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Canon EOS 350D Digital Rebel XT $400 4.5 stars (older model) entry level DSLR
Released in March 2005. Nice picture, however a plastic build. In the past, this DSLR camera was the top rated, entry level DSLR model by Consumer Reports. It is rated higher than the comparable Nikon D40 and Sony DSLR-A100.
Canon EOS 400D Digital Rebel XTi $450 4.0 stars entry level DSLR update to the EOS 350D
Released in September 2006. While it does have newer technology and higher picture quality, there may not be enough overall reasons to upgrade from the EOS 350D.
Canon 450D Digital Rebel XSi $550 4.5 stars midlevel DSLR
Released in April 2008. Newest in the Canon series. While slightly more expensive than some competitors, the image quality is very high. This DSLR is also a very fast model.
Canon EOS 1000D Rebel XS $500 3.9 stars entry level DSLR
Released in August 2008. The Rebel XS is being marketed as a budget, entry level DSLR camera, and that is its strong point. It is almost identical, but less-powerful, then the 450D Rebel XSi. It does have very good image quality, but some of the other features are not as strong. But the price is very competitive.
Nikon D40 Digital Camera $400 3.9 stars (older model) entry level DSLR
Released in November 2006. A great “starter” camera to introduce you to DSLR camera technology. Picture quality not as high as the Rebel XT, but better price and more features. Rated as the Consumer Reports Best Buy DSLR Camera for its balance of features and price.
Nikon D60 Digital SLR Camera $475 3.75 stars entry level DSLR update to the Nikon D40
Released in March 2008. Newest in the Nikon series. While the price is reasonable, when you compare it to some competing models the price may be slightly higher than a camera with similar features which hurts its rating.
Nikon D80 Digital SLR Camera $600 4.5 stars midlevel DSLR
Released in August 2006. Replacement of the Nikon D70 and it has many updates from the D70. Very highly rated.
Nikon D90 DSLR $950 4.7 stars midlevel DSLR
Released in August 2008. This SLR camera is an upgrade to the Nikon D80. The Nikon D90 is the first DSLR camera with video capture. It comes with slew of worthwhile additions and upgrades.
Olympus Evolt E-410 $400 4.2 stars (older model) entry level DSLR
Released in May 2007. This Evolt is an excellent choice for an entry level, basic budget DSLR camera. This is one of the best, entry level digital SLRs for low-light shooting. The price is very reasonable, and for the price, this DSLR is very versatile and has its share of powerful features.
Olympus Evolt E-420 $459 4.5 stars entry level DSLR update to the E-410
Released in February 2008. Smallest DSLR camera. Very good entry level. However, it is just a minor update to the E410 and it has many of the same features as that DSLR camera.
Olympus Evolt E-510 $430 4.0 stars entry level DSLR
Released in July 2007. Very price competitive for the features. Reviews show this model has very good picture quality, but some auto focus issues hurt its rating.
Olympus Evolt E-520 $499 4.1 stars entry level DSLR update to the E-510
Released in May 2008. The feature set is similar to the older Olympus models. However, there are improvements and upgrades. It comes with sensor shift stabilization and a larger continuous shooting buffer. Also comes with support for face detection. It does come with more features than the E510 it replaces.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 $699 3.9 stars entry level DSLR
Released in November 2008. Very good photo quality, and very fast. However, it is not the most user friendly camera. More compact than some of the competing digital SLR cameras, but it is also slightly more expensive.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10 $650 3.8 stars entry level DSLR
Released in November 2007. Panasonic’s second DSLR camera. This one is meant to compete with the more introductory and basic models on the market. While the features and quality make this a compelling choice, the price is higher than some of it competitors, and the overall consensus is the additional features do not justify the higher price.
Pentax K10D $550 4.5 stars midlevel DSLR
Released in September 2006. The Pentax K10D offers great performance and superb build quality, and tons of features. Reviews show it has has impressive features and is competitively priced considering its performance.
Pentax K20D $730 4.3 stars midlevel DSLR update to the K10D
Released in April 2008. The Pentax K20D has received numerous positive reviews. An impressive DSLR camera. A very good camera for the price.
Pentax K200D $500 4.5 stars entry level DSLR
Released in April 2008. A very good balance in providing a high quality camera at a reasonable price. The Pentax K200D is very user friendly. Consumer Reports currently rates this as the best DSLR camera on the market.
Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 $400 4.25 stars (older model) entry level DSLR
Released in May 2006. Sony’s first solid entrance into the DSLR market. Slightly older technology, however it is still a solid camera for your first DSLR camera.
Sony Alpha DSLR-A200 $440 4.1 stars entry level DSLR update to the DSLR-A100
Released January 2008. Another slightly newer, strong contender for your first DSLR camera. Entry level, no frills model. This Sony DSLR camera has reasonable performance for its price.
Sony Alpha DSLR-A300 $479 4.1 stars entry level DSLR
Released in February 2008. Very similar model to the DSLR-A200. However, the DSLR-A300 adds Live View and a tilting screen, along with a couple other minor improvements.
Sony Alpha DSLR-A350 $550 4.2 stars midlevel DSLR
Released in February 2008. Sony's Alpha A350 is Sony’s top of the line consumer Digital SLR scheduled for release in 2008. It offers the highest resolution for a Sony. This is the just about the same digital SLR camera as the DSLR-A300, however it comes with a 14.2 Megapixels sensor rather than the 10.2 Megapixel sensor found in the A300. Maybe the best Live View on the market.