5 Best DSLR Cameras under £500 in UK for 2017 – Last Minute City Breaks

5 Best DSLR Cameras under £500 in UK for 2017

Our Pick for Aug 2017

Canon EOS 1300D

Best DSLR under 500 pounds

So, let’s put side by side the most promising models out there, and see what they can offer.

Canon EOS 1300D – Best Seller for August

In a few words:

Best DSLR under 500 pounds

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  • 18 MP APS-C CMOS sensor and DIGIC 4+
  • 9-point AF with one center cross-type AF point
  • Standard ISO: 100 to 6400, expandable to 12800
  • Wi-Fi and NFC supported
  • Lens Mount: Canon EF mount
  • Connectivity Technology: Yes
  • Display Size: 3 inches
  • Effective Still Resolution: 18
  • Weight: 0.44 Kg
  • Lithium Battery Energy Content: 1,200 Watt Hours
  • Batteries: batteries included
  • Model Year:2016
  • Optical Sensor Resolution: 18.7 megapixels
  • Optical Zoom: 3x
  • Removable Memory: Secure Digital card; Secure Digital card
  • Special Feature: Shutter Priority^ Aperture Priority
  • Viewfinder Type: Optical
  • Box Contains: EOS 1300D body Eyecup Ef Camera strap EW-400D Battery Pack LP-E10 Battery Cover Battery Charger LC-E10 Power cable for battery charger Interface Cable IFC-130U EF-S18-55 DC III F3.5-5.6 lens

This is Canon’s newest DSLR model for entry-level professionals. If you are familiar with the 1200D model, the upgrade here is not crucial. In essence, the differences are spotted on screen resolution and the processor, which are a tad better than the previous model. Also, Wi-Fi and NFC make their first appearance in this model. Another interesting feature is the APS-C-sized sensor.

This Model is Perfect for You if:

  • You are a newbie in photography and want to obtain a value-for-money camera. The price is relatively low for the quality offered.
  • You are a Canon lover and you want to add this model to your collection, use it while traveling or as a back-up.

Design Features

The old saying “the apple never falls far from the tree” is what comes to mind when you have 1300D compared with its predecessor, 1200D. The body of the camera is described as lightweight for a professional camera, yet heavier than the usual compact camera. Through the help of the textured grip, the camera sits nicely in your palm, enabling a steady hold.

Canon EOS 1300D also bears a mode dial on top with which you can alter the exposure settings pretty easily. Without a doubt, though, the most important feature of this cam is the wide range of options regarding automatic and semi-automatic modes. This is ideal for beginners that have just started learning the ropes of DSLR photography. It is unlikely to find automatic modes in more heavy-duty models.

At the bottom side of the camera, you can find a group of buttons for changing the settings. Some can be changed through direct keys, for example, AF type, ISO, and exposure, while a Q button gives you access to other settings that are changed on a frequent basis.

A scroll disk in close proximity to the shutter-release button allows you to choose the aperture or the shutter speed, in aperture priority and shutter priority mode respectively. In order to control both aperture and shutter speed in manual mode, just hold down the aforementioned exposure dial to switch to the desired feature and scroll the same disc to change the values.

The optical viewfinder of Canon EOS 1300D is clear and bright. Yet, the drawback is that only 95% of the target picture is visible. Granted, it’s not too bad for an entry-level DSLR, still, this means that you need to be alert to avoid unexpected surprises that may pass on unnoticeable during the photo shoot.

The biggest upgrade, in comparison with the 1200D model, is the Wi-Fi and NFC addition, hands-down. To use this feature, simply download the Canon Camera Connect App, which is free both on the App Store and Google Play Store. Through the app, you can easily control the camera from distance or post directly the photos you’re shooting in social media.

Screen Features

The screen of 1300D is another upgrade from the 1200D model. With a 920k-dot panel of 3 inches, the model offers a sharp playback view of the pictures taken, with the icons in menus being also more distinctive. It may not have a fully articulated menu but all in all, it’s a decent screen for the bargain price.

Resolution

The camera’s resolution is approximately 18 MP, ideal for printing in size A2.

Our opinion

Canon EOS 1300D is a good first serious camera at an affordable price. Canon has made some great upgrades in this model, such as the Wi-Fi addition, but we’re definitely waiting to see more, such as a wider viewfinder. Definitely a value for money option, especially for beginners. Lightweight, easy to handle and learn its functions. Crystal clear photos, yet not so recommended for large printings.

