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For Beginner Amateur Photographers

What are the best digital cameras for someone who is just starting out in photography? If you desire a digital camera for point-and-shoot photography only, see our article Best Point-and-Shoot Digital Cameras. This aticle will explore the cameras for those who are developing an interest in photography, but are not sure if they want to get serious about it.

A good digital camera for a beginner amateur photographer will take good pictures in Auto mode, plus allow some settings selection for experimentation. A digital camera with Auto mode, plus Aperture-Priority, Shutter-Priority and Manual modes is the best bet in this category. Auto mode allows point-and-shoot picture taking, whereas the other modes allow you to experiment and learn.

Beginner amateur photographers will find the following digital cameras easy to use and a good place to start. Our list of the best beginner digital cameras is by no means complete, and we plan to add to/update it as new models come along. Click on a camera to view its QuickFact™ Sheet.

So, let this page be the starting point of your research. Read the QuickFact™ Sheet of each camera for more information and our Buyer's Guide to help you narrow down your choice (Warning: some elbow grease required).


Canon PowerShot D10

 


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Canon PowerShot D10

- 12.1 MP (1/2.3-in. CCD)
- 3x optical zoom (35-105mm equiv.)
- Optical Image Stabilization
- f/2.8 (W) - f/4.9 (T)
- 2.5-in. LCD (230K)
- Movie 640 x 480 (30 fps)
more...

103.6W x 66.9H x 48.8D mm /
4.08W x 2.63H x 1.92D in.

190g / 6.70 oz.


Canon PowerShot SD970 IS

 


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Canon PowerShot SD970 IS

- 12.1 MP (1/2.3-in. CCD)
- 5x optical zoom (37-185mm equiv.)
- Optical Image Stabilization
- f/3.2 (W) - f/5.8 (T)
- 3.0-in. LCD (460K)
- HD Movie 1280 x 720 (30 fps)
more...

94.8w x 56.8h x 26.3d mm /
3.73w x 2.24h x 1.04d in.

160g / 5.64 oz.


Canon PowerShot SD960 IS

 


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Canon PowerShot SD960 IS

- 12.1 MP (1/2.3-in. CCD)
- 4x wide-angle optical zoom (28-112mm equiv.)
- Optical Image Stabilization
- f/2.8 (W) - f/5.8 (T)
- 2.8-in. LCD (230K)
- HD Movie 1280 x 720 (30 fps)
more...

97.9W x 54.1H x 22.1D mm /
3.85W x 2.12H x 0.87D in.

145g / 5.11 oz.


Canon PowerShot SD780 IS

 


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Canon PowerShot SD780 IS

- 12.1 MP (1/2.3-in. CCD)
- 3x optical zoom (33-100mm equiv.)
- Optical Image Stabilization
- f/3.2 (W) - f/5.8 (T)
- Optical Viewfinder
- 2.5-in. LCD (230K)
- HD Movie 1280 x 720 (30 fps)
more...

87.0W x 54.5H x 18.4D mm /
3.43W x 2.15H x 0.72D in.

115g / 4.06 oz.


Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS

 


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Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS

- 10 MP (1/2.3-in. CCD)
- 3x optical zoom (35-105mm equiv.)
- Optical Image Stabilization
- f/2.8 (W) - f/4.9 (T)
- Optical Viewfinder
- 2.5-in. LCD (230K)
- Movie 640 x 480 (30 fps)
more...

88.5W x 54.8H x 21.8D mm /
3.48W x 2.16H x 0.86D in.

120g / 4.23 oz.


Canon PowerShot A2100 IS

 


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Canon PowerShot A2100 IS

- 12.1 MP (1/2.3-in. CCD)
- 4x optical zoom (35-140mm equiv.)
- Optical Image Stabilization
- f/2.7 (W) - f/5.6 (T)
- 2.5-in. LCD (115K)
- Movie 640 x 480 (30 fps)
more...

95.4W x 62.4H x 31.0D mm /
3.76W x 2.46H x 1.22D in.

