Best DSLR Cameras in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update June 12, 2019
Those who enjoy photography, either as a hobby or as a profession, are often wanting or needing the best quality cameras available. DSLR cameras have proven to be the best at what they do. Take a look at our reviews for five of the most popular DSLR cameras available. ...Read more ...Read less
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OUR VERDICT
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PROS

A powerful EXPEED 4 processor in combination with the NIKKOR VR lenses make creating perfect images seem like an effortless task. On top of that, the support of MOV video format allows for filming clips in the full HD resolution.

CONS

The camera housing is a bit bulky to carry around comfortably.

OUR VERDICT

The Nikon D7200 is one of the most sophisticated DSLR kits on the market. Full support of Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and NFC protocols makes this model stand out from the crowd of overpriced professional models. With this camera that weighs a bit more than 750 grams, you will be able to capture every precious moment in top-notch quality images and videos with ease.

detailed parameters
Lenses

18-105 mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens

Sensor

24.2 MP DX, CMOS sensor

Screen

3.2" rear LCD screen

Viewfinder

Eye-level pentaprism single-lens reflex viewfinder

Max Video Resolution

1080p / 60 fps

Photo/Video Formats

JPEG, RAW, MOV

Accessories

EN-EL15 rechargeable Li-ion battery, MH-25a battery charger with UK plug, DK-25 rubber eyecup, UC-E17 USB cable, AN-DC1 camera strap, BF-1B body cap, DK-5 eyepiece cap, DK-23 rubber eyecup, Reference CD

Weight

765 g

Warranty

2 years 

PROS

A Dual Pixel CMOS sensor autofocus technology offers unrivalled smoothness of videos and during Live View mode without any blur effects.

CONS

The plastic housing has a cheap touch to it.

OUR VERDICT

A compact and handy Canon EOS 200D camera was designed specifically for taking detailed, high-quality photos with great colour rendering that look good even without photo editing software. Moreover, the Lightest APS-C sensor with a low ISO depth will make your portrait photos look like actual pieces of art.

detailed parameters
Lenses

18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 lens

Sensor

25.8 MP Dual Pixel CMOS AF sensor

Screen

3" LCD vari-angle touchscreen

Viewfinder

Optical viewfinder with 9-point autofocus

Max Video Resolution

1080p / 60 fps

Photo/Video Formats

JPEG, RAW, MOV, MP4

Accessories

Eyecup EF, Camera cover R-F-3, Wide strap EW-400D, Battery charger LP-E17 (with battery cover), Battery pack LP-E17E, Power cable

Weight

453 g

Warranty

1 year

PROS

A Scene Intelligent Auto mode helps in making astonishing point-and-shoot photos, while Creative Filters will make them truly unique and highlight all the important parts.

CONS

The display can't be turned or used as a touchscreen.

OUR VERDICT

Сanon's EOS 4000D digital camera has all it needs to be a great model for beginner photographers. You can control the camera via your tablet or a smartphone, thanks to the NFC and Wi-Fi capabilities.

detailed parameters
Lenses

18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 III lens

Sensor

18MP CMOS sensor

Screen

2.7" rear LCD screen

Viewfinder

Optical viewfinder with 9 point autofocus

Max Video Resolution

1080p / 30 fps

Photo/Video Formats

RAW, JPEG, MOV

Accessories

Eyecup EF, Camera cover R-F-3, Camera strap EW-400D, Battery pack LP-E10, Battery charger LC-E10E

Weight

436 g

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The camera is supplied with a powerful and compact AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55 mm VR zoom lens, which makes focusing an easy and effortless task. What is more, it makes little to no noise when used.

CONS

The SnapBridge app may lag a bit sometimes.

OUR VERDICT

The Nikon D3500 is a lightweight DSLR model with an easy-to-follow UI, high sensitivity, and powerful lenses that together make photography fun and easy. Additionally, the higher sensitivity range allows taking great, detailed pictures even in the dark environments.

detailed parameters
Lenses

18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens

Sensor

24.2MP DX-format CMOS sensor

Screen

3" rear LCD touchscreen with a 170° viewing angle

Viewfinder

Eye-level pentamirror single-lens reflex viewfinder, 11 focus points

Max Video Resolution

1080p / 60 fps

Photo/Video Formats

JPEG, RAW

Accessories

AF-P DX NIKKOR 18–55mm VR lens, AN-DC3 strap, DK-25 rubber eyecup, BF-1B body cap, EN-EL14a rechargeable Li-ion battery, MH-24 battery charger

Weight

415 g

Warranty

2 years

PROS

Thanks to a 79-point AF system with high-fidelity, you will not miss a single important frame.

