What’s the Best Digital Camera for Beginners?

When entering the world of photography, there’s one big decision that needs to be made: which camera to use. Although with numerous digital camera types available – including compact, mirrorless and DSLR – making the choice is tricky. In fact, it can be so difficult that some people will stick to their smartphone cameras. However, the following advice and digital camera recommendations ensure that doesn’t need to be the case. 

Camera usage 

Before selecting a digital camera, it’s vital to know its primary use. For example, if someone wants a camera for everyday snaps, a light and small build is the target. This is because it provides that extra incentive to take it whenever going out – a bulky camera that needs its own case doesn’t fit that category. Highly regarded compact and light digital cameras include the Panasonic GX80 and Panasonic TZ70.

With that said, there are obvious reasons for selecting a camera on the larger side. Those that utilize larger lenses, such as DSLR’s like the Pentax K-70 and Nikon D5600, are better suited for certain types of photography. 

Away from the size discussion, selfie-obsessed individuals will want a camera which boasts an LCD screen that flips to face the picture taker. And if the camera is for younger snappers, fun picture-enhancing features and toughness are important components. 

Filming videos: yes or no? 

While taking pictures is typically the priority, it’s always nice to have a camera with the added bonus of proficient video recording. If this is a necessary feature, models that have high-quality focusing systems for video recording – such as the Fast Hybrid AF from Sony – should be considered. 

For an overall professional package, a digital camera with a microphone input is another key feature. This is because a camera’s standard built-in microphone isn’t going to cut it when requiring polished audio. Aspiring vloggers will also desire a camera with a flip LCD screen, as this provides a viewpoint where they can see everything being recorded as they talk to the camera. 

Price

When purchasing a digital camera, price is the first thing aspiring photographers will consider. Compact cameras are amongst the cheapest options. Yet as the Panasonic Lumix ZS50 shows, a lower price doesn’t mean a similar disparity in quality. Whereas DSLR models are usually found with a larger price tag – although certain commendable DSLR options, like the Canon EOS Rebel T7, are an option for budget buyers. 

The price is, ultimately, down to the investment and commitment someone is willing to make. If it’s a serious pursuit of passion, it is best to go with a quality base camera system which is compatible with various other lens options and camera bodies. Along with being a great starting point, it’s then possible to test and tweak until the ideal digital camera configuration is found. 

Selecting a digital camera is, of course, only scratching the surface. As photography expert David Koonar can attest to, many lessons need to be learnt, and various skills need to be acquired before capturing that perfect snap.

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About Christian Tudor

professional photographer, main editor at Academy of Photography and owner and principal photographer of Tudor Photography