Do you love to take photographs? Are you looking to get a much better experience than the fake bokeh effects and digital zoom capabilities of your smartphone? What you need then is a DSLR.

A DSLR is the right tool for you if you want to take up photography as a hobby or as a professional career. A DSLR is miles ahead of any smartphone due to the larger sensors, swappable lenses, variable aperture and more. But doesn’t a DSLR seems too complex to use after coming from a smartphone? Of course not.

While there may be a small learning curve, DSLR’s today come equipped with touchscreens and app support so you can actually use them very easily. Plus, all DSLR’s even have an easy mode to allow you to understand the different aspects like aperture, ISO and shutter time. Finally, DSLRs are often bundled with a free tutorial-based workshop which you can visit to get the hang of your shiny new shooter.
 

When buying a DSLR the important things to look for are the focusing speed, the capture rate (frames per second) and if you are a videographer, support for 1080p 60fps and 4K along with manual video control and stabilization.

But with so many different models of DSLR’s, some very new and some quite established picking the one for your photography needs may be difficult. To help find the best DSLR had worked with a college photography professor to better understand the camera's performance. We also took the opinion of a leading professional photographer Mr Ashish Parmar to grade each camera based on photos he selected.

 

Best DSLR under Rs. 50,000

Specifications

The Canon 800D is simply one of the best DSLRs you can buy at this price point, with one of the best colour reproductions, extremely fast focusing and a huge catalogue of lenses. It's one of those rare “All-in-one” cameras, fast for wildlife photography, bright for low-light and easy to use for videography.
 

Now the Canon 800D is a big camera, in fact, the biggest and heaviest in our test. Now, this can be very good people with large hands, but when we tried we did not find it to be uncomfortable to use. In comparison the Nikon D5600 is pretty compact in fact it was the smallest in dimensions, the size becomes a factor when you carry the DSLRs.
 

The design is similar to most Canon DSLRs including the button layout, what is different is the articulating screen which can be pulled out and tilted and twisted to frame your shots more easily. We found that the added touch screen helps you control the image settings much faster and it becomes very handy in video recording. The screen also has good resolution at 1040K dots which allows you to frame your shots more clearly.

The build quality is solid with minimal panel gaps and sturdiness to the screen movement also. But the excessive use of dull, black plastic does give it a slightly cheap appearance. The camera is also not weather protected, which means you have to be careful if you are shooting in rainy conditions.
 

We particularly loved the simplicity of the touch UI and the hardware buttons. The labels for functions are clearly mentioned which makes it more useful for a new user. The UI to control the manual settings of ISO, Aperture and Shutter speed has a slider based UI which feels more intuitive than that of the Nikon dial shaped UI.  

For connectivity, the 800D gets NFC, Wifi, and Bluetooth LE. Canon also has an app to connect and transfer images wirelessly from the Camera to your smartphone.
 

Coming to battery life, with the wealth of improvement in imaging and the touch-enabled controls means battery life will take a hit. Canon rates the battery life at 600 shots and based on our mixed usage we shot around 200+ images and we still had more than half of battery left.
 

The Canon 800D performs tremendously at imaging, it's not only that the captured images have great quality, but the quick focusing speed makes it such a joy to use.
 

Canon 800D

​Nikon D5600

When we showed our expert the photos captured from this camera he instantly took a liking to the colour reproduction of this camera. The blues of the sky, the colours of buildings are all rendered beautifully.
 

You can have a look at the photo above where the blue colour of the sky on the Canon 800D is miles better than that of the Nikon D5600. This beautiful colour reproduction means you don't have to sit in post-processing boosting the colours in software.
 

When we showed our expert the photos captured from this camera he instantly took a liking to the colour reproduction of this camera. The blues of the sky, the colours of buildings are all rendered beautifully.

You can have a look at the photo above where the blue colour of the sky on the Canon 800D is miles better than that of the Nikon D5600. This beautiful colour reproduction means you don't have to sit in post-processing boosting the colours in software.  

Using the 800D with a 55-250mm zoom lens lets you try your hand at capturing birds perched up a tree or animals that are hiding behind a tree. The photos we captured with this lens under sunset conditions did give a lot of noise. The noise creeps in once your cross the ISO 6400 mark, so make sure you keep your ISO low. Also, make sure you have a tripod ready at max zoom as you can get some shake in the images.
 

For new users who have shifted from smartphones or point and shoot cameras, the eagerness of the 800D to focus on a subject will make you instantly fall in love with this camera. It is safe to say this was one of the fastest cameras in our tests by a mile. What this means is if you are capturing a lot of photos you will have most of them in focus rather than just a few.
 

Video recording on this camera is limited to 1080p@60fps, this is strange as smartphones today capture 4K@30fps but that's a discussion for another day. Now the 1080p captured on this camera is actually very good, great in fact, the colours are very well represented and the frame rate is smooth.
 

The camera also has in-body video stabilization to prevent excessive jerks in motion. Audio recorded from the on-camera mic was decent with some wind noise creeping in though. The 800D does have a 3.5mm jack for adding external microphones too, this is a neat little addition for makers of short films and Youtubers.
 

The Canon 800D is a great mid-range camera that is for people who are upgrading over the entry-level Canon 1200/1300D or the Nikon D3300/ 3400. Also with an amazing sensor and good video recording, it is also a great option for budding online video makers, vloggers and filmmakers.
 

