Ted’s Top 5 Best Cameras for Beginners

16/11/2020 9:40 am

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 Ted’s Cameras’ team.

  • Camera type: Instant
  • 28mm wide-angle equivalent focal length
  • Record and print sound to your images - QR code
  • Add fun and exciting frames to your images
  • Bluetooth connectivity


While it is still capable of the same feature that still draws us to Instant Cameras to this day, that is the ability to make a printed copy of an image just moments after it is captured, it is its modern edge that makes the Fujifilm Instax Mini LiPlay one of our favourite cameras for beginners.


LiPlay Instant Camera

The LiPlay can uniquely record sound bytes and print them on your image for playback in the form of QR codes. Now when you take a photograph of a special moment with your family and friends, you can also record what this moment sounds like, which will bring a new layer of enjoyment when you are reminiscing.

The Fujifilm Instax Mini LiPlay instant camera features a wide-angle lens with a fast f2 aperture to take pictures which can be printed on the wide range of Instax mini films from Fuji. There are 30 fun and exciting frames for you to add to your images, and you can also store your images digitally for sharing or printing later on. Thanks to its Bluetooth connectivity, the LiPlay can even print off your favourite smartphone happy snaps.

Fujifilm xp140
  • 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: Mirrorless
  • Sensor size: 4/3”
  • Megapixels: 16MP
  • 4K video recording
  • Continuous shooting speed: 5 fps


The Panasonic Lumix GX880 camera is both stylish and functional. It is perfect for capturing beautiful photographs and videos as you walk the city streets, and it will help you to look good while you do it. The GX880 features a 16MP Micro Four Thirds sensor and it can record 4K resolution video.


Being a Micro Four Thirds camera, the Lumix GX880 is powerful and portable. It is compatible with a wide range of suitably compact lenses, so you can easily find something suitable for your camera, whether you are looking at a wide-angle landscape lens, or something for tightly-cropped portraits.

Panasonic Lumix GX880

The Panasonic Lumix GX880 features a fast and accurate AF system which is good news for video shooters or those wanting to use the camera’s impressive 5 frames per second continuous shooting. WiFi connectivity is included, which means you don’t need to wait too long to share those selfies, which are easily framed thanks to the tilting and touch-sensitive LCD screen.

Canon Eos 200d II
  • Camera type: DSLR
  • Sensor size: 22.3 x 14.9mm
  • Megapixels: 24MP
  • 4K video recording
  • Continuous shooting speed: 5 fps


Being Canon’s smallest DSLR camera yet, the Canon EOS 200D Mark II is a great choice for students of all ages, as well as anyone wanting to take great family photos without lugging around large and heavy camera equipment.


The EOS 200D Mark II features a 24MP APS-C sized image sensor which captures brilliantly detailed images, as well as 4K resolution videos. If you are coming from a smartphone or compact camera background, you will be blown away by the image quality that this larger sensor is capable of. Canon has a huge range of lenses and accessories for their DSLR range, so you can expand your kit as you develop as a photographer.


Perfect for beginners, the 200D Mark II features an easy-to-understand button layout and simple interface. You can enjoy classic photographic composing, using the bright and clear optical viewfinder, or rely on the tilting LCD screen when shooting from tricky angles and recording video. With its Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity, you can access Canon’s camera connect app for quick and easy file sharing, as well as controlling the camera remotely.


  • Camera type: Mirrorless
  • Sensor size: 23.5 x 15.7mm
  • Megapixels: 20.1MP
  • 4K video recording
  • Continuous shooting speed: 11 fps


Nikon impressed pros and enthusiasts with the introduction of their full-frame Z Mirrorless system not too long ago, and with the DX format Z50, they have introduced this system to beginners. The Nikon Z50 has the looks and some of the functionality of the high-end Z6 and Z7 but in a much smaller, more affordable package.


The DX-format sensor of the Z50 features 20.1MP resolution and can capture video in 4K30p. The EXPEED 6 image processor has been included in this excellent Mirrorless release, which enables brilliant low-light performance right up to the top ISO speeds, as well as a fast 11 frames per second burst shooting rate and a speedy 209-point Hybrid AF system.

Despite its portable size, the Nikon Z50 is made tough with a magnesium build and weather-resistance. Nikon have also managed to cram both an electronic viewfinder and a huge 3.2-inch LCD screen at the rear of this Mirrorless body. The screen is touch-sensitive for ease-of-use, while it tilts to allow easy video and selfie shooting. WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity allow users to pair their Z50 with Nikon’s SnapBridge app, for fast and easy image sharing between you and the rest of the world.

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 local Ted’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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