If you’ve got a little more to spend, you may want to take a look at the Canon EOS 700D (Rebel T5i in the US), Canon EOS 750D (Rebel T6i) and Canon EOS 760D (Rebel T6s), as well as the Nikon D5300 and Nikon D5500.
The main differences between the EOS 700D and its cheaper siblings include a touchscreen LCD that you can pull away from the camera, as well as a hybrid AF system that keeps focusing during video recording.
It also shoots at a slightly faster 5fps but offers the same 18MP sensor resolution as the more junior models. When we came to review the camera, we praised its image quality and loved the flexibility of its LCD, even if the touchscreen means of operation meant that it easily attracted fingerprints.
Canon EOS 700D / Rebel T5i
Canon EOS 750D / Rebel T6i
Canon EOS 760D / Rebel T6s
The EOS 700D is quite a bit cheaper than the Nikon D5300, although the D5300 has many advantages. These include a 24.2MP sensor with no low-pass filter, a 39-point AF system, a larger 3.2in LCD screen (though there's no touchscreen functionality) and Wi-Fi built into the body.
Collectively, this adds up to a much better proposition, although it doesn't have a touchscreen, which may be a deal-breaker. We weren’t so crazy about the D5300’s AF speeds in live view when we reviewed the camera either, although we were otherwise left with positive impressions.
For a similar outlay (including cashback), the Canon EOS 750D is also well worth a look. Although our review found that it didn't quite match the D5500 for detail, we loved its handling and the way the touchscreen controls had been implemented, and felt it was overall a worthy upgrade on the EOS 700D.
Its slightly dearer EOS 760D brother is essentially much the same camera at its core, but a handful of design differences, including a rear control wheel and top-plate LCD, make it a better option if you want a more enthusiast-like shooting experience. You can also find it as a body-only option too, so it’s great if you own an older Canon lens or two.