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Nikon and Canon DSLR camera's for under $1000

Updated on July 17, 2014

What is SLR and why is it so popular?

SLR stands for Single reflex which utilizes a semi-automatic mirror moving system. This allows the user to see exactly what will be captured on film or digital view finder. Older systems involved having two separate paths for the light so the user is not able to see exactly what will be captured.

Due to the relatively low price DSLR (Digital SLR) cameras are good for entry entry level photographers as well as pros. Which is why there have been a lot of buyers recently. See below for some of the best Pro and Entry level DSLR cameras available today.

What to look for in a good DSLR

  • Price - make sure that, lenses, batteries, memory cards and cases are inclusive with the DSLR to avoid going over budget.
  • Size - Bigger does not always mean better, look at the weight of camera and make sure it's convenient for your usage. e.g. you won't need a bulky camera if you are using it for daily scenery.
  • Compatibility - Have a look to see if the camera is compatible with previous equipment e.g. Lenses or memory cards. This can save a lot of money.
  • Number of Mega-pixels - This will depend on what you use the camera for. For simply sharing photos with friends between 3 - 5 Mega-pixels will be fine. If you need to blow up or enlarge photos then higher Mega-pixels will be necessary.

Smart Phone Cameras

Smart phone cameras nowadays do take very clear high definition pictures however the main issue is that they lack a proper lens. There everything is in the same focus leaving nothing to stand out. You can of course use a photo editing app to make it look more professional however it still won't look as natural as a proper zoom lens. There are some very good apps for the Android and iPhone these days, but if you want to take photography seriously, you will need a proper camera with a decent lens.

Nikon D3100 14.2MP Digital SLR

This is an entry level camera that can also record full 1080p HD videos. It uses a 14.2 CMOS sensor with a very clear 3 inch LCD. The camera also has a live view function with a very wide ISO range 100 - 3200 which can be expanded. This is Nikon's best selling DSLR at the moment for under 1000 USD.

Nikon D3000 10.2MP Digital SLR Camera

This is the predecessor of the D3100 with a almost the same design but with less features and a slightly lower resolution with 10.2 Megapixels with a very good seller.

Canon EOS Rebel T3 12.2 MP CMOS Digital SLR

This camera has a 12.2 Megapixel CMOS sensor which captures pictures with excellent clarity and tonal definition. The DIGIC 4 technology makes sure that pictures are stored with very good velocity. Full HD video recording and Lighting Optimizer are also features that make this camera stand out from the crowd.

Due to the wide ISO capabilities of the Canon EOS Rebel, the camera can take pictures of a high quality in any weather condition and lighting.

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