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The launch of Nikon D7000 was surprising for camera lovers as it had features similar to D300S. Although the new SLR camera has far more features than the D300S. Its overall design and feel is like the latest D90 due to its magnesium alloy body and thicker rubber coating on the hand grip and the rear of the camera. It has 16.2MP resolution which makes it the second highest resolution camera among all the Nikon DSLR cameras available in India. It has a CMOS sensor that provides a higher ISO span of 100-6400.

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Design
Even though the size of the Nikon D7000 camera is small, it has a great body that makes it comfortable to hold. It has massive Sigma 30mm f/1.4 lens that have the 18-105mm zoom lens. This camera gives great stability while shooting because of the placement of the shutter release button. It has a 3 inch display having 16.2 megapixel camera that gives excellent colour and accurate tones to your pictures. The review button is now placed on the top left side besides the trash button. It also has a record button and a digital viewfinder button. Apart from this, there are three main connectors namely; MicroUSB, mini HDMI and GPS signal port.

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Display
The Nikon D7000 camera has a 3 inch display with 920k dot resolution screen that allows users to manually activate the feature to compose images. This is done by the Live View (LV) lever that enables users to record videos at 1920×1080 pixels at a standard frame rate of 24fps.

 

Controls
The Nikon D7000 SLR camera offers four AF point selection modes which are Single-point, Auto-area, Dynamic-area and Dynamic-area (3D tracking). When the user wants to specify the AF to be used, it is preferable to make use of the single-point mode. The full-time autofocus mode of the camera gives continuous lens focus without pressing the buttons. It also has the continuous servo mode that lets users to select the initial AF point when the subject is in motion.

 

Image Quality
The Nikon D7000 SLR camera provides amazing colour accuracy, light sensitivity, contrast as well as the four lenses it comes with. The four lenses it offers are 50mm f/1.8 Nikon, 30mm f/1.4 Sigma, 18-105mm Nikon and 55-200 f/3.5-5.6 Nikon. Its 16.2MP resolution makes it easy to get high ISO in individual photos. So when the camera is zoomed out, it gives low ratings that can go up to 2000 while it gives 1250 ratings when it is zoomed in. The format used for saving pictures are JPEG and RAW.

 

Video Quality
The Nikon D7000 camera gives great quality videos though the performance is not optimum. It doesn’t give 1080p at 30fps or 720p at 60fps but instead gives only 1080p at 24fps or 720p at 30fps. The autofocus in video mode is not good and most of all it lacks focusing and accuracy. The videos the user might be capturing can get very blurry because of the poor stability that this camera provides.

 

Verdict
The Nikon D7000 is a combination of D90 and D300 that is available at an affordable price in India. It makes for a worthy alternative for people who can’t afford the D300 camera and yet need the features it offers.

 

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The Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100V is a super-zoom camera offering a host of great features like a 30x, 27-810 mm zoom lens; 16.2 megapixel back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor; and a built-in GPS tracker complete with a compass. It also provides full 1080p high-definition video recording with stereo sound and HDMI output along with 3D Sweep Panoramas and 3D Still Images.

 

Ease of Use
Compact, lightweight and easy to handle, the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100V boasts of a 30x extending optical lens with optimum apertures of f/2.8 at the 27mm wide-angle setting and f/5.6 at the 810mm full telephoto setting. It is smaller and lighter than most DSLRs with a typical 3x kit zoom and also has a good grip. The zoom is incredibly fast and smooth in operation, considering the huge focal range it covers. This is possible due to the fly-by-wire manual control ring on the lens barrel, which is used to adjust either focus or zoom through a side switch. The amalgamation of the fast f/2.8 aperture, efficient optical image stabilizer and maximum ISO speed of 3200 makes this camera well suited for low-light photography.

 

In spite of its massive zoom lens, the HX100V is still quite compact and weighs just 577 g along with the battery and memory. The camera is further equipped with a large 921 k-dot resolution LCD screen at the rear that tilts 90 degree upward and downward, making it pretty flexible. It also provides great outdoor visibility.

