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12 Beginners-Friendly Cameras For Amateur Photographers

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There are so many but so many, and I mean MANY amateur photographers out there in the age of social media. And they just keep on multiplying! Something that makes the average Joe think that working with a camera is really easy.

Very far from that. Working with a professional camera can be overwhelming at best, and a nightmare at worst for a newbie who is more familiar with working their smartphone’s shutter. But there’s hope they could learn. Thanks to the best cameras made with beginner photographers in mind, making their first tentative steps in photography easier to deal with.

#1 Canon EOS M50 Mirrorless Camera Kit

Canon EOS M50 Mirrorless Camera Kit
Who suggested this product?
The Canon EOS M50 Mirrorless Camera Kit was recommended by Jimmy Chan from Pixelicious. You can find out more about Jimmy Chan here or read their product recommendation below.

With an image sensor that is much larger than the one in cell phones, expect quality photos even in low light conditions. Optional flash guns can be attached and more specialized lenses can be added once the photographer gains experience.

The articulated LCD touch screen allows settings to be configured effortlessly, yet perfect for those who rely the camera for selfies and vlogging.

#2 Canon 700D

Canon 700D
Who suggested this product?
The Canon 700D was recommended by Kulwant Nagi from BloggingCage. You can find out more about Kulwant Nagi here or read their product recommendation below.

This is one of the most affordable and easy to use camera for the entry level photographers. It has all the settings, 18MP lens, 9 point AF system and a wide range of lenses. I have personally used this camera for 3 years with 18-55, 55-250 lens. I have taken some of the best pictures with the camera all around the globe and this never disappointed me.

#3 Canon EOS M50 Mirrorless Camera Kit

Canon EOS M50 Mirrorless Camera Kit
Who suggested this product?
The Canon EOS M50 Mirrorless Camera Kit was recommended by Kulwant Nagi from BloggingCage. You can find out more about Kulwant Nagi here or read their product recommendation below.

This is a mirrorless camera with a very minimal form factor and very easy to carry if you are a vlogger.

#4 Nikon D3400 DSLR Camera

Nikon D3400 DSLR Camera
Who suggested this product?
The Nikon D3400 DSLR Camera was recommended by Sarah Snider from SEO. You can find out more about Sarah Snider here or read their product recommendation below.

This DSLR camera has all the bells and whistles a beginner photographer needs. It features Bluetooth connectivity, a long battery life, amazing image quality, can shoot video, has great low light settings and settings that that teach beginning photographers how to shoot the best shots.

#5 Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II

Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II
Who suggested this product?
The Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II was recommended by Sarah Snider from SEO. You can find out more about Sarah Snider here or read their product recommendation below.

It has a sleek, easy to carry design that other professional cameras lack. Despite its small size and portability, it is great for portraits and telephoto images. While it lacks the advanced features of other, more expensive cameras, it is an affordable and basic option for beginner photographers who just want to get their feet wet before investing into something more robust.

#6 Sony A7III Full Frame Digital Camera

Sony A7III Full Frame Digital Camera
Who suggested this product?
The Sony A7III Full Frame Digital Camera was recommended by Kevin Mugambi from FunnelSter. You can find out more about Kevin Mugambi here or read their product recommendation below.

It’s the best camera I have used so far to shot high-quality ecommerce video ads. It shoots 4K and has super ISO so I can shoot superb videos in a low light places.

I also use it for vlogging because it really captures the conversation and the background scenes sharply. The videos come out amazing, capturing every tiny detail of every scene.

#7 Sony a68 Translucent Mirror DSLR Camera

Sony a68 Translucent Mirror DSLR Camera
Who suggested this product?
The Sony a68 Translucent Mirror DSLR Camera was recommended by Stacy Caprio from Stacy Caprio Inc.. You can find out more about Stacy Caprio here or read their product recommendation below.

The Sony Mirror DSLR camera is great for beginners because it is customizable but also has great auto-settings so you can get the perfect photo even if you don’t quite know what you’re doing.

#8 Canon VIXIA HF R800 Camcorder

Canon VIXIA HF R800 Camcorder
Who suggested this product?
The Canon VIXIA HF R800 Camcorder was recommended by April Washko from CHAIR GANG. You can find out more about April Washko here or read their product recommendation below.

The absolute best camera for beginners, hands down, is the Canon Vixia HF r800. It’s super simple, point and shoot, has really great picture quality, easy customization and really simple to get into the menus and work the insides of the camera. It’s really user friendly. Even down to uploading your video to a computer or plugging the USB into the side of the TV, it’s all really simple. It’s the camera I started making films with, and it’s the camera we’re currently shooting our whole series with. It’s excellent, easy and great quality. Excellent quality doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated.

#9 Nikon D3500

Nikon D3500
Who suggested this product?
The Nikon D3500 was recommended by Jim Costa from Jim Costa Films. You can find out more about Jim Costa here or read their product recommendation below.

The camera is the latest in the Nikon lineup replacing the D3400. It’s compact and simple to use. The camera offers a 24.2 MP sensor for great images, Bluetooth connectivity allowing for sharing of images between devices easily, full 1920 x 1080 HD video recording & two included lenses in the bundle. It offers full manual controls, as well as easy auto functions for those still learning & can shoot up to 4 frames per second.

#10 Canon EOS Rebel SL2 / EOS 200D

Canon EOS Rebel SL2 / EOS 200D
Who suggested this product?
The Canon EOS Rebel SL2 / EOS 200D was recommended by Jim Costa from Jim Costa Films. You can find out more about Jim Costa here or read their product recommendation below.

This camera is the best of Canon’s entry level cameras. It’s available as a body only or as a kit with two lenses. The camera offers a 24.2MP sensor, a touchscreen, improved IOS performance, the ability to shoot up to 5 frames per second, built in WIFI allowing for image sharing and Bluetooth as well. The camera also shoots video in HD 1080P.

#11 Sony Alpha a68

Sony Alpha a68
Who suggested this product?
The Sony Alpha a68 was recommended by Jim Costa from Jim Costa Films. You can find out more about Jim Costa here or read their product recommendation below.

This camera offer excellent features including a 24.2MP sensor, ISO sensitivity up to 25600 and can shoot at up to 8 frames per second. The camera can shoot HD video at up to 50 frames per second. The camera does up with a single lens.

#12 Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera
Who suggested this product?
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera was recommended by Jim Costa from Jim Costa Films. You can find out more about Jim Costa here or read their product recommendation below.

Definitely at the higher end of the spectrum is the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera. The camera isa hybrid mirrorless camera. This camera offers a 16MP Live MOS Micro Four Thirds sensor. It can shoot still at up to 8 frames per second & and ISO sensitivity up to 25600. It can shoot 4K video at up to 30 frames per second. The camera sports WIFI for easy photo sharing.


Who contributed to this article?

Jimmy Chan from Pixelicious

Kulwant Nagi from BloggingCage

Sarah Snider from SEO

Kevin Mugambi from FunnelSter

Stacy Caprio from Stacy Caprio Inc.

April Washko from CHAIR GANG

Jim Costa from Jim Costa Films

David Friedland

Written by David Friedland

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