Trying to determine the best cameras for beginners in the Philippines? New to photography and maybe a bit confused by all your choices, and in need of a little advice on what camera to buy? You’ve come to the right place. Happy to help! Read on!
We’ve got a few recommendations for you across all the major categories of cameras available in the Philippine market today:
- instant, featuring a simple interface and capable of printing pictures immediately once taken
- compact or point-and-shoot, designed for easy and quick picture- and video-taking while not offering very much in the way of setting customization
- bridge or prosumer, more capable and feature-laden than point-and-shoot cameras, but less powerful and allowing for less control over DSLRs or mirrorless units. Bridge or prosumer cameras don’t feature removable lenses
- DSLRs, which have larger sensors and sophisticated technology to produce better pictures, and settings and swappable lenses to allow for greater control over picture quality
- mirrorless, which also offer swappable lenses and customizable features—almost all if not all the capabilities of DSLRs—but in general less bulky because they don’t incorporate the DSLR’s “mirror”
- rugged or waterproof, which are very solidly constructed and can be used in situations which would damage other cameras, like underwater, in dusty places, or in very cold or warm climates
- action, small but powerful units that can be attached to one’s helmet or other sports gear and which can be used to take video or photo footage of sports and other outdoor activities
- and video, which are cameras that are designed to take dedicated video footage
All of our recommendations below offer decent feature sets and good design, resulting in good performance including ease of use, as well as value for money—all of which make them great cameras for beginners.
- Instant camera: Fujifilm Instax Mini 9
Instant cameras are meant to be fun, and the Instax Mini 9 is one of the more enjoyable to use. It offers features that its users will love, like a selfie mirror, an attachment to help take close-up shots, and a brightness adjustment dial to determine the best brightness level for pictures. It runs on two AA batteries, which are easy to swap out when on the go, and comes in several different colors for users to choose from (we like the Lime Green version).
2. Compact/Point-and-shoot: Canon IXUS 190
A good compact or point-and shoot camera needs to be easy to use, precisely because it doesn’t offer too much control over the pictures it takes, yet still manages to take decent shots. This is why, for many a beginner, a compact camera is often the first step to becoming a photographer. The IXUS 190 can manage that thanks to its 20MP sensor, Intelligent Image Stabilizer to reduce the effects of shaky hands, and 10X Optical Zoom to help you get up close. Built-in Wi-Fi/NFC allows for easy wireless picture sharing.
3. Bridge/Prosumer: Canon Powershot G7X Mark II
Bridge or prosumer cameras blur the line between compact units and the more powerful interchangeable lens cameras. Although Canon is rightly famous for its many standout compact cameras, it’s also known for producing some of the most powerful and capable bridge cameras that those new to the hobby won’t struggle to use. The G7X Mark II packs a punch with its 20.1MP sensor, DIGIC 7 image processor, and 4.2x optical zoom and 24-100mm lens, and it can also take full HD 1080p video to boot. Compare this with the G7X Mark III.
4. Rugged/waterproof: Nikon W-100
For a camera in this class, ruggedness shouldn’t come at the expense of photo quality of ease of use. The W-100 offers take-it-anywhere survivability and durability—Nikon says it can be taken as deep as 10m underwater, and it’s also shockproof, dustproof, and cold-resistant—but doesn’t skimp at all on the imaging features. Its 13.2MP image sensor and 3x optical zoom help users take great photos, and it can even manage to take full HD movies.
Beginner DSLR users might well be overwhelmed by the plethora of options at their fingertips. Thankfully, today’s DSLRs feature streamlined interfaces to make them user-friendly and take great photos too. The EOS 1500D is one of the best DSLR cameras for beginners, one of many entry-level DSLRs that provide a good first step into the world of DSLR photography. Its 24.1MP lens and DIGIC processor give it oomph, and it’s quite well-designed to boot. It’s assembled very well, isn’t very heavy, and can easily be used one-handed too.
6. Mirrorless: Fujifilm X-A5
Mirrorless cameras offer plenty of advantages over DSLRs—one of the most basic being nearly the same or equal photo and/or video capabilities in a smaller and lighter package. The X-A5 exemplifies this with its powerful 24.2MP sensor and other key features. It’s compact and lightweight with its standard 15-45mm kit lens attached. Stylish users will enjoy the fact that it also comes in fetching color choices like pink, brown and silver.
7. Action: GoPro Hero8
To many, GoPro is the first name in action cameras, and it’s not hard to see why with the Hero8. It’s a streamlined, minuscule unit that’s happy to camp out on top of one’s helmet or elsewhere while unobtrusively taking a record of the proceedings. The Hero8 is waterproof to a depth of 10 meters and features powerful image and video stabilization as well as plentiful shooting options and a very customizable interface.
8. Video: Sony Handycam HDR CX405
Dedicated video cameras or “camcorders” may no longer be as popular as they once were—arguably because many still cameras can already shoot good video—but there’s still a market for these specialized cameras. The basic HDR CX405 is one of the better ones for those just starting to take video, thanks to its ease of use and powerful 30X optical and 60X clear image zoom.