Ted’s Top 5 Best Cameras for Beginners

24/01/2020 1:50 pm

Taking the first step into the world of photography is so exciting. Whether you’ve chosen an entry level DSLR or a cheap digital camera, your first camera is a pathway into an inspiring new world full of creative possibilities. The best cameras for beginners are ones that combine ease of use and versatility with all the bells and whistles you need to start shooting stunning images.  

Read on for 5 of the best cameras for beginners, as voted by our Ted’s Cameras’ team.

Think of the Fuji Instax Mini 9 Kitas the next-gen polaroid camera. It’s easy to use and a great way to dabble in photography. It suits all ages, so you can get the whole family involved. Parents and grandparents will love reliving the glory days of instant film cameras, while the kids will get to experience the magic for the first time.

One of the best instant cameras for kids, the Instax is user-friendly. Frame your photos by looking through the optical viewfinder, and play around with different film types to create exciting backgrounds. If the exposure isn’t quite right, you can adjust a dial until your image is perfectly exposed.

The camera is a great selfie-taking tool, too. Don’t stress about wasting film with poorly-framed selfies - there’s a selfie mirror that allows you to preview the photo before you press the shutter.

  • Camera type: Compact
  • Sensor size: 1/2.3”
  • Megapixels: 16MP
  • 25m Waterproof
  • Continuous shooting speed: 10 fps

One of the best photography gifts for adventurers, the Fuji XP140 Tough is a sturdy yet budget-friendly digital compact camera. Perfect for life on the road, it’s as rugged as it gets: freezeproof, dustproof, shockproof and waterproof to 25m. In other words? You can let the kids use the camera without fearing for its safety!

Its 16.4MP CMOS sensor produces clear, detailed photos with next-to-no noise, while the versatile 5x optical zoom lens means you don’t need to physically move to get the shot. With a top ISO of 12800 and built-in image stabilisation, it reduces motion blur and performs well in low-light situations. As one of the best beginner travel cameras, it also features an Advanced SR Auto Mode that automatically adjusts the settings to suit the scene you’re shooting.

If you're ready to branch out into video, the compact offers 4K video resolution as well as WiFi connectivity to instantly transfer your content to your smartphone.


  • Camera type: DSLR
  • Sensor size: 22.3mm x 14.9mm
  • Megapixels: 24MP
  • Viewfinder: Optical
  • Autofocus points: 9
  • Minimum and maximum shutter speed: 30 sec to 1/4000 sec
  • Continuous shooting speed: 3 fps

Meet the best DSLR for beginners: the Canon EOS 1500D. This gem from Canon comes with a built-in feature guide, which has step-by-step instructions to take eye-catching images.

The photo quality is excellent thanks to a 24.1MP APS-C image sensor and Digic 4+ image processor. If you’re transitioning from a smartphone or compact digital camera, you’ll be blown away by the sharpness and detail of your images. And if you want to capture video, the camera offers full HD resolution.

Its 3-inch LCD screen is handy for framing stills and video, while Canon’s creative filters will help you to add flair and character to your content. When you’re ready to share your work with the world, connect the WiFi-enabled camera to Canon’s app and instantly transfer your images.

The best entry-level DSLR is compatible with a wide range of Canon EOS lenses. Once you’ve tried different styles of photography and figured out which ones you’re interested in, you can pair your camera with a lens to match.

  • Camera type: Mirrorless
  • Sensor size: 23.5mm x 15.7mm
  • Megapixels: 24MP
  • Viewfinder: Electronic
  • Autofocus points: 91
  • Minimum and maximum shutter speed: 30 sec to 1/4000 sec
  • Continuous shooting speed: 5 fps

Fuji’s X-series is a smash success, and the Fujifilm X-T100 is the latest addition to the line. It stands out for its lightweight, retro-style body, but don’t be fooled - this mirrorless camera has all the modern features you need.

These include a high-resolution electronic viewfinder and a 3-way tilting LCD screen that helps you to frame your photos and videos. You can rely on the 24MP APS-C sensor to capture crisp, detailed images, and switch to 4K video with ease. With a 91-point autofocus system and 6 fps continuous shooting, the X-T100 is perfect for sports and wildlife photography, as well as snapping the kids running amok in the backyard.

In true Fuji style, the camera has in-built film simulations to add a classic, nostalgic filter to your images. Compatible with Fuji’s range of premium lenses, this camera is not only a great mirrorless model - but one that will help you to develop your photography style later on.

  • Camera type: DSLR
  • Sensor size: 22.3mm x 14.9mm
  • Megapixels: 24MP
  • Viewfinder: Optical
  • Autofocus points: 45
  • Minimum and maximum shutter speed: 30 sec to 1/4000 sec
  • Continuous shooting speed: 6 fps

The Canon EOS 800D is a beginner-friendly DSLR with advanced features, so you won’t need to upgrade as soon as you gain more experience. Its guided display offers easy-to-understand instructions that help you to delve deeper and capture the photos just like you imagined.

The camera has a 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor and Digic 7 processor for crisp, clear and detailed images. It’s also kitted out with Canon’s class-leading AF system, which is fast, accurate, incredibly smooth, and suitable for both stills and videos. The optical viewfinder offers classic, eye-level viewing with no lag, while the 3-inch tilting touchscreen makes it easy to frame subject photos and selfies.

If you’re keen to experiment with video, the DSLR supports Full HD 60p video and HDR. The perfect beginner camera for vlogging, it has a hot shoe for attaching external accessories, like flash units and microphones. Its built-in time-lapse feature will help you to unleash your inner director - no cinematography experience required!

Shop the best cameras for beginners

Choosing your first camera should be an exciting experience, rather than a confusing one. Start your photography journey at Ted’s, where our expert team is always on hand to help you choose the best camera for your budget or skill level - or for the perfect gift. 

To browse our selection of beginner cameras and get photography advice from our helpful team, head to your localTed’s Cameras store. Our in-house experts can also offer you the best possible protection for your new gear with our customisable Total Care Packages.


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