The 3 Best Cameras for Beginners in 2021

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BETTER: Canon EOS RP

Photo of Canon EOS RP shooting

The Canon EOS RP is powerful but easy-to-use mirrorless camera that features a 26.2MP full-frame image sensor considerably larger than not only what’s in smartphone cameras, but also the APS-C chip in the Nikon D3500 DSLR we recommended as the budget model on the previous page. The result is outstanding image quality in a camera that sells for just under $1000 (body only). Despite its big sensor, the Canon RP is a relatively compact camera with dimensions of 5 x 3.77 x 2.36 inches and weighing just 17.3 ounces. The RP is powered by Canon’s DIGIC 8 image processor and can capture both high-resolution photos and 4K UHD video from ISO 100-40000, so it performs extremely well in a range of lighting conditions. Focusing is fast and accurate thanks to Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF system with 4799 selectable on-sensor phase-detection points. This means once you lock in on a subject, whether it’s a ballerina or a soccer player, the Canon RP will stay locked in, even in low light. Eye-Detection AF helps ensure the eyes and face of your subject are sharp. The RP can shoot at up to 5 frames per second so should be able to track most action. Meanwhile, in-camera image stabilization will keep your shots steady even when you’re not. The RP can shoot full HD video at 60p and 4K at 24P but at a 1.7x crop. Other high-end features we liked about the Canon RP include the 3-inch vari-angle LCD touchscreen on back, the 2.36m-dot OLED electronic viewfinder, and the camera’s WiFi and Bluetooth capability, which gives it the smartphone-like ability to wirelessly share images to mobile devices.

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