Best DSLR Camera In India (September 2019)

by | Sep 8, 2019

A serious photography enthusiast or a professional expect no compromise from the shooting rig they’re about to purchase, especially when spending a large sum of money on it.

We know you’d have done your homework properly before diving into this purchase decision, but anyways we decided to chip in with our share of expertise on this topic.

Here is the article we wrote about the best DSLR cameras in the Indian market, capable of taking your photography experience and your inner creativity to a whole new level.

Winding up the loose talk, let’s get real and start the article!

Best Cameras In India

1. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Overall Best Pick
2. Canon EOS 80DRunner-Up Pick
3. Panasonic LUMIX GH5Best Camera for Videography
4. Sony Alpha A6500LBest Compact Mirrorless Camera
5. Nikon D3500 Best Budget DSLR Camera
6. Canon EOS 1300DBest Value for Money Camera
7. Sony DSC-HX90VBest Budget Vlogging Camera
8.Canon PowerShot SX430BFeature Rich Point and Shoot Camera
9. Sony Cybershot DSC-WX500Best Budget Point and Shoot Camera
10. Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Best Instant Photo Camera
11. Fujifilm X-T100Honorable Mention

1. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

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 Overall Best Pick
  • Suited for professional photography
  • Sturdy and ergonomic design
  • Excellent battery life

The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV is probably the best DSLR camera Canon has made until now.

This hybrid DSLR camera is aimed to cater to both serious photography enthusiasts and professional photographers alike who deserve nothing but the best.

Design and build quality

Made from aluminium and polycarbonate, the body of this camera is a very well crafted piece of hardware that combines ergonomics and portability.

The Mark IV is lighter than the EOS 5D Mark III despite the similar size and form factor.

Less weight is always a welcome addition for photographers as it adds to the comfort factor of the camera.

This camera has subtle curves and thoughtfully designed contours on its chassis that improves the grip substantially.

The buttons on this camera are super responsive and the bigger, easy to use dials make manual adjustments of variables such as shutter speed and aperture size easier.

The 3.2-inch LCD touch screen at the back is of very high quality and provides a sharp and vibrant preview of photos and videos even under direct sunlight.

There is a secondary LCD display at the top that show details about the remaining battery, Wi-Fi and GPS status as well as other variables in the shooting mode.

Port selection on this camera is excellent, starting with a mic port, headphone jack, USB 3 port and an HDMI port.

Sensor features

The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV features one of the largest sensors in the industry with a size of 36.0mm x 24.0mm.

This 30.4MP CMOS sensor has a maximum ISO range of 32000 which is just incredible for low light photography.

The Digic 6 processor inside delivers excellent texture rendering and faster image processing, thereby decreasing the lag between clicking a shot and previewing in its full size.

The lens kit that comes with this camera is the Canon EF 24-105mm USM lens that has inbuilt image stabilization for reducing shakes and jitters in the photos and videos.

This camera also has a low pass filter that eliminates distortion in the photos, that might appear when capturing smooth textures.

Image and video quality

The images that this professional DSLR camera delivers is of amazing details and accurate colours.

The Digic 6 image processor shows its might inside the body with a perfect rendering of borderline textures and noise reduction, resulting in an output image with an astonishing level of detail.

Talking about the video, this camera can record videos with a maximum resolution of 4K at 30fps.

It is also capable of recording high-quality cinematic quality videos at full HD 1920 x 1080 pixels at a steady 60fps.

This camera has a dual pixel RAW feature that enables it to capture RAW images with double the amount of details which can then be used by a professional to develop in an editing suite without any sort of degradation.

Miscellaneous

The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV has 61 autofocus points to efficiently track the subject in concern.

There is a multi-direction joystick on the camera that can be used to set the points across the entire frame to keep the subject in focus all the time.

This ultra-fast autofocus system delivers faster performance and better accuracy when capturing your shots.

There is a built-in intervalometer in this camera that can activate the shutter after a predefined time, which is very useful when it comes to astrophotography.

Battery life

This camera is a champ when it comes to battery life.

The Lithium-ion battery pack inside this camera will last for about 850 shots on a single charge and for about 2 hours of video recording.

If you use features like Wi-Fi and GPS, you might see a reduction in the above-said numbers by a small margin.

Verdict

The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV is the flagship camera from the company aiming at serious photography enthusiasts and professionals.

If you don’t want to compromise on the quality of your stills and videos, spending a fortune on this camera won’t go in vain.

