A point and shoot camera is the perfect choice if you just want a camera to capture memories with the family, a pocket snapper to take on holiday, or just a general-use camera with a little more range, depth and power than the one in your phone.
While some would argue that the best camera is the camera phone in your pocket, many point and shoot cameras are small and light enough to take everywhere you’d take your phone, and some are weather-resistant or even waterproof, meaning you can take them even to places where you might not want to bring your phone.
Advantages of a point and shoot camera are manyfold, from larger sensors that improve performance in low light to optical zoom lenses that let you get closer to your subject without compromising on image quality.
1. Nikon D3500
A DSLR is still the cheapest way into ‘proper’ photography
Type: DSLR | Sensor: APS-C | Megapixels: 24.2MP | Lens mount: Nikon F | Screen: 3-inch fixed, 921,000 dots | Viewfinder: Optical | Max video resolution: Full HD | User level: Beginner
DSLR cameras are still going strong. In fact they offer great value for beginners – and the Nikon D3500 is the perfect example. There’s a lot the D3500 doesn’t do – it has a fixed rear screen that’s not touch-sensitive, it doesn’t have hybrid on-sensor autofocus and it doesn’t shoot 4K video. But its 24-megapixel sensor delivers super-sharp, super-high quality images, Nikon’s latest AF-P retracting kit lens is a miniature marvel and focuses very fast in live view, even without on-sensor phase-detection autofocus. The D3500 handles well, it’s easy to use, it’s more powerful than it looks and it’s the perfect introduction to interchangeable lens photography. Click Image To Buy Now
2. Canon EOS Rebel SL3 / 250D
It costs more than Canon’s cheapest DSLRs but it’s easily worth the extra
Type: DSLR | Sensor: APS-C | Megapixels: 24.2MP | Lens mount: Canon EF-S | Screen: 3in vari-angle touchscreen, 1,040,000 dots | Max burst speed: 5fps | Max video resolution: 4K | User level: Beginner
The Canon EOS Rebel SL3 (EOS 250D in the UK) is a terrific camera for beginners, because although it costs a little more than entry-level models like the Nikon D3500, it has lots of features to make picture taking easier and more exciting, and the potential to take on more advanced projects as your skills grow. The 24-megapixel APS-C sensor delivers great results, but the star of the show is Canon’s advanced Dual Pixel CMOS AF system, which makes the live view autofocus (when you use the rear screen rather than the viewfinder) extremely fast and responsive. Better still, the rear screen is both fully-articulating and touch-sensitive, so you can take pictures at all sorts of odd angles, and for the first time in a DSLR at this price it’s possible to shoot 4K video, so one way or another this is the perfect DSLR for bloggers and vloggers.
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