Best dSLR Cameras for Beginners in 2019

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  • $799 at Crutchfield
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    CNET's Rating

    • 8 Design
    • 8 Features
    • 8 Performance
    • 7 Image qual.
    Canon EOS Rebel T7i/800D
    Best Canon value in a current model

    The Canon EOS Rebel T7i/800D continues the line's tradition of being the crowd-pleasing choice for family photographers.

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  • $597 at Amazon
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    CNET's Rating

    • 8 Design
    • 8 Features
    • 8 Performance
    • 8 Image qual.
    Nikon D5600
    Best compact dSLR

    Lightweight and compact with everything the family photographer needs, the Nikon D5600 maintains its position as a great general-purpose dSLR.

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  • $395 at Amazon
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    CNET's Rating

    • 7 Design
    • 7 Features
    • 8 Performance
    • 8 Image qual.
    Nikon D3400
    Best cheap current-model dSLR

    If you don't like the thought of buying last year's model (or the one from the year before), the D3400 is the cheapest dSLR we recommend. It does have a few improvements over the D3300 as well.

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  • $375 at Amazon
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    CNET's Rating

    • 8 Design
    • 9 Features
    • 8 Performance
    • 8 Image qual.
    Nikon D5300
    Best general-purpose dSLR

    With excellent photo quality, a great feature set and speedy performance, the Nikon D5300 is a great choice as a general-purpose dSLR.

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  • $409 at Amazon
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    CNET's Rating

    • 7 Design
    • 7 Features
    • 8 Performance
    • 8 Image qual.
    Nikon D3300
    Best cheap dSLR

    The stripped-down feature set is appropriate for first timers and since it's older, the price is right.

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