which are the cheapest SLR cameras and which models we would choose to get the best value for money

The photograph is a relatively expensive hobby . Especially the initial investment in a camera.

The electronic systems of the cameras are technologically very advanced and the optical elements (lenses) are very complex to design and manufacture.

Both the cameras and the lenses are expensive and as soon as we go to medium and high ranges prices skyrocket.

One thing to keep in mind: from a certain level, all cameras offer very good image quality and the differences between ranges are not in the image quality itself, but in the extra functions, construction materials and aids to the photographer.

If you have a very tight budget, there are very interesting options: models that give up some of those extra functions to offer good performance at a more affordable price.

Recommended cheap SLR cameras

Among the new models, the cheapest SLR is usually a model from Canon’s 4-digit series .

They are cameras that offer very good image quality.

To cut costs, they usually include a higher-end camera technology but from 2-3 years ago, and the body of the camera is made mostly of plastic.

Nikon also has its entry-level range for SLR cameras, which matches the D3000 series models (for example the Nikon D3500 or the Nikon D3400 )

We are going to make our recommendation in order of preference in what we understand as the best value for money considering the whole of the camera, its characteristics and benefits:

Nikon D3500

Our first recommendation is the Nikon D3500. Exceptional image quality, robust and robust camera. 

Although it foregoes the articulated and touch screen, and some extra functions of slightly higher ranges, it is a very complete camera for photography.

Canon EOS 2000D ( Rebel T7 )

It is part of one of Canon’s best-selling series – the four-digit series (1000D, 1100D, 1200D, 1300D). In America it corresponds to the Rebel Tx series (Canon EOS Rebel T4, T5, T6 …)

They are very simple SLR cameras in terms of construction (especially plastic materials) but they offer very good performance in terms of image quality and camera configuration options.

This series meets the needs of most amateur photographers or people who want to learn photography.

For a little more advanced hobbyists, there may come a time when they miss some of the features of higher ranges.

They are also cameras oriented mainly to photography.

They can record video with good image quality, but their video modes are more limited and especially the autofocus systems are more rudimentary.


Canon EOS 4000D ( Rebel T100 )

It is the cheapest SLR camera you can find (if you compare with current SLR camera models and without taking into account the second-hand market).

The Canon 4000D is the most basic when it comes to building materials. The body is practically made of plastic, including the part of the mount (where the objectives are attached). It is also usually marketed together with a fairly old lens.

Otherwise the functionality and benefits are similar to the Canon 2000D

Anyway, I do not recommend it unless you have a very very tight budget. I’d rather save a bit more and pick up one of the higher models.