ed up with taking low quality images on a smartphone? Dream of having a photo library so impressive it’ll have your friends and families gawping? It’s time to invest in a proper camera.
If you’re new to the world of photography, it can be tricky to know where to start – there are so many different types of cameras on the market from DSLR and mirrorless to compact and film focused. Luckily, we’re on hand to help you make sense of it all and get you set up with the perfect camera for beginners.
Here are our top four considerations when purchasing your first camera:
- Resolution – Also known as ‘megapixels’ or ‘MP’, this number links to the size of the image that the camera can capture. Although a higher MP number means a higher resolution, there isn’t need to go above a 12MP camera – that will produce A3 size prints without any blur.
- Design – If you’re planning on splashing out on a good quality camera, then you’ll want it to be perfectly suited to your needs. Every camera is unique and has a different set of qualities, so consider whether you’d prefer something smaller and compact for portability, a touchscreen model or a larger camera with clear controls.
- Connectivity – Nowadays most cameras will connect to your mobile phone and apps in some way or another. The most common ways are through bluetooth, Wi-Fi, NFC connectivity or a mixture of two or more.
- Lenses – You’ll need a high quality lens in order to capture good images. Most cameras come 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’re taking.
Now you know what to look out for, shop our top recommended cameras for beginners below – there’s everything from budget friendly mirrorless models to premium compact cameras.
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Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV
A great budget camera, and a fine choice for beginners, the E-M10 is small and aimed at stills photographers, while still retaining some video capabilities.
Its 20MP sensor conforms to the Micro Four Thirds standard, meaning it is smaller than the full frame or APS-C sensors found elsewhere, and brings a 2x crop factor to your lenses. The camera is perfectly capable of taking amazing pictures, and the smaller sensor means it can be even more compact than its mirrorless peers.
While it lacks a few advanced features, such as phase-detect autofocus, 4K/60 video recording, and microphone or headphone sockets for video use, it does have an effective IBIS system, offering up to 4.5 stops of stabilisation.
The Micro Four Thirds lens mount is supported by Olympus and Panasonic, with third parties such as Sigma and Samyang bringing more budget-friendly options to the table.
The other thing about the E-M10 is its pleasing retro style. It’s a fully modern camera, though, with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth built in, and a great range of in-camera effects via the Advanced Photo mode.
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