10 Best Budget SLR Cameras for 2010

By Mayuri, Gaea News Network
Saturday, August 14, 2010

The world of Cameras offers a wide range of choices based on features and price. Out of this whole lot, SLR (Single Lens reflex) cameras have an upper hand due to its impressive qualities. If you are a seasoned photographer who has been into the photography for a long time, then you know the essence of SLR cameras. These cameras have been associated with best photographers, until the DSLR cameras came in to scene. The Digital SLRs are quite expensive owing to its handy capability and inner complexity. In case you one of those avid photographers who’s craving to buy a camera without draining a hole into his/her pocket, its better to look for budget, non-digital SLR cameras. These cameras are old-fashioned, but classic in style. With beguiling features and versatile style, non-digital SLR cameras are still highly demanded.

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The SLR cameras provide photographers with precision and confidence. They provide a viewing image that will be exposed onto the negative exactly as it is seen through the lens. There are a number of photographers who still love to stick to the film. To them, the ongoing cost of acquiring and developing film is not an issue. They prefer the exposure latitude that color negative film allows or the vibrant colors that can come from transparency of film. Read on to find out the top 10 non-digital SLR cameras in 2010 to explore the best in photography.

1. Nikon FM10

The Nikon FM10 is a manual focus 35 mm film camera by Cosina. It is a SLR camera and was first available in 1995. Not only it is classic in its style, it also combines impressive image control that is a mark of Nikon’s dependability and capability. This manual control camera has broad compatibility with the NIKKOR lens system.

Key Features

Autoexposure lock
Manual film rewind
Depth-of-field preview button
Interchangeable focusing screen

Specifications

Dimensions: 139 x 86 x 53 mm
Weight: 420g
Lens type: Interchangeable lens, Nikon F-mount
Shutter: Mechanically controlled
Shutter speed range: 1s to 1/2000s and bulb
Flash synchronization: 1/125s; normal sync. only
Battery: SR44 alkaline battery

Price $269.88 - $310.00 (approx)

Pros

  • Easy to hold
  • Lightweight
  • Compatibility with over 100 Nikkor lenses
  • Nice finish

Cons

  • Cheap plastic parts
  • Focusing screens not interchangeable
  • No automation
  • Poor body construction
  • Meters poorly

2.Canon EOS Rebel GII

The panoramic EOS Rebel GII from the house of Canon flaunts of an elegant silver metallic finish, enhancing its compact, lightweight ergonomic design. Fully loaded with both automatic and manual features for superior performance and easy operation, Rebel GII offers you a unique combination of intelligent, simple and silent operation, and sophisticated SLR performance.

Key Features

Fully automatic 35mm SLR camera with built-in flash.
11 shooting modes including 5 PIC modes.
Compatible with all EF lenses and many EOS System Accessories.

Specifications

Dimensions: 145 x 92 x 61.9 mm
Weight: 382g
Lens type: Canon EF lenses with fully electronic control EF-mount
Shutter: Electronically controlled
Shutter speed range: 1s to 1/2000s and bulb
Battery: Two CR123A/DL123A lithium batteries

Price $299.99(approx)

Pros

  • Built in meter is excellent
  • Easy to use.

Cons

  • Autofocus in low-light is not so good.

3. Pentax ZX 60 QD

The enticing black-and-silver ZX-60 offers super-compact dimensions, user-friendly operations and a host of convenient and advanced features. Combining Picture Mode, easy operations and an affordable price, the ZX-60 is the perfect starter camera.

Key Features

Auto mode flash
TTL phase detection
28mm Lens coverage
Red-eye Reduction

Specifications

Dimensions: 91.4 x 143 x 48 mm
Weight: 620g
Lens type: Manual focus lens with K-A mount
Shutter: Electronically controlled
Shutter speed range: 1/100s
Lens type: Interchangeable lens, Nikon Fmount
Battery: Two CR123A/DL123A lithium bateries

Price $184.95 (approx)

Pros

  • Low price

Cons

  • Heavy Weight

4. Canon EOS Rebel Ti

Canon’s Rebel Ti gives you the world of SLR photography in a small, light, eminently portable format. The grip conforms to the natural shape of your hand for the most comfortable shooting experience ever. With 7 selectable focusing points set in a wide cross pattern, this camera allows you to place your subject almost anywhere you like, or set focus across multiple points.

Key Features

Autofocus 35mm SLR with full manual options
Retractable built-in flash
11 exposure modes
Includes 28-90mm zoom lens

Specifications

Dimensions: 3.5 x 5.1 x 2.5 inches
Weight: 12.9 ounces
Shutter: Electronically controlled
Shutter speed range: 1/90s
Lens type: Interchangeable lens
Battery: Lithium, CR-2

Price $249.99 (approx)

Pros

Compact
Lightweight
Fast autofocus
Large, bright viewfinder
Exposure Lock Counter shows frames remaining

Cons

None as such at this price

5. Nikon N65 QD

The N65 is ideal for people who want to take a step up from point and shoot cameras. This camera with attractive date black body comes at a surprisingly affordable price. Great for family and vacation photography, the N65 offers Nikon’s legendary quality, versatility and superior interchangeable lenses, keeping users captivated with the fun of photography and giving them SLR advantages.

