Affordable Interchangeable Lens Camera
Canon EOS Rebel T6 The Canon EOS Rebel T6 is the least expensive camera we've seen that offers interchangeable lenses, available for $325.00.

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.

Nikon 1 J5
Nikon 1 J5
from $380
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 $449
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

Learn more about the Canon EOS M10

Fujifilm X-A3
Fujifilm X-A3
from $599
Size Really small Help
Mid size (117×67×40 mm)
Battery life Great battery life Help
410 shots
Touch screen Touch screen Help
Fewer buttons

Learn more about the Fujifilm X-A3

Olympus PEN E-PL8
Olympus PEN E-PL8
from $549
Size Really small Help
Mid size (115×67×38 mm)
Lens availability Slightly more lenses available Help
108 lenses
Touch screen Touch screen Help
Fewer buttons

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Least Expensive Interchangeable Lens Cameras

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

Canon EOS Rebel T6
Canon EOS Rebel T6
from $325
Lens availability Slightly more lenses available Help
220 lenses
Weight Light-weight Help
485 g
Announced New Help
March 2016

Learn more about the Canon EOS Rebel T6

Nikon 1 J5
Nikon 1 J5
from $380
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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Nikon D3400
Nikon D3400
from $410
Movie format Full HD Help
1080p @ 60fps
Battery life Great battery life Help
1200 shots
Lens availability Slightly more lenses available Help
230 lenses

Learn more about the Nikon D3400

Canon EOS M10
Canon EOS M10
from $449
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

Learn more about the Canon EOS M10

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Professional DSLRs

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

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II
Canon EOS-1D X Mark II
from $5,272
Continuous shooting Rapid fire Help
16 fps
Viewfinder size Large viewfinder Help
0.76x
Screen resolution High resolution screen Help
1,620k dots

Learn more about the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II

Nikon D500
Nikon D500
from $1,699
Screen resolution High resolution screen Help
2,359k dots
Focus points Many focus points Help
153
Light sensitivity High ISO Help
1,640,000 ISO

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Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
from $3,148
Screen resolution High resolution screen Help
1,620k dots
Screen size Large screen Help
3.2"
Viewfinder size Large viewfinder Help
0.71x

Learn more about the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

Nikon D5
Nikon D5
from $5,699
Movie format Shoots UHD movies Help
UHD @ 30fps
Screen resolution High resolution screen Help
2,359k dots
Light sensitivity High ISO Help
3,280,000 ISO

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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.