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Entry level DSLRs are mostly aimed towards those who just want a DSLR, such as first timers upgrading from point and shoot. They give you very basic camera features and provide you with manual control and interchangeability of lenses. Apart from that, they are not a wise buy. If one can up their budget a bit more, options expand widely and cameras get quite better. But nevertheless, here’s a comparison of the three sub 30k cameras available in India. (February 2013)

 

Canon 1100D

Features:

  • 12.2 million effective pixels
  • 22.2 x 14.7 mm CMOS sensor
  • Crop Factor*: 1.6x
  • 9 Auto-Focus Points
  • ISO: 100-6400
  • Shutter Speed: 30 – 1/4000 sec
  • 2.7 inch LCD

Pros:

  • Relatively faster auto-focus
  • Good features and build targeted at beginners.
  • Beginner-friendly ‘Basic+’ control Screens
  • Good battery life
  • Lowest Price

Cons:

  • Plastic Body, No rubberized grips
  • Least mega-pixels of all three.
  • Low resolution LCD display
  • No integrated sensor cleaning system

 

Price: Rs. 26181, With Canon EF S18-55 IS II Lens

 

 

Nikon D3100

Features:

  • 14.2 million effective pixels
  • 23.1 x 15.4 mm CMOS sensor
  • Crop Factor*: 1.5x
  • 11 Auto-Focus Points
  • ISO: 100-12800
  • Shutter Speed: 30 – 1/4000 sec
  • 3 inch LCD

 

Pros:

  • Excellent image quality
  • Intuitive GUIDE Mode for learners wanting to learn DSLR Basics
  • Question Mark button to provide insight into almost any function
  • Sophisticated Auto-Focus System
  • Drive Mode Lever (Unusual on an Entry Level DSLR)
  • Live view Auto-Focus Unusually Fast
  • Full HD Video at 30 FPS

Cons:

  • Average Screen, lacking vibrancy and detail
  • Focus Points etched on Viewfinder Screen, On-Demand grid view not available
  • No exposure braketting
  • Slow continuous shooting at just 3 fps
  • A bit pricey

Price: Rs. 28450, With NIKKOR AF-S 18-55 VR Lens

 

 

Sony Alpha A37K SLT

 

Features:

  • 16.1 million effective pixels
  • 23.5 x 15.6 mm CMOS sensor
  • Crop Factor*: 1.5x
  • 15 Auto-Focus Points
  • ISO: 100-25600
  • Shutter Speed: 30 – 1/4000 sec
  • 2.7 inch LCD

Pros:

  • Good Image Quality, Low noise level
  • Electronic viewfinder with 100% frame coverage
  • Fast Auto-Focus even while shooting videos
  • Most mega-pixels
  • Tilt-able Screen

Cons:

  • Costliest of the three
  • Lens lineup from Sony isn’t as diverse as that of Nikon or Canon
  • Very low resolution LCD Screen

Price:Rs. 29990, With 18-55 mm Lens Kit

 

*Crop Factor: In DX Format (low end DSLRs), the effective focal length is the crop factor multiplied by the actual focal length of the lens.