Nikon D3300

  • 2 MP CMOS DX-format sensor
    Nikon D3300 Digital SLR

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  • 5 frames per second continuous shooting
  • 11 AF points with 3D tracking
  • ISO 100-12800 (expandable to 25600)
  • 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25, 24 fps) HD video (MPEG-4/H.264/MOV)
  • Dimensions: 12.4 x 7.5 x 9.8 cm; 408 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.3 Kg
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required
  • Connectivity Technology: USB
  • Display Size: 3 inches
  • Effective Still Resolution: 24.2 megapixels
  • Has Image Stabilization: No
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Lithium Battery Energy Content: 3 Watt Hours
  • Max Focal Length: 55
  • Min Focal Length: 18
  • Model Year: 2016
  • Optical Sensor Resolution: 24.7 megapixels
  • Optical Zoom: 3x
  • Removable Memory: Secure Digital card; Secure Digital card
  • Special Feature: 3D
  • Viewfinder Type: Optical

Nikon D3300 is the most important rival of Canon EOS 1300D. Again, the model is intended for entry-level photographers, yet it leans more towards the professional standards. Nikon has put some serious effort into upgrading the Nikon D3200 model, and this effort definitely bore fruits.

The Model is Perfect for You if:

  • You are an entry-level photographer and your work includes large printing (for example, posters)
  • You have previous experience with Nikon’s autofocus system
  • You have no problem with the absence of Wifi.

Basic Characteristics

The wow factor in this camera is its resolution, without a second thought. Don’t forget that in the price range of the first DSLR cameras, a 24.5 MP resolution would be something inconceivable just 4 years ago. Upon comparing the resolution of this model and its predecessor, you’ll see that there is practically no difference, yet you should keep in mind that in the recent past, a resolution of this magnitude was regarded top notch in a professional camera, and now you can get it paying just a one-tenth of the price.

Nikon has also increased the sharpness of the camera by removing the filter that came with the previous model, Nikon D3200. The main reason for the filter’s existence was to avoid the appearance of a moiré pattern, i.e. unwanted artifacts that appear on an image that consists of patterns that have a repetitive mode. Although the filter was doing what it was supposed to do, this insertion had a cost on the optimal sharpness. Since the latest word of fashion favors sharpness, Nikon along with other manufacturers remove those filters and rely upon big resolution values in order to minimize the problem of the moiré effects.

Nikon has also put its up-to-date fastest processor in D3300. The new Expeed 4 image processor improves the camera’s ISO sensitivity up to 25,600 and the shooting rate to 5 frames per second. Also, there is an upgrade in video recording, to 1080/60p HD. Not bad at all, for an entry-level camera. The new model has a new addition of automatic flash modes you may find interesting, such as the option for fill flash. As for the battery, it seems that the duration is better despite the fact that it uses the same battery as the D5300 model, an EN-El14a, giving the camera life for 700 shots according to Nikon.

Something that did let us down, though a little, is the absence of Wi-Fi. The previous model didn’t have this feature, and the same is with the D3300. It’s not a big deal, really, you just use the WU-1a adapter and transfer your pictures to an iOS or Android device wirelessly, while you can have Wi-fi on your camera for an extra £40 or so. Nevertheless, we think Nikon could do better.

Other than that, the specs remain the same as in the D3200 model: The rear screen, the 11-point AF system, the 420-pixel RGB sensor metering system will seem familiar to you if you own the exact previous model.

As for saving options, Nikon’s D3300 saves images in 12-bit Raw formats and JPEG, and it is compatible with SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards.

Extras

With a Nikon GP-1 module plugged in, you can geotag your pictures. Additional shooting modes include Mirror Lock-Up, Easy Panorama, allowing you to make a collage of different shots of a landscape, Effects Mode with various filters and Rangefinder Mode.

Nikon also released a new collapsible kit lens, the F-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II lens. In manual mode, the minimum focus distance narrows down to 25cm, and 28 cm with the autofocus. The D3300 doesn’t have a built-in autofocus motor, so for this matter, extra AF-lenses are a requirement.

Design Features

Nikon wisely kept the control panel simple for the sake of convenience for the entry-level photographers. Just a few buttons and dials, placed orderly next to the LCD screen, with the usual pattern we’ve seen in many Nikon models. This stability in the design helps the new users to learn the functions of the camera in a snap, especially those who are familiarized with the Nikon menus. It’s also good to see that a few direct-access buttons exist, though it could have been more. In the top plate, you can find an exposure compensation control, close to the shutter release. Flash options can also be switched with the use of a button.

