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Canon EOS Rebel SL3 review

Digital Camera World Verdict

There are two cheaper DSLRs in the Canon range than this one – the EOS Rebel T100 and the EOS Rebel SL7 – but we reckon this EOS Rebel SL3 is a better buy than both of them. The T100 was so cheap it was actually quite unappealing and looks as if it’s on the way out, whereas the features of the SL7 have been cut back so hard to make its low price point that it’s hard to recommend. The SL3 does cost more, but it’s worth paying the extra. It comes with Canon’s top APS-C sensor, very good Live View autofocus, a vari-angle touchscreen and 4K video in the perfect package for beginners.


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    Very light and compact for a DSLR

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    Great Live View autofocus response

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    Vari-angle touchscreen

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    Simple but effective controls

  • Only 9 AF points in viewfinder shooting

  • Thicker body than mirrorless rivals

  • Four-way pad quite small

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The Canon EOS Rebel SL3 is not Canon’s cheapest DSLR, but it’s the cheapest we’d recommend buying. The Canon DSLR range seems to be going through a phase of consolidation rather than technological advancements, which is a polite way of saying that it hasn’t done anything especially new for a while. The new EOS Rebel SL3  (known as the EOS 250D in other territories) fits in that category, with Canon using technologies we’ve already seen in other Canon cameras to refresh the existing EOS Rebel SL2.

There is a new EOS 850D model above this one, but that’s proved extremely slow to appear and we haven’t yet been able to get a sample for a full review.

But beginners won’t care about any of this. They’ll only care what this camera costs, what it does and whether it’s right for them. And regardless of what you might think about Canon’s technical progress (or lack of it), it’s judged the EOS Rebel SL3 / EOS 250D pretty much to perfection.

Beginners and new DSLR users don’t need the latest tech, they just need an affordable, effective camera that’s easy to use and delivers the goods. And Canon has pretty much got that nailed. The previous Rebel SL2  was one of the best cameras for beginners for its time, not to mention one of the best DSLR cameras, so its replacement can hardly put a foot wrong, right?

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Sensor: 24.1MP APS-C CMOS, 22.3 x 14.9mm
Image processor: DIGIC 8
AF points: 9-point phase detection (viewfinder), xxx
ISO range: 100 to 25,600 (exp. 51,200)
Max image size: 6,000 x 4,000
Metering modes: Evaluative, Centre-weighted, Spot, Partial
Video: 4K UHD at 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p
Viewfinder: Optical pentamirror, 95% coverage, 0.87x magnification
Memory card: SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS I compatible)
LCD: 3-inch vari-angle touchscreen, 1. 04m dots
Max burst: 5fps
Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
Size: 122.4 x 92.6 x 69.8mm (body only)
Weight: 15.9oz/451g (body only, with battery and SD card)

Key features

Canon is pitching the EOS Rebel SL3 as the world’s lightest DSLR with a movable screen. There are mirrorless cameras smaller than this one, to be sure, but as far as DSLRs go, Canon is quite correct. 

If size matters more than the actual camera design, however, you might want to take a look at the new mirrorless Fujifilm X-T200.

Despite the debate around DSLRs vs mirrorless cameras, the DSLR design still has a lot going for it. DSLRs are chunkier and easier to grip than most beginner-orientated mirrorless cameras, they have clear optical viewfinders which many still prefer over digital versions, and the batteries last a lot longer because they’re not continually powering a digital display.

Canon is going for the entry-level market, with a combination of point-and-shoot simplicity, a Guided UI (user interface) to walk new users through the basics of photography, and a Creative Assist mode for more adventurous photographic effects. Underlying all this is all the manual control you’d expect in a DSLR, so that when you’re ready to move on to more manual techniques, the EOS Rebel SL3 / 250D can stay right with you.

The Canon EOS Rebel SL3 has Dual Pixel CMOS AF that’s so effective in Live View mode it’s like using a mirrorless camera!

Inside is a 24.1-megapixel APS-C sensor of a type we see in lots of Canon cameras and similar in size and resolution to those used by competing Nikon, Sony and Fujifilm cameras, like the Nikon D5600, Sony A6400, Fujifilm X-T200 and even Canon’s own mirrorless EOS M50. Here, it’s matched up with Canon’s latest DIGIC 8 processor, which gives the new camera better image quality at high ISO settings than the older EOS Rebel SL2, more advanced live view autofocus and 4K video, for the first time in a DSLR at this price.

If you’re using the viewfinder, the Canon offers a basic but effective 9-point autofocus system. That’s not much by today’s standards, but the focus points are spread evenly across more than half the width and height of the frame, they’re clearly marked and it’s a simple setup for novices to get used to.

The Live View autofocus is much more sophisticated. It uses Canon’s own Dual Pixel sensor technology, which splits each photosite on the sensor in two in order to check distance using the same phase detection autofocus principle used by DSLRs. It’s faster than the conventional ‘contrast AF’ used by many sensors in live view. In the Rebel SL3 / 250D, there are no fewer than 3,975 user-selectable AF points covering up to 88% of the frame width and 100% of the height, depending on the lens used.

The vari-angle touchscreen display makes the EOS Rebel SL3 / EOS 250D perfectly intuitive for smartphone upgraders, not just regular camera users.

This camera’s other key features are its 3-inch vari-angle touchscreen display and built in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for wireless image transfer to a smartphone or tablet.

Build and handling

The Rebel SL3 is very small for a DSLR, especially in width and weight. The DSLR design means the body has to be thicker to accommodate the mirror, and while the Canon 18-55mm f/4-5. 6 IS STM kit lens is pretty compact, it’s not a retracting type, so the combination of the thick camera body and lens makes the Canon a lot ‘longer’ than rival mirrorless cameras like the Fujifilm X-T200. It’s certainly compact for a DSLR, but it’s a good deal bigger than a mirrorless model, especially if you weight it up against Micro Four Thirds rivals from Olympus and Panasonic.

The body has a good-sized grip, making the Canon easy and secure to hold one-handed. The body does have a slightly plasticky feel, but that’s offset by high-quality knobs and dials – especially the main mode dial and power on/off switch, which has a third position for entering the video mode.

Small as it is, the Canon EOS Rebel SL3 has a chunky body and a non-retracting kit lens. It’s small for a DSLR, but mirrorless cameras are smaller.

The viewfinder is a little smaller than average for a DSLR because it uses a cheaper ‘pentamirror’ design rather than the usual pentaprism, but it’s bright and sharp and the autofocus points and shooting information show up clearly.

The vari-angle screen on the back is excellent. You switch to Live View by pressing a button on the back of the camera and you can then use the touch control to set the focus point and change camera settings. It’s sharp, colourful and clear and the touch response is first rate. Apart from the mechanical noise when the mirror is flipped up to enter Live View mode, this is just like using a mirrorless camera, as the autofocus response is just as rapid.

It’s interesting that while many people are commenting on how mirrorless cameras are becoming better than DSLRs, Canon has designed a DSLR to match mirrorless cameras for the very thing they’re designed to do best – live view photography.

You can flip the rear screen out to use it at any angle, fold it back against the camera facing outwards to show settings and image information, or fold it so that it’s facing inwards for protection, and just use the viewfinder to compose and shoot your pictures.

The body has a slightly plasticky feel, but the buttons and dials feel first class.

