Best Beginner Digital Cameras for 2017

Best Beginner Digital Cameras for 2017

For the beginner in digital photography, I suggest a digital camera which has both automatic and manual modes to allow the individual to grow as he or she learns more about photography. Manual controls can seem daunting in the beginning but once the relationship between shutter speed and aperture is understood, a world of creative possibilities can open up. Other features to look out for include:

Speed - the ideal camera must have minimal shutter lag to allow fast picture taking. This helps the beginner to feel more at ease with taking photographs rather than concentrating on the slowness of the camera.

Manual controls - aperture priority, shutter priority and full manual control can be useful in achieving creative results, controlling depth of field, action shots and for macro photography.

Zoom lens - the zoom lens must be 3x or longer and must be capable of producing sharp high quality photos.

Size - except for some people with larger hands, a small pocketable camera is more likely to be taken out and about than a larger camera which often gets left behind.

Battery Life - the camera battery must be able to last for a reasonable time before recharging is required.

Large LCD - the LCD viewfinder must be 2" or larger to accurately view and compose the picture.

Except where otherwise stated, all the digital cameras recommended for the beginner have the above features.


Panasonic LUMIX DMC-ZS100

For: - 20 MP one inch sensor for high quality images
- 10x Leica zoom. Equivalent to 25 to 250mm.
- 4k ultra video & eye level viewfinder.
- 5-axis image stabilization for HD video.

Against: - Poor menu system & small viewfinder.
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Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II

For: - Large 20 MP one inch sensor for great images
- Bright 24 to 100 f/1.8 to f/2.8 zoom lens.
- 3 inch LCD with tilt. Jpeg & RAW images.
- HD 1080p videos in MP4 with stereo sound.

Against: - No eye level viewfinder.
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Canon EOS Rebel T6

For: - 18 MP APS-C CMOS sensor. Jpeg & RAW images.
- Optical viewfinder. Fast 9 point autofocus system.
- HD video. Built in wireless. Compact light body.
- Vast array of Canon and independent lenses available.

Against: - No built in image stabilisation. Only shoots at 3 fps.
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Nikon D3400

For: - 24 MP DX format CMOS sensor. RAW & jpeg images.
- No optical low pass filter for sharper images.
- Snapbridge Bluetooth connectivity. Shoots at 5 fps.
- Compact size. 1080p video. Optical viewfinder.

Against: - No weather sealing.
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Fujifilm X30

For: - 12 MP 2/3 inch X-Trans CMOS II sensor
- No optical low pass filter for sharp images.
- Bright 28 to 112mm f/2.0-f/2.8 lens.
- Film simulation modes. Compact size.

Against: - Smaller sensor compared to rivals.
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