Best DSLR Cameras Under $1000
If you're looking for a digital SLR camera that won't break the bank, these models provide great image quality and decent features at affordable prices. They're perfect for beginners, but also a good option for more-advanced photographers who want a second body. For the best deals, consider buying the cameras as part of a kit that includes a basic lens.
Rated: Apr 29, 2011 8:50 AM
The Canon EOS Rebel T3i, with an 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS optional kit lens, is a complete picture-taking and moviemaking machine.
Sony's first translucent-mirror camera offers impressive continuous-autofocus capabilities, an amazing burst mode, and excellent image quality to go with its smaller size. The major trade-off: no through-the-lens optical viewfinder.
If you want video capability, the A580 has it--but as with all SLRs, you should be aware of the limitations before you commit to this camera for its video functions. The Alpha A580 is, first and foremost, a great still camera.
Rated: Jun 15, 2011 3:35 PM
The latest addition to Nikon’s expansive DSLR line, the 16-megapixel D5100 fits neatly between the entry-level D3100 and the more sophisticated D7000.
Rated: Jul 27, 2010 11:50 AM
Canon's incremental refinements to this Rebel add up to both improved image quality and movie recording that is a notable step forward.
Rated: Feb 3, 2011 1:27 PM
The D3100 is an entry-level DSLR on the higher end of that category's price range. However, it has a great set of features for beginning photographers, and decent image quality.
Rated: Apr 1, 2011 10:00 AM
If you're looking for a small, lightweight, inexpensive starter DSLR, then the Pentax K-r is a great choice, thanks to its image quality and huge array of features.
The K-x is a beginner-friendly SLR featuring most of the latest must-haves (and a very good choice for anyone wanting to shoot video), but the lack of a rechargeable battery is a pain.
As a first investment in a digital SLR, the D3000 is a good choice for consumers looking for an affordable, reliable, well-constructed camera that produces consistently good results under everyday conditions.
With the E-600, you’re getting a midrange model at an entry-level price. The kit has two lenses, which makes it an even better deal.