Nikon’s provisions for the rookies don’t stop here. Pressing each and every setting, you’ll come across a question mark function that gives you an idea of how to use it. It is simplicity itself!

Another upgrade from the D3200 model comes for size and weight. Through the differences might seem slight, being just 1mm thinner and shallower than its predecessor, what makes the real difference is the new lens retractable system that was mentioned above. This clever move has resulted in a fair reduction in size. According to Nikon, the new lens is almost 30% smaller and lighter than the previous kit, making the whole camera a lot more lightweight. This downsize might intrigue the interest of former compact buyers.

Performance

Nikon’s Multi-Cam 1000 11-point AF system states again its presence in another Nikon entry-level model of the D3000 series. Nikon’s D3300 autofocus system has a pretty fast speed and manages well enough in bright light. Of course with the technology speedy evolution, an 11-point AF system is now old news, and might not be a sports photographer’s dream, but for its level is more than ok.

Things start to differ a little when it comes to low light. The autofocus capabilities run short when it comes to shooting landscapes with low lighting settings. That might disappoint photographers who tend to play with low lighting effects in their work, and this model might not do the trick for you. That doesn’t mean that the D3300 is not a great camera. As we stressed at the beginning of the article, there is no such thing as “the greatest camera ever”. It depends on the person’s needs.

In bright light, the performance of the kit lens is excellent for its level. The LCD screen remains the same as the D3200 model, and honestly, why should they change it? The 3-inch 921 dot screen is lively, clear with a good contrast.

In terms of video recording, the performance is outstanding, given the low price. The camera can capture a 1,920 x 1,080 progressive footage at 60fps maximum. The built-in microphone is great for mono recordings, but an addition of a 3.5mm mic is obligatory for those who prefer stereo. Last but not least, Nikon has provided this model with an HDMI output that allows quick playback.

Image Quality

No unexpected surprises here, Nikon’s image quality is unquestionable. Nikon’s D3300 is no exception to this rule. Its metering system is excellent, providing just the right suggestions for the best possibly taken shots. The only drawback might be that it tends to work in favor of the highlights, ending in overshadowing the dark areas, but nothing that could not be fixed in editing, thanks to the model’s awesome (for an entry-level) dynamic range.

The Auto White Balance can be trusted in most of the cases, still, you can take full control of the minor chance of over-neutralising effects. The image noise is something you can’t get away over ISO 800, still, it’s not something that the high resolution of 24 MP cannot save.

Our Opinion

The 24MP resolution offered at a price below £500 is by itself a strong motive to buy this camera. A lightweight yet powerful camera, Nikon’s D3300 is a perfect blend of quality and simplicity. Ideal for entry-level photographers that care to capture every single detail in their pictures, still not the best choice out there for low light photography. The easy and self-explanatory menu that gives you a hand in stepping into the world of professional photography. The lack of a built-in Wi-Fi is surely a miss, though it’s not a such a crucial drawback for a newbie in photography.

Does it worth it to spend your money on a Nikon D3300 model? Again the answer is: It depends. Are you willing to have your money invested in a very good product that will introduce you to the world of DSLR cameras, enjoy the stellar image quality and longevity of the battery life? Or you’d rather stick with the mirrorless compact cameras that now offer a respectable quality for half the price?

Nikon D3400 – All Time Best Seller

  • Share instantly with SnapBridge, the constant connection with your smart device
    Nikon D3400

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  • Take good images everywhere; the small DSLR that keeps on shooting
  • Go cinematic with full HD movies
  • In-camera special effects and picture controls
  • Dimensions: 12.4 x 7.5 x 9.8 cm;
  • Weight: 445 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.2 Kg
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required (included)
  • Connectivity Technology: Bluetooth
  • Display Size: 7.5 cm
  • Effective Still Resolution: 24.72 megapixels
  • Has Image Stabilization: No
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Lithium Battery Energy Content: 120 Watt Hours
  • Max Focal Length: 55
  • Min Focal Length: 18
  • Model Year: 2016
  • Optical Sensor Resolution: 24.72 megapixels
  • Optical Zoom: 3x
  • Removable Memory: Secure Digital card; Secure Digital card
  • Special Feature: 3D
  • Viewfinder Type: Optical

In essence, Nikon’s D3400 model is a D3300 model with a few upgrades. The similarities between these two are plenty: The same 24MP APS-C CMOS sensor, the same “Expeed 4” processor and the well-known 11pt AF system.

