What's the Best Camera for a Beginner?

Mar 11 2016 0 Comments

Whether you want to take up photography for a hobby or as your new profession, it’s important to have some solid equipment. While we’ve come a long way in technology for our phones, those dinky little cameras aren’t going to produce anything close to the stunning quality a real, professional camera can. Nor can camera phones take a variety of lenses or work with a tripod or do much of anything. They’re quick and dirty, at best.

So what makes for a good camera, especially for a beginner? There are so many different makes and models, and a lot of them can get extremely expensive. For students and casual hobbyists, that’s not a great choice. You don’t need to invest in the best or in the most expensive, because with a good camera and a great eye, you can still get spectacular results.

The Basics

A lot of students ask the question, “What’s some advice you can give?” Well, you’ll want to keep up with the latest in modern technology, so your camera shouldn’t be any more than three years old. It should also be an automatic, have a removable lens, and be a DSLR (digital single-lens reflex). When I started out, all I had was a Rebel T-5 that cost me only around five hundred dollars!

You see, in order to get those really great photographs, the secret lies in having a good eye and a knack for getting a shot with good composition. Then I take lots of pictures. Lots of them. Plan on taking more pictures than you think you’ll ever need. If you take about fifty pictures, then you might get one in that fifty that’s actually going to be really stunning.

Recommended Models

In my experience, you can’t really go wrong with Canon or Nikon. They’re good quality for a reasonable price, and for a beginner, that’s more than enough.


A Canon EOS (Rebel T5) is a great example of a beginner’s camera that comes with an 18-55 mm lens. It takes pictures with great clarity, rich color, and it has a wide tonal range. You can also take pictures in low-light conditions, and you won’t necessarily need a tripod or a flash. For about four hundred dollars too, it’s still in the range of reasonable for most hobbyists and students.

Really, just about any Canon Rebel model is going to be a good buy for a beginner. A friend of mine has a daughter just starting a photography class in high school, and they were fortunate enough to be loaned these models of camera. They’re simple enough for kids to use, but at the same time, they’re a great introduction to the basics of photography.

At the Imaging World, there’s a wide variety of models to choose from, including the Rebel SL1, the Rebel T5I, and the T6I.  Each of these models stays under the one thousand dollar mark too. Just click, order, and done. The website’s laid out in an easy-to-understand fashion, and there’s plenty of information about each camera so that you can make an informed purchase.


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