The best camera for beginners in photography

Starting with photography usually also means getting a camera. Unfortunately, too many options can make that a daunting task. So let’s filter out the best camera for you!

Why professionals and beginners need different camera’s

Firstly, let’s tackle the question of why you need a different camera than a seasoned professional. As a beginner, you want to focus on a couple of aspects of photography to hone your skills. You don’t need too many options just yet. You want to practice your eyes, subject choosing, composition, feel for a camera, and the light.

To practice all that, you don’t need a 20.000 dollar camera. But, of course, it would help if you had something basic and straightforward. The professional cameras offer many features. But, most of those features you don’t need just yet.

Best camera type for beginners

Let’s find you with the best camera type for beginners. I am sure there isn’t one specifically that fits everyone. With photography in general, there is no one-size-fits-all. Therefore, it is interesting to dive into the different camera types available and sum up the benefits of each. This way, you can decide which one you prefer.

Remember, there is not a general camera type that is better than the other. Instead, there is a taste and personal feel with the cameras.

Advantages of DSLR for beginners

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Often when we envision a camera, the image of a DSLR comes to mind. This is because it’s probably one of the most traditional-looking cameras around.

DSLRs have many advantages over other camera types.

First of all, the optical viewfinder. Other types often have digital ones. Optical viewfinders let you look through the lens without the camera interfering with what you see. Since no camera interprets the image for you, you can see what’s happening without delay.

DSLR have generally bigger sensors than other camera types. The importance of this has to do with image quality. The bigger the image, the better the image quality is.

Interchangeable lenses are probably my favorite reason to pick a DSLR. Having different lenses for different scenarios makes sure you always have the best glass in front of your sensor for the job.

Advantages of mirrorless camera’s for beginners

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Mirrorless cameras are relatively new to the world. Though, they have advanced quickly, are utilized by many photographers, and can even keep up in professional realms.

Opposite to the DSLR, mirrorless cameras have an electronic viewfinder. This means you get to see what the camera sees, helping you to interpret the final result. Also, since there is no mirror to shut, your view on what’s happening through the lens is never obstructed.

For those thinking photography is all about heavy gear, mirrorless cameras are lightweight. This can be advantageous if you like hiking and going places where a DSLR may weigh you down.

As there is no mirror flapping, mirrorless cameras are pretty quiet, making them interesting for street and nature photography. This also makes the camera less prone to camera shake.

Advantages of smartphone camera’s for beginners


Smartphones are all around us. And since they have such great cameras, I wanted to add them to this list. Because of that, they are relatively cheap, as they often don’t require an extra investment of you.

The camera app you use is easy to use. Mostly they are stripped from any features that might be confusing and cause you to make ugly photos.

Since you already have it with you almost always, it’s an excellent device for beginner photographers.

With all the apps and the internet connection on your phone, you can easily share the photos you make to get instant feedback.

What camera type did you choose for your first camera? Let me know in the comments!

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