Video: DigitalRev Shows You that DSLRs Under $100 Can Still Get the Job Done

Photography can be an expensive hobby to get into. With most DSLRs nowadays coming in at around $400 for even the lowest of consumer level cameras. By the time you add in accessories, the financial aspect can be a bit demanding for a newbie.

But just because it can be financially demanding doesn’t mean it has to be, as our friendly neighborhood DRTV stars explain in the useful video above.

In it, Kai and Lok of DigitalRev demonstrate how you can actually grab yourself a capable DSLR ‘starter kit’ for less than $100. Using eBay as their marketplace, the pair purchased the camera of their choice and took to the streets to see just how well they fared with their newly-purchased (though certainly not new) shooters.


As pointed out throughout the video, if you’re looking to spend less than a hundred dollars on a camera, odds are good it’s only the basic functions you’re looking for. Which is good news, since anything under $100 will likely give you the basic functions and only the basic functions.

Limitations noted, however, both Kai and Lok seemed to be impressed with how their cameras held up. And since they were able to purchase their setups for less than $100, they still had some money left over to buy accessories — which Kai may or may not have skimped out on.


While not a lot of people are stuck on such a strict budget, this episode of DRTV is more about the principle than the specific number.

For those aspiring photographers who feel like a starter SLR is far out of reach, the demonstration should give you a nice bump in confidence by showing you that even a piece of gear that costs less than 1/35th of what a Canon 5DMIII body does can get the job done in the right hands.

(via Reddit)

  • Greg Planchuelo

    For the last 5 years I’ve been using a Nikon D40x and a 50mm 1.8 and I could not be happier. A very versatile, lightweight and dynamic combination.

  • Tyson Williams

    Oh no…. Kai left the bad behind – LOL

  • Michael Palmer

    Tomorrow Kai will be telling us that rain is wet…

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  • Rick

    DigitalRev used to be funny, not anymore

  • superduckz

    I went from a D40 to a D7000 and gave the D40 to my (very capable) 12 year old daughter to get started on the basics. She has a good eye, a fearlessness of technology and keeps producing really excellent images. Unless you’re interested in VERY large prints it’s a fantastic choice for a first camera AND (more importantly) there’s great new glass coming out for it all the time.

  • Dan Tauro

    I he have long said that the last upgrade one should consider given a budget is the body. Glass and light almost always win. I shot my 10D for 5 years and now am shooting a 40D. When the 80D or 7D is a has been perhaps I will pick one up.

  • PazinBoise

    It’s kind of a bummer that a $100 30D is built better than my 70D seeing that it is form the same cameras series and is a replacement model for it.

  • Disqus is an NSA shill

    Lok likes locks. That’s so sweet!

  • Mark Gold

    Great video. I keep an even older D50 as a backup to my D7000. Eventually my D7000 will become my backup camera, but in the meantime, the D50 does the job!

  • DueyGee

    I still have my 400D AND 30D bodies even if I have a 7D presently, and all I can say is that my older bodies can still do the job done. My 30D has survived a couple of rainy situations, and my 400D has went through 200k++ shots without the shutter being replaced.

    For one, Canon’s older consumer and prosumer bodies fare better than the recent consumer and prosumer bodies they are selling right now.

  • Rabi

    I don’t necessarily have a problem with reblogging a DRTV video, but it feels pretty silly when the video is three months old…