Source: dpreview.com

If you need a cam­era that you can start using with­out first read­ing the man­u­al and watch­ing YouTube tuto­ri­als, then this list is for you. Some of the cam­eras fea­tured here come with a robust auto mode, while oth­ers fea­ture a smart inter­face that explains the intri­ca­cies of using the cam­era in sim­ple, easy-to-under­stand lan­guage, often with spe­cif­ic visu­al cues.

The list includes cam­eras of var­i­ous class­es (and, accord­ing­ly, dif­fer­ent prices) from bud­get crop cam­eras to full-frame mod­els that pro­vide a bet­ter pic­ture, but also cost sig­nif­i­cant­ly more.

Our Pick: Canon EOS M200

Source: bhphotovideo.com

Key Fea­tures:

24 megapix­el APS‑C CMOS sen­sor.

Aut­o­fo­cus sys­tem Dual Pix­el AF.

Tilt touch dis­play.


  • Nice col­ors in JPEG.
  • Excel­lent Dual Pix­el aut­o­fo­cus sys­tem.
  • Com­pact cam­era with user-friend­ly touch inter­face.


  • Seri­ous crop in 4K.
  • No viewfind­er.
  • Lim­it­ed choice of lens­es.

Canon’s EOS M200 is an afford­able and rea­son­ably com­pact cam­era with excel­lent image qual­i­ty. The range of EF‑M lens­es from Canon and Sig­ma is not very diverse, but most users will find suit­able options for them­selves.

This is an entry-lev­el mir­ror­less cam­era with a 24MP APS‑C CMOS sen­sor and Dual Pix­el aut­o­fo­cus sys­tem. Usu­al­ly the mod­el comes with a 15–45mm kit lens.

The M200 is a com­pact and light­weight cam­era with a flip-out touch dis­play. Most of the cam­er­a’s func­tions are acces­si­ble through the dis­play, so there aren’t many phys­i­cal con­trols on the body. The M200 is very easy to use, with a user-friend­ly, light­weight inter­face that any smart­phone user will under­stand. How­ev­er, if you need a viewfind­er, then you should pay atten­tion to oth­er mod­els.

The M200’s aut­o­fo­cus sys­tem has been improved over the pre­vi­ous ver­sion, such as adding an eye detec­tion sys­tem to make it eas­i­er to cap­ture peo­ple. The speed of focus­ing and track­ing of objects is quite fast, but not the best in the class. As for the bat­tery, the M200 allows you to take about 315 shots on a sin­gle charge.

The device’s 24-megapix­el sen­sor has stood the test of time, show­ing excel­lent per­for­mance in both good and low light. Canon’s JPEGs have always had pleas­ing col­ors, and RAW files allow you to pull out shad­ow detail with­out too much noise.

Source: photographyblog.com

The M200 can shoot 4K/24p and 1080/60p video. Video qual­i­ty is sim­i­lar to the EOS M50, so expect 4K footage to be quite soft. A more seri­ous prob­lem is the 1.6x crop when shoot­ing in 4K, which great­ly com­pli­cates wide-angle shoot­ing.

All in all, the EOS M200 is a fair­ly advanced yet afford­able and easy to use com­pact mir­ror­less cam­era. Image qual­i­ty and aut­o­fo­cus are top notch. In terms of video, it is not so good, but it is quite enough for non-pro­fes­sion­al tasks. So this is a good option for begin­ners who are look­ing for their first cam­era.

Canon EOS RP

Source: bhphotovideo.com

Key Fea­tures:

26.2 megapix­el full frame CMOS sen­sor.

Aut­o­fo­cus sys­tem Dual Pix­el AF.

Ful­ly mov­able touch screen.


  • Beau­ti­ful JPEGs.
  • Easy to use inter­face.
  • Aut­o­fo­cus with eye detec­tion.


  • Not a very strong bat­tery.
  • Seri­ous crop in 4K.
  • Slow burst shoot­ing.