Some of the minor buttons feel a little small and the rear four-way control pad is certainly on the small side, squashed in between the LCD display and the edge of the camera. However, given the Rebel SL3’s small size, Canon has done a great job of finding space for its external controls while still giving them room to breathe.

It’s a bit annoying that you have to open the battery door on the base of the camera to get to the memory card slot rather than having a separate door in the side of the camera, but this is common in cameras in this price bracket, and it’s only an issue if you want to swap memory cards while the camera is on a tripod.


If you were shooting sports and tracking fast-moving objects you’d need a more sophisticated autofocus system than the 9-point AF in the Rebel SL3, but although it can keep up a reasonable 5 frames per second continuous shooting speed, it’s not that kind of camera, and for everyday photography the autofocus system is fine.

It’s even better in Live View mode, where Canon’s latest Dual Pixel CMOS AF system takes over and delivers autofocus speeds which feel even faster. You can choose between subject-tracking AF mode, Spot AF, Single point AF and Zone AF, in either single-shot mode or continuous Servo AF mode.

The Live View autofocus is fast and smooth, though in 4K video mode you lose the Spot AF and Zone AF options.

You switch from stills photography to video using a third position on the main power switch. The camera automatically enters Live View mode (you can’t shoot video using the viewfinder on a DSLR because the mirror is locked up) and switches to continuous autofocus mode.

4K video is a big selling point on this camera, but you do notice a couple of limitations when you switch from full HD (1080) capture to 4K. First, there’s a significant ‘crop factor’ in 4K mode, which means your lens’s angle of view effectively becomes narrower. This is common on but the most recent Canon cameras and while you do quickly get used to it, it does mean you may have to step back to recompose your shot.

The other limitations is that you can no longer use the Spot AF and Zone AF modes, but the Subject Tracking and Single Point AF are arguably all you need anyway, and the camera does a great job of following subjects around the frame once the autofocus has locked on.

Focusing in the video mode isn’t instantaneous, but with the Canon STM (stepping motor) kit lens it is smooth and silent, giving nice focus transitions between different subjects and distances rather than sudden, jerky movements.

We’ve tested many other Canon cameras with this sensor, or close relatives, so that lab results offered no real surprises. Unlike some other camera makers, Canon still uses low-pass filters in front of its sensors to reduce the risk of ‘moiré’ artefacts, so the resolution is slightly lower than the Nikon D5600, which does not have one of these filters (they do introduce a slight blur).

The Canon’s dynamic range – its ability to capture detail in very bright and very dark areas – is about average, while its noise levels at high ISO settings are pretty good, and better than the older Rebel SL2. We put that down to the newer DIGIC 8 processor.

Overall, the Rebel SL3 is a very competent, if unexceptional performer, and easily good enough for its target audience of beginners and smartphone upgraders.

Beware of cheaper lens bundles offered by some retailers – the Canon 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens is the best kit lens for this camera.

Lab results

We ran our full suite of lab tests on the EOS Rebel SL3 / EOS 250D and compared them with the results from three big rivals: the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III, Nikon D5600 and Fujifilm X-T100. 


As they both pack 24MP sensors, it’s no surprise that theEOS Rebel SL3 / EOS 250D and Fujifilm X-T100 are identically matched for image sharpness. The anomaly is the 24MP Nikon D5600, which at sensitivities up to ISO 1600 is performing beyond what its specs would suggest. This is likely do to Nikon’s slightly more relaxed noise reduction processing, which significantly hinders its signal to noise score (above) due to extra grain, but the payoff is razor-sharp image quality and slightly better fine detail retention.

Signal to noise ratio:

This test measures the clarity of images at each of the camera’s ISO sensitivity settings – the less noise/grain in an image, the better the score. The EOS 250D does well here, producing the cleanest images of the group at lower sensitivities, and only trailing the Olympus E-M10 III by a small margin at ISO 3200 and above.

Though the EOS 250D likely uses the same sensor as in the 200D, as well as older cameras like the 800D, the new  DIGIC 8 processor in the 250D has improved the camera’s signal to noise performance, as it scores around 5% better than the 200D at each sensitivity setting.

Dynamic range:

The EOS Rebel SL3 / EOS 250D is capable of very similar dynamic range to its 24MP APS-C Canon DSLR stablemates at lower ISO sensitivities, but that new DIGIC 8 processor has marginally improved dynamic range at ISO 800 and above. It’s still not enough to outdo the Fujilfilm X-T100, let alone the mighty Olympus E-M10 III, but the EOS 250D handily beats its main DSLR rival from Nikon.

Verdict and competition

There are two cheaper DSLRs in the Canon range than this one – the EOS Rebel T100  which may not be around much longer and the EOS Rebel SL7 – but we reckon this EOS SL3 is a better buy than both of them. It does cost more, but it’s worth paying the extra. The two cheaper Canons are built down to a price and lack features you’re almost certainly going to want later, while the Rebel SL3 has Canon’s top APS-C sensor, very good Live View autofocus and 4K video and is the perfect DSLR for beginners.

We like the Canon EOS Rebel SL3 but it’s not the only low-cost beginner-friendly camera on the market. What about its rivals? (Image credit: Canon)

But it’s not the only choice, especially if you’re prepared to consider other brands, and mirrorless rather than DSLR camera designs. Here are three cameras we think are key rivals for the EOS Rebel SL3 / 250D.

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III

The Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III uses a smaller Micro Four Thirds sensor with 16 million pixels. It can’t quite match the resolution of the Canon, but it comes pretty close, and its dynamic range and noise performance is excellent. Its body is a lot smaller than the Canon’s and its super-slim 14-42mm ‘pancake’ kit lens is smaller still. The Olympus shoots 4K video, has an excellent in-body image stabilisation system, offers more advanced shooting options for enthusiasts and comes with a wide selection of creative Art Filters.

Nikon D5600

Like the Canon Rebel SL3 /250D, the Nikon D5600 has a 24-megapixel APS-C sensor and a vari-angle rear screen and is designed for advanced beginners keen to experiment with new techniques. It doesn’t have the Canon’s 4K video mode or its advanced Dual Pixel CMOS AF system, so its autofocus in Live View mode is slower. What the Nikon does deliver is very high levels of detail, a more advanced viewfinder autofocus system and a very effective retracting 18-55mm AF-P VR kit lens that’s compact and offers fast and near-silent autofocus (make sure you get this lens and not a cheaper alternative).

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Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW’s Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at fotovolo.com but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at lifeafterphotoshop.com

Nikon Z50 review | Digital Camera World

Digital Camera World Verdict

The Nikon Z50 is not just a scaled down version of the Nikon Z6 and Z7. Nikon has done a remarkable job of giving such a small camera such a solid one-handed grip, but quite apart from the size of the camera, we were impressed by the 16-50mm pancake kit lens which is one of the slimmest APS-C kit lenses we’ve yet seen and uses a ‘proper’ mechanical zoom rather than an electrical power zoom system. But the clincher could be Nikon’s pricing. Body only, the Z50 already costs less than its chief APS-C rivals, the Sony A6400 and Fujifilm X-T30, and the pricing for the kit lens and twin lens bundles is really quite remarkable.