CONS

Camera settings are not intuitive.

OUR VERDICT

The Sony a68 mirror camera incorporates the most advanced technologies, which makes it a good choice for both amateurs and professionals. Its powerful BIONZ X processor allows you to process a large amount of data and provides high quality and realism of the received images. Support for XAVC S format allows you to record Full HD video quality with minimal noise.

detailed parameters
Lenses

18-55mm lens. Sony A-mount lenses, operation with Minolta/Konica Minolta lenses confirmed

Sensor

24.2 MP 5 APS-C Exmor® CMOS sensor

Screen

2.7" tillable, 460K dot LCD screen

Viewfinder

0.39 in electronic viewfinder. A 79-point phase-detection AF system

Max Video Resolution

1080p / 60 fps

Photo/Video Formats

RAW, JPEG

Accessories

Accessory shoe cap, Battery charger BC-VM10A, Body cap, Eyepiece cup, Micro USB cable, Power cord, Rechargeable Battery NP-FM500H, Shoulder strap

Weight

596 g

Warranty

1 year 

Nikon D7200

The Best a Photographer Can Get

When photography turns from a hobby into something more than that, one often starts to consider getting a camera better than any entry-level product. The Nikon D7200 is one of the best DSLR kits available on the market for its price and it can definitely compete with some premium models in terms of image quality.

The professional-grade 18-105 mm NIKKOR VR lens of this model can deliver truly stunning results even in the hands of inexperienced photographers. Coupled with a powerful EXPEED 4 CPU, the process of saving high-quality photos is almost instant and takes less than a second to render. As for some quality of life improvements, the camera is equipped with a 3-inch LCD touchscreen that can be adjusted according to your liking thanks to the Vari-Angle rear mount.

Contrary to some entry-level models, the housing of the D7200 is completely dustproof and features a moisture-resistant cover that firmly protects all the inner electric circuits. These features, in particular, make it a great choice in terms of long service life.

As for the image processing, the camera is capable of capturing images using several digital filters that allow to lower the noise as well as enhance gamma and colour without any post-processing software. Like every modern Nikon camera, the D7200 supports Bluetooth, which can be used to quickly transfer images and videos to your smartphone or a tablet.

All things considered, the Nikon D7200 is great for both videography and photography thanks to the user-friendly interface and customisable digital settings.

Review of Nikon D7200 DSLR Camera + 18-105 mm VR Lens

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Canon EOS 200D

A Clipmaker's Best Friend

One of the few cameras that can record videos in 1080p at 60fps, the Canon EOS 200D is a great pick for a beginner photographer that just started making his first steps to become a great artist.

Although the process of becoming a true pro photographer takes time and tons of practice, with this little camera that weighs only 453g, you will be able to make this path much shorter. The rangefinder of this little fellow features a 9-point autofocus, which in combination with a high-quality touchscreen makes it possible to use the device as a point-and-shoot camera.

The Canon EOS 200D is capable of making your standard RAW and JPEG pictures while the video mode also features an MP4 alongside the standard MOV codec, which makes it a lot easier to shoot longer videos at concerts or other venues that you want to cover.

The camera comes equipped with all necessary equipment: a wide strap, an eyecup, a camera cover, and, of course, the battery charger with an additional battery cover to keep the power source safe when you don’t use it.

Quick, responsive, and precise are perhaps the best words that can describe the Canon EOS 200D camera. A device like that will definitely come in handy for professionals as well as for entry-level photographers.

Review of Canon EOS 200D DSLR Camera + EF-S 18-55 mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Lens

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Canon EOS 4000D

A Great Tool to Become a Pro

If you are a beginner when it comes to photography, you probably wonder where you should start. Well, with some practice behind your back, you will be able to make truly stunning photographs, as well as high-quality video clips in just a few months. Just remember that practice makes perfect, so don’t be upset if your first experience with a professional-grade camera will be a tough one. All pro photographers have been there once in their career so it is important to stay positive and focus on your achievements.

