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13 Best Cameras for All Budding Beginners To Start With

Everyone’s gotta start somewhere.

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Looking for a beginner camera you can buy? The best camera needs to be a lot of things at once. Besides its built, the camera also needs to be easy to use with intuitive controls to help beginners with the basics while also giving novices a lot of room to grow and develop their skills. 

Here is a short guide to help you find the perfect first camera if you find that the time has come for you to upgrade from your smartphone. 

How to Choose a Camera 

Here are a few things you need to consider before purchasing a camera:

1. What do you like to photograph?

This will be one of the biggest determining factors when it comes to picking out a new camera. Knowing the kind of subject that you’ll be taking shots of will help shortlist the best cameras to suit those specific needs. 

2. What is your budget?

You’ll need to also decide how much you’re willing to fork out for the camera. Professional ones can easily go up to more than SGD1,000 while simpler point-and-shoot cameras can be as little as SGD200. 

3. How will you be sharing your images?

While camera pixels are important, will 36 megapixels be an overkill for your needs? Unless you’re planning on taking stock images or printing super larger photos, you should not need to worry about camera pixels. 

However, if all you want is to take a few photos of your pet and food to share on social media, you may want to find a camera with convenient sharing options through Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connection. 

4. How big are your hands?

Make a short list of a few cameras that you’re considering and go to an actual store to test it out. You need to hold the camera in your hands to be able to truly understand how it feels. People with big hands will prefer to find a camera with larger buttons while people with smaller hands may go for slimmer cameras over a bulky DSLR. 

5. Do you want control over your images?

If you love control over all your photographs, you should choose a camera that can produce raw files. Raw files give you much more room to work with on the computer later to truly unleash all of your creativity.

Nikon
1. Nikon D3500
Best overall camera for beginners
Updated on 12th August 2020

If you’re looking for a more creative way to take your photography skill to the next level, then you should seriously consider the Nikon D3500. 

This beginner-friendly camera combines great value, intuitive menus and a long battery life to help you take compelling photos and videos that get noticed. Additionally, the camera seamlessly connects with most smartphones to make it easier for you to share great moments.

Nikon
2. Nikon Z50
Best beginner camera for travel
Updated on 17th March 2020

Meet this insanely tiny Z series mirrorless camera that is dead easy to use. The Nikon Z50 is incredibly compact and lightweight to let you bring your creativity along to your holidays. This camera features well-thought-out options to help you achieve enjoyment in making stunning images. The SnapBridge function also lets you connect to your devices for easy online sharing.

Fujifilm
3. Fujifilm X-T200 Mirrorless Digital Camera
Best Mirrorless camera for beginner
Updated on 12th August 2020

The Fujifilm X-T200 digital camera helps you make the most out of your everyday moments and enhances your stories. This beginner-friendly camera puts professional level features in the form of intuitive and responsive controls at your fingertips to let you take images as you remember them. You can even record 4K UHD videos from any angle with the X-T200 wide LCD Touch Screen.

Nikon
4. Nikon D5600
Best DSLR camera for photography beginner
Updated on 12th August 2020

Nikon’s entry-level D5600 camera helps you bring your creativity to life with its impressive 24.2 megapixels and decent 39-point AF system. 

You can leave all the hard work to the camera as it lets you start taking amazing photos immediately without the steep learning curve. Nikon’s powerful battery can last over 970 shorts per charge, so you can shoot continuously all day long.

Sony
5. Sony Alpha A6100
Best camera for beginner vloggers
Updated on 12th August 2020

Sony’s Alpha A6200 digital camera is engineered to let you capture your world and share your vision with its amazing 24-megapixels APS-C sensor and advanced Real-Time autofocus capabilities.  The camera’s fast hybrid AF helps maintain smooth, steady focus while you shoot your next online video with extraordinary 4K detail, depth, and realism.

Nikon
6. Nikon Coolpix B500 Digital Camera
Best camera for beginner YouTuber
Updated on 12th August 2020

The Nikon COOLPIX B500 offers Full HD video recording and creative shooting modes for moments that deserve more than a photo. With Nikon’s Short Movie Show feature, this camera effectively stitches multiple clips plus special effects to create a 30-second movie. 

This camera also comes with SnapBridge function that automatically downloads your videos into your smart device so you can quickly post them onto your YouTube channel.

Fujifilm
7. Fujifilm X-T3
Best camera for beginner filmmakers
Updated on 12th August 2020

The Fujifilm X-T3 is specially designed for videographers and action filmmakers alike. This versatile mirrorless camera is characterized by its high-speed performance and multimedia flexibility to create compelling high definition 4K movies. Other than that, the camera comes with a microphone and headphone jack to support more advanced audio solutions.

Highest megapixel high-end mirrorless camera for professionals
Sony
8. Sony Alpha A7 III
Best camera for beginner videographer
Updated on 12th August 2020

Sony’s Alpha A7 III comes packed with newly developed back-illuminated full-frame CMOS and other advanced imaging innovations. The camera is also reliable in durability to suit all your video shooting needs. With highly effective mid-to-high sensitivity ranges, the camera lets you shoot 4K HDR videos at high ISO with absolutely zero concerns about noise or image deterioration.

Nikon
9. Nikon D5
Best camera for beginner wildlife photography
Updated on 11th August 2020

The Nikon D5 features a legendary low light performance with its wide, expanded ISO range as well as a next generation AF system to open up a whole new world of shooting opportunities. 

With its ISO going up to an amazing 3,280,000, expect to capture clear, crisp images you may never have attempted before even in the dark with this amazing Nikon camera.

Sony
10. Sony Alpha a7R II
Best camera for beginner in sports photography
Updated on 17th March 2020

Packed with outstanding imaging capability and high-speed performance, the Sony Alpha a gives you the power to capture once-in-a-lifetime moments. 

Featuring a groundbreaking full-frame 42.4-megapixel Exmor R back-illuminated structure CMOS sensor and BIONZ X processor, the camera offers ample buffer to let you capture as much as you can in your shots. The Sony camera also comes with a Lock-on AF to dramatically improve accuracy and stability for a precise photoshoot.

Canon
11. Canon Powershot SX70
Best beginner camera for new professionals
Updated on 12th August 2020

Are you a new budding, professional photographer? Go far and beyond with the Canon Powershot SX70 that lets you record incredible fun-filled moments as the opportunity presents itself. 

With features such as impressive mid-range focal lengths, effective image stabilization, good autofocus performance and speedy operation, the SX70 will be a pleasure to shoot a variety of subjects.

Canon
12. Canon EOS 250D
Best lightweight camera for beginner
Updated on 11th August 2020

Introducing one of the lightest DSLR with a tiltable screen, the Canon EOS 250D offers classic handling and cutting-edge technology to let you capture great-looking photos and 4K movies with a click of a button. The camera also features a 24.1-megapixel sensor and DIGIC 8 image processor to generate astounding view of the world without too much fuss, perfect for novices.

Best instant camera for a wedding guest book
Fujifilm
13. Fujifilm Instax SQ6
Best film camera for beginners
Updated on 12th August 2020

If you love to go old school, Fujifilm Instax Square SQ6 helps you cherish precious moments in their beautifully squared films. The SQ6 even has a small selfie mirror built in front of the lens for you to accurately compose the perfect self-portraits. This simple and fun film camera is the perfect device for you to take along to your next group hangout.

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