After testing a lot of products, we have selected the 8 best digital cameras for beginners for 2018 which are mentioned below. In our experiments, we have found these products most consistent in performance and true value for the money.
Canon EOS Rebel SL2 Bundle With EF-S
With a compact and lightweight body, the black Canon EOS Rebel SL2 DSLR Camera provides users with a fully-featured system that won’t weigh them down. Packed into the tiny body is a capable 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor and a DIGIC 7 Image Processor, both of which work together to create sharp, vivid images at native sensitivities up to ISO 25600 and extended sensitivities up to ISO 51200.
Video shooting has received… a boost with Full HD 1080p recording possible at up to 60 fps. The SL2 also manages some significant body upgrades, with the main addition being a 3.0″ vari-angle touchscreen LCD for intuitive operation and the ability to work at odd angles with relative ease. As a DSLR, the SL2 obviously retains the optical viewfinder for fast, natural composition of your images and it can shoot continuously at speeds up to 5 fps.
This setup also features a 9-point AF system for capturing tack sharp images. If you are working in Live View or shooting video, the SL2 does offer Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology, providing fast, accurate focusing in these modes and with intuitive control via the touchscreen. Additionally, the SL2 has a microphone input for higher quality audio recording during movie shooting.
Nikon D5300 24.2 MP CMOS Digital SLR
The black Nikon D5300 DSLR Camera features a DX-format 24.2-megapixel sensor and EXPEED 4 image processor to produce high-resolution still imagery and Full HD video with notable low-light sensitivity to ISO 12800 and a fast continuous shooting rate of 5 fps. The sensor design omits the traditional optical low-pass filter in order to gain the utmost sharpness and resolution from both photos and videos.
Complementing the imaging assets… are both a versatile 39-point autofocus system, with nine cross-type sensors, and a 2,016-pixel RGB sensor for precise exposure metering in a wide variety of lighting conditions. Additionally, 1920 x 1080p movie recording is supported, in multiple frame rates up to 60 fps, with full-time continuous auto focusing capabilities. The compact, yet durably designed, camera body incorporates both an optical pentamirror viewfinder along with a large 3.2″.
1,037k-Dot vari-angle LCD monitor, which features a 180° swivel design to better support working from high and low angles. Also integrated into the D5300 are both Wi-Fi and GPS modules, which enable advanced image sharing capabilities as well as location-based image tagging. RAW (NEF) files can be recorded as lossless compressed or compressed at either 12 or 14-bit depth.
Canon EOS REBEL T7i
The new sensor impresses, as does the 45-point autofocus system backed up by excellent live view AF, while the newly designed graphical interface will certainly make this camera even more appealing to new users. The absence of 4K video and the quality of the exterior materials disappoint, but this aside, if you’re looking for a well-rounded and easy to use camera for your first DSLR the EOS Rebel T7i / EOS 800D is certainly worth a look.
The new sensor is partnered… with a new DIGIC 7 image processor. We’ve seen a DIGIC 7 chip already in the likes of Canon’s PowerShot G7 X II compact camera, but this is quite a different proposition. Canon claims it can handle 14 times more information than the DIGIC 6 processor that was in the T6i / 750D, which again should help deliver a better high-ISO noise performance, as well as an improved autofocus performance too.
We’ll look at the autofocus in more detail a little later, but sensitivity-wise the Rebel T7i / 800D offers a range of ISO100-25,600 – that’s an extra stop over the T6i’s expanded 12,800 ISO ceiling, while there’s a Hi setting equivalent to ISO51,200 also available. You’ll just have to select this in the custom setting.
Sony a5100 16-50mm Mirrorless Digital Camera
Offering the speed and versatility required by multimedia photographers, the black Alpha a5100 Mirrorless Digital Camera from Sony combines a high-resolution sensor, hybrid AF system, and apt video recording capabilities, all within a compact and convenient form factor. Pairing a 24.3MP APS-C-sized Exmor HD CMOS sensor and BIONZ X image processor, this camera is able to record up to 6 fps continuous shooting with notable sensitivity to ISO 25600.
Full HD video recording is supported… in the high-quality XAVC S codec, with the ability to shoot at 1080p in 60, 30, or 24 fps frame rates. Complementing the multimedia imaging capabilities is the Fast Hybrid AF system, which pairs 179 phase-detection points with 25 contrast-detection points to deliver fast, accurate, and consistent focusing abilities. The a5100 is poised to deliver the all-around performance desired by contemporary photographers while still maintaining the convenience needed for everyday shooting.