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    Compact size and handling

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    4K video

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    11fps continuous shooting

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    Super-slim ‘pancake’ kit lens

  • Single UHS I SD card slot

  • 300-shot battery life

  • Awkward flip-under selfie screen

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The Nikon Z50 (or Nikon Z 50 as Nikon prefers to write it) brings Nikon’s mirrorless camera technology to the hobbyist market. Nikon’s full frame mirrorless cameras might be tempting, but not everyone can afford them!

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Nikon’s first stab at producing interchangeable lens mirrorless cameras didn’t exactly set the world on fire; the 1-series’ relatively small, low-resolution 1-inch CX sensor – with a 2. 7x crop factor – quickly fell behind its mirrorless rivals.

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The solution was the Z mount, which was introduced in late 2018 and so arrived somewhat late to the mirrorless party. But if you’re going to turn up late, you’re going to have to make quite an entrance – and the Nikon Z50 has certainly done that. 

Update: Eight months after its release, the Nikon Z50 still only has the two native DX format Nikon Z lenses it was launched with. The new Nikon Z fc will be offered with a new, compact 28mm SE prime lens, but that’s actually a full frame optic. The lack of DX lenses for the Z50 (and the Z fc) is starting to worry us.

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With the revolutionary Z mount in Nikon mirrorless cameras, the company rethought its lens mount from the ground up.  The first two models, the full-frame Nikon Z7 and Z6, really showcased this cutting-edge tech, with range of ‘S’-line lenses that are amongst the sharpest we’ve ever tested. This qualifies Nikon’s Z cameras as amongst the best mirrorless cameras you can buy. But they come at a hefty price. Now, a shade over a year since the launch of the Z mount, Nikon brought out its first more affordable mirrorless Z-mount model, and it already looks like one of the best Nikon cameras for hobbyists and enthusiasts – or it would, if there were just a few more lenses to go with it.

Much of this cost saving is due to the Z50 using an APS-C ‘DX’-size sensor, as used in its range of DSLRs from enthusiast down to entry-level, and this has enabled the camera to launch with a price tag well under $1,000/£1,000. This DX body is fitted with the same Z mount used on the full frame models, so full-frame Z lenses can be mounted directly onto the Z50 (and the new Z DX lenses will fit the Z 6 and Z 7, automatically engaging crop shooting mode). Using the same FTZ adaptor, existing DX and FX lenses for DSLRs can be used on the Z50 too. 

That’s actually just as well, because even in the middle of 2021, months after its launch, there are only two ‘native’ DX lenses. If you want a super-wide-angle, for example, the only option right now is a Nikon DSLR lens and the FTZ adaptor – not ideal!

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Isn’t it small! The Z50 itself is very compact, but the 16-50mm pancake lens is what really makes this camera portable. (Image credit: Digital Camera World / Louise Carey)


Lens mount: Nikon Z
Camera Format: APS-C
Pixels: Effective 20.9 Megapixel
Maximum Resolution: 5568 x 3712
Aspect Ratio: 1:1, 3:2, 16:9
Sensor Type: CMOS
Sensor Size: 23.5 x 15.7mm
Image File Format: JPEG, RAW
Bit Depth: 14-Bit
Image Stabilization: Digital (Video Only)
ISO Sensitivity: Auto, 100 to 51,200 (Extended: 100 to 204,800)
Metering Method: Center-Weighted Average, Highlight Weighted, Matrix, Spot
Continuous Shooting: Up to 11fps
Recording Modes: UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23. 976p/25p/29.97p, Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 23.976p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p/100p/119.88p
Autofocus Points: 209 Phase Detection points
Memory Card Slot: Single slot SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I)
Dimensions (W x H x D): 4.98 x 3.68 x 2.36″ / 126.5 x 93.5 x 60 mm
Weight: 395g (Body Only) 

Key features

The smaller physical sensor size isn’t the only place where savings have been made. This model doesn’t feature ‘in body image stabilization’ (IBIS), so the lenses that launch with the new model have Nikon’s Vibration Reduction built in. 

But otherwise, the specs are truly impressive. The 20.9 MP DX-format sensor borrows the fast, wide Hybrid-AF (autofocus) system from Nikon’s full-frame ‘Z’ cameras, with 209 AF points covering 90 percent of the sensor width and height. Its 11fps continuous shooting range (with full autofocus and auto exposure) almost matches the Z 6 (and exceeds the Z 7), and certainly puts it up amongst the fastest shooters around, matching many pro-level DSLRs. It’s a great low light performer too, with a native ISO range of ISO100-51,200 at up to -4EV. 

And the Z50 is great for video, shooting 4K across the full sensor width, rather than a cropped version that some rivals have employed. 4K time-lapse sequences can be created in-camera, while shooting in Full HD adds additional slow-motion footage mode.

The Nikon Z50 has a 180-degree front-facing screen for selfies and vlogging but, unusually, it flips downwards rather than upwards. (Image credit: Digital Camera World/Future)

The Z50 also features an electronic viewfinder. It’s lower-resolution than its full-frame cousins at 2.36 million dots rather than 3.6 million, but we found it to be sharp and with few signs of the lag that have plagued some of Nikon’s competitors. Electronic viewfinders do take a little getting used to, but once you do, seeing the effect of your exposure settings through the viewfinder before you take the shot is nothing short of brilliant. 

A tilting 1. 04 million-dot touchscreen flips by 180 degrees to sit below the camera body, and is primarily designed for selfies and vlogging use; Nikon sees a large part of its target market to be ‘influencers’ who use platforms such as Instagram and Youtube to share content. This does mean that the screen would be obscured when used in this way if the camera were mounted on a tripod, but Nikon has hinted that a solution to this is in the works. 

It’s worth pointing out that Sony’s brand new ZV-E10 vlogging camera does have a vari-angle screen, and is a good deal cheaper than the Z50. The Nikon does have a viewfinder and it’s a much more rounded stills+video camera, but still.

The Nikon Z50 uses the same Z mount as Nikon’s full frame Z6 and Z7 cameras, which means it can use the same lenses and even the same FTZ mount adaptor for fitting Nikon DSLR lenses. (Image credit: Digital Camera World / Louise Carey)

Nikon Z50: Build and handling

We thought the Nikon Z6 and Z7 were compact, but the Z50 is positively dinky, particularly with the new ‘pancake’ Nikkor Z DX 16-50mm f/3. 5-6.3 VR kit lens attached. There’s also a new Nikkor Z DX 50-250mm f/4.5-6.3 VR telephoto zoom.

The camera may be physically smaller and lighter than full-frame Z models, but it uses a similar deep grip that is comfortable to hold. It has fewer buttons than the Z6 and Z7, but touch icons etched next to the touchscreen replace some of the functionality of the physical buttons. (We refer to the Nikon Z6 and Z7 throughout this review, but of course we also include the newer Nikon Z6 II and Nikon Z7 II.)

There are both rear and front-mounted scroll wheels that enable aperture and shutter speed to be quickly changed, among other functions. The exposure mode dial flips from the left to the right side of the top plate, compared to the Z6/7, but in a space-saving (and cost-saving) measure, there’s no top LCD. Two programmable ‘Fn’ buttons enable commonly used settings to be quickly changed, and are in the same place as the Z6/7, nestled close to the lens mount. 

