What is the best camera under 600

The best SLR cameras up to 600 euros

05/04/2021 COMPUTER BILD regularly tests the latest single-lens reflex cameras (DSLR). You will find all of the top products that have been tested in these leaderboards. Click on the model name to get to the product data sheets with all the important information.

  • High image quality
  • Easy handling
  • Small and light housing
  • Automatic photo transfer via Bluetooth
  • High image quality
  • Responsive autofocus
  • Easy handling
  • Small viewfinder
  • Auto focus slower with 4K video
  • Good picture
  • Hardly any picture noise
  • Very fast auto focus
  • Slightly muddy pictures in low light
  • Video quality not very detailed
  • Slowly with series shots
  • High image quality
  • Fast autofocus
  • Very easy to use
  • Slower burst speed
  • Video in full HD only
  • High image quality
  • Fast autofocus
  • Very easy to use
  • No image stabilizer in the zoom
  • Slower burst speed
  • Video in full HD only
  • High image quality
  • Very easy to use
  • Responsive autofocus
  • Compact and light
  • Slowly with series
  • No 4K video
  • High image quality
  • Very easy to use
  • Automatic transfer of photos to smartphone
  • No WLAN
  • Video in full HD only
  • High image quality
  • Easy handling
  • Small and light housing
  • Automatic photo transfer via bluetooth
  • High image quality
  • Responsive autofocus
  • Easy handling
  • Small viewfinder
  • Auto focus slower with 4K video
  • Good picture
  • Hardly any picture noise
  • Very fast auto focus
  • Slightly muddy pictures in low light
  • Video quality not very detailed
  • Slowly with series shots
  • High image quality
  • Fast autofocus
  • Very easy to use
  • Slower burst speed
  • Video in full HD only
  • High image quality
  • Fast autofocus
  • Very easy to use
  • No image stabilization in the zoom
  • Slower burst speed
  • Video in full HD only
  • High image quality
  • Very easy to use
  • Responsive autofocus
  • Compact and light
  • Slowly with series
  • No 4K video
  • High image quality
  • Very easy to use
  • Automatic transfer of photos to smartphone
  • No WLAN
  • Video in full HD only
-->

Our place 1: Nikon D5600

The Nikon D5600 remains true to the concept of its predecessor: It is a small, lightweight and easy-to-use SLR with high image quality. The most important improvements in the D5600: A slightly faster autofocus and convenient automatic image transfer to the smartphone. It's just a shame that the D5600 does without 4K video.
To offer: Nikon D5600 at Amazon To price comparison: Nikon D5600 at Idealo

Our 2nd place: Canon EOS 250D

The Canon EOS 250D is a real mini SLR: small, very light, but still good grip. It is easy to use. Even beginners can easily take top shots. The autofocus reacts really fast: always with photos, with videos only in Full HD. If you film in 4K, you get beautifully detailed images, but you have to live with a slightly slower autofocus. Canon has cut some points, however: the viewfinder is quite small, the autofocus only has nine measuring fields when taking pictures via the viewfinder.
To offer: Canon EOS 250D at Amazon To price comparison: Canon EOS 250D at Idealo

Our 3rd place: Canon EOS 1300D

For professionals and beginners: The best digital SLR cameras


Digital SLR cameras are no longer just for professionals. Hobby photographers and beginners can also achieve excellent results with a DSLR. In comparison, easy-to-use models with a powerful image sensor and lens are convincing. Comprehensive image programs enable brilliant photos in every (light) situation, without the need for time-consuming manual settings. Together with the right accessories, professionals and beginners alike can find affordable SLR camera sets.

Test winner: The best digital SLR cameras can do that


You can get a good DSLR from Nikon and Co. for up to 500 euros - these are mostly SLR cameras for beginners. In the test, the models achieved top marks, which are comparatively compact, easy to use and powerful. The following criteria are taken into account in test reports:
  • Image sensor: The heart of every DSLR is the image sensor. Basically, the following rule of thumb applies: the larger the image sensor, the better the image quality, even in difficult lighting conditions. Which sensor sizes play a role is explained in more detail below.
  • Resolution: The resolution is given in megapixels and shows how many pixels a sensor has. Here, too, the following applies: the larger the value, the higher the resolution, i.e. also the image quality. With digital SLR cameras for beginners, ten to 20 megapixels are usually sufficient, while professional models come with up to 36 megapixels. How high the resolution actually has to be also depends on the size in which you want to develop photos later.
  • Maximum shutter speed: The shutter speed, also known as exposure time, indicates how short or long the period of time can be in which light falls on the sensor. With short shutter speeds, very fast movements can still be recorded sharply. With a good DSLR, the maximum shutter speed is up to 1/4000 seconds.
  • Lens: In addition to the image sensor, the lens is the most important part of a digital SLR camera. With a suitable lens, even 3D photography is possible. When buying, make sure that you are buying a set of camera housing (body) and lens or just the housing. One of the keys to creating brilliant photos is the focal length of the lens. Choosing the best lens is discussed in more detail below.
  • Video function: The best DSLRs have a video function and deliver moving images in at least Full HD. If you want to record videos in 4K, you have to dig deeper into your pocket.
  • Operation: The top models on the leaderboard have a display with touchscreen and a viewfinder. A good resolution and a size of at least 2.5 to 3 inches (screen diagonal) are decisive for the display. The brightness should be adjustable. Digital SLR cameras with a swiveling display and live view, i.e. real-time transmission of the subject, are particularly convenient. An optical viewfinder allows you to see exactly the image section you want to photograph. The touchscreen and viewfinder are complemented by easy-to-use function keys next to the display. The best way to find out how easily you can reach the individual buttons is to take a few test photos.
  • Image programs and settings: Various intelligent image programs are particularly beneficial for beginners with a DSLR. A distinction is made here between automatic, semi-automatic and complete manual programs. Depending on the subject and light situation, for example, the exposure time, aperture and focus are adjusted automatically or by hand. Some cameras also support the photographer with suitable apps and guides. Basic functions are also the autofocus, various exposure methods and the white balance.
  • Connections and interfaces: Good DSLRs can be connected and controlled with a smartphone or other digital device via Bluetooth, WLAN and / or NFC. In addition, a microphone, USB and HDMI connection are part of the basic equipment.
  • Size and weight: Digital SLR cameras are not as small and light as compact cameras, but they usually weigh well under a kilo. Before you buy a model, you should try out how the camera fits in the hand and how heavy it is with all the equipment.
  • Accessories: A good DSLR usually comes with a battery, charger and strap. If necessary, add a spare battery, a transport bag and various lenses to your set. A separate flash, memory cards and a tripod can also be useful accessories.

