Best Camera Under Rs.50,000 (February 2019)

by | Feb 7, 2019

Buying a DSLR camera is one of the most tedious purchases out there having to weigh in on different factors and choices for your liking.

Almost all of them are technical which an average human being will find confusing in the first go.

Here in this article, we bring you the best five cameras priced under Rs.50,000 reviewed in a way that’s not intimidating, instead makes you understand the basics in simple words.

Sit tight, grab a cup of coffee and read to find out the best one for you!

Best Camera Under Rs 50,000

1. Nikon D5600 Overall Best Pick
2. Panasonic FZ1000Best Camera for Video
3. Nikon D3400 Value for Money Deal
4. CANON Power Shot G7X Mark II Best Vlogging Camera
5. Sony A6000LBest Mirrorless Camera

1. Nikon D5600

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  Overall Best Pick
  • 3-inch tiltable touch screen
  • Excellent battery life
  • Wi-Fi, NFC & Bluetooth connectivity

The Nikon D5600 is a mid-range DSLR that takes amateur photography to the next level by delivering amazingly sharp and tonally rich images and videos at the click of a button.

With a blazing fast Expeed 4 image processor inside, this camera captures the details at its finest with the overall improvement in speed and performance when compared with its predecessors.

Design and Build Quality

The Nikon D5600 is made of aluminium alloy and has a monocoque design. This means that there are only a few joints on the chassis making it structurally rigid.

There is also a carbon fibre composite coating over this chassis for outstanding durability.

The buttons and dials are thoughtfully placed and designed to provide a more natural finger movement which adds to the comfort of operating this DSLR camera.

This camera is designed to offer excellent compatibility with third-party mounts such as an external microphone or flashes to facilitate a much more robust photography experience.

The 3-inch touch screen TFT LCD monitor can be easily swivelled and tilted up to 180 degrees, helping you to experiment with novel shooting angles.

Overall, the build quality of this DSLR stands second to none in its price segment and offers excellent durability and versatility to the end user.

Sensor features

The Nikon D5600 features a CMOS sensor of size 23.5 x 15.6mm powered by the Expeed 4 image processor.

This 24.2MP sensor has a maximum ISO range of 25,600 allowing the sensor to capture more light per inch which aids in better low light photography.

This sensor doesn’t have the low pass filter, which means that the details are very well preserved in the output image.

To compensate for the lack of a low pass filter which reduces the blur, Nikon has done several software improvements which work pretty accurate.

The Nikon D5600 comes with two kit lenses as a bundled deal along with a 16GB memory card.

The primary kit lens is an 18-55mm Nikkor unit which is good for casual photography for beginner photography enthusiasts.

There is an additional excellent quality 70-300 VR lens available with this package, specifically for long distance photography.

If you’re into wildlife photography, you’ll love the zooming feature with built-in vibration reduction for jitter and blur-free images.

Image and video quality

The 24.2MP sensor inside this camera can capture still images with a maximum resolution of 6000 x 4000 pixels.

The images come out really vibrant and the lack of low pass filter is evident with rich details preserved in the output.

The high-resolution sensor and the wide ISO range helps this camera to deliver high-quality photos in almost any lighting conditions.

Speaking of video, this camera can record full HD videos with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels at 60fps. The videos are recorded in H.264 format which is known to offer excellent clarity than traditional codecs despite the lower file size.

Miscellaneous

This camera comes with 39 autofocus points spread across the frame that helps in keeping track of your subject with extreme precision.

The kit lens comes with improved stepper motors that provide excellent vibration reduction, minimizing shakes while snapping photos and videos.

Talking about connectivity, the Nikon D5600 has Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth to connect with other smart devices such as laptops and smartphones wirelessly.

The Snapbridge feature from Nikon helps the camera to automatically sync with a paired device to transfer media.

It also has a remote shutter function where you can control the camera from a smartphone to click snaps from a distance.

Battery life

This DSLR camera has a long lasting Li-ion battery pack inside that gives about 970 shots per full charge. When it comes to video, you can expect about 2 hours of continuous video recording with this battery.

