Best DSLR Camera In India (January 2020)

by | Jan 23, 2020

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 80DOverall Best Pick
2. Panasonic LUMIX GH5Best Camera for Videography
3. Sony Alpha ILCE-7M2KBest Compact Mirrorless Camera
4. Nikon D5600Best Budget Camera
5. Canon EOS 1300DBest Value for Money Camera
6. Sony Cybershot DSC-HX400VBest Bridge Camera
7. Canon Power Shot G7X Mark IIBest Vlogging Camera
8. Sony Cybershot DSC-WX500Best Budget Point and Shoot Camera
9. Nikon Coolpix P900Camera with Best Optical zoom
10. Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Best Instant Photo Camera
11. Fujifilm XA5Honorable Mention

1. Canon EOS 80D

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.


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.


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.


Ergonomic and elegant design


Professional 18-135mm kit lens


Weather resistant build




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

2. Panasonic LUMIX GH5

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.


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.


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.


Weather resistant build


225 autofocus points


OLED viewfinder


Limited choice of lenses


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

3. Sony ILCE 7M2K

Best Compact Mirrorless Camera
  • Full frame sensor
  • Powerful BIONZ X image processor
  • 5-axis image stabilization

The Sony Alpha 7M2K 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 A6500 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 35.8mm x 23.9mm 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 in low lighting conditions.

This camera features a Sony E-mount that has a 28-70mm 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 ILCE 7M2K 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.


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 117 full-frame autofocus points that make the subject a centrepiece in your shots, no matter how far or close it is in the frame.

There are 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 350 still images or about 75 minutes of continuous video recording in a single full charge.


If you’re an amateur photographer who takes photography seriously and wants a compact and lightweight camera to shoot your stuff in style and quality, the Sony ILCE 7M2K 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.


Robust design and build quality


OLED viewfinder


Built-in stereo microphone


No 4K video capture


Sensor Size35.8 x 23.9mm
LensSony 28-70mm power zoom lens
Megapixel Count24.3MP
Optical Zoom
Display Screen3 inch wide type TFT
Warranty1 Year

4. Nikon D5600

Best Budget DSLR Camera
  • Touch-enabled swivelling display
  • Decent battery life
  • 2-year domestic warranty

Nikon cameras are well-known for their digital imaging prowess in the DSLR segment.

The company has a loyal fan following owing to the simplicity of use and constant innovations to make the visual output more appealing to the end-users.

The Nikon D5600 is a premium mid-range DSLR camera in the Indian market available for just under Rs.40,000.

Design and Build Quality

The build quality of this DSLR camera is outstanding with the use of hard polycarbonate plastic materials and rubber inserts over a metallic inner frame.

The chassis is rigid and weighs about 465 grams without the lens kit.

The carefully designed grooves on the body match the normal palm and finger resting positions, adding to the ease of use of this camera.

The buttons and dials are laid out the same as found on other Nikon DSLR models. If you’ve used Nikon products in the past, this will make you feel home.

The Nikon D5600 comes with strap clipping options integrated into the body to improve safety and portability.

Sensor Details

The Nikon D5600 has a 24.2MP CMOS sensor inside measuring 23.5 x 15.6mm.

This sensor capture shots with excellent dynamic range and also significantly improved frames per second count.

The kit lens which comes with this DSLR camera is a DX NIKKOR 18-55 mm AF-P VR lens.

AF-P lenses are known for its accurate focusing mechanism and being a VR lens, the jitters and blur on the captured shots are almost non-existent.

This camera sensor is capable of clicking pictures with a maximum ISO of 25,600 and this makes it a better low light photography machine.

There are 39 autofocus points to keep the subject well in the frame. Both landscape and portrait mode photos look excellent and rich in details with this sensor.

Image and Video Quality

Whatever be the lighting situation, the Nikon D5600 shines to provide the best possible image quality.

The pictures taken by this camera has a lot of details and the wider colour gamut results in vivid and punchy images.

The CMOS sensor has got it covered when it comes to the dynamic range. The deep blacks and brightest brights are well preserved, making the image look as close to reality.

Speaking of the video quality, the Nikon D5600 is capable of recording full HD 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution videos at 30 fps.

Although this is not the ideal video camera for vloggers, it can come in handy at times if the need arises so.


The large 3.2-inch retractable touch-enabled display is ideal for shooting pictures at odd angles without having to guess about the frame you’re about to capture.

This device comes with Wi-Fi connectivity which can be used for sharing photos and videos wirelessly to your smartphones or laptops without any fuzz.

The wide range of Nikkor accessories such as lens kits makes this camera a versatile addition to any travellers backpack.

Battery Life

The Nikon D5600 comes with a rechargeable Li-ion battery pack for powering its functions.

This battery pack can roughly last for 1000 shots and about 2 hours of intermittent video recording at full HD, 60 fps.


If you want a cross-over between a high-end DSLR but under an affordable budget, the Nikon D5600 is a great piece of hardware, to begin with.

This camera ticks almost all right boxes for its price and then some, making it a value for money deal under Rs.40,000.


Excellent build quality


AF-P VR lens kit


39 point AF system




Sensor Size23.2mm x 15.6mm
Lens18-55mm kit lens
Megapixel Count24.2MP
Optical Zoom
Display screen3.2-inch TFT LCD
Warranty2 years

5. Canon EOS 1300D

Best Value for Money 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.


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.


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.


