Cheapest DSLR with Live view
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV is the least expensive digital SLR we've seen with live view functionality, at $199.85.

Some DSLRs do not let you see the photo you are about to take on the screen, instead you have to use the viewfinder. Most modern DSLRs have live view, which lets you see the photo you're about to take on the screen.

Liveview Example

The following image illustrates the difference between a camera that has liveview and that which does not. In this instance the Nikon D80 did not have liveview and was replaced by the D90 which does provide liveview - as you can see the D90 allows you to preview the picture on the LCD without using the viewfinder while the D80 does not. With the D80 the only way to see what you're taking a picture of is to look through the viewfinder.

Nikon D80 vs D90 Live View Capability
photo illustrating the difference between the D80 and D90 liveview mode This illustration demonstrates a camera with and without liveview in this case the Nikon D80 without liveview and the D90 with liveview.

Entry Level SLRs with Live view

The following are some of the best entry level digital SLR cameras that include live view functionality.

Nikon D5600
Nikon D5600
from $569
Screen size Large screen Help
Screen resolution High resolution screen Help
1,037k dots
Touch screen Touch screen Help
Fewer buttons

Learn more about the Nikon D5600

Pentax K-70
Pentax K-70
from $595
Viewfinder size Large viewfinder Help
Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
Shoot in extreme weather
Viewfinder Great viewfinder Help

Learn more about the Pentax K-70

Pentax KP
Pentax KP
from $897
Light sensitivity High ISO Help
819,200 ISO
Viewfinder size Large viewfinder Help
Continuous shooting Rapid fire Help
7 fps

Learn more about the Pentax KP

Nikon D3400
Nikon D3400
from $326
Battery life Great battery life Help
1200 shots
Lens availability Slightly more lenses available Help
230 lenses
Sensor size Large sensor Help
APS-C 23.5x15.6mm

Learn more about the Nikon D3400

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