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The best cheap DSLR cameras are the entry level and low-end DSLRs for prosumers and other amateurs/professional photographers, available at the prices as low as $600. Some of the entry-level DSLRs are also the compact interchangeable lens cameras designed to support portability and versatility. The photographers on a tight budget can afford these inexpensive DSLRs without compromising on the advanced features.

Because of the lesser price tag on the cheap DSLR cameras, you could sometimes get lesser controls or even just body of the camera without the lenses. Even though being simple to use and implementing lesser quality lens, the best cheap DSLR cameras won't compromise on image quality and the versatility. These best price DSLR cameras are most preferred by the enthusiast photographers who are willing to upgrade from their point and shoot compact cameras.

One of the biggest advantages of buying a cheap (or any) DSLR is the interchangeability of the camera lens. This interchangeability always allows you to buy a brand new lens for your existing camera and, or sometimes allowing you to upgrade to a more advanced camera retaining the lens of your older camera.

Our list of best price DSLR cameras feature preset shooting modes and many other useful features on intuitive interfaces - which some of them are built in compact designs. Beginners who are yet getting used to the manual settings find helpful usage of the preset modes found in these digital cameras.

Available features: Our list of best DSLR cameras for money, have a resolution of up to 18 and 20 Megapixels. Being lesser expensive, these digital cameras implement comparatively lesser size (APS-C) sensors than the mainstream and expensive DSLRs and also support a lesser range of ISO settings for low light performance. And for video capturing, cheaper DSLRs listed below can capture videos of 720p and 1080p (HD and full HD) resolution at up to 3 fps (frames per second).

Check out our list of best DSLR cameras for money, top rated by some of the best digital camera reviewers around the web. Browse product lines such as Coolpix (from Nikon), Lumix (from Panasonic), Powershot (from Canon) and Cybershot (from Sony) for the cameras which support your photography needs at low prices.

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Pentax K-3

Pentax K-3 SLR Camera - Body Only


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Pentax K-3
Pentax K-3
Nikon D610
Pentax K-3 SLR Camera - Body Only
Pentax K-3 lens kit w/ 18-135mm WR 24MP SLR Camera
Nikon D610 24.3 MP CMOS FX-Format Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)
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Release Date
Oct 2013
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Camera Type
SLR/Professional, Mid-size SLR
SLR/Professional, Mid-size SLR
SLR/Professional, Mid-size SLR
Resolution
24.0 Megapixel
24.0 Megapixel
24.0 Megapixel
Image Sensor Type
CMOS
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CMOS
LCD Screen Size
3.2 in.
3.2 in.
3.2 in.
Image Sensor Size
28.2 mm
28.2 mm
43.18 mm

  • The Pentax K-3 is the most refined K-mount SLR to date, offering fast autofocus and superb image quality. Its video autofocus implementation isn't the best, but it still manages to snag our Editors' Choice award.


  • The Pentax K-3 is the most full-featured prosumer DSLR camera on the market, but not only that, it also delivers great performance, weather-resistant build quality, slick handling and excellent image quality too. The K-3 certainly has what it takes to compete with its main rivals, the Canon EOS 70D and Nikon D7100.
    The Pentax K-3 builds on the proven handling of the K-5 II camera.


  • A completely weatherproof body, good image quality and intuitive handling puts the K-3 cat among the pigeons, but there's still work to do if Pentax is to seriously compete with the DSLR options from Canon and Nikon.


  • The Pentax K-3 is the most refined K-mount SLR to date, offering fast autofocus and superb image quality. Its video autofocus implementation isn't the best, but it still manages to snag our Editors' Choice award.


  • The Pentax K-3 is the most full-featured prosumer DSLR camera on the market, but not only that, it also delivers great performance, weather-resistant build quality, slick handling and excellent image quality too. The K-3 certainly has what it takes to compete with its main rivals, the Canon EOS 70D and Nikon D7100.
    The Pentax K-3 builds on the proven handling of the K-5 II camera.


  • A completely weatherproof body, good image quality and intuitive handling puts the K-3 cat among the pigeons, but there's still work to do if Pentax is to seriously compete with the DSLR options from Canon and Nikon.


  • Though competition's increasing for low-end full-frame cameras, the Nikon D610 holds its own; that said, while slightly faster than its predecessor it's not a whole lot different.


  • That the D610 is lighter than any other Nikon FX digital SLR camera is a real boon to anyone planning to use it for extended periods of time, though be prepared that it's still quite a handful and noticeably heavier than the cheapest auto focus SLRs of the film era (then again, it's a much higher specified model than any of those). The Nikon D610's mirror is surprisingly quiet for a full-frame SLR camera and in normal use it produces only minimal viewfinder blackout.


  • While the Nikon D610 is an excellent camera that's capable of recording plenty of detail in images with rich tones, good exposure and pleasant colours it is considerably more expensive the Canon 6D.