DSLRs Features Comparison
If you're worried about finding a cheap digital SLR that can take sharp photos with accurate colors, don't. Camera makers have that part of DSLR technology down. So take into consideration the features that matter to you as you shop around for a cheap DSLR. Cameras with CCD sensors generally take better pictures but also tend to be more expensive than CMOS models -- though not necessarily, as the Sony A390 shows. As far as resolution goes, 10 megapixels is a good starting point; anything more on a cheap digital SLR is a nice bonus. We like cheap DSLRs with in-camera image stabilization, which reduces camera shake when snapping photos in low light. If you take action photos of sports (or kids playing at full speed), you should look for an entry-level DSLR camera with a fast continuous shooting rate or burst rate (measured in frames per second). And while live view is not essential, it's clearly a feature plenty of consumers want, especially if they're used to composing photos using the LCD screen on the back of a point-and-shoot.
|Digital Image Sensor||Resolution||Internal Image Stabilization||Continuous Shooting Rate||Live View|
|Canon EOS Rebel T3 estimated price $479||CMOS||12.2MP||No||3 fps||Yes|
|Sony A390 estimated price $499||CCD||14.2MP||Yes||2.5 fps||Yes|
|Nikon D3000 estimated price $459||CCD||10.2MP||No||3 fps||No|