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Nikon D3200

Reviewed February 2014
Nikon D3200
*Est. $530
Best digital SLR for beginners
Pros:
  • Ultra-high-resolution, 24-megapixel sensor
  • Compact and lightweight
  • Shoots 1080p full HD video with manual control
Cons:
  • Overall image quality no better than lower-res cameras
  • Huge resolution means huge files
  • Sluggish autofocus in Live View and Movie mode

Samsung NX20

Reviewed May 2014
Samsung NX20
*Est. $500
Pros:
  • Best-in-class Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Good image quality overall
  • Intuitive DSLR-style form and controls
Cons:
  • Sluggish in some ways
  • Plastic body
  • Audio quality only fair
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Sony Alpha A58

Reviewed February 2014
Sony Alpha A58
*Est. $450
Pros:
  • Fast autofocus
  • Partially articulated LCD
  • Comfortable to hold
Cons:
  • Plastic lens mount
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Nikon D5100

Reviewed February 2014
Nikon D5100
*Est. $480
Pros:
  • Terrific image quality, even in low light
  • Compact and lightweight
  • Swiveling LCD screen
Cons:
  • Sluggish autofocus in Live View and Movie mode

Canon EOS Rebel T3

Reviewed February 2014
Canon EOS Rebel T3
*Est. $495
Pros:
  • Impressive image quality
  • Compact and lightweight
  • Easy for beginners to use
  • Exposure bracketing
Cons:
  • "Claustrophobic" optical viewfinder
  • Shoots only 720p HD video
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