Best Entry-Level Cameras for under $700/£500

Do you want to start out in photography but not sure what camera to invest in? Or want something new this year but don’t want to break the bank? There are a plethora options available for entry-level cameras that come at an accessible price, yet will still be a great quality piece of kit that will allow you lots of creative freedom and high-quality images. Have a look at some of the best models out there on the market right now.

Nikon D3400

This small, lightweight model from Nikon is a perfect DSLR to get you started on your photographic journey. It boasts a 24.2MP CMOS sensor, full HD video, a guide mode for beginners, SnapBridge sharing and many different special effects to jazz up your images. It also has a fast, 11-point autofocus system to make sure that your shots are sharp every single time. Price: £499 with kit lens


Canon 1300D

The 1300D from Canon is a beginners model that packs a punch. It boasts an 18MP CMOS sensor and DIGIC 4+ processor. It has a 9 point autofocus system and a feature guide designed specifically for beginners to really start to use the camera to its full potential. It also offers Wifi and NFC to make sharing super-easy. Price: £329 with kit lens


Sony A5100

This compact system camera from Sony is a really nifty piece of kit. It boasts a hybrid autofocus system with 179 points, which should ensure that your subject is sharp every time. It pairs this with a 24.3MP APS-C sensor. It also has a tiltable LCD touch screen that flips up by 180 degrees. Price: £499 with kit lens


Panasonic Lumix DMC GX80

For a stylish option from Panasonic, the GX80 offers a retro design coupled with 4K video, 16MP Digital Live MOS sensor, and a 4x digital zoom. It also offers a low-light autofocus option meaning that you will get sharp shots even when light is sparse. You can also link up the camera to the Panasonic Image App and view your images, set the focus, and fire the shutter remotely. Price: £499 with kit lens


Something a bit different…

Fuji Instax Mini 70

If you’re looking for something completely different, maybe take a step into the world of instant cameras. This is one of my favourite gadgets available at the moment, I’ve been loving the return of instant and Fuji have definitely been a company spear-heading that movement. At only around £85, this offers a fun and novel way to capture memories instantly. It’s a stylish design, offering varied functionality so you can take close-up shots and landscapes, as well as a selfie mode.


GoPro Hero 5

Although this isn’t the latest GoPro, it’s definitely a solid option to get you started. The Hero 5 Black is currently priced at around £255, simple to use, rugged, and offers great quality video and images. It’s waterproof up to 10m, offers 4K video or 12MP stills. You can connect up to the GoPro app to make your shooting and editing experience even easier.


Note: Prices correct at time of writing.