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Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II
20.2 megapixels, 3.00x
Check Prices: $449.00
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Sony Alpha ILCE-A6000
24.3 megapixels, 3.13x
Check Prices: $448.00
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Nikon D5600
24.2 megapixels, 3.05x
Check Prices: $646.95

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Most Popular Beginner's Cameras

Camera Name Res Lens Avg. Price
Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II digital camera image Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II 20.2 3.00x $449.00
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Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II digital camera image Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II 20.2 4.20x $649.00
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Sony Alpha ILCE-A6000 digital camera image Sony Alpha ILCE-A6000 24.3 3.13x $448.00
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Nikon D3400 digital camera image Nikon D3400 24.2 3.06x $496.95
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Sony Alpha ILCE-A6300 digital camera image Sony Alpha ILCE-A6300 24.2 3.13x $748.00
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Nikon D5600 digital camera image Nikon D5600 24.2 3.05x $646.95
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Canon EOS Rebel T6i (EOS 750D) digital camera image Canon EOS Rebel T6i (EOS 750D) 24.2 3.06x $699.00
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85 digital camera image Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85 16.0 5.00x $897.99
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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III digital camera image Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III 20.2 2.92x $698.00
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Canon PowerShot G9 X digital camera image Canon PowerShot G9 X 20.2 3.00x $399.00
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Editor's Choice Res Lens Avg. Price
image of Canon EOS Rebel T5 (EOS 1200D) digital camera Canon EOS Rebel T5 (EOS 1200D) 18.0 3.06x $419.00
For the entry-level buyer wanting to step up to an SLR for the first time, the Canon T5 offers a pretty compelling package! The Canon T5 brings a welcomed update to Canon's entry-level DSLR model after 2011's Canon Rebel T3. Sporting a higher-res 18MP sensor, improved exterior styling, and upgraded Full HD video as well as advanced exposure controls for video, The T5 offers a lot of camera for your money. While the T5 may lean more toward the basic side of things, the image quality is very good when it's all said and done. If you're looking for a low barrier of entry into the DSLR world, the Canon Rebel T5 is a great place to start. Read more about it in our in-depth Canon T5 review, to see why! (minimize)

image of Nikon D3300 digital camera Nikon D3300 24.2 3.06x $446.95
Big on resolution, not on size. The compact entry-level Nikon D3300 ups the detail and image quality for their entry-level DSLR. The Nikon D3300 is a solid camera, in more ways than one: solid build quality and solid image quality. While autofocus performance is a little below average, and the limited external controls and smaller size may be a turn off for some, the Nikon D3300 excels in most areas. If you're ready to make the jump to a DSLR camera, the Nikon D3300 provides a nice starting point with a great combination of image quality, ease of use and price. Read more about this compact, lightweight, and high-resolution DSLR in our in-depth Nikon D3300 review! (minimize)

Other Top Choices Res Lens Avg. Price
image of Canon EOS Rebel SL1 (EOS 100D) digital camera Canon EOS Rebel SL1 (EOS 100D) 18.0 3.06x $419.95
The smallest DSLR we've ever reviewed still packs a punch
Pairing the compact, lightweight body of a mirrorless camera with the performance and image quality of a digital SLR, the Canon SL1 DSLR provides, in many ways, the best of both worlds. And while it appears to be just a miniaturized version of the Rebel T5i, the SL1 proves to be much more than that, offering an advanced Hybrid CMOS II AF system that significantly improves Live View and Movie shooting. This small DSLR takes great still pictures and boasts impressive video skills, plus it comes kitted with the better-than-average EF-S 18-55mm IS STM lens, which is sharp, smooth and virtually silent. Check out our in-depth Canon SL1 review for more details! (minimize)

image of Canon EOS Rebel T5i (EOS 700D) digital camera Canon EOS Rebel T5i (EOS 700D) 18.0 3.06x $529.00
Canon didn't significantly change its Rebel flagship -- and that's a good thing
When Canon's consumer-friendly flagship Canon T5i launched, many were quick to criticize the minimal upgrade. There's more to the story, though: Sometimes, maintaining the status quo can be a good thing. The earlier T4i was a capable camera, and the Canon T5i retains every feature, while bundling a better kit lens with a quieter STM motor. Boasting great image quality, a solid build, useful features aplenty, and a more affordable pricetag, the Canon Rebel T5i is even easier to recommend than was its mirror-image predecessor. (minimize)

image of Canon EOS Rebel T6i (EOS 750D) digital camera Canon EOS Rebel T6i (EOS 750D) 24.2 3.06x $699.00
Bigger sensor, faster processor and better AF beef up Canon's entry-level T6i
Sporting a brand new 24.2MP sensor, faster DIGIC 6 processor and an upgraded 19-point AF system, the Canon T6i is a substantial update to the T5i and versatile option against the more basic T5. Ergonomically, it's nearly identical to its predecessor, which isn't a bad thing; controls are straightforward and the camera is lightweight and comfortable. Overall, while the Canon T6i is not a ground-breaking camera, it blends new features with tried-and-true Canon DSLR characteristics resulting in a very nice, well-rounded entry-level DSLR. Read more in our in-depth Canon T6i review! (minimize)

