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The Top 10 budget DSLR cameras that you can buy in the UAE

By Team Feedbaac on 03-08-2017 12:19:31
We list out the best budget DSLR cameras that fall under the AED 2500 price tag.

There is no doubt that budget DSLR cameras are one of the most fast-moving products in the UAE market, thanks to the affordable prices and special bundles and deals offered by various retail outlets and online stores in Dubai. Despite the sudden boom of smartphone cameras that gets better in every iteration, it’s good to have an entry-level DSLR for capturing some of the best moments of your life in high quality. Thanks to the Auto modes on every DSLR, users will not need to worry about the skills required to use them like how professional photographers handle them.

Some of the most popular DSLR camera brands include Canon, Nikon, Sony, Pentax, and more. Most of these brands manufacture great DSLR cameras with features such as continuous burst mode, smartphone connectivity, touchscreen display, tiltable screens, and more. We at Feedbaac.com have done extensive research and chosen the best and the most affordable DSLR cameras in Dubai market that comes below AED 2500. The entry-level DSLRs that we have selected will come with features that are more than enough for any normal user.

Our list will also include bundle deal options that may be of your interest. Bundle deals usually include multiple lenses, tripod, SD cards and more.

Confused on choosing the right camera? We have created a detailed and easy to understand guide on choosing the right camera that suits your needs. Click here to read more

Nikon D3200

One of the cheapest Nikon DSLR camera in Dubai that we picked is the Nikon D3200. The camera is compact and light and comes with a 24.2 MP APS-C image sensor of Nikon’s DX-format category that supports sensitivity from ISO 100 and expandable up to 12800 for lighting up dark areas. However, video recording of this camera only includes 1080p at 30p, 25p and 24p format playback. The camera also offers continuous autofocus capability while recording videos. The D3200 is powered by the EXPEED 3 image sensor for snappy processing of images and in-camera filter effects. The DSLR is also capable of 4fps continuous burst mode for capturing the right moments. Nikon also brings WiFi connectivity with this camera that allows users to control from a smartphone via the optional wireless adapter. The display on the rear side is 3-inches, however, the screen is fixed.

Users can buy the Nikon D3200 in Dubai with the 18-55mm NVR lens for AED 2299, the longer 55-200mm lens and the WU1A Wireless Adapter for smartphone connectivity. While the Nikon D3200 misses out some of the important features found on higher-end models, it’s a great camera for those who are buying a Nikon DSLR for the first time.

Nikon D3300

Another great example of an affordable Nikon DSLR is the Nikon D3300, featuring the DX format 24.2 MP APS-C image sensor. The sensor is supported with EXPEED 4 image processor to produce great pictures and handle noise levels for the most minimum possible during low-light situations. ISO is from 100-12800 and is expandable up to 25,600. This ensures that users can use higher ISO in darker areas. The camera also features an 11-point autofocus system that locks onto the subject when they enter the sensor frame. The camera comes with the new DX NIKKOR 18-55mm F3.5 to 5.6mm lens that’s a great all-rounder for any user. The camera is light and compact and uses the WU-1a wireless adapter for smartphone connectivity on the go for image transfers and to control the camera. Unlike the D3200, the Nikon D3300 is capable of 1080p video recording up to 60p smooth motion. You can also make use of the camera’s inbuilt Retouch menu that lets you resize and edit the images captured with special filters and effects.

Those interested can get the Nikon D3300 for just AED 1899 in Dubai. Retailers are also selling the D3300 as a bundle deal for just AED 2299, that includes the 18-55mm lens and the 55-200mm VR2 lens.

Nikon D5300

Want to buy a better Nikon DSLR without breaking the bank? How about the Nikon D5300 camera that features a 3.2-inch articulating main display on the rear and built-in wireless connectivity so users can take control of the camera via the smartphone. The screen can turn 180-degrees so users can capture some great selfie images of their best moments with family and friends. There will be no requirement of an external wireless adaptor as the other Nikon cameras we mentioned earlier. There is also a built-in GPS for tracking the location of the image taken. The number of AF points on the Nikon D5300 is 39. The camera also offers time-lapse recording and better low-light camera performance, thanks to the 24.2MP APS-C image sensor. The camera also features inbuilt stabilization and video capture can be done up to Full HD at 60p playback.

