The best camera for beginners has several jobs to do. Obviously it has to be easy to to pick up and use, even for a novice, but it has to have some real depth and staying power, so that as you learn more about photography, the camera has all the controls and features you need to develop your skills.

If all you want is an easy life, there are lots of cheap point and shoot cameras which will take care of all the settings for you. But if you want to actually learn about photography and get better at it, we reckon the smart choice is a a cheap DSLR camera or mirrorless camera. These may cost less than you expect (though it’s always good to make sure you keep an eye on the latest camera deals) but they give you real value for money, while offering all the depth of photographic control you’re going to need later.

For everyday shooting and taking your first steps into photography, you’ll also want something as light as possible. The lighter (and smaller) the camera, the more inclined you’ll be to take it with you where you go, which is hands-down the best way to improve your photography. The best mirrorless cameras have the advantage in terms of portability. If size isn’t a priority, or you want to use bigger lenses and an optical viewfinder, consider a DSLR like the Nikon D5600
or D3500
. DSLRs are a little larger, but you also get more for your money, so you might want to check out our best DSLR list too.

Do you want a camera just for stills, or video too? If you want to try your hand at vlogging, mirrorless cameras are your best bet because they usually have faster autofocus in ‘live view’ (using the screen). Flip-over LCD screens are also a must in the best cameras for vlogging, as this allows you to see exactly what you’re recording as you present to the camera.

One more thing. Most of these cameras are even cheaper if you buy them body-only, but that only makes sense if you already have lenses, as buying them separately is much more expensive. We always recommend getting beginner cameras with ‘kit’ lenses, and if there’s one in particular we think is better than the rest, we’ll say so.

So now we’ve given you a few things to think about, take a look at our list of the best cameras for beginners…>>>READ MORE