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Excellent quality photos and videos

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Dual pixel RAW

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Super fast Autofocus system

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Wi-Fi and GPS

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No in body stabilization

Specifications

Sensor Size36.0 mm x 24.0 mm
LensEF 24-105 mm f/4L IS II USM Lens
Megapixel Count30.4 MP
Optical Zoom
Display Screen3.2 inch Clear View LCD II
Warranty2 years

2. Canon EOS 80D

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Runner-Up Pick
  • Supports HDR video
  • Best suited for videography
  • 100% full-frame viewfinder

The Canon EOS 80D is for those who wish to own a professional DSLR that combines excellent performance and an affordable budget.

This camera follows the footsteps of its expensive sibling, the EOS 5D Mark IV and has many of its features albeit the significant price difference between the two.

Design and build quality

The Canon EOS 80D has the signature EOS lineup build quality with an aluminium and polycarbonate body designed to ensure comfortability and practicality to go hand in hand.

The controls and dials on this camera is based on the former EOS models. If you’ve ever used one before, you’ll feel right at home with this camera.

The contoured design and the rubber grip inserts make this camera easier to hold, even at extreme angles allowing you to experiment with shots based on your creativity.

There is a high-quality 3-inch vari-angle TFT LCD display having touchscreen functionality for easier menu navigation and interaction with the user interface.

The secondary LCD display is present and accounted for on the top part of the chassis, which provides much-needed information about the shooting modes and battery life in a glance.

Sensor features

The Canon EOS 80D features a standard APS-C 24.2MP CMOS sensor that is coupled with the Digic 6 image processor.

This sensor has a maximum ISO range of 12,800 which is the norm among DSLR cameras in the similar price bracket.

The sensor and image processor combined can shoot up to 25 RAW images at 7fps continuously, which makes it an ideal choice for photographing fast-moving subjects.

The lens that comes with this camera is a high-end 18-135mm USM lens with inbuilt stabilization for reducing jitters and shakes while zooming in and out of the frame.

This lens along with the capable sensor and powerful image processor inside can create some stunning portrait and landscape photos that will satisfy the shutter-bug in you.

Image and video quality

The Canon EOS 80D delivers big time in the image quality department with its quality sensor and the USM kit lens it comes with.

This camera can capture images with a maximum resolution of 6000 x 4000 pixels with vibrant tonal balance and exceptional level of details.

The intelligent viewfinder on this camera has a 100% frame coverage. This means what you see in the viewfinder is what you get. There is no need to do guesswork on the partial frames anymore.

Video is one thing that this camera trumps other devices in its segment. The Canon EOS 80D can capture full HD videos with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels at 60fps.

What’s interesting is that this device support HDR video, that enhance the highlights and shadow details by combining two sets of overexposed and underexposed frames cleverly.

Miscellaneous

The dual point AF system in this camera works wonders when it comes to tracking subjects in the frame.

With 45 autofocus points distributed across the frame, this camera delivers smooth tracking of the subject during live view for capturing still images and during video recording.

There is also touch to focus to make the videos look more professional even when used by an amateur.

On the connectivity front, this camera has both Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity that can be used to command and control the device remotely from your smartphone or laptop and also aides in wireless media synchronisation.

Canon has implemented a flicker detection technology that identifies light flickering and captures shot accordingly to reduce the colour disparities and over exposure of the images.

Battery life

The Canon EOS 80D will last for about 950 shots on a single charge. When it comes to video, this camera can be used for shooting videos around 2 – 2:30 hours.

It takes about 2:30 hours to charge the battery completely from empty.

Verdict

The Canon EOS 80D is an ideal step-up camera for amateur photographers who want to enter into serious professional photography.

Apart from the quality of images and videos, the weather resistance and build quality of this DSLR camera makes it a compelling choice under a budget of Rs.100,000.

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Ergonomic and elegant design

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Professional 18-135mm kit lens

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Weather resistant build

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No GPS

Specifications

Sensor Size22.3 mm x 14.9 mm
LensEF-S 18-135mm USM lens
Megapixel Count24.2 MP
Optical Zoom
Display Screen3 inch TFT LCD
Warranty2 years

3. Panasonic LUMIX GH5

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Best Camera for Videography
  • Excellent 5-axis stabilization
  • 4K 60fps video recording
  • Dual SD cards

The Lumix series from Panasonic has been in the Indian market for a while and with the GH5, the company aims to take it up a notch to level with the established brands like Canon and Nikon.

