Hey guys,

I don’t know how many of you have noticed that till date the photos I capture are from my iPhone 6s. I started this as hobby and now I feel I have learnt some basics on the same and would like to move on to next level. I know my community have some great photographers, so I’m looking for advice from you all to help me select DSLR/Mirrorless camera.

Before moving on to the ones I have shortlisted, I want to put some baselines:

  1. I’m a beginner, never operated a DSLR much before *except of a friends’*.
  2. My budget is primarily around  *500 – 650 USD* // *30000 – 45000 INR*.
  3. I would mainly shoot – landscapes, birds/animals(not wildlife specifically), street photography, portraits/family, architecture and macro.

My (final) list includes these –

  • Nikon D5300 24.2MP Digital SLR Camera (Black) with AF-P 18-55mm f/ 3.5-5.6g VR ( ~ 510USD/ 34000INR)
  • Nikon D5300 Digital SLR Camera (Black) with AF-S DX 18-55mm VR II and AF-S DX 55-200mm VR II ( ~ 750USD/ 50000INR)
  • Nikon Digital Camera D5300 BK IN AF-P 18-55 & AF-P DX NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G VR Kit ( ~ 660USD/ 44000INR)
  • Nikon D3300 24.2MP Digital SLR (Black) + AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR Lens + AF-P DX NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED VR Lens ( ~ 540USD/ 36000INR)
  • Canon EOS 700D 18MP Digital SLR Camera (Black) with 18-55mm IS II and 55-250mm IS II Lens ( ~ 500USD/ 33500INR)
  • Sony Alpha A6000L 24.3MP Digital SLR Camera (Black) with 16-50mm Lens (ILCE-6000L)  – *Mirrorless* (~720$/48000INR) 

Few Questions from my side:

  1. Firstly, I think I need to figure out whether I should go ahead with DSLR or Mirrorless camera. I visited an electronics shop yesterday and the salesman suggested Mirrorless because of the *optical viewfinder and fast autofocus*. But it is definitely higher in cost as well, and I’m skeptical whether it is that worth of investing.
  2. I’m not much aware about lenses as well, so any help towards that will also be much appreciated. I have read somewhere that VR II lens is good, but not sure what it is and if I choose VR(Nikon) or IS II(canon – 5th in queue), will that be ok for beginner photography.
  3. The salesman suggested canon EOS 700D, but I’m thinking about MPs here, it has 18MP against 24MP in Nikon, but how much difference will that make??
  4. Also, Canon EOS 700D have touch panel as an advantage, but is it really that helpful in longer terms?
  5. Nikon D5300 have shooting modes, I guess they’re not there in Nikon D3300 and not even in Canon EOS 700D. Is it helpful for a beginner?
  6. How important is zoom lens –  DX 55-200mm VR II / NIKKOR 70-300mm / Canon 55-250mm IS II Lens? Can I buy without zoom lens right now and expand later or save money now by purchasing the camera with the kit?
  7. If someone can explain these zoom lens range, then that would be great.

Hoping to hear some suggestions to finalize a camera. As this would my first DSLR camera, I’m really excited about it and don’t want to mess it up by choosing randomly based on Amazon reviews.

Thanks in advance..

The Dreamer

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