A good point and shoot camera won’t cut it for everyone. This is especially true for those looking to take their photography to the next level, or want to put their foot into the world of professional photography.
That being said, we will be reviewing what seem to be three of the best DSLR cameras under 50,000 on the market. They seem to be great options for those looking to get a feel of professional photography, and the first (and more expensive) option may even be ideal for it to a certain extent.
Choosing the Best DSLR Camera Under 50,000
First things first, just because something worked for someone doesn’t mean that will work for you too. It seems that too many people end up going with a product their friends have bought.
While there may be nothing wrong with this approach, when it comes to something like photography, everyone’s needs may differ, at least slightly, from one another.
Hence, you may want to take a look at the features and figure out what would work best for YOU.
Can You Really Find the Best DSLR Camera Under 50,000 Rupees?
Well, the honest answer is no. You can’t really find the best DSLR camera for under 50,000 rupees. In fact, there are barely a couple “true” DSLR cameras that are available under 50,000 rupees. Most of them cost much higher.
While you can even explore the best DSLR cameras under 40,000 in India, there are going to be issues finding enough options.
But you do have those couple options to choose from, one of which is available a little over 50,000 and the other well under 50,000 rupees. However, there’s more to it.
Although there really aren’t many DSLR cameras that are available under 50,000, there are some mirrorless cameras that can be just as good as these DSLRs, if not better. So it makes sense to consider these mirrorless cameras as an alternative, especially if you’re on a very tight budget of 50,000 rupees.
With that said, let us go ahead and review the 5 best DSLR cameras or their mirrorless equivalent for under 50,000 rupees in India.
Canon EOS 200D II
The Canon EOS 200D II is the upgraded version of the EOS 200D, which was previously reviewed as our best DSLR camera under 50,000 rupees. It’s actually priced a little over 50,000, but that’s worth it given some really impressive improvements it offers over the EOS 200D.
It comes with an improved DIGIC 8 processor, paving the way for a faster performance with a better, more accurate and faster autofocus system as well. The APS-C 24.1 MP CMOS sensor takes some of the most detailed images you would have seen. The colour saturation is amazing as well.
In fact, its powerful processor is probably the biggest highlight of the EOS 200D II. The CMOS AF system boasts the dual pixel technology, with particular focus on eye detection which it does in a very accurate way. Videos with eye detection come out great, with a very natural feel and appeal.
Another huge improvement it comes with is the 4K video recording. The EOS 200D only offered 1080p HD videos.
There are certain limitations with respect to the 4K video recording which is a little disappointing, but it’s still a great upgrade to have all the same.
It’s surprisingly beginner-friendly, with the autofocus working great in the live view mode as well. It also offers the ability to crop images while keeping the image quality intact.
The vari-angle LCD touchscreen has a guide mode that comes in very handy for beginners, helping them play around with the settings and choose what is going to work best for them.
It’s also one of the few DSLRs in this price range that offers an impressive low light performance. You’re going to get amazingly good images and videos even in low light conditions. You just need to get familiar with the settings and you will be able to get a much better level of performance from this DSLR beast.
Finally, however, we would like to add that if you’re a vlogger or YouTuber, you would have a better option in one of the other cameras we have reviewed below.
The EOS 200D II is not the best option for video recording, but for beginners who are looking for a great balance of image and video performance, with a greater focus on the former.
- Powerful DIGIC 8 processor offers some of the most detailed images you can get given the price
- Dual pixel, fast and accurate autofocus system with a unique AF feature of eye detection
- 4K video recording, which is rare to find from a true DSLR in this price range
- Ability to crop images without any loss of quality
- Very beginner-friendly and easy to set up and get started with
- Vari-angle LCD touchscreen is very responsive and offers a guide mode for beginners
- Surprisingly good low light performance
- The full 4K video recording functionality has some limitations
Sony Alpha ILCE 6000L
You could say that the Sony Alpha ILCE 6000L is actually a mirrorless DSLR camera, a bit of the two rather than being a true DSLR camera. However, we believe it’s better than most DSLR cameras you will find under 50,000.
