The Best Camera for Beginners

January 6, 2021

Calling all photography newbies! 

If you’re searching for your very first DSLR camera and feeling overwhelmed by all the choices out there, I got your back. Keep reading to see which camera I recommend most for new photographers and why!

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The Canon EOS Rebel T7 Canon EOS Rebel T7 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens

Let’s get straight to the point, shall we? My pick for best beginner-friendly DSLR camera is the Canon EOS Rebel T7! Here are a couple reasons why.

Amazing price point

If you’ve ever browsed for DSLR cameras online, you’ve probably come across some pretty pricey cameras! Many high-end cameras can cost thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars.

The good news? If you’re a beginner at photography, there’s no need to invest in a super expensive camera right off the bat. All you need is a DSLR with basic features. In fact, it’s often easier to learn on a DSLR that doesn’t have all those pricey bells and whistles.

That’s why the Canon EOS Rebel is so awesome. At less than $400, you get a reliable, easy-to-use DSLR to learn with. And you can always upgrade to a different camera once you’re ready!

Great for learning to shoot in manual mode

Canon itself describes the Rebel as “ideal for mobile device users wanting to take the next step with their photography.” How’s that for a beginner-friendly description?

Getting used to manual photography, as opposed to automatic photography with your phone or point-and-shoot cameras, takes practice. You need to learn how to focus; adjust ISO, aperture, and shutter speed; work with all kinds of subjects and in different settings, and so much more. 

You need a camera with features and controls that aren’t intimidating, and instead build your confidence as a photographer! I recommend the Rebel because you’ll still produce high-quality images while learning and messing around in manual mode. 

Grows with you

Some aspiring photographers stick to photography as a hobby. Some develop their skills and passion for photography and turn it into a side hustle, or even a career! When you’re just starting out, you want a camera that will grow with you, no matter which path you take.

One way your DSLR camera can grow with you is the option to change out its lens. Some DSLRs are “fixed lens” cameras, which mean you can only use the lens that’s attached to that camera. DSLRs like the Canon Rebel have interchangeable lenses, which can be swapped.

Some professional photographers prefer having a variety of cameras with fixed lenses. That may be because you don’t have to mess around with settings as much, and you have a better idea of how a photo may turn out with one particular lens. Plus, a pro photographer has to do lots of kinds of shots, so it makes sense to invest in different cameras they know they’ll use.

As a beginner, having one DSLR with interchangeable lenses is a better option for your budget. You can try out different photos with different lenses on the same camera that you’ve grown used to. 

Bonus tip: If you get the Canon Rebel and want to take photos with blurred backgrounds, I suggest swapping out the base lens and using a 50 mm 1.8 lens! You’ll achieve that blurred, dreamy look with this lens.

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