One of the great tools that can help you get these achievements is the Canon EOS 4000D. Perfect for beginners, the device comes with the sort of features that are more prevalent in the premium, high-end cameras. The 18 Megapixel sensor makes sure that your photos always look smooth and crisp. And you won't have to worry about those photos being too heavy for your memory card since, by purchasing Canon products, you get 15GB of storage on Irista for free.

Memory question aside, the ways to improve your photography skills can vary in effectiveness. Fortunately, there is a great way to do that quickly and almost without any effort. Get inspired by professionals using the Canon Photo Companion application that is designed exactly for educating entry-level photographers.

All in all, the Canon EOS 4000D is perhaps one of the best starter camera kits with a lot of features that come at a fair price.

Review of Canon EOS 4000D DSLR Camera + EF-S 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 III Lens

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Nikon D3500

An Upgraded Perfection

Although the upgraded D3500 DSLR camera from Nikon hasn’t changed that much, it has received a refined design and a couple of new features that make an already good product even better.

To start off, let’s take a closer look at the specifications that were updated in this newer model. First of all, the battery life has been significantly improved and now can endure up to 1600 shots (1000 shots with the former D3400 model). Surprisingly enough, the weight of the camera has been decreased to only 415 g, despite the extended battery life.

Moving on, the ability to record in Full HD allows making truly stunning videos with frame rates of up to 60 fps, which is quite impressive for an entry-level model. Moreover, a high-quality microphone records videos with a crisp sound, so you won’t have to change it in post-processing or use additional hardware.

In addition to to the great capabilities of the camera itself, the device features a built-in SnapBridge technology that enables wireless file transfer. This feature will be extremely useful for users that like to send the RAW files straight away without using a laptop or computer.

To wrap things up, the Nikon D3500 is one of the best cameras for beginners out there. With an intuitive design and simple functions that are easy to use yet hard to master, this is an entry-level model that will help you become a real professional.

Review of Nikon D3500 DSLR Camera + AF-P DX 18–55 VR Kit

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Sony a68 (ILCA68K)

Fantastic All-Purpose Camera

Many of the great camera brands are well-known by people, as most manufacturers who make highly rated cameras now have also done so for many years. However, one name that is a bit lesser known when it comes to cameras is Sony. Although Sony is known for many high-quality electronic devices, cameras haven't really been their staple until recently. Enter the Sony a68 Translucent Mirror DSLR Camera, an extremely high-quality camera that gives all other renowned brands a run for their money.

Sony has exploited their highly advanced technology to bring some great features to DSLR cameras, and this model is a great showpoint for many of them. Featuring a 24.2MP APS-C sensor that brings high image quality that shows off even the smallest of details, this camera really packs a technological punch. On the rear of the camera is a 2.7 inch tillable, 460K dot LCD screen, which can be pivoted to provide you with a sharply detailed image of any photos that you are taking, as well as providing an easy way to frame and snap your photos. The controls on the camera are plentiful, featuring more buttons than many other DSLR cameras, which gives you instant access to many of its features without having to dig through a menu.

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Technologically Advanced

The image quality of photos taken with this camera is superb, but you can also get highly detailed video recording from it as well. Video can be recorded at 24 or 30 fps, and takes advantage of many of the advanced functions of the camera. Shooting video is great, but many of the other functions really bring out the technological advantage that Sony packs into their devices. Included in the range of functions is Sony’s 4D Focus system, which provides clarity to pictures and automatic focusing that is unrivaled. Also featured are abilities such as shooting photos at 8 frames per second, allowing you to capture a wide range of movement within a short period of time, which can give you a great choice from which to select the best picture.

Image stabilization is another feature that should not go without mentioning, as it is at least on par, if not better than, most other cameras in its price range. The camera comes with a wide range of accessories that gives you a full kit with everything that you need to get started, minus a memory card. There is also a range of optional accessories that can be purchased, allowing you to piece together a complete photography studio setup. With all of these advanced features combined with the high quality, this DSLR camera is one that you don't want to miss.

