Purchasing your first camera can be quite a difficult experience. Do you opt in for a camera that is made by a brand with a long and rich heritage when it comes to photography or a camera from a company that also makes microwaves and televisions? Do you go for a mirrorless camera or an entry-level DSLR? And how much do you need to spend?

Not everyone has the same needs, which means the best model for one might not be the best for another. Luckily, it’s rather difficult to purchase a genuinely horrible camera these days. However, it will still be beneficial to do your own research to ensure you are satisfied with your purchase long after you initially bought it.

So how exactly do you know which camera is the best for a beginner? Well, we will need to look at three vital factors to make your choice a little easier and then we will include the best cameras which will be split between compact options, mirrorless options, and enter-level DSLR’s.

Choosing The Best Camera For Beginners

Before you decide to purchase a brand-new camera, we highly recommend asking yourself three question. How exactly will you use the camera, what other lens and camera options are available within the system, and are you looking for stills, or should the camera have video too?

Should you want something for everyday shooting, we suggest getting something that rather light. The smaller and lighter the camera, the more likely it will be that you’ll use it wherever you might go. If size and weight isn’t really an issue, consider going for a DSLR as they are best suited for photography and offer excellent handling. If you enjoy taking selfies, find something with a rear LDC screen that can flip around to face the front.

Should you be interested in accessories and lenses, you should examine the options that are available with each camera. You might find that one system offers you loads of different camera bodies and lenses that you can still use in the future. If you enjoy taking video’s too, search for models that focus on this as well and ensure they come equipped with built-in cameras. There is a fantastic range of cameras these days that boast with loads of interesting features and additional lenses, so it’s become rather easy to find a decent camera to meet all your needs, especially as a beginner.

Best Beginner DSLR Cameras

• Canon EOS 200D / EOS Rebel SL2 + EF-S 18-55mm
• Nikon D3400 + AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm
• Canon EOS 1300D + EF-S 18-55mm
• Nikon D5600 + AF-P 18-55mm
• Pentax K-70 + HD DA 18=50mm

Best Beginner Mirrorless Camera

• Panasonic Lumix GX80 + Lumix G VARIO 12-32mm
• Fujifilm X-A10 + XC 16-50mm
• Sony A5100 + E PZ 16-50mm
• Olympus PEN E-PL8 + M.ZUIKO 14-42mm

The Best Compact Camera

• Panasonic Lumix TZ70 / ZS50
• Canon Powershot ELPH 360
• Sony Cybershot WX220
• Sony RX100
• Canon Powershot G9 X Mark II