Affordable Interchangeable Lens Camera
Nikon D3400 The Nikon D3400 is the least expensive camera we've seen that offers interchangeable lenses, available for $325.99.

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.

Fujifilm X-A3
Fujifilm X-A3
from $533
Size Really small Help
Mid size (117×67×40 mm)
Supports 24p 24p movies Help
For that film look
Weight Light-weight Help
339 g

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Canon EOS M100
from $449
Size Really small Help
Mid size (108×67×35 mm)
Autofocus Phase detection autofocus Help
fast and accurate
Weight Light-weight Help
302 g

Learn more about the Canon EOS M100

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Fujifilm X-E3
from $898
Size Really small Help
Mid size (121×74×43 mm)
Autofocus Phase detection autofocus Help
fast and accurate
External mic jack External mic jack Help
Record higher quality audio with a microphone

Learn more about the Fujifilm X-E3

Panasonic Lumix DC-GX850 (Lumix DC-GX800 / Lumix DC-GF9)
Panasonic Lumix DC-GX850 (Lumix DC-GX800 / Lumix DC-GF9)
Size Really small Help
Compact (107×65×33 mm)
Lens availability Slightly more lenses available Help
108 lenses
Weight Light-weight Help
269 g

Learn more about the Panasonic Lumix DC-GX850 (Lumix DC-GX800 / Lumix DC-GF9)

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Least Expensive Interchangeable Lens Cameras

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

Nikon D3400
Nikon D3400
from $326
Battery life Great battery life Help
1200 shots
Lens availability Slightly more lenses available Help
230 lenses
Built-in focus motor Built-in focus motor Help
Autofocuses with more lenses

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Olympus PEN E-PL8
Olympus PEN E-PL8
from $430
Size Really small Help
Mid size (115×67×38 mm)
Lens availability Slightly more lenses available Help
108 lenses
Thickness Thin Help
1.5"

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Canon EOS M100
from $449
Size Really small Help
Mid size (108×67×35 mm)
Autofocus Phase detection autofocus Help
fast and accurate
Weight Light-weight Help
302 g

Learn more about the Canon EOS M100

Nikon D5600
Nikon D5600
from $526
Screen size Large screen Help
3.2"
Screen resolution High resolution screen Help
1,037k dots
Size Really small Help
Prosumer size (124×97×70 mm)

Learn more about the Nikon D5600

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Professional DSLRs

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

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
from $2,749
Screen size Large screen Help
3.2"
Viewfinder size Large viewfinder Help
0.71x
True resolution High true resolution Help
30.1 MP

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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.