Updated 18 Jun, 2013, 10:18 am IST
With a budget of around Rs. 25,000 at your disposal for a digital camera, you have few, but clear directions in which you can head - a premium compact digital camera like the PowerShot G12, which offers incredible performance in a tiny body, a prosumer camera with a sweet 30x zoom lens, or a DSLR camera. Each of these has their own pros and cons, but when it comes to picture quality, nothing comes even close to DSLR cameras.
Canon EOS 1000D - Best Value
Canon EOS 1000D
The Canon EOS 1000D has been out for a long time and is presently the most affordable DSLR camera in the market. It features a 10.1 megapixel sensor and ships with a simple 18-55 mm lens, which has a maximum aperture of F3.5 at the widest end and F5.6 at full zoom. Even though it doesn’t boast too many extras, it offers complete manual control over exposure and has all the necessary functions for getting pro-quality shots if the subject is framed well. The layout of the control panel is somewhat similar to that of the EOS 550D, with all the buttons to the right of its 2.5-inch LCD. The UI is uncluttered and doesn’t feel intimidating. The shape of the body lends a good grip, but the camera feels too plasticky. Canon should have at least provided rubberized grip. The overall performance of the camera is very good. It fared quite well in both indoor as well as outdoor tests, delivering very good reproduction of colors and details. The low-light performance is also good. If you want a DSLR but are on a strict budget, this baby will keep you happy.
Sony Alpha SLT-A55
The Sony SLT-A55 is a somewhat different camera position. It’s a full-fledged DSLR-like camera but with an electronic viewfinder, which although handy isn’t the best solution you expect when you spend close to Rs. 47,990 for it. The translucent mirror adds things a little more efficient and fewer moving parts means that it’s going to be a little faster. A lot of photography enthusiasts and professionals still prefer the optical viewfinder on a traditional viewfinder. Image quality is good and sensor noise is minimal at higher ISO settings. Overall though, it’s a solid camera with good features and performance.
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