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1  The camera details

1 Nikon D3300 1532 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II Auto Focus-S DX NIKKOR Zoom Lens 24.2 MP Digital SLR – Black

Nikon D3300 1532 18-55mm f:3.5-5.6G VR II Auto Focus-S DX NIKKOR Zoom Lens 24.2 MP Digital SLR Black

1.1 Description

  • 24.2 MP CMOS DX-format sensor
  • 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).The D3300’s 11-point Autofocus System locks onto your subjects as soon as they enter the frame and stays with them until you catch the shot you want.
  • 3 inch LCD with 921,000 dots; Lens Compatibility at a Glance***AF-S Lens Required for Autofocus ; Optical Zoom 3x

1.2 The best review

Awesome camera. Got this as a Christmas gift. Great for amateur photography. Mine came with the 18-55mm and 55-200mm lens. Great for family photos, taking pictures outside, and kids activities and sports.
The max resolution is 4000×6000 so it can produce a decent size print of great quality depending on what pictures you take. The controls are easy to figure out once you read the manual and then play around with the settings. I best way to learn the camera inside and out are to manipulate the settings and see what pictures you get.

2 Canon EOS Rebel T5 Digital SLR Camera Kit with EF-S 18-55mm IS II Lens

Canon EOS Rebel T5 Digital SLR Camera Kit with EF-S 18-55mm IS II Lens

2.1 Description

  • 18 megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor with DIGIC 4 image processor
  • EF-S 18-55mm IS II standard zoom lens expands picture-taking possibilities
  • 3-inch LCD TFT color, liquid-crystal monitor for easy viewing and sharing
  • EOS 1080p full HD movie mode helps you capture brilliant results
  • Features include continuous shooting up to 3fps, Scene Intelligent Auto mode, creative filers, built-in flash and feature guide

2.2 The best review

Unlike many of the reviewers on here, I don’t have another DSLR camera to compare this one to. It’s my first, but what I want to do is approach this review from the pov of a first-time DLSR user. I kinda have no choice, eh? But what I mean is, instead of going on about specifics, I am looking at how easy was it for a beginner like me to use this camera.

The short and simple answer: Very easy.

First, let me say I have had several Canon compact point-and-shoot digital cameras. My current one is the Powershot SX280 HS, which I LOVE. One thing I love about Canon is that they tend to set up their cameras very similarly between models, so I had no trouble getting used to where buttons were and what different symbols mean and how to scroll through menus.

Some of the features I really like about the T5 are the weight, the fit in my hand, the large view screen, the button placement, the battery life, the ease of use of the software for uploading pictures, and the picture quality is great.

The main thing is, I was able to pull this camera out of the box and just start using it.

More specifically, I had a blast taking macro shots. I am a total nerd when it comes to insects and such, so I love taking close-ups. Not just bugs, but all kinds of things. This camera is great for those kinds of shots. Great for portrait and distance as well, but this was the feature that had me scouring my yard for cool stuff to shoot.

I do agree with others about the slowness of the auto focus. However, it does kind of depend on what you’re shooting and what the lighting is like. In nice afternoon sun, the speed was quite good for me.

3 Nikon D5300 24.2 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera with Built-in Wi-Fi and GPS Body Only

Nikon D5300 24.2 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera with Built-in Wi-Fi and GPS Body Only 

3.1 Description

  • 24MP DX-format CMOS sensor with no optical low-pass filter
  • 39-point AF system with 3D tracking and 3D matrix metering II
  • 5 frames per second continuous shooting
  • ISO 100 – 12800 (Expandable to 25600)
  • 3.2″ Vari-angle LCD with 1,037,000 dots
  • 1080 (60p, 30p, 24p) and 720 (60p, 50p) HD video (H.264/MPEG-4)
  • Built-in Wi-Fi (for sharing and remote camera control) and GPS
  • Raw and Raw+ JPG shooting
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC memory

3.2 The best review

I really like this camera. The D5300 has far more functions than I can take advantage of, but I am learning as I go. I have the camera set to Manual, so I must choose all the settings (ISO, shutter speed, Aperture etc.) myself, There are a ton of pre-programmed functions that you can take advantage of, and if you go that route you will take great pictures, and not understand how photography works. I choose to go the other way, so I have to learn the fundamentals. Either way is valid.

The camera takes great pictures, and I am using it as I acquire lenses, and to learn the hobby before getting a more professional setup. I chose the D5300 over the D5500 as it is cheaper, and I don’t really need the options of the D5500 for the additional price.