While there’s no joystick, as on the Nikon Z6 and Nikon Z7, the Z50 does have a D-pad (Image credit: Digital Camera World / Louise Carey)

In all, it feels very much part of the existing ‘Z’ family, but even smaller. If the Nikon Z7 is the mirrorless equivalent of the D850 pro full-frame DSLR and the Z6 the D750 enthusiast full-frame model, then the Z50 is roughly on par with the Nikon D7500 (and perhaps the Nikon D500) as an enthusiast APS-C camera, and Nikon has hinted that we can further expect to see even lower-cost mirrorless entry level models released in the fullness of time to fit alongside the Nikon D5600 and D3500. 

But then the Nikon Z50 doesn’t just face competition from the Z6 II and Z7 II – there’s also the Nikon Z5. It’s cheaper than both, and while it’s bigger and more expensive than the Z50, it’s a huge margin, and the Z5 could tempt a lot of people with its ready-made full frame Nikkor Z lens range.

Nikon Z50: Performance

One of the biggest selling points of the Nikon Z50 is how light and compact it is, but you can’t truly appreciate these qualities until you’re actually shooting with it. We took the Nikon Z50 around Bath city centre on a busy Saturday afternoon, and it was a pleasure to shoot with. It easily slipped into a small messenger bag, which meant we didn’t have to mess around with a proper camera bag for a casual trip out. 

However, despite its diminutive and unassuming size, the Nikon Z50 is capable of much more than just travel and holiday snaps. The Z50 was perfectly suited to a run-and-gun shooting style as we captured quick snaps in the bustling city centre. With a small and non-threatening profile – plus the incredibly useful tilting touchscreen LCD – the Nikon Z50 is perfectly suited to street photography.

The dull and grey skies meant we were shooting at ISO1000, but image quality isn’t compromised (Image credit: Digital Camera World / Louise Carey)

But photography isn’t the Z50’s only strong point. With the ability to capture uncropped 4K video, Nikon has positioned the Z50 as a strong contender for the attention of the rapidly growing, lucrative vlogger / influencer market. We tested out the Nikon Z50’s video functionality and were pleased with the results, including the focus peaking feature, which works just as well as it does on the Nikon Z7.  

One of the criticisms with the Z50 is that the LCD touchscreen tilts downwards, which prevents users from being able to mount the camera on a tripod as they vlog. However, if a vlogging camera’s screen doesn’t articulate out sideways, it’s caught in a bit of a catch 22 between getting in the way of either a microphone (if it tilts upwards) or a tripod (if it tilts downwards). 

While it would have been nice for the Z50’s screen to articulate sideways (like the Panasonic Lumix GH5 II), the Nikon Z50 is so incredibly light that a gimbal or mini tripod grip isn’t really essential. While high end professional vloggers might want to give this one a miss, we could see the Z50 proving very popular with influencers who aren’t overly fussed about hyper-smooth footage. 

We captured a rare quiet back street with the Nikon Z50 set to f/4, 1/200sec and ISO 1000. (Image credit: Digital Camera World / Louise Carey)

Shot with Nikon Z50 with Nikkor Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR 1/160sec at f/6. 3, ISO8000 (Image credit: Chris George/Digital Camera World)

Despite the fact that we were shooting in JPEG on an incredibly grey and overcast day, we were able to get plenty of detail out of the Nikon Z50’s files without compromising image quality. 

We also tried shooting indoors, using only (minimal) window light. The Z50 worked well here as well, with the tilting screen and 16-50mm kit lens working in perfect harmony to capture top-down shots. 

Another thought that struck us as we were testing the Nikon Z50 was that other enthusiast-level mirrorless cameras are often beautifully designed, but can fall short when it comes to being used over long periods of time. A boxy design can be very pretty aesthetically, but not so useful when it comes to shooting. The ergonomic design of the Nikon Z50 was another aspect of the camera that could only be appreciated after an extended period of use. With the deep grip paired with the 16-50mm kit lens, the Z50 is perfectly balanced. 

The Nikon Z50’s tilted touchscreen enables you to capture top-down shots easily (Image credit: Digital Camera World / Louise Carey)

Nikon Z50: Lab tests

(Image credit: Future)

Our signal to noise test measures image clarity and the ratio of the actual image ‘data’ you want to capture, versus the image noise that you don’t want, but will inevitably be visible when shooting at higher ISO sensitivities. The Z 50 manages to produce cleaner images than all but the Fujifilm X-T30. However, while it does statistically produce cleaner images at lower sensitivities, this will be near-impossible to see in real-world shots. What maters most is the Z 50 claws back ground at higher sensitivities, where image noise is more visible.

(Image credit: Future)

The Z 50 scores very well for dynamic range, even outperforming the mighty Fujifilm X-T30 and its excellent X-Trans 4 sensor. The X 50’s superiority is most evident at higher ISOs, where it holds a clear lead over all its key rivals.

(Image credit: Future)

The only area of our lab tests where the Z 50 doesn’t excel is resolution. It’s 20.9MP raw images (after conversion to uncompressed TIFF) don’t quite contain the sharpness and fine detail you get in the 24MP images from the Fujifilm X-T30 and Sony A6400. Unsurprisingly, the Z 50 is on par with the 20.4MP Olympus E-M5 Mark III.

Nikon Z50: Verdict

We shot this image at 16mm (equivalent to 24mm on a full frame camera) (Image credit: Digital Camera World / Louise Carey)

Technically, the Z 50 might sound like a scaled down version of the Nikon Z6 II and Z7 II, but in the flesh it has a very different feel. Nikon has done a remarkable job of giving such a small camera such a solid one-handed grip, but quite apart from the size of the camera, we were impressed by the 16-50mm pancake kit lens which is one of the slimmest APS-C kit lenses we’ve yet seen and uses a ‘proper’ mechanical zoom rather than an electrical power zoom system – these always feel rather ‘disconnected’. 

But there are still three things to think about: one is that the Nikon Z5 isn’t THAT much bigger or more expensive, another is the relative lack of DX lenses for the Z50 right now, and the third is that the Nikon Z fc has just been announced, with a beautiful retro design that does leave the Z50 looking distinctly plain.

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Shot with Nikon Z50 with Nikkor Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR. 1/25sec at f/6.3, ISO1250 (Image credit: Chris George/Digital Camera World)

Even so, we are impressed by Nikon’s pricing. Body only, the Z 50 costs less than some of its chief APS-C rivals, and the pricing for the kit lens and twin lens bundles is really quite remarkable.

We were happy with the image and video quality produced by the Nikon Z50, and genuinely enjoyed zipping around the back streets of Bath capturing quick snapshots with this dinky little camera. Overall, we think this is a fantastic enthusiast mirrorless camera (at an even more fantastic price), and proves that Nikon has a clear vision for its Z-mount cameras. We can’t wait to see what it pulls out of its bag of tricks next.

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With over a decade of photographic experience, Louise arms Digital Camera World with a wealth of knowledge on photographic technique and know-how – something at which she is so adept that she’s delivered workshops for the likes of ITV and Sue Ryder. Louise also brings years of experience as both a web and print journalist, having served as features editor for Practical Photography magazine and contributing photography tutorials and camera analysis to titles including Digital Camera Magazine and  Digital Photographer. Louise currently shoots with the Fujifilm X-T200 and the Nikon D800, capturing self-portraits and still life images, and is DCW’s ecommerce editor, meaning that she knows good camera, lens and laptop deals when she sees them.

