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Best Camera for Beginners

What’s the best camera for beginners? The answer is easy. The one that will serve you and help you advance during the journey from beginner to intermediate, advanced and professional photographer.

Me, goofing around with a toy camera.

Best DSLR camera for beginners. Best mirrorless camera for beginners


Here’s what you have to keep in mind when you’re thinking about buying your first big piece of equipment:

  • Unfortunately in photography you get what you pay for. Good gear is expensive.

  • If you want to go pro, you need pro equipment. Not because clients love flashy gear but because pro equipment will give you the top image quality our clients demand.

  • If you just need to take good pictures on vacation and you don’t have the time, the skills or the patience to do post-production (e.g. Lightroom, Photoshop, Capture One etc.) buy a good smartphone. Phone cameras for amateur purposes have become great. If you just need a good snapshot of your family or buddies at the beach, a good smartphone will give you a good image that doesn’t require editing and that you can easily share.

Best camera for professional photography


What are the specs of a good camera for a beginner (who is serious about photography)?

  • DSLR or Mirrorless. Skip the point and shoot.

  • At the time of writing this post, I would say at least 20 megapixels (also don’t go overboard. Very few photographers need 60 megapixels!)

  • Read the reviews: buy a camera that performs well in low light conditions (regardless of the ISO range boasted by the manufacturer)

  • Good weather sealing properties.

  • Make sure the camera is compatible with a rich lens lineup (you don’t want to buy an expensive camera and then be limited to a few lenses)

  • Read the reviews: buy a camera with good autofocus performance.

  • Buy a camera that shoots good video. Photography and Videography are overlapping more and more often in the digital age.

Now let’s have a reality check. What if your budget is limited? I know the answer… budgets are always limited.


Best full frame camera for beginners


These are my suggestions to overcome the Dollar$ obstacle.

  • Buy the best camera your budget can afford. Make some sacrifices if necessary. Good equipment pays off in the long run.

  • Don’t buy a beginner camera because you are a beginner. Buy equipment that will serve you well when you reach a more advanced, professional level.

Best entry level DSLR or mirrorless


Used Cameras

  • If your budget prevents you from getting your desired camera right now, consider buying a used camera. Websites like Ebay or Craiglist offer thousands of postings about used gear. The problem with this channel is that you see the listing price and a thumbnail but you don’t know how the gear has been treated, in what shape it is and if it’s in full/top working conditions.

  • If you’re thinking of going the used equipment route, consider sites like LensRentals.com or BorrowLenses.com or a local camera rental store. These businesses usually let you rent equipment at an affordable price and if you love what you’re working with, you can buy that specific camera at a discount! This is the best way to purchase quality used cameras and shave some bucks off the price of a new model.

Let me end this post with the golden rule: before buying any photographic equipment (especially if it’s expensive) always rent it first. Always try before buying. Always make sure you’re getting the right gear for you needs, style and budget.


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