Top 5 Best and Affordable Choices For Your First Camera

When buying a new camera there are two basic questions that come to your mind and that need to be answered: “How much does it cost?” and “What am I going to use it for?”

To help you find the answers to these questions we’ve put down 5 of the best and budget cameras you are dying to buy in 2018. Whether you’re planning to start your career in photography or travel the world and are looking for a camera that’ll serve you perfectly, these are the best and fairly affordable deals you will ever find out there on the Net.

1. Canon EOS 200D/ Rebel SL2 (DSLR)

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Canon EOS 200D/ Rebel SL2 (DSLR), starting from $485.95

Sensor: 24.2 megapixel APS-C CMOS
Video: Full HD 1080/60p
Autofocus: 9-point AF
Burst Shooting: 5 fps
Battery life: 650 shots
Weight: 453 g
Price: starting from $485.95

Also known as Canon EOS Rebel SL2 in America, Canon EOS 200D is the lightest DSLR in the world! Trademarked by Canon as “a compact, simple, and versatile camera”, the 200D is also a target for entry-level photographers. Just like its main competitor Nikon, this DSLR also offers fascinating features for its humble price.

Pros:

  • Vari-angle touchscreen
  • Fast focusing Live View feature
  • Impressive image quality and color
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Time-lapse recording
  • Remote control with smartphone

Cons:

  • Basic AF point system
  • Only one command dial
  • No 4K video ability

2. Nikon D3400 (DSLR)

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Nikon D3400 (DSLR), starting from $409.99

Sensor: 24.2 megapixel APS-C CMOS
Video: Full HD 1080p
Autofocus: 11-point AF
Burst Shooting: 5 fps
Battery life: 1200 shots (OVF)
Weight: 455 g
Price: starting from $409.99 

DSLR cameras are the No. 1 choice for professional photographers. The Nikon D3400 is the excellent entry-level DSLR you can find right now. It may nor perform miracles, but what it does, it does perfectly. Apart from its amazing capabilities for its price, the Nikon D3400 is also incredibly easy to use!

Pros:

  • Powerful battery life
  • Remote control from smartphone
  • Good autofocus (AF) system
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Extremely easy to use
  • Lightweight body
  • Panorama shooting

Cons:

  • No touchscreen
  • No microphone port
  • No 4K video ability

3. Panasonic Lumix GX800/GX850 (mirrorless)

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Panasonic Lumix GX800/GX850 (mirrorless), starting from $399.26

Sensor: 16.84 megapixels MOS
Video: 4K video
Burst shooting: 10 fps
Battery life: 210 shots
Weight: 269 g
Price: starting from $399.26

Mirrorless cameras have possessed huge innovations in the last couple of years and have become a serious competitor for DSLR cameras. If you’re looking for a great mirrorless camera that is simple but still takes good photos, then Panasonic GX800 is exactly what you’re looking for. This Panasonic entry-level compact camera also features some pro elements that will make you feel like on top of the world.

Pros:

  • Small and easy to use
  • 4K video capability
  • Compact, lightweight body
  • Low noise photos
  • Touch screen
  • Tilting screen
  • 49 Focus points
  • Remote control from smartphone

Cons:

  • No viewfinder
  • No microphone port
  • Low battery life

4. Canon EOS M50 (mirrorless)

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Canon EOS M50 (mirrorless), starting from $562

Sensor: 24.1 megapixels APS-C CMOS
Video: 4K - 3840 x 2160 video resolution
Burst shooting: 10 fps
Autofocus: 143-point AF
Battery life: 235 shots
Weight: 390 g
Price: starting from $562

Canon EOS M50 is yet another impressive mirrorless camera introduced my Canon in February 2018. More than just an entry-level but not an enthusiastic-grade one, Canon EOS M50 offers a variety of interesting features and overruns a plenty of mirrorless (not only Canon) cameras, despite its not so high price.

Pros:

  • 4K video capability
  • Compact size and lightweight body
  • Touch Screen
  • 143 Focus points
  • Timelapse recording
  • Articulating screen
  • Remote control with smartphone
  • Excellent image quality

Cons:

  • Low battery life
  • Over contrasty viewfinder blocks the way for shadow details
  • Poorly implemented manual focus

5. Fujifilm X100F (compact)

5. Fujifilm X100F

Fujifilm X100F (compact), starting from $399.26

Sensor: 24 megapixels APS-C CMOS 
Video: 1920 x 1080 video resolution
Burst shooting: 8 fsp 
Autofocus: 325 points
Battery life: 390 shots
Weight: 469 g
Price: starting from $1068.57

If you’re looking for the most casual cameras and don’t want to trouble about the settings before taking a photo, compact cameras are the best option for you. The Fujifilm X100F is the latest fixed lens model in the Fujifilm X-series and has a unique design with an APS-C sensor. This is the ultimate camera for street photography and not only.

Pros:

  • Manual focusing and exposure
  • Remote control with smartphone
  • Face detection focusing
  • 325 Focus points
  • Amazing JPEG color rendition
  • Excellent raw image quality
  • Stunning rangefinder-style design
  • Traditional control dials are quick to use

Cons:

  • Heavy body for a compact
  • No touch screen
  • No articulating screen