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Top 10 Entry-Level Digital Camera Recommendations

written by: Sandy Samra•edited by: Rhonda Callow•updated: 9/30/2010

Photography enthusiasts who want full creative control over their photos should consider buying an entry-level DSLR camera. These cameras are comparatively expensive with prices starting from $600. Let’s take a look at the top 10 entry-level digital camera recommendations.

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    Here is a comprehensive list of the top 10 entry-level digital camera recommendations that will deliver on picture quality, performance and sophisticated functions.

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    1. Canon Rebel T2i

    Canon EOS Rebel T2i The Canon Rebel T2i (EOS 550D) is the top digital camera below $1000 for people looking for high quality pictures and videos. The camera comes with a 3" LCD, 18 megapixel resolution, 9pt autofocus, optical image stabilization feature and a battery life that supports up to 550 shots. This is a great entry-level DSLR camera.

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    2. Pentax K-x

    Pentax K-x Pentax K-x is a fast and relatively inexpensive entry-level digital camera with good noise profile and viewfinder for its class. Pentax comes with some sophisticated features that normally don’t come for $500. A few of the camera's highlights are the 12.3 megapixel resolution, 11pt autofocus, 2.7 inch LCD, average video capture capability at 24fps and a lithium battery that allows up to 1100 shots on full charge. The Pentax K-x will meet your entry-level digital camera expectations.

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    3. Nikon D5000

    Nikon D5000 The Nikon D5000 is a fast performing DSLR camera that produces good quality photos. The D5000 comes with an articulated LCD, 12.3 megapixel resolution, pop-up flash, good kit lens, and a powerful battery that shoots up to 510 shots on full charge. The bottom line is that it’s a great DSLR under $850.

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    4. Canon Rebel T1i

    Canon EOS Rebel T1i Canon’s EOS Rebel T1i is a solid digital camera that delivers high quality pictures, performance and HD video capture. You can buy this full feature camera for $700. The T1i features include a 15.1 megapixel resolution, optical image stabilizer, 9pt autofocus, pop-up flash and a 3-inch LCD. If you are looking to buy an entry-level digital camera, then the Rebel T1i is a great option.

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    5. Canon Rebel XSi

    Canon EOS Rebel XSi The Canon Rebel XSi delivers great on performance and image quality. The camera provides 12.2 megapixel resolution, optical image stabilizer, pop-up flash, and 9pt autofocus along with a few other common features. Although the XSi will cost you $552, it will definitely deliver excellent picture quality and performance in return.

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    6. Nikon D3000

    Nikon D3000 The Nikon D3000 is an entry-level DSLR camera with 10.2 megapixel resolution and an interface great for those who are moving from a point-and-shoot to DSLR. The camera highlight is it has an extremely basic feature set that is targeted towards the beginner. Despite the simplicity, the D3000 delivers solid picture quality up through ISO 1600. The camera is reasonably priced at $450.

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    7. Olympus E-620

    Olympus E 620 The Olympus E-620 is a solid entry-level DSLR camera with high picture quality and number of advanced features like 2.7" flip out and twist LCD, two-lens kit, 12.3 megapixel high speed Live MOS sensor, optical image sensor shift mechanism and a pop-up flash. Though the camera lacks video capture, it’s one of the best entry-level digital cameras priced at $650.

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    8. Canon Rebel XS

    canon-eos-rebel-xs Canon’s Rebel XS is a high-quality digital camera with excellent picture quality and performance for its class. The XS has 10.2 megapixel resolution, 7pt auto focus, 2.5 inch LCD, 3x optical zoom, low light focus and optical image stabilizer but lacks video recording. If you are looking for basic features, then the XS serves the purpose. It’s priced at $490.

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    9. Sony Alpha DSLR - A230

    Sony Alpha DSLR A230 The Sony Alpha DSLR - A230 is a good digital camera that has fast 9pt autofocus, 10.2 megapixel resolution, dual card slots, high magnification viewfinder, built-in wireless flash, and 3x optical zoom. The camera comes with simple and straightforward operations. You can buy this device for $419.

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    10. Sony Alpha DSLR - A330

    Sony Alpha DSLR A330 The Sony Alpha DSLR - A330 will certainly win applause for its folding LCD display, 10.2 megapixel resolution, fast Live View autofocus, dual card slots, optical image stabilization and SteadyShot indicator. You can buy this fast performing camera for $550.
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    • CBS Interactive