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The no-phone camera buying guide

If you don't like to use your phone for photography, here is a guide to choosing a camera that will work for you

Not everyone wants to use their smartphone for photography. There are those who just do not want to compromise on performance, even if it means carrying another device everywhere.

Portability can, of course, be a key issue for users who don’t want to lug around a big backpack. And people who travel a lot would prefer a camera that can take a bit of abuse.

If you are keen on photography and are looking beyond your smartphone, these are some of the best digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) and mirrorless cameras you can buy at the moment.

ULTRA PORTABLE

Meant for those who do not want to compromise on the portability aspect, but want better performance.

Nikon 1 J4

24,950

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Sony Alpha A6000

51,990 (ILCE-6000L/B with SELP1650 Lens)

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MIRRORLESS CAMERA

If you find DSLR cameras too bulky but want similar levels of performance, mirrorless cameras are a good option.

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II

74,990

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FULL-FLEDGED DSLR

Professionals and genuine enthusiasts don’t want to mess around with anything that is less than excellent.

Canon EOS 7D Mark II

1,50,795 (with EF-S18-135mm f3.5-5.6 IS STM lens)

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ENTRY-LEVEL DSLR

This is for those who take photography seriously, or plan to. For those who are starting off on a tight budget, but want to experience a DSLR camera. Select your first one wisely, for most users tend to stay with the same brand for years.

Canon EOS 1200D

31,995* (with EF S18-55 IS II lens)

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Nikon D5200

34,950 (with AF-S 18-55mm VRII Kit Lens)

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NO-COMPROMISE CAMERA

Budget no bar, the newest kid on the block is changing the game.

Sony Alpha a7RII

2,39,990 onwards

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THE UNIQUE CAMERA

This camera is different from the usual ones in terms of design and features. And travellers will appreciate its will to survive the cold in the mountains as easily as the moisture by the seaside.

Ricoh THETA m15

34,770

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