Affordable Interchangeable Lens Camera
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7 The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7 is the least expensive camera we've seen that offers interchangeable lenses, available for $348.09.

Cameras with interchangeable lenses do not have built-in lenses, instead they provide the option of using many different lenses. Compact cameras tend to have a single built-in lens and make compromises in order to fit the lens on a small body, achieve a good price point and ensure the camera can take wideangle and telephoto (zoom) shots. Cameras with interchangeable lenses do not compromise as much, they provide what are generally higher end camera bodies and permit the user to decide which lenses they'd like to own. A wider array of lenses will permit more creativity and photographic control in your photographs if you learn how to use them.

Examples of How to Use Different Lenses

The following photos demonstrate some of the different creative options with various lenses. Each lens has its own personality, capabilities and flaws. Sometimes the flaws make for great photos of a certain type, sometimes a lenses unique performance characteristics, such as a very wide aperture or a extremely large max focal length, will permit photos you couldn't otherwise take. For a serious photographer one can argue that the lenses are more important than the camera body.


Bokeh Butterfly
photo of butterfly with selective focus and bokeh blurThe following photo by aussigall shows a butterfly taken with selective focus and a unique bokeh / blur pattern in the background. 100mm at f3/5 on a Canon 400D (XTi).
Bench in the Park
photo of a bench in the parkPhoto by rawheadrex shows a wonderful park shot taken with a Kern Switar 25mm f1.4 lens on a GF1 - Micro Four Thirds mirrorless interchangeable lens camera.
Oslo Fashion Week 2010
photo of a model on a catwalkPhoto by gcardinal shows the versatility of a wide aperture at 200mm telephoto. Taken on a D3X DSLR via a 70-200mm VRII at 200mm f/2.8, the camera captures a model on the catwalk for NICE at Oslo Fashion Week 2010.

Smallest Cameras with Interchangeable Lenses

You want interchangeable lenses but you don't want to give up your compact size camera - these cameras offer the best of both worlds.

Samsung NX500
Samsung NX500
from $791
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
87.0
Movie format Shoots 4K movies Help
4K @ 24fps
Screen type OLED Screen Help
Bright and vivid

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Nikon 1 J5
Nikon 1 J5
from $497
Continuous shooting Rapid fire Help
60 fps
High-speed framerate High speed movies Help
120 fps
Size Really small Help
Compact (98×60×32 mm)

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Canon EOS M10
Canon EOS M10
from $439
Size Really small Help
Mid size (108×67×35 mm)
Touch screen Touch screen Help
Fewer buttons
Autofocus Phase detection autofocus Help
fast and accurate

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Canon EOS M3
Canon EOS M3
from $399
Size Really small Help
Mid size (111×68×44 mm)
Touch screen Touch screen Help
Fewer buttons
External mic jack External mic jack Help
Record higher quality audio with a microphone

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Least Expensive Interchangeable Lens Cameras

The following are some of the cheapest interchangeable lens cameras on the market.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7
from $348
Size Really small Help
Compact (107×65×33 mm)
Touch screen Touch screen Help
Fewer buttons
Lens availability Slightly more lenses available Help
108 lenses

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Canon EOS M3
Canon EOS M3
from $399
Size Really small Help
Mid size (111×68×44 mm)
Touch screen Touch screen Help
Fewer buttons
External mic jack External mic jack Help
Record higher quality audio with a microphone

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Canon EOS M10
Canon EOS M10
from $439
Size Really small Help
Mid size (108×67×35 mm)
Touch screen Touch screen Help
Fewer buttons
Autofocus Phase detection autofocus Help
fast and accurate

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Canon EOS Rebel T6
Canon EOS Rebel T6
from $469
Lens availability Slightly more lenses available Help
220 lenses
Announced New Help
March 2016
Weight Light-weight Help
485 g

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Professional DSLRs

The following are some of the best professional digital SLR cameras on the market.

Canon EOS 5DS
Canon EOS 5DS
from $2,641
Low light performance Low noise at high ISO Help
2,381 ISO
True resolution High true resolution Help
50.3 MP
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
87.0

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Canon EOS 5DS R
Canon EOS 5DS R
from $3,250
Low light performance Low noise at high ISO Help
2,308 ISO
True resolution High true resolution Help
50.3 MP
Cross type focus points Many cross-type focus points Help
41

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Canon EOS-1D X Mark II
Canon EOS-1D X Mark II
from $5,856
Continuous shooting Rapid fire Help
16 fps
Screen resolution High resolution screen Help
1,620k dots
Viewfinder size Large viewfinder Help
0.76x

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Nikon D500
Nikon D500
from $1,997
Screen resolution High resolution screen Help
2,359k dots
Light sensitivity High ISO Help
1,640,000 ISO
Focus points Many focus points Help
153

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Discussion

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Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (0:35 PM, April 20, 2011)
what tends to make a camera pro is: being weather proofed, having a shutter rated to many actuations, having advanced focus systems, having many features accessible as buttons on the body, the body being made of metal rather than plastic etc. e.g. pro cameras have advanced features and durability.
 
Allen Valino (4:58 AM, April 20, 2011)
Just want to know where is Nikon D90 considered as entry level? I'm new to photography and I am very interested on learning more about it. Thanks.