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Design and Build
Most of the buttons of this camera have been placed at the top instead of the rear panel. The focus and custom function buttons are neatly concealed behind a lip in the chassis. Exhibiting a long soft stroke and good tactile feedback, the shutter release is extremely user-friendly. The directional pad and menu button are positioned like usual on the main control panel. However, the menu button has a shallow depth and care should be taken to remember its position at night, because of a shaped adornment bordering it on the top and sideways.

 

Display
The camera has 921,600-dot resolution LCD screen at the rear with a tilt-out panel. The screen moves a full 90 degree vertically upward and downward, and is great for handling videos along with shooting in a crowd. The HX100V is also equipped with a complete swing-out arm that is even more flexible than the tilt style. These arms offer a wide horizontal viewing angle and do a remarkable job at keeping this display functional at every angle. Its plastic surface, though prone to smudging, is covered with an anti-reflective coating that supports shooting in clear sunlight.

 

Image Quality
The Sony HX100V produces images of high quality and gives an average image size of around 4.5 Mb using the 16mp JPEG setting. For such a small image sensor, it also handles noise exceedingly well. Chromatic aberrations are controlled with some restricted purple fringing effects appearing in high contrast situations.

 

The macro performance setting allows you to focus as close as 5 cm from the object you wish to capture. Barrel distortion is also ably restricted even at the 24mm wide-angle focal length of the versatile 16x zoom lens. Its superb built-in flash works well indoors, sans any red-eye effect and it also provides sufficient overall exposure. The camera also captures enough light for most nighttime situations, due to its maximum shutter speed of 30 seconds.

 

Moreover, the backlight correction HDR feature radically enhances detailing in the shadow and highlight areas. Both, the hand-held twilight mode and sweep panorama modes work as stipulated, making it possible to effortlessly take hand-held low-light and wide-vista shots with this camera.

 

Video
This camera delivers full 1080p HD video at up to 60fps, to go along with its super-zoom stills capability. More impressive is the fact that it delivers such high quality output in AVCHD at 24Mpbs. Even though scene modes are available, the camera works best in automatic mode. It is possible to zoom while shooting, but lens noise will creep in. Moreover, this camera is also equipped with an active image stabilizer.

 

Verdict
Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100V has proved that Sony certainly comes out trumps in most departments. It has one of the best color accuracy scores ever. It is also equipped with other professional features like DC input; manual zoom and focus; and an accurate viewfinder that collectively empower the user.

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Capturing special moments and treasuring them as memoirs in the form of photographs is a common activity for almost all of us. But, many a times, clicking pictures becomes more than a regular activity and graduates into a passion. There are people who are reluctant to take out their cameras to click photographs, even though they might have bought the camera with much interest. But, there are the other kinds as well, who simply love clicking pictures, be it of friends, family or nature. For the second category of people, stepping out of home for a vacation without a camera is a sin.

 

Considering these facts, manufacturers have catered to the various needs of the camera user and have revamped their offerings accordingly. Here, comes in the most common question that usually clouds the mind of a camera buyer, whether to buy a compact camera or a DSLR camera?

 

There are certain generic and functional differences between the common compact or super zoom cameras and the DSLR cameras. To be able to decide which one suits your needs, ideally ask these questions to yourself and attempt to simplify your choice:

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Do you need a camera with quick response time?

 

If you are into action photography and get irritated by the delay between pressing the button and the picture being clicked, then DSLR camera is the right choice for you. These cameras have quick auto-focus feature, which facilitates wildlife shooting, sports photography by clicking sharp and clear pictures in no time. So, if action photography is your passion and fast continuous shooting is what you like to do, then go for DSLR cameras.

 

Is taking photographs in low light important for you?

 

If you wish to click impressive photographs even in low light conditions, then DSLR cameras are the ones that you should opt for. The reason being, DSLR cameras have much larger sensors as compared to their compact or super zoom counterparts, making them more sensitive to light. This means DSLR cameras will deliver better picture quality even under low light conditions and fast shutter speeds to freeze action (in the case of action photography).

