Last updated: March 6, 2018

We've added the Canon EOS Rebel T7 (2000D) to this buying guide to show its specifications and features in context of the competition. When our full review is complete the camera will be considered for an award.

Good as your smartphone is, a dedicated camera will generally take better images. It doesn’t have to be complicated, though. Here we look at the beginner-friendly cameras that aim to make it easy to get better photos without necessarily having to learn about f-numbers and shutter speeds.

If you’re looking to continue learning about the craft and take increasing control over your camera, we’d point you in the direction of our Best Cameras for Students guide. If you just want your photos to look better, read on…


Our Pick: Canon EOS Rebel SL2 (EOS 200D)

The Rebel SL2 is a very lightweight, compact DSLR with excellent JPEG rendering and manual exposure controls when you're ready for them. It provides a few useful features that beginners will likely find useful, like a touchscreen and quick Dual Pixel autofocus in live view, and still offers the traditional (albeit small) optical viewfinder that its mirrorless peers lack.

You'll have plenty of options when you decide to add new lenses to your kit, but you'll already be well-equipped to get started with the kit lens. Finally, Canon's useful Feature Assistant beginner mode will ease you into the wide world of setting shutter speed and aperture.


We considered all of the cameras below when picking our winner, and even though we think the SL2 is the best all-rounder, the cameras on our short list are all worthy contenders. If you're not convinced by our pick, read through this buying guide for a detailed breakdown of each camera's strengths and weaknesses.

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