The Nikon D5300 comes with the AF-P 18-55mm VR kit lens and is priced at AED 2399 in Dubai. For those who are looking for a bundle offer in Dubai, the Nikon D5300 also comes with a 55-200mm VR II lens, if you are willing to spend up to AED 2899. The Nikon 5300 can be considered as a better buy than the Nikon D3300, if you want little more features and better camera controls.

Canon 700D

Canon also offers great and affordable DSLR cameras for the mass market who isn’t really keen on spending a lot. The Canon 700D is an 18MP APS-C DSLR camera with the DIGIC 5 image processor for loading captured images with less noise, while you shoot in low-light conditions. The Hybrid CMOS autofocus system helps for continuous AF capability while shooting videos. However, the camera is capable of recording videos at 1080p 30fps and 720p 60p formats. The maximum video recording duration is 29 minutes and 59 seconds. The Pentamirror viewfinder offers 95% coverage. The LCD display on the rear can be adjusted so users can take the best-angled shots with ease. The display also has a touch panel so normal consumers will not need to worry about fiddling with the complicated camera control buttons. The sensitivity of the camera can be adjusted from ISO 100 to 6400 and can be expanded up to 12800, which more than sufficient light up any dark scene.

The Canon 700D which comes with the 18-55mm IS STM lens in Dubai, is priced at AED 2115. There is also a great bundle worth AED 2399 that includes the 700D, the 18-55mm kit lens and an EF 50mm 1.8 prime lens that’s perfect for superb portrait shots with beautiful bokeh.

Canon 750D

Featuring a 24.5MP APS-C image sensor, the Canon 750D produces great images and the DIGIC 6 image processor is capable of processing finer details and less noise for low-light photos and videos. The 19 point AF system is capable of focusing on subjects, wherever they are in the frame. The Hybrid AFIII CMOS helps for continuous tracking of the subject while shooting videos. The 750D is capable of recording videos up t 1080p video resolution and 30fps framerate. The camera can shoot up to 5 frames per second for continuous burst mode. The variable main display screen helps users to shoot different angles. The display is also a touchscreen so users can experience touch-based controls that are easier than using the dials and buttons. Looking into the sensitivity, the Canon 750D can adjust from ISO 100 to 12800 and expanded to 25600 for the best shooting experience.

The Canon 750D is priced at AED 2515 and comes with the EFS 18-55mm IS STM kit lens. If you’re willing to pay a little more, there is the bundle deal worth AED 2899 in Dubai and includes the camera, the kit lens and a great 50mm 1.8 prime lens for some fantastic portrait shots.

Nikon D3400

Clearly one of the best budget DSLRs in the market, the Nikon D4300 features a 24.2MP APS-C DX-format image sensor with ISO sensitivity ranging from 100-25,600. The camera also allows users to shoot in burst mode up to 5fps. It’s also one of the few budget DSLRs in the market to support FHD video capture up to 60fps. The display size is 3-inches and with wide-viewing TFT panel, however, the screen isn’t tiltable. The viewfinder features an eye-level Pentamirror with 95% horizontal and vertical frame coverage. The shutter speed of the camera ranges from 1/4000 to 30 seconds. The D3400 has 11 autofocus points and the autofocus sensitivity is -1 to +19EV. The camera also features its own built-in flash.

Retailers in Dubai are selling the Nikon D3400 with the AF-P Nikon 18-55mm kit lens for just AED 1699. Bundle offers of the D3400 include the camera, the kit lens, and a 55-200mm VRIII lens. The Nikon D3400 also features the Nikon SnapBridge smartphone connectivity that automatically transfers images to your smartphone after every click. SnapBridge also uploads your image to Nikon Image Space, a cloud storage facility for backing your photos.