This model is Perfect for you if:

  • You are just entering the professional photography sector
  • You want to combine quality pictures with a durable battery and you don’t care so much for the cost.
  • You don’t mind recording videos with average sound quality

Basic Characteristics

D3400 doesn’t have a built-in Wi-Fi, like the D3300 one, yet Nikon had the nice thought of inserting the Bluetooth LE connectivity feature in order to have the images transferred to a smart device through the Snapbridge App.

Upon looking at the competition, we spot the D3400’s equal in between of the two Canon’s models:  Rebel T6 and Rebel T6i. The T6 models offer a much lower resolution with the 18MP sensor but a rather competitive price, which makes some to prefer buying one of them in the end. Despite the price difference though, Nikon’s D3400 has same features we just can’t ignore.

Battery life

This is by far the most notable change from the D3300 model. Nikon claims that the Lithium battery retains its energy for at least 120 Watt-hours! That’s truly a leap from the previous 3 hours offered by the D3300 model. That accomplishment might be due to the fact that the D3400 model comes with a less powerful flash. Thus, it is pretty obvious that this model could be ideal for photographers with a traveler’s soul, but maybe not the perfect choice for night photo shooting.

Weight and Design Features

This camera’s dimensions are pretty much the same as its predecessor, Nikon’s D3300 model. With plastic as the main material of the body, this is a lightweight camera that adds no extra load to a long shooting day.

The control settings panel is placed in the optimum position that makes switching and handling the various modes a piece of cake. Just like the previous model, though, the screen isn’t fully articulated and the viewfinder is on the small side, again with 95% coverage like D3300.

Some buttons are missing, for example, the ISO adjuster, favoring the auto settings over the manual mode. Thankfully, that would be no serious problem for first-time users, who will reach for the auto settings first.

Unfortunately, the built-in flash of this model is weaker than the D3300 flash and quite sensitive- even in a scenery with ample lighting, it might be enabled in auto mode. So, you might catch yourself often seeking to deactivate the flash from the control dial.

Autofocus

The AF system is exactly the same with Nikon’s D3300- an 11-point detection with one cross point. The AF modes and the four-way controller makes the autofocus function very easy for DSLR newcomers. The speed is quick enough under good lighting conditions and it does get a little slower under poor lighting and in live-view autofocus mode, but then again, it’s very fast for a beginner’s DSLR camera. As for the live-view and video mod,  it’s worth mentioning that the D3400 model is blessed with faster and smoother focusing capabilities than D3300.

Image Quality

The image quality can be described as superb. The 24MP sensor and the Active D-Lighting feature result in sharp and clear photos. The latter is used to save details in light and shadows that tend to disappear under strong lighting conditions. A helping hand that is much appreciated by new users, since it instantly finds the perfect exposure that suits every possible situation. The result is an effortlessly balanced photo.

The SnapBridge App

The feature that makes the D3400 model stand out is the SnapBridge system. Nikon’s revolutionary idea comes to compensate for the lack of Wi-fi. With the help of the SnapBridge App, all you need to upload your images to your phone, and from there to social media, is just a few minutes, and several simple “OK” pressing steps.

Video Mode

Although the D3400 model has the same video spec as the previous D3300, Nikon has done a great job here minimizing the existing problem in D3300 regarding the moiré effects.

The autofocus mode in video recording has improved a lot along with the increase in the AF speed, still, it cannot be fully trusted for very important video recordings. The sound quality is also significantly better due to the more silent AF motor in the kit lens, another important upgrade that gives a great advantage to the camera for video recordings. Keep in mind though, that you do not have the option of adding an external microphone to optimize the sound because Nikon has removed the input that was available in the previous model, the D3300.

In terms of sharpening, Nikon seems to have beaten out Canon EOS 750D in that one, since it gave the model a better eye for fine details. As for the colors and the various hues, there are miss and hits, for example, the yellows tend to appear truer to color than the orangey result that Canon’s T6i pays off, whereas the reds show somewhat orangey.

The Raw performance is surprisingly good, with less noise than the rival T6 Canon model.