Solid build quality


Built-in speaker


Type C and HDMI ports


Average video quality


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

6. Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX400V

Best Bridge Camera
  • Best for long-distance photography
  • Decent battery battery
  • Optical steady shot

The Cyber-Shot DSC HX400V is an affordable and feature-rich bridge 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 resembles a full-fledged DSLR from a distance.

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 a 20.4MP 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 Sony lens with pre-applied ND filter that reduced the chance of clicking an overexposed image accidentally.

The Sony DSC HX400V features an astounding 50x 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 20.4MP still photos from this digital camera has 5184 x 2920 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 a 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.


The Sony DSC HX400V is a very capable bridge camera that features an excellent sensor from Sony. Coupled with the 50x 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.




Full HD video support


50x optical zoom


Bulky and heavy


Sensor Size1/2.3 inch
LensVario Sonnar 15 element lens
Megapixel Count20.4MP
Optical Zoom
Display screen3-inch Xtra Fine TFT LCD
Warranty2 years

7. 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 an extended period.

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 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 a dual-sensing image stabilization feature that combines the data from the gyro sensor and image sensor to reduce the shake and blur when capturing images and videos.


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 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.


If you’re a blogger 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.40,000.


Lightweight and compact form factor


Powerful Digic 7 image processor


Auto lighting optimizer


Limited ISO


Sensor Size1-inch
LensCanon Zoom lens
Megapixel Count20.1MP
Optical Zoom
Display screen3-inch TFT LCD
Warranty2 years

8. Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-WX500

Best Budget Point and Shoot Camera
  • Large sensor size
  • 30x optical zoom
  • Image stabilization

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 that 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-XW500 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 panel which looks crisp and has decent brightness in outdoor conditions.

Sensor Features

The Sony DSC X500 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.

Zeiss Vario-Sonnar lens is an 8-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 X500 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.


The Sony DSC X500 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 30x optical zoom feature works well and provides lossless crops of distant objects without any degradation in image quality.

Battery life

The Sony DSC X500 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.


The Sony DSC X500 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.


Large sensor


Built-in image editor


Sleek and elegant design


SD card needs an adapter to be plugged in


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

9. Nikon Coolpix P900

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

If you’re not living under a rock, you must have heard at least once about the Nikon Coolpix P900 and its staggering 83x zoom.

This point and shoot camera come with almost all the features that are exclusively found on higher-end DSLR cameras with an attractive price tag.

Design and build quality

Made of polycarbonate and aluminium, this camera resembles a DSLR with interchangeable lens, except the fact that it isn’t one nor it has an interchangeable lens.

The build quality as expected from an established player in the market like Nikon is outstanding and the overall fit and finish of the camera feels very solid and durable.

The buttons and dials on this camera are of high quality and offer excellent feedback for keypresses.

This camera also features a rotating display which is a very convenient feature for shooting photos at weird angles.

Sensor features

The 16MP CMOS sensor inside this digital camera has a size of 6.17 x 4.55mm. This sensor has a maximum ISO range of 6400 which is quite appreciable for its price.

The focus system of this camera is excellent and works well to switch focus instantly when you change the position of the camera.

The 16-element Nikkor lens is touted as one of the best in the business and provides a focal length equivalent to 357 mm which is very suitable for long-distance photography.

The lens shift vibration reduction works reasonably well to eliminate shakes during capture but is not up to the mark of Sony’s Optical SteadyShot.

Image and video quality

The 16MP sensor on this camera can shoot still images with a maximum resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels.

The pictures come out very detailed and colour accurate.

The 83x optical zoom works as advertised and is probably the best in terms of clarity of distant shots in all of the cameras available in the country.

You can zoom in on high flying planes and even moon and other distant planets and click pictures like that from a telescope.

But beware that the hand movements will get amplified with the level of zoom and it is advised to have a tripod for steady and blue free images.

The Nikon Coolpix P900 can shoot full HD videos at 60 fps and doubles up as a budget vlogging camera.


The Nikon Coolpix P900 features PictBridge technology that allows this camera to be connected with devices such as printers to take printouts.

Also, with the HDMI port on the camera, the images and videos can be viewed on large monitors with a supported HDMI cable.

This camera comes with Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity and can communicate with other compatible devices such as your smartphone or laptop wirelessly.

Battery life

The Nikon Coolpix P900 is powered by a Lithium-ion battery pack that will last for about 360 clicks or about 1.20 hours of video recording.

This battery takes about 4 hours to charge completely from an empty state.


Nikon Coolpix P900 is a very capable point and shoot camera with the USP being its 83x optical zoom.

If you’re into astrophotography, this camera will prove to be a delight for watching distant planets and the night sky.


Attractive colour options


83x optical zoom


PictBridge feature


Narrow dynamic range


Sensor Size1/2.3 inch
LensNIKKOR EDlass Lens
Megapixel Count16MP
Optical Zoom
Display screen3-inch TFT LCD
Warranty2 years

10. Fujifilm Instax Mini 9

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.


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.


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.


Attractive design


Instant photo print out


Front-mounted mirror for selfies


Require frequent cartridge purchase


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


11. Fujifilm XA5

Honorable Mention
  • 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 a highly efficient H.264 compression algorithm.

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


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.


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.


24.2MP APS-C sensor


Tiltable 3-inch display


Bluetooth v4.1 and Wi-Fi support


No robust lens ecosystem


Sensor Size23.5 x 15.7mm
Lens15 – 45 mm Lens
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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