Affordable Interchangeable Lens Camera
Placeholder The Canon EOS M100 is the least expensive camera we've seen that offers interchangeable lenses, available for $379.00.

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.

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Canon EOS M100
from $379
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Mid size (108×67×35 mm)
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1.4"
Autofocus Phase detection autofocus Help
fast and accurate

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Fujifilm X-E3
from $649
Size Really small Help
Mid size (121×74×43 mm)
External mic jack External mic jack Help
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
Autofocus Phase detection autofocus Help
fast and accurate

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Fujifilm X-A5
from $499
Size Really small Help
Mid size (117×68×40 mm)
External mic jack External mic jack Help
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
Autofocus Phase detection autofocus Help
fast and accurate

Learn more about the Fujifilm X-A5

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Panasonic Lumix DC-GF10 (GF90)
Size Really small Help
Compact (107×65×33 mm)
Lens availability Slightly more lenses available Help
108 lenses
Thickness Thin Help
1.3"

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Least Expensive Interchangeable Lens Cameras

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

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Canon EOS M100
from $379
Size Really small Help
Mid size (108×67×35 mm)
Thickness Thin Help
1.4"
Autofocus Phase detection autofocus Help
fast and accurate

Learn more about the Canon EOS M100

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Fujifilm X-A5
from $499
Size Really small Help
Mid size (117×68×40 mm)
External mic jack External mic jack Help
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
Autofocus Phase detection autofocus Help
fast and accurate

Learn more about the Fujifilm X-A5

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Fujifilm X-T100
from $499
External mic jack External mic jack Help
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
Autofocus Phase detection autofocus Help
fast and accurate
Thickness Thin Help
1.9"

Learn more about the Fujifilm X-T100

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Olympus PEN E-PL9
from $549
Size Really small Help
Mid size (117×68×39 mm)
Lens availability Slightly more lenses available Help
108 lenses
Thickness Thin Help
1.5"

Learn more about the Olympus PEN E-PL9

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Professional DSLRs

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

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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.