Our opinion

The D3400 has only a few differences from the previous in row model, Nikon’s D3300 yet it might be your ideal camera if you are looking for a strong, durable battery and a lightweight body. Also, the Bluetooth option gives you the convenience of sharing your photos on social media with just a few clicks. Though we would prefer a Wi-Fi, Nikon has proved that it keeps up with the technology flow and, without a doubt, we are going to see great things from this company in entry-level cameras.

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Canon EOS 700D

In a few words:

  • Create detailed, low-noise 18 megapixel images that can be printed at high resolution and cropped without losing quality
    Canon EOS 700D

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  • Capture Full-HD movies with creative control and Hybrid CMOS AF that focuses continuously as you shoot
  • Explore new shooting angles and control the camera with a 7.7cm Vari-angle Clear View LCD II Touch screen
  • Get shooting quickly and easily with Scene Intelligent Auto, and expand your horizons with Creative shooting modes
  • Shoot low-noise images in poor light using ISO 100-12800 sensitivity (extends to ISO 25600)
  • Connectivity Technology: INT Impex
  • Display Size: 3 inches
  • Effective Still Resolution: 18
  • Has Image Stabilization: No
  • Image Stabilization: None
  • Lithium Battery Energy Content: 1 Watt Hours
  • Max Focal Length: 55 mm
  • Min Focal Length: 18 mm
  • Model Year: 2013
  • Optical Sensor Resolution: 18
  • Optical Zoom: 10x
  • Removable Memory: Secure Digital card; Secure Digital card
  • Special Feature: Shutter Priority; Aperture Priority
  • Viewfinder Type: LCD

This Model is Perfect for You If:

  • Your photography includes shooting in different angles
  • You are fond of touchscreens
  • You don’t care so much for the Wi-Fi absence

Basic Features

In the core of the Canon EOS 700D model beats an 18MP sensor. Canon insists in this resolution for most of its entry-level models, despite the fact that the competition has raised the numbers a lot in the course of time. The 18MP sensor has an ISO range from 100 to 12,800, which can be extended to 25,600. Canon’s EOS 700D sensor also features a hybrid autofocus system that guarantees an improved AF performance. The processor is a DIGIC 5, a very good choice for an entry-level camera.

Video recordings of 1080p full HD resolution can be achieved with this model. Canon EOS 700D enables shooting 30, 24 and 25 frames per second, whereas at a 720p resolution you get a maximum 60 fps. As for the sound, a built-in pair of stereo microphones give to the videos a crisp and clear sound.

The optical viewfinder reveals only 95% of the scene, like the aforementioned models, still the 3-inch LCD screen with the 3:2 aspect ratio gives you a view of the whole frame. One of the 700D interesting features is the rotatable screen, ideal for high and low angle shooting.

Another engaging feature is the camera’s ability to show the preview of the filters’ application result at the moment of capture. Should you decide that the original is far better that the altered one, not to worry! The camera has an option for saving both.

Unfortunately, Wi-fi hasn’t decided yet to pay a visit to 700D, and this means no wireless file transfer and no remote handling via another device.

The lens that comes with the kit, usually a 18-55mm f/3.5 -5.6 IS STM, is an updated version of the ones that came along with the 650D model, equipped with a 4-stop image stabilizer system and silent focus system during video recordings.

Design

The EOS 700D model’s case consists of a perfect combination of stainless steel and polycarbonate resin. Also, the new external finish on top of the polycarbonate resin shell reminds of Canon’s mid-range DSLRs and, according to Canon, this is one promises to stand the test of time in a better way than its predecessors. The finish gives an overall classy look, yet the design team failed to eliminate the rubbery-cheap feeling that certain parts have, for example around the flash area. Nevertheless, for its level, no one can state that this is not a well-designed camera. This is obvious in the details, for example, the steady and secure grip this camera provides no matter the size of the lens.

Canon users will be pleased to find that little has changed from the 650D model in terms of menu modes and instant setting buttons. The ISO button, a general shooting settings control wheel, and the basic control dial make handling this camera like playing a game. The only difference in the buttons’ design is that now they are embossed, adding a few points in the camera’s appearance. And, of course, at the backside of the camera, you can find the quick access buttons that allow you to switch between the various shooting settings in no time.

Performance

The nine cross-type AF sensors promise a high speed of focus and make the EOS 700D model an excellent performer. Sure, there are models with more up-to-date sensors but upon remembering that this is an entry-level camera, 700D does what it is supposed to do. Still, it’s worth mentioning that due to the close grouping of the nine points, the 700D model stays behind its rivals in the race for continuous AF performance. Canon 700D can shoot up to 5 frames per second when it comes to Raw files, while in the JPEG-only mode it can reach an impressive 22 fps.