The Canon 800D for its price is an amazing camera with super fast focusing, gorgeous picture quality, a ton of useful features like touchscreen, articulating screen and can leverage Canon’s vast portfolio of lenses. The Canon 800D then is one of the best DSLR under Rs.50000.
 

Pros

  • The best picture quality with excellent colour reproduction

  • Great video quality with stabilizer support

  • Fast autofocusing

  • Touch Screen controls

  • The articulating screen is great

  • High-quality display

  • Supports external mics

  • Huge lens catalogue

Cons

  • Lacks 4K video support

  • Noise creeps in after ISO 6400

  • No manual control during video recording

  • The companion app is wonky at times

  • Body not weather sealed

  • Plasticky body

  • Battery life could be better

  • No slow motion video

  • No panorama mode

Where to buy it?

Camera + Kit lens

Extra lenses compatible with the Canon 800D

Prime Lenses (Street, Wedding, Portraits, Low-Light, Indoors)

Zoom Lenses (Primarily outdoor use, sports, wildlife)

Who is the competition?

Nikon D5600

The Nikon D5600 is not a bad camera per se, it is similar in features and connectivity to the Canon 800D. But in everyday image capture, we felt it be much slower than the Canon 800D. Also, the color reproduction is way behind that of the Canon 800D. In fact, the much cheaper Nikon D3400 captures much better color than the Nikon D5600.
 

Another issue we saw was in the HDR mode, which is supposed to give you a great dynamic range as well as better highlights in photos where the sun is behind the subject. A look at the image below shows them improvements the HDR mode does to the image.
 

HDR OFF

HDR ON

The green leaves are more vivid, the bark of the tree is more visible and the ground is better highlighted. However the mist like formation around the lake's bank is uneven and the camera also applied a whitish tone of the bark of the tree also, this is because the software is unable to correctly recognise and differentiate the difference.
 

Also, the sky which was overexposed in the normal photo is still over-exposed. So not all the benefits of HDR are clear on the Nikon D5600.
 

Video recording is a smooth 1080p@60fps but it lacks any type of stabilization. You can plug in an external mic to record audio.
 

Also, Canon’s wider range of lenses definitely helps the 800D, also the ease of use of the Canon 800D makes it a much better weapon of choice for most types of photographers.

 

Buying Guide to the best DSLR

Before you decide to go for a DSLR after having a look through your favourite Fashion or Travel vloggers Instagram account make sure you really understand the need for a new DSLR. If you need a camera to just take a few photos during family occasions and festivals invest in a basic camera or use your smartphone itself.
 

But if you are a photography student, a designer, a creator, a traveller or want to take up photography as a hobby or profession pick a DSLR. If you are decided on buying a DSLR here are a few things to look for.

Sensor size is critical as it will help determine the type of camera you eventually go for. In terms of sensor sizes, you have APS-C which is found on most entry-level to mid-range cameras like the Nikon D3400, Canon 800D and so on. These are also called crop sensors as they are smaller than Full-Frame sensors.
 

Then you have Full-Frame sensors which are larger than APS-C sensors and offer a tremendous amount of dynamic range, light sensitivity and image quality. These are used in high-end professional cameras like the Nikon D850, Canon 1DX and so on. There is also a format called the Medium format used on Hasselblad cameras which is even bigger than the Full-Frame sensors.
 

Once you have decided your budget and sensor type you can look for the below-listed features that you may need according to your need:
 

  • 4K or 1080p video with stabilization and manual controls you get a high resolution and play around with the focusing and other aspects during video capture

  • Audio jack to allow you to capture superior audio by using external mics

  • A weather-sealed body if you are going to be covering moist and damp places for that perfect photo

  • Autofocus points is another thing you must look for. Higher number of autofocus points the more precise the focusing.

These are a few things that you must look for before putting down your money on a new DSLR. Still, have some questions on DSLRs? Check out the FAQs section below.

 

FAQs

  • Is it having touch controls?

    Yes
  • Which is better canon 200d or canon 800d?

    Canon 800D is the better option
  • Is this good for lowlight photography?

    The large sensor, adjustable aperture and shutter speed along with the option to mount it on tripods makes it a killer tool for tackling low light
  • Can we connect external mic for shooting videos with it?

    Yes
  • Is it water resistant or weatherproof?

    No
  • Can we shoot slow-motion videos with canon 800d?

    No, the video recording is limited to 1080p at 60fps
  • Is there a panorama mode?

    No, you have to manually shoot and stitch images in software
  • Canon 80d vs Canon 800d?

    The 80D offers better video recording and comes with a weather-sealed body, truly one of the best vlogging DSLRs around
  • Will Canon EOS 1300D 250mm lens will work in EOS 800D?

    Yes
  • Does the screen rotate?

    Yes, the screen is articulating
  • Does it have a flash?

    Yes there is a flash along with the ability to add additional ones


Final Thoughts

With many new and old DSLRs present in this price category it can be difficult to understand which one is the best. So with our thorough testing, we found out the perfect DSLR in the Rs.50,000 budget.

The Canon 800D offers one of the best picture quality in its segment while still managing super-fast autofocusing. It comes with a clear articulating screen with touchscreen support and has support for 1080p @ 60fps video and even support for external microphones. The Canon 800D is no doubt one of the best DSLR under Rs.50000.
 

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