Best beginner DSLRs for 2024: top cameras for new photographers

If you’re new to photography, you have a lot of reasons to look at the best beginner DSLR cameras. That’s still true in 2024, even as many manufacturers are winding down DSLR production. For one thing, entry-level DSLR cameras are often more affordable than mirrorless alternatives. From our experience, their physical controls also make them great cameras to learn with.

We’ve tested a lot of DSLR cameras over the years. In that time, we’ve learnt that the best beginner models share a few key characteristics: they’re easy to use, shoot excellent stills and have reliable battery life. Most also work with a wide range of lenses. In a sign of the industry’s shift from DSLR to mirrorless, the camera that we think best ticks those boxes has actually been discontinued: the Nikon D3500. Luckily, you can still find it for sale online. 


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