The LCD screen offers a balanced view of lighting and contrast, and we are more than happy to discover that this screen is a touchscreen, a characteristic highly-wanted by a lot of photographers, since it takes the simplicity of functionality to a whole new level. Handling this camera proves to be as easy as a smartphone or tablet. Through the touchscreen, the photographer can easily define the focal point with his fingers, just be tapping the desired point on the screen.

Image Quality

700D’s metering system is the same iFCL 63 that a lot of Canon DSLR cameras of the same series carry. Only overexposure could mess things up with the old trusted metering system, and even then, the situation can be saved easily with exposure compensation. Should you prefer a result that shows off every little detail, opt for the Canon’s Auto Lighting Optimiser. All in all, the photos produced are according to our expectations for an entry-level camera.

Our opinion

A fair DSLR camera at a decent price. A must buy for someone who appreciates the touchscreen feature and the rotatable screen. I would also be a good upgrade for those who own a previous Canon model, say 100D, since they can use the old lens in the new body. Good specs and all that can be expected for an entry-level camera.

Canon EOS 750D

In a few words:

  • Effortlessly take your pictures to the next level with the latest DSLR technology and Scene Intelligent Auto mode
    Canon EOS 750D

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  • Achieve stunning shots in any situation thanks to the 24.2 Megapixel APS-C sensor and DIGIC 6 processor
  • Easily shoot cinematic Full HD movies with Hybrid CMOS AF III to track movement and focus smoothly between subjects
  • Share your results online or transfer images to your smart device or Canon Connect Station instantly using NFC and Wi-Fi
  • Explore your creativity in photos and movies using a full suite of shooting modes and creative effects.
  • Connectivity Technology: Yes
  • Display Size: 3 inches
  • Effective Still Resolution: 24.2
  • Has Image Stabilization: No
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Item Weight: 1.27 kg
  • Lithium Battery Energy Content: 1,100 Watt Hours
  • Max Focal Length: 55 mm
  • Min Focal Length: 18 mm
  • Model Year: 2015
  • Optical Sensor Resolution: 24.7
  • Optical Zoom: 1x
  • Removable Memory: Secure Digital card; Secure Digital card
  • Special Feature: Shutter Priority; Aperture Priority
  • Viewfinder Type: Optical

Canon released this model two years after the 700D one. Very few upgrades can be spotted, but some of them are worth mentioning, such us the raise of the resolution up to 24MP and the upgrade in the AF sensor from 9 to 19 points. Also, Wi-Fi is here, at last, and it’s definitely going to stay. Let’s take a closer look at this one:

This Model is for you if:

  • You like the convenience of the Wi-fi addition
  • You tend to reach Auto modes more often than manual
  • You need high resolution

Design & Features

Canon EOS 750D is not a fancy designed camera, and it certainly won’t impress you by its looks. It has the classic Canon look for DSLR cameras, the well-known chunky black body. Yet the top quality that accompanies Canon all these years justify the fact that this camera is one of the most sold cameras from entry-level photographers.

The external is made of polycarbonate with an aluminum core underneath, making the main body very robust and rigid. Despite that, the camera is very lightweight due to the lower-end use of plastic. In terms of control, things are kept very simple here. The settings are fixed through one manual control wheel and an easy-to-reach mode dial.

It seems that the 750D model is made for photographers that find diving straight into the sea of manual mode photography a little daunting. Canon has kept only the bare necessities on the control panel in order to help these friends to take the leap someday.

Through the mode dial, you can set the aperture or shutter speed and the camera does the rest for you. What’s easier than that?

Screen and viewfinder

The same vari-angle screen that was introduced to us with the 700D model, makes its reappearance here, but with an upgrade- a 1.04 million dot Clear View II LCD. Touchscreen supporters won’t be disappointed too. 700D’s most important heritage for this model is the bendable screen that allows you to take shots in all sorts of angles.

On the other hand, viewfinder didn’t have any upgrade to share with us. Unfortunately, the same 95% coverage of the frame is what you get in 750D, meaning that you’ll tend to use the LCD more than the viewfinder to preview the image.

