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Best Camera under $300 for Beginners

Here are the three best cameras for beginners for under $300. Please note that prices were effective in mid-July 2019 and may change at any moment.


For a complete discussion of the pros and cons of these models listen to my podcast with my good friend Tony Avila over at Avila Studios.





Nikon's best entry level camera with an APS-C sensor, 24.2 megapixels and 5 frames per second.

This camera is easy to set up and comes with not only an ‘intelligent’ automatic mode, but several scene modes and effects. There’s a Guide shooting mode, which acts like an interactive photography tutor.

The monitor is pretty basic, without touch screen capabilities and it lacks a tilt or pivot facility. Overall, the Nikon D3500 is my top choice for a beginners’ camera.


+ Keeps everything simple.

+ Comes with a built in tutor.

+ Good performance for the money

- Lacks custom settings



2 - Canon EOS 4000D $256 Body and 18-55mm III Lens


Canon's entry level camera comes with an APS-C sensor, 18 megapixels and 3 frames per second.

Canon's remarkably inexpensive EOS 4000D comes with a 18-55 mm zoom lens is capable of delivering beautiful images. It has a full auto mode that incorporates ‘intelligent’ scene analysis for proper exposure along with plenty of scene modes and creative filters. It has a built-in feature guide and a Creative Auto shooting mode that helps to bridge the gap between basic and advanced modes. Perfect for the beginning photographer!


Canon also offers a Photo Companion app that you can download for Android or iOS. Overall, the 4000D is a great value for money, but because the monitor is a lower-resolution and the frame rate is slow it fell to second best in my book.

+Best price

+Nice handling

-Low resolution screen

-Less accurate Auto Focus

-Slower FPS



3 - FujiFilm X-T100 - Mirrorless $299 (Black Body Only)

Fuji brings a smart, retro stylish camera that fits smaller hands better. Even though it is smaller it packs plenty of features for an entry level camera: APS-C sensor, 24.2 megapixels and a fast 6 frame per second rate.


Features include intelligent scene analysis and intelligent hybrid Auto Focus which means the XT-100 offers fast and accurate focusing. The 15-45 mm kit lens is delivers very good image quality and comes with image stabilization and power-zoom for smooth transitions when shooting hand-held or movies.


If you're looking at starting out with a mirrorless camera this is a good choice.


+Simple and basic

+Retro Stylish

+Smaller hands will like this

+3-way tilt screen

+Fast frame rate

- Pricier than the others


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