Best Camera Under Rs.30,000 (DSLRs, Mirrorless & Point and Shoot )

by | Sep 8, 2019

Digital cameras come at different sizes, shapes and price. The pricier a camera is, the better will be the image quality under normal conditions. However, there are different cameras for different purposes and the prices between them vary drastically.

For a budget around Rs.30,000, you can expect to get an entry-level DSLR camera with interchangeable lens or a high-end point and shoot camera with top specifications.

In this short blog post, we bring you the best five cameras that you can buy in India, priced under Rs.30,000.

Best Camera Under Rs.30,000

1. Nikon D3500Overall Best Pick
2. Canon EOS 1500DRunner-Up Pick
3. Fujifilm XA5Best Mirrorless Camera
4. Canon EOS 1300DValue for Money DSLR Camera
5. Sony DSC-HX90VBest Vlogging Camera
6. Nikon Coolpix A900Best Budget Camera

1. Nikon D3500

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 Overall Best Pick
  • Suitable for beginners in photography
  • Built-in vibration reduction kit lens
  • PictBridge with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

Nikon D3500 is undoubtedly the best DSLR that you can purchase for a budget around Rs.30,000.

As this model sees frequent demand surges, the price fluctuates a lot and when writing this article, the asking price of this camera is about Rs.27,990.

Design and Build Quality

The body of this budget DSLR camera is built using a mix of high-quality fibre and ABS plastic. The construction screams quality and when taken in hand, this camera feels durable and solid.

The control buttons are strategically placed to ensure you a smooth workflow without having to take your eyes off the viewfinder.

The textures dials are smooth and easy to operate with a single finger. The satisfying click sound makes sure that you have indeed nailed the click.

The faux leather grip makes it easy to hold this camera even with sweaty palms. However, we recommend you to use a wrist strap to ensure the safety of the device.

The 3-inch TFT LCD display at the back is of good quality but unfortunately, it is not tiltable.

If you wish to do some serious low light photography, there is a dedicated external flash holder integrated with the chassis.

Sensor Features

The 24.2MP CMOS sensor in this DSLR camera has a size of 23.5 x 15.6mm, the best you can get in its price segment.

A larger sensor is always preferable than a higher megapixel count. The bigger the sensor, more the light it can capture and better will be the image quality.

This camera comes with an 18-55mm VR Nikkor lens which brings you the latest vibration reduction technology to the table for blur-free zoomed in shots.

VR lens negates the movement of your hands while capturing shots and delivers a crisp and clear shot, no matter how zoomed in you’re.

This lens features manual focus that lets you zero in on the desired subject in case the autofocus fails to do so.

With 11 focus points, this camera is undoubtedly the best DSLR camera that you can buy under Rs.30,000 for macro photography.

Image and Video Quality

The 24.2MP CMOS sensor can capture still images with a maximum resolution of 6000 x 4000 pixels. There is RAW support built-in which will make professional photographers happy.

RAW format helps you to edit the captured images in an editing software without any colour degradation or loss in detail.

The images come out very good with an excellent level of detail and colour accuracy.

When it comes to videos, the Nikon D3500 can capture full HD videos with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels at 60fps.

Miscellaneous

This budget DSLR camera has a maximum ISO range of 26000 which makes low light and night photography a breeze.

However, invest in a good tripod if you plan to take some professional quality photos in these conditions.

Nikon’s standard PictBridge feature is present on this camera that lets you hook the device with other gadgets such as printer wirelessly.

The Nikon D3500 also has Bluetooth v4.1 low energy mode for energy efficient wireless connection.

Battery Life

The Nikon D3500 delivers about 150 minutes of continuous usage and will take an average of 900 photos on a single charge.

Verdict

If you are looking for a full-fledged DSLR camera at an affordable price, the Nikon D3500 checks all the right boxes.

This camera is best suited for serious content creators who want a budget camera that captures high-quality detailed images and cinematic videos.