Key Features

Fast auto-focussing
28mm wide angle coverage
Built-in powerful speed light
TTL phase detection

Specifications

Dimensions: 3.6 x 5.5 x 2.7 inches
Weight: 14.1 ounces
Shutter: Electronically controlled
Shutter speed range: 1/90s
Lens type: Interchangeable lens, Nikon Fmount
Battery: Lithium, CR2

Price $249.95 (approx)

Pros

  • Affordable price
  • Easy to use

Cons

  • Lack of advanced features
  • Not good for professionals

6. Canon Rebel T2

The most advanced SLR from the family of Canon in its class with latest automation, a “souped-up” selection of powerful features, expanded shooting modes and state-of-the-art E-TTL II autoflash. A masterpiece of form and function, its luxurious design is both lightweight and enticing to make it truly user friendly.

Key Features

Fully automatic 35mm autofocus SLR camera
7-point high-speed, wide-area selectable autofocus
Ergonomic design with secure grip, large backlit LCD screen
Enhanced built-in flash with advanced E-TTL II autoflash
Includes 28-90mm (3.2x zoom) f/4-5.6 lens with ultrasonic motor; Compatible with Canon EF lenses

Specifications

Dimensions: 3.5 x 5.1 x 2.5 inches
Weight: 12.9 ounces
Shutter: Electronically controlled
Shutter speed range: 1/125s
Lens type: Interchangeable lens
Battery: CR-2

Price $399.99 (approx)

Pros

  • Feather weight

Cons

  • Super quick lens
  • Do not take photos properly

7. Konica Maxxum 50

Experienced photographers know that the sure path to great photography is with a 35mm Konica’s SLR camera. And for beginners, the advantages of the Maxxum 50 DATE are real affordability, outstanding image quality, the versatility of interchangeable lenses, through-the-lens viewing (what you see is what you get), creative control over focus and exposure, high-power accessory flash units, and even an optional wireless remote control. Because of its outstanding cost performance, creative feature selection, and overall ease of use, the Maxxum 50 DATE is the ideal AF SLR camera for beginners and family users.

Key Features

Small, compact 35mm SLR includes 100mm autofocus zoom lens
Multi-dimensional predictive focus control
High-quality spherical acute matte focusing screen
Quartz/date function adds time and date to your photos
Compatible with Minolta’s lightweight D series lenses

Specifications

Dimensions: 3.6 x 5.3 x 2.6 inches
Weight: 11.8 ounces
Shutter: Electronically controlled
Shutter speed range: 1/90s
Battery Type: Lithium, CR2

Price $264.95

Pros

  • Automatic mode works well
  • If you are ready to spend money on film and development, this camera is great for beginners or semi-pro.

Cons

  • Slow auto focussing
  • Plastic lens mount and no cable release socket.

8. Olympus IS-30product_84533

The IS-30 DLX 35mm camera incorporates technological innovations that give you the best of both creative control and automatic ease. With an ultra-sharp 28-110mm zoom lens and a powerful new twin flash system, the IS-30 DLX gives you a degree of creative freedom unmatched by any other SLR. Sleek, alluring design and superbly balanced handling make shooting a pleasure.

Key Features

Integrated System 35mm Zoom Lens Reflex 28-110mm
Auto focus zoom lens
Auto exposure exposure modes
Spot metering Four Flash modes

Specifications

Dimensions: 3.5 x 4.8 x 4.5 inches
Weight: 22.8 ounces
Shutter: Mechanically controlled
Shutter speed range: 1/90s
Battery: Lithium, CR2

Price $260.00 (approx.)

Pros

  • Zoom lens
  • The grip is perfect
  • Easy to use

Cons

  • Remote control does not control zooming
  • Slow start/shutdown time
  • Slow lens.

9. Contax N1

Kyocera’s Contax N1 system is a beautifully made combination of ultra-sophisticated 35mm camera engineering and heavy results-oriented Zeiss lens designs. As in the Canon EOS system, all communication between body and lens is electronics in this camera. Each lens contains an ultrasonic focusing motor. If you can live with the limited range of lenses and accessories available, the newest Contax system is a viable and distinguishable alternative to the standard professional brands.

Key Features

Big & bright viewfinder
Auto-focus and full aperture control
Unsurpassed image quality
TTL phase detection

Specifications

Dimensions: 4.6 x 6 x 2.7 inches
Weight: 28 ounces
Shutter: Electronically controlled
Shutter speed range: 1/250s
Lens type: Interchangeable lens
Battery: Lithium, CR-2

Price $699.99 (approx)

Pros

  • Excellent Lenses

Cons

  • Slow AF

10. Promaster 2500PK Super

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The Promaster 2500PK Super is a ideal camera for students or the aspiring photographers who want full manual control. With its alluring features and rugged design, the Promaster 2500PK Super is simply one of the best options available in the manual camera market.

Key Features

Includes 50mm 1.7 lens
Easy to use manual SLR camera
Ideal for the first-time SLR user
Bright view

Specifications

Dimensions: 3.5 x 5.4 x 3.3 inches
Weight: 15.7 ounces
Shutter: Mechanically controlled
Shutter speed range: 1/125s
Battery: LR-44

Price $169.95 (approx.)

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