Beginner Digital Camera Archives


The Beginner Archives contain past recommendations for best beginner cameras. Many of these digital cameras are still available for sale or they can be found secondhand in specialist camera stores, on Ebay or Amazon at very low prices. They can be a real bargain for anyone looking for a high quality digital camera or digital SLR camera for at very low cost. In addition, many camera lenses and accessories such as flashguns and tripods can also be found on the secondhand market. 

Olympus XZ-2

For: Large 12 megapixel HS BSI CMOS sensor. Fast f1.8 4x Zuiko zoom lens. 920k 3 inch LCD with swivel facility. Full manual controls. 1080p HD video. Art filters. RAW & Jpeg. Superb image quality. Hotshoe for external flash. Ideal camera for the beginner.
Against: Camera's price takes it into the same area as compact system cameras.
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Fujifilm X30

For: High quality 2/3 inch X-Trans CMOS II sensor with 12 megapixels. Sharp F2.0- 2.8 28 to 112 zoom lens. Full manual controls. Jpeg & RAW. Full 1080 hd video with stereo sound. Advanced filters. Retro look. Lens modulation optimizer. Amazing beginner's camera capable of stunning images.
Against: Video quality could be better.
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Nikon 1 J4

For: 14.2 megapixel 1 inch sensor. Fast operation - can shoot at 15 shots per second. Full manual controls. RAW and jpeg. Interchangeable lens camera. Full HD videos at 1080p with stereo sound. Compact size. Wifi.
Against: Controls are not as good as competition.
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Olympus Pen E-PM2

For: 16mp four thirds sensor. In body image stabilization. Shoots at 8 fps. 1080p HD video with stereo sound. 12 art filters. Jpeg and RAW. Excellent image quality. Touch sensitive 3 inch LCD with 460k dots. Ideal all round camera with many lenses and accessories for beginners to intermediate photographers.
Against: LCD difficult to see in sunlight.
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