Best DSLR Cameras under 40000 (2020) – Reviews & Buyer’s Guide

1. Nikon D53002. Canon EOS 1300D3. Canon EOS 200D





India in the recent years has become photography crazy. With smartphones more feature packed and cheaper than ever, everyone has the chance to get on to a public forum and share their life experiences with friends and others. This is pretty evident as many smartphone makers have started up factories in India to cope with the demand.

They have India specific models too which just says about the potential that India is currently displaying. With this boom, people have started to express the desire to post and pose for photos that have the best of quality available. This is where smartphone makers have woken up and started giving high-quality cameras in their phones at such low prices. This is because legitimate cameras have always been an expensive affair for many in India.


The times are changing now. Cameras are now available in the lowest of prices and India is starting to recognize this. DSLRs are the ultimate epitome when it comes to image quality and clarity at its finest. But the myth/stereotype is that these devices are really expensive. They have dropped hugely in prices, and there are models in almost every reasonable price bracket. Because India is a very calculative country. We Indians don’t usually spend on stuff without thoroughly researching on it. We need features, and VFM is our motto.

Manufacturers have realized this boom. This is their chance to make the most of it. They have released a lot of DSLR models that have been very competitively priced that you just cannot notice them anymore. The features they have are ones that used to be found on cameras that cost way more a few years before.

Canon and Nikon have locked horns and try as much as possible to give some tough competition to each other and get some of the market share goodness. This list has six cameras that fall under the prescribed budget of 40000 INR. This is in no way a cheap affair for most Indian families/buyers, but still, these cameras all prove to be extreme bang for your buck.

This article also has a few must-haves that we think would step up your current prowess to a whole new level. Be sure to give it a read. Without further ado, let’s get into the topic.

Here is the list of cameras that fall under the budget of 40000 INR. The pros and cons of each camera have been listed out so that you can make a smart choice. Let’s go.

Top 6 Best DSLR Cameras under 40000 in India (2020)

1. Nikon D5300 24.2MP Digital SLR Camera

Nikon-D5300-24.2MP-Digital-SLR-CameraNikon is a brand that photographers around the world know and cherish. Canon and Nikon have always been the forerunners in offering awesome cameras for the masses. This time, it is no exception, and Nikon has somehow managed to pull it off brilliantly. We think this is the best DSLR camera under 40000. Nikon just gave it all. These are features that no rival model can manage to offer.

This is 24-megapixel camera with a 3.2 inch LCD screen in the rear which is articulated. This means that shots at difficult angles will be a breeze and you can take selfies too!The ISO range of this camera is a respectable 100-12800 which means that low light capabilities are not far away from the bigger and more expensive models.

The shutter speed range is a healthy 30 seconds to 1/4000th of a second so that you can be sure to never miss a memorable event again and also perform great in low light conditions. This camera can shoot Full HD 1080p videos at 60 frames per second, and that is pretty much the best spec in class.
The D5300 weighs around 530 grams, and the dimensions are 4.9 x 3.9 x 3 in.


  • There is a whole awesome platter of features like GPS, WiFi connectivity for easy transfer of photos and for geo-tagging.
  • The auto-focusing system is pretty much the best in this range.
  • The bundle kits that are offered with this camera make this more Value for Money than ever.


  • The inclusion of a touch screen would have made it even more compelling to buy as some rivals offer that feature.

2. Canon EOS 1500D Digital SLR Camera 

Canon-EOS-1500D-Digital-SLR-Camera-1This camera is a party trick for Canon as it replaces the 1300D. This is an entry-level DSLR by Canon competing directly with the Nikon D3400. The Nikon D3400 is already a great camera, and the Canon has to do a lot to better the Nikon.The 1500D is a 24-megapixel camera with a 3 inch LCD screen at the rear.
The practical ISO is a low 100-6400. This means that low light photos won’t be that great.

The Shutter speed range remains the same as the 1300D. The range is 30 seconds to 1/4000th of a second. This camera has a 9 point autofocus system that is best to say average. The camera is also capable of shooting full HD video at 30 frames per second and that it is pretty good. This camera weighs approximately 475 grams, and the dimensions are 5.07 x 3.9 x 3.05in.


  • NFC connection included for easy sharing between smartphone and the camera.
  • There is also Wireless connectivity for better connectivity.


  • Low light capabilities are limited as the practical ISO range is low.
  • Continuous shooting is a bit lower than the rival model.

3. Canon Eos 200D 24.2MP Digital SLR Camera

Canon-Eos-200D-24.2MP-Digital-SLRThis is a new launch for Canon on Indian shores, and at first glance at the spec sheet, this seems to be going head to head with the Nikon D5300. This camera has been garnering some positive reviews overall, and we think it is a worthy alternative to the Nikon.The 200D is a 24-megapixel camera that has a 3 inch articulated LCD touch screen at the back, and this makes the operation part a joy to behold.