 

Are you willing to shell out time to remove dust from your camera lens?

 

The advantage of swapping lenses to click pictures according to your convenience in DSLR cameras comes with a cost. The same results in dust accumulation on the lenses, since you keep changing them to click photographs based on your needs. On the other hand, compact or super zoom cameras prohibit accumulation of dust on the lens as they are closed devices. So, if you are fine with investing time in blowing off dust from the camera lens with a blower then opt for a DSLR camera.

 

Are you ready to overlook convenience for passion?

 

If you do not wish to add extra weight to your backpack while on a vacation, simply opt for the compact or extra zoom cameras. DSLR cameras are bulky and heavy due to its accessories like, internal mirrors, lens mounts, etc. But, if you are passionate about photography and the extra weight and care does not worry you then, do not settle for anything less than a DSLR camera.

 

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Do you desire a powerful zoom feature, budget not being a constraint?

 

If you wish to experience the magic of powerful zoom in an affordable budget then, opt for a super zoom camera, which is both lightweight and compact. But, if you are ready to shell out an impressive amount for super zoom, along with other additional features then you should opt for a DSLR camera.

 

Wish to have full control over your camera settings?

 

If you wish to have maximum control over your camera settings manually then, invest in a DSLR camera. With this camera you can create wonders using depth-of-field effect and even long exposures for astro-photography. Though many super zoom and compact cameras come with manual mode offering, they usually also have several limitations.

 

Do you require studio lighting or external flash gun?

 

Though the advanced versions of compact or super zoom cameras come with flash hot shoes, DSLR cameras are better equipped to connect with external lighting. So, if you are a professional photographer and need to connect multiple flash lights then, DSLR camera is perfect for you.

 

Hopefully, by now you must be having a fair understanding of when you should upgrade to a DSLR camera. If you quickly analyze your needs for clicking photographs, you are sure to make the right pick between a DSLR camera and a compact/ super zoom camera.

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Like the entry-level consumer DSLR camera, the Canon EOS 700D camera is packed with high-quality and creative features that are ideal for people who want to take their photography skills to the next level. This is Canon’s flagship camera and is designed to suit certain user requirements. It is also known as Canon EOS Rebel T5i and has features similar to the EOS 650D model. The only difference between this camera and its successor, EOS 650D is that it is five grams heavier. It has a stainless steel body which is made of polycarbonate resin with glass fibre. The EOS 700D is three quarters the size and two thirds in weight when compared to the EOS 5D Mark III so it is quite strong as well as light-weight.

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Design and Build
The Canon EOS 700D camera has a stainless steel chassis which is clad in polycarbonate resin with glass fibre to add strength. The textured cladding finish on its body makes it feel leather-like. Like its predecessor, it also has a 3-inch, vari-angle touchscreen monitor and pentamirror viewfinder. Its capacitive display is similar to the touch screen of smartphones supporting gestures like pinch-to-zoom and image-to-image swiping in playback.

 

Features
The Canon EOS 700D has 18 megapixels resolution which is lower than its competitors like Nikon D5200 and Sony Alpha 65 which have 200 megapixels resolution. This camera uses the latest generation chip that uses Hybrid AF system that has central pixels for phase detection AF. It also has better contrast detect AF system which is designed to improve focusing performance in Live View and video modes. It features a broad native ISO range of 100-12,800 as a standard as well as the latest DIGIC 5 image processor. It sports a 9-point diamond formation AF system which reduces hunting and improves the AF speed.

 

Interface
The interface and control buttons are placed conveniently on the Canon EOS 700D so customers can use thiscamera without having to use the touchscreen. The quick menu display is well-designed making it easier to toggle between the different settings. It is capable of shooting at 5fps and maintains only 6 raw files before the buffer slows. When shooting JPEG files, this camera gives a frame rate of 22 frames. It also has built-in mics that manage to capture a good range through bass, middle and treble.

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Performance
The Canon EOS 700D has the same image sensor and processor chip as the EOS 650D but the Iatest tests showed that the EOS 700D gave a slight edge on its predecessor. It gave better results that were expected for the 18 megapixel sensor. It also delivered higher resolution for raw files as compared to the JPEG files.