In regard to handling, the a5100 sports a sleek design that is characterized by a large 3.0″ 921.6k-dot LCD monitor, which features a 180° upward tilting design to permit easier viewing from both front-facing and above angles. Furthermore, the LCD is also a touchscreen, which permits intuitive control over image playback and menu navigation.
Canon EOS Rebel T5 Digital SLR Camera
The T5’s photo quality ranks as typical for an entry-level dSLR; in this respect, all APS-C sensor-size cameras at this price deliver about the same image quality. It does seem to have a slightly narrower tonal range than other models; JPEG photos look good up to ISO 400, at which point you’ll start to see blotchy blacks when lighting get low. That happens with the D3200, too, but in lower light.
While you can fix it a little bit… if you shoot raw, there’s very little detail there to be had. You can get sharper images by shooting raw starting at about ISO 400, though. Also note that you probably won’t be able to see the problem with the blacks when viewing it in a browser (as I discovered when trying to put an example together) or on a phone or tablet.
However, if you’re not too picky, you’ll probably be happy with the photos as high as ISO 3200 (though the quality will depend upon light and scene content). Beyond that, there’s a lot of image noise and hot pixels — those white dots you get in dark images.
PANASONIC LUMIX DC-ZS70S, 20.3 Megapixel
Panasonic ZS70 has a 20.0MP 1/2.3 (6.17 x 4.55 mm ) sized BSI-CMOS sensor and features Venus Engine processor. You can shoot at maximum resolution of 5184 x 3888 pixels with aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. ZS70 has a native ISO range of 80 – 3200 which can be boosted to 6400 and it can save files in RAW format which gives you a wider room for post processing.
Panasonic ZS70 weighs… 322 g (0.71 lb / 11.36 oz) and has external dimensions of 112 x 67 x 41 mm (4.41 x 2.64 x 1.61″). Considering that the average weight of Compact type cameras is 187g, Panasonic ZS70 is a significantly heavy camera for its class. With a thickness of 41mm, it is not small either, 12mm thicker than the average of its class.
With Panasonic ZS70, you can record your videos at a highest resolution of 3840 x 2160 at 30p fps with bit rates up to 100 mbps and save in MPEG-4 and AVCHD formats. This means that Panasonic ZS70 provides 4K (Ultra-HD) video, highest resolution that is available in the market today. When viewed on a 4K screen, you will be amazed by the level of details and the crispness.
Canon EOS 1300D / T6 EF-S
The Canon EOS Rebel T6 / EOS 1300D is a solid if uninspiring entry-level DSLR, eschewing eye-catching features in favour of solid image quality at a low cost. It’s a great beginner option, but there are better spec’d entry-level DSLRs available if you’re willing to pay a little more.
Despite their low price point… ‘entry-level’ cameras are incredibly important for manufacturers. These are the cameras with which the consumer starts their journey with a brand – and many of those consumers will stay with that brand for a very long time.
Because of this, you can get a lot of camera for relatively little money these days. The Canon EOS Rebel T6 (badged as the EOS 1300D outside the US) is Canon’s latest entry-level proposition, and it’s available at a great price for beginners, students or anyone new to DSLR photography. In fact, it’s cheaper than a lot of average compact cameras.
Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III camera
For many photographers, Sony sucks all the oxygen out of the room as far as mirrorless cameras are concerned. Yet Olympus, Panasonic, Fujifilm, and even Canon are fighting to remain relevant in this category, each taking its own approach. Enter the revised Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III. At $649 MSRP (body only), it’s a very affordable mirrorless interchangeable lens model. While it may be geared toward entry-level users, it brings with it some high-end features, like 8.6-frames-per-second (fps) burst shooting, 4K video, and ample direct access control. Oh, and we can’t forget about that classic Olympus OM-D styling.
The E-M10 Mark III is available… in black or a silver-and-black combination for that extra-retro finish. Like all Olympus OM-D cameras, we quite like the look and feel. Overall, the body is very compact, weighing just 14.5 ounces including the memory card and battery. Even the M.Zuiko 14-150mm kit lens (28-300mm full-frame equivalent) added just 10 ounces, and the 17mm f/1.8 (34mm equivalent) weighs just 4.2 ounces and barely extends from the front plate.
The Mark III may strike some users as being quite busy, with loads of buttons and dials and switches. We quite like it, especially as few other cameras at this price point put this much control at your fingertips, but beginners may feel a little overwhelmed. There’s a hot shoe, mode dial, two command wheels, shutter button, and movie record button. There are also two customizable Function keys.