With a super-fast TM APS HD CMOS sensor, 24.3 MP and a powerful BIONZ X image processing engine, the ICLE 6000L certainly offers a lot of value for money. In addition, there are as many as 179 autofocus points, 4D focus and a fast hybrid AF system.
However, some of the real highlights of the ILCE 6000L is the amazing value for money it offers, the huge amount of functionality packed in a surprisingly compact body, and the impressive XAVC video codec output. The latter is going to be particularly useful for professional photographers, or those who aspire to be one.
You also get continuous shooting up to 11 FPS, which in our opinion is super impressive at this price point. The tiltable LCD screen is another highlighting, offering a lot of flexibility and convenience and the ability to shoot easily from different angles.
Now, coming to the image quality, it’s not at all bad right out of the box. In fact, for beginners and hobbyists it’s going to be just perfect. However, if you want to take it up a notch, or perhaps up a couple notches, then you may want to consider getting something like the Sigma 16 mm f/1.4 prime lens. It would make a world of difference to the quality of images you take using the ILCE 6000L.
With the right settings, the images would come out sharp, detailed and with an excellent colour saturation. It captures videos in 1080p HD, but the video quality turns out to be far, far better than what you would get with some of the traditional budget DSLRs out there.
We really think you would be hard-pressed to find a better video quality with any DSLR in this price range.
Another thing we were pretty pleased with is that the 6000L offers surprisingly good low light performance. This really is a problem when you’re looking for a DSLR or a DSLR-like camera for under 50,000, but the 6000L absolutely nails it here.
We don’t really have anything more to say about it. If you don’t have a really big reason not to choose this one over the other options under 50,000, we say just go for it!
- One of the most complete, feature-loaded DSLR-like cameras under 50,000
- 3 fast HD CMOS sensor and a surprisingly fast autofocus too with 179 AF points
- Up to 11 FPS continuous shooting
- Amazing video quality at 1080p HD
- Excellent image quality at the right settings
- You can improve the overall performance significantly by getting a better lens
- Tiltable LCD screen
- Overall an amazing value for money
- The included lens is not bad, but not the best either, and you can get much better performance with a better quality lens
- Some heavy users have to carry an extra batter since the 6000L is a bit on the lower side
Canon EOS 1500D
It’s the only DSLR camera in India, or perhaps pretty much anywhere in the world that you will find priced under 30,000 rupees. The price tag and the lack of other options in this price range also makes it the best DSLR camera under 30,000 in India.
However, don’t expect a “true” DSLR with all the typical advanced featured at this price point. In fact, we would say that it’s not much more than an upgrade for a point and shoot camera.
It comes with the APS-C CMOS sensor powered by 24.1 MP. The ISO range is fairly large as well, and some passionate photographers looking to set their foot into the world of professional photography may find this useful.
The image processor boasts 9 autofocus points, and you can record full 1080p HD videos, which is definitely impressive in this price range.
Of course, it’s probably also the most beginner-friendly DSLR you will ever find on the market. The battery backup is as good as it can get in this price range as well. The live mode operation is another highlight, as there’s no lagging which is again pretty good for the price.
Now, although a very budget DSLR, you CAN take very good images with it. However, you need to get a few things right to do so, and you should play around with the settings to figure out what works best for your style.
The wireless connectivity with built-in Bluetooth, NFC and WiFi is very convenient, too.
Finally, you aren’t going to get the best of low light photography or amazing autofocus with it, but for a beginner on a tight budget the EOS 1500D would hit the spot just right for you.
