BEST BEGINNER CAMERA
Is an SLR still the best option for beginners? Matthew Richards takes a closer look
DSLR or CSC? Canon, Nikon or another manufacturer? Our in-depth group test finds out which is the best camera right now for photography newcomers
For beginners starting out in photography, an SLR has long been the most obvious choice of ‘proper’ camera. With extensive shooting controls, interchangeable lenses and optional extras, you can start simple and expand your kit as your expertise grows. However, this has become equally true of compact system cameras, which do away with mirrors to enable downsized designs. Some super-skinny models ditch the viewfinder as well, and photographers moving up from a smartphone might find composing shots on an LCD screen entirely natural.
Any camera for beginners should be modestly priced, intuitive and easy to use, so that you can enjoy getting great results, straight out of the box. However, it should also be able to grow with you, enabling and even encouraging you to learn new skills and techniques, and put them into practice.