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Which? tests Canon’s cheapest DSLR camera

The budget EOS 4000D tested, plus Canon's EOS 2000D DSLR and EOS M50 mirrorless camera, and the new Sony A7 III

Our latest camera test includes two new Canon DSLRs, including its most affordable one to date at just £329.

We’ve looked at five new models in this recent round of testing. The two Canon DSLRs – the EOS 4000D and EOS 2000D – are both entry-level models designed for people using an interchangeable-lens camera for the first time. We also tested the mirrorless Canon EOS M50 – the first camera from the M series to be able to record 4K video, as well as produce 4K timelapse and 4K still-image frame grabs.

The Pentax K-1 II is a successor model and billed as Pentax’s flagship interchangeable-lens camera. And, lastly, the pricey Sony A7 III sees Sony taking all the best bits from previous cameras and integrating them into this model.

Read on for breakdowns of the features and specifications to help you decide if any of these cameras could be your next purchase.

Best Buy DSLR and mirrorless cameras – the best interchangeable-lens cameras available today.

Canon EOS 4000D, £329

Billed as its most affordable DSLR ever, the EOS 4000D is an entry-level interchangeable lens camera from Canon that sits alongside its other recent release, the EOS 2000D below. The EOS 4000D is available for a body-only price of £329, or £369 combined with the EF-S 18-55mm lens.

The 4000D offers an 18Mp APS-C sensor, a slightly smaller than average 2.7-inch fixed LCD screen, simplified controls and a plastic lens mount, rather than metal. However, it does lack the near-field communication (NFC) connectivity seen in the 2000D model, which is useful for transferring photos to your phone or tablet.

Does this camera suffer from compromises thanks to the cheaper price? Read our full Canon EOS 4000D review to find out.

Canon EOS 2000D, £369

The EOS 2000D is Canon’s latest release to the entry-level market of DSLR cameras, and an update to the previously released 1300D. The EOS 2000D is available for a body-only price of £369, or £469 combined with the EF-S 18-55mm lens.

It brings together some updated specs, such as an improved sensor, but weirdly it omits others, like a rear touchscreen.

Does this camera match up to our expectations of Canon cameras? Find out in our full Canon EOS 2000D review.

Canon EOS M50, £539

Canon’s latest mirrorless camera, the EOS M50, is aiming for DSLR-like quality in a compact body.

Offering novice users a choice between DSLR and mirrorless, it’s built around a 24Mp APS-C CMOS sensor, and it also includes an updated DIGIC 8 processor, an electronic viewfinder and a rotating screen.

Has Canon cut corners in quality because of the smaller size? Our testing uncovers all – read our Canon EOS M50 review for the details.

Pentax K-1 II, £1,565

The update to the full-frame K-1 from 2016, the Pentax K-1 II is a DSLR camera that includes a 36Mp full-frame sensor, and weather sealing so you can use the camera in the elements.

Pentax has also increased the ISO range and improved the autofocus speed, and for low-light use there are a number of illuminated controls to assist you when operating the camera, including a light to illuminate the lens mount so you can change lenses comfortably (even in darkness).

But how does this camera compare with rival models at a similar price? We tested it to find out – read our full Pentax K-1 II review for our detailed verdict.

Sony Alpha 7 III, £2,000

The A7 III is another full-frame mirrorless camera from Sony and a successor to the three-year-old a7 II. It’s available for a body-only price of £2,000, or in a 28-70mm (SEL2870) lens bundle for £2,199.

It keeps the same 24Mp resolution as the previous model but includes an updated sensor and image processor to improve low-light sensitivity. Autofocus tracking and precision, in-body camera stabilisation, plus continuous shot speed has also been greatly improved. It too supports 4K video and a range of wireless connectivity options (Bluetooth, NFC, and wi-fi).

With a wealth of advanced features and improved handling, this camera is certain to appeal to all types of photographers. Is this a well-rounded camera or should you be seeking out alternative models? Our in-depth testing has the answers – read our Sony A7 III review.

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