The Lumix GH5 from Panasonic is a mirrorless camera that delivers professional photo and video performance in a comparatively compact and lightweight form factor.

Design and build quality

The Panasonic LUMIX GH5 is designed similar to a DSLR with the familiar bumps and contour design native to the mainstream cameras in the market.

This camera is built like a tank using magnesium alloy that is strong and lightweight at the same time.

Weather resistance add a huge bonus to this device as it adds to the usage experience outdoors under any conditions – be it rain, snow or dust storm.

The magnesium die-cast frame has fewer joints and welds making this camera structurally sound.

The high-quality dials and buttons do justice to the price tag and are polished to meet exceptional quality standards.

There is a large 3.2-inch tiltable OLED touchscreen display on this device. Matched with the OLED live view finder, it provide an excellent preview of the shots you’re are going to make with this awesome mirrorless camera.

Sensor features

The 20.3MP Live MOS sensor has a size of 17.3mm x 13mm, the standard for a mirrorless camera.

This sensor together with the latest Venus 10 image processor vividly recreates the natural beauty of the subject with extraordinary colour details.

The sensor has a maximum ISO range of 25,600 which is quite brilliant for a mirrorless camera.

The lack of a low pass filter, further makes this sensor capable of capturing highly detailed images and videos with high dynamic range.

The lens that comes with the Lumix GH5 is a Leica Vario-Elmarit 12-60mm which delivers light directly on to the sensor for greater accuracy and colour reproduction.

This kit lens also minimizes the artefacts that might appear in the photos due to the lack of a low pass filter.

Image and video quality

The Panasonic Lumix GH5 can shoot still images with a maximum resolution of 5184 x 3888 pixels.

This camera can achieve 6K photos at 30fps and 4K photos at 60fps that allows you to capture in burst mode.

This make sure that not a single moment is missed and deliver a high-quality image of the same which might not be possible with conventional DSLR cameras.

Video recording is the strong forte of this mirrorless camera. This digital camera can record 4K videos at 60fps, which is one of a kind in the entire world.

The videos come out silky smooth and rich in detail such that once you get used to the quality, there will be no turning back.

Miscellaneous

This camera comes with a 10-bit internal recording feature that enhances the level of details in the videos you capture and make them look more closely to the natural texture and colours.

Having about 225 autofocus points and with a joystick with which the points can be controlled across the frame, this device deliver super fast focus times when capturing both photos and videos.

There is also a post-focus feature that will let you select what to focus on a photo after it is being shot.

The main USP of this device is the dual 5-axis stabilization which is the best in the business among DSLR cameras.

The stabilization works so well that even without a gimbal, you will be able to record cinematic-quality shots.

With the support of anamorphic mode videos, this camera brings the best in the creator inside you.

This device supports the latest Bluetooth version 5 and has support for 5GHz Wi-Fi connectivity.

Battery life

The Lumix GH5 from Panasonic uses a custom Lithium-ion rechargeable battery pack that lasts for about 410 shots per charge.

When it comes to video recording, this camera can capture about 2 hours of 4K video on a single full charge of the battery.

Verdict

If you’re looking for a digital camera for shooting professional videos, nothing at present in the market beats the Panasonic Lumix GH5.

The 5-axis stabilization coupled with the 10-bit recording helps this camera to achieve the best possible video quality out of a portable digital camera.

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Weather resistant build

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225 autofocus points

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OLED viewfinder

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Limited choice of lenses

Specifications

Sensor Size17.3 mm x 13 mm
LensLecia Vario-Elmarit 12-60 mm
Megapixel Count20.3 MP
Optical Zoom
Display Screen3.2 inch TFT LCD
Warranty2 years

4. Sony Alpha A6500

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Best Compact Mirrorless Camera
  • Compact and lightweight
  • Suited for amateur photographers
  • Exmor R CMOS sensor

The Sony Alpha A6500 is a true mirrorless camera that is lightweight and compact, suitable for casual photography.

Featuring a 24.2MP 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.

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

This camera is designed similar to the Sony A6000 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 size, 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 23.5mm x 15mm 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 Alpha A6500 can capture still photos with a maximum resolution of 6000 x 4000 pixels at 24.2MP.

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.

This mirrorless compact camera from Sony can record 4K videos at 25fps in super 35 format that utilizes the full width of the sensor to deliver a cinematic quality output.

Miscellaneous

This camera comes with ultra-fast focus 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.