155 g / 5.47 oz.


Canon PowerShot A1100 IS

 


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Canon PowerShot A1100 IS

- 12.1 MP (1/2.3-in. CCD)
- 4x optical zoom (35-140mm equiv.)
- Optical Image Stabilization
- f/2.7 (W) - f/5.6 (T)
- 2.5-in. LCD (115K)
- Movie 640 x 480 (30 fps)
more...

95.4W x 62.4H x 31.0D mm /
3.76W x 2.46H x 1.22D in.

155 g / 5.47 oz.


Canon PowerShot A480

 


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Canon PowerShot A480

- 10 MP (1/2.3-in. CCD)
- 10x optical zoom (37-122mm equiv.)
- Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
- f/3.0 (W) - f/5.8 (T)
- 2.5-in. LCD (115K)
- Movie 640 x 480 (30 fps)
more...

92.1W x 62.0H x 31.1D mm /
3.63W x 2.44H x 1.22D in.

140g / 4.94 oz.


View the QuickFact Sheet for the Fujifilm FinePix S5200

 


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Fujifilm FinePix S5200

5.1 megapixels
10x optical zoom
more...

4.5" W x 3.3" H x 4.4" D

13.1 oz.

US $399.95 / CDN $499.99

 


View the QuickFact Sheet for the Fujifilm FinePix F700

 


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Fujifilm FinePix F700

3.1 megapixels
3x optical zoom
more...

4.3 (W) x 2.1 (H) x 1.1 (D) in.

6.0 oz.

MSRP: US$599.95 / CAD$899

 

 


View the QuickFact Sheet for the Fujifilm FinePix E900 Zoom

 


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Fujifilm FinePix E900 Zoom

9.0 megapixels
4x optical zoom
more...

4.0"W x 2.5"H x 1.4"D

7.1 oz.

US $499.95 / CDN $599.99

 

 

View the QuickFact Sheet for the Kodak EasyShare DX6490 Zoom


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Kodak EasyShare DX6490 Zoom

4.0 megapixels
10x optical zoom
more...

99.6W x 79.9H x 81.2D mm /
3.9W x 3.1H x 3.2D in.

337 g / 11.9 oz.

MSRP: US$

 

View the QuickFact Sheet for the Minolta DiMAGE Z3


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Minolta DiMAGE Z3

4.0 megapixels
12x optical zoom
more...

108.5W x 80H x 83.5D mm /
4.3W x 3.1H x 3.3D in.

335 g / 11.8 oz.

MSRP: US$

 

View the QuickFact Sheet for the  Olympus Stylus 9000


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Olympus Stylus 9000

- 12 MP (1/2.3-in. CCD)
- 10x wide-angle optical zoom (28-280mm equiv.)
- Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
- f/3.5 (W) - f/5.9 (T)
- 2.7-in. LCD (230K)
- Movie 640 x 480 (30 fps)
more...

96W x 60H x 31D mm /
3.8W x 2.4H x 1.2D in.

185g / 6.5 oz

 

 

View the QuickFact Sheet for the  Olympus Stylus 7000


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Olympus Stylus 7000

- 12 MP (1/2.3-in. CCD)
- 7x optical zoom (37-260mm equiv.)
- Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
- f/3.5 (W) - f/5.3 (T)
- 3.0-in. LCD (230K)
- Movie 640 x 480 (30 fps)
more...

96.4W x 55.9H x 25.3D mm /
3.8W x 2.2H x 1.0D in.

132g / 4.7 oz

 

 

View the QuickFact Sheet for the  Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ10


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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ10

4.0 megapixels
Leica F2.8 (throughout zoom range) 12x optical zoom with image stabilization
more...

5.45W x 3.43H x 4.16D in.

1.21 lbs

MSRP: US$599.95

 

View the QuickFact Sheet for the  Pentax Optio 550


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Pentax Optio 550

5.0 megapixels
3x optical zoom
more...

10.0 (W) x 5.9 (