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HWM+HardwareZone.com Tech Awards 2013: Editor's Choice - Part 1

Best Entry-Level DSLR Camera

Best Entry-Level DSLR Camera

DSLR cameras today, even entry-level models, deliver stunning image quality at an affordable price and small body, and this year's nominees were all impressive in their own right. The Canon 650D is the first DSLR camera to come with a touch-screen (capacitive, at that), the Nikon D3200 shoots high-resolution 24MP images and the Sony A-57's translucent mirror technology gives it the powerful ability to shoot 10 frames per second.

Nominees: 

 

  • Canon EOS 650D
  • Nikon D3200
  • Sony Alpha SLT-A57

 

And the Winner Is...

The 18MP Canon 650D is an all-round capable entry-level DSLR like its predecessors before it, and it presents one of the most user-friendly entry-level DSLR cameras for beginners thanks to its 3.0-inch touchscreen. Users can touch controls and swipe photo previews, just like how they've become accustomed to on smartphones. The new 9-point AF system (all the points are cross-type) is fast and accurate. The experience of shooting in live view still leaves something to be desired, so don't expect to use the monitor to shoot like you would with a mirrorless or compact camera. Still, the ease of live view and movie shooting is improving by the day, thanks to the use of a hybrid AF system where both conventional contrast AF and phase detection AF are used in conjunction with continuous AF mode. Full HD 1,920 x 1,080 pixels resolution movie recording at 30p/25p/24p is possible.

Scoring Breakdown
 Criteria/Model Canon 650D Nikon D3200 Sony A57
Physique 9.0 8.0 8.5
Features 9.0 8.0 9.0
User-Friendliness 9.0 8.5 8.5
Performance 9.0 8.0 8.0
Value 9.0 7.5 8.5
Overall 9.0 8.0 8.5
Price S$1,299 (with 18-55mm lens) S$1,099 (with 18-55mm lens) S$1,249 (with 18-55mm lens)

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