2017 Buying Guide: Best cameras for beginners

Written by Gina Stephens

At the rear updated: November 21, 2017

Maybe you want better photos in low light. Maybe you’re tired of digital zoom. Or maybe you have aspirations of shooting for a newspaper or ammunition one day. Whatever the reason, you’re sure of one thing: your smartphone just isn’t cutting it and you want a dedicated camera.

Great news: most cameras are bonny good these days! It’s just a matter of choosing the one with the best features, controls, and price for you. Here’s where we think your net is best spent if you’re looking for a capable, beginner-friendly camera to grow and learn with.

Our Pick: Canon EOS Rebel SL2 (EOS 200D)

The Rebel SL2 is a very lightweight, laconic DSLR with excellent JPEG rendering and manual exposure controls when you’re ready for them. It provides a few useful features that beginners intention likely find useful, like a touchscreen and quick Dual Pixel autofocus in live view, and still offers the traditional (albeit paltry) optical viewfinder that its mirrorless peers lack.

You’ll have plenty of options when you decide to add new lenses to your kit, but you’ll already be well-equipped to get started with the kit lens. When all is said, Canon’s useful Feature Assistant beginner mode will ease you into the wide world of setting shutter speed and aperture.

We over all of the cameras below when picking our winner, and even though we think the SL2 is the best all-rounder, the cameras camera is an optical instrument for recording or capturing images, which may be stored locally, transmitted to another location, or on our short list are all worthy contenders. If you’re not convinced by our pick, deliver assign to through this buying guide for a detailed breakdown of each camera’s strengths and weaknesses.

  • Our Pick: Canon EOS Rebel SL2 (EOS 200D)
  • Canon EOS M100
  • Nikon D3400
  • Olympus OM-D E-M10 III
  • Sony Alpha a5100
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About the author

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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