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Latest VR Nikkor lens

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11 focus points
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Solid build quality
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Average quality carry pouch

Specifications

Sensor Size23.5 x 15.6mm
LensNIKKOR 18-55 VR lens
Megapixel Count24.2MP
Optical Zoom
Display Screen3-inch TFT LCD
Warranty2 years

2. Canon EOS 3000D

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Runner-Up Pick
  • RAW image support
  • Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Superior build quality

The EOS 3000D from Canon is a much more affordable, trimmed down version of the popular EOS 1500D model we mentioned above in this article.

The only difference between the two models apart from the price is a slightly lower 18.1MP megapixel count and a smaller 2.7-inch LCD screen on this camera.

Design and Build Quality

The design and form factor of most EOS devices from Canon looks similar but differs only in functionality.

Made from tough ABS plastic material that gives strength to the chassis at the same time makes the camera lightweight. The cleverly designed contours of this camera make it easy to hold in hand without slipping down.

Along with the built-in flash, there is an external flash holder to integrate third-party lighting solutions to make your photos look more professional and stylish.

The 2.7-inch LCD display at the back is reasonably bright and displays the images and videos with decent details.

Sensor Details

The 18.1MP CMOS sensor in this DSLR camera has a size of 22.3 x 14.9mm which makes it suitable for doing some serious professional photography.

This APS – C sensor is very lightweight and has a narrow field of view which aids in better zooming capabilities.

The lens kit that comes with this camera is the popular 18-55mm Canon zoom lens which deliver excellent daylight landscape photography experience.

Built-in with 3x optical zoom, this lens can be used to capture occasional close-up shots as well.

This camera comes with a Digic 4+ sensor with 9 focus points and a single cross point focus, altogether 10 in total. With the maximum ISO range of 12800, this camera works decently in low light conditions as well.

Image and Picture Quality

The Canon EOS 3000D can capture still photos with a maximum resolution of 6000 x 4000 pixels both in .jpg and RAW formats.

The photos that come out of the sensor looks true to the actual subject with well-detailed curves and contrast levels.

The lens shift-type image stabilizer works well to reduce the blur in the picture while capturing zoomed in shots with hand.

This camera is capable of recording full HD videos with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels in .mov format.

The video seems a bit jittery and washed out compared to the Nikon cameras but OK for the asking price.

Miscellaneous

The Canon EOS 3000D has a whole suite of connectivity options to share and sync with other devices either by wired or wireless means.

This device has Wi-Fi that will let you connect compatible devices such as laptops and smartphones over the air.

There is no NFC feature on this camera as opposed to the higher priced EOS 1500D model.

With the HDMI port on this camera, it can be hooked up to a large monitor to preview the photos and videos directly.

Battery Life

The Canon EOS 3000D uses the same LP-E10 battery pack that powers most of the budget EOS lineup.

This battery is rated for an average of 600 clicks per charge. However, using features like Wi-Fi may significantly affect battery life.

Verdict

The Canon EOS 3000D is a budget entry-level DSLR that will let you take exceptional quality photos without blowing a hole in your pocket.

High-quality lens and sensor coupled with the powerful Digic 4+ image processor make this camera, one of the best in the business under Rs.30,000.

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Powerful image processor
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10 focus points
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Lightweight APS-C sensor
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Average video quality

Specifications

Sensor Size6.17 x 4.55 mm
LensCanon Zoom lens
Megapixel Count20.2MP
Optical Zoom12x
Display screen3-inch lCD
Warranty2 years

3. Fujifilm XA5

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Best Mirrorless Camera
  • Optical image stabilization
  • Robust build quality
  • Decent battery life

Fuji is a renowned Japanese brand which adorns a legendary status in photography and imaging business worldwide.

The Fujifilm XA5 is a budget mirrorless camera priced just under Rs.30,000 providing excellent quality photos and videos under an affordable price tag.

