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SPY Guide: The 5 Best DSLR Cameras For Beginners

* DSLR cameras offer more features than traditional point-and-shoot cameras
* Single image processors makes it possible to take better quality photos
* Quality DSLRs can now be found at a fraction of the cost

Tired of those less-than-stellar pictures from your smartphone or standard point-and-shoot? It may be time to upgrade to a DSLR. Short for digital single-lens reflex, DSLR cameras combine the classic customizable features of old-school camera models with an updated digital imaging processor, making it easier to take quality photos that most smartphones and point-and-shoot cameras simply can’t match.

If you’re in the market for a decent DSLR, here are five awesome options.

1. Nikon D3300 DSLR

With 11 AF points with 3D tracking, a powerful 100-12800 ISO, and a beautiful three-inch LCD screen with optional zoom and autofocus, the

is a great DSLR for novices and experts alike. The intuitive interface makes it easy to snap quality pics without having to spend precious time getting your settings right.


2. Nikon D3400 DSLR

The D3400 offers everything that makes the D3300 great, but adds a bunch of great new features. SnapBridge Bluetooth connectivity makes it easier to sync your snaps with your smart device, while the 24.2MP DX-Format CMOS Sensor allows for some incredibly detailed pictures. The EXPEED 4 Image Processor also makes sure that your camera’s captures are saved extra fast.


3. Olympus OM-D DSLR

Sporting a chic retro look, the Olympus OM-D comes with a 16 Megapixel Live MOS Sensor and can capture video at 120 frames per second. With a three-inch tilting monitor and a beautiful LCD screen, Olympus makes it easier to up your camera game.


4. Canon EOS Rebel

A stellar camera at a great price, the

is one of Amazon’s best-selling DSLRs, and it’s easy to see why. With an 18 MP APS-C CMOS sensor, 9 point AF system, a beautiful LCD touch panel and stunning 1080P video quality.


5. Pentax K-S2 20MP DSLR

A camera made for adventure, this Pentax model features a highly durable waterproof and dustproof design while offering an impressive 1080P HD video and a sleek three-inch variable angle with a swing-out LCD monitor. With built-in WiFi, a selfie mode, and ISO Speeds up to 51200, you’ll have no problem snapping great pics.