Sony a68 (ILCA68K) DSLR Camera + 18-55 mm DT f/3.5-5.6 SAM II in the use

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What Is a DSLR Camera?

A DSLR camera (short for digital single lens reflex) is a digital camera that uses the single lens reflex system found on older professional film-based cameras. These cameras are fully digital, with the basic design being similar to most other digital cameras, but the lens that they use is a high-quality lens that has been proven throughout the years.

The lens of a DSLR camera works by allowing light to pass through the lens, and then to a mirror that sends the light to the digital imaging sensor and/or through the viewfinder. Many of these types of cameras include a digital image display to allow for easier aiming and framing of the picture, while many also include a viewfinder that allows for setting up a perfectly framed shot. The single lens design ensures that the resulting photo will not be much (if at all) different than what is seen through the viewfinder, or through the digital display.

DSLR cameras are often considered to be among the best digital cameras, as they allow such precision in taking photographs that are so similar to what is seen through the viewfinder. These cameras are perfect for both hobbyists and professionals, and many people much prefer them to most other types of digital or film-based cameras.

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What Features to Compare

DSLR cameras are among the most popular types of high-end cameras for both hobbyists and professionals, and as such, there are quite a few models out on the market. When looking for the right DSLR camera for what you need, there are many considerations that must be taken into account. Sorting through the many different models can be difficult, but knowing exactly what to look for will help you a great deal in narrowing the selection down to what you need. Keep some of these different characteristics in mind when looking for the perfect DSLR camera.

Megapixels

One of the most important features of the camera is the number of megapixels that the camera is able to capture in a photograph. This number determines the quality and detail that is captured by the camera, and the higher the number, the more detailed the photos will be. Generally, you will want to find a camera with a high megapixel count to ensure you are getting the most detailed photos possible.

Lens

With the many different models that are available, it can be confusing to figure out the differences between the different cameras. However, the first way to narrow down your purchasing decision is to look for a camera kit or a bundle. This indicates that the camera comes complete with a lens, usually between 18 to 55mm. As the lens is one of the most important components of the camera, ensuring that it comes with a good lens will be a necessity.

Features

As DSLR cameras are fully digital, they almost all include a great selection of different features and abilities, such as video, zoom, wide angle, panoramic, and other features commonly found with digital cameras. However, not all models will include the same set of features. It is important to check to make sure that the camera you buy includes the features that you need.

Mount

Many professional photographers rely on mounts for certain types of photos. Finding a camera that is compatible with your favourite mount is, of course, a necessity if you don't wish to purchase an extra mount. However, some DSLR cameras do actually include a mount, so it's best to check if the one that you want to buy includes one if it doesn't fit your own.

Bundled Accessories

Those who take photography seriously know that cameras often require extra accessories, including a carrying case, strap, mount, and other items. Many of the higher end DSLR cameras tend to come with many accessories included, but others don't. If you are going to need or want accessories for your camera, then you will want to make sure that the accessories you need are either included with the camera at purchase or readily available to purchase alongside it.

Did you know?

The Best Features of DSLR Cameras

DSLR cameras have really revolutionized the photography business ever since they were first created, giving photographers an unprecedented level of detail as well as control over their photos that they never had before. Many of the features that have been included with recent cameras have now become a mainstay with photographers. If you are new to the exciting world of DSLR cameras, then here are some of the exciting features that are now commonplace with most high-end models.

Autofocus

The days of having to manually focus your lens are long gone. Most DSLR cameras include the ability to autofocus on any object that the camera is pointed at, no matter how far or close it is. The autofocus feature uses phase detection, which works by having the camera automatically calculate the distance to the object and then focus the lens accordingly. This prevents photographers from having to spend precious time focusing their own lenses before each shot, and more time on taking quality photographs.

Mode Dial

Another exciting new feature with most DSLR cameras is the ability to mode dial, which allows for quick and easy access to many of the functions and features of the camera, such as setting the priorities for the aperture and shutter, the various modes that are supported on the camera, and many other settings. This is especially helpful for beginning photographers who are not sure how to calibrate their cameras for the effects they want to achieve.

Dust Reduction

Many DSLR cameras include dust reduction systems that help keep the camera and lens free of unnecessary and harmful dust. The various dust reduction systems used can vary greatly, depending on the model of the camera, but they can range from automatically closing lens covers to vibration systems that shake out any dust that has accumulated in the lens.