- Most beginner-friendly DSLR on the market
- Probably the cheapest DSLR available in India
- Full 1080p HD video recording
- Can take very good pictures with the right settings
- Surprisingly easy to use for a DSLR
- Great wireless connectivity options
- A rather basic DSLR, certainly not for professional use
- You would find some noise issues depending on the shooting conditions
- Low light image quality is not very impressive
Panasonic LUMIX G7
Here’s another camera that may not technically qualify as a DSLR, but is pretty close to a DSLR as far as the functionality and features are concerned. While it only comes with a 16 MP sensor, that doesn’t stop it from taking images that are clear, sharp and detailed.
However, it’s best highlighting point is the 4K video recording. This DSLR-like camera is priced well under 40,000, and yet offers 4K recording which even some of the much more expensive DSLRs priced around 60,000 or more do not. This makes it a winner right here if you’re after a superior video quality.
If you couldn’t tell already, this makes it the perfect choice for people like vloggers or YouTubers, since the video quality is going to be the most important factor for them.
Then there’s the ability to capture high quality images from a recorded video too. This allows vloggers to get their desired thumbnail with ease.
The controls are easy but the functionality is there, and the tiltable touchscreen makes it even more convenient for vloggers and video shooting. In fact, a particular user mentioned in their review that they use it for shooting professional documentaries and are very satisfied with its capabilities.
That makes for an easy conclusion that the LUMIX G7 is the best camera for filmmaking on a budget.
The high resolution OLED live view finder makes for another impressive feature. These all combine to make the G7 a great option for professional use on a budget.
The autofocus isn’t the best you can get, but the manual mode works well. You just need to get a bit familiar with it.
The G7 is also WiFi enabled and you have an external mic port too, among other ports for better functionality and convenience.
- The best camera for professional videography on a budget with 4K video recording
- 16 MP is good enough for taking quality pictures that come out sharp and detailed
- Ability to capture images in high quality from recorded videos
- High resolution OLED live view finder
- Easy controls but great build quality
- Tiltable touchscreen
- WiFi enabled with a few ports for added functionality and convenience
- Some users complain of not getting a camera bag and pouch with the G7
- The batter life of the G7 isn’t the best either so you may want to get an extra batter if you’re a heavy user
Now this is something that doesn’t have much in common with standard DSLR cameras, but is rather a pure mirrorless camera priced under 50,000. However, given the lack of enough options we decided to include it in our list since it’s still a pretty good camera for budget users.
Just like the LUMIX G7, this one too offers full HD 4K video recording. It also boasts a vari-angle 3.5-inch LCD touchscreen, which basically means that the LCD is rotatable and allows complete freedom and flexibility with respect to the shooting angles.
Then there’s the HDR movie mode that offers HDR video recording and comes in very handy in high contrast situations. Also, you can shoot both 4K and 1080p videos at up to 30 FPS, which is an excellent feature for video recording.
This paves the way for exceptional video quality, something that would otherwise be hard to come by in this price range. Again, if you’re a vlogger or most of your work is focused around shooting videos, then the X-T200 may be exactly what you’re looking for!
The AF system is also much better than what you would get with most other options under 50,000, with surprisingly accurate face and eye detection.
It comes with a large APS-C CMOS 24.2 MP sensor, which promises decent image quality as well. Add to that some impressive digital stabilization and easy, beginner-friendly controls and user interface, and you have a perfect beginner’s camera right there.
- Full HD 4K recording, including at up to 30 FPS
- Rotatable LCD touchscreen offers a great amount of flexibility with respect to the shooting angles
- Excellent AF system offers great accuracy and easily detects face and eyes
- Decent CMOS 24.2 MP sensor that can take pretty good images as well
- Impressive image stabilization
- Beginner-friendly controls
- Strong body and great grip
- Not your standard DSLR, but rather a mirrorless camera
- The 4K video recording is only supported for 15 minutes in one go
Factors to Consider When Choosing the Best DSLR Under 50,000
As we have stressed enough above, finding a DSLR under 50,000 rupees is quite a task. Most of them come with a much, much more expensive price tag.
