Get Started With Your First DSLR Camera for under £400
Personally I would go for Nikon or Canon, there are other brands out there and people’s choice of cameras is a personal choice, for me, my first choice is a Nikon.
My first DSLR camera was a Nikon 3300 which retailed at just £280 and came with an 18-55mm lens, the camera features 24.2megapixels, an ISO Range of 100-12,800 and shoots 5fps.
The Canon DSLR camera in the same price range would be the Canon EOS 1300D with an 18-55mm lens, but has a smaller ISO range than the Nikon D3300 and comes in a little more expensive at £299
Why not buy a Fuji, Olympus, Panasonic or Sony? Well, I also own an Olympus E-500, again it’s a good entry level camera, but my personal issues with it is where some of the function buttons are at the back of the camera where my right thumb tends to go, and often I accidently hit one of these buttons. Also what goes against all these camera brands is that they are just not as popular as Nikon and Canon, so when it comes to getting hold of second hand lenses, they are more expensive to purchase than Nikon & Canon lenses which are widely available second hand at low prices.
I use Sandisk Ultra Plus Class 10 SD Memory Cards with 64GB which retails around £20 and is shock proof, waterproof, x-ray proof and can take on extreme temperature conditions, so a very durable storage card.
The 50mm lens is the best general lens and is a lens you will keep forever, it’s great for shooting portrait as well as shooting photos of your kids and works great indoors in low light.
Not everybody uses filters, but they can be handy to use just to protect the lens itself. You can pick up a single lens filter off eBay for just £10.
External Hard Drive to Backup All Your Photos:
A good buy is a Toshiba Canvio Ready Portable Hard Drive with 1TB of storage and costs just £46.99 from PC World.
A spare battery is always a great idea, as you will be able to continue to shoot even if the battery in the camera body dies. Spare Nikon & Canon batteries retail for about £25.
In total, you would have spent approximately £380, setting you up with all you need for your first DSLR Camera.
14 thoughts on “Get Started With Your First DSLR Camera for under £400”
I only ever used a cannon DSLR camera and it so much fun to use. My first camera was £600!
I’m sure these are good tips for people getting into photography. I myself have always used Sony and am super happy with their camera’s, I’m owning the a7r right now.
The reason I mentioned Nikon & Canon as the better options is that because they are so much more popular and widely sold, there are far more second hand bodies and lenses about from Nikon & Canon that brings the price down.
I started & stayed with a Nikon D70, I could never get into photography so would never upgrade or anything.
I can see a huge difference in my point & shoot Sony to my, now ancient, D70 x
Great information. Honestly, I have never had a real camera like you have talked about. I will definitely come back here if it’s in my plans.
Nice and helpful article especially for me, who wanted a better camera a long, long time ago! 🙂 ◠‿◠
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That’s a pretty good price for a DSLR. Nikon is a good brand and so is Canon.
Thank you for the post. Very useful information. as a YouTuber, I know the importance of having good equipment for the best results. Unfortunately, I’m still hooked on using my phone for photos, but might consider getting a real camera soon. This helps a lot. Thanks.
This is such an interesting review! My friend keens on photography and she has a Nikon camera, the photos look incredible!
I also feel in-love with my first DSLR camera the Nikon D3300 in red! When I saw it, I immediately bought it, hahaha until not she’s with me 🙂
Nice picks. i have a Sony DSL-R myself. I think I would get a Nikon if I were to change it any time soon.
Great round up here.. I always carry my DSLR where ever I travel I use Canon…. I got my camera for more than 5 years now and I love it, but I think it’s time for upgrade soon.
I love reading more about cameras. I always make picture at fan conventions. There’s often bad lightening and you’re not always sitting close for the Q&A’s. So I really do need a good camera.
My first DSLR is canon too.. Very great camera to use…