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The Canon EOS Rebel T100 / EOS 4000D really does feel like a camera that's been designed and built to a budget imposed by especially parsimonious accountants.
With most of the camera made up of components from the parts bin for long-superseded Canon DSLRS, there really is nothing much to recommend it over other entry-level DSLR rivals, apart from, perhaps, the price.
With the EF-S 18-55mm kit lens, the EOS Rebel T100 / EOS 4000D is one of the most affordable DSLRs you can buy right now. However, while this low price is designed to tempt new users, our worry is that the limited feature set and poor screen will see them quickly revert back to their smartphone. Eat beans for a month if you have to, but if you want an entry-level DSLR you'll be better off spending a bit more and getting something like the EOS Rebel T7 / EOS 2000D or the Nikon D3400.
Canon EOS Rebel T7 / EOS 2000D
If you want an entry-level Canon DSLR without breaking the bank, this is the next step up from the EOS Rebel T100 / EOS 4000D. The 24.1MP sensor is that bit better, but the camera still lacks some of Canon's latest tech.
Read our in-depth Canon EOS Rebel T7 / EOS 2000D review
The Nikon D3400 is the best entry-level DSLR you can buy right now – it's not perfect, but what it does do it does very well. Offering a beautifully compact body, a solid AF system, huge battery life and very good image quality, the D3400 is also incredibly easy to handle for the first-time DSLR user.
Read our in-depth Nikon D3400 review
Sony Alpha A6000
Sony's mirrorless camera is a bit of a bargain. It's been superseded by both the Alpha A6300 and Alpha A6500, which has meant the price has come down considerably, and it's a great buy for those looking for a feature-packed mirrorless camera at an attractive price.
Read our in-depth Sony Alpha A6000 review
Phil Hall is an experienced writer and editor having worked on some of the largest photography magazines in the UK, and now edit the photography channel of TechRadar, the UK's biggest tech website and one of the largest in the world. He has also worked on numerous commercial projects, including working with manufacturers like Nikon and Fujifilm on bespoke printed and online camera guides, as well as writing technique blogs and copy for the John Lewis Technology guide.