HWM+HardwareZone.com Tech Awards 2011 Editor's Choice - Part 1

Best Entry-Level DSLR Camera

Best Entry-Level DSLR Camera

Users are pretty much spoilt for choice today with the entry-level DSLR cameras available; which deliver stunning image quality at an affordable price and small body. It's hard to pick a winner from the impressive candidates we had, but pick we did. And here are the results.


  • Canon EOS 550D
  • Nikon D3100
  • Sony Alpha SLT-A55

And the Winner Is...

The Best Entry-Level DSLR Camera goes to Canon EOS 550D.

While we deem the Nikon D3100 as the cheapest and easiest camera to use among the three candidates, for this category, we also place emphasis on overall features and performance. Both the Canon EOS 550D and Nikon D3100 give great imaging performance, but the Canon EOS 550D has better HD video recording capabilities, an incredible LCD display and a one stop higher ISO setting. It's a little more expensive, but it's a camera which both still and video enthusiasts can love.

Scoring Breakdown

 Criteria/Model  Canon EOS 550D Nikon D3100 Sony Alpha SLT-A55
Physique 8.0 9.0 8.0
Features 9.0 9.0 8.5
User-Friendliness 8.5 9.0 8.5
Performance 9.0 9.0 8.0
Value 9.0 9.5 8.0
Overall 9.0 9.5 8.0
Price S$1,249 S$999 S$1,249-1,349

For more details on how we selected our winners, check out the full reviews and articles listed at the References section at the end.

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