It provides up to 425 focus points that make the subject a centrepiece in your shots, no matter how far or close it is in the frame.

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.

The built-in 5-axis stabilization works great for smoothing out the jitters and shakes in the videos and distortions in the still images.

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 who takes photography seriously and in need of a compact and lightweight camera to shoot your stuff in style and quality, the Sony A6500 is one of the best choices around.

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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Average battery life

 Specifications

Sensor Size23.5 mm x 15 mm
LensSony 16-50 mm power zoom lens
Megapixel Count24.2 MP
Optical Zoom
Display Screen3 inch wide type TFT
Warranty1 Year

5. Nikon D5300

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Best Budget DSLR Camera
  • 3.2-inch tiltable touch screen
  • Excellent battery life
  • Wi-Fi, NFC & Bluetooth connectivity

Nikon D5300 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, the 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 D5300 also has Bluetooth v4.1 low energy mode for energy efficient wireless connection.

Battery Life

The Nikon D5300 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 D5300 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

 

6. Canon EOS 1300D

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Best Value for Money DSLR Camera
  • The dual kit lens in the box
  • Wi-Fi and NFC wireless connectivity
  • 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 back is reasonably bright and displays the images and videos with decent details.

Sensor Details

The 18MP 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.

You get two lens kit with this package, which makes it one of the best deals currently going on in the market.

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

The second one is the 55-250 IS lens. This is a small and compact telephoto lens that can be used to film long-distance subject with adequate lossless zoom.

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 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 at pixels at 30fps 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 and NFC that will let you connect 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 lens and sensor coupled with the powerful Digic 4+ image processor make this camera, one of the best in the business under Rs.40,000.

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Solid build quality

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Built-in speaker

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Type C and HDMI ports

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Average video quality

Specifications

Sensor Size23.2mm x 15.4mm
Lens18-55 kit lens + 55-250 IS II lens
Megapixel Count18MP
Optical Zoom
Display screen3-inch TFT LCD
Warranty1 years

 

7. Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX90V

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Best Budget DSLR Camera
  • 3.2-inch tiltable touch screen
  • Excellent battery life
  • Wi-Fi, NFC & Bluetooth connectivity

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 Zoom
Display screen3-inch LCD
Warranty2 years

 

8. Canon SX430B

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Feature Rich Point and Shoot Camera
  • Rich connectivity options
  • Whopping 45x optical zoom
  • Intelligent image stabilization

The Canon SX430B is an affordable bridge camera that offers basic manual controls for precise capture of your favourite moment.

This digital camera is a perfect tool for amateur photographers to showcase their talent to the world without blowing a hole in their pocket.

Design and Build Quality

The Canon Powershot SX430B features an ABS plastic chassis covered with a layer of textured rubber to improve the grip and the overall crude look of the camera.

This digital bridge camera resembles a DSLR with its muscular frame in the front, but with minimal buttons and a fixed LCD screen at the back.

The circular dial at the top is very intuitive to switch various modes such as intelligent auto, programmable, lightweight manual mode etc.

The flash is embedded into the chassis and pops up when needed. This improves the robustness of the design and secures fragile components like flash from damage.

The buttons are positioned comfortably within fingers reach and gives positive feedback when pressed.

The 3-inch LCD on the back has a decent enough resolution and displays the photos and videos with crisp and detailed clarity.

Sensor features

The Canon Powershot SX430B has a 6.15 x 4.55mm sensor, which when compared to Sony’s offering in the same price range is a bit small, but performs exceptionally well, thanks to the Digic 6 image processing chip inside.

The 20MP CMOS sensor has a maximum ISO value of 1600 which is the standard for many digital cameras priced within the same bracket.

This camera has a Canon zoom lens and comes with a staggering 45x optical zoom that will let you take close up shots from a distance without quality degradation.

The lens shift-type image stabilizer inside shifts the lens element for stabilizing the images with minimal shakes and blurs.

Image and video quality

The CMOS sensor on this camera can take still photos with a maximum resolution of 5184 x 3888 pixels and full HD videos with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.

The images that come out of this camera looks vibrant and rich in details. The optical zoom works well and captures far away objects without any colour shift or noise.

The image stabilizer helps the camera to deliver a blur-free image when zoomed in on to the subject, but if you are serious with long-distance photography, we advise you to purchase a tripod.

Miscellaneous

The Canon Powershot SX430B comes with both Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity on board.

There is also an image sync feature that when configured automatically uploads captures images and videos directly into your cloud account when the Wi-Fi connection is available.

