DSLR cameras are by no means compact or pretty. However, they more than make up for their shortcomings by delivering an image quality that compact cameras or smartphones simply cannot match.
When choosing a budget-friendly DSLR, please carefully consider how you plan to use it. If still images are what you’re after, Nikon’s offerings should be at the top of your list. Sony and Canon, on the other hand, cut a fine balance between image and video quality.
Pentax DSLRs deserve your attention if you’re looking for a camera that can handle rain, snow, and moisture. A limited number of lenses to choose from after your purchase are their most notable downside, however.
Because we’re focusing on budget-friendly DSLR cameras, all entries in this list have an APS-C sensor (full-frame DSLRs are considerably more expensive). Prices include a camera body and a basic kit lens.
For additional DLSR accessories, check out our posts about SD cards, tripods, and camera straps. Also, for similarly priced mirrorless camera alternatives, take a look at our dedicated roundup.
Canon EOS Rebel T6 DSLR Camera
One of the best DSLR bargains around, the Canon EOS Rebel T6features an 18 MP sensor, 3-inch display,Wi-Fi connectivity for seamless image transfers, and the capability to capture quality 1080p video at 30 fps. An excellent automatic mode and a rich selection of available lenses make the T6 a great starter DSLR.