10 Best Entry Level Nikon DSLR Cameras For Beginners [2020 Edition]

searching powerful and flexible DSLR? Nikon is producing most powerful and flexible cameras in today’s world, comparatively most popular brand in DSLR market. The Nikon DSLR cameras are particularly popular amongst the enthusiasts, probably of its building features. Nikon introduces a variety of DSLR for beginners.

Further, exposure brings experience, so try to practice with as many beginner cameras as you can. Nikon or Canon you can experience anyone. Let me introduce some awesome DSLR for a beginner.

So you can grab a notepad to write down all the details.

1. Nikon D7000

Most exclusive DSLR for beginners. 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.

Nikon D7000 is Very much popular for sports photography and action photography.

2. Nikon D5500

The Nikon D5500 is the smallest camera made by Nikon so far the best DSLR for beginners. 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.

24MP CMOS sensor provides you exact resolution output in both still photos and videos. on the other hand, this quick auto focusing system gives an extra advantage in street photography

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

So if you want to take your photography more seriously than D5300 is trustworthy for you. 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.

You can make some extraordinary video in low light through D5300. Compertavily price is lower than any other beginners DSLR.

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

with build in wifi connectivity and GPS system allows you to share the image with fellow colleagues. It offers high image quality with excellent resolution. There is so much more to this Nikon DSLR camera for the beginners which you should definitely try.

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.

Some Key features of 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,

Finding a perfect entry level DSLR is quite challenging for all. Nikon D5000 is comparatively low price and most popular entry level DSLR. This beginners entry level DSLR provides you 12.3-megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor.

The shutter speed is up to 30 second and the weight is competitively short. D5000 is upgraded version of D3000 & D90. A fully charged battery can take 590 photos in a row.

Some Key features of D5000

  • 720/24p video with clean output over HDMI and Flat Picture Control
  • 1/4000 sec maximum shutter speed
  • 5 fps continuous shooting.
  • 11 AF focusing point

This one is the most basic DSLR in Nikon line up. But including all features, it provides your awesome service. The screen is fixed and there is no 4k video recording but this one is a complete package for beginners. you will get a Bluetooth connectivity which supports both ios and android operating system. Very compact and lightweight body, superb battery life and easy to operate may help amateur photographer.

some Key features of D3400

  • 24MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • 1080/60p video capability
  • 5/fps burst shooting
  • Bluetooth LE for image transfer
  • 1/4000 shutter speed in slower 30 seconds

This one is better than the best for beginners.

This fantastic entry level camera consists of 24.2 Mp which serves you great still photos. It also consists of 3 inches LCD monitor. It actually a combined package at a very low price. The resolution may be the same as Nikon D3200 but the color tune is much better. Nikon's recent strategy of inexpensive, simplified models caused a lot of confusion.

For very entry level photographer, this one may be the best choice. It has no built in WiFi but you may use it in a very easy.

some Key features of D3300

  • 24.2 Mp with CMOS Sensor
  • 1080/60p video recording
  • 700 shots in fully charge battery
  • 1/4000 shutter speed in slower 30 seconds
  • 5 fps continuous shoot

The new camera will go up against Canon 1300D which also caters to the beginner segment. A very smart choice for an amateur photographer.

What do you think is it similar to Nikon D3100? If you think alike then you are 100% wrong. Nikon D3200 is the very popular camera for amateur video recording. People like it not only for still photos but also for video recording.

A 24.1 Mp camera provides you 1080/30p resolution video recording facilities. So if your thinking you may make some videos for your Youtube channel than this one is the right choice for you. But don't be frustrated it is too good for still photos also. Higher ISO sensitivity provides you extra light in dim light photography.

The Nikon D3200 is no-nonsense, ‘traditional style’ entry-level DSLR that is a solid performer on all levels.

some Key features of D3200

  • 1/4000 shutter speed in slower 30 seconds
  • 1080/30p video recording
  • 11 AF focusing point
  • 4 fps continuous shoot

The Nikon D3200 is no-nonsense, ‘traditional style’ entry-level DSLR that is a solid performer on all levels.

9. Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100 is the updated version of Nikon D3000. Both cameras are designed specifically for beginning DSLR photographers in mind. Unlike the D3000, the D3100 features a live view LCD screen and a new 1080p Full High Definition video capture mode. The D3100 does not include an autofocus motor. Beginners can use it for the purpose of learning photography. Because this one is less costly but user-friendly.

some Key features of D3100

  • 14MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • 1080/30p video capability
  • 3 fps continuous shooting.
  • 11 autofocus point.

If you like to travel and don't want to draw a lot of attention when taking pictures, the D3100's smaller size should help you. So be a traveler with Nikon D3100.

10. Nikon D3000

The most affordable camera for beginners. This one is very low price DSLR in Nikon line up. If you have the short budget for DSLR then you should choose it without any hesitation. Almost 11MP camera with 11 AF point gives you a perfect output. Nice color tune in the raw file.The Nikon D3000 is pretty closely related to Nikon D5000.

some Key features of D3000

  • 10.75-megapixel DX-format CCD sensor
  • 3" fixed LCD monitor (230,000 dots)
  • 3 frames per second continuous shooting
  • Extensive in-camera retouching including
  • Raw development and straightening

The thing which irritated you in this body is no video recording. But this one is very popular for learning basic photography.


The Nikon D5300 is very suitable for the novice photographer. Because if you think that your budget is not more than $700 and you want to buy a most attractive one then this one is the right choice for you. On the other hand, Nikon D3200 is most affordable one. So do research and chose the best one.




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.

Vallie Fugate - July 9, 2017

I like the valuable information you provide in your articles. I will bookmark your blog and check again here frequently. I am quite sure I will learn lots of new stuff right here! Best of luck for the next!

    Sharif Mishu - July 10, 2017

    Thank you for your appreciation.

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