 

Image Quality
The Auto white balance of the Canon EOS 700D enables users to get natural looking shots and gives the facility to select from a host of white balance presets. It also has a huge picture styles selection that lets users to choose from like landscape, portrait and monochrome. It also features the auto lighting optimizer that balances shadow areas while HDR backlight control ensures that extreme HDR images are not produced. Apart from this, its 18MP sensor ensures that the pictures are good while the base ISOs do not have any kind of image noise.

 

Verdict
The Canon EOS 700D gives top level, sharp and well saturated quality pictures. It features AF action, creative filters and so on that give DSLR shooting experience at affordable price.

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It is said that, A picture is worth a thousand words. Would it not be great if all your memorable photos turn out to be crystal clear and the best in quality? Investing in a DSLR camera can help you achieve this. Owning a DSLR camera is not just restricted to the professionals now. It has become an important and indispensable gadget for everyone. These cameras offer ease of usage and always provide outstanding results. All that one needs to do before becoming a pro at taking amazing photos, is to put effort into understanding how to operate a DSLR. Once you know how to play with the settings, you can surely click some beautiful and stunning images. The Indian market is flooded with a variety of DSLR options to choose from. We are making the task easier for you, by listing the best DSLR cameras available at affordable rates! 

 

1) Nikon D5100

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This camera has a relatively small size and an attractive look. It is new in the market, but is surely impressive. It can prove to be an ideal choice for those starting out as budding photographers or for those who are going to use a DSLR camera for the first time.

 

Advantages:

 

This 16.2 mega pixels camera has a digital and optical zoom that allows you to take close ups of images. It can record high quality full HD videos.

 

Price: Rs 31,960

 

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2) Canon E0S 600D 

 

This powerful camera is also known as the Digital rebel T3i. It has a fairly small but strong body with a durable plastic shell.

 

Advantages:

 

This 18 megapixels camera has a 4GB memory slot that lets you click and store many pictures. It is packed with features such as zoom and self timer, and also supports various aspect ratios like 4:3, 16:9 and 1.1. Its scene intelligent auto feature automatically chooses the scene that best suits the settings you are in. The manual mode can be used to make personalized changes such as no flash, video mode and aperture speed.

 

Price: Rs 35,885

 

3) Nikon D3200  

 

The Nikon D3200 is equipped with many impressive features that ensure you photos are clear and high in quality. This attractivebuy-nikon_d3200-online-300x225.jpg camera with a compact design is a good buy for first time photographers and photography enthusiasts. Its simple design makes it easy for you to learn and understand how to operate a DSLR. The results are awe-inspiring and will surely hook you to photography.

 

Advantages:

 

It is an ideal low budget camera that has a 24 MP CMOS sensor, auto red eye reduction, optical zoom and continuous shooting options. This camera has some amazing features such as full HD recording, 24.2 megapixels camera, 35 MM equivalent focal length and supports different types of resolutions, such as  4512 x 3000 (M), 3008 x 2000 (S), 1920 x 1080, 1280 x 720 and 640 x 424. This amazing camera also supports video display resolution of 1920 x 1080 at 30p.

 

Price: Rs 31,960

 

4) Canon EOS 1100D 

 

buy-Canon-EOS-1100D-online.jpgThis camera is the perfect choice for those who don’t wish to burn a huge hole in their pockets and don't want to compromise on quality either. Canon EOS 1100D is equipped with various key features that the much more expensive DSLRS have. Its light and sleek design allows you to use it for long spells of time.

 

Advantages:

 

This camera has an auto pop up flash that lights up a dull setting. It has a 12.2 megapixel camera with optical and digital zoom. The TFT colour LCD screen and HD recording further uplifts its appeal.

 

Price: RS 32, 975

 

 So why wait? Go ahead and purchase the DSLR that you have been longing for. Above are best budget DSLR Camera one can decide easily among the Best DSLR Camera under $500 according to his needs and budget constraint.