DSLR cameras come in at all price points. If you're a novice photographer or want to dabble into videography, chances are you don't want to spend thousands of dollars on buying a camera. This is exactly why we decided to find some of the best DSLR cameras under $750. These cameras are excellent learning tools that will take your photography and videography to the next level, even if you're just starting out.
Canon 750D/T6i is our number one choice for a reason — it has everything an entry level DSLR should have including a high-resolution (24.2MP) sensor, great image quality, good low light performance, as well as an intuitive touchscreen display. We also can't forget its great build quality for the price.
All of the camera's features are well implemented, which makes it our top choice for DSLR cameras under $750.
If you prefer Nikon over Canon, then this camera is for you. It doesn't lack a lot behind 750D, especially when it comes to image quality and low light performance. The only thing it's missing is the touchscreen display. This is the only reason it's ranked slight below Canon 750D/T6i.
Canon 100D/SL1 knows its target market. If you're looking for the smallest DSLR in the world, this is the one. Despite the fact it's so small, 100D's 18MP sensor offers surprisingly good image quality. It is a very attractive choice at its price, just keep in mind that if you have large hands, there are better choices in this price range.
Nikon D3300 is another small DSLR camera that packs a punch. You'll have a hard time finding a camera in this price range that has this good of a sensor. Unfortunately, the menu system is not the best and there are a few bugs with the Live View mode, but isn't something that will render the camera useless, you just have to get used to it. D3300 is definitely an amazing choice considering the price.
Canon and Nikon rule the DSLR world, especially when it comes to entry-level cameras, but Pentax K-S2 holds its own. The image quality is quite decent, but low light performance is not that impressive. This camera, however, has a feature that sets it apart from the other cameras in this price range — it's weather sealed. If this is an important feature for you, then definitely go with the Pentax K-S2.
Finding the best DSLR camera under $750 is no easy task. A lot of companies are making many compromises in this price range, which is why it's not extremely easy to find a decent DSLR camera if you're on a budget. However, we've done our best to find some great cameras that won't break the bank.
Our first choice is Canon 750D/T6i, which is the most expensive camera in this price range, but offers the most when it comes to features. If you're more interested in the Nikon ecosystem, D5300 is the way to go, as it objectively doesn't lack much (if at all) behind T6i.
If you're looking for the smallest DSLR in the world, you have one option - Canon 100D/SL1. Don't let its small size fool you, it's capable of producing some pretty amazing photos. Nikon D3300 is slightly larger than Canon SL1, but it's still very portable and is also capable of producing great photos, but it has some minor flaws. Last but not least, if you need a camera in this price range that's weather resistant, Pentax K-S2 is pretty much your only choice. It's a decent camera, but the image quality in low light situations leaves a lot to be desired.
All sensors in DSLR cameras in our comparison are APS-C sized, which is typical in this price range. Resolution-wise, three cameras on our list (Canon T6i, Nikon D5300 and Nikon D3300) feature a 24.2-megapixel sensor, Pentax K-S2 has a 20.1MP sensor, while the Canon 100D/SL1 has only 18 megapixels.
When it comes to the image quality Canon 750D/T6i and Nikon D5300 are definite winners. The images they produce look good, even in bad lighting (photos are usable up to 3200 or even 6400 ISO in some cases). Canon 100D/SL1 offers great image quality consider the size and price of the device, and pretty much the same goes for Nikon 3300, but the photos lack behind T6i and D5300. Finally, we have Pentax K-S2, which offers really great images if there's a lot of light, but fails to impress in low light conditions.
As you may have expected, the top-priced cameras on this list (Canon T6i and Nikon D5300) offer the best build quality. The only surprise is Pentax K-S2, which besides being well-build is also weather resistant and this is a big plus to some people.
With all things considered, our advice is this — if you have enough money for either Canon 750D/T6i or Nikon D5300 — buy one of these cameras. You won't be disappointed. If you're looking for something cheaper, then either of the other three cameras is a decent choice. Of course, if you want the tiniest camera possible — go with the Canon 100D/SL1.