The EOS RP is an afford­able entry-lev­el full-frame mir­ror­less cam­era that com­bines a 26.2MP CMOS sen­sor and Dual Pix­el aut­o­fo­cus with the sim­ple inter­face found on the EOS‑M and EOS‑D series.

The EOS RP is small enough for a full-frame cam­era, yet has a com­fort­able grip and two well-placed dials. The ful­ly mov­able touch screen is best for con­trol­ling the AF point and chang­ing set­tings. This is a very basic, yet fair­ly sim­ple and con­ve­nient way to pro­vide most users with all the con­trol they need.

EOS RP boasts good per­for­mance, but with­out any out­stand­ing per­for­mance. Aut­o­fo­cus on the eyes helps to pho­to­graph peo­ple, but does not have time, for exam­ple, for fast-run­ning chil­dren. The object track­ing sys­tem is gen­er­al­ly quite effec­tive, but the burst speed is very slow, which makes the cam­era unsuit­able for shoot­ing sport­ing events. Bat­tery life could be a poten­tial lim­it with 250 shots per charge, but the abil­i­ty to recharge via USB alle­vi­ates this.

Source: cameralabs.com

JPEG image qual­i­ty is very good, with pleas­ing col­ors and over­all very clean images, which a full-frame sen­sor helps deliv­er. RAW adds more pos­si­bil­i­ties in post-pro­cess­ing, but pic­tures in this for­mat are nois­i­er than most com­peti­tors. In short, this cam­era is more suit­able for those who main­ly shoot in JPEG.

In terms of video, the EOS RP is rather dis­ap­point­ing. The cam­era allows you to shoot 4K / 24p, but with a sig­nif­i­cant crop, rolling shut­ter and lim­it­ed aut­o­fo­cus capa­bil­i­ties. 1080p is some­what bet­ter and includes easy-to-use aut­o­fo­cus, but the mate­r­i­al is quite soft. Dig­i­tal sta­bi­liza­tion is effec­tive, but over­all the RP is not impres­sive as a cam­corder.

The mod­er­ate (for a full-frame mir­ror­less) price of the EOS RP match­es its mod­er­ate spec­i­fi­ca­tions. Over­all, beau­ti­ful JPEGs and ease of use make up for the lack of advanced fea­tures and per­for­mance, but advanced users who want the high­est image qual­i­ty (espe­cial­ly in RAW) and fast shoot­ing speeds should look else­where.

Fujifilm X‑A7

Source: bhphotovideo.com

Key Fea­tures:

24 megapix­el APS‑C CMOS sen­sor.

Aut­o­fo­cus phase detec­tion sys­tem.

4K/30p video shoot­ing.


  • Good image qual­i­ty.
  • 4K shoot­ing with­out crop.
  • Large touch screen with high res­o­lu­tion.
  • Capa­cious bat­tery.


  • Small buffer.
  • The viewfind­er is miss­ing.
  • Eas­i­ly slips out of hands.

The X‑A7 is a quite advanced and rel­a­tive­ly inex­pen­sive X‑mount mir­ror­less cam­era. It fea­tures a 24MP APS‑C CMOS sen­sor, a huge ful­ly mov­able dis­play and the abil­i­ty to shoot 4K video with­out crop­ping.

The X‑A7 has been giv­en a rangefind­er-style design and comes in both tra­di­tion­al silver/black and bold­er options (sil­ver-brown and dark sil­ver). The body is made of rather slip­pery plas­tic, but the cam­era does not feel cheap. It has a sim­pli­fied touch inter­face for begin­ners, while the body has two con­trol dials and a joy­stick for aut­o­fo­cus con­trol, which is quite unusu­al for cam­eras in this price range.

We haven’t had a chance to test the image qual­i­ty our­selves yet, but the specs are on par with the X‑T30, which per­forms well in both JPEG and RAW. Fuji­film’s cam­eras show excel­lent col­or in JPEGs, so you can expect bright, sat­u­rat­ed col­ors from the new mod­el as well. The cam­era also received many of the sig­na­ture Film Sim­u­la­tion effects, but it lacks the much-loved Eter­na pro­file.

