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The Best DSLR Cameras Under $1,000

First-time DSLR buyer who doesn't want to spend a lot for "too much" camera? Experienced hobbyist on a budget? If you need a DSLR for under $1,000, we've lined up the best of the bunch below. $1,000 is still a lot of money, but considering that some DSLRs cost up to five times that much, we consider anything under the four-figure mark "affordable." The cameras below marry a quality feature set with best-in-class image quality, and all represent a fantastic value.

Some of these DSLRs are current, budget-friendly models while some are only under $1,000 because they are older models. In some cases, buying a DSLR that's only a few years old may get you more features than a brand new DSLR at full price. Whichever you decide, here are some of our favorite DSLRs that still have three figures.

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Nikon D5600

Nikon’s affordable DSLR is getting even more connected — the Nikon D5600 packs in much of the same imaging tech and body style of the D5500, but adds Bluetooth connectivity and built-in time lapses. Sitting towards the low end price-wi...

Grade: B Price: $999.00

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Pentax K-3

Pentax DSLRs are known for their innovative, unique qualities like weather sealing; the manufacturer's 2013 advanced enthusiast model, the K-3, has piqued our interest with an anti-aliasing filter that can be turned on and off. Anti aliasing f...

Grade: A Price: $953.00

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Canon EOS Rebel T7i

Canon's latest consumer DSLR updates have been mediocre attempts at bringing older high-end features to the more budget friendly line, but the new Canon EOS Rebel T7i uses a new sensor, updated dual pixel autofocus and the company's latest...

Grade: A- Price: $849.00

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Pentax K-70

The Pentax K-70 has two big things going for it: weather-sealing, and an $899 price tag.Like most entry-level DSLRs, the K-70 sports an APS-C sensor. The camera shoots at a respectable six frames per second, using up to a 1/6000 second shutter spe...

Grade: A- Price: $847.00

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Pentax K-3 II

While Nikon and Canon are the most popular DSLR manufacturers, Ricoh/Pentax shouldn't be overlooked--they're continuing to prove their worth with the introduction of the Pentax K-3 II, a high-end APS-C DSLR that offers improved autofocus s...

Grade: A Price: $846.00

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Nikon D7100

The Nikon D7100In an era of “less is more” and an onslaught of new mirrorless cameras with small bodies but hefty price tags, Nikon has continued tweaking their excellent line of DSLRs. The D7100 sits at the very top of their models (b...

Grade: A- Price: $824.00

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Canon EOS 70D

Canon's popular mid-range DSLRS received a long awaited upgrade in the EOS 70D. The camera giant has offered high quailty HD video within their DSLRS, the 70D improves on their reputation with a new autofocus system that allows for smooth, con...

Grade: A- Price: $779.00

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Canon EOS Rebel T6i

The Canon EOS Rebel T6i and T6s boasts the highest resolution the popular EOS line has seen yet, thanks to a 24.2 megapixel APS-C sensor. The T6i model is designed for affordability, while the T6s is a flagship model for more advanced users.Both o...

Grade: A Price: $699.00

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Canon EOS Rebel T6s

Canon's 2015 EOS T6s is making a big splash with the highest resolution sensor the EOS line has seen yet, packing in a 24.2 megapixel APS-C sensor. While it has the same imaging power as the less expensive T6i, it also offers a few extra featu...

Grade: A Price: $699.00

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Pentax K-S2

With a weather-sealed, compact body, wi-fi and a solid set of imaging capabilities, the Pentax K-S2 certainly looks to be a competitor among the available DSLRs for beginners. Updating on the quirky K-S1 less than a year after it's release, th...

Grade: A- Price: $697.00

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Sony a68

Just when we thought Sony had forgotten about their DSLRs to concentrate on mirrorless, they've released a very intriguing entry-level model, the a68. While other budget DSLRs offer autofocus points in the single digits or very low double digi...

Grade: A- Price: $598.00

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Pentax K-50

Pentax may be considered the underdog compared to DSLR giants like Nikon and Canon, but the weather-sealed, colorful 2013 release, the K-50, isn't a model to gloss over. Sitting pretty at about $780 MSRP, the K-50 has a feature set and capabil...

Grade: A Price: $480.00

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Canon EOS Rebel T6

Canon has needed to update their budget DSLR for some time now, but, frankly, the Rebel T6 isn't really much of an update. Canon has added wi-fi and NFC, but the specs otherwise appear to be identical to the older T5. And the T5 didn't hav...

Grade: B- Price: $449.00

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Nikon D3300

Nikon's entry level DSLRs have always been an excellent option for beginners—My first DSLR was actually the D3000, back in 2009. The D3300 is Nikon's latest addition to the line and has proven to be a solid shooter for novices.But al...

Grade: A- Price: $447.00

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Nikon D3400

Nikon’s 3300 is a solid beginner’s DSLR and now the manufacturer is expanding on that with the D3400. The latest entry-level DSLR from Nikon wraps up much of the same features as the 3300. So what’s new? Nikon has added Bluetooth...

Grade: A- Price: $399.00

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Canon EOS Rebel T5

The Canon EOS Rebel T3 is one of the top selling DSLRs, but its successor hasn't really made many updates from the 2011 model. If you find the Canon Rebel T5 for a low price, it's still a decent camera but the Nikon D3300 and Pentax K-3 bo...

Grade: C+ Price: $359.00