Digital SLR Photography

Favourite five cameras & lenses for under £700 this Christmas

By Caroline Schmidt. Posted

Fujifilm X-A7 (with 15-45mm)
The latest model in Fujifilm's X-series is a beginner-friendly camera featuring a 24.2-megapixel APS-C sensor, vari-angle 3.5in touchscreen LCD monitor and 4K video. At only 320 grams, it's a great choice for travelling with and everyday use.

X-A7 front Left

Nikon D3500 (with 18-55mm)
The D3500 has been one of the bestselling entry-level cameras over the last year for good reason. It sports a 24.2-megapixel APS-C sensor, Full HD video, 5fps shooting and a neat GUIDE mode to assist novices. Its low price makes it a great 'Xmas' gift choice.

D3500 AFP 18 55 VR fronttop

Canon EOS 250D (with 18-55mm)
This entry-level DSLR is a great choice as a first camera for beginners. It's compact, lightweight and easy to use, while features include a 24.1-million pixel APS-C sensor,
4K video, Wi-Fi/Bluetooth connectivity and a vari-angle touchscreen LCD monitor.

Samyang AF 85mm f/1.4
Ask dedicated portrait photographers what their favourite prime is and it's likely to be an 85mm f/1.4. This Samyang comes in a number of variants for popular DSLR and mirrorless fittings and produces high image sharpness and beautiful bokeh at wide apertures. It offers a fine alternative to marque brands.


Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM
Every digital SLR user should have a 50mm standard lens in their kit bag. Now available for under £100, this small and lightweight optic is the ideal take-everywhere lens, featuring a fast maximum aperture and fast, smooth and quiet STM focusing. Best of all, the simple optical design is capable of delivering superb image quality. Consider Nikon branded options, too.

Canon EF 50mm f1.8 STM

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