Source: magezinepublishing.com

The X‑A7 is equipped with face and eye detec­tion, which is suit­able for fam­i­ly shoot­ing, but con­tin­u­ous shoot­ing is lim­it­ed to 6 frames per sec­ond, which does not allow shoot­ing faster action scenes. The bat­tery capac­i­ty is good and the cam­era can also be charged via USB.

It shoots uncut 4K at 30p and 24p using the full width of the sen­sor, with a max­i­mum shoot­ing time of 15 min­utes. Accord­ing to the testers of the dpreview.com resource, the cam­era has a fair­ly pro­nounced rolling shut­ter, but not as much as some com­peti­tors. The X‑A7 is also equipped with an exter­nal micro­phone jack, but you won’t be able to con­nect head­phones.

Over­all, the X‑A7 looks like a great cam­era for the mon­ey, with a sim­ple touch inter­face and some pret­ty advanced fea­tures in terms of stills and video.

Nikon D3500

Source: bhphotovideo.com

Key Fea­tures:

24 megapix­el APS‑C CMOS sen­sor.

Con­tin­u­ous shoot­ing 5 fps.

1080/60p video.


  • Proven 24-megapix­el sen­sor.
  • Bud­get price.
  • Easy to use.


  • Out­dat­ed 11-point aut­o­fo­cus sys­tem.
  • Fixed non-touch screen.
  • Lack of 4K video.

The Nikon D3500 is an entry-lev­el DSLR with the same 24-megapix­el sen­sor, Expeed 4 proces­sor and 11-point aut­o­fo­cus sys­tem as the pre­vi­ous ver­sion of the cam­era. A Blue­tooth con­nec­tion (no Wi-Fi in the cam­era) can be used to con­trol the cam­era from a smart­phone or trans­fer low-res­o­lu­tion pho­tos to a mobile device.

The main dif­fer­ence between the D3500 and D3400 is size — Nikon has tak­en an already fair­ly com­pact cam­era and shrunk it even fur­ther. Novice pho­tog­ra­phers can take advan­tage of the well-designed Guide Mode, while more advanced pho­tog­ra­phers will find a full range of phys­i­cal con­trols. How­ev­er, they will be lim­it­ed to only one set­tings disk. The D3500’s opti­cal viewfind­er isn’t very large, and the fixed 921k-dot LCD isn’t touch­screen.

The D3500 is equipped with an 11-point aut­o­fo­cus sys­tem with very lim­it­ed frame cov­er­age, with only the cen­ter point in it of the cross type. Like oth­er DSLRs in its class, the cam­era does not auto-focus on faces when shoot­ing through the viewfind­er, and aut­o­fo­cus in live view is much slow­er than when shoot­ing through the viewfind­er. A clear plus of the mod­el is a pow­er­ful bat­tery that allows you to take 1550 shots on a sin­gle charge.

The D3500 allows you to make beau­ti­ful JPEGs with rich, pleas­ing col­ors. The kit fold­ing 18–55mm f/3.5–5.6 lens is also a pret­ty good starter option. The cam­era demon­strates good qual­i­ty in RAW too, allow­ing you to “pull out” details in the high­lights and shad­ows.

Source: camerajabber.com

The D3500 can­not record 4K, while Full HD shoot­ing is avail­able at speeds up to 60p. The video is quite detailed, but the lack of 4K res­o­lu­tion seri­ous­ly lim­its the poten­tial of the cam­era in this aspect.

The D3500 is a light­weight and easy-to-learn cam­era that allows you to take high-qual­i­ty pic­tures. The main advan­tage of the device is the price — it is the cheap­est cam­era on our list.

*in prepar­ing the arti­cle, mate­ri­als from the resources dpreview.com and market.yandex.ru were used