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The 3 Best Cameras for Beginners in 2021

If you want to graduate from your smartphone camera, try these models


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.

Check the price of the Canon EOS RP at B&H and at Amazon

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