Looking to buy your first DSLR camera? Well you're in luck as there are several camera manufacturers who have put out low-priced DSLR models to cater to beginner photographers or consumers who are on a tight budget. Below is a quick run-down on the four best DSLR camera models priced under $500 at this current time.
The Nikon D3100 is priced just under $500 with the kit lens included. It features a 14.2 MP CMOS sensor, 3-inch rear LCD display, one-touch live view capabilities, and full 1080P HD video capture. Unlike the majority of its competitors in this price range, the video modes include full-time autofocusing which helps you capture clear footage even while your shooting a non-stationary or moving shot. The D3100 requires a standard SD memory card which you can get an 16GB card for less than $13. Overall, the D3100 gives some serious bang for your buck from a reputable brand like Nikon.
The Canon T3 is a bit cheaper than the D3100, but does not come with as competitive of features. It harnesses a 12.2 MP CMOS sensor, max ISO of 6400, dual-layer metering system, 9-point AF capabilities, and an EOS HD Movie mode that is capable of capturing 720p HD footage. For someone who just wants to shoot recreationally as a hobby or to capture their favorite family memories then the Canon T3 should be more than suitable for your needs as well as keep your wallet happy.
The Pentax K-30 is a suitable camera for anyone looking to take their DSLR with them on the go even in rough conditions. The reason for this is that the K-30 model has been designed to be fully weatherproof and coldproof which means it will work in almost any weather or temperature. It features a 16MP CMOS sensor, 3-inch rear LCD, full 1080P HD video capabilities, and an advanced autofocus engine. We included the K-30 in our last month's article “5 Of The Best DSLR Cameras Priced Under $1000“, but since the price has dropped allowing the K-30 (body only) to be picked up for under $500.
The Sony SLT-A58K hit the consumer market back in February and can be found for just under $500 bundled with the 18-55mm kit lens. Inside you'll find a 20.1 MP APS sensor, 5 FPS burst modes, full 1080P HD video capabilities, “lock-on” autofocusing technology, and an OLED viewfinder. The rear of the camera has a 2.7″ tilt-able LCD screen. This camera was also included in last month's article, but the price has dropped under $500 since then so get it while you can!
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