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Top Ten Budget-Friendly DSLR Cameras

Written on December 15, 2010 by B Waldorf

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A tight budget should not restrict you from pursuing your dream to become a professional photographer. AllWeLike shares to you the top ten pocket-friendly DSLR cameras you can use for the meantime.

In the world of , there exist two elements —you and your camera. As the camera owner, you set your own boundaries. is an opening to the fast-paced world. You don’t just point your camera and shoot, you capture moving memories into still shots. The subject maybe an ordinary thing but you are the one who gives life to it by knowing what angle to capture. Digital Single Lens Reflex or DSLR capture the focal point of a field. It is a tool to express hidden thoughts, seal time and carry a feeling.

A photo enthusiast by the name of John Berger once said that,”All photographs are there to remind us of what we forget.  In this – as in other ways – they are the opposite of paintings.  Paintings record what the painter remembers.  Because each one of us forgets different things, a photo more than a painting may change its meaning according to who is looking at it.”

If you are an aspiring photographer who want to improve the God-given skills, read here the list prepared by AllWeLikeListed of the available today. Before hitting the “Buy This” button, let AllWeLike sort things for you.

1. EOS 5D Mark II – The EOS 5D MkII came out with some significant feature reinforcements over the original 5D and one of those is the full (35mm) frame 21.1-megapixel CMOS sensor that  provides resolution bump from the 5D of over 8MP. The new sensor also comes with a reduced micro lens gap while the sensitivity range has been improved with a big boost. Quite pricey for $2075 – $3245, but it is worth because of the name Canon.

2. K-x - The Pentax K-x is a stand-out from the crowd not only for its wonderful candy-colored bodies, but also for being the lowest-priced DSLR to offer HD video recording. As a matter of fact, K-x carry on the Pentax tradition of delivering higher-end features in cheap prices. Under the price tag of just $650 (with an 18-55mm lens), it beats similarly priced competitors with its 11-point autofocus system, 4.7 fps continuous shooting speed, and impressive sensitivity range (ISO 100 to 12,800 expanded), not to mention the 720p HD video recording mode at 24fps. It also offers a Live View shooting mode and uses easy-to-find AA batteries (four AA lithium batteries are included) rather than proprietary Lithium Ion batteries like most DSLRs.

3. D90 – Nikon D90 stands still as the king of the mid-range DSLRs. Under the price of $900 (body-only), it is geared toward photo enthusiasts looking for more flexibility and better performance than entry-level DSLRs. This is best for budding photographers who aren’t quite ready to go pro.

4. EOS Rebel XS – This entry-level DSLR camera from Canon scores 10-megapixel and priced $550 price (with an 18-55mm lens). It is a good buy since it came out  before with a $700 price tag.

5. Nikon D5000 – The Nikon D5000 was among the first DSLRs to deliver HD video recording for under $900. The D5000 stands out for its 2.7-inch tilt-and-swivel LCD, fast 4fps continuous shooting speed, 11-point autofocus system, and for being the first of Nikon’s entry-level DSLRs to use a CMOS sensor. The price has come down enough to make the D5000 a great value for the money (list price of about $750 with an 18-55mm lens).

6. Alpha DSLR-A230 – Sony Alpha A230 features 10.2-megapixel APS-size CCD image sensor, SAL1855 18-55mm standard zoom lens, SteadyShot INSIDE in-camera image stabilization, Eye-Start Autofocus, HDMI terminal with BRAVIA Sync compatibility, ISO 100 to ISO 3200, 9-Point AF Sensor, Up to 2.5 fps continuous shooting and a 2.7-inch (diag.) Clear Photo LCD Plus display. It sells for $349 on Amazon.com.

7. Olympus E-30 – Olympus E-30 is a 12.3 Megapixels digital SLR camera which features Olympus’ TruePic III+ Image Processor, In-Body Image Stabilization, Shadow Adjustment Technology, Supersonic Wave Filter (dust reduction system for image sensor), Five Metering Modes, Supports Compact Flash Type I &  II, UDMA , Microdrives, and xD-Picture Cards and a 2.7-inch dual-axis, high-definition, Live View monitor swivels 270° so the user can capture dramatic images, even at difficult-to-shoot angles. The E-30 costs $1299 at leading camera shops.

8. Canon EOS Rebel T2i - Canon EOS 550D/Rebel T2i is the successor to the EOS 500D / T1i features a 18 megapixels APS-C CMOS sensor, DIGIC 4 processor with ISO 100-6400 (Expansion to 12800), Continuous shooting at 3.7fps, Full HD movie recording with manual control and selectable frame rates, iFCL metering System with 63-zone Dual-layer Metering Sensor, Exposure compensation +/-5 stops, and a 7.7cm (3.0”) 3:2 Clear View LCD with 1,040k dots. Price is $899 with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 image-stabilized kit lens, and $799 for the body only.

9. Canon EOS 50D – Canon launched the much anticipated EOS 50D, an upgraded version of EOS 40D. There are quite a few significant improvements to the 50D; It carries a 15-megapixel CMOS sensor, faster DIGIC 4 processor, 3.0″ VGA LCD monitor with Live View mode offering 3 AF modes, ISO sensitivity expandable to 12800 and an HDMI connection for high Quality Image viewing. It also includes a new Quick Control screen which shows the most commonly used settings and Creative Auto mode for automatic focus and exposure.

10. Canon EOS 7D – Canon came roaring back in fall 2009 with the release of the Canon EOS 7D, which out-specs the Nikon D300S. Superior image quality across the sensitivity spectrum and super zippy performance, with a whopping 8 fps continuous shooting speed (particularly impressive given its 18-megapixel resolution). Some of the 7D’s specs even knock the socks off its big brother, the EOS 5D Mark II below, such as its 19-point autofocus system, a big and bright viewfinder with 100-percent coverage and 1.0x magnification, and 63-zone metering (not to mention the much faster continuous shooting mode). Add in the 7D’s industry leading video capabilities (1,920×1,080 HD video at a full 30 fps and full manual control).


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