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Top 7 DSLR and Mirrorless camera for beginners

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As a beginner, choosing a camera can be a daunting experience. Choose the wrong camera, and all your hard earned cash goes down the drain.

Although choosing a camera almost entirely depends on what type of content one is planning to create. The frequency of use, the level of expertise and technical know-how are also important factors.

In this article, we bring you the top seven cameras we think are the best for beginners to choose from. The list has both DSLR and mirrorless options.

Also read: Nikon vs Canon: A beginner’s perspective

Canon 1300D

The holy-grail of beginner photographers, the 1300D is probably everyone’s first DSLR. It’s the most commonly sold camera on Amazon and for good reasons.

The 1300D is quite affordable and offers almost every feature you’d need to get started in photography. The camera offers an 18MP crop sensor with WiFi/NFC connectivity options.

It is easy to use, beginner friendly and is compatible with a wide range of lenses. A lot of professional photographers also use the 1300D as a backup camera.

You can get the Canon 1300D here

Canon 1500D

The Canon 1500D is the successor to the very popular 1300D. The 1500D fixes a couple of problems that the 1300D had. It also offers an improved 24MP sensor that significantly enhances image quality.

Rest is pretty much same between these two cameras. Again, an excellent choice for anyone getting into photography and looking for their first DSLR.

You can get the 1500D here

Nikon D3400

The D3400 is Nikon’s entry level camera which fares up straight to the Canon 1500D/1300D. It offers a 24.2 MP crop sensor along with BLE in connectivity options.

The camera delivers excellent usability and great results even for the pros. Other factors like Auto-focus points and burst speeds are somewhat similar to the Canon entry-level lineup only.

It’s a bit on the pricey side though. Sure the camera provides slightly better image quality than its Canon competitors, but you’ve got to shell out those extra bucks.

You can get the Nikon D3400 here

Canon 200D

The Canon 200D is an excellent entry-level to mid-tier DSLR. With just a slight price hike from the 1500D, the 200D offers a 24.2 MP Crop sensor, a tiltable 180-degree touch screen and a lot more performance enhancements.

What makes the 200D stands out is its excellent video recording capabilities. It also has a 3.5mm jack for attaching an external microphone. If you’re going to record a lot of videos on your DSLR, go for this one.

You can get the Canon 200D here

Also read: DSLR vs Mirrorless camera: Which one to choose in 2019?

Nikon D5300

The Nikon D5300 is Nikon’s answer to the Canon 200D. At a marginally higher price, you get a 24.78 MP crop sensor along with a tiltable screen.

The camera performs slightly better than the 200D when it comes to pictures. In video recording, however, the 200D crushes the Nikon D5300.

Deciding between them is mostly personal preference and specific use case.

You can get the Nikon D5300 here

Sony Alpha A6000L

The Sony Alpha A6000L is Sony’s entry-level mirrorless camera. If you’re looking for something more advanced than a DSLR, the A6000L is the way to go.

The camera enjoys all the benefits of a mirrorless camera. It’s compact, lightweight, effortless to use for everyone and looks dope, to be honest. The camera offers a 24.3MP crop sensor.

It’s a bit on the pricey side, but the functionality provided by this camera is just amazing for the price. The image and video quality both stand out among other cameras in the A6000L’s price bracket.

You can get the Sony Alpha A6000L here

FujiFilm X-A10

The FujiFilm X-A10 is an entry-level mirrorless camera. The reason this camera is on this list is that of how easy the camera is to operate and the fantastic results it provides.

The camera has a 16MP sensor and provides impressive image quality. Being a mirrorless camera, it’s extremely easy to use and provides for delightful user experience.

You can get the FujiFilm X-A10 here

Also read: DSLR Maintenance 101: How to clean your camera sensor and lenses

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here:

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