Best Cameras for Amateur Photographers

Scroll down for Good, Better and Best Camera Options for Aspiring Photographers
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Thanks to modern technology, shooting incredible photos has become a lot easier for budding photographers than ever before. Teenagers, new parents and grandparents alike can be seen everywhere snapping all sorts of photos with everything from their cell phones to impressive DSLR’s. However these cameras, with their various features and price points, often leave the “little guy” feeling all alone out in the middle of left field.

Which one is right for you? What features should you look for? What makes one camera better over another?

While most of these answers will vary based on your individual style, preferences and budget, we do have some sage advice to help steer you in the right direction.

3 Considerations When Buying
a New DSLR Camera

1) Budget

Right off the bat, the first thing you have to consider is your budget. While that may sound like a total “buzz kill” and smack faintly of settling for a less than ideal camera, hear us out. Today’s DSLR cameras have improved exponentially from their predecessors, thanks to their improved ISO ratings, increased LCD screen sizes, megapixel size, flash and auto-functions, making it easy to purchase a high quality camera for as little as a few hundred dollars as opposed to spending thousands on the body alone.

2) Use

Next, you’ll need to think about what you plan to do with those photos. If your goal is to simply upload the majority of them to Facebook or send via email attachment, you probably don’t want one that boasts a whopping megapixel size, such as 16 and up. Instead, opt for one that has a slightly lower megapixel size, somewhere between 10 and 12. If you’re considering having some of your photos printed and framed for the wall – say, 8×10 or larger, then certainly a higher megapixel size is best.

3) Cost of Accessories

Also keep in mind the cost of batteries (rechargeable ones are ideal!), extra memory cards, a tripod and backpack or carrying case or backpack to tote it all around.

And now, the question on everyone’s mind:

Which cameras are best for the amateur photographer?

Here to duke it out, are the best Canon and Nikon options for you and your budget. We’ve divided the playing field into 3 categories – Good, Better and Best – with graduated price points for each category. Again, this list isn’t exhaustive but simply a tool to help guide you in your quest to find the right camera for YOU.


Nikon – D5100 16.2MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX VR Zoom Lens
Canon – EOS Rebel T3i 18 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera with 18-55 IS II Lens


Nikon – D7000 DSLR Camera (Body Only)
Canon – EOS 7D SLR Digital Camera (Body Only)


Canon – EOS 5D Mark III Digital Camera (Body Only) (limited quantities; pre-order)
Canon – EOS 5D Mark II Digital Camera (Body Only) (if you can’t wait for the Mark III…)
Nikon – D800 SLR Digital Camera (Body Only) (limited quantities; pre-order)

Next article: How to Choose a Lens

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