9 best cameras for beginner photographers

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Canon is one of the most respected and renowned camera manufacturers in the world. They have everything from DSLRs to non-DSLR cameras. They have cameras for users of all skill levels.

If you are looking for a beginner camera, I recommend Canon cameras. They are respected and praised for a reason. They have a great range of entry level cameras for those taking their first steps into photography.

I’ll help you find the best Canon camera for beginners so you can start shooting the best you can. I’ve compiled a list of the top 9 entry-level Canon cameras with all the details you need to make the right choice.


Why Canon

Canon is one of the largest and best camera manufacturers in the world. They consistently produce cameras of outstanding quality. But there are other major manufacturers such as Nikon, Sony and Fujifilm. Why should you choose Canon over others?

Canon simply has the best selection of cameras for beginners. They have DSLRs, mirrorless and compact cameras. And all of these options are at the beginner level.

Nikon has the D3500 which is one of the best cameras for beginners. But this DSLR is the main option in their entry-level lineup. Sony and Fujifilm have a few mirrorless options for beginners, but they’re limited. In addition, Sony cameras can be quite expensive.

Canon offers the perfect option for beginner photographers. Their beginner cameras have all the features you need to master the art of photography. And their extensive roster of models across all categories means you can stay with Canon as you develop your skills. They have options from beginner cameras to professional standard cameras.

What a beginner should pay attention to when choosing a camera

Buying a digital camera for beginners is not so easy. There are many things to consider. And lists of features and specifications can become a maze of information. First of all, you need to think about what kind of photography you want to do. Then you can find characteristics that match your intentions. Here are some of the main features you should look out for.

Camera type: Canon has several different types of cameras in its beginner line. They have DSLRs, mirrorless and compact cameras.

DSLRs are traditional cameras known for their reliability and classic functionality. Mirrorless cameras tend to be smaller than DSLRs and have more modern features such as electronic viewfinders and electronic shutters. Compact cameras offer something simple. They have fixed lenses, are easy to use and fit in your pocket.

Sensor Resolution: The resolution of the image sensor plays a huge role in the image quality of the camera. Other characteristics also play a role in photo quality. However, the resolution of the matrix will give you an idea of ​​what you can expect.

Resolution is measured by the number of megapixels (MP) on the camera’s sensor. The more MP, the higher the image quality. This isn’t always true, but it works as a general rule for beginner photographers.

ISO range: The ISO setting determines how sensitive the image sensor is to light. If you set the ISO to a low value, the quality of the shots will be better, but you will need more light to get the correct exposure. A higher ISO allows you to shoot in dark situations, but it introduces more digital noise.

A wide ISO range gives you more shooting options. You can shoot in daylight at lower levels, but the higher range allows you to shoot in low light conditions. This is useful for shooting at night or shooting concerts.

Autofocus: Autofocus is a useful feature if you want to try your hand at sports or wildlife photography. It focuses for you, allowing you to focus on getting the shot you want. Subject-tracking autofocus is also useful when shooting in fast motion.

Additional features: Younger photographers may prefer an electronic viewfinder to an optical one. It is also worth paying attention to the presence of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. They make it very easy to transfer and share photos.

IVASH Photography beginner video on choosing your first camera:

The 9 Best Canon Cameras for Beginners

We’ve done tests and research to find the best Canon camera for beginners. Our list has something for everyone. We have a Canon camera for you, no matter what kind of photography you want to do and what type of camera you need.

1. Canon EOS Rebel T8i

Canon EOS Rebel T8i


Camera type DSLR
Approval 24.1MP
ISO 100-25600
Monitor 3″ vari-angle touchscreen and viewfinder
Video 4K
Burst speed 7 fps

The Canon EOS Rebel T8i is a great all-around camera with fantastic photo and video capabilities. At the same time, Canon maintains ease of operation, so beginners can use it to the maximum. It offers good value for money with a complete lens. And we think this is the best Canon camera for beginners.

The Canon EOS Rebel gives you a variety of exposure control options. There is a fully automatic mode which is ideal for beginners. But you can gradually take control by using semi-automatic shooting modes such as shutter priority and aperture priority modes.

The 24.1 MP sensor is not revolutionary in the world of digital cameras. But it’s great image quality for a beginner enthusiast. You will see a significant jump in quality compared to smartphone cameras: more detail and vibrant colors.

The autofocus system is excellent for an entry-level camera. It uses 45 phase detection points that track the subject throughout the frame. In addition, there is an eye recognition function for people and animals. You will enjoy shooting portraits and wildlife.

Video recording is another feature that newbies will love. The Canon EOS Rebel T8i lets you shoot 4K video, perfect for getting started with videography. And the swivel screen makes it easy to film yourself for vlogging.

DSLR cameras tend to have bulkier bodies. But the Rebel T8i’s ergonomic design fits comfortably in your hand, so you’ll get used to it quickly. You have an electronic and optical viewfinder. The electronic viewfinder is handy, but it drastically reduces battery life.

2. Canon EOS M50 Mark II

Canon EOS M50 Mark II


Camera type Mirrorless
Approval 24.1MP
ISO 100-51200
Monitor 3″ vari-angle touchscreen
Video 4K
Burst speed 10 fps

The Canon EOS M50 Mark II is the ideal mirrorless camera for beginners. It is affordable for a mirrorless camera. It has all the features and functionality to captivate the young photographer, making it one of the best Canon cameras for beginners.

24.1 MP crop-size (APS-C) sensor for excellent image quality. And the ISO 100-51200 range means fantastic low-light performance. The DIGIC 8 image processor also helps maintain quality. It also improved the performance of the autofocus system.

The Canon EOS M50 Mark II also captures amazing 4K video. You can shoot at 120 fps for slow motion. The autofocus burst speed is 10 frames per second.

Rotatable EVF makes vlogging easier. In addition, the camera can be used for live broadcasts on Twitch, YouTube and Instagram. The Canon Webcam Utility App turns your Canon camera into a webcam.

3. Canon EOS M200

Canon EOS M200


Camera Type Mirrorless Compact
Approval 24.1MP
ISO 100-25600
Monitor Rotating LCD monitor 3″
Video 4K
Burst speed 6.1 fps

The Canon EOS M200 is a great entry-level camera for beginners in photography. This is a compact camera that is easy to use and the results will increase your enthusiasm for photography.

Get the superb image quality you expect from a Canon camera. And they squeezed an APS-C sensor into a compact and lightweight body. The 24.1MP resolution is impressive for a point-and-shoot camera.

Vloggers and streamers will also love the Canon EOS M200. You have 4K video for videos. There is also a great 4K time-lapse feature. There is a rotating screen for selfies, and you can shoot in vertical mode so that your shots fit perfectly on your smartphone screen.

Autofocus features face and eye detection to help you with portraits and vlogs. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity makes it easy to transfer and share images and videos. And the Canon Camera Connect app lets you shoot remotely.

4. Canon EOS Rebel SL3

Canon EOS Rebel SL3


Camera type DSLR
Approval 24.1MP
ISO 100-25600
Monitor 3″ vari-angle screen / optical viewfinder
Video 4K
Burst speed 5 fps

The Canon EOS Rebel SL3 is another great entry-level DSLR. It comes with an 18-55mm lens, making it suitable for portraits, landscapes and street photography. Ease of use and performance make it one of the best Canon DSLRs for beginners.

