Entry-level DSLRs and more recently mirrorless cameras are where budding photographers who want to turn pro can learn the ropes. Here's a round-up of all the cameras for the absolute beginner and users looking to pick up their first camera with manual controls.
The D3000-series is where things begin with all things DSLR in Nikon's stables. The camera features a 24 MP sensor and comes with a guide mode that teaches users how the camera works. It also shoots full-HD video and an 11-point autofocus (AF) system. The ISO sensitivity ranges from ISO 100 to 6,400.
Nikon has four kit lens options for the D3200: the 18-140mm VR, the 18-105mm VR, the 18-55mm VR II and the 18-55mm VR II plus the 55-200 VR II. They cost Rs. 41,950, Rs. 39,950, Rs. 28,950 and Rs. 37,950, respectively.
Canon's entry-level DSLR and the cheapest one they sell in India, the 1300D was launched earlier this year. This camera features an 18MP sensor and a nine-point AF. Much like the Nikon D3200, the ISO sensitivity ranges between ISO 100 and 6,400, but unlike the Nikon, the 1300D has NFC and Wi-Fi support built in. The Canon 1300D is also certainly better priced and costs Rs. 29,995 with the 18-55mm lens and Rs 38,995 when picked up with the 18-55mm and 55-250mm double-zoom kit.
A true speed demon, Sony Î±58 is a DSLR-like camera that uses proprietary technology to remove the mirror that bounced light up to the viewfinder. Instead, the camera uses a translucent mirror that splits the light and sends most to the 20MP APS-C sensor and some to an AF sensor. It features a 15-point AF system and while cameras of Nikon and Canon, mentioned above, shoot at 4 and 3 fps, the Sony Î±58 shoots at up to 8fps. Much like the Canon 1300D, Sony offers two lens kit options with the Î±58 â€” an 18-55mm lens option priced at Rs. 33,990 and a double-zoom kit priced at Rs. 40,990, which includes an 18-55mm lens and a 55-200mm lens.
Another offering from Sony, the Î±5100 embraces the next best alternate to a DSLR, the mirrorless format. Sleek and compact, the Î±5100 features a Nikon-D3200-rivalling 24 MP sensor and a hybrid-type AF that boasts of 179 points. Capable of firing away at up to 6fps, Sony Î±5100 features NFC and Wi-Fi, giving the Canon 1300D a run for its money too. However, when it comes to how much it costs, the Sony Î±5100 is a bit of a let-down as it costs Rs. 45,990 when bundled with the 16-55mm Power Zoom lens.
Straight from Fujifilm's X-series of mirrorless cameras, the entry-level X-A1 features a 16MP sensor, which may not seem like much, but more than makes up for it with its ISO sensitivity, which goes up to ISO 25,600. Much like the Sony Î±5100, the X-A1 also features a tilting screen. The Fujifilm X-A1 shoots at up to 5.6 fps. It's also the only entry-level camera to feature two command dials to adjust exposure, and features interesting filters that emulate the effects of some of Fujifilm's most iconic 35mm films. It shoots full-HD movies and has a 49-point AF system as well. Bundled with the 16-50mm, Fujifilm X-A1 costs. Rs 44, 999.