The ISO range is an impressive 100-25600, and that is the best in this class, and this value can also be boosted. The shutter speed range is pretty standard, and it is 30 seconds to 1/4000th of a second. This camera is capable of shooting at five frames per second, and that is sort of the standard figure that most cameras in this budget seem to get.

This camera is capable of shooting full HD videos at 60 frames per second, and that makes sure that playback in big screens is great. This camera weighs around 453 grams, and the dimensions are 4.8 x 3.6 x 2.7in.


  • Has good battery life to make you sure you have more shots to spare.
  • Has a touch screen which just makes operation just easier.
  • Low light capabilities are better than the other models here.
  • Has NFC and Bluetooth for better connectivity.


  • Doesn’t have GPS function for geo-tagging.
  • Has way less auto-focus points than the rival model.

4. Canon Eos 1300D 18MP Digital SLR Camera

Canon-Eos-1300D-18MP-Digital-SLR-CameraThis camera is a crucial model for Canon as this replaced the 1200D which was the best selling DSLR on Amazon from the time it was launched. Canon has tremendous success with the 1200D, and they have to make sure that this success remains with the new successor. The 1300D was designed solely to compete with the Nikon D3300.

This camera comes with an 18-megapixel shooter, and if you are a megapixel nut, there are better options around. The ISO range is a low 100-6400, and it is in the same ballpark of the Nikon D3300. If low light photography is your thing, this camera will struggle. Shutter speed range is the standard 30 second to 1/4000th of a second. There is nothing to complain about that.

This camera has a 9 point autofocus system, and this is pretty much average when it is compared with the other models in this price range. This camera weighs a feather below 490 grams, and the dimensions are 5.07 x 3.9 x 3.07in.


  • This camera has built-in Wireless connectivity, unlike its rival.
  • NFC makes sharing photos to smartphones a piece of cake.
  • One of the cheapest options for DSLR’s in the market right now.


  • The D3300 is now a cheaper and better buy now if you are going for a bundle kit.
  • Auto-focusing is not this camera’s forte when it comes to moving objects.

5. Nikon D3400 Digital Camera Kit

Nikon-D3400-Digital-Camera-KitThe Nikon D3400 is one great camera when it comes to this budget. It beats out its rival from Canon, the 1500D in almost every way. This camera has been built with a carbon fibre monocoque, and this is to make sure that it is as light as possible and this is one of the lightest DSLRs you can buy now. This is a 24-megapixel camera with a non-articulating 3 inch LCD screen.

This camera has an 11 autofocus point system, and this is pretty much average in tracking moving objects. This camera can shoot at five frames per second, and that is a best in the class figure. The shutter speed range is a standard 30 seconds to 1/4000th of a second affair. The ISO range is the party piece here. A whopping 100-25600 and that is class leading to being brutally honest.

This camera has Bluetooth connectivity, and you can use your smartphone to control the camera through the Nikon App. This camera is capable of shooting full HD 1080p videos at 60 frames per second, and that is up with the best in this class. This camera weighs approximately 395 grams, and the dimensions are 4.9 x 3.9 x 3 in.


  • There is a bundle kit on offer, and that is the way to go as you get two lenses along with the camera within the budget.
  • Low light capabilities are great as the ISO range is on par with cameras that cost way more.
  • The battery life is insanely high.


  • There is no microphone port available for attaching an external mike for Vlogs.
  • The screen isn’t articulate.

6. Nikon D3300 24.2MP Digital SLR Camera

Nikon-D3300-24.2MP-Digital-SLR-CameraThis camera was what that started everything in the DSLR field for Nikon in India. This was the camera that came before the D3400. The D3300 was already a great camera, and the D3400 has managed to better most of what was wrong with the D3300. This might seem like a dated camera, but it still has what it takes to make it to this list. This camera rivals the Canon 1300D. This is a 24-megapixel camera with a 3 inch fixed LCD screen at the rear.

The shutter speed range is same as the D3400 being 30 seconds to 1/4000th of a second. The ISO range is a poor 200-6400 and can be boosted, but a lot of grain creeps in. This camera is capable of shooting at five frames per second, and that is something its rival model cannot do. This camera can shoot Full HD 1080p video at 60 frames per second, and that is the best in class, no doubt.

This camera has an 11 point autofocus system, and it pretty much does an adequate job of tracking moving objects. This camera will tip the scales at 460 grams, and the dimensions are 4.9 x 3.9 x 3 in.


  • This camera still has the features to match its rivals at a great price.
  • The bundle kits are great Value for Money.
  • Low light and continuous shooting capabilities are considerably better than the rival model.
  • Great battery life makes sure that you will be taking more photos than most other models.


  • The screen should have been articulable as angled shots will be very difficult.
  • Wireless connectivity is optional and not offered as standard.