Interchangeable Lenses

Being able to change the lens of a camera is nothing new, as this feature has been included on many high-end cameras for decades. However, more and more cameras that are affordable for hobbyists and professionals alike include this ability and many of the higher-end models may even include various lenses with the camera kit. Most popular camera manufacturers make additional lenses for their cameras, and many third-party lenses are available as well.

HD Video Recording

Anyone who wanted to take both high-quality photos and videos required multiple items of equipment, including both a camera and a camcorder. However, most DSLR cameras now include the ability to record HD quality video along with taking high-quality photos. This means that just one device can now be used in any situation, regardless of whether you are taking still photos or recording an event.

Live Preview

One of the best things about high-end digital cameras now is that most of them include an LCD screen that displays the image as seen through the viewfinder. In fact, this is a very specific upside of DSLR cameras, considering that the viewfinder and lens both view from the same mirror. This makes framing and following a shot much easier than ever before, without the need to put the camera up to your face just to take a photo. Photographers can now easily see what their shot will look like at a glance.

Many Other Features

There is no shortage of features that are included with most DSLR cameras, including depth-of-field control, wider angles, and many more. Whichever DSLR camera you decide to get, you should have a large number of special features at your fingertips.

FAQ:

Q: How are DSLR cameras different than most regular digital cameras?

A: The main difference between a DSLR camera and most other cameras has to do with how the camera is aimed through the viewfinder. Both the lens and the viewfinder are seeing from the same source, which allows photos to be exactly as seen through the viewfinder, or through the LCD display that is included on most models.

Q: How are DSLR cameras better than the high-quality cameras found on top-end smartphones?

A: Smartphone cameras, especially those that come included with many high-end smartphones, have really given high-end cameras a run for their money in terms of quality. However, a smartphone camera simply lacks many of the capabilities of DSLR cameras, including the ability to change the lens. Smartphone cameras are limited to the lens that is included with it.

Q: What accessories do I need to have with a DSLR camera?

A: Many DSLR cameras include accessories in the camera kit, and many hobbyist photographers don't need any extra ones. However, a few of the accessories that are good to have are straps for holding the camera on your body, a tripod or other kind of mount for extremely steady photos, and SD cards for the ability to store the many photos that you will undoubtedly take with your camera.

Q: What exactly are Megapixels?

A: The term "megapixels" refers to the number of individual pixels that a single digital photo is composed of, measured in the millions. For instance, an 18-megapixel camera can take photos that are composed of up to 18 million pixels. The higher the megapixel rating for a camera, the more details that are typically included in the photo. Most photographers like to have a camera with as many megapixels as possible to ensure that their photos are of the highest quality.

Q: If I am a beginner photographer, should I buy a DSLR camera?

A: DSLR cameras are great for anyone, whether it be an absolute beginner or a seasoned veteran. Beginners will have the benefit of immediately having many of the advanced features of DSLR cameras right at their fingertips, without needing to invest too much money in additional camera gear once they become more proficient in the art of photography.

Q: Do film-based cameras exist that have the same features of DSLR cameras?

A: The SLR technology has actually been around for a long time, and thus non-digital SLR cameras have been available for years. However, film-based cameras simply do not have the same number of features as DSLR cameras, as digital cameras include many image manipulation and processing features that are simply not possible with a non-digital camera.

Q: How can a beginner learn to make the most of the special features included in a DSLR camera?

A: With a large number of features packed into a single DSLR camera, it can be daunting for a beginner to learn how to utilize these features to their fullest extent. However, there are plenty of ways of learning these features, including by reading the manual to the camera, watching DSLR camera tutorials on the Internet, and most of all, by plenty of practice. Veteran photographers are also often quite happy to help a beginner to learn about these features, so don't be afraid to ask for help.

Sources:

1. How to Understand Your Digital SLR, WikiHow.

2. Hook Elliot, The Ultimate Guide to Learning how to use Your first DSLR, Digital Photography School.

3. Laurence NorahHow to Use a DSLR Camera: a Beginner's Photography Guide, Finding The Universe, May 5, 2019.

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Publish Date: 2018-09-04 14:24:38