Affordable Interchangeable Lens Camera
Nikon 1 S1 The Nikon 1 S1 is the least expensive camera we've seen that offers interchangeable lenses, available for $199.00.

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.

Samsung NX1100
Samsung NX1100
from $260
3D Takes 3D photos Help
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Supports 24p 24p movies Help
For that film look
Weight Light-weight Help
119 g

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Samsung NX2000
Samsung NX2000
from $250
Screen size Large screen Help
3.7"
Screen resolution High resolution screen Help
1,152k dots
Touch screen Touch screen Help
Less buttons

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Sony Alpha A5000
Sony Alpha A5000
from $448
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
79.0
Size Really small Help
Compact 109x62x35 mm
Supports 24p 24p movies Help
For that film look

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1
from $550
Size Really small Help
Compact 98x54x30 mm
3D Takes 3D photos Help
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Touch screen Touch screen Help
Less buttons

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Least Expensive Interchangeable Lens Cameras

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

Nikon 1 S1
Nikon 1 S1
from $199
High-speed framerate High speed movies Help
1,200 fps
Autofocus Phase detection autofocus Help
fast and accurate
Size Really small Help
Compact 102x61x30 mm

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Canon EOS 70D
Canon EOS 70D
from $200
Touch screen Touch screen Help
Less buttons
Shutter lag Barely any delay taking photos Help
75 ms shutter lag
Autofocus Phase detection video autofocus Help
fast and accurate

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Canon Rebel T5i
Canon Rebel T5i
from $200
Touch screen Touch screen Help
Less buttons
Screen flips out Flip-out screen Help
Great for movies
Screen resolution High resolution screen Help
1,040k dots

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Samsung NX2000
Samsung NX2000
from $250
Screen size Large screen Help
3.7"
Screen resolution High resolution screen Help
1,152k dots
Touch screen Touch screen Help
Less buttons

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Professional DSLRs

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

Nikon D750
Nikon D750
from $2,297
Low light performance Low noise at high ISO Help
2,956 ISO
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
93.0
Screen resolution High resolution screen Help
1,229k dots

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Nikon D810
Nikon D810
from $3,297
Low light performance Low noise at high ISO Help
2,853 ISO
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
97.0
True resolution High true resolution Help
36.2 MP

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Nikon D610
Nikon D610
from $1,697
Low light performance Low noise at high ISO Help
2,980 ISO
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
94.0
Screen size Large screen Help
3.2"

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Nikon D4s
Nikon D4s
from $6,497
Low light performance Low noise at high ISO Help
3,074 ISO
Battery life Great battery life Help
3020 shots
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
89.0

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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.