The Best Cameras for Budding Photographers in 2019

If you’re a budding photographer, chances are you’ve developed a keen interest in photography and want a camera that can act as both a simple point-and-shoot beginner camera and produce great results using a few more advanced functions and features.


Up to this point, you might have been using your smartphone’s camera or a basic compact camera. You’ve probably taken some amazing photos with them, but found yourself limited by the zoom or the focus.

If this sounds like you, and if you’re interested in taking your photography to the next level, our Camera House experts have compiled this list of awesome cameras for budding photographers.

This article is designed to accompany our post on the Best DSLRs for Beginners, which was published two years ago but retains some good recommendations too…

Nikon D5600


The Nikon D5600 is one of the most balanced DSLRs on the market, packing serious grunt into a compact body and allowing photographers of all levels to capture excellent photos in all settings: landscape, portrait, adventure, motion etc.

The key difference between this popular Nikon DSLR and its sibling DSLRs is its lightweight, compact frame, meaning that it’s easy to carry around and use as a versatile all-purpose camera.

In terms of specs, this Nikon D5000 series iteration has received significant speed and quality upgrades and comes with an APS-C sensor, 24.2 megapixels, full HD video capabilities, time-lapse features, 3.2” LCD monitor, built-in Wi-Fi & Bluetooth and more.

Nikon D3400


If the Nikon D5600 is too pricey, then the Nikon D3400 is likely the answer you’re looking for (it’s no surprise we included the older Nikon D3300 model in our Beginner DSLR post).

The D3400 has many of the same features as the more advanced D5600 but is designed as primarily a beginner camera. With that said, it delivers great photo and video quality for its class.

You’ll love the simplicity with which you can capture crisp, sharp images (thanks to the improved ISO range and 24.2-megapixel sensor) that radiate colour and fine detailing (a result of the EXPEED 4 image-processing engine).

What’s more, the Snapbridge App will transmit your images via Bluetooth straight to your phone so you can share them to your favourite social media platform anytime.

Canon EOS 200D


Somewhere in between Nikon’s D3400 & D5600 sits rival Canon’s lightweight, convenient EOS 200D, an excellent first choice DSLR that can develop your skills as a photographer.

This is down to the fantastic Guided Display feature, which actually teaches you how to take better photos, how to use different shooting effects at your disposal and other helpful photo tips.

Another feature the Canon EOS 200D inherits from more advanced Canon DSLRs is the Dual Pixel CMOS AF, a responsive vari-angle touch screen with fast Live View focusing.

And like most modern DSLRs, the EOS 200D has Wi-Fi connectivity for quick and easy image transfer between camera and mobile devices.

Pentax K-70


The Pentax K-70 is the only entry-level camera with a weather-resistant body, which makes it the ideal choice for outdoor enthusiasts or landscape photographers.

Its durable, sleek body is complemented with dust and moisture resistance, great low-light shooting capabilities and a sensor-shift mechanism (not available on the Nikon or Canon models included here) that stabilises images and reduces camera shake issues.

The image quality is stellar, with the same 24-megapixel APS-C sensors as the cameras above, 6fps shooting and full HD 1080p video recording. The only downsides are its slightly worse focus ability and weight; it weighs more than its competitors.

As a brand, Pentax has been surpassed by the likes of Nikon and Canon, but their rich history and reputation among camera buffs is warranted with the great performing Pentax K-70.

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II


Of course, DSLRs aren’t the only way to step into the world of photography. There are great mirrorless options too that really give DSLRs a run for their money.

This Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II compact system camera is powerful, offering a super-fast frame rate of 60fps. It also has interchangeable lens functionality, amazing image stabilisation, a stable viewfinder, accurate framing and focusing (even during macro and telephoto shooting) and high-speed sequential shooting.

Olympus houses all this inside a solid, stylish metal body that just feels like quality so you can enjoy taking rich, vibrant photos via this truly compact machine.

Read more about the latest mirrorless cameras here or shop a huge range of great cameras for budding photographers at Camera House!

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