Picking The Best Entry Level DSLR Camera

When it comes to choosing the best entry level DSLR camera it can be somewhat of a minefield with all leading manufacturers pushing their more than capable entry level DSLR making choosing the best one for your needs a difficult decision.

The top two leading DSLR manufacturers all compete fiercely to provide the best DSLR for beginners, pushing features like intelligent exposure modes and their in camera user guides to help with settings on the camera while the other try to push things like fast shooting mode, environmentally sealed, LCD screens and the capability to capture video.

With the DSLR manufacturers offering such variety it makes choosing the best entry level DSLR camera that much more difficult but with such variety you should end up with a camera tailored to your requirements.

When it comes to entry level DSLR cameras there really is only a choice of two top brands Canon and Nikon with this we have narrowed it down to the best entry level DSLR camera for each brand one of my main frustrations when looking for my first DSLR camera was an easy way to compare each product. So I have put together a comparison chart below to show you all the main features that I feel you should judge a DSLR camera on along with this I have given a full in-depth review of both cameras to dig deep into each of their other features.

 
Canon EOS 1100D
Nikon D3100
Megapixels
12
14.2
ISO Range
100-6400
100-3200
Shutter Speed
1/4000 to 30 s + Bulb
1/4000 to 30 s + Bulb
LCD Size
6.8cm (2.7”)
7.5cm (3”)
Live View Mode
Yes
Yes
HD video capture
720p
1080p
Canon EOS 1100D Review
Nikon D3100 Review

Ok, so you can see the difference between what I consider key factors between the Canon 1100D and the Nikon D3100 but if you are like me when I was buying my first DSLR camera you may be thinking “ok I see the difference but what does each one mean?” below I explain in layman’s terms each important.

Megapixels
DSLR cameras come with a large sensor the larger the sensor the more the camera can capture in megapixels so the larger the megapixels the better the images and in turn you can print your images at larger sizes without losing much if any image quality.

ISO Range
The ISO is how sensitive your camera is to light, which lends itself to how flexibility DSLR cameras are in photographing in different light conditions.  

Shutter Speed
The amount of light that is exposed to your DSLR sensor is controlled by the shutter speed. To take sharp photos you will require a fast shutter speed but to create blurred images you will need a slower shutter speed.

LCD Size
This is something that some people might not consider to be a main point but when you are a beginner DSLR user I liked to see what I have just taken so a large LCD screen is a main point but maybe not a key point.

Live View Mode
If you are in a tight sport and can’t use the viewfinder the live view on the LCD screen is a great feature.

HD video capture
Capturing video is for some very important but others not so, but both the cameras we recommend both offer HD video capture I feel it’s a nice feature but I have never used it all that much on my DSLR but it’s nice it’s there.

What One Do We recommend?
When it comes to recommending the best entry level DSLR camera if you are to go on features alone then we have to recommend the Nikon D3100 as this beats the Canon EOS 1100D on all the main features. If you budget doesn’t stretch to the little more expensive Nikon D3100 then you will not be disappointed with the Canon EOS 1100D witch also have slightly cheaper lenses. So overall we recommend the Nikon D3100 but you won’t be disappointed with the Canon EOS 1100D if you opt for this camera.

Best Entry Level DSLR Camera LensesLenses
The amount of different lenses that are available for both the Canon 1100D and Nikon D3100 are vast. When comparing lenses I have always found Canon lenses to be that little more inexpensive. The lens that come with both these DSLR’s are perfect for multitasking we have also put together my two extra lenses that I recommend to have an all-round lens kit.

Dslr Must HavesDo I need any extra equipment?
When I got my first DSLR camera something I wanted to know was “what are the DSLR must have accessories” like when I got my first DSLR camera I didn’t know it didn’t come with any memory and I didn’t anticipate were I was going to store my camera so we have put together the best DSLR must have’s and some others that will come in handy.