BEST AFFORDABLE CAMERAS FOR BEGINNERS

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Belows are top 8 cameras that best suitable for beginners on the market in 2020. Every details that you need to know about a camera were clearly represented along with its sample images. You’ll surely find the one for you after reading our review. Let’s find out! 

Best affordable cameras for beginners 2020


1. NIKON D3500

Specification

  • Sensor : DX, CMOS, 23.5 mm x 15.6 mm
  • ISO sensitivity: ISO 100 to 25600 in steps of 1 EV Auto ISO sensitivity control available
  • Effective Pixels: 24.2 million megapixels
  • Video Capture Resolution: FHD 1080p
  • Wireless Communication Technology: Bluetooth
  • Screen Size: 3 inches
  • Weight: Approx. 415 g (14.7 oz), with battery and memory card but without body cap; approx. 365 g/12.9 oz (camera body only)
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): Approx. 124 x 97 x 69.5 mm (4.9 x 3.9 x 2.8 in.)

Overall

4.7/5

With an affordable price for people with a low budget, Nikon 3500 is Nikon’s next in their line of DSLR cameras for beginners. Nikon D3500 takes beautiful photos and videos as a DSLR but also very easy to use as a point-and-shoot camera. It’s a good fit for travel since it’s compact, durable, and versatile. The camera – just like how the manufacturer talks about it “You don’t need to be a photographer to take a great photo—you just need the D3500”.

Sample Images


2. SONY ALPHA 6000

Specification

  • Sensor: APS-C type (23.5 x 15.6 mm)
  • ISO sensitivity: 100-25600
  • Effective pixels: Approx. 24.3 megapixels
  • Video Capture Resolution: FHD 1080p
  • Wireless Communication Technology: Downloadable Camera Apps, NFC One-touch functionality, Wi-Fi®
  • Screen Size: 3 inches
  • Weight: 10.05 oz (Body Only) / 12.13 oz (With battery and media)
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 4.72 x 2.63 x 1.78 in

Overall

4.5/5

Although this mirrorless camera has a small size, it has enough functions needed to shoot like a pro, and you can access them immediately. This is one of the fastest autofocus cameras with 179 autofocus points (phase-detection points) and 11 frames per second. You can capture the world in a stunning high resolution of 24.7 megapixels, as well as record awesome videos in Full HD 1080p resolutions with Sony A6000. This is a good choice for a novice photographer (or even a professional) since the auto mode would let you take photos like a pro, and you may do more than that with this camera when you grow further in the field.

Sample Images


3. CANON EOS 250D/ CANON EOS REBEL SL3

Specification

  • Sensor: CMOS – 22.3 mm x 14.9 mm
  • ISO sensitivity:
    • Auto (100-25600), 100-25600 (in whole stop increments)
    • ISO can be expanded to H: 51200.
    • During Movie shooting: Auto (100-12800), 100-12800 (in 1/3-stop or whole stop increments) ISO can be expanded to H: 25600. 4K Movie Max. 6400
  • Effective Pixels: Approx. 24.1 megapixels
  • Video Capture Resolution: 4K – 3840 x 2160 (23.98, 25 fps) inter-frame
  • Wireless Communication Technology: Wi-Fi (2.4GHz) Channels, BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy Technology)
  • Screen Size: 3 inches
  • Weight: 449g (15.84 oz)
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 122.4 x 92.6 x 69.8mm

Overall

4.7/5

Many travel photographers love canon EOS 250D (Or Canon EOS Rebel SL3) because of its made-by-plastic body and kit lens. Even if you’re a beginner, an aspiring photo enthusiast, or someone looking to capture those fantastic family moments, you would love this camera. Thanks to the amazing DIGIC 8 Processor combined with CMOS sensor, we can take high image quality with the fast operation, even in low-light conditions. It also helps ensure the image quality when using high ISO settings.

Sample images


4. CANON EOS 800D/ CANON EOS REBEL T7I.

Specification

  • Sensor: CMOS 22.3mm x 14.9 mm
  • ISO sensitivity:
    • Auto (100-25600), 100-25600 (in 1/3-stop or whole stop increments)
    • ISO can be expanded to H: 51200
    • During Movie shooting: Auto (100-12800), 100-12800 (in 1/3-stop or whole stop increments) ISO can be expanded to H: 25600.
  • Number of effective pixels: Approx. 24.20 megapixels
  • Video Capture Resolution: Full HD 1920 x 1080
  • Wireless Communication Technology:
    • Built in Wi-Fi transmission
    • Connectivity to Smart devices is possible with Android version 4.0-4.4/5.0-5.1 or iOS 7.1/8-8.3.
    • NFC connectivity is possible only with compatible Android devices
    • Bluetooth® (Specification version 4.1, Bluetooth low energy technology)
  • Screen Size: 3.0 inches
  • Weight: Approx. 532g
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 131.0 x 99.9 x 76.2mm

Overall

4.8/5

If you are a beginner and looking for a DSLR camera which is good for shooting videos, then this camera would suit you well. Canon EOS 800D is packed with a lot of good video features. With that, you can take videos in slow motion with 1080p recording at 60 frames per second. Especially for beginners who are not familiar with manual focus, autofocus is now equipped so that you will just have to point and shoot whenever you want. You can also attach a shotgun micro on top of the camera to enhance the audio recorded. DIGIC 7 Image Processor is working along with the APS-C sensor will help you to take detailed and colorful photos.