Battery life

This digital camera is powered by a rechargeable Li-ion battery pack that will last for around 2-2:30 minutes of usage.

However, the battery life depends on multiple factors such as temperature, screen brightness and even the use of zoom functions that take a toll on the battery.

Verdict

The Canon Powershot SX430B is one of the best bridge cameras available under Rs.20,000 which has the perfect blend of build and image quality.

The 45x zoom feature along with image stabilization makes it a great pick for long-distance photography at an affordable budget.

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Elegant and sleek design

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Robust build quality

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Decent 3-inch display

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Average low light performance

Specifications

Sensor Size6.17 x 4.55mm
LensCanon Zoom lens
Megapixel Count20MP
Optical Zoom
Display screen3-inch LCD
Warranty2 years

 

9. Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-WX500

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Honorable Mention
  • Entry level professional DSLR camera
  • Full HD videos at 60fps
  • A 3-inch swivel LCD screen

Sony Cyber-Shot was first introduced in the Indian market with its mobile phones that featured exceptional quality cameras compared to its compatriots at that time.

The Sony DSC-WX500 is a compact point and shoot camera that follows the footsteps of Cyber-Shot lineups former glory at a very compelling price bracket.

Design and Build Quality

The Sony DSC-WX500 is one of the best looking point and shoot cameras in the Indian market as of now.

The brushed metal build stands second to none and gives the camera, a polished and premium feel.

The camera is very lightweight and comes with a wrist strap which can be used to ensure that the camera doesn’t slip from your hands while clicking pictures in a hurry.

The flash is placed right next to the lens and has a decent light throw, giving enough light to capture stills in the dark.

At the back, the buttons are well laid out and are very responsive to the clicks. The controls are marked with suitable icons and are very intuitive to use, even for a first-timer.

In the bottom, the Sony DSC-WX500 features a tripod plug into which you can connect any third party stand for keeping the camera steady during long exposure shots.

The display LCD at the rear is a relatively large 3-inch LCD TFT panel which looks crisp and has decent brightness in outdoor conditions.

Sensor Features

The Sony DSC WX500 features a backlight illuminated Exmor R CMOS 18.2 MP sensor with a size of 7.76 x 5.7mm.

The backlight illuminated sensor handles light very effectively, thanks to its increased sensitivity compared to traditional sensors. This results in much cleaner looking images with less noise in them.

The size of the sensor inside a camera is the most important aspect that determines the image quality. The larger the sensor, the more the light will be captured by it, hence producing better-detailed images.

The sensor size on this camera is larger than all the other cameras on this list and the segment, giving it a distinct upper hand in terms of image quality.

The Sony G lens is an 11-element lens which minimizes lens blurs and other distortions providing pictures with excellent colour accuracy and clarity.

Image and Video quality

The 18.2MP sensor delivers excellent quality images with a resolution of 4896 x 2752 pixels.

The images are detailed with deep blacks and white brights and come with minimal post-processing, resulting in final images with the least noise.

The Sony DSC WX500 can shoot videos up to 1080p resolution up to 50fps. The videos come out decent with minimal colour shifting and shake and are apt for sharing in social networks.

Miscellaneous

This camera packs in wireless connectivity features such as Wi-Fi and NFC so that you can connect the device wirelessly to your smartphone or laptop effortlessly.

The Sony DSC WX500 has optical image stabilization built into the sensor that will eliminate shakes and blurs while taking still photos.

It also works with videos but not as effective as with photos.

The built-in Playmemories software will let you edit the photos right from the camera itself.

The 10x optical zoom feature works well and provides lossless crops of distant objects without any degradation in image quality.

Battery life

The Sony DSC WX500 is powered by a rechargeable large capacity X-type 850mAh battery.

This battery lasts for about 2 hours and can click about 400 images on a single charge.

Verdict

The Sony DSC WX500 is one of the best compact point and shoot camera available under the price bracket of Rs.20,000 in India.

The comparatively large sensor along with optical steady shot feature makes it one of the most desirable budget cameras.

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Renowned Zeiss optics

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Compact and lightweight design

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Powerful image processing engine

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The glossy LCD is reflective

Specifications

Sensor Size7.76 x 5.7mm
Lens11 element Sony G lens
Megapixel Count18.2MP
Optical Zoom
Display screen3-inch TFT LCD
Warranty2 years

 

10. Fujifilm Instax Mini 9

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Best Instant Photo Camera
  • Low-cost polaroid camera clone
  • Collectable item
  • Attractive colour options

Polaroid cameras were a thing of the past where people went crazy for instant photos rolling out directly from the camera.