However, we reviewed whatever is available out there, but we also added in some other decent options that are just as good, if not better, than your standard traditional DSLRs.
However, you must keep in mind a few factors that would help you narrow down your search to that one camera that would fit the bill for you just right.
Image or Video – What’s More Important to You?
It might sound a little weird because both the image and video might be important to you, but let us explain ourselves here. We are not saying to choose one of these two important areas and forget about the other one.
But rather we are asking you to figure out what would be MORE important for you. As you probably already know after going through the above reviews, while some DSLRs offer a great balance of both image and video quality, some others are more focused around better video quality than taking sharper images.
Similarly, this would also be the choice between DSLRs that offer only up to 1080p video recording and those that offer full HD 4K video recording. Now, this is something that can make a lot of difference if you’re a vlogger or more into video recording than taking images.
Once you figure this out, you may have a much easier time choosing the right DSLR under 50,000.
Ease of Use
We believe most people looking for a DSLR under 50,000 would not be professionals or very experienced with using cameras. Maybe it would be their first camera or DSLR, or maybe they are still looking to become professional photographers.
This makes the ease of use a very important factor to consider. A lot of people simply go for more features, but they don’t understand that a lot of those features may make little difference to their overall experience, especially if they don’t know how to use them the right way.
Moreover, a DSLR camera that you can’t figure out and use with ease is going to make your life difficult if you’re a beginner.
Strictly DSLR or Flexible with Your Options?
Again, as we discussed at the start of this post, there aren’t many good DSLRs you can get under 50,000. So, you either have to choose one of the few that’s available, or be more flexible with your search and consider the other DSLR-like options we reviewed in this post.
Now, while we see no harm in doing the latter, some users may still want to strictly stick to a standard DSLR.
If you’re going for a standard DSLR, make sure you carefully check the features and functionalities you’re getting and whether or not they meet your needs. This is because it’s quite likely that a standard DSLR in this price range may not offer everything you’re looking for.
However, if you’re fine with going for something that’s more of a hybrid of a DSLR and mirrorless camera, then the Sony Alpha ILCE 6000L would probably turn out to be a much better option than the standard budget DSLRs.
When you’re looking for a DSLR for something as low as around 50,000, and if you’re also a beginner, the autofocus system becomes all the more important as a factor to consider. While autofocus can almost be a make or break it factor for beginners, it’s not easy to find a DSLR with great autofocus at this price point.
However, we have reviewed some of the DSLRs or DSLR-like options that offer a better-than-expected autofocus system for the price, while the traditional DSLR options, including the cheapest option EOS 1500D, offers a rather average autofocus.
While not the most important factor, the battery life needs to be taken into consideration too, especially if you tend to travel a lot with your camera. This is because if your DSLR doesn’t offer a good battery life, you will have to buy an external backup battery, and will need to factor in the cost for that as well.
However, if you’re a vlogger or YouTuber who mostly shoots informative videos at your home, then this may not be something to worry about for you.
There are other factors too that some users may want to consider, although they may not be as important as the ones we discussed above.
One factor that may be particularly useful for some of the more professional users is interchangeable lens. If you can change the lens of your camera, it’s going to allow them the freedom to choose what they are most comfortable with. It also lets them upgrade the camera performance without actually replacing it.
Another important factor can be the LCD touchscreen. You’re not going to get a touchscreen with all the options above, but with the ones you do, you may want to consider how flexible it really is.
A tiltable, or even better, rotatable touchscreen can offer a lot of flexibility when it comes to shooting from different angles and improving the overall results you get from your camera.
The type of sensor and its MP specification is obviously important too, although it shouldn’t be considered on its face value itself. There are many DSLRs that come with a 24 MP sensor, but their performance and image quality may differ quite a bit.
Finally, if budget isn’t a constraint for you, you may want to take a look at our ultimate guide to the best DSLR camera in India.