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8 cameras for the budding photographer

Check out these picks to jumpstart your new photography hobby

1. Sony A6000 w/ 15-50mm lens

More bang for your buck
Sony A6000 w/ 15-50mm lens camera
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Skill level: Beginner to Intermediate Price: $488 Mega Pixels: 24 Sensor: APS-C CMOS sensor Frames Per Second: Up to 11

This all-around dynamo is excellent for a wide range of photography, from gorgeous travel shots to family portraits and selfies. This affordable camera captures fantastic quality images, so all your Facebook friends will like and comment like crazy!

Pros:
  • Electronic viewfinder
  • Autofocus
  • Compact, lightweight body
Cons:
  • No 4k video
  • No touch screen
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2. Sony Alpha a6400 w/ 16-50mm lens

Our ConsumerAffairs favorite
Sony Alpha a6400 w/ 16-50mm lens camera
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Skill level: Beginner to Intermediate Price: $998 Mega Pixels: 24.2 Video Quality: 4K

Our staff’s favorite pic(k) will help you sharpen your creative edge! Whether you’re shooting a friend’s wedding or taking lightning-fast action shots of your kid’s basketball game, this camera will keep you clicking for hours on end. With high-resolution photos that are sure to dazzle as well as 4k video capability, we chose this camera for its versatility and user-friendliness.

Pros:
  • Compact, lightweight body
  • Fast Autofocus
  • Tiltable LCD Touchscreen
Cons:
  • No headphone port
  • No in-camera stabilization
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3. Polaroid Snap Instant Digital Camera (gift bundle)

For making instant memories
Polaroid Snap Instant Digital Camera
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Skill level: All Skill Levels Price: $169.89 Mega Pixels: n/a Video Quality: n/a

There is just something special about a physical print of a photo. Instantly capture and print any special moment with the Polaroid Snap Instant Digital Camera. The gift bundle has everything you need to get started, including film and decorations that are great for greeting cards, scrapbooking and other creative projects.

Pros:
  • High-quality instant prints
  • Easily portable
  • User-friendly
Cons:
  • Doesn’t save a digital copy of images
  • Have to buy film refills

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4. GoPro Hero 8

Perfect for epic adventures
GoPro Hero 8 camera
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Skill level: All Skill Levels Price: $399 Mega Pixels: 12 Video Quality: 4K

We’ve all seen the crazy-epic GoPro videos of people skydiving or doing extreme sports. GoPro changed the game by providing an affordable, rugged, multipurpose camera that handles pretty much anything you throw at it.

Pros:
  • Portable and rugged
  • Waterproof
  • Video stabilization
Cons:
  • Optimized for video
  • Only 12 MP stills
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5. Panasonic Lumix GX860

Family photos done right
Panasonic Lumix GX860 camera
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Skill level: Beginner to intermediate Price: $547.99 Mega Pixels: 16 Video Quality: 1080p HD

This beautifully designed mirrorless Panasonic checks all the boxes in terms of quality and user-friendliness. These cameras also carry a wide variety of lenses that take your photography to the next level.

Pros:
  • High-quality images
  • Travel-friendly
  • Performs in low light
  • Versatile
Cons:
  • No 4k video
  • MicroSD card slot
  • No hot shoe
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6. Fujifilm X-T3

The ideal travel companion
Fujifilm X-T3 camera
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Skill level: Intermediate to professional Price: $1299 Mega Pixels: 26.1 Video Quality: 4K

This professional-quality beast is compact, affordable and versatile. The Fujifilm X-T3 is perfect for capturing any kind of picture your heart desires. It also has a charming vintage aesthetic that’s sure to impress.

Pros:
  • Full area AutoFocus
  • 60 fps 4k video
  • 11 fps continuous shooting
  • Compact, lightweight body
Cons:
  • No built-in stabilization
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7. Sony A7r iv

The mirrorless wonder
Sony A7r iv camera
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Skill level: Advanced to professional Price: $3498 Mega Pixels: 61 Video Quality: 4K

The fourth generation of Sony’s ultra-high-resolution full-frame mirrorless cameras are a technological masterpiece. This camera has a whopping 61 megapixels and boasts up to 10 frames per second continuous shooting. This camera has everything necessary to create a professional portfolio.

Pros:
  • Very high image quality
  • Compact body
  • Advanced autofocus
  • Dual memory card slot
Cons:
  • Expensive
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8. Canon 1dx Mk ii

Simply mind-blowing images
Canon 1dx Mk ii camera
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Skill level: Advanced to professional Price: $5499 Mega Pixels: 20.2 Video Quality: 4K

This professional camera is a go-to for many professionals. If you can foot the bill, this camera will do anything you need it to with excellence. It captures vibrant photos at up to 16 fps and is considered an industry-standard for greatness.

Pros:
  • Up to 16 fps
  • Advanced autofocus
  • Professional quality
  • Rugged build
Cons:
  • Large camera
  • Expensive
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