Canon 100D

Easily one of the cheapest Canon DSLR cameras in the market, the Canon 100D comes with an 18MP APS-C CMOS image sensor with continuous autofocus for videos. Low light performance has improved, thanks to the DIGIC 5 image processor and the ISO sensitivity of the camera can be adjusted up to ISO 6400 and expandable to ISO 12800. That’s very impressive for a budget DSLR, however, the continuous burst mode of the Canon 100D is only 4fps. The camera also holds a 3-inch Clear View II TFT screen with 3:2 aspect ratio. The electronic viewfinder has 100% horizontal and vertical frame coverage. The shutter speed on this device starts from 30 to 1/4000 sec. The Pentamirror viewfinder offers 95% frame coverage of the subject. The camera is also capable of recording 1080p videos at 30fps. The sensor also offers 9 focus points with AL Focus, One Shot, and Al Servo AF modes.

The Canon EOS 100D comes with the 18-55mm standard lens kit and is sold for AED 1359. The 18-55mm standard kit lens is more than sufficient for any user looking to buy their first DSLR.

Canon 1300D

 

 

Our next affordable recommendation is the Canon 1300D DSLR that features an 18MP APS-C image sensor that supports ISO sensitivity from ISO 100 to ISO 6400. The ISO can further be expanded to ISO 12800, which reduces the need of flash in low-light conditions. The DIGIC4+ image processor helps to reduce unwanted noise and grains when shooting at lot light situations. The camera also uses 9 autofocus points. The AF modes available in this camera is AI Focus, One Shot and Al Servo. The Canon 1300D shutter speed ranges from 30-1/4000 seconds and Bulb mode. Users can take advantage of the Pentamirror that offers 95% frame coverage. The 3-inch TFT screen features 920k dots. The camera offers 1080p video recording at 30fps and 24fps framerates. The maximum time duration for video recording is 29 minutes and 59 seconds. Users can choose to use SD cards, SDHC or SDXC memory cards on the Canon 1300D.

The Canon 1300D is one of the cheapest Canon DSLRs you can get for AED 1189. The camera comes bundled with the standard 18-55mm kit lens that quite sufficient for any novice user.

Sony A58

 

Sony’s SLT cameras, or known as Single Lens Translucent, are one of the fastest DSLR cameras in the market when it comes to autofocus speed. Users can track fast moving objects, thanks to the new phase detection and the 15-point autofocus points. The Exmor APS-C HD CMOS image sensor features 20.1MP and performs really good in low-light situations. The 8fps continuous burst mode is one of the fastest in the budget DSLR category. With 8fps, you are sure to not miss the best moments and shoot them with ease. The SLT-A58 also features in-body sensor shift stabilization from 2.5 to 4.5 steps in shutter speeds. The Sony A58 can handle ISO sensitivity from ISO 100 and go all the way to ISO 16000 for low light conditions and the BIONZ image processor reduces the noise caused during night photography. Movies can be recorded up to 1920 x 1080 resolution at 50i 24MBps.

The Sony SLT A58 camera costs about AED 2159 in Dubai and comes with the standard 18-55mm zoom lens. You can also get a special bundle which includes the Sony A58, the 18-55mm lens and a 55-200mm long range zoom lens. Those looking for the best autofocus speed can consider the Sony A58 SLT camera.

Pentax KS-1

 

 

Another great brand that you can choose is Pentax. The Pentax K-S1 features a stabilized 20MP APS-C image sensor. The image ISO sensitivity of this camera can be tuned up to a whopping ISO 51200, which is a lot for a low-priced DSLR. The camera is capable of recording Full HD videos at 30fps. Users can take advantage of the 5.4fps continuous shooting mode so that you don’t miss the best moments. The shutter speed can be adjusted up to 1/6000 seconds. The camera also features low-pass filterless design helps to maximize the resolution of the CMOS image sensor. The KS1 is powered by the PRIME M II image processor that reduces noise in low light situations. The sensor supports up to 11 autofocus points and features in-body shake reduction mechanism. The camera also features the LED “Indicator Lamps” not only guides users for different operations but also adds up to the design aesthetics of the camera.

The Pentax KS1 comes bundled with a standard zoom lens with focal length of 18-55mm and aperture of f3.5 to 5.6. The Pentax KS1 is priced at AED 2495 in Dubai.

Want some help in choosing the right camera for your budget and occasion? Read our detailed camera buying guide that details most of the most frequently asked questions.

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