Must have accessories along with a DSLR under 40000

Well. We have looked at some cameras that fall under the price bracket. Now it is time to see some accessories/essentials/must-haves that will take your photography game to the next level. These are gizmos that just make things a whole lot easier and controlled. We are all bound to make mistakes and mess stuff up. These not only make your photos and videos look much better and pro like but also go a long way in reducing these minor mistakes so that you get your photos just like how you imagined in your mind.

Waterproof Camera bags

This is numero uno in the must-have list. Because you cannot keep your camera in your ordinary shoulder bag as it can damage your camera in ways you wouldn’t dare to imagine. A camera bag is specifically designed to accommodate all the photo equipment that comes with your camera and also the accessories you might want to keep. Some bags even have pockets to accommodate tripods. These bags are waterproof and come in all sizes. One tip is to get a huge camera bag from the start so that you can add stuff to your equipment list later on when you advance in talent. Lowepro is a great brand for these kinds of bags.


The tripod stand might look like a simple purchase, but it isn’t. It might even look like something that it not necessary. That might be the case but only until the light drops. After that, your hands have to be made of steel to support your camera firmly without any vibrations and shakes. There are different things to be considered while buying one. The tallness, the portability, weight limits and so on.
Think of the tripod as a mechanical image stabilization system. You’ll never know when we’ll need one.
When using heavy lenses like huge telephotos, the support should be increased as the camera becomes imbalanced. Tripods make sure that these long exposure shots and low light shots and crisp and sharp. They make these self-timer shots a breeze as you have a stable place where you can rely on your camera to stay.


This is a must-have for people who are into vlogging or making short films with a budget. The awesome videos you see on Youtube that look like they’ve been shot on a professional movie camera? They have been shot with great DSLR cameras that have been stabilized with a gimbal. These awesome techs have been garnering some great response over the years for their portable but impactful presence when it comes to vlogging. The camera stays stable no matter what small shakes and slips your hand might do involuntarily and give you the impression that it has been shot on a movie rig.
Think of this as a tripod that can move along with you without eating a lot of space.

Shutter remote

This is exactly as it sounds. Just like a TV or a stereo remote. During long exposure shots, even the act of pressing the shutter button by yourself can cause some serious distortions in the photo. And also when the camera is in a spot that is pretty much compromised and there is no space for you, you can keep the tripod at a good perch and operate the shutter at a safe distance. This is a great tool while shooting in rough terrain and wildlife photography. There are wired ones and infrared ones too depending on your budget. These are compact and doesn’t hurt to carry one. You can take selfies too with these, and I would say that is the main reason why most people would want one.

Camera Filters

These are great equipment to make your picture look much better than it already is. There are UV filters and Polarizing filters available in the market that let your photos do the talking when used. These filters also protect your lenses from accidental damage as they are covering an integral part of the lens. Using a polarizing filter will reduce reflections given back to the lens while taking pictures of water and shiny objects and also brings out the colours in a picture in the best way possible and make your picture vivid and beautiful. Many have debated that the use of these filters has a degrading effect on the overall quality of the image, but that is not true at all. They have no reducing effect and just produce better images than normal.

Lens Cleaning Kit

Even though DSLRs are well made, they do gather some dust over time. This is something you should make as a routine as they need maintenance too. This is something that should not be done daily, but maybe a monthly affair would keep your camera as fresh as a newly picked blueberry.
There are several lens cleaning kits that you can buy from the market today that do a great job in bringing your camera back to form. You might have noticed that lenses gather smudges and fingerprints like a magnet collects filings. The kit includes a cleaning liquid and cleaning cloth and some tissues to make sure that your camera lens shines like new.

One important tip to save up silica gel packets and put them in your camera bag as they are great in absorbing moisture. This keeps your camera as dry as possible and keeps fungus away. Yes, you read it right. The fungus is known to grow inside lenses.

The blower is also very much needed to blow the dust off your gear. This is better as you can blow away the bigger particles first so that you can wipe the rest as these bigger particles tend to scratch the lenses and ruin them forever.


It’s great to see that you have reached the very end of this article. We hope this was a good read. This article was written down after doing extensive amounts of research on every product that would cut this price bracket. Multitudes of user feedback and tech geek reviews later, these were the products that made a list.

We would be elated if this article gave you even the tiniest of advice on what to look out for in the market while purchasing a DSLR because it isn’t something cheap and it is a tool that has to be used with care and passion. We are sure that none of these products will disappoint you in a huge way and it all falls under the matter of preference. We wish you the best of luck in your future travel towards becoming a photographer.

2 thoughts on “Best DSLR Cameras under 40000 (2020) – Reviews & Buyer’s Guide”

  1. I don’t know why didn’t you add Nikon D5600 cuz it has outstanding features like 24.1mp resolution,39AF, 970shots battery, 1080 60p video recording and a good ISO range will make a formidable competitor for the DSLR’s you have mentioned even with a affordable price.

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