Best DSLRs for Beginners iMore 2022

Yes, our phones take amazing pictures, some of them even better than most cameras. However, if you're truly serious about photography, then a DSLR is the logical choice. You can swap out lenses, have far more control over your aperture, shutter speed, and much more. If you're just getting started, then these are the best DSLRs for you.


Best for basics: Nikon D3500

Our pick

This is the basic D3500 model, which comes with the standard 18-55mm lens and an ƒ/3.5-5.6 aperture. Nikon claims this as a DSLR that's as easy to use as a point-and-shoot camera, and that's mostly true. This is a 24.2-megapixel (MP) shooter that can shoot full HD 1080p video at up to 60FPS and has built-in Bluetooth to view photos right on your phone.

£419 at Amazon

Best bundle: Longrunner Filter Kit

Having a camera to take great pictures is very important, but you need to have a way to make your photos special. This filter kit will do just that, with over 24 different filters to choose from. It also comes with the multiple filter holders that will fit any camera. Plus, you'll never have to worry about dropping your camera because this comes with a neckstrap.

£27 at Amazon

Upgrade pick: Canon EOS 4000D Kit

The Canon 4000D comes in at a great price, and it's a perfect choice for a beginner's camera. With an 18- 55mm lense and a carrying case, this is a great option for someone going out and about to take images. Canon's settings are easy to learn, and this kit gives you the tools to experiment.

£343 at Amazon

For all environments: Pentax K-50 weather-sealed DSLR

The is the perfect camera for the beginner who wants to shoot in all types of weather. Its operating temperature is between -10 degrees and 40 degrees Celsius, and it's fully dustproof and water-resistant. It has a 16MP lens and an accurate viewfinder, so you know exactly what you're shooting. The K-50 has pretty standard settings that are easy enough to pick up over a short time.

£280 at Amazon

Clean it real good: Zacro Professional Cleaning Kit

One of the most important things when starting off your camera experience is keeping it as clean as possible. This Zacro kit has everything you need to ensure that your camera and lenses stay in tip-top shape. With cleaning brushes, special gloves, and camera-safe spray, it has all you need to keep it completely spotless.

£13 at Amazon

Also great: Nikon D5300

This year's D model, the 5300 comes with a standard 18-55mm lens and shoots 24MP photos, as well as 1080p video at up to 60FPS. It also features built-in Wi-Fi for instant sharing as well as remote camera control and GPS.

£419 at Amazon

Start making art

For a beginner, there's no need to drop money on a Leica or anything that high-end. Nikon and Canon's offerings are the perfect blend of function and affordability for the novice photographer. If you're looking for a great experience out of the box, then the Nikon D3500 has the perfect blend of modern features and easy setup, without much of a learning curve.

It's also essential that you keep up the maintenance on your brand-new camera. To keep dust from affecting your lense, make sure to grab a Zacro professional cleaning kit. With lens pens and tweezers to get the hard to reach stuff, it's a perfect companion for your camera.

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