Question Recommend a decent entry level DSLR package?

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  1. JonnyTester

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    My wife is buying me a new camera for my birthday next month (well in a few days actually) and has told me to source it. So here we go.

    I want a DSLR, not a bridge camera. Entry level will do. I want to take an evening class come the autumn so it must be reliable. And a full package with body and lens is pretty much a necessity. So what do you lot recommend?
     
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    Budget and the sort of photography you like to shoot ?
     
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    Why are you wanting a DSLR rather than a bridge?
    Is it specifically a DSLR, or is is the ability to change lenses you are wanting?

    The reason for asking is that a 'Compact System Camera' (CSC) may be a better alternative, depending on what you are aiming to shoot - These also have interchangeable lenses, and large (compared to most compacts & bridge cameras) sensors, but, as the name suggests, are typically smaller and lighter. They also have Electronic, rather than Optical Viewfinders - which can be an advantage, though some dislike them!
     
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    The budget and handling are the two most important requirements. Regardless of what some people say, there is nothing technically stopping you from taking excellent photographs on any camera whether it's from Nikon, Canon, Sony, Fuji, Olympus or Panasonic (for example). The most common limiting factor in getting the results you want will be the 12" behind the viewfinder and how you actually use the kit you have.

    The requirement for knowing the budget is pretty self explanatory but the need to actually handle a camera before you buy it is more critical. Every manufacturer builds cameras in different ways with different buttons, grips and weight. If you buy a camera blind, there's a possibility that you won't get on with the handling and as a result you won't want to take any photographs, let alone develop better skill.
     
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    FTFY ;)
     
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    I will answer your question first. Best entry level DSLR? Arguably the Nikon D3300/D3400. Get it with the 18-55mm and 55-200mm bundle and you have a lot of bases covered.

    Would I recommend this camera for you? Can't answer that until we know what you intend to shoot, whether having weather sealing, top level AF system etc is wanted, although as you're asking about entry level I'm guessing the weather sealing and AF system aren't important.

    Any reason you want DSLR over CSC/Mirrorless?
     
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    Not sure you're operating your camera quite right there...
     
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