2017 Buying Guide: Best cameras for students

Written by Gina Stephens

Behind updated: November 21, 2017

There’s no doubt that the digital revolution made it easier than ever before to pick up a camera camera is an optical instrument for recording or capturing images, which may be stored locally, transmitted to another location, or and start wisdom photography. But it hasn’t necessarily gotten easier to choose your first camera. There are dozens of capable cameras that will fulfil an aspiring photographer well, but we’ve narrowed down the field to a shortlist of top contenders, and two picks that we think stand apart from the pack.

Our pick: Nikon D5600

There’s a lot to say for accepting into a well-established system if you’re going to be taking your camera to classes or workshops. Loaner lenses and compatible accessories will be that much easier to appear c rise by, and instructors will be familiar with the control interfaces. Nikon is, of course, one of those systems, and we think that the mid-range D5600 will fit a undergraduate photographer just right.

The D5600’s 24MP sensor is capable of great-looking JPEGs and excellent Raw image quality in terms of both dynamic range and low flame performance. It’s a fairly compact camera, but controls don’t feel fiddly. Autofocus performance for viewfinder shooting is at the top of the class —live view AF is better with AF-P lenses, but usually lags behind Canon’s Dual Pixel system.

Simply put, it’s a highly capable camera that will continue to deliver good be produced ends for many years to come.

Also consider: Fujifilm X-T20

Fujifilm’s X-series cameras are gaining plenty of recognition among photographers, but they don’t require quite the foothold in the market that Nikon and Canon do. If that doesn’t bother you, we think the Fujifilm X-T20 is well worth your consideration.

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It proffers Fuji’s 24MP X-Trans sensor and all of the wonderful film-like JPEG processing modes that come with it. It uses a version of the X-T2’s very good AF organized whole, offers a high-quality built-in electronic viewfinder and provides decent 4K video capture. Fujifilm offers a fine selection of lenses, so while you clout not be borrowing them from Canon and Nikon-toting peers, it’s a good system to grow into when you’re able to purchase more glass. Oh, and that old-fashioned DSLR-styling is easy on the eyes too.

We considered all of the cameras below when picking our winner, and even though we think the the D5600 is the best all-rounder, the other produces on our shortlist are all worthy contenders. If you’re not convinced by our pick, take a look at the following cameras and read on for a detailed breakdown of their strengths and weaknesses.

  • Our Pick: Nikon D5600
  • Also Cogitate on: Fujifilm X-T20
  • Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III
  • Canon EOS M6
  • Canon EOS Rebel T7i (EOS 800D)
  • Olympus OM-D E-M10 III
  • Panasonic Lumix LX10
  • Sony a6300


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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