image of Canon EOS Rebel T6s (EOS 760D) digital camera Canon EOS Rebel T6s (EOS 760D) 24.2 7.05x $699.00
The Canon T6s takes the Rebel series up a notch.
The Canon T6s takes the Rebel series up a notch. With a 24.2 megapixels sensor, the Canon T6s produces excellent images, with tons of detail and accurate colors. The higher ISO performance is also very good despite the higher resolution. The T6s also features a versatile autofocus system, plus improved Live View focusing features and more enthusiast-like controls. Its straightforward functionality is great for an entry-level DSLR shooter, but it also brings over more advanced features and performance from higher-end cameras to satisfy the more experienced photographer as well. Read more in our in-depth Canon T6s review! (minimize)

image of Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II digital camera Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II 20.2 3.00x $449.00
Still just as pocketable, the Canon G9X II offers improvements to an already-great original
While imperfect, the G9X II is a very small 1-inch sensor camera with a bright lens and impressive image quality for its class. Most of the performance issues of its predecessor have been addressed, and there is a lot to like about the Canon G9X II It has earned a Dave's Pick for its strong balance of image quality, speed and value as well as its very compact form-factor. (minimize)

image of Nikon Coolpix P900 digital camera Nikon Coolpix P900 16.1 83.00x $579.00
Sporting an 83x optical zoom, this superzoom offering has what it takes to capture good wildlife images at a distance!
The Nikon P900 leapfrogs the competition for farthest reaching superzoom camera and offers an equivalent optical zoom range of a whopping 83x 24-2000mm. This additional reach, some 660mm farther than the next-farthest model the Nikon P600/P610, is designed to appeal to wildlife photographers and other shooters needing extensive zoom range in an all-in-one package at an affordable price. Sporting optical vibration reduction and other enthusiast amenities, the P900 aims to hit the superzoom sweet spot. To see if it hits the high mark, read our in-depth Nikon P900 review! (minimize)

image of Nikon D5300 digital camera Nikon D5300 24.2 7.78x $543.43
Improved images, better video and advanced features make this mid-range DSLR an excellent choice
The Nikon D5300 brings some high-end features down to their latest top-tier consumer DSLR, including a high-resolution 24.2-megapixel sensor that does away with the optical low-pass filter (a la the D7100) to increase sharpness and fine detail. Plus, squeezing in Nikon's powerful EXPEED 4 image processor not only gives the D5300 improved high ISO performance, but also better video specs with 1080/60p Full HD video. It also features some firsts for Nikon DSLRs, such as built-in Wi-Fi and GPS for easy sharing, remote control shooting and geotaging. All in all, this compact, mid-range DSLR adds up to be an excellent choice for upgrading beginners and budding enthusiasts alike. Read our in-depth Nikon D5300 review for all the details, or shop for one now! (minimize)

image of Nikon D5500 digital camera Nikon D5500 24.2 3.05x $596.95
Smaller and lighter than any Nikon DSLR to date, the D5500 aims to take on mirrorless competitors
The Nikon D5500 raises the bar in Nikon's mid-level DSLR line-up, blending a smaller form factor with improved image quality, excellent dynamic range and improved performance in many areas. It ranks among the elite cameras for low light and high ISO performance in this class and price range, making it an intriguing option for shooters wanting to take their game to the next level, and also for higher-end Nikon shooters wanting a capable back-up in their bag that they can depend on. Find out much more in our jam-packed, in-depth Nikon D5500 review! (minimize)

image of Nikon D5600 digital camera Nikon D5600 24.2 3.05x $646.95
Nikon adds SnapBridge to its popular D5XXX series
With the same imaging pipeline as the Nikon D5500, the 24-megapixel Nikon D5600 DSLR delivers great image quality but comes equipped with Nikon SnapBridge functionality, making sharing images easier than ever. While there is not a lot new here, the D5600 is a very impressive compact DSLR camera capable of delivering excellent image quality and good overall performance while being a great value. D5500 owners may not see a compelling reason to upgrade, but for those looking to upgrade from an older camera or purchase their first DSLR, the Nikon D5600 is a very good option. Read our Nikon D5600 Review for all the details! (minimize)

image of Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 digital camera Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 12.1 24.00x $497.99
Panasonic FZ300 builds upon a solid foundation and provides a lot of bang for your buck
Two years after the FZ200 camera impressed us with its 24-600mm equivalent lens and strong performance, the Panasonic FZ300 has arrived with a redesigned body and a suite of new features. Unchanged are the 12.1-megapixel sensor and the 25x optical zoom lens, while new upgrades include 4K video and 4K Photo features in addition to numerous other improvements. Is this the high-zoom all-in-one camera you've been waiting for? Read our Panasonic FZ300 review to find out! (minimize)