The 24.1MP sensor and DIGIC 8 processor combine to produce stunning photos with excellent detail and color reproduction. Dual pixel CMOS autofocus is fast and accurate, while eye detection helps with portraits and wildlife.

Some younger users may find the optical viewfinder difficult to get used to. But it can help novice photographers compose shots. Plus, you have a variable-angle screen to help with settings and in-camera editing.

The maximum burst rate of 5fps is slow by today’s standards. But 4K video is more than enough for aspiring filmmakers. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth options are also great for sharing images and videos online.

5. Canon PowerShot SX70 HS

Canon PowerShot SX70 HS


Camera type Bridge camera
Approval 20. 3 MP
ISO 100-3200
Monitor 3″ LCD touch screen
Video 4K
Burst speed 10 fps

Canon PowerShot SX70 HS is a bridge camera. It has all the functions of a SLR camera, but at the same time it is easy to operate, like a compact one. The lens is non-removable, so you don’t have to spend money on additional parts. In addition, this model has great features, making it one of the best Canon cameras for beginners.

The resolution of the matrix is ​​20.3 megapixels. It’s lower than the other options on this list, but the DIGIC 8 processor delivers maximum performance so you’ll still get incredible photos.

Canon’s fixed zoom lens delivers 65x magnification, putting you right in the middle of the action. This is one of the best Canon cameras for beginner sports and wildlife photographers. And in-body image stabilization reduces camera shake when zooming in.

You also have a 4K video with a bonus timelapse feature. There is burst shooting at 10 frames per second. There is Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. And you have the option to use the optical viewfinder as well as the LCD screen.

6. Canon EOS RP

Canon EOS RP


Camera Type Full frame mirrorless camera
Approval 26.2 MP
ISO 100-40000
Monitor 3″ vari-angle touchscreen
Video 4K
Burst speed 5 fps

The Canon EOS RP is a full-frame digital mirrorless camera. And while full-frame cameras are not often associated with the beginner market, the Canon EOS RP is a good choice for beginner photographers. Specifications are great for beginners, but the price is higher.

Full frame sensor provides 26.2 MP image resolution. The image quality is just fantastic. And optical image stabilization provides 5 stops of jitter reduction for crisp photos.

The autofocus system is excellent, with 143 AF areas that provide 88% frame coverage. It is fixed in less than a second and tracks the movement of the subject through the frame. It performs excellently in low light conditions, which allows you to not lose focus when shooting at night.

The continuous shooting speed is slow, only 5 frames per second. But 4K video is great. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity is also available. You can use the camera as a webcam. A fully articulating screen will help you with this.

7. Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Canon EOS 7D Mark II


Camera type DSLR
Approval 20.2MP
ISO 100-16000
Monitor 3″ LCD screen
Video Full HD
Burst speed 10 fps

The Canon EOS 7D Mark II is a little outdated. But it remains one of the best Canon cameras for beginners. This is a classic DSLR with all the features an aspiring photographer needs to get started. It’s simple, easy to use, and affordable, making it the perfect entry-level camera.

The 20.2MP camera is not revolutionary, but you will see a significant improvement in image quality over smartphone cameras. And the ISO 100-16000 range allows you to try new types of shooting.

The autofocus system is still on top. It uses a 65-point cross-type system that quickly finds and locks on to your subject so you don’t miss the moment. And dual-pixel CMOS AF allows you to shoot video with full autofocus support.

Novice videographers will be disappointed that the camera does not have 4K video. Full HD video is decent, but this camera can’t compete with Canon’s new cameras when it comes to video. This model is aimed at enthusiastic photographers. And they’ll be happy to know that it’s still one of the best Canon cameras for beginners.

8. Canon EOS Rebel T7

Canon EOS Rebel T7


Camera type DSLR
Approval 24.1MP
ISO 100-12800
Monitor 3″ vari-angle screen / optical viewfinder
Video Full HD
Burst speed 3 k/s

In many ways, the Canon EOS Rebel T7 has been surpassed by the newer Rebel models. But the Canon EOS Rebel T7 is still a great entry-level camera, offering all the specs and features you’d expect from an entry-level camera.

Canon EOS Rebel T7 more than confidently holds its position in terms of image quality. The 24.1 MP camera can be compared to any camera on this list. And the DIGIC 4+ processor provides the best quality.

The maximum continuous shooting speed is only 3 fps, which is slow by any standards. And the lack of 4K video speaks volumes about the age of the camera. But Full HD footage will still delight novice filmmakers. And Wi-Fi connectivity makes it easy to share photos on social media.

You can use the Canon EOS Rebel T7 as a webcam by connecting it to your computer via USB. And with the Canon Camera Connect app available for iOS and Android phones, you have the option of shooting remotely. Unfortunately, battery life isn’t fantastic.

9. Canon PowerShot G7X Mark II

Canon PowerShot G7X Mark II


Camera type Compact Camera
Approval 20.1MP
ISO 125-12800
Monitor 3″ LDC screen and viewfinder
Video Full HD
Burst speed 8 fps

The Canon PowerShot G7X Mark II is another great camera for beginners. There are some great models in Canon’s line of compact cameras. And the PowerShot G7X MII has great specs and image stabilization, making it one of the best Canon cameras for beginners.

The camera is equipped with a 1-inch sensor. But despite its small size, you get an image resolution of 20.1 MP. The Canon fixed zoom lens has excellent optical quality. This is a 4.2x zoom lens. And the image stabilization mechanism keeps photos sharp at full zoom.

At the minimum focal length, the maximum aperture of the lens is f/1.8. The maximum aperture changes to f/2.8 only at full zoom. This gives you great options when the lighting conditions are not ideal.

The 8fps burst rate is decent for a pocket camera. It is ideal for shooting sports or fast action. Video is only shot in Full HD, not 4K. But thanks to Wi-Fi and Bluetooth options, you can share your photos and videos in just a few seconds.

Rotatable screen ideal for taking selfies or vlogging. In addition, there is the possibility of vertical video shooting. Your vlogs will fit perfectly into your social media account. It is compact, lightweight and affordable. Battery life is also decent. As a point-and-shoot, this is one of the best Canon cameras for beginners.


Finding the best camera for beginners is not easy. There are many things to consider. There are different types of cameras. There are photo cameras and video cameras. And you have to consider your budget.

But no matter what you’re looking for, you can be sure that Canon has something for you. This is one of the most famous and respected manufacturers. And there are many Canon cameras for beginners. The

Canon Rebel T8i is our top pick for a beginner Canon camera. This is the best all-round camera with great performance for both stills and videos. There’s the Canon EOS M50 II if you’re into vlogging. And the Canon EOS M200 is the perfect option if you need something compact.

This is our list of the best Canon cameras for beginners. We’ve included entry-level cameras for everyone, so you can find the right Canon camera for you.

Top 10 Best Cameras for Beginners 2023

The best cameras for beginners should be easy to use, but with interchangeable lenses and manual controls.

What is the best camera for beginners? We think it’s not a very expensive camera, but still capable of producing quality images and having the opportunity to try out more advanced techniques and shooting styles as you learn more about photography. That is, this means that it must be: mirrored or mirrorless!

