A Guide to Selecting a Beginner's Camera
Starting in amateur photography can be an exciting journey, and we have advantages nowadays that make it easier than ever before. There are digital cameras that are within anybody’s price range. They allow you to set up a picture with just a few settings, and you can see the resulting picture in an instant. Instead of having to take a roll of film to be developed to see how the picture came out, you can experiment quickly and cheaply, trying out shutter speeds and playing with the camera’s settings. Purchasing the right beginner’s camera is just a matter of choosing a model that suits your photography know-how.
We’ll see that there are beginner’s cameras that differ greatly in terms of their resolution, as well as the ability to set the shutter speed, aperture, and ISO sensitivity. Most digital cameras nowadays have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capability, allowing you to share pictures instantly with friends, or upload them on social media. You can also get feedback in an instant, to improve your photography technique.
What types of beginner cameras are there?
There are three main types of cameras available in the market, each with its own features and advantages. When starting out in photography, you can buy a camera that’s easy to use at first, and gradually upgrade when you’ve mastered its features:
Compact Point-and-Shoot Cameras: These cameras are small, lightweight, and easy to use. They usually have automatic settings, making them ideal for beginners who want a simple and convenient option.
Entry-Level DSLR Cameras: Digital Single-Lens Reflex (DSLR) cameras have been popular among photographers for a long time. Entry-level DSLRs offer great image quality, manual controls, and the ability to interchange lenses. They are generally larger and heavier than compact or mirrorless cameras but provide excellent image quality and versatility.
Mirrorless Cameras: Mirrorless cameras offer better image quality and versatility compared to compact cameras. They are lighter and more compact than traditional DSLR cameras because they lack a mirror mechanism. Mirrorless cameras often have interchangeable lenses and advanced features, making them a popular choice for beginners who want more control over their photography. But, they’re also the most expensive option of all three camera types.
Which type of camera should I select at the outset?
For a beginner photographer, a good option is to start with an entry-level DSLR or a mirrorless camera. Both types of cameras offer excellent image quality and versatility, allowing beginners to explore various photography genres and learn the fundamentals of photography.
Types of Beginner Cameras
Here are some of the best beginner cameras in the BRG list:
Point-and-shoot: These are basic compact cameras, which, although simple to use, still have a number of impressive features. The Nikon Coolpix S7000 16 MP Digital Camera has an intelligent autofocus feature and is capable of 20x optical zoom. Despite its simplicity, it has Wi-Fi capabilities to allow you to share photos instantly with your smartphone.