The Best DSLRs for Beginners in 2017

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It’s not always easy to start a completely new camera system, and if you’re thinking of upgrading from something simpler, like a point and shoot, the leap to DSLR can feel a little intimidating.

But the fact of the matter is no other camera system will help you learn photography faster or better than a DSLR, and we also have mirrorless systems in mind when we make this statement.

A DSLR can be your new best friend if you learn how to use it properly. One of the main reasons is, of course, the incredible flexibility it can provide you with.

The lens choices available make this “traditional” system stand out in front of the mirrorless new kids on the block.

But perhaps the coolest feature of most beginner DSLRs is their amazing image quality. Even the low-end models of today are capable of results that would put professional cameras from a few years back to shame.

With that in mind, we rounded up our top ten picks for best entry-level DSLRs of 2017. Here they are in no specific order.

Pentax K-70

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It's definitely not one of the most affordable models on our list, but the K-70, like most Pentax cameras, packs a lot for the money.

Probably the first feature that makes it stand out from the crowd is the dust and weather sealing. This camera is made for the outdoors, and if you pair it with a weather resistant lens, you get a system that can you can be fully confident will handle tough conditions easily.

It’s powered by a 24.2 MP APS-C sensor, and it has a continuous speed of 6fps and a high precision hybrid AF system that is known for its accuracy.Definitely not one of the most affordable models on our list, but the K-70, like most Pentax cameras, packs a lot for the money.

Probably the first feature that makes it stand out from the crowd is the dust and weather sealing. This camera is made for the outdoors, and if you pair it with a weather resistant lens, you get a system that can you can be fully confident will handle tough conditions easily.

It’s powered by a 24.2 MP APS-C sensor, and it has a continuous speed of 6fps and a high precision hybrid AF system that is known for its accuracy.

Canon EOS 700D/Rebel T5i

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It might not be the youngest member of the group, but the Rebel T5i still packs a punch.

If you’re looking for something easy to use, very good image quality, and a body design that is still very much up-to-date, look no further.

It has an 18 MP sensor, a very nice 1,040,000 dot articulated 3-inch display, and very good ergonomics.

But perhaps the best thing about the T5i is its price. It’s one of the most affordable cameras on this list, and that makes it a terrific option for beginners looking to make the leap into DSLR land.

Nikon D5600

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The newest addition to the D5000 family is this little powerhouse with a great set of specs and capabilities.

With a 24.2MP APS-C sensor, 5fps continuous shooting mode, and a very nice 39-point AF system, it is a camera for the more ambitious beginner who wants a tool that won't limit you a few years down the road.

As you would expect from any camera in this family, the D5600 has great ergonomics, a well-thought-out control layout, and a very nice 3.2-inch articulating screen with a resolution of 1,040,000 dots.

Canon EOS 100D/ Rebel SL1

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Originally introduced back in 2013, the Rebel SL1 was Canon’s answer to the invasion of the compact camera system.

It is one of the smallest DSLRs you’ll ever see, and that makes it ideal for people with smaller hands. Yet despite its size, the grip is very comfortable and you will enjoy holding and using this little guy.

The APS-C sensor has an 18MP resolution that still produces very good results by today’s standards. It is ideal for photographers who want to travel light yet still enjoy the benefits of using a great lens.

It’s also very affordable with prices for used bodies at well under $350.

Nikon D5300

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This is another smart by for Nikon fans who don’t want to make huge initial investments in a system.

The Nikon D5300 became very popular after it was introduced, and its success is largely attributed to the 24.2MP sensor that was later inherited by the D5500.

Together with the EXPEED-4 image processor, the D5300’s chip produces very impressive images, and the 39-point AF system lets you capture fast action accurately.

Again, this isn’t a new model, but it’s one of those deals that is just too good to pass up!

Nikon D3300

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The great thing about the D3300 is that it’s almost identical to its younger sibling, the D3400.

Besides the excellent 24.2 MP sensor, it’s a very simple to use camera that will help ease your transition from a compact or bridge camera.

The absence of an anti-aliasing filter means it will extract maximum detail, too. Sure, you won’t be getting built-in Wi-Fi or an articulated screen, but if it’s something you’re prepared to live with, the D3300 is a great first DSLR.

Canon EOS 750D/Rebel T6i

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It won’t be long until the Canon 800D will be available everywhere, which makes the Rebel T6i an even better deal because you can find a high-quality used model for a great discount.

The image quality that comes out of the T6i is nothing short of amazing, and that could be an understatement. It’s definitely a mid- to long-term investment in this regard.

All this is made possible by the 24.2 MP sensor, and if you’re willing to spend a little more on an “L” lens, you will be blown away.

Wi-Fi and NFC pairing are of course part of the features, which is to be expected from a camera that is still relatively new on the market.

The articulated screen is also touch sensitive, which has also become a standard.

Overall, the T6i is one of the best choices you can make for a future investment and that is why we have proudly included it on our list.

Canon EOS 760D/Rebel T6s

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As you would expect, there are very few differences between the Rebel T6s and the T6i. In fact, it was an upgrade that got a lot of Canon fans confused.

With that in mind, the T6s does have a few features that help it stand out...

It has an additional rear thumbwheel that is familiar to photographers who use enthusiast models like the 80D. There’s also an extra top panel LCD for settings and information which makes us nostalgically recall the time when all DSLRs had one.

Obviously, the image quality is identical to the T6i, and that means it is superb.

Nikon D3400

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Not much has changed since the D3300 listed earlier, but it’s worth noting the addition of Nikon’s SnapBridge Bluetooth connectivity that simplifies transferring files directly to your device.

While we believe the D3300 is a better value for the money, the D3400 is a must-see for all beginners.

Canon EOS Rebel T6/Canon 1300D

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The Rebel T6 is equipped with the same 18MP sensor as its predecessor, the 1200D, but it has an upgraded processing engine that will produce better results, although major differences should not be expected.

It does, however, include Wi-Fi and NFC, which for a lot of people are very important features.

The screen has also been updated from an obsolete 406,000 dots to a 920,000 dots unit that makes it easier to review your shots.

Let us know what you think about our lineup and which one is your favorite!

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