Design and Build Quality

The Fujifilm XA5 is one of the unique looking cameras that you can purchase under Rs.30000.

It features an interesting mix of modern design philosophy seamlessly integrated with the traditional Fuji brand identity.

The dual-tone colour scheme makes this mirrorless digital camera stand apart from its competitors.

The chassis of this camera is made from durable stainless steel. The fit and finish of the dials and knobs on this device screams premium and looks very attractive.

Sensor details

As we’ve earlier said, the Fujifilm XA5 is a mirrorless camera.

What is a mirrorless camera? How is it different from a conventional DSLR camera?

Mirror cameras lack the reflex mirror and all the light from the source directly falls on the imaging sensor. This results in better low light performance and clarity when compared with DSLR cameras.

The main disadvantage of such cameras is the lack of robust lens ecosystem and mounts.

In the Fujifilm XA5, we have a 23.5 x 15.7mm CMOS sensor with a maximum ISO range of 12800.

This sensor comes with Optical Image Stabilization(OIS) support onboard which reduces the shakes and blurring of images and videos.

Image and Video Quality

The Fujifilm XA5 can shoot pictures with a maximum resolution up to 6000×4000 pixels in 16:9 aspect ratio.

This camera supports RAW mode image capture which will be beneficial for post-processing in software suites such as Adobe lightroom without any degradation in the quality.

When it comes to the video, this camera can record 4K videos in .mov format using highly efficient H.264 compression algorithm.

The pictures and videos come very detailed and colour accurate on this mirrorless camera.

Miscellaneous

The Fujifilm XA5 mirrorless camera features a 3-inch TFT LCD monitor with tilt support. This means you can adjust the screen position according to your liking for capturing the best shot.

This camera supports common wireless connectivity standards such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. There is an HDMI output port which can be used to mirror the screen content to a larger display effortlessly.

Battery Life

Mirrorless cameras usually provide less battery life than DSLR cameras. This is because the size of such cameras is smaller.

However, the Fujifilm XA5 can capture up to 450 frames on a single full charge which is quite acceptable for a mirrorless camera in the sub. Rs.3000 price range.

Verdict

If you’re looking for a budget mirrorless camera from a reliable brand, the Fujifilm XA5 is the best one you can purchase under Rs.30,000 in the Indian market.

The compact form factor along with the excellent quality sensor makes this 24MP mirrorless camera worth purchasing.

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24.2MP APS-C sensor

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Tiltable 3-inch display

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Bluetooth v4.1 and Wi-Fi support

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No robust lens ecosystem

Specifications

Sensor Size23.5 x 15.7mm
Lens15 – 45 mm Lens
Megapixel Count24.2MP
Optical Zoom
Display Screen3-inch TFT LCD
Warranty2 year

4. Canon EOS 1300D

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Value for Money DSLR
  • Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth connectivity
  • Full HD video recording
  • Excellent battery life

Canon EOS series has been a photographer’s holy grail since its inception. The EOS 1300D from Canon is a much more affordable successor to its expensive, high-priced siblings with a decent set of features agreeable for its price tag.

Design and Build Quality

The design and form factor of most EOS devices from Canon looks similar but differ only in functionality. Even though made from tough ABS plastic material, the camera is lightweight. The cleverly designed contours of this camera make it easy to hold in hand without slipping down.

Along with the built-in flash, there is an external flash holder to integrate third-party lighting solutions to make your photos look more professional and stylish.

The 3-inch LCD at the rear is reasonably bright and displays the images and videos with decent details.

Sensor Details

The 18MP APS-C CMOS sensor in this DSLR camera has a size of 22.3 x 14.9mm which makes it suitable for doing some serious professional photography.

This APS – C sensor is very lightweight and has a narrow field of view which aids in better zooming capabilities.

The lens kit that comes with this camera is the popular 18-55mm Canon zoom lens which delivers excellent daylight landscape photography experience.