Quite happy with the purchase

4 Canon EOS Rebel T5 Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm IS II EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Bundle

Canon EOS Rebel T5 Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm IS II EF 75-300mm f:4-5.6 III Bundle

4.1 Description

  • 18 megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor with DIGIC 4 image processor
  • 3-inch LCD TFT color, liquid-crystal monitor for easy viewing and sharing
  • EOS 1080p full HD movie mode helps you capture brilliant results
  • Features include continuous shooting up to 3fps, Scene Intelligent Auto mode, creative filers, built-in flash and feature guide
  • Comes with EF-S 18-55mm IS II standard zoom lens, EF 75-300mm telephoto zoom lens with f/4-5.6 maximum aperture and bag

4.2 The best review

This was the best bundle for this camera. I am 100% happy with this purchase. My boyfriend and I bought it as a family camera and we cannot be happier with the quality of the photos.
The case is very helpful since we hike a lot with the camera. We both also enjoy the two lenses for the money. All are labeled canon products so you are not getting a nock off brand on anything.

5 Canon EOS Rebel T6 Digital SLR Camera Kit with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Lens

 Canon EOS Rebel T6 Digital SLR Camera Kit with EF-S 18-55mm f:3.5-5.6 IS II Lens

5.1 Description

  • 18.0 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) image sensor and high-performance DIGIC 4+ Image Processor for excellent speed and quality.
  • ISO 100-6400 (expandable to H: 12800) for shooting from bright light to low light.
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity provide easy sharing to compatible smart devices, select social media sites and the Canon Connect Station CS100 device.
  • 9 point AF system (including one center cross‐type AF point) and AI Servo AF provide impressive autofocus performance with accurate results.
  • High-performance Optical Viewfinder helps facilitate quick and accurate focusing by firmly framing and capturing the subject at hand.

5.2 The best review

I am brand spanking new to photography and DSLR cameras. Thanks to a few hours at the University of YouTube, I think I have the hang of it. So my review is partial, but from the perspective of a total novice to photography and something other than a point and shoot camera.

Feature guide
I’m putting this first as this may be the most amazing and useful component of this camera for a complete newbie and the #1 reason this is an AWESOME camera for someone getting into photography. Since I didn’t want to use my camera on auto mode (I could stick with a Coolpix if that’s what I was looking for) and my goal was to learn how to use a DSLR in manual mode, the feature guide has been vital in helping me learn quickly. When changing modes (manual, aperture priority, Quick Control, etc), a brief description of the mode will pop up on the LCD. This is SUPER useful for a complete novice that has nearly ZERO knowledge (Thank You YouTube!) of what the different modes/controls are supposed to do. Seriously – best.feature.ever! For those that already know all of this like the back of their hand (I deeply admire you!), you can turn this feature off so it doesn’t annoy you.

Camera body
This is a heavy piece of equipment compared to the slim, simple point and shoot cameras (read: Nikon Coolpix). However, it is fairly comfortable to hold. The body has a nice curvature in the front with a rubbery grip which helps to keep it from slipping in my hand – for all I know, they all have this but again, I have little to compare it to. My son has a Canon EOS 30D (released in 2000?) and I can say that this model is significantly lighter than his.

Lenses
I did some research on lenses and boy are these puppies expensive! I appreciate having both the 18-55mm and 75-300mm lenses with this kit. As a beginner, this will allow you to get all the basic pictures you could hope for all at once. I can take close up pictures and landscape pictures (the pictures I have included here were all taken with the lenses that came in this kit on my first few weeks using this camera). I’m sure there are much better lenses out there that come with a hefty price tag but for a beginner, this kit will give you everything you need to get started and take some pretty decent pictures.

LCD monitor
The picture on the monitor is pretty clear and I used this a lot my first couple days. Instead of looking through the eye piece, I used the LCD display to shoot my pictures. As I became more familiar with the various ISO, F/S, and shutter speed settings, I switched up to shooting using the eye piece and used the display to quickly see/adjust my manual settings.

Picture quality
I’m pretty impressed. The pictures come out clear and sharp (assuming its correctly focused when on manual focus). The colors are bold and vibrant in my opinion. I don’t think the pictures of my kids have ever turned out so good. Side note: I did start using the auto focus feature recently while on a road trip to be able to shoot faster and I am very please with how well the pictures turned out. It was quick to focus and will likely be using this feature often when I am out and about (with little time to set up the shot).

I am incredibly happy with my purchase and if I had to do over again, I would pick this model. After purchasing this camera, I purchased a used Canon 30D for my son as he wanted to learn as well. In comparison, the Canon EOS has come a long way in terms of design, ease of use for a beginner, and features but if anything, I know based on having both a new and used (old) camera in the house now, that they can stand the test of time if cared for properly. Oh, and having a bag in the kit is also pretty handy.

