In the past, photography is a skill that only a few possess. But as camera’s technology continues to evolve, everybody can be a photographer!
Now, with just a mobile device on-hand, in one easy click of a button, we can capture every single moment we want to remember forever. This is only one of the bazillion reasons why everybody becomes passionate about photography.
Though mobile devices produce a decent image result, its features are limited. With that, people jump into the best tool available which is a DSLR camera.
Upon hearing the word DSLR, some tend to be intimidated by it because they thought it’s only designed for a professional photographer. There are also some who’re quite overwhelmed with the number of buttons it has.
But the truth is there’s nothing to be intimidated about DSLR because it’s designed to fit all skill levels. And if you’re just starting up in photography, there are 3 easy to use DSLR for beginners: Nikon D5500, Canon EOS Rebel T6i, and Pentax K-70.
The table below shows the comparison of the specification of the 3 DSLR cameras.
3 EASY-TO-USE DSLR FOR BEGINNERS
|PRODUCT NAME||NIKON D5500||CANON EOS REBEL T6i||PENTAX K-70|
|SENSOR SIZE||366 sq. mm||332 sq. mm||366 sq. mm|
|WEIGHT||14.8 oz||19.6 oz||14.3 oz|
|1080/60p||1080/30p||1920 x 1080 (60i, 50i, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p)|
|ISO||100 – 25,600||100 – 12800 (Expandable to 25,600)||100 – 102,400|
Reviews of Best Products
1. NIKON D5500
Nikon D5500 is an ideal DSLR camera for a beginner because it has a compact and lightweight design, allows users to fully control the camera and capture fast actions, strong battery life and superb image quality with wide dynamic range.
Its difference from the other Nikon D5XX series is: it has a much-advanced autofocus, built-in Wi-Fi capability, and swiveling touchscreen vary-angle LCD functionality.
When it comes to lenses, Nikon D5500 has several options that you can carry as a backup:
- Nikon 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6 VR, a perfect lens for portrait and travel shooting. It’s a good option for a lens because of its longer zoom range and vibration deduction.
- Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 VR II, one of the basic lenses for Nikon D5500. It’s an ideal choice because it’s lightweight and has a sharper effect on the photo.
- Nikon 18-300mm f.3.5-6.3 VR, an All-in-One lens that allows user to virtually cover the focal length’s spectrum without changing lenses. Plus, these lenses are much lighter and cheaper.
The only downside of Nikon D5500 is: it doesn’t have a water- or weatherproofing seal on its body, no Auto ISO in movie mode, no exposure simulation in live view, and the buttons are small.
This is because it has a much improved dynamic range over the past versions. Other improvements are as follows: fast and improved autofocus, good ISO performance, added a built-in Wi-Fi capability with NFC, has Flicker detection, 3 inches articulating touch screen, has Hybrid AF with phase detect in live view and more.
When it comes to lenses, there are several options that can make your photo-shoots much more effective:
- Canon 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM, a wide-angle lens that is light, sharp, affordable and for video shooting, it has a quiet STM motor.
- Canon 40mm f/2.8 STM, a great lens that produces excellent images with almost 0% distortion. This lens is ideal for shooting portraits.
- Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM, a lens that is designed for macro photography.
The only downside of Canon EOS Rebel T6i is: its battery life doesn’t last long, struggling to focus on moving subjects in live view, and no AF micro adjustment.
But in spite of that, Canon EOS Rebel T6i still offers a good shooting experience to its users.
3. PENTAX K-70
Pentax K-70 becomes one of the good DSLR choices for beginners because of its’ easy carry-along compact body. It’s not the lightest but it’s about average in its class. Plus, its body is dustproof, splash-proof and weather sealed.
Aside from that, Pentax K-70 has a built-in Wi-Fi, Pixel shift resolution with motion correction, built-in image stabilization, and superior low light performance. This DSLR is best used for outdoor photography and self-portrait as well as it has a selfie-friendly screen.
Speaking of the screen, Pentax K-70 rear screen is very detailed and flexible in shooting at odd angles. And when it comes to its lenses, there are several options to choose from and those are:
- HD Pentax-DA 55-300mm f/4.5-6.3 ED PLM WR RE has an enhanced autofocus and a versatile lens with a zoom ratio of 5 that makes it durable even in challenging shooting conditions.
- HD PENTAX-D FA 70-200mm F2.8ED DC AW has a newly installed three-position switch for Quick-Shift Focus System, constant f2.8 maximum aperture, and a smooth and quiet AF operation.
- HD PENTAX-DA 18-50mm F4-5.6 DC WR RE has a filter thread of 50 mm, Low-profile lens hood and more.
All lenses are weather sealed just like Pentax K-70 body.
Which Lens Should You Choose?
As a beginner in photography, all that matters to us is to have a reliable camera on-hand that’s convenient to use and contains all the specifications that can help us achieve the quality of the photo we wanted.
In all three, I recommend Nikon D500 as the most ideal to own. Why, you may ask?
The answer is simple, design and handling-wise, it’s much more convenient since it’s small and lightweight. Since special moments can happen almost every second of our life, it’s best to have a lightweight camera that we can easily put on our purse or lace it and hang around our neck.
Also, it has decent manual controls and a friendly layout which is good for the easy-going type of photographer. Lastly, since it has a Wi-Fi capability, transferring images to mobile devices becomes less hassle.