This camera comes with a Digic 4+ image processor with 9 focus points and a single cross point focus, altogether 10 in total.

Image Quality

The Canon EOS 1300D can capture still photos with a maximum resolution of 6000 x 4000 pixels both in .jpg and RAW formats.

The photos that come out of the sensor looks true to the actual subject with well-detailed curves and contrast levels.

The ‘lens shift-type image stabilizer’ works well to reduce the blur in the picture while capturing zoomed-in shots with hand.

This camera is capable of recording full HD videos with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels in .mov format. The video seems a bit jittery and washed out compared to the Nikon cameras but OK for the asking price.

Miscellaneous

The Canon EOS 1300D has a whole suite of connectivity options to share and sync with other devices either by wired or wireless means.

This device has Wi-Fi connectivity onboard and will let you pair the camera with compatible devices such as laptops and smartphones just with a tap to sync the content.

With the HDMI port on this camera, it can be hooked up to a large monitor to preview the photos and videos directly.

Battery Life

The Canon EOS 1300D uses the same LP-E10 battery pack that powers most of the budget EOS lineup.

This battery is rated for an average of 600 clicks per charge. However, using features like Wi-Fi may significantly affect battery life.

Verdict

The Canon EOS 1300D is one of the best entry-level DSLR cameras that lets you master the art of professional photography in the best possible way.

High-quality dual lens kit and sensor coupled with the powerful Digic 4+ image processor make this camera, one of the best in the business under Rs.30,000.

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Built-in filter modes

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18MP APS-C sensor

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Nine autofocus points

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Average low light performance

 Specifications

Sensor Size23.2 x 15.4 mm
Lens EF-S 18-55 IS II
Megapixel Count18MP
Optical Zoom
Display Screen3-inch LCD
Warranty2 Years

 

5. Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX90V

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Best Budget Vlogging Camera
  • 30x optical zoom
  • Full HD video recording
  • Robust build quality

The Cyber-Shot DSC HX90V is an affordable and feature-rich point and shoot camera from Sony that packs in some impressive specs under the hood.

This point and shoot camera will help you elevate your photography skills into a whole new level and helps you capture beautiful subjects such as landscapes, people and everything else that might pique interest in you.

Design and build quality

This point and shoot camera have a graceful design which is typical of a compact point and shoot camera in the market.

The build quality as expected from Sony is top-notch and the fit and finish of this camera for its price is exemplary.

The dials and buttons are of high quality and offer great tactile feedback and assurance which is important to have when you are indulged in immersive photography sessions.

This camera has a clip at the side in which you can tag a wrist strap to improve safety while shooting.

The display at the back is a 3-inch Xtrafine TFT LCD which is a welcome addition to the H series cameras, which earlier had average quality pixelated displays.

Sensor features

This budget digital camera from Sony features an 18.2MP Exmor R CMOS sensor with a size of 7.76 x 5.7mm for better low light and detailed image capture.

Having a maximum ISO value of 3200 as opposed to 1600 of many other cameras in its segment, this camera can perform better at low light and night conditions, allowing more light to strike the sensor.

This camera comes with a Vario-Sonnar lens with pre-applied ND filter that reduced the chance of clicking an overexposed image accidentally.

The Sony DSC HX90V features an astounding 30x optical zoom that works well in conjunction with the optical steady shot feature that stabilizes the camera and reduces blur and shakes.

Image and Video Quality

The 18.2MP still photos from this digital camera has 5184 x 3888 pixels and looks vivid and vibrant. The details in the photos are distinct when taken in well-lit environments.

Low light photography is significantly better with this camera than many other competitor bridge cameras, largely due to the larger sensor and higher ISO range.

This camera can shoot full HD videos with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels at 50fps which is quite good for youtube and other social media uploads.

Battery Life

This camera is powered by AA-sized rechargeable batteries that offer excellent battery life. The battery on this device lasts around 3 hours of usage and in terms of photos, it can capture 300 photos per full charge.

