One of the questions that readers of this medium ask me the most is « Which is or are the best cameras? « or «Mario, what camera do you recommend?» .
Normally the answer will depend on each case, as there is an ideal camera for each photographer.
However, I have been able to test many models and with this experience I have formed a fairly solid opinion regarding the different digital cameras that exist today.
That is why this guide in which I will present to you what for me are the best digital cameras for beginners and amateurs today.
Although they are all cameras for amateur photographers, you will see that some are extremely cheap while others have a somewhat higher price for being classified as semi-professionals.
That said, if you are a little hesitant, any of the 16 cameras that I include in this guide will be perfectly worth it.
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WHAT ARE THE BEST CAMERAS for passport photos
Best camera for passport photos (CANON EOS 4000D)
Definitely the most affordable camera. With the 4000D, the folks at Canon have broken a record for an affordable D, as well as being one of the best Ds a hobby photographer can own today.
The Canon ESO 4000D boasts all the features that a decent camera should have today: 18 megapixel resolution (more than enough), Wi-Fi connectivity to transfer photos or control the camera in real time from your mobile.
Speaking of mobiles, the camera comes with an app that is installed on the mobile phone and with which the user can advance in the use of his Canon 4000D camera, step by step, while the app teaches and guides him in each of the phases.
A very interesting function for those who try the photography world for the first time.
The camera, as I said at the beginning, is an excellent option for those who start in photography with a rather tight budget.
Best Cheap camera for passport photos (NIKON D3500)
The D3500 is one of the most successful Nikon brand camera models , especially recommended for anyone who wants to take their first steps in photography with a prestigious brand like this one.
What stands out from this camera is its sensor with 24 megapixels, 11 focus points, ISO sensitivity of up to 25,600, editing and retouching of photos and videos from the camera itself without the need to go to a computer, video recording in Full HD 1080p (with a interesting “slow motion” option), Wi-Fi connectivity to shoot from the smartphone and automatically transfer the photos to it (without cables), and a host of other features.
Best of all is its price, which, as you will see below, is quite difficult to find in reflex cameras with a lens included, and less than the quality
Best Affordable camera for passport photos (CANON EOS 90D)
It is a camera aimed at an enthusiastic amateur photo user who enjoys photography and video alike. It is especially aimed at fans of nature or sports photography, as it is a sealed and fast camera, designed for action. Now, if you live the action in the first person, maybe it is better that you contemplate a GoPro camera
Its main features are its robust and sealed body, its 32.5MP APS-C sensor, its 10fps, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, 4K recording and it has a folding touch screen.
Best Budget camera for passport photos (NIKON D5600)
If you want to go one step further as an amateur photographer, the Nikon D5600 may be a good candidate.
In addition to a lightweight body, a 24-megapixel sensor, it offers its owner an impressive 39 focus points that make fast focusing much easier, a 3-inch rotating touchscreen LCD screen to see you well while taking self-portraits or photos/videos with a partner or in family, an ISO that goes up to 25,600, ideal for photographing in low light conditions, shooting speed of up to 5 photos per second, and some other extra such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC connectivity, etc.
Top Rated Camera for passport photos (CANON EOS 2000D)
On a rung above the 4000D we find the Canon EOS 2000D. A 24-megapixel sensor, 9 autofocus points, Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity to transfer photos to the mobile or tablet and control the shot remotely, and a 3-inch screen (somewhat larger than that of the Canon EOS 4000D) are its main strengths
Best Recommended Camera for passport photos (PENTAX K-70)
The phrase “high performance at a low price” describes this camera perfectly. It is a true “off-roader” that, with its sealed body, withstands all conditions of dust, rain and humidity without flinching. Its sensor offers 24 megapixels, which for an amateur D is outrageous, along with an overwhelming ISO sensitivity of 102,400 with which you can take hyper-sharp photos even at night or when there is too little light.
Pentax is a great brand with more than 100 years of experience behind it and camera models famous for their robustness and durability. So if you opt for this camera, you will have a camera for a long time.
Best Price Camera for passport photos (SONY A6000)
Technically this camera is not an as such, but would fall into the category of “mirrorless” cameras.
Even so, I have included it in this list because it has been one of the cameras that has revolutionized the market the most.
Because it is a mirrorless camera, the Sony A6000 is a camera that weighs infinitely less than traditional s, maintaining the advantage of having interchangeable lenses among other advantages.
Among the strengths of the Sony A6000 I will highlight its 24 megapixel resolution, its optical stabilizer with which you will ensure completely sharp photos and, above all, an incredibly light weight for a camera with these features.
Obviously, this camera assumes full compatibility with a wide range of Sony brand lenses with this camera mount.
CANON EOS 250D
One of the main drawbacks of cameras is usually their excessive weight and bulky dimensions.
The Canon 250D is one of the very few digital cameras that I know of that combine very advanced features with a strikingly tiny body (for a camera).
In fact, I think the Canon 250D holds the title of the world’s lightest D.
And believe me, when you really like photography and want to spend a lot of time with your reflex camera, you start to appreciate the fact that it weighs little
Despite its small weight and being a camera for the amateur user, the Canon 250D has some characteristics that bring it closer to an almost “professional” intermediate range.
It has 24 megapixels, a tilting screen, ideal for selfies or for photographing from complicated angles (it is also tactile), Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity to connect it with the tablet or smartphone or to be able to shoot from a distance.
As if all this were not enough, the Canon 250D is the very few cameras in this price range that incorporate 4K video.
Best Canon Camera for yellostone (CANON EOS 850D)
If you are looking for a compact camera that stands out for its lightness (515 g), and very complete in terms of features, this Canon EOS 850 has characteristics that make it a good long-term travel companion.
It is designed for an amateur who enjoys photography above all, but also makes inroads into the world of video.
It comes with a 24.1 MP sensor, it allows you to record 4K videos, it offers immediate connectivity via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, it shoots in burst at a speed of up to 7fps, it has an impressive 45 cross-point AF system , tiltable touch screen, HDMI output and compatibility to use as a webcam.
BEFORE CHOOSING A CAMERA
Before choosing between these best cameras (or others) I need you to keep in mind three very simple but important things if we want to do things right:
First: There is no best camera. Each brand and each model offers some benefits or others. Yes, there are recommended digital cameras and they are the ones I am going to mention, but you should know that the best camera does not exist. As you read this article, you should therefore ask yourself which of all the cameras that I mention is going to be yours, the one that is closest to what you are looking for in a camera.
Second: What do you want? What are you looking for? It is important to be clear about which benefits matter more to you than others. Are you interested in the camera having a rotating screen? Does it need to be a camera to record video ? Should it be very very light so that you can always carry it with you without feeling too heavy? Does it have to be, above all, economic? These questions will help you rule out cameras and keep the one that most closely matches the use you want to make of it.
Third: Don’t be intimidated by terminology and technicalities. I recommend you leave this document open while you read, because in it I explain in a simplified way all the terms and specifications of cameras that can scare you
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