6 Nikon D3400 w/ AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR

Nikon D3200 24.2 MP CMOS Digital SLR with 18-55mm f:3.5-5.6 AF-S DX NIKKOR Zoom Lens

6.1 Description

  • SnapBridge Bluetooth Connectivity
  • 24.2MP DX-Format CMOS Sensor
  • EXPEED 4 Image Processor
  • No Optical Low-Pass Filter
  • Native ISO 100-25600; 5 fps Shooting. Compatability information: C firmware v. 1.10 and later ( released August 31, 2016 )

6.2 The best review

The Nikon D3400 with the new 18-55mm and 70-300mm AF-P lenses cannot be beat at the current price ($500). The D3400 camera body and compact and light for a DSLR. The 18-55mm lens is what you would expect from a kit lens and has VR (vibration reduction, the Nikon version of image stabilization). The 70-300mm is great for when you need more reach and is fast focusing. Nikon sells a VR version of the 70-300mm lens, however, they included a non-VR version in this package. That is disappointing, as the image stabilization would be helpful at longer zooms at slower shutter speeds.

I plan to use this lens primarily for outdoor sports with faster shutter speeds, so it won’t make much of a difference for me, but it would be nice to have the VR for indoor or low light outdoor situations. Also, Nikon has added software to this camera so it will not function with 3rd party batteries installed. I learned this the hard way and will be sending back the 3rd party batteries I purchased. However, I’ve been told that there are new 3rd party batteries that have found a way around this. I’m waiting for mine to arrive to confirm this.

I’ve attached some sample images I took from both lenses on the D3400 from a trip to the zoo’s Festival of Lights. I used the 70-300mm for most of the outdoor animals while the sun was up, then switched to the 18-55mm for indoor animals and to take pictures of the lights (using a monopod) once the sun went down.

7 Nikon D3200 24.2 MP CMOS Digital SLR with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX NIKKOR Zoom Lens

Nikon D3200 24.2 MP CMOS Digital SLR with 18-55mm f:3.5-5.6 AF-S DX NIKKOR Zoom Lens

7.1 Description

  • This Certified Refurbished product is manufacturer refurbished, shows limited or no wear, and includes all original accessories plus a 90-day warranty
  • 24.2 MP DX-format CMOS sensor,Display Screen 3.0-Inch Rear Screen, LCD (921000)
  • EXPEED III Image Processing
  • Wide ISO sensitivity range,Filter Thread: 52 mm
  • One-touch Full HD 1080p movie recording

7.2 The best review

This day-and-age there are literally hundreds of cameras to choose from. The easy choice is to go out and buy what your professor or your friends have, or just get what’s advertised the best or what looks cool. Honestly, if you are an amateur photog then you’re going to take perfectly fine pictures with any DSLR in the mid-range level. My question is, do you need to spend 200, or 300 more on a camera that you can get exactly the same specs or perhaps better quality out of a DSLR that is cheaper?

I found this site justafax.com/dslr and what’s great about it is that it literally does a side-by-side comparison of the top 12 cameras in this category, based on all of the factors that should affect your purchasing decision.

I found the information on justafax.com/dslr extremely helpful, especially in comparing the types of desires and features I was getting for my $. I think you owe it to yourself to check it out, the info is very concise and easy to read and should help inform your purchase. It’s not a cheap purchase, so do your homework!

Good luck guys, I hope you find the camera of your dreams.

8 Canon EOS Rebel T3 Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens

Canon EOS Rebel T3 Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm f:3.5-5.6 IS Lens

8.1 Description

  • 12MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • Up to 3 frames per second continuous shooting
  • 9-point AF system
  • ISO 100-6400
  • 720p HD video recording
  • 2.7-inch LCD with 230,000 dots
  • Eye-fi wireless SD card compatible menu options
  • Basic+ control menu
  • Q-menu for access to frequently-used settings

8.2 The best review

When I first had my son I just couldn’t justify buying this camera. I know myself well enough to admit that I’m not going to learn all the features and shoot in manual mode. So I thought that to just use “auto” most of the time any quality point and shoot camera would be fine. What a mistake….

I bought a Nikon camera for well over $200 at my local warehouse store. Yes, under the perfect conditions it did take nice pictures. But frankly with a squirmy infant the perfect conditions just didn’t happen very often. Most shots were ruined by blurriness from his movement or it just wasn’t fast enough to capture the moment.

My husband and son surprised me with this camera for my first Mother’s Day. I literally use it every single day and I have been amazed by the quality of the shots I can get. The shutter snaps the picture the moment that you press it. So I end up with all the cute smiles, laughs, and antics of my son…not the back of his head or side of his face because the moment is over.