Verdict

Intuitively designed for easy handling, the Nikon D5600 is a budget DSLR that can take excellent quality images and can shoot high-quality videos.

With its excellent battery life and rich connectivity features, this camera will definitely prove to be a boon on your trips.

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Latest AF-P kit lens

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Rich colour reproduction

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Variety of accessories available

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Occasional blurs in night photos

Specifications

Sensor Size23.5 x 15.6mm
LensNikkor 18-55 kit lens, 70-300 zoom lens
Megapixel Count24.2MP
Optical Zoom
Display Screen3-inch TFT LCD
Warranty2 years

2. Panasonic FZ1000

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Best Camera for Videos
  • 4K video support
  • 5-axis stabilization
  • Wi-Fi & NFC connectivity

The Panasonic Lumix lineup is a popular lineup in the DSLR market well known for its prowess in video quality and stabilization.

The FZ1000 from Panasonic is a very capable point and shoot camera that combines mobility and performance in a relatively small form factor.

Design and build quality

The Panasonic FZ1000 comes with an aluminium chassis covered with layers of polycarbonate material for added durability and improved in-hand feel.

Being a point and shoot camera, this device has a relatively lightweight and compact form factor, ergonomically designed to provide a comfortable photography experience.

The buttons and dials on this camera offer excellent response to the clicks and make clicking photos and videos a delightful experience.

The 3-inch LCD TFT display is tiltable and is of very good quality that offers relatively better resolution than some other competitors in its price segment.

Apart from the LCD, there is an OLED live viewfinder which is one of the best in the business with a clarity real-time preview of the subject you are going to capture.

Sensor features

This premium point and shoot camera from Panasonic feature a large 20.1MP 1-inch full sized sensor that can capture excellent quality images with minimal noise.

The maximum ISO range of this sensor is 12800 and it is noteworthy to mention that, even when the images are shot at that ISO, there is no considerable noise in the images which is not a small feat for any camera in the market.

The 15-element bright Leica lens in this camera offers 16x optical zoom.

This lens has almost zero blurs and distortions even when zoomed to the maximum while taking photos.

The improved autofocus system in this camera uses linear motors for lightning fast focus times and the minimum focus distance is around 3cm making it easy to shoot macro photographs.

Image and video quality

The 20.1MP sensor inside this camera can capture still photos with a maximum resolution of 5472 x 3648 pixels.

The 1-inch sensor is fully capable of capturing the accurate depth and colour in the subject and its surroundings with exquisite details and clarity.

The lightning-fast autofocus system further enhances the overall quality of the captured image.

The Panasonic FZ1000 can capture 4K and full HD videos at 25 fps and 50 fps respectively. The 4K footage from this camera is of excellent quality and produces lifelike, high-resolution clips out of which you can grab stills.

The full HD video recording supports 5-axis stabilization which provides silky smooth video footage with gimbal like precision.

Miscellaneous

With the Panasonic image app, smartphone-enabled remote shooting is possible. You can use your smartphone as a remote shutter, adjust the zoom and even set the focus from a distance.

This point and shoot camera feature Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity for one tap image and data sharing with laptops and smartphones wirelessly.

Battery life

The Panasonic FZ1000 is powered by a 1200mAh Li-ion battery pack rated at 7.2V.

This camera can capture up to 360 photos on a single charge, which is kind of like an average number compared to other point and shoot cameras.

Verdict

If you want a compact, multi-purpose camera that can take excellent quality photos and videos effortlessly, the Panasonic FZ1000 is a good choice.

Featuring the best 5-axis stabilization in its class, the videos come out silky smooth and natural. If you tend to record a lot of videos on your trips, this might be the one you’re in search of.

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Compact and lightweight

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The lightning-fast autofocus mechanism

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An OLED live viewfinder

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Average battery life

Specifications

Sensor Size23.5 x 15.6mm
LensLEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT
Megapixel Count20.1MP
Optical Zoom
Display Screen3-inch LCD
Warranty1 year

3. Nikon D3400

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Best Value for Money Camera
  • Suitable for beginners in photography
  • Built-in vibration reduction kit lens
  • PictBridge with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

The Nikon D3400 is one of the best entry-level, full-fledged DSLRs that comes with a plethora of packages including body only, body + 18 – 55mm kit lens.