03/08/2023 Update

New models have been added to the ranking of the best cameras and cameras for beginners.

There’s been a long debate over which is better, DSLRs or mirrorless cameras, but either type is a great way to get started in photography, and we’ve included both types of cameras in this list.

In general, a DSLR will be bigger and heavier with better battery life. It might cost a bit less and you can choose from a wide range of lenses. The mirrorless camera will be smaller and lighter, and it will be the best choice for video shooting and blogging.

For those who are going to use the camera mainly for shooting videos on social networks, we suggest that you familiarize yourself with our rating of the best cameras for vlogging. For extreme and outdoor enthusiasts, we have prepared a rating of the best action cameras.

To be honest, DSLRs are slowly disappearing from the market, and almost all major camera manufacturers are moving towards developing mirrorless systems. However, if you get a Canon or Nikon DSLR, you can choose from a huge range of lenses and your camera will likely be up to date for many years to come.

At the end of this ranking, you’ll find some more tips for choosing the best camera for beginners, but it all comes down to price, versatility, and usability.

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When buying, you need to think about lenses. DSLRs and mirrorless cameras are usually sold as “body only” or with a kit lens. Of course, buying just the body is cheaper, but that’s a false economy – if you don’t already have a lens, it’s always cheaper to buy a kit than to buy a lens separately. You’ll usually get a basic 3x zoom lens or something similar, and that’s a good place to start.

We recommend using the included lens with every camera in the ranking, as it is almost always the standard option.


Canon EOS 250D

Best Newbie Camera

Type: DSLR
Sensor: APS-C
9003 1 Lens mount: Canon EF-S
Screen: 3-inch touch screen with
vari-angle, 1,040,000 dots
Max burst speed: 5 fps
Max video resolution: 4K UHD @ 25p


  • Lightweight, intuitive DSLR
  • Superb Live View shooting 90 614


  • Relatively few AF points

It’s not the cheapest DSLR you can buy, but it’s often worth paying a little more to get a lot more features – and this camera is a perfect example. The EOS 250D features Canon’s best-in-class 24.1MP APS-C sensor, easy Live View shooting with an adjustable touch screen, and Canon’s fast Dual Pixel CMOS AF.

In fact, we’d say it’s one of the few DSLRs where framing shots using the screen is preferred over using the viewfinder. In addition, Canon has made it possible for this camera to shoot 4K video, packing it all into the smallest DSLR body you’ll ever see. However, if you’re after particularly high-quality video, one of the SL3’s rival DSLRs will probably do the job better.

Recommended kit lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM


Nikon D3500

Entry level classic DSLR

Type: DSLR
Sensor: APS-C
Megapixels: 24.2 MP
Lens mount: Nikon F (DX)
Screen: 3″ 921000 dots
Max burst speed: 5fps 9059 2 Max video resolution: 1080p (Full HD)
User Level: Newbie


  • Interactive Guided Shooting Mode
  • Solid Performance
  • Good Handling


  • Pretty simple controls
  • No LCD display tilt and non-touch

If you’re worried about DSLRs being too complicated, don’t worry. The Nikon D3500 has an excellent “Guide” shooting mode that acts as a fully interactive guide to photography and camera settings, presented through the rear LCD screen. The controls of the D3500 are simple and easy to learn. At the same time, its price indicates the absence of some of the more advanced features.

For example, there is no “Custom Settings” menu for customizing the camera’s functions to your preferences, as is the case with every other Nikon DSLR series. Autofocus in Live View and video capture modes is quite slow, although the Nikon AF-P DX 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens speeds it up and is the best kit lens for this model. Overall, the image quality and performance of the Nikon D3500 is extremely good for the money, and the 5fps burst rate is pretty fast for an entry-level DSLR. Check out the many other great Nikon lenses that this DSLR lets you use.

Recommended kit lens: Nikon AF-P DX 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR


Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV

Great beginner camera with flashy style

900 31 Type: mirrorless
Sensor: Micro Four Thirds
Megapixels: 20. 3
Lens mount: MFT
Screen: 3-inch 1-angle touchscreen 80 degrees, 1037k dots
Viewfinder: electronic viewfinder, 2360k dots
Max Frame Rate: 8.7 fps
Max Video Resolution: 4K UHD
User Level: Beginner / Intermediate


  • 9055 6 Latest 20MP sensor
  • 5-axis in-body stabilization


  • Plastic build
  • MFT sensor smaller than APS-C

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV starter camera with new 20MP sensor, improved in-body image stabilization and a new sliding and swivel screen, the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV has many advantages.

While retaining the 4K video shooting capability and attractive design that made the Mark III attractive to consumers, the Mark IV is a great choice for those looking for an entry-level camera that can do just about anything. It’s one of our favorite small-sized cameras; it’s compact enough to carry and much more powerful than it looks. The OM-D E-M10 Mark IV is a camera that can be with you for a long time.

Recommended kit lens: Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 EZ


Fujifilm X-T5

a camera that is in a class of its own

Type: mirrorless
Sensor: APS-C X-Trans CMOS
900 31 Megapixels: 40.2 MP
Lens: Sony E
Screen: 3-inch swivel touch screen
Viewfinder: 0.5-inch 3.69M-dot OLED viewfinder, 100fps refresh rate
Continuous shooting speed: Mechanical 15fps, Electronic 20fps (1.29x cropping)
Maximum Video Resolution: 6.2K
User Level: Enthusiast/Intermediate


    9061 2 10-bit video 4: 2:2 6.2K/30P
  • Lightweight, compact design
  • Cheaper than Fujifilm X-h3


  • Not everyone will like the display 906 14

Fujifilm X-T5 is an evolution of the X-T series and not a revolution. This is a classic SLR-style camera that puts photography first and is more for the serious enthusiast.

The X-T5 continues to evolve the X-T4 that so many users loved, but is still perfect for those who want a lightweight camera with traditional controls and a great 40.2 MP, 10-bit 4:2 resolution: 2 videos at 6.2K / 30P and a new 3-position swivel touch screen. The look, feel and handling of the X-T5 is second to none.

Recommended kit lens: Fujifilm XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS.


Sony ZV-E10

Great camera for vlogging beginners

Type: mirrorless
Sensor: APS-C
Megapixels: 24.2MP
Lens: Sony E mount
Screen: adjustable angle
Viewfinder: No
Max Continuous Shooting: 11 fps for 116 JPEG files
Max Video Resolution: 4K 30p
User Level: Enthusiast


  • Autofocus features and performance
  • Vari-angle screen
  • Clip on windscreen


  • No in-body stabilization
  • No viewfinder

If your interests are divided in half between video and photography, the Sony ZV-E10 blogging camera is a great choice. It falls short in photography as it doesn’t have an electronic viewfinder, but it makes up for it with video capabilities, including 4K video recording and a fully rotatable screen.

The camera also features a large, high-quality built-in microphone (with windscreen), excellent Sony autofocus, and an attractive price. Unfortunately it doesn’t have in-body image stabilization and the menus can’t be touch controlled (which can be a problem in a blogging camera), but for beginners in video this is unlikely to be a big drawback. More importantly, thanks to the use of the Sony E mount, the camera has access to a large number of lenses from Sony and third parties.

