It’s easy to think that the words ‘Best’ and ‘Beginners’ contradict each other, especially in a world of high tech gadgets and ever-evolving cameras.
At first glance, DSLR cameras are overwhelming and the terminology is a minefield; however with this guide you’ll learn and build upon the basics, whilst embarking on your journey to becoming a professional photographer!
If you're keen to take the plunge into the DSLR territory you’ll be open to a world of cutting edge technology, immense quality and most of all - more control over the composition of your shots. Being equipped with the right camera body will get you more detail than the average point-and-shoot.
In this article we will cover what to consider when buying (or upgrading) your DSLR camera, as well as a list of DSLR camera bodies from our favourite brands.
Here is the guide to the best cameras for beginners:
An important question you need to ask yourself - Is a DSLR camera right for me?
Here are the 5 best cameras we recommend for beginners:
Canon EOS 750D
The ISO range of this enthusiast - level camera ranges from 100-12800 (expandable up to 25600)and a DIGIC 6 processor which allows this camera to fire up to 5FPS. Although this camera was released in 2015, the 750D has more megapixels than its predecessor – the 700D (24.2 vs. 18) and is able to produce twice as many autofocus points. The Canon EOS 750D also provides a flip-out screen allowing you to make effortless changes on the menu, also making it great for a budding filmmaker!
The D5600 is considered an entry to mid-range camera with a small body. It’s a crop sensor camera ideal for a pro-am and is a great choice for a beginner wanting to upgrade or simply to get stuck in on a camera with more advanced features. This intermediate camera has burst rate of 5 FPS coupled with 24.3 megapixels. This camera also boasts a 39-point autofocus and shoots 1080p video – making it an all-rounder for photography and film with yet another swivelling LCD touch screen.
The K-70 is an upgrade of the K-S2 – bumping up the megapixels from 20.2 to 24.2. It has built in features that reduce the troublesome ‘moire’ effect, resulting in less noise and improved colour detail with ISO running up to 102400. The biggest asset of the K-70 is its reputation as a weather-resistant DSLR, ranking highly for this purpose in the photography community with its ability to shoot in -10 C temperatures.
Canon EOS 1200D
The most affordable of the lot and a great introduction to the world of Canon and packs a punch for its buck – with 3FPS and 1080p video capture as well as an on screen shooting guide to help you compose your shots. This camera boasts an epic 18MP and ISO beginning at 100-6400 and expanded all the way up to 12800 when fully expanded. This is the best beginner budget camera that’s packed with lots of technical features as well as playful special effects such as the ‘Toy Camera’ and ‘Fish Eye’.
The D3300 has been known to give the Canon 750D a run for its money. It’s a really well-priced, versatile camera with a burst rate of 5 FPS and 24MP. It has a fixed 3” LCD making it a great choice for aspiring videographers too, coupled with the ability to record at 1080p video. The best thing about this camera is its more commonly sold in camera shops as a kit – giving you more value for your money.
We hope this beginners photography guide was helpful – remember that whether you’re looking for an entry-level DSLR to get started with or an intermediate camera to get stuck in, there will always be an option for every level of photography out there.
If you’re still spoiled for choice - we highly recommend renting out cameras and see which ones you feel most comfortable with before you fully invest. When you find the right camera, you’ll know.