The best cameras for beginners 2022 to help you learn photography

The best cameras for beginners 2022 to help you learn photography

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Tired of taking low quality images on a smartphone? Do you dream of having a photo library that is so impressive that it will leave your friends and families in awe? It’s time to invest in a suitable camera.

If you’re new to photography, it can be hard to know where to start – there are so many different types of cameras on the market, from DSLRs and mirrorless to compact and film-focused. Luckily, we’re on hand to help you make sense of it all and get ready with the perfect beginner camera.

Here are our top four considerations when buying your first camera:

  • Resolution – Also known as “megapixel” or “MP”, this number relates to the size of the image the camera can capture. While a higher MP number means a higher resolution, you don’t need to go above a 12MP camera, which will produce blur-free A3 prints.

  • Drawing – If you are going to use a good quality camera, you will want it to be perfectly suited to your needs. Each camera is unique and has a different set of qualities, so consider whether you prefer something smaller and more compact for portability, a touchscreen model, or a larger camera with clear controls.

  • Connectivity – Most cameras nowadays will connect to your mobile phone and apps in one way or another. The most common ways are via Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, NFC connectivity, or a combination of two or more.

  • Contact lenses – You will need a high quality lens to capture good images. Most cameras are equipped with a fixed lens that offers a standard zoom range. However, there are beginner cameras that offer a lens kit that allows you to swap lenses based on the distance of the image you are shooting.

Now that you know what to look for, shop our best recommended cameras for beginners below – there’s everything from budget mirrorless models to premium compact cameras.

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Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV

A great budget camera and a great choice for beginners, the E-M10 is small and meant for photo photographers, while retaining some video capabilities.

Its 20MP sensor conforms to the Micro Four Thirds standard, which means it’s smaller than full-frame or APS-C sensors found elsewhere and brings a 2x crop factor to your lenses. The camera is perfectly capable of taking stunning photos, and the smaller sensor means it can be even more compact than its mirrorless peers.

While it lacks some advanced features, such as phase detection autofocus, 4K / 60 video recording, and microphone or headphone jacks for video use, it has an effective IBIS system, offering up to 4.5 stops of stabilization.

Micro Four Thirds lens mount is supported by Olympus and Panasonic, with third parties like Sigma and Samyang offering cheaper options.

The other thing about the E-M10 is its pleasant retro style. It’s a thoroughly modern camera, however, with built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and a wealth of in-camera effects via Advanced Photo mode.

Buy Now £ 649.00, Jessops

Nikon Z 30 mirrorless camera

Developed with creatives in mind, the Nikon Z30 is Nikon’s best vlogging camera. It’s the perfect device for elevating your content and making the much-needed transition from smartphone to mirrorless cameras.

Thanks to its compact and lightweight features it is the perfect travel companion and will ensure you capture and document those unforgettable moments.

There are tons of advanced features over previous models: 4K video, 20.9MP, 11FPS, and 125MIN. Registration will take your videography and photography to the next level. The touchscreen monitor is easy to use and allows you to shoot from any angle. For starters, the deep grip ensures stable handheld shooting that minimizes any flickering or blurring of the image.

Surprisingly, there is room for vloggers to record 125 minutes of video footage and that can be easily uploaded to social media platforms via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. When it comes to audio, there’s a built-in microphone that works perfectly as well as the option for an external microphone to get that extra crisp and clear sound. The onboard wind noise reduction function reduces external noise.

Buy Now £ 839.00, Jessops

Kodak M35 camera

This M35 is a simple to use plastic body camera with a fixed focus lens and the only setting is the flash on or off. It is easy to handle in every capacity and looks similar to the Ilford Sprite-11, being about the same size and light weight.

If you are looking to take your first steps into the world of analog photography, this is a fun beginner camera to buy. Both modern and retro: you can choose from a range of cool colors like red, yellow, light green, light blue and pink.

With this little point-and-shoot, you will be looking forward to such refined and romantic images, just load up a 35mm film and start capturing your favorite memories.

