There is something extremely satisfying about whipping out a digital SLR camera, screwing on the lens, swinging the strap over your shoulder and feeling the heft being raised up to your eye. Mining trucks, computer RAM and bank accounts’ efficiency could be measured by their size, but that doesn’t have to the case with digital SLR cameras – actually, any camera for that matter.

There are an incredible amount of cameras to choose from these days in all shapes, sizes and capabilities, but hopefully we will give you a better understanding of what is available and who size doesn’t always correlate to efficiency, ease-of-use or a particular price point.

Whether you are a professional photographer looking for something that can easily be thrown into a bag as a backup camera, or if you are looking to buy your first SLR after graduating from point-and-click school, entry-level SLRs are a great choice – for many reasons, let alone the price aspect.

But which should you choose? If you are in the market for one, here’s three of the best entry-level SLR camera that we rounded up for this month’s group test.

Next page: Pentax K-50

Charlie started his professional life as a motoring journalist for a community newspaper in Mpumalanga, Charlie explored different journalistic angles since his entry into the fast-paced world of publishing in 2006. While fostering a passion for the arts, Charlie developed a love for technology – both which allowed him to serve as Entertainment and Technology Editor for an online publication. Charlie has since been heavily involved in consumer technology for various websites and publications. He thoroughly enjoys World War II films and cerebral documentaries; aviation; photography and indie music. Oh yes, and he also has a rather strange obsession with collecting coffee mugs from his travels.