Updated January 18, 2019 by Daniel Imperiale

The 10 Best DSLR Cameras For Beginners

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Best High-End
Best Mid-Range
Best Inexpensive

This wiki has been updated 5 times since it was first published in January of 2019. Taking pictures can be a rewarding hobby, but using nothing but your cell phone has definite limitations. If you're serious about getting into portraiture, street shooting, art photography, or any other form of the discipline, you're going to need one of these DSLR cameras for beginners. They are a great introduction to the feel and function of the gear that's used by professionals. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best dslr camera for beginners on Amazon.

10. Nikon D3500

9. Canon EOS Rebel SL2

8. Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III

7. Nikon D5600

6. Canon EOS Rebel T7i

5. Fujifilm X-T100 Mirrorless

4. Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II

3. Canon EOS 6D

2. Pentax KP Ultra-Compact

1. Nikon D750

Editor's Notes

January 15, 2019:

A lot of shooters graduate through the ranks pretty quickly, and hungering for better and better gear is common among photographers, so it makes sense to have some slightly more capable bodies like the D750 and Canon's 6D in some of the top spots. They technically represent enthusiast level models, a step or two ahead of entry-level, but anyone who wants to start out with a piece they won't need to upgrade as they grow would do well to consider them.


Daniel Imperiale
Last updated on January 18, 2019 by Daniel Imperiale

Daniel Imperiale holds a bachelor’s degree in writing, and proudly fled his graduate program in poetry to pursue a quiet life at a remote Alaskan fishery. After returning to the contiguous states, he took up a position as an editor and photographer of the prestigious geek culture magazine “Unwinnable” before turning his attention to the field of health and wellness. In recent years, he has worked extensively in film and music production, making him something of a know-it-all when it comes to camera equipment, musical instruments, recording devices, and other audio-visual hardware. Daniel’s recent obsessions include horology (making him a pro when it comes to all things timekeeping) and Uranium mining and enrichment (which hasn’t proven useful just yet).


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