Sample images

5. OLYMPUS OM-D E-M10 MARK III.

Specification

  • Sensor: 4/3 Live MOS Sensor – 17.3 mm x 13.0 mm
  • ISO sensitivity:
    • AUTO ISO (default): LOW (approx.100) ‐ 6400 with customizable upper limit (200 to 25600)
    • Manual ISO: LOW (approx.100), 200 to 25600 (adjustable in 1/3 steps)
  • Number of effective pixels: Approx. 16.1 million pixels
  • Video Capture Resolution: 4K (3840 x 2160)
  • Wireless Communication Technology: GPS function via smartphone GPS data
  • Screen Size: 3.0 inches
  • Weight: Approx. 410 g (14.46 oz)
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 121.5×83.6×49.5 mm

Overall

4.7/5

The most important feature for people to consider whether or not they will choose this camera is its in-body image stabilization. The feature is impressive; it supports you to shoot in low-light conditions at a much slower shutter speed than a camera that doesn’t have 5 axis stabilization. This camera is also loved because of its physical properties: It’s lightweight, compacted, and has a retro style. The quality of videos is in 4K, which most people will satisfy with. Besides, the price of the M4/3 format is much lower compared to E-mount lenses, which is also a worth considered aspect for beginners with a low budget.

Sample images

6. FUJIFILM X-A7 (MIRRORLESS)

Specification

  • Sensor: 23.5mm x 15.7mm (APS-C) CMOS with primary color filter
  • ISO sensitivity:
    • Standard output sensitivity: AUTO 1, AUTO 2, AUTO 3, ISO200-12800 (1/3 step)
    • Extended output sensitivity: ISO100 / ISO25600 / ISO51200
  • Number of effective pixels: 24.2 million pixels
  • Video Capture Resolution: 4K (3840 x 2160)
  • Wireless Communication Technology: IEEE802.11b/g/n (standard wireless protocol), Bluetooth Ver.4.2 (Bluetooth low energy)
  • Screen Size: 3.5 inches
  • Weight: Approx. 320g / 11. oz. (including battery and memory card)
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 119.0 x 67.7 x 41.1mm/ 4.7 x 2.7 x 1.6 in.

Overall

4.3/5

This camera is good for people who are moving off smartphone’s cameras and want a little more professional camera to play around. It’s designed for phone camera user since it let you make the most of the camera without photographic schooling. With a touchscreen and a simple tap-and-swipe operation, phone camera users would find it familiar and easy when using the Fujifilm X-A7. Its strength is shooting portraits. Your selfies with your friends or your family members will be beautiful and natural thanks to the Portrait Enhancer setting.

Sample images

7. PANASONIC LUMIZ GX85 (MIRRORLESS)

Specification

  • Sensor: Live MOS Sensor 17.3 x 13.0 mm
  • ISO sensitivity:
    • Standard output sensitivity: Auto / Intelligent ISO / 100 (Extended) / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 / 6400 / 12800 / 25600 (Changeable to 1/3 EV step)
    • Standard output sensitivity: (Up to ISO6400 in motion picture recording) (ISO Auto in M mode)
  • Number of effective pixels: 16.00 Megapixels
  • Video Capture Resolution: 4K (3840 x 2160)
  • Wireless Communication Technology: IEEE 802.11b/g/n, 2412 MHz – 2462 MHz (1-11 ch), Wi-Fi / WPA / WPA2, Infrastructure mode
  • Screen Size: 3.0 inches
  • Weight: Approx. 426g / 0.94 lb (SD card, Battery, Body)
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 122 x 70.6 x 43.9 mm / 4.80 x 2.78 x 1.73 inch (excluding protrusions)

Overall

4.6/5

Panasonic is known for its strength of high-quality videos, and this is not an exception. Many videographers including this camera in their collection because of the 4K and different 1080p video flavors. There’s a lot of benefits to this camera as we use it to shoot videos. Its In body 5 axis dual image stabilization and its small size allow us to shoot videos on the go for any events without extra gear (tripod, monopod). It’s lightweight – not tiny, but small enough to fit in a jacket pocket. Shooting in low-light conditions is better with this camera than its predecessors.

Sample images


8. NIKON D5600 (DSLR)

Specification

  • Sensor : CMOS sensor 23.5 x 15.6 mm
  • ISO sensitivity: ISO 100 to 25600 in steps of 1/3 EV; auto ISO sensitivity control available
  • Effective Pixels: 24.2 million megapixels
  • Video Capture Resolution: Full HD
  • Wireless Communication Technology: Bluetooth
  • Screen Size: 3.2 inches
  • Weight: Approx. 465 g/1 lb 0.4 oz with battery and memory card but without body cap; approx. 415 g/14.7 oz (camera body only
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): Approx. 124 x 97 x 70 mm/4.9 x 3.9 x 2.8 in.

Overall

4.7/5

A compact DSLR that takes great photos right out of the box. The kit lens included in the kit would satisfy every purpose. The 18-55mm lens would be great for portrait and scenery, while the 70-300mm will take care of the rest. The Nikon D5600 is aimed at either beginners or photographers who want to step up from an entry-level camera. The articulating and touch screen of this camera is a plus. If you want to record yourself, you can just flip the screen to face you in the front. Since the camera’s battery lasts for 970 shots per charge, you can comfortably keep shooting all day long.

Sample images

BEST AFFORDABLE CAMERAS FOR BEGINNERS - CONCLUSION

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