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If one of your hobbies is photography, and you actually want to get better at it then you need the proper equipment. This means you need something better than a disposable camera from Seven Eleven but you don’t need a $7000 Canon either just in case you decide you’re more into bird watching. A solid SLR is what you’re looking for, one that’s good enough to keep as you get better so you won’t have to upgrade the moment you get a little bitter. You don’t want to outgrow the thing immediately as it’s not exactly the cheapest hobby in the world. You want something good that you can add on to with different lenses which actually make a huge difference in the quality of the photographs you take. Here are some SLR’s you might want to look into.


One good selection is the Nikon D3300, which is a great choice for beginners and won’t break the bank at 0. It’s an excellent camera that even works well in low-light. Some of its features include.

24.2 MP CMOS DX-format sensor

5 frames per second continuous shooting

11 AF points with 3D tracking

ISO 100-12800 (expandable to 25600)

1080 (60, 50, 30, 25, 24 fps) HD video (MPEG-4/H.264/MOV)

3 inch LCD with 921,000 dots

Expeed 4 processing


The Canon EOS Rebel SL1 Digital SLR with 18-55mm STM Lens is also a good choice with a decent price tag of about 600 bucks. You can easily add on to this camera with different lenses and the like which makes it a great beginner camera. Some of its features include.

18 MP APS-C CMOS sensor

4 FPS continuous shooting

9 point AF system, center AF point is cross-type

ISO 100-12800 (expandable to 25600)

1080 (30, 25, 24 fps) and 720 (60, 50 fps) HD video (29min limit, H.264 format)

3″ touch panel LCD screen with 1,040,000 dots

Movie Servo AF for continuous focus tracking of moving subjects


The Canon EOS 1200D/Rebel T5 is a good camera that provides excellent clarity and natural color reproduction. It does have drawback such as it lacks a touchscreen but it’s only $419.00 which is a great price tag for a beginner. Some of its features include.

ISO 100-6400 (expandable to H: 12800) for shooting from bright to dim light.

EOS Full HD Movie mode helps you capture brilliant results.

Scene Intelligent Auto mode helps deliver expertly optimized photos and offers improved scene detection for amazing results when shooting at night.

9-point AF system (including one center cross-type AF point) and AI Servo AF help provide necessary options for impressive autofocus performance and accurate results.

18.0 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) image sensor and high-performance DIGIC 4 Image Processor for excellent speed and quality.

Any of these three cameras are an excellent choice if you’re just getting into photography. If you end up as Playboy’s next photographer then awesome but if not and you end up giving up on the hobby at least you’ll be able to take way above average pictures when you go on vacation.

Article By: Jon DaBove

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