This deal we are discussing right here is the same Nikon D3400 with two sets of lenses – the 18 – 55mm kit lens and the telephoto 75 – 300mm lens.

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 textured dials are smooth and easy to operate with a single finger. The satisfying click sound make 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 AF-P Nikkor lens which brings you the latest vibration reduction technology to the table for blur-free zoomed in shots.

The 75-300mm lens comes with the same improved vibration reduction mechanism that offers closeup and excellent quality portrait mode images from a distance.

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

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 D3400 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 26,000 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 a printer wirelessly.

The Nikon D3400 also has Bluetooth v4.1 low energy mode for energy efficient wireless connection.

Battery Life

The Nikon D3400 delivers about 150 minutes of continuous usage and will take an average of 400 photos on a single charge.

Verdict

If you are looking for a full-fledged DSLR camera with multiple lens kits at an affordable price, the Nikon D3400 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 AF-P Nikkor lenses

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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
Lens8-55 mm f/3.5 – 5.6G VR + AF-P DX NIKKOR 70-300 mm
Megapixel Count24.2MP
Optical Zoom
Display Screen3-inch TFT LCD
Warranty2 years

4. Canon Powershot G7X Mark II

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Best Vlogging Camera
  • Dual sensing image stabilization
  • Tiltable LCD display
  • 1-inch sensor

With vlogging being a fast catching trend among the Indian youth, this camera is one of the most sought-after devices for this purpose.

The Powershot G7X Mark II from Canon is an ultimate imaging powerhouse built into a sleek and elegant chassis that is comfortable and lightweight to handle for extended period of time.

Design and build quality

The G7X Mark II is built on an aluminium frame with thoughtful curves. The steel buttons and dials exude confidence in the build quality of this device. Everything is neatly arranged with enough spacing between the controls that won’t strain your fingers to do twisting and turning to reach the buttons.

The 3-inch TFT LCD display at the back can be tilted 180 degrees upwards and 45 degrees downwards that will provide you with abundant experimental shooting angles.

There are metal hooks on either side that can be utilized to connect a wrist strap to ensure that this camera won’t slip away from your hand accidentally.

Sensor features

The Canon G7X Mark II comes with a large 1-inch sensor that makes bokeh mode photos possible with this camera. This sensor has a maximum ISO range of 1600.

The powerful Digic 7 image processor inside this camera performs high-speed image processing and noise reduction even in photos and videos taken at maximum ISO value.

The integrated Canon zoom lens has an optical zoom of 4.2x and works pretty well, considering its size.

The auto lighting optimizer feature found on high-end Canon EOS cameras finds its way to the G7X Mark II.

This feature adjusts the light entering the sensor and prevents the washing out of images at sudden exposure situations.

Image and video quality

The Canon G7X Mark II can capture still images at a maximum resolution of 4864 x 3648 pixels in 4:3 aspect ratio.

The photos captured by this camera come out with natural colours and excellent level of detail for a point and shoot camera. There is little to no noise in photos taken at higher ISO range with this device.

When it comes to videos, the Canon G7X Mark II can shoot at full HD with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels at a steady 60fps.

This device comes with dual sensing image stabilization feature that combines the data from gyro sensor and image sensor to reduce the shake and blur when capturing images and videos.

Miscellaneous

The new Digic 7 processor is a very capable image processor and can do well beyond reducing the noise in the shots. It is capable of continuously tracking a moving subject even when a new subject is introduced into the scene.

This is great for vlogging as the creator must be in constant focus while talking with the audience even if multiple people walk by the location.

Battery life

The Canon G7X Mark II provides an impressive battery life for its size. This camera can take an average of around 350-400 shots on a single charge.

Talking about video capture, the battery lasts for about 1-1:30 hours of continuous recording.

Verdict

If you’re a vlogger or planning to start vlogging, nothing gets better than owning a Canon G7X Mark II.