Verdict

The Sony DSC HX90V is a very capable point and shoot camera that features an excellent sensor from Sony. Coupled with the 30x optical zoom feature, this camera is meant to be a serious long-distance photography enthusiasts dream come true.

The brand value and reliability of Sony product are well known and with this device, you get a solid point and shoot camera that is right on target worth every buck you spend.

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Compact and lightweight form factor

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Tiltable LCD

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2-years domestic warranty

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Not a DSLR camera

Specifications

Sensor Size1/2.3-inch
LensVario Sonnar 15 element lens
Megapixel Count18.2MP
Optical Zoom30x
Display Screen3-inch LCD
Warranty2 years

6. Nikon Coolpix A900

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Best for Long-Distance Photography
  • Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity
  • Strong chassis with rubber inserts
  • Rotating LCD display

The Nikon Coolpix A900 is a compact point and shoot camera that takes amateur photography to the next level.

This pocket-friendly digital camera has impressive internals for its price and is a perfect companion in your journeys or even at home for the picture-perfect photos and videos.

Design and Build Quality

The Nikon Coolpix A900 is the best point and shoot camera under Rs.30,000 thanks to its exceptional build quality and elegant design.

The aluminium chassis is a delight to hold in hand and feels very polished and well made. The pop-up flash is cleverly integrated into the chassis and comes out automatically when required.

The buttons and dials are of great quality and work well even with a gentle touch.

The robust lens mechanism upfront is a pleasure to watch while zooming in and out and is built to last the entire life cycle of this digital camera.

There is a 3-inch TFT LCD at the back that packs in a rare surprise for people who intend to vlog with this device.

The retractable display can swivel and turn 360-degree to face you while holding and speaking to the camera. This makes sure that the subject is very well within the frame.

Sensor Features

The 20.3MP CMOS sensor has a size of 1/2.3-inch which is the standard for modern-day point and shoot digital cameras.

This backside Illuminated sensor provides images and videos which are rich in colour and contrast level at the touch of a button.

Filled with features such as intelligent face detection and subject prediction technology, this sensor performs outstandingly well for its price.

The 13-element Nikkor lens in the front offers a 35x optical zoom and up to 70x dynamic digital zoom. This lens is well acclaimed for minimal blurs and distortion, making a suitable match for the sensor inside.

Photo and Video Quality

The Nikon Coolpix A900 shoots still images at an impressive resolution of 5184 x 3888 pixels.

This increased resolution image ensures that the level of details in the pictures are very high and makes the overall image look nicer.

When it comes to the video, the Nikon Coolpix A900 can record 4K videos at 24fps, making this a perfect vlogging camera.

Miscellaneous

The 5-axis hybrid vibration reduction works well with this camera and provides shake-free stills and smooth videos without the use of a gimbal.

The Nikon Coolpix A900 features Snapbridge feature by which it is connected to a smartphone or a laptop via Bluetooth v4.1 low energy mode.

This allows these devices to access the files in the camera even when the camera is turned off.

Battery Life

This camera is powered by a rechargeable Li-ion battery pack that the company advertises to take about 270 photos per single full charge.

However in real-world usage, the number of photos that can be taken with a single full charge average between 225 and 250.

Verdict

The Nikon Coolpix A900 is the best vlogging camera priced under Rs.30,000. It is very lightweight and features a swivelling display that can be turned towards the direction of the vlogger. Support for 4K video also makes it the best point and shoot camera in the market at present.

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Excellent build quality

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35x optical zoom

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Snapbridge feature

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Average battery life

Specifications

Sensor Size6.17 x 4.55mm
Lens13 element Nikkor lens
Megapixel Count20MP
Optical Zoom35x
Display Screen3-inch LCD
Warranty2 years

 

This concludes our list of the best five cameras that you can purchase under Rs.30,000 in India. If you have gone through the article and feel that we have missed any noteworthy product, do let us know in the comment section below.

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