Wondering which digital camera is the best for beginning photographer? There are plenty of choices at different price points, along with our course mentor we’ve put together a description of the differences and benefits of a selection of the most popular camera buying options for a beginner. At the end of the article you will find advice on what to look out for when buying a camera.

NIKON D5600

This DSLR features a 24 megapixel sensor and a touch screen, that makes focusing and shooting a breeze. The Nikon D5600 is considered a good camera for any photographer from beginner to professional. You can take clear and sharp photos with this camera and it can be bought for less than 15,000K. Free cloud storage is included. The SnapBridge feature allows you to easily share photos on any mobile device via Bluetooth. However, the downside is that it can’t take 4k resolution videos.

NIKON D3500

Do you have a lower budget? The NIKON D3500 is sure to meet your image quality requirements. It’s a basic digital SLR with 24 megapixels of resolution. It’s popular among novice photographers for its well-known interactive “guide” mode and intuitive sensor. Its price is very reasonable. Among its drawbacks is that it lacks, for example, a slow autofocus function in live view mode. It is definitely hard to beat D3500 due to its excellent price/photo quality ratio.

CANON EOS M50

Canon EOS M50: This is one of the most popular entry-level cameras. With 24 megapixels sensor and a 3-inch display, this model offers beginner photographers the ability to suggest settings and explain everything needed in the settings menu. Its fast focusing makes it great for taking action photos. It also boasts an award-winning two-pixel autofocus and a very good user rating.

SONY A6000

Considered a good old classic, it came on the market around 2007, but is still considered one of the better cameras on the market suitable for beginners. Its autofocus system may be outdated, but it works quickly and just as well as the newer camera models on this list. Plus, it features a 24-megapixel sensor, making it another good choice for athletes or kids. The Full HD 1080p video capabilities, however, are consistent with its time of release. The SONY A6000 is a model that has stood the test of time.

FUJIFILM X-T200

In addition to the classic push-button controls, the X-T200 also features a large 3.5-inch touchscreen. With a 24-megapixel sensor, the X-T200 excels at colour reproduction, but its video function lacks subject tracking (but it does shoot in 4k at least). One of the top-rated digital cameras with a very positive price trend

There are many other models on the market, and the best choice for you may be a personal decision based on your budget and needs. However, there are a few key criteria to consider when making your choice:

  • Price – Before you make your choice, decide how much you want to invest in the camera. As the price of the camera increases, so does the quality of the resulting photo and the amount of features the camera is equipped with
  • Weight and durability – Tell yourself whether you want to use the camera in a photo studio, at home or shooting outdoors or on holiday 
  • Design – Cameras can be classified into instant, compact, ultrazoom, SLR and mirrorless cameras based on their design. Each type has its own advantages and disadvantages in terms of weight and number of features see table below
  • Image sensor size – The larger the image sensor area of the sensor, the better the photo quality will be. The size of the sensor has a greater impact on quality than its resolution
  • Lens – The investment in a lens is often higher than in a camera. The lens is what makes the photo 
  • Resolution – It is often deliberately referred to by vendors as a photo quality parameter. A resolution of around 16 – 24 MPx is sufficient
  • Ergonomics – In addition to considering weight and size, also look at the ergonomics of the placement of the control buttons and the overall grip of the camera
  • Display – You’ll appreciate the ability to preview the depth of field before taking a photo
  • Focusing – Number of focus points, speed and focus options
  • Experience of others – User reviews can also help you choose a camera.

Classification of cameras by type

TypeSuitable forAdvantageDisadvantage
Compactcomplete beginners+ lightweight and foldable
+ inexpensive
+ small size
– lower photo quality
– lens cannot be replaced
Ultrazoomintermediate + large zoom
+ good images
+ medium weight
– larger size
– fixed lens
DSLRadvanced
professionals
+ profesionální snímky
+ image quality
+ výměnný objektiv
– larger size
– heavy body and lenses
Mirrorlessadvanced
professionals
+ professional images
+ interchangeable lenses
+ silent mode
+ smaller and lighter than SLRs
– high price
– smaller selection of lenses

With a modern compact equipped with a full frame or APS-C sensor, you’re sure to take lots of great photos. At the same time, the compact is lighter and has more storage space, making it more suitable for travel. If you want to go further, a mirrorless camera is a good choice.

Classification of cameras by image sensor size

Image sensor size is essential for your future photos! In layman’s terms, a larger sensor will capture more light and also, with the right lens focal length and aperture number, produce a pleasing depth of field.

Crop factor comes from the English word crop, which translates as trimming. The crop factor therefore indicates how many times smaller the sensor of a particular camera is than the Full Frame sensor. Why the comparison with Full Frame? It’s because this format is based on the size of a film field (24 × 36 mm) and has long been the accepted standard. You can use this number to compare lenses regardless of sensor size, so you can get an idea of the angle of view that a particular lens provides.

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