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Best DSLR cameras in 2015

Best DSLR cameras in 2015

July 17, 2015

If you think you can compare the quality of photos taken with your new smartphone's camera against the ones taken with a DSLR, your dead wrong! Have you ever seen a professional photographer capture a portfolio or a wedding or a themed party using a smartphone camera? You shouldn't compare apples with oranges after all!

Now if you've made up your mind about buying a cool new DSLR this year, first familiarize yourself with the best DSLR cameras 2015 has to offer. And that too within your budget!

1. Canon EOS Rebel T5i (1200D)

A more compact design, new grip and finish are what mark the basic differences in this camera when compared to its predecessor (Rebel T4i).

Key specifications

  • 18 MP Silent Stepping Motor (STM) zoom lens
  • 5fps, 6 raw/22 JPEG
  • ISO 100 - ISO 12800 / 25600 (exp)
  • Built-in Flash
  • 360-degree rotation mode dial
  • Real-time shooting with creative filters with Live View preview


JPEG photos captured with this one are quite clean up to ISO 800 and still usable at full scale up to ISO 1600 and at ISO 6400. It also offers video recording up to 1080p HD at 30 fps with stereo sound from built-in microphones.


  • Compact and light weight
  • Good performance at higher ISO settings
  • Value for money
  • Battery life of just 450 shots on a single charge
  • No Wi-Fi support
  • Auto-Focus could be better

Available on Amazon for $699.99.

2. Nikon D3300

Better performance and better photo quality place this camera ahead of its predecessor (D3200), and that's what the increase in the price is for.

Key Specifications:

  • 24.3 MP DX-format CMOS sensor
  • Shooting at 5 fps
  • ISO 100 (exp) / 200 - ISO 6400 / 12800 (exp)
  • Built-in Flash
  • 11-point autofocus system
  • Anti-aliasing filter-free sensor


When it comes to picture quality, this camera exceeds the D3200 by far. JPEG photos taken with this one are very clean at ISO 400 but the noise very slightly increases up to ISO 1600. Above ISO 6400 the photos become unusable. 1080p Video recording at 60 fps is quite nice and the new EXPEED 4 image processor adds life to the camera's performance.


  • Impressive detail in high resolution photos
  • Good HD video recording
  • Battery life of 540 shots on a single charge


  • Noise issue at lower ISO settings
  • No Wi-Fi support
  • Non rotatable non-touch LCD screen

Available on Amazon for $496.

3. Pentax K500

No major changes as compared to its predecessor K30, but this camera still stands out among its competitors owing to a weather sealed body and an interesting set of shooting features.

Key Specifications:

  • 16.3 MP CMOS sensor
  • Shooting at 6fps, 8 raw/30 JPEG
  • ISO 100 - ISO 51200
  • Built-in Flash
  • 11 AF points with 9 sensitive cross-type variants


The K500 would make an excellent choice for fast and continuous clicking. However, JPEG images at ISO lower than 800 are the ones you should aim for with this camera. ISO 400 lends a noticeable jump in picture sharpness. Shake Reduction feature offers the ability to shoot at shutter speeds 3 stops slower than normal and still capture blur-free images.


  • AA battery support
  • Battery life of 710 shots with AA lithium batteries and 410 shots with lithium ion batteries
  • Competitive Price
  • AF point not superimposed in viewfinder
  • Noisy lens kit
  • Not too great video recording

Available on Amazon for $442.81.

4. Sony Alpha A58

A beautiful combination of sorts of the Sony A57 and A37, this camera makes the list in style.

Key Specifications

  • 20.1MP Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor
  • Shooting at an impressive 8fps
  • ISO 100-16,000
  • Single Lens Translucent (SLT) technology
  • 15 AF points with 3 sensitive cross-type variants
  • 15 artistic in-camera Picture Effect treatments


With an improved BIONZ image processing engine, levels of noise reduction and sharpness are adjusted individually in different imaging areas. Interesting enhancements like the Auto Object Framing technology make this camera stand apart from the others in its league.


  • Great picture detail
  • Good AF
  • Many enhancements in technology
  • Photos at higher ISO have noise
  • Electric viewfinder could give less clarity as compared to the optical viewfinder

Available on Amazon for $498.

5. Nikon D3100

The D3100 is again a pretty great camera with some amazing features, and it is well suited for the pocket too, however, you might find other Nikon cameras a tad ahead of this one on other higher grounds. None-the-less, it's a good fit for this list.

Key Specifications

  • 14.2-megapixel CMOS sensor
  • Continuous shooting at 3fps
  • ISO 100 (expanded)/200 - ISO 3200/12,800 (expanded)
  • 11-pt AF center cross-type


JPEGs up to ISO 800 are very clean and are still usable up to ISO 3200 with the camera offering brilliant color reproduction in the default SD mode too. The overall speed of the camera is the one area where it actually falls very slightly behind the other Nikon ones in this category.


  • Great picture quality
  • Full manual controls in video capture
  • Battery life of 550 shots on a single charge
  • Body streamlined for experienced photographers
  • Kind-of small viewfinder
  • Slower in performance than competitors


Available on Amazon for $341.99.

Concluding Lines

So now don't' go for cheap digital cameras blaming the dearth of good DSLRs within your affordable price range. You've just seen some really great budget DSLR cameras above. Pick the one that best suits and go crazy clicking!

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