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5 Best Cameras For Beginners

If you’re just starting out in photography, it may be tempting to purchase a brand-new camera with all the bells and whistles, but the truth is that even the most expensive equipment will not make you a better photographer if you don’t know what you’re doing. So, the best camera to begin photography with is the one that is most convenient for you because it will get you out there shooting. We’ve included some more expensive options for those who want more advanced features or have a larger budget, but for beginners, our advice is to get whatever camera you can afford and focus on learning the fundamentals. Most importantly, have some fun with it!

Remember that the overall performance of a camera varies depending on the lens used. As a general rule, it is preferable to invest in a less expensive camera body and higher-quality lenses rather than an expensive camera body and cheap lenses.

Best Camera For Beginners

Canon EOS R10

The Canon EOS R10 is the a little expensive camera, but if it fits your budget, it’s the best option for beginners. It’s versatile enough for photography and light video work, with a good mix of features that will appeal to both beginners and more advanced users looking to upgrade from an older camera or DSLR. Like most of Canon’s entry-level models, it has a lightweight feel and excellent ergonomics, as well as a very intuitive, beginner-friendly interface. It’s well-suited to a variety of photography styles, thanks to its high-resolution sensor, quick burst shooting, and one of the best autofocus (AF) systems available in entry-level cameras.

The R10’s biggest drawback is that Canon’s RF lens lineup is still being developed, so options are limited. If you prefer a camera with a more established lens ecosystem, the Fujifilm X-S10 is an excellent entry-level option. It’s one of the few cameras in this price range with in-body image stabilization (IBIS), which can help reduce camera shake when shooting handheld. However, its autofocus isn’t as dependable as the Canon’s, and its video specs lag behind.

Nikon Z 50

If you value build quality and ergonomics, the Nikon Z 50 is an excellent choice. It’s the only model here that’s weather-sealed, which adds peace of mind when shooting outside, and it feels very well-built in general. Nikon cameras are also known for their exceptional ergonomics, which include well-placed controls and a large hand grip. Aside from that, the camera features a tilting screen that can be flipped down for selfies and a large high-resolution viewfinder for a clear view of your subject.

While the Z 50’s sensor isn’t the highest resolution among its competitors, it still produces excellent image quality and performs well in low light. It’s also a good choice for action photography due to its fast burst rate and decent autofocus system, though it’s not as effective as the AF on the Canon EOS R10. 

Just keep in mind that Nikon’s mirrorless Z mount still has limited lens support, particularly for APS-C options. The Sony α6400 offers a wide range of lens options and is well-built, but its ergonomics and user interface could be improved.

Canon EOS R50

The Canon EOS R50 is the best camera for beginner photographers on a budget. With its highly portable body, you’ll want to take it everywhere you go. Like its more expensive sibling, the Canon’s simple controls and intelligent auto-shooting modes make it an excellent choice for inexperienced photographers. Furthermore, its autofocus system is very dependable, with a variety of subject detection modes to ensure your subject remains in focus no matter where your interests are. It’s also an excellent choice for video and vlogging, with 4K recording at up to 30 fps and surprisingly advanced video specs for the price. However, it does not have the longest battery life for video.

If you need something more portable for travel, the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV is another excellent budget camera. The R50 is slightly less expensive and has a more effective autofocus system, but the Olympus is part of the Micro Four Thirds system, which provides more lens options and makes for a more portable overall setup. The Olympus is also one of the few budget options that includes IBIS for more stable handheld shooting.

Canon EOS Rebel T7 / EOS 2000D

If you want something truly cheap and don’t want to buy used, the Canon EOS Rebel T7 / EOS 2000D is Canon’s most affordable DSLR and the best option for beginners on a tight budget. It’s a real back-to-basics camera with very few bells and whistles—there’s no tilting screen or even 4k video recording here, let alone any other advanced features.

So, why do we recommend this very basic DSLR from 2018? Because if this is the only camera on the list that fits your budget, it’s worth it if it gets you out there shooting. It lacks features such as IBIS and advanced subject detection modes, but it does have a high-resolution APS-C sensor capable of producing beautiful photos, as well as a well-established stable of lenses in Canon’s EF/EF-S ecosystem, many of which are reasonably priced for beginners and budget shooters.

Nikon D3500

If you’re new to photography, the Nikon D3500 is one of the best digital cameras for beginners due to its innovative interactive Guide Mode. Built right into the mode dial, the Guide Mode walks you through the camera’s features in simple terms, allowing you to learn the ropes of photography as you go. While it lacks some of the extra features found in newer, more advanced mirrorless models such as the Canon EOS R50, the D3500 does have an excellent high-resolution sensor that outperforms its class, as well as a plethora of high-quality lens options, allowing you to continue to take beautiful photos and upgrade your kit as your skills improve.

However, the D3500 has been discontinued and is difficult to find new, so you’ll most likely have to look for a used model on eBay or another used retailer. If you can find one, older DSLRs like this one, as well as previous iterations like the Nikon D3400 or D3300, are excellent, low-cost options for getting started in “serious” photography. Overall, the D3500’s Guide Mode and straightforward design make it the best choice for those who have never used a camera.