Extra Features

We could not continue without mentioning the Wi-fi addition to Canon’s 750D model. With the help of Wi-fi and NFC, you can transfer your images to compatible devices and also control your camera remotely. It’s very convenient to change the aperture, ISO and shutter speed from your tablet, isn’t it?

Performance and Autofocus

EOS 750D’s processor, DIGIC 6, gives a standard shooting speed at 5fps, exactly the same as with 700D. Thus it is not for photographers that seek to capture action moments and sports events in every detail.

Though speed hasn’t changed a bit since 700D, nothing remains the same for the AF system. The upgrade from 9 to 19points is a feast for your eyes when you use Live View mode.

Focusing in Live View mode is really outstanding. Paired with the 18-55mm lens that comes with the kit box, the performance is smooth, fast and silent. As for the focus tracking, it’s good but cannot be fully trusted if the subject makes blunt and quick moves.

Image Quality

One thing that can’t pass unnoticeable is the grand improvement in resolution, from 18 to 24.2 MP. Nevertheless, the camera falls short of Nikon’s equal series in terms of picturing details. That is due to an AA filter, which is used to avoid the moire effects creeping into the photos, and the side effect of that is losing an important amount of details. That said, the camera stills excel in resolution for a filter-equipped camera.

Video

Admittedly, this camera is not known for its video abilities. Moire effects are often present at videos, and the resolution offers nothing more than the common now 1080HP. Also, an input for an external microphone can be found on the camera, yet we cannot say the same for a headphone socket. That said, the aforementioned video AF feature beats Nikon, being more appealing characteristic than a video with sharp colors.

Our opinion

If you have a special place for Canon in your heart, and if you are in search for a model close to 700D, but with built-in Wifi and better resolution, this model is made just for you.

Buyer’s Guide

The world of photography is magical – once you step into it, you’re captivated!

Either you see it as a profession or a mere hobby, photography has now a special place in your heart, isn’t that right? All you can think about is how to improve your photography techniques, and the essential step for that is having the right tools: For starters, a fair camera.

Yet, choosing the right DSLR camera might be not as easy as it sounds. A lot of questions pop in your mind:

  • What’s the difference between that model and the previous one?
  • What brand specializes for a certain type of photography?
  • Will I be able to use the camera to its full potential or is it too much for my level?

In this article, we will talk about the latest models of two giant brands in photography: Canon and Nikon. Our opinion, as well as advantages and disadvantages of every one of them, will be analyzed. We hope that reading this will clear the fog in your brain and will lead you to the right buying decision.

Bur first, let’s take a look at the benefits of choosing the right camera for your level:

Why It’s Important to Choose the Right Camera for You

  • A professional, heavy camera will not make you automatically a better photographer. Your skills must be aligned with the type of camera you use in order to see improvement in time. In fact, shooting pictures with a camera that overpowers your skills may end up a disaster.
  • Every camera has different features that are appropriate for different types of usage. For example, close-up photos require different specs from landscape photos. For this purpose, the article deals with the performance of the cameras in low light, the quality of the pictures, etc.
  • Another important reason is your budget. When you are thinking of investing in a new camera, keep in mind that the actual purchase is not the only cost. Make a list of the frequent costs of sustaining a DSLR camera: Lens, batteries, memory cards, filters and even extended warranties. Calculating the sums you are able to pay for all these will narrow down your options, helping you to find the ideal camera for you and enjoy photo shooting for a long time. In this piece we’ll write about Cameras under £500.
  • If you already own a DSLR camera, the lenses might be compatible with the next model of the same brand. This could be a factor to consider for your next purchase since it would save you a considerable amount of money.

Some Extra Factors You Need to Consider Before Buying Your Camera:

  • Size: Think about the type of photography you do. For example, is it capturing a rare phenomenon in the night sky? Do you need to climb in order to reach a spot that makes it ideal for shooting? How often is this happening? A heavy-weight camera would make your life harder, and soon you’ll regret buying it. On the other hand, if you don’t mind carrying it around, go for it.
  • Resolution: When it comes to megapixels, more is not always better. Again it depends on the way you are going to use the camera. Should your photos become print enlargements, invest in a big resolution. If not, megapixels is not something that should bother you a lot.
  • ISO Ratings: Look for a very good range if you are interested in playing with light and low light photography.
  • Maximum Shutter Speed: Look up for big numbers in this one, if your niche is sports photography or something with a lot of movement and action.
  • Connectivity: Another feature that interests some people is a wireless transfer of the photo files to their computer or printer.

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