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The 3 Best Cameras for Beginners in 2021

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

BEST: Sony a7C

Photo of Sony A7C holding

The Sony Alpha 7C (aka the Sony a7C) is one of the world’s smallest and lightest full frame cameras and perfect for anyone who wants to graduate from their smartphone and start capturing pro-quality photos. At $1798 (body only), the Sony a7C is not cheap but it will let you enjoy the benefits of a full frame sensor in a camera that fits in your coat pocket. With a design similar to Sony’s compact APC-sensor-based a6000 series of mirrorless cameras, the a7C offers the same 24.2MP full frame sensor and many of the shooting features in the larger, popular a7 III model. And while we don’t, often, recommend kit lenses, Sony is selling the petite a7C with the correspondingly compact FE 28-60mm F4-5.6 lens. The FE 28-60mm F4-5.6 lens weighs just 5.8 ounces and is just 4.5cm in length, when retracted, and just 6.4 cm wide at the front. Meanwhile, the a7C weighs just 17.9 ounces, without the lens, and is 20% smaller than the a7 III but still boasts a 3-inch, 921K dot side-opening vari-angle rear LCD screen and a 2.359-dot OLED electronic viewfinder on the left rear of the camera. It has a magnesium alloy body with dust and moisture resistance and offers 693-point focal plane phase detection AF covering 93% of the frame. Other standout features include five-axis IBIS, real-time Eye AF (for both humans and animals), up to 10 fps continuous shooting, and 4K video recording at 24p/30p with full pixel readout. Your smartphone definitely can’t do all of that.

Check the price of the Sony a7C at B&H and at Amazon

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