Admittedly, I only use the preprogrammed modes on this camera but my results have been amazing. In any conditions I end up with professional quality images. The camera is durable enough to be thrown in a purse or diaper bag without a protective case. I really can’t recommend this camera enough to moms. It will change your photography with no additional effort on your part!

9 Nikon D5200 24.1 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera Body Only

Nikon D5200 24.1 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera Body Only

9.1 Description

  • 24MP DX-format CMOS sensor
  • 39-point (9 cross type) dynamic area AF system with 3D tracking
  • Up to 5 frames per second continuous shooting
  • 1080p 30FPS HD video (1080p, 60i) with full-time contrast-detect AF
  • ISO 100-6400, expandable to 25,600 equivalent
  • 3 inch vari-angle LCD with 921,000 dots
  • Wi-Fi (for sharing and remote camera control) and GPS compatible (sold separately)

9.2 The best review

Free shipping was faster than expected. Camera arrived with packaging intact, no damage. I like that they had tested the camera before sending it, there was one photo on the memory card of the shipping room I guess (32GB no less – a list of what is in the package did not indicate an SD card was included). Happy with the price, service and camera. I bought this body to replace my decade old D40 that developed a memory card port problem.

The quick fixes on YouTube and elsewhere didn’t work and it would cost as much to repair it as replace it. All my lenses and most accessories work, only the old batteries are not compatible. This is an “international” model meaning the warranty is from the seller. My D40 is a US model originally covered by Nikon USA. I compared the D40 and new D5200 and could not find a single thing that would indicate any differences between the two.

One very minor issue is the short version user manual refers to a larger, more complete “Reference” manual on the CD. Well, there are no documents on the CD including the file name listed in the small user manual. No biggie, it is available for download on the Nikon website just don’t waste your time looking for it on the CD in the box.

 

10 Canon EOS Rebel T2i DSLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens

Canon EOS Rebel T2i DSLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm f:3.5-5.6 IS Lens

10.1 Description

  • 18.0-megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor; DIGIC 4 image processor for high image quality and speed
  • Kit includes 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens
  • ISO 100-6400 (expandable to 12800) for shooting from bright to dim light; enhanced 63-zone, Dual-layer metering system
  • Improved EOS Movie mode with manual exposure control and expanded recording 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
  • Wide 3.0-inch Clear View LCD monitor; dedicated Live View/Movie shooting button
  • New compatibility with SDXC memory cards, plus new menu status indicator for Eye-Fi support

10.2 The best review

Excellent camera, though a bit expensive – worth every penny.

Pros:
– The 18-135mm lens is a nice upgrade to the standard kit 18-55mm lens. Especially if this is your first DSLR, and you don’t want to spend more money on lenses. It is also good for trips, taking pictures of kids, or in any other situation where you don’t want to change lenses. (And you save about $100 when purchasing this kit, compared to body + 18-135mm Canon lens).
– Performance. Minimal shutter lag, good low-light performance, nice video.
– Relatively light (about 1 kg / 2 pounds with lens), again good for trips.

Cons:
– Price
– Built-in flash is not so great. Also when taking pictures on wide angle setting, lens creates a shade.
– No autofocus when zooming while taking video, pressing shutter button half way focuses the picture.
– Focus in live picture mode is slow (even slower than on most point and shoot cameras)

Other Recommendations:
– Make sure to get UV filter (mostly for protecting the lens), and a spare battery (I’ve got the Opteka one for ~$13).

 

2 The camera details list

Produce Price

Rate

1 Nikon D3300 1532 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II Auto Focus-S DX NIKKOR Zoom Lens 24.2 MP Digital SLR – Black $369.92 ★★★★☆
2 Canon EOS Rebel T5 Digital SLR Camera Kit with EF-S 18-55mm IS II Lens $549.00

$399.00

★★★★☆
3 Nikon D5300 24.2 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera with Built-in Wi-Fi and GPS Body Only

$499.00

★★★★☆
4 Canon EOS Rebel T5 Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm IS II EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Bundle $749.00

$495.00

★★★★☆
5 Canon EOS Rebel T6 Digital SLR Camera Kit with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Lens $549.00

$449.00

★★★★☆
6 Nikon D3400 w/ AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR

$496.95

★★★★☆
7 Nikon D3200 24.2 MP CMOS Digital SLR with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX NIKKOR Zoom Lens

$459.82

★★★★☆
8 Canon EOS Rebel T3 Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens

$468.98

★★★★☆
9 Nikon D5200 24.1 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera Body Only

$438.00

★★★★☆
10 Canon EOS Rebel T2i DSLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens

$294.99

★★★★☆