Are you just starting up in photography? Here are the top 10 cameras for beginner photographers that standout this 2017!
To succeed in the line of photography, people must have a will to learn, a bit of creativity and a reliable camera on-hand. The first two sounds easy to possess but the latter part is a bit challenging because there are tons of camera choices on the market.
How can we make buying a camera much easier, you may ask? The answer is simple and that is through a thorough research. And the first thing to research is the type of camera that fits your skill level: beginner, semi-professional and professional.
If you’re just starting up and have no idea what to look for, it’s best to start checking the brand of the camera. Every brand has their specialization, for example, the auto ISO features of Nikon works much better than others; while Canon is much cheaper and has better options for lenses and so on.
Also, choose the brand that has great choices of gears such as lenses, tripod, filters, external flash and so on.
Top 10 Cameras For Beginner Photographers
The table below will show you the comparisons of specifications that must be considered when shopping for a camera:
|PRODUCT NAME||CAMERA TYPE||IMAGE/VIDEO STABILIZATION||MP||SENSOR SIZE||WEIGHT||ISO||Max. continuous shooting speed / fps|
|Travel Compact||YES||20.1||1 inch
(13.2mm x 8.8mm)
|0.69 lb||80 – 25,600 (Extended)||10|
(6.2mm x 4.6mm)
|0.59 lb||80 – 3200||6|
(6.2mm x 4.6mm)
|0.55 lb||100 – 12,800||5|
|YI 4K ACTION
|Action||NONE||12||SONY IMX377, 1/2.3 inch||3.36 oz||Auto – 6400||60|
|Action||YES||12||1/2.3-inch||0.26 lb||100 (400-1600 if at night)||60|
|Bridge||OPTICAL||16||1/2.3-inch||1.98 lb||Auto, 100-6400, expandable to 12800 (B&W only)||7|
|DSLR||YES||24.2||APS-C (22.5 x 15.0mm)||4.5 lb||100–12800
(expandable to 16000/25600)
|DSLR||OPTICAL||20.1||APS-C (23.5mm x 15.6mm)||1.08 lb||100 – 16000||5|
|NONE||16.3||APS-C (23.6mm x 15.6mm)||0.84 lb||100-51200||8|
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To help you decide which camera to buy, here are the top 10 cameras for beginner photographers:
- It has a 5-axis correction/Tilt correction
The main purpose of it’s to suppress blurring that is commonly caused by unwanted handshaking.
- It has a high-speed auto-focusing
This technology calculates the subject/objects distance and drives the focus mechanism in fast movement.
- It has an advanced image processing
Panasonic Lumix ZS100 has a processor that enables high-speed signal processing and high-quality image capture that is required for 4k video recording. This improved its sensitivity, gradation performance, color, and resolution.
- It has a 4k Photo mode
With Panasonic Lumix 4k photo mode, it allows the user to shoot 8-megapixel shots at 30 fps.
- It has an improved visibility
Photo-shooting under the harsh sunlight is made easy with the built-in 0.2-inch 1,166K-dot LVF.
When it comes to its design, Panasonic Lumix ZS100 is designed to be lightweight. It has a slim body that measures 0.5 x 4.4 x 1.7 inches and weighs about 11 ounces.
The only downside of Panasonic Lumix ZS100 is the small electronic viewfinder and the slippery finish of the camera’s body.
Travelling becomes more exciting with Canon Powershot SX710 HS on-hand as it’s one of the best travel compact cameras, according to consumer reviews. It can make an amazing story from all the still photos and movies you captured and recorded.
Its features are:
- It has 30X optical zoom (25–750mm)
If you’re the type of person who loves to capture subjects from the top of a skyscraper, you’ll able to enjoy this feature of SX710 HS. This technology ensures that all images captured or video recorded have the highest quality.
- It has sophisticated video capabilities
Whether you’re shooting for a full HD or short clip movie, you can assure that the image and video quality are beautifully captured. This is because SX710 HS cameras are designed with a neat set of movie options, 5-axis image stabilization, hybrid auto mode and full HD at 60p.
