A budget of up to $600 will probably get you an upper-entry-level SLR or a mirror model. What should you choose? It depends on your needs, but one thing the cameras we’ve ranked here have in common is that they’re all outstanding products in their respective categories.

Canon Rebel SL2

The Rebel SL2 or EOS 200D is not the brand’s latest SRL model. It matches the newer EOS 2000D in terms of price, but it has more extras and features. Among them is the great Dual Pixel CMOS AF system, which delivers autofocus performance in live view as if without a mirror. It also has effective adherence in movies, as well as the full Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth combo of wireless connection options and the latest DIGIC 7 processing engine.

The 5fps burst shooting is pretty good. Compatibility with top-quality Canon lenses and the nice microphone attachment option boost the Rebel’s Full HD video capabilities, making it even more appealing.

Nikon D3500

The Nikon D3500 is the most modern, freshest SLR for novices on the market. It’s also very, very affordable. It is an improvement on the D3400 in terms of design with a 24-megapixel sensor and a retracting-mechanism, fast-focusing AF-P 18-55mm kit lens, thanks to which the camera will take up less space when you need to carry it around.

Nikon D3300

The D3300 is one of Nikon’s leading SLR cameras for novices, offering a user-friendly interface, good image quality, and an improved kit lens that is sharper and lighter than past models. However, its price is by far its best feature. It costs under $400 with a lens, and will perform far better than analogical products in this price range. If you’re willing to pay more than $500, why not upgrade to the D5000 series? It offers more features.