image of Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7 digital camera Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7 16.0 2.67x $449.00
Tiny, capable GF7 offers a lot of camera for the money
The little Panasonic GF7 packs a lot of performance into a small, lightweight and easy to use package. It may be billed as an entry-level camera and comes in at an affordable, entry-level price, but the GF7 offers a lot of camera for the money. The image quality and performance of the Panasonic GF7 is quite good for its class. It also offers numerous options, shooting modes, and lots of user customization to fit varying shooting styles. All told, the GF7 is not only easy to use for beginner photographers, but also quite capable for more advanced ones as well. Read more in our in-depth Panasonic GF7 review! (minimize)

image of Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 digital camera Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 16.0 2.67x $479.00
The first truly 'micro' Micro Four Thirds camera packs the power of the GX7 into your pocket
While we may have called the GX7 the Micro Four Thirds model we've all been waiting for, the Panasonic GM1 make take its spot, or at least be called the perfect companion camera to the GX7 or other larger M43 cameras. The GM1 packs the same sensor and processor as the GX7 providing excellent image quality and performance as well as offering a ton of advanced features such as a touchscreen LCD and robust Wi-Fi capabilities. The super-compact size lets this well-built camera go practically anywhere, while still retaining the larger sensor and the flexibility of interchangeable lenses. Read our in-depth Panasonic GM1 review for all the details, or shop for one now! (minimize)

image of Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 digital camera Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 16.0 2.67x $897.99
The truly 'micro' Micro Four Thirds camera gets worthwhile updates and improvements
The Panasonic GM5 takes what was great about the GM1 and improves upon it immensely. While still keeping a lightweight and compact design -- that's practically pocketable even with the 12-32mm kit lens -- the Panasonic GM5 manages to includes a fully-functional, albeit small, electronic viewfinder. Creative lighting options are expanded by the addition of a hot-shoe and external flash support, plus, ergonomics and customization are subtly yet noticeably improved. The image quality remains unchanged and impressive, and performance is still excellent with slight improvements in some areas. Read our in-depth Panasonic GM5 review for all the details! (minimize)

image of Samsung NX500 digital camera Samsung NX500 28.2 3.13x $799.00
The traveler's NX1: A high-res, 4K-shooting, compact mirrorless camera!
The Samsung NX500 is a fun, great little camera with lots of the same horsepower and technology from the larger NX1. The high-res 28MP sensor and fast processor allow for very good, high-resolution images, good high ISO performance and crisp 4K video. Overall, the Samsung NX500, with its compact, lightweight design and solid build quality, stacks up to be not only a great mid-level camera for those stepping beyond the smartphone, but also a great secondary camera to enthusiasts looking for a lightweight companion to their NX1 or other larger system camera. Read more about this compact, lightweight, and high-resolution camera in our in-depth Samsung NX500 review! (minimize)

image of Sony Alpha ILCE-A5100 digital camera Sony Alpha ILCE-A5100 24.3 3.13x $398.00
Bringing some solid upgrades to its predecessor and sharing the same image-pipeline as the storied Sony A6000 but in a smaller, lighter form factor, the A5100 is an intriguing possibility.
One of the smallest, lightest and most affordable mirrorless cameras currently offered with an APS-C sensor, the Sony A5100 is an intriguing proposition. It shares the same imaging pipeline as the hugely popular Sony A6000, and even boasts a clever feature that the A6000 doesn't have in the form of dual video recording -- the ability to record two different file formats simultaneously. The lack of an EVF and external mode dial will surely rule out some enthusiast shooters, but the sveldt size and price combined with the very good image quality and feel in the hands will appeal to many of you more interested in a smaller size versus a more advanced feature set. Indeed, if image quality and portability are your primary deciding factors in a camera purchase, the Sony A5100 should be a candidate for your short-list of models to consider. Read our in-depth Sony A5100 review for all the details! (minimize)

image of Sony Alpha ILCE-A6000 digital camera Sony Alpha ILCE-A6000 24.3 3.13x $448.00
The Sony A6000 is affordable, fast, and takes really great pictures. Could this be the ultimate all-rounder camera?
Not only does this high-res speed demon cram in plenty of desirable features, the Sony A6000 also shaves a couple of hundred dollars off its predecessor's price. That's the recipe for greatness, so it's no surprise this has been one of our most popular reviews in recent memory -- and now, it's finished! So what was our final verdict on this affordable, swift-shooting camera, and is it time you bought one for yourself? Read our in-depth Sony A6000 review, and see what we thought! (minimize)

image of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III digital camera Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III 20.2 2.92x $698.00
The Sony RX100 III is a stunning, pocket-friendly shooter, but can it defeat its amazingly popular siblings?
It was clear from its heritage that the Sony RX100 III would be an exciting camera, given that both its predecessors earned our Pocket Camera of the Year award, two years running. But that level of success also meant some mighty big shoes to fill. Sony's pocket-friendly shooter line are in a class of their own, and we shot all three models side-by-side to determine once and for all -- which is the best compact camera that money can buy? Did the RX100 III have what it took to steal the crown? Read our Sony RX100 III review, and find out! (minimize)

 
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