Are you looking to buy a new camera?
If so, you may have already done some research and If you are a beginner, you might be confused by now by the abundance of options.
But don’t worry because you have come to the right place as this camera buying guide will provide you all the information you need to know before making the purchase decision.
When you are starting into photography, the most important feature you need in a camera is manual control capability.
And the other important factors to consider when buying a new camera is size, weight, and cost. However, among all of the above, I feel the weight is the most important.
Why should you care about the weight of the camera?
I will tell you my personal experience. My current camera weighs more than 3 pounds and it becomes a pain for me when I carry it for more than an hour, on shoulder, neck or in hand. After a while, the weight of the camera weighs down your motivation to continue
The heavier the camera, the sooner you will run out of the joy of taking photos.
Today, you can choose from many categories of cameras. DSLR isn’t the only option anymore, there are also the mirrorless and the advanced compact cameras.
This Camera Buying Guide is divided into 3 categories, Advanced Compact, Mirrorless, and DSLR.
How To Choose The Right Camera
There are many great cameras in the market but you must choose the one right for you. You need to consider the below questions to know the camera which is right for you.
Do you prefer a lightweight interchangeable lens camera with great image quality and features?
A. Mirrorless would be right for you.
You don’t mind the weight but the camera should feel solid in your hand and have a great battery life?
A. DSLRs would make you happy.
Do you want an ultra compact and ultra-light camera and don’t mind compromising a bit on image quality?
A. You will fall in love with
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Best Cameras For Beginner Photographers
For the sake of keeping it simple, I will suggest 2-3 cameras in each category which are best suited for beginners.
Mirrorless cameras are smaller in size and lighter than a DSLR. The main difference between the two is the lack of mirror in the mirrorless camera. The function of the mirror in a DSLR is to reflect the image to the optical viewfinder. On the contrary, a mirrorless camera uses an electronic viewfinder or back LCD to display the image.
The biggest advantage of a mirrorless camera is the smaller form factor and lighter weight.
Below are the best mirrorless cameras for beginners.
Canon EOS M50
Kit Weight: 517 grams , Size: , 116.3 x 88.1 x 58.7 mm Focus Points: 143 , Sensor: APS-C , Screen: 3 inch Articulating TouchScreen
Kit Weight: 583 Grams , Size: 121.0 x 83.0 x 47.4 mm , Focus Points: 91 , Sensor: APS-C , Screen: 3 inch Tilting Touchscreen
Kit Weight: 520 Grams , Size: 120.0 x 66.9 x 48.8 mm , Focus Points: 425 , Sensor: APS-C , Screen: 3 inch tilting (no touchscreen)
Kit Weight: 693 Grams , Size: 118.4mm (W) x 82.8mm (H) x 46.8mm (D) , Focus Points: 325 , Sensor: X-Trans , Screen: 3 Inch Touchscreen LCD
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The tried and tested digital SLR cameras are still mainstream despite the introduction of lighter and smaller mirrorless cameras. These are robust and reliable cameras which have been here for a very long time.
Below are the best DSLR cameras for beginners.
Kit Weight: 570 , Size: 124.0 x 97.0 x 69.5 mm , Focus Points: 11 , Sensor:APS-C , Screen: 3 inch LCD (No touchscreen, No tilting)
Canon EOS 200D
Kit Weight: 658 Grams , Size: 122.4 x 92.6 x 69.8mm , Focus Points: 9 Points, Sensor: APS-C , Screen: 3 inch tilting touchscreen
Kit Weight:745 Grams , Size: 131.0 x 99.9 x 76.2 mm, Focus Points: 45, Sensor: APS-C, Screen: 3-inch Articulating Touchscreen
Kit Weight: 670 Grams , Size: 124.0 x 97.0 x 70.0 mm , Focus Points: 39, Sensor: APS-C, Screen: 3.2-inch Articulating Touchscreen
These are the nifty little cameras which offer full manual control and good image quality. However, the image sensor in these is smaller than the above cameras. But if you are looking for something super-light and small, these are the best option for you.
Sony RX100 Mark 6
Weight: 301 Grams , Size: 101.6 x 58.1 x 42.8 mm , Focal Range: 24-70mm (35mm equiv.) , Focus : Eye-AF and Subject Tracking, Sensor: 1″ (13.2 x 8.8 mm) CMOS , Screen: 3.0″ LCD Rear Touchscreen Tilt
Canon G9X Mark 2
Weight: 206 Grams, Size: 98.0 x 57.9 x 31.3 mm , Focal Range: 28 to 84mm (35mm equiv.),, Sensor: 1″ CMOS , Screen: 3.0″ Fixed LCD Rear Touchscreen
Panasonic Lumix ZS100
Weight: 312 Grams , Size: 110.5 x 64.5 x 44.3 mm , Focal Range: 25 to 250mm (35mm equiv.) , Sensor: 1″ CMOS , Screen:
Happy Learning & Shooting!