The perfect DSLR for a trainee photographer

Are you being inquisitive about what DSLR to choose from as a trainee photographer when starting your photography business.

Settling on a DSLR for a trainee photographer can be a little bit of an unpredictable mess, since you aren’t sure of your own camera preference yet.

As a trainee, you will need a camera that is not packed full of extra bells and whistles that distract from you learning how to use a DSLR. You’re also going to need to have the capacity to carry the camera with you so you can use it a lot and get extremely familiar with it.

WHERE TO START WHEN CONSIDERING A BEGINNER DSLR

Canon and Nikon have been fighting it out always with their DSLRs, from expert to beginners models. You fundamentally can’t turn out badly with one of these 2 brands, however it’s a little bit similar to popular cars. They get to a point where they are on top for such a long time, they may let something slip all over, they’re continually turning out with new models, and sometime they simply throw in an excessive number of weird, random extras.

Luckily, you aren’t putting your life in the hands of these cameras as you are with cars, but at the same time, you want the best camera for your money and for your needs.

Let’s look at which are the best DSLR cameras for a trainee photographer. 

Okay. So I’m assuming you know you can’t buy the very cheapest camera, but really who needs top of the line, unless you’re a pro or have a ton of money to throw around?

BEST CANON BEGINNER DSLRS

This Canon is a crowd favorite- especially for the YouTube/Instagram set (check out the video creator kit also offered with this camera.) Includes the articulating touchscreen, continuous shooting, and wireless connectivity.

Canon EOS Rebel T6i Digital SLR with EF-S 18-55mm IS STM Lens – Wi-Fi Enabled

BEST NIKON BEGINNER DSLRS

Nikon D5600 – This little sucker is a lightweight DSLR from Nikon, and comes with a telephoto lens, and an lcd articulating screen and touch screen (not included in the D3400 below).

Nikon D5600 DSLR with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR and 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED
Nikon D5600 DSLR with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR and 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED

The Nikon D3400 replaced the Nikon D3300 (still a great camera), and quickly turned into many people’s favorite entry-level camera. I’m showing it here with another lens, a great starter telephoto lens with lighting-quick autofocus. (This lens is around $350 on its own, but only $100 if you buy it with the camera body.)

Nikon D3400 DSLR Camera with AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR and AF-P DX NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED
Nikon D3400 DSLR Camera with AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR and AF-P DX NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED

TIPS FOR TRAINEE DSLR CAMERA-BUYING

  • Don’t buy the very cheapest cameras as a general quality rule
  • Read a ton of reviews, but take people’s personal preferences into account
  • You’ll figure out what you like and dislike about your camera by using it, so dig in and play around with it A LOT
  • The lenses you buy have so much to do with how your camera performs

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