The best digital SLRs for beginners

We've rounded up some beginner-friendly SLR cameras from Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Pentax and Sony

A digital SLR camera is a must-have for anyone serious photography. You can get much better picture quality out of a digital SLR than a compact camera, along with the ability to manually control every facet of the exposure. The removable lens system means you can swap and change lenses as you please; you could put on a big zoom lens for when you're out and about, or you can put on a versatile mid-range lens for when you are taking shots around the house. In this round-up we've selected what we think are the best digital SLRs for beginners from Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Pentax and Sony, taking in to consideration ease of use, price and picture quality.

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Pentax K-m

The entry-level Pentax K-m digital SLR is built to a high standard, with features rivalling more expensive models from competitors. The bundled 18-55mm lens is nothing special, but overall the Pentax K-m is a great SLR for beginners.

  • Review Date:
  • Reviewer:
  • Manufacturer:
  • 2nd March, 2009
  • Campbell Simpson
  • Pentax
  • Rating:
  • Price:
  • 3.75
  • $ 1,075.00
  • Pros:
  • Onboard image stabilisation and dust removal
  • Cons:
  • No rechargeable battery, average kit lens with noisy focus
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