The best cameras for photography beginners

Photography is a wonderful hobby. Taking a step forward in your hobby and investing in your skills will reward you with ever-better photographs. While a digital camera alone won’t make you a better photographer, it offers you a stronger base to build your skills and talents.

Don’t rely on your smartphone to capture all your photographs. These devices are gaining in quality, but their camera sensors can’t compete with a dedicated digital camera for quality, depth, and richness of photo quality. You can be more creative and enhance your technical expertise to create more powerful images.

Which digital cameras are best for beginners in 2021? If you’re beginning your search, the best advice is to read and soak up as much information about camera technology as possible. Ask questions and handle different camera systems. You’ll find out what you are looking for in a camera, for ways to make it easier to capture the photographs you want, and what sort of cameras will be best for you. Start by reading reviews of beginner cameras from real-world people that have actually bought and used those same cameras. These client’s opinions, experiences and feedback will help you to decide on whether to buy a certain model, search for different lenses, and which camera system offers the best customer support.

Things to consider when looking at beginner cameras:

1) Budget:

Digital cameras don’t all cost thousands and thousands of Pounds. Of course, if money was no object, we’d all buy top of the range cameras with the biggest and best lenses to go too. However, sticking to a budget doesn’t mean you must compromise your photography dreams. Entry-level or beginner cameras today were yesterday’s top-tier models, such is the rapid advance of technology in this industry. Your budget will largely determine the camera type you’ll be able to purchase, and if that’s not what you’re aiming to own, saving a little longer will help you buy the beginner camera you want. Remember, it likely won’t be your last camera ever: a beginner camera is your bridge from a smartphone to higher-resolution images and more advanced photography techniques.

 2) Pixels:

Smartphones rival most mid-level digital cameras in terms of pixels. However, pixels don’t make a camera. The size of the camera’s imaging sensor, the type of lens, and the camera’s technical capabilities, such as shutter speed, determine the quality of photographs. A dedicated camera – as opposed to a smartphone – will produce better images. That’s your aim with a beginner camera.

3) Zoom:

Learning about cameras, you’ll see just how complex and technical is the art of photography. It will enrich your hobby and will inspire you to be more creative with your photos than the point-and-shoot photos of your smartphone. What makes cameras produce such beautiful images is how it uses light. That light comes through the camera’s lens. Lenses are varied to capture images in different ways. They develop some lenses for sports and action, others for wildlife and far-off objects, while they design others for super-sharp portraits, and even macro photos of insects and small objects. The lens is the biggest defining step from a smartphone. You’ll be able to capture a wider variety of photos in terms of subject and style.

4) Camera Types:

There are several camera types. As smartphones are capable point-and-shoot cameras, we won’t recommend a small compact point-and-shoot camera for beginners: your smartphone is already your go-to electronic device and its images are sufficient compared to point-and-shoot compact cameras. Mirrorless cameras and DSLRs are what most people contemplate when starting photography as a hobby. Mirrorless cameras are a fairly new technology and operate as a DSLR. DSLR (digital single lens reflex) and mirrorless cameras are both used with changeable lenses. Depending on what your subject, medium and photos will be, you will need to choose a camera system to help you grow.

Best Mirrorless Camera for Beginners: Fuji X-T200
Best DSLR Camera for Beginners: Nikon D3500