Buy Now £ 21.00, Amazon

Akaso Brave 7 LE

Costing under £ 200, the Akaso Brave 7 LE is affordable for just about anyone, whether you’re a videography veteran or a complete newbie. The ideal introductory action camera (or a good choice if you’re prone to breaking your tech), it offers fantastic value and 4K video, plus a handy front display for taking selfies.

While the camera alone is only waterproof to one meter, the underwater case is included in the box and has a depth of 40 meters. There’s also a very useful second battery, as you’ll likely only get an hour to an hour and a half for each charge.

Like the Hero9, 10, and DJI Osmo Action, it has a front display that lets you see yourself while filming, but it’s a feature you get nearly half the cost. The rear touchscreen display is also exceptionally intuitive, allowing you to adjust camera modes and settings with a quick tap.

Buy Now £ 139.99, Amazon

Canon EOS R10

Released just a few months ago, Canon’s latest offering is a remarkably versatile camera joining the company’s fast-moving range of mirrorless cameras. If you’re looking to get away from a DSLR camera or smartphone, this is the perfect next step.

The R1 can handle an extremely fast burst of 15fps using its mechanical shutter, which goes up to 23fps if using the electronic shutter, which also allows a shutter speed of 1 / 16,000 of a second, perfect for capturing animals wild animals or moving objects.

Other noteworthy features include built-in stabilization, 4K / 30p video quality, and YouTube live streaming for the budding bloggers among us.

With the same AF system as cameras costing four times as much, the R10 looks a lot like a baby version of Canon’s professional cameras.

Buy Now £ 899.00, Canon

Nikon D3500

Swapping shots with cheaper Canon cameras, the D3500 launched in 2018 and pairs a decent 24MP APS-C sensor with responsive autofocus and a beginner-friendly body.

The rear screen is fixed, there’s no 4K video, and only features an SD card slot. However, you get a 5fps shutter speed and an 11-point AF system that uses the viewfinder that sure does the job.

“modest but effective” are the words to cover most of the features of the D3500. You get 1080p video at 60fps and focus in Live View is simply a matter of touching the screen.

It’s not just a camera for someone just starting their photography journey.

Buy Now £ 475.35, Amazon

Dubblefilm shows 35mm analog camera with flash point

This camera is perfect for beginners, but many reusable film cameras are too.

If you want to avoid taking photos with your phone, but still want to be in the moment and don’t have to worry about camera or lens settings, this might be your best bet. You can still learn with this device how to load and unload film or explore creativity using a 35mm point and shoot. It’s a great all-rounder and the overall image quality is really good.

This camera is available in black and pink and comes in a plastic case. This case isn’t exactly a camera bag and there’s no padding whatsoever, but it’s handy for carrying your camera and is more environmentally friendly than disposable cameras.

Buy Now £ 58.00, Selfridges

Polaroid Go instant camera

This iconic camera with its distinctive retro look is anything but retro in terms of features. We love the addition of a selfie mirror, LED film counter display, self-timer, and micro USB charger to keep it running. As one of the smallest compact cameras on the market (designed for one-handed use), it is the perfect beginner instant camera and is designed for movement on the go as it fits easily into most pockets.

If you’re looking to buy the Polaroid Go, look for deals that include film sets so you can start taking photos instantly.

Buy Now £ 84.99, Amazon

Sony Vlog ZV-1 camcorder

If content creation is your thing and you love documenting the latest TikTok trend but want to take your footage to the next stage sans a smartphone camera, little else rivals the Sony Vlog camera.

Equipped with a selfie-friendly LCD screen, recording lamp and body grip, this camera is perfect for taking videos and photos wherever you are.

When it comes to shooting or taking photos of people, there is a Soft Skin Effect that enhances natural skin tones and brightness. Coupled with real-time Eye AF technology that tracks people’s eyes, even in 4K video, this camera is top-notch.

We especially liked the camera-attached 3-capsule microphone that reduces background wind noise making your voice clearer, perfect for those outdoor vlogs. The ZV-1 is also compatible with Sony’s Bluetooth trigger grips which make recording even easier.

Buy Now £ 667.00, Amazon

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