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Chart: Top 5 Digital SLR Cameras Under $1500

Chart: Thinking of picking up a new camera, but don’t want to jump straight into the pro-level deep end? Here are the best entry-level and enthusiast digital SLRs available in Australia for under $1500 (with kit lens) as of April 28, 2015.

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In this list, we’re focusing on the top 5 digital SLRs made for the beginner, intermediate and enthusiast users — not necessarily the professional or semi-pro camera guy. We’ve also left out some brand new models, instead opting for tried and tested models that have been widely reviewed. The Canon 6D, for example, just edges over that $1500 barrier but the almost-as-good Nikon D5500 is a few hundred dollars cheaper.

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Similarly, the new Nikon D7200 is available now but it’s brand new and slightly above our price barrier. If you have a bit more cash to spend than $1500, take a look at Canon’s 6D or the Nikon D7100 or D7200. If you don’t necessarily need a digital SLR, consider the equally excellent Samsung NX1 or Sony Alpha A7 II.

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We’ve picked these cameras as being some of the best under the $1500 price point when sold with a single lens kit, usually being a wide-angle ‘kit’ zoom. Chart Note: Pricing can change regularly. Use the Dick Smith links for a guide to current costs.



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Canon
EOS 70D

Nikon D5500

Nikon D5300

Canon
EOS 60D

Nikon D3300

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Quick Specs
Resolution 20.2 megapixels 24.2 megapixels 24.2 megapixels 18.0 megapixels 24.2 megapixels
ISO Range (Native) 100-12800 100-25600 100-12800 100-6400 100-12800
Video Resolution 1080/30p 1080/60p 1080/60p 1080/30p 1080/60p
Autofocus Points 19 39 39 9 11
Battery Life 920 shots 820 shots 600 shots 640 shots 700 shots
Weight 755g 420g 480g 755g 430g
AU Price Guideline (Single Lens Kit) $1499 $1299 $1199 $1399 $699

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