Recommended kit lens: Sony E 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 power zoom


Panasonic Lumix G100

Designed for vlogging, but also a great camera for photography

Type: mirrorless
Sensor: Micro Four Thirds
Megapixels: 20.3
Lens mount: MFT
Screen: 3-inch 1840k-dot vari-angle
9003 1 Viewfinder: EVF 3. 69M dots
Max Continuous Shooting Rate: 10fps
Max Video Resolution: 4K UHD
User Level: Novice / Enthusiast


  • Quality video and photo
  • Audio recording capabilities
  • EVF and hinged LCD


  • No in-body stabilization
  • No headphone jack or USB-C

Interested in the idea of ​​vlogging? The Panasonic Lumix G100 is a great alternative to the Sony ZV-E10. It has a smaller Micro Four Thirds sensor, but it has an electronic viewfinder that Sony doesn’t have, so it’s a pretty even matchup. Photographers and vloggers will appreciate the ease of use of the Lumix G100.

It makes shooting high-quality videos and photos easy with a convenient button layout. Even people who are not interested in the technical details of capturing beautiful videos can get results with this camera. With a mini DSLR design and electronic viewfinder, Panasonic gave the G100 an edge in a highly competitive market.

Recommended lens kit: Panasonic Lumix G Vario 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH


Canon EOS M50 Mark II

Still a great little camera – great price

Type: 90 032 mirrorless
Sensor: APS-C
Lens mount: Canon EF-M
Screen: 3-inch 1040k-dot vari-angle touchscreen
Max burst speed: 10fps second
Max video resolution: 4K UHD


  • Built-in EVF
  • Well articulated touch screen

Cons 90 005

  • So-so 4K video
  • Simplified External Control

First From the looks of it, it’s a modest update to the original Canon EOS M50, but the additions make this entry-level camera a worthy choice over its predecessor. These include an improved autofocus system (including eye detection in photos and videos), as well as significant benefits for HDMI video recording, vertical video recording, and YouTube live streaming capabilities. Unfortunately, while it’s a great 1080p camera, it’s a poor choice for 4K – no Dual Pixel AF (only contrast definition left) and 1.6x crop.

However, it packs a lot of other technology into its compact body, including a great 24.1MP sensor, 10fps high-speed shooting, and a viewfinder (which many similar DSLRs in this price range lack). It’s a cute and easy to use camera that’s pretty versatile, and is a great DSLR alternative to the Canon Rebel SL3/EOS 250D, with similar capabilities in a more compact body.

Recommended lens kit: Canon EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-5.6


Nikon Z fc

Retro look Nikon Z fc is just GORGEOUS

Type: Mirrorless
Sensor: APS-C CMOS
900 31 Megapixels:
20.9 MP
Screen: 3.2 1.04M-dot tilting
Continuous shooting speed: 11fps
Viewfinder: 2.36M-dot EVF
Max video resolution: 4K UHD @ 30p
900 31 User level: Novice / Enthusiast


  • Great Design
  • Handling


  • Multiple DX Z mount lenses

Nikon Z fc is by far the coolest camera on this list. This is a retro style mirror machine with circular dial controls, it is fun to use and eye catching. Internally, it is almost identical to the Nikon Z50, sharing the same APS-C sensor and processor, and many other specs.

A few extras such as the built-in flash have been omitted, and it’s more expensive than the Z50, so if aesthetics aren’t your concern, Nikon’s other DX format camera is a smarter choice. But if you’re the kind of person who can’t resist the best retro cameras, then the Nikon Z fc is exactly what you need. It’s not the cheapest camera for beginners, but you get a lot of features for your money, and its looks may inspire you to get serious about photography.

Recommended Lens Kit: NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR


Nikon Z50

Nikon Z50 is essentially the same as the Z fc but designed for no-nonsense practicality

90 031 Type: mirrorless
Sensor: APS-C CMOS
Megapixels: 20. 9 MP
Monitor: 3.2-inch tilting 1.04M dots
900 31 Continuous shooting speed: 11fps
Viewfinder: EVF, 2.36M dots
Max Video Resolution: 4K UHD @ 30p
User Level: Novice / Enthusiast


  • Good price
  • Compact body and lens kit
  • 4K – video and shooting at 11 fps


  • No in-body stabilization
  • Limited lens range

Despite its compact size, the Nikon Z50 has a good grip and comfortable location of external controls, and The built-in kit 16-50mm lens impresses not only with its “pancake” size, but also with its overall performance. Key features are 4K video shooting, 11fps continuous shooting, and the fact that its Z mount is identical to larger cameras, so dedicated Nikkor Z DX lenses, full-frame Nikkor Z lenses, and regular Nikon DSLR lenses via an FTZ adapter can be used.

Best of all, the Z50 offers excellent value for money, especially when purchased with two lenses. However, even some time after its release, it still only has three native DX format lenses – meaning that while you’re stuck using older DSLR lenses via an FTZ adapter or larger and more expensive full-frame Nikkor Z lenses that are limited to wide angle photos due to the “crop factor” of the smaller sensor size.

Recommended kit lens: NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR


Sony A6000

Sensor: APS-C
Megapixels : 24.3 MP
Lens mount: Sony E
Screen: 3-inch tilting screen, 921K dots
Viewfinder: EVF, 1440K dots 905 92 Continuous shooting speed: 11 fps
Max Video Resolution: Full HD
User Level: Novice / Enthusiast


  • Small and light design
  • Built-in EVF


  • No 4K video
  • Relatively old model

Although the Sony A6000 is six years old, it is still one of Sony’s best entry-level cameras, especially considering that it can often be bought at a good discount – it is significantly cheaper than the new models A6100, A6400 and A6600 , but almost as good as them in photography of stationary objects. With a compact camera design and access to Sony’s range of interchangeable lenses, this small camera packs a big punch.

Resolution with the 24.3 megapixel image sensor is very good, although the 1440-dot electronic viewfinder is a bit weak by today’s standards, as well as a 921k-dot display. It doesn’t have the ability to record 4K video, and it doesn’t have the high-tech autofocus system of Sony’s latest A6000 series cameras. But if you can do without them, then the solid construction, image quality, continuous shooting, and autofocus performance are better than you might expect from its price.

Recommended kit lens: Sony 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS

How to choose a camera for beginners

Price: Yes, price is important, especially for beginners, we understand that! However, don’t rule out spending a little more, as this will often allow you to get a lot more features.

Interchangeable lenses: Your standard lens will only achieve a certain amount, so if you plan to buy more, choose a camera with a choice of interchangeable lenses.

Easy settings: All of the cameras in our ranking have automatic modes to help you boost your confidence, as well as manual settings that come in handy later on when you get more ambitious.

Manual modes: Auto modes on cameras will help you start thinking for you, but it won’t last forever! You will also need manual control, because one day you will want to take control.

Video: 4K has become the new standard for video recording, so if vlogging is your primary interest, go for a more modern 4K capable mirrorless camera.

Mega pixels: Mega pixels affect image quality. However, almost all beginner cameras are in the 16 to 24 MP range, and the difference in results will be negligible.

Kit lenses

If you are buying your first DSLR or mirrorless camera, make sure you get it with a kit lens. While most cameras will be cheaper if you buy just the body, the price difference with the addition of a kit lens is usually small, and much cheaper than buying both separately.