10 Best DSLR Cameras Under $1000 to buy in 2020

With the passage of time technology give us most fantastic gear at a very low price. People want the best thing at the lowest price. It also happens when we going to buy DSLR. It too tough to choose the best thing in limited budget.

What Camera would you suggest for around $1000? The most common question I have faced by so many novice photographers. So this article is for those people whose budget is less than $1000. Here I summarized a list of most effective and affordable DSLR cameras under $1000. So lets have a look in my list:

Many more information are waited in below. So lets have a look in some special specification of my listed DSLR camers.

1. Nikon D7000

Most exclusive DSLR for beginners under $1000. This one relatively high price but most exclusive features. Picture quality is madly good enough. This one provides you the most effective 24 MP DX-format CMOS sensor. you can get 18-105mm lens with this body which is very useful for landscape and portrait photography.

Some Key features of D7000

  • 1/8000 higher shutter speed & slowest shutter speed is limited to 1/30th second.
  • ISO 100-6400 rang.(Up to 25,600 equivalent when expanded).
  • 6 fps continuous shooting.
  • 1080p HD video recording with manual controls
  • Two memory card slots.

2. Nikon D5500

Under $1000 Nikon D5500 is the smallest camera . Actually, size does not matter here there is much more specification that it offers. There are lots of awesome features in this small packet. Nikon has also added a touch screen overlay to the Nikon D5500 DSLR camera for beginners LCD monitor. Build in Wifi connectivity makes it features exceptional. But there is no GPS system.

Some Key features of D5500

  • 24.2 MP with CMOS sensor
  • Ultra-compact and lightweight body
  • 5 fps continuous shooting.
  • 39 autofocus point.
  • 1/4000 sec maximum shutter speed

3 . Nikon D5300

This one is the most cheapest camera in my list. So if your budget is more or less $700 than you can go for it. 24MP DSLR with 3.2 inches articulating screen and wifi connectivity makes this DSLR extraordinary. The D5300 is being aimed at the ‘advanced beginner’ according to Nikon, a class of consumers that sounds kinda mutually exclusive. The DSLR comes with a rechargeable EN-EL14a battery and supplied charger, a full charge provides up to 600 pictures.

Some Key features of D5300

  • build in WIFI connectivity
  • 24 MP DX-format CMOS sensor
  • 1080p Video capture
  • 39 autofocus point.
  • ISO 100 - 12800 in steps of 1/3 EV; expandable to Hi-1 = ISO 25600
  • Self-timer option 2 seconds to 20 seconds.

4. Canon EOS 70D

This canon DSLR is particularly popular with the beginner's photographers. This entry level DSLR camera is improved by a new sensor. on the other hand, good autofocus system saves your click time. In low light, its auto focus system works very well. In spite of many pro features added in this body, the price is comparatively higher than any other DSLR.

Here are some key features of Canon 70D

  • 20.2MP APS-C 'Dual Pixel CMOS AF' sensor
  • ISO 100-12800 standard, 25600 expanded
  • 7 fps continuous shooting.
  • Silent' shutter mode.
  • 1080p 30fps video recording, stereo sound via external mic.
  • 98% viewfinder coverage, 0.95x magnification,
  • Built-in Wi-Fi

5. Pentex K-5 IIS

Last September Pentax replaced the K-5 with not just one but two new digital SLRs, one without an optical low pass filter (OLPF). Looking little changed from the Pentax K-5 and K-7 before that, the Pentax K-5 II retains a very photographer-friendly design. Though the resolution remains the same, Pentax has updated the camera’s 16.3-megapixel CMOS sensor with a faster data readout, according to company representatives.

Here are some special features of Pentax K-5 IIS

  • 16.3-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor (K-5 IIS lacks an AA filter)
  • 11-point SAFOS X autofocus system
  • 7 fps continuous shooting.
  • 1080p video at 25fps
  • Shake Reduction image stabilization built-in
  • Weatherproof, cold-resistant, Magnesium-alloy body

6. Canon EOS 760D

This new and improved version of DSLR camera by Canon has an amazing touch screen display, which might be enjoyed by many of the video lover enthusiasts. One thing improved in this new entry level DSLR is WiFi connectivity. So you can share your photos in a second with your friends.

Here are some key features of Canon 760D

  • 24.2-million pixel APS-C CMOS sensor.
  • ISO 100-12,800 (extendable to ISO 25,600)
  • 5 fps continuous shooting.
  • 1,040k-dot LCD monitor.
  • Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity for easy sharing and transfer.

7. Canon EOS 650D

This new and improved version of DSLR camera by Canon has an amazing performance. Basically, this one is a smart replacement of canon EOS 600D. the image and video quality are equally compatible with Canon EOS 600D. It actually improved the performance than 600D.

Here are some key features of Canon 650D

  • 18MP APS-C 'Hybrid CMOS' sensor.
  • 14-bit DIGIC 5 processor.
  • 5 fps continuous shooting.
  • ISO 100-12800 standard, 25600 expanded.
  • 1080p/30 video recording with built-in stereo mics

8.Nikon D7100

Nikon appears to have taken this challenge to heart with the D7100 looking, on paper, like a very significant upgrade. Nikon D7100 is the very high configured camera but you can easily afford it. In crop body, this one is the latest version of Nikon line up.

Here are some special features of Nikon D7100

  • 24.1MP DX format CMOS sensor, with no OLPF
  • ISO 100-6400 standard, up to 25600 expanded
  • Max 6 fps continuous shooting in DX mode, 7fps in 1.3X crop mode
  • 51 autofocus point.
  • 1080 60i/30p video recording, built-in stereo mic, mic jack and audio monitoring jack

9. Canon EOS 60D

Talking about the most amazing body in entry level DSLR in canon family. This body is really outstanding in video performance. The CMOS sensor is a hybrid so it will give you the best results in dark and dusky situations. Though it has no built in WiFi device, you can share photos through data cable.

Here are some key features of Canon 60D

  • 18MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100-6400 (expandable to 12,800)
  • 5.3 fps continuous shooting.
  • Plastic body shell (8% weight saving)
  • 1080p HD video recording with manual controls

10. Nikon D5100

undoubtedly very simple and effective one in Nikon lineup. Nikon D5100 has a very similar 16.2 megapixel CMOS sensor to the excellent one in the D7000. but this one is smaller and less expensive than D7000. Unlike D90 nd D7000 this body has no build in the auto-focus motor.

Like other inexpensive Nikon D5000, D3100, D3000, D40, D60 it works flawlessly with all modern AF-I and AF-S lens. On the whole, the D5100's movies look great with smooth motion and impressively low noise in dim light.

Here are some special features of Nikon D5100​

  • in Camera effect filter both stills and video mode.
  • HD movies 1080p,720p, WVGA.
  • 16.2 MP DX-format CMOS sensor
  • 11 AF point with 3D tracking.
  • ISO 100-6400 rang.(Up to 25,600 equivalent when expanded)
  • 1/4000 higher shutter speed & slowest shutter speed is limited to 1/30th second

Over To You

The first and foremost things to consider when buying a camera is the budget and usage. How much you’re able to spend and how you’re going to use it. So depend on your budget criteria you may choose the best one under $1000 from my list.​

Sharif Mishu

Hi, I am Sharif Mishu from Bangladesh. I am a freelance photographer. I've been in photography since 2010. I got my first DSLR in 2013. Since then I learned many things about photography from my friends, senior, and junior. But the internet was the place that taught me the basics of photography. Here at PicFact.com, I'll be sharing useful photography tips.