still, by a separate strap for it of better quality yourself.

4. Nikon D3100 14.2MP Digital SLR Camera

Nikon D3100 14.2MP Digital SLR Camera
The CMOS image sensor offers an effective pixel count of 14.2-million pixels (D3000: CCD image sensor with 10.2-million effective pixels) and enables capture of high-definition images exhibiting superior image quality with extremely detailed rendering and rich tones. D3100 comes with EXPEED 2 which is Nikon's new image-processing engine and developed by refining the concepts which maximizes the performance of the CMOS image sensor to suppress noise in still images and movies and produces images that faithfully reproduce vivid colors. The camera also makes most of its standard sensitivity settings up to ISO 3200 and additionally increases up to Hi 2 i.e. ISO 12800 equivalent while shooting under dim lighting such as in the evening or indoors as well as with sports scenes of rapidly moving subjects. Its 3-inch monitor with 230,000-dot of low-temperature polysilicon TFT LCD is of Eye-level penta-Dach mirror type with built-in diopter adjustment of -1.7 to +0.5m-1. It gives you D-Movie for recording and editing full-HD movies and AF-F focus mode for movie recording. Complete device is packed with a rechargeable Li-ion battery EN-EL14, Rubber Eyecup DK-20, Quick charger MH-24, Body cap BF-1B, Camera strap AN-DC3, Accessory shoe cover BS-1, Eyepiece cap DK-5, and a 2 Ferrite core. For this device also company gives you the 2 year manufacturer warranty.

This camera is for entry level photographers and will take sometime for you to learn its customizations to get the best quality clicks from it.

5. Canon EOS 1100D 12.2MP Digital SLR Camera

Canon EOS 1100D 12.2MP Digital SLR Camera
Canon EOS is 12.2 megapixel Advanced Photo System (APS-C) size CMOS sensor with a wide-area 9-point autofocus for precise rapid focusing. It is having ISO 100-3200 and can be expanded upto 6400 for low-light and hand-held photography without flash. It has DIGIC 4 with 14-bit image processing for improved color gradation and tonal range. It is having 63-zone iFCL exposure metering system for accurate light measurement. EOS comes with 2.7 TFT Color LCD screen.

The user interface of Canon EOS 1100D is simpler than the other cameras mentioned here and newbies will find it easy to get started with it. One big drawback of this camera is that it offers only two resolutions for videos- 1280 x 720 at 30fps, 1280 x 720 at 25fps ie 720p. You do not get auto focus in video recording either but you once you have enough practice you can do much better with manual focusing.

These cameras have been selected on the basis of wide customer feedback along with their performance and features provided. So if you are really interested in making the purchase of a DSLR camera soon then you should definitely select one of the cameras mentioned above.

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Guest Author: Satish20 Nov 2014

Which is the best? d3200 or d5100?

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