With new-age social media networks like Instagram, people forgot such nostalgic devices and relied on digital photos which have a lot of advantages over paper photos.

But recently, there is an undeniable trend in which people started a liking towards the retro designs and equipment, the Instant camera being one of many.

The Instax Mini 9 is a budget polaroid camera that provides fun and nostalgia rather than the sheer quality of photos captures.

Design and build quality

The Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 is completely made from ABS plastic which is very much justifiable for its price tag.

The build quality is decent with this camera and moreover, it’s the design that makes this product stand out from the rest.

The retro design with nostalgic curves that reminds us of the past makes this camera look cute and handy.

Available in different colour shades, the Instax Mini 9 is a collectable item, more than a camera in itself.

Sensor features

The Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 is not meant to impress the perfectionist in you.

The unnamed sensor used by the company might be of a small size than other budget point and shoot cameras.

This camera has a 60mm lens with an f/2.7 aperture that performs decently in well-lit conditions but never expects this device to click pictures for you once the sun goes down.

There is an exposure adjustment dial and brightness slider to control the outcome of your clicks. The light sensor on this device will indicate the exposure level you have to set and that’s it.

Photo cartridges

Yes – most of the early 90’s kids must be familiar with a film roll that had to be inserted into the cameras to click pictures.

Similarly, with this camera, you have to buy photo cartridges separately for photo printouts.

Each cartridge can only print 10 photos. So, be choosy in deciding what to click and when to click. There is an analogue counter that shows how much clicks are left.

Miscellaneous

This camera comes with a close-up lens in the box. Use it for better results if you intend to shoot subjects closer to the lens.

The photo takes 2-3 minutes to develop after coming out of the camera. Don’t panic if you see a blank paper popping out. Just be careful and place the film paper on a flat paper and let it do its job.

Battery life

The Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 camera is powered by 2 AA-size batteries.

It is advisable to use a rechargeable battery that can cut down the costs on long-term usage.

The battery lasts sufficiently long enough to print out 2-3 sets of photo cartridges with a fresh pair of 2 AA batteries.

Verdict

The Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 is for those who love fun and have nostalgic value for retro designs and equipment.

This camera delivers a delightful experience that will take you back to the childhood day with a big smile on your face.

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Attractive design

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Instant photo print out

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Front-mounted mirror for selfies

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Require frequent cartridge purchase

Specifications

Sensor Size
Lens2-element lens
Megapixel Count
Optical Zoom
Display screen
Warranty

 

11. Fujifilm XT 100

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Honorable Mention
  • Three-way tilting LCD
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity
  • Excellent 24.2MP APS-C sensor

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

The Fujifilm XT100 is a budget mirrorless camera priced just under Rs.40,000 providing excellent quality photos and videos under an affordable price tag.

Design and Build Quality

The Fujifilm XT100 is one of the unique looking cameras that you can purchase under Rs.50000.

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

The Fujifilm XT00 features a 23.5 x 15.7mm 24.2MP 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.

This sensor supports the latest Phase Detection Auto Focus (PDAF) technology for super-fast focus times and intelligent detection of eyes and faces of humans as well as other living subjects.

Image and Video Quality

The Fujifilm XT100 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 XT100 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.

This mirrorless camera comes with two lenses, the standard 15-45mm and a separate 50-230mm lens kit in the box.

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 XT100 can capture up to 430 frames on a single full charge which is quite acceptable for a mirrorless camera in the sub. Rs.40000 price range.

Verdict

If you’re looking for a mid-range mirrorless camera from a reliable brand, the Fujifilm XT100 is the best one you can purchase under Rs.40,000 in the Indian market.

The compact form factor along with the excellent quality sensor makes this 24.2MP mirrorless camera worth purchasing.

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Durable aluminium chassis

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Phase detection auto focus

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Advanced filter modes

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No robust lens ecosystem

Specifications

Sensor Size23.5mm x 15.6mm
LensFujinon aspherical lens + 50-230mm
Megapixel Count24.2MP
Optical Zoom
Display screen3-inch TFT LCD
Warranty2 years

 

This concludes our list for the best cameras available in the Indian market at present.

If you are not able to find the one you’re fine with, do check out our comprehensive buying lists of digital cameras at various budgets for more choices.

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