Updated January 16, 2019 by Daniel Imperiale

The 10 Best Cameras For Beginners

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Since the initial publication of this wiki in January of 2019, we've made 2 edits to this page. Budding photographers who are looking to move past small point-and-shoots or the cell phone in their pockets would do well to consider one of the great cameras for beginners featured on our list. They offer basic functionality that will be familiar and easy to use for just about anyone, as well as advanced features for you to explore as you get more comfortable controlling things manually. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best camera for beginners on Amazon.

10. Fujifilm XF10

9. Sony Cyber-Shot DSCHX99

8. Panasonic Lumix GX85

7. Nikon D3500

6. Canon EOS Rebel SL2

5. Nikon D5600

4. Sony Cyber-Shot RX100V A

3. Panasonic Lumix LX100 II

2. Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III

1. Canon EOS Rebel T7i

Editor's Notes

January 13, 2019:

Not too many surprises on this list, as the top camera companies all have great options for customers just getting into the game. Canon and Nikon are well represented, as are Sony and Panasonic. The Olympus E-M10 Mark III has found a sweet spot in consumers' hearts, and rightly so, as it offers a vintage look with cutting edge features and a small form factor. Bridge cameras failed to make an appearance, as the only models worth noting are too expensive given their specs to deserve spots.


Daniel Imperiale
Last updated on January 16, 2019 by Daniel Imperiale

Daniel Imperiale holds a bachelor’s degree in writing, and proudly fled his graduate program in poetry to pursue a quiet life at a remote Alaskan fishery. After returning to the contiguous states, he took up a position as an editor and photographer of the prestigious geek culture magazine “Unwinnable” before turning his attention to the field of health and wellness. In recent years, he has worked extensively in film and music production, making him something of a know-it-all when it comes to camera equipment, musical instruments, recording devices, and other audio-visual hardware. Daniel’s recent obsessions include horology (making him a pro when it comes to all things timekeeping) and Uranium mining and enrichment (which hasn’t proven useful just yet).


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