Its lightweight chassis coupled with a high-quality sensor that has dual sensing stabilization plus the tiltable screen makes it the best camera for vlogging under Rs.50,000.

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Lightweight and compact form factor

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Powerful Digic 7 image processor

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Auto lighting optimizer

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Limited ISO

 Specifications

Sensor Size1-inch
LensCanon zoom lens
Megapixel Count20.1MP
Optical Zoom4.2X
Display Screen3-inch TFT LCD
Warranty2 Years

5. Sony A6000L

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Best Mirrorless Camera
  • Compact and lightweight
  • Suited for content creators
  • Exmor R CMOS sensor

The Sony Alpha A6000L is a true mirrorless camera that is lightweight and compact, suitable for casual photography.

Featuring a 24.3MP APS-C sensor, similar in size to that of DSLRs, this mirrorless digital camera offers high sensitivity in low light conditions, offering detailed images in dimly lit environments.

Design and build quality

The body of this camera is made of aluminium inner casing and polycarbonate outer layer.

This camera is intentionally designed to be lightweight and compact which suits vlogging and point and shoot usage.

This camera is designed similar to the Sony A5000L but with a slight heft added to increase the overall stability of the camera in hand.

One thing we noticed about this camera is the lack of adequate space to keep fingers between the lens and the protruding chin.

If you’re using this camera with other lenses of different sizes, this might be an issue.

Sensor features

Sony APS-C sensors are critically acclaimed for its image and video quality and are one of the best in the business.

The sensor on this compact mirrorless camera has a size of 23.5 x 15.6mm and being a mirrorless camera, it is always open to the light coming through the lens.

This sensor has a maximum ISO range of 26,500 which makes it easy to shoot images and videos at low lighting conditions.

This camera features a Sony E-mount that has a 16-50mm kit lens. There are many other Sony lenses available for this camera and with the help of an adapter, you can use many other third-party lenses as well.

The Bionz X image processor in this camera delivers tonally balanced shots with rich details and minimal noise, doing justice to the quality of the sensor.

Image and video quality

This Sony A6000L can capture still photos with a maximum resolution of 6000 x 4000 pixels at 24.3MP.

There is also support for various picture standards such as RAW, JPEG fine and JPG standard.

The photos from this camera come out vibrant and rich in details. The super fast focus system aides in capturing the subject as soon as you point towards it.

Talking about the video, there is no 4K recording available but with full HD 1920 x 1080 pixels video at 60fps with 50MB/s bit rate, people who’d love to shoot videos have a compact and lightweight tool in hand.

Miscellaneous

This camera comes with ultra-fast feature which is just incredible, given its size and price. The sensor is fast to acknowledge the subject and continuously track it even while it is in motion.

One of the main drawbacks of this camera is that the display in the back is of low resolution and doesn’t do justice to the original image and video quality from the sensor.

There is a ton of automatic shooting modes that you can set according to the nature of the subject or time of the day to make the final output look way better than it would be if shot at normal mode.

Battery life

Mirrorless cameras usually exhibit less battery life than DSLR counterparts. This digital mirrorless camera from Sony lasts for about 400 still images or about 75 minutes of continuous video recording in a single full charge.

Verdict

If you’re an amateur photographer and want a compact and lightweight camera to shoot your stuff in style and quality, the Sony A6000L is the best for a budget under Rs.50,000.

The flip screen and the interchangeable Sony lens ecosystem enhances the usability of this camera to make it a good choice for professionals as well as individual hobby photographers.

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Retractable flip screen

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Compact and lightweight design

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Matured Sony lens kit ecosystem

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Low-resolution display

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No headphone jack

Specifications

Sensor Size23.5 x 15.6 mm
LensSony E-mount Lens
Megapixel Count24.3MP
Optical Zoom
Display screen3-inch TFT LCD
Warranty2 years

That’s it for today. The list of the best digital cameras priced under Rs.50,000 comes to a conclusion here.

We admit that we were too picky about selecting this list, so if one product that you wished to see isn’t here, do let us know in the comment section below. We will do our level best to review the same as soon as possible.

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