Five Fantastic, Entry Level DSLRs and Mirrorless Cameras for Mother’s Day 2018

These entry level cameras are perfect for the photographer just getting into it all

With Mother’s Day 2018 coming up soon, we figured we’d round up a number of fantastic entry level cameras (and even those with entry level prices) together for all the photographers looking to give mom a great gift.

Fujifilm X-T20

Pros

  • Great image quality, though not as much detail as the flagships at ISO 12,800
  • Nice feeling in the hand
  • Very fast autofocus even with older lenses
  • Controls feel nice
  • Menu system is still pretty simple to work with
  • An overall fun and compact camera

Cons

  • This camera really feels like it needs weather sealing or perhaps more support for video via ports on the camera.
  • Battery life drains seriously fast.

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Canon Rebel T7i

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • A fair amount of creative options
  • Not bad autofocus
  • Not bad image quality at high ISOs
  • Good colors
  • Touchscreen
  • Fantastic battery life
  • Tilt-swivel screen

Cons

  • No way to edit the RAW files within the camera in the same way that you can with the higher end cameras
  • Canon’s sensors are starting to fall behind.
  • Not a whole lot of dynamic range

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Nikon D7500

Pros

  • Solid build
  • Incredible battery life
  • Control wheels and thumb ‘Multi Selector’ changes setting quickly.
  • Touchscreen to preview images, and control finer settings
  • Wi-fi and Bluetooth integrated
  • Burst function works wonderfully
  • Much more affordable than the D500

Cons

  • Needed to remove lens to carry in small messenger bags
  • Probably overkill for anyone short of semi-professionals.

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Sony a7

Pros

  • Beautiful image quality
  • The most satisfying shutter on the planet
  • A crisp LCD
  • A large and bright viewfinder
  • Weather sealing
  • Vintage aesthetic with contemporary sensibilities
  • Focus peaking

Cons

  • I haven’t found any.

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Lomography Lomo’Instant Automat Glass

Pros

  • The Lomography Lomo’Instant Automat Glass Magellan is pretty small and lightweight
  • Fairly simple controls, though sometimes they can be a bit wonky such as the case for when the flash is or isn’t supposed to trigger.
  • Sharp lens
  • Gorgeous rendering
  • Nice colors
  • Excellent light meter
  • Includes a number of cool extra add-on lenses, a remote control for selfies and a lot of other cool goodies.

Cons

  • Due to the shallow depth of field possibilities, getting a subject perfectly in focus can be very difficult.
  • Sometimes the controls on the back can be odd.

See our review for more.

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