Best Budget dSLRs Of 2007 (Part 2)

Earlier in the week, we looked at bargain basement dSLRs under £400, today we move up a notch and give you our view on the best budget dSLRs for under £500.

Budget dSLRs (under £500)

Best Budget dSLRs Of 2007 (Part 2)Nikon D40X
(around £395/$670)
This well-built 10 megapixel snapper offers fabulous image quality, instant-on response, a nippy auto focus system, auto ISO, three frames per second burst mode and a large 2.5″ LCD monitor at the bargain price of £400 with the 18-55mm lens.

There’s a full array of automatic and manual exposure modes onboard, backed by a choice of scene modes to help newbies get snapping, and there’s also extensive in-camera image editing for tweaking photos.

Like the D40 before it, autofocus is only supported with AF-S or AF-I lenses, which limits users to newer Nikon lenses.

The menus and playback functions are all intuitive, and it’s a great carry-everywhere choice for new users and enthusiasts looking for a versatile, tough, compact, lightweight and easy to use camera.

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Best Budget dSLRs Of 2007 (Part 2)Olympus Evolt E-510
(around £520/$550)
A second entry for Olympus in our budget dSLR recommendations, the E-510 has much in common with its cheaper brother, including the Live View LCD monitor and sensor cleaning, but the 10 megapixel E-510 offers some fairly compelling features that make the extra outlay worth considering.

The E-510 adds a sensor-shift image stabilisation system and offers the photographer far more control with dedicated buttons for WB, ISO, Metering and AF mode, a dedicated AF area button, a customisable function button and more control over EV steps.

The camera also feels reassuringly more chunky in the hand and with the Olympus E-510 and 14-42mm lens kit currently selling for around £500 and under, it’s well worth checking out.

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