The heart of the digital reflex camera: the sensor


Basically, the bigger the image sensor or sensor chip of a DSLR, the more pixels are recorded and the lower the noise is the final image. There are three different sensor sizes that can be relevant for your SLR camera:
  • APS-C sensor: APS-C stands for "Advanced Photo System - Classic" and the sensor has an edge length of 23 x 15 mm. The advantage of this sensor size is that it takes up little space and the camera is kept correspondingly small and compact. In terms of price, APS-C sensors are also more likely to be found in cheaper DSLRs for beginners.
  • Full format sensor: The full format sensor has an edge length of approx. 32 x 24 mm and is therefore ideally suited for extremely sharp, detailed photos. To get the best results with a full frame sensor, you need a powerful lens with a long focal length. You can usually find such sensors in more expensive professional DSLRs.
  • Medium format sensor: With an edge length of 48 x 36 mm, this sensor is almost twice as large as the full format sensor. They are usually only used in connection with the corresponding motifs in very expensive professional cameras, for example in photo studios, since photos can easily be taken here for development in poster size.

Find the right lens for your digital SLR camera


Whether landscape or portrait: there is a suitable lens for every situation. When buying a DSLR, be sure to check whether you are getting the housing only or a kit or set of camera and lens. If you want to buy an extra lens, pay attention to the following points:
The closure:
With DSLRs, there are two different locks for attaching the lens - the screw lock and the bayonet lock. The latter is the now more frequent and quicker to use shutter, as the lens is attached here and clicked into place with a short turn.
Zoom or fixed focal length:
For beginners in particular, a zoom or telephoto lens is much more practical than a lens with a fixed focal length. With the cheaper telephoto lens, focal lengths of approx. 28 to 300 mm are possible. Standard for entry-level DSLRs are 18 - 55 mm. Lenses with a fixed focal length can, as the name suggests, only have one focal length and are usually more for the professional. The image quality may be a bit better here, but they are also more expensive.
Autofocus:
The distance and thus the sharpness between the camera and the object is automatically set using the autofocus. A distinction is made between one-time autofocus (for stationary subjects) and continuous autofocus (for moving subjects). If necessary, make sure that the autofocus can be deactivated, because sometimes a blur on an object can be desired.
Manufacturer:
Like and like people like to join in - this is especially true for lenses and cameras. Most manufacturers are very peculiar in this regard and a camera is only compatible with an in-house lens.
By the way:
There are now lenses that you can use to take 3D images. Using a suitable lens, two images from different perspectives are taken of an object at the same time.

Questions Before You Buy: Compare DSLRs and Find the Best Deal


Even if there are already digital SLR cameras for beginners for up to or under 500 euros, the acquisition of such a device is a long-term investment that needs to be carefully considered. To find the best camera, ask yourself the following questions:

What do I want to photograph?
Digital SLR cameras are suitable for almost any type of photography. There may be differences in the image programs and in the lens.

What do I want to do with the photos?
If you "only" want to take photos for your own photo album, an inexpensive entry-level model with a conventional APS-C sensor is sufficient. You can also use a smaller memory card, as JPGs require significantly less space than high-resolution RAW files.

How much do I want to be able to determine myself?
There are digital single-lens reflex cameras with numerous fully automatic image programs and models in which you can set a great deal yourself.

Where do I use the camera?
If you travel a lot with the DSLR, a waterproof, particularly robust camera can be useful - but at the same time it should be compact and light. It may be worth purchasing an extra battery.

Which accessories do i need?
If you know in advance that you will need a tripod, a transport bag and other accessories, look out for the corresponding set offers. These often convince with an excellent price-performance ratio.
When comparing SLR cameras, you should also make sure that you compare sets of equal value to one another: Often brands only offer the housing or the body and the lens has to be purchased separately.

The best SLR cameras up to 600 euros in comparison

placeproductgradeto offer
1.

Nikon

D5600

2.

Canon

EOS 250D

3.

Canon

EOS 1300D

4.

Canon

EOS 2000D

5.

Canon

EOS 4000D

6.

Nikon

D3500

7.

Nikon

D3400