[SOLVED] Best all-round beginners DSLR camera under $1000 USD ?

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Hi, I'm looking for a beginner DSLR camera under $1000USD that can take both decent photos and videos (preferably one that can shoot 4K30/4K60). I have some I was interested in below but also wasn't too sure if they are good or not, and if I should consider other ones. I'm not going to be too hardcore into photography/videography, but just need a good camera that can shoot good photos/videos for vacations, trips, etc.

I was looking at the Nikon D3500, Canon EOS Rebel T8i, and Canon EOS Rebel T7.



https://www.nikonusa.com/en/nikon-products/product/dslr-cameras/1590/d3500.html
https://www.usa.canon.com/internet/portal/us/home/products/details/cameras/eos-dslr-and-mirrorless-cameras/dslr/eos-rebel-t7-ef-s-18-55mm-is-ii-kit
 

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Hi, I'm looking for a beginner DSLR camera under $1000USD that can take both decent photos and videos (preferably one that can shoot 4K30/4K60). I have some I was interested in below but also wasn't too sure if they are good or not, and if I should consider other ones. I'm not going to be too hardcore into photography/videography, but just need a good camera that can shoot good photos/videos for vacations, trips, etc.

I was looking at the Nikon D3500, Canon EOS Rebel T8i, and Canon EOS Rebel T7.



https://www.nikonusa.com/en/nikon-products/product/dslr-cameras/1590/d3500.html
https://www.usa.canon.com/internet/portal/us/home/products/details/cameras/eos-dslr-and-mirrorless-cameras/dslr/eos-rebel-t7-ef-s-18-55mm-is-ii-kit
The place to go is DP review -- https://www.dpreview.com/
You can see their Best cameras under $1000 for example -- https://www.dpreview.com/reviews/buying-guide-best-cameras-under-1000
You can also see comparisons of almost any cameras.
 

kanewolf

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Hi, I'm looking for a beginner DSLR camera under $1000USD that can take both decent photos and videos (preferably one that can shoot 4K30/4K60). I have some I was interested in below but also wasn't too sure if they are good or not, and if I should consider other ones. I'm not going to be too hardcore into photography/videography, but just need a good camera that can shoot good photos/videos for vacations, trips, etc.

I was looking at the Nikon D3500, Canon EOS Rebel T8i, and Canon EOS Rebel T7.



https://www.nikonusa.com/en/nikon-products/product/dslr-cameras/1590/d3500.html
https://www.usa.canon.com/internet/portal/us/home/products/details/cameras/eos-dslr-and-mirrorless-cameras/dslr/eos-rebel-t7-ef-s-18-55mm-is-ii-kit
The place to go is DP review -- https://www.dpreview.com/
You can see their Best cameras under $1000 for example -- https://www.dpreview.com/reviews/buying-guide-best-cameras-under-1000
You can also see comparisons of almost any cameras.
 

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Hi, I'm looking for a beginner DSLR camera under $1000USD that can take both decent photos and videos (preferably one that can shoot 4K30/4K60). I have some I was interested in below but also wasn't too sure if they are good or not, and if I should consider other ones. I'm not going to be too hardcore into photography/videography, but just need a good camera that can shoot good photos/videos for vacations, trips, etc.

I was looking at the Nikon D3500, Canon EOS Rebel T8i, and Canon EOS Rebel T7.



https://www.nikonusa.com/en/nikon-products/product/dslr-cameras/1590/d3500.html
https://www.usa.canon.com/internet/portal/us/home/products/details/cameras/eos-dslr-and-mirrorless-cameras/dslr/eos-rebel-t7-ef-s-18-55mm-is-ii-kit
Nikon/Canon/Fuji/Pentax/Sony....
ALL will take great pics.

There is no singular "best".

And remember, with a DSLR or mirrorless, you are buying into an ecosystem.
Canon body == Canon lenses. Nikon == Nikon. etc, etc.
I am well into the Fuji X ecosystem.

The above link to dpreview is an excellent place to start.
 
Hi, I'm looking for a beginner DSLR camera under $1000USD that can take both decent photos and videos (preferably one that can shoot 4K30/4K60). I have some I was interested in below but also wasn't too sure if they are good or not, and if I should consider other ones. I'm not going to be too hardcore into photography/videography, but just need a good camera that can shoot good photos/videos for vacations, trips, etc.

I was looking at the Nikon D3500, Canon EOS Rebel T8i, and Canon EOS Rebel T7.



https://www.nikonusa.com/en/nikon-products/product/dslr-cameras/1590/d3500.html
https://www.usa.canon.com/internet/portal/us/home/products/details/cameras/eos-dslr-and-mirrorless-cameras/dslr/eos-rebel-t7-ef-s-18-55mm-is-ii-kit
Why not Mirrorless?
 

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I prefer the feel and usage of a DSLR but at the same time, I haven't really looked all that much into mirrorless cameras. Any suggestions?
I have a Fuji X-T1. The current model in that line is the X-T4.

All the same functionality of a DSLR.
 
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I prefer the feel and usage of a DSLR but at the same time, I haven't really looked all that much into mirrorless cameras. Any suggestions?
Mirrorless cameras are essentially the same as DSLRs but without the mirror meaning you have to use an electronic viewfinder. They’re also not as big because you don’t have a mirror taking up space.


Fuji and Sony are the front runners depends what you want and your budget. For $1000 you’re talking the XT30 from Fuji with the 15-45mm kit lens which you can actually use unlike other kit lens’ that aren’t really worth getting. On the Sony side you’re looking at a A6000 which IMO isn’t as good both on the lens and body front but I have an XT30 so I might be a bit biased.

On the used from for under 1000 you can get the A7SII from Sony for around 700 but you’ll need to buy a lens, on the Fuji side an XT3 is available for about the same but again you’ll have to buy a lens. To note though that Sony is old now the A7SIV is available for preorder and the III made a lot of improvements on the II.

PS Fujis naming scheme essentially is they make a camera say the XT3 and then later make a smaller, cheaper model with a couple of not important if you’re not professional features stripped out and sell for a lower price. They add a 0 onto the end of those products (in this case the XT30)
 
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Mirrorless cameras are essentially the same as DSLRs but without the mirror meaning you have to use an electronic viewfinder. They’re also not as big because you don’t have a mirror taking up space.


Fuji and Sony are the front runners depends what you want and your budget. For $1000 you’re talking the XT30 from Fuji with the 15-45mm kit lens which you can actually use unlike other kit lens’ that aren’t really worth getting. On the Sony side you’re looking at a A6000 which IMO isn’t as good both on the lens and body front but I have an XT30 so I might be a bit biased.

On the used from for under 1000 you can get the A7SII from Sony for around 700 but you’ll need to buy a lens, on the Fuji side an XT3 is available for about the same but again you’ll have to buy a lens. To note though that Sony is old now the A7SIV is available for preorder and the III made a lot of improvements on the II.

PS Fujis naming scheme essentially is they make a camera say the XT3 and then later make a smaller, cheaper model with a couple of not important if you’re not professional features stripped out and sell for a lower price. They add a 0 onto the end of those products (in this case the XT30)
Ah, I see, they do seem interesting considering their size and similar capabilities to a DSLR. I'll look into them then, thanks for letting me know!
 

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