- It has a high-speed AF
This advanced AF technology allows its’ users to capture subjects even it’s moving spontaneously and it will still look natural and great.
The only downside of SX710 HS is it doesn’t shoot RAW files and no viewfinder. But other than that, it’s worth considering, especially if you’re on a budget.
3. OLYMPUS TOUGH! TG-5
Water is part of our daily lives. So, for a camera, it’s best to choose one that has a waterproofing seal.
One of the best waterproof cameras today is the Olympus Tough TG-5. Its key features are:
- Shooting condition
The problem in shooting with low light, it doesn’t capture much detail. But with TG-5 that wouldn’t be a problem because it’s designed with an advanced dual quad-core TruePic VIII processor and image sensor.
This ensures that every shot you made in low light, the result will still be clear and bright.
- High shooting speed
Blurry or distorted is the common result when we try to capture a fast-moving action. This is one of the edges of TG-5 to others because it can capture RAW shots up to 20 fps and maintain high-resolution images as a result.
- Powerful microscope mode
Capturing every single detail of a speck, insect or flowers may seem to be a challenging task. But not anymore! TG-5 designed a microscope mode that allows users to get as close as 1 cm to the subject.
The only downside of TG-5 is the zoom control. It’s quite complicated to use.
Its other key features are:
- Full-frame back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor
One of the edges of Sony A7R II to others is its 35mm Exmor R CMOS sensor which is the first full-frame sensor with back-illuminated structure in the world. Some of the effects of this sensor to the image are high ISO performance and dynamic range, silent shutter and more.
- Fast Hybrid AF
Because of the new full-frame sensor, A7R II Fast Hybrid AF system with the additional 25-point contrast-detection AF points raises its accuracy, speed, and tracking performance which means that its’ capable of instantly shoots fast-moving subjects with sharp clarity.
- PlayMemories Camera Apps
A7R II has a PlayMemories camera application where users can enhance their captured image or their shooting style with motion shot or time lapse.
One of the downsides of this camera is its adapted lenses. The performance and speed of A7R II can depend on the adapter/lens paired with it; so, users have to experiment with different lenses/adapter to suits their preference.
If you’re the type of photographer who loves adventure and extreme sports, an action camera is an ideal to own.
Action cameras are not like the other cameras as it’s mostly attached to helmets, surfboards and other objects. This is to ensure you’ll capture the most daring and exciting moves.
One of the best action cameras is the YI 4K because it has been designed with the new generation of Ambarella A9SE7 5 chip, 7 layers of all glass lenses, Sony IMX377 image sensor, 4X the quality of 1080p and can record 4K per 30 fps at 60 Mbps.
Its physical features are designed to fit in purse or pocket and come with a different color.
Its other key features are:
- This camera can record high-resolution videos at 1080p/60
- It includes video and photo modes such as slow motion, time lapse, burst and timer
- Its camera has an app for editing and sharing
- It has a high-speed Wi-Fi capability
- It has a long battery life that can record up to 120 minutes
The only downside of YI 4K is: no mounts included and no waterproof case.
- Image quality
Hero6 Black has a new GP1 chip. As an effect, the image quality improves and becomes more refined.
- Video Stabilization
Hero6 Black is designed with GoPro’s most advanced video and image stabilization technology. This offers to record or capture a smoother footage and a wider dynamic range.
Compared to the previous version, Hero6 Black can shoot with 4k footage at maximum of 60 fps. You can also try to shoot at slow-motion with 1080p at 240 fps.
- Low-Light video and photos
Adventure can also happen at night! With Hero6 Black, you’re always ready to capture everything as it has a newly-improved low-light performance for both image and video.
The only disadvantage consumers found in this camera is the Wi-Fi transfers due to its slow and affects the life of its battery. But overall, this camera is tough for ready for all kinds of action and adventures you’re about to seek.
CoolPix P900 is a bridge camera, meaning, its’ physical features have a look the same as an SLR and at the same time equipped with full manual controls. Its features are:
- Manual Exposure control
CoolPix P900 is suitable for beginners but if you’re at an advanced level, you’ll enjoy its PSAM mode dial. It allows you to control with ease the aperture and shutter speed according to your preference; no matter how difficult shooting situations are.
- Built-in Capabilities
CoolPix P900 has a built-in Wi-Fi and NFC that makes transferring of images from camera to computer much easier even you’re in a remote location.
Also, it has a built-in GPS that can record the locations of every image you captured and share it on all your social networking sites.
- Optical and Dynamic Fine Zoom
With CoolPix P900’s optical zoom, your lens can capture your subject with a focal length of 2,000 mm. If you want to capture details that our eye couldn’t reach, you can use the Dynamic Fine Zoom as it doubles the focal length to 4,000 mm.
Though bridge cameras only had a short life due to the release of affordable DSLRs, Nikon Coolpix retained its current lead on the market for being one of the best bridge cameras.
Its features are:
- Shutter durability
EOS 80D has an improved low-vibration performance and a silent mode of up to 3 fps. Its shutter speed has been tested to have up to 100,000 cycles.
- Improved Dual Pixel CMOS Auto Focus
Shooting a video is all about capturing all the details and actions. And with EOS 80D, it is possible because of its improved Dual Pixel CMOS AF.
Dual Pixel CMOS AF is a technology designed to deliver high-performance focus tracking and fast autofocus acquisition when shooting still images in a Live View mode. So, you can assure that you can shoot everything fast, naturally-looking, accurate and no any loss of image quality.
- Intelligent Viewfinder
The Intelligent Viewfinder of EOS 80D is a great hand as it provides a comprehensive view of our subject while waiting for the right moment to capture it.
The only downside of EOS 80D is there’s only a single slot for SD card and the quick menu isn’t customizable.
Its features are:
- Picture Effects
SLT-A58K has 11 modes and 15 effects to choose from. So, it’s a good assurance that you can transform your dull photos, if there’s any, into something amazing.
- Sweep Panorama Mode
Capturing a breathtaking landscape becomes easier with SLT-A58K Sweep Panorama mode. All you have to do is press the shutter, sweep gently the camera horizontally or vertically and it will be done.
- ISO Sensitivity
SLT-A58K has a new sensor called Exmor sensor. This sensor offers and delivers a wide range of sensitivity from 100 to 16,000.
The usual complaint of consumers to SLT-A58K is only minor, like the plastic lens mounts and cluttered menus.
Its other features are:
- New AF system
X-T10 has 6 different AF modes, namely: AF-S + Single Point, AF-S + Zone, AF-S + Wide/Tracking, AF-C + Single Point, AF-C + Zone and AF-C + Wide/Tracking. Each helps to achieve the photograph you want to capture.
So, whether you’re shooting in a specific area or capturing a subject that spontaneously moves up, down, left and right; in the end, you’ll get an accurate and non-distorted image result.
- Image quality
With X-T10, quality of the resulting image is never an issue. This is because it’s designed with APS-C-sized X-Trans CMOS II sensor and high magnification 2.36M-dot organic EL electronic viewfinder.
- Advanced features
X-T10 has been known for its advanced filters – from retro look way up to pop color that has a high saturation and contrast.
Now, it also has a designated mobile application just for its camera remote. This remote will help you to control the trigger and focus of your camera on your phone and allows you to adjust the control settings.
The only downside of X-T10 is: there’s no weather sealing on its body and ISO range is restricted in RAW capture mode only.
All photographers, whether they’re beginner or professional, are looking for the same features for a camera – durable, easy to use and reliable.
So, if I have to choose between the 10 cameras I’ve mentioned above, I would choose Olympus Tough TG-5 camera.
Olympus cameras have been known for their toughness, that no matter how extreme the situations and harshest shooting conditions are, it will still deliver remarkable shots. They do this by sealing the camera body with water-, shock-, freeze-, crush-, and dustproofing.
When it comes to gears and lenses, TG-5 has numerous options available in their store and online shops that will suit well to the needs of their consumers.
No matter what you choose always remember that a camera may be a great tool to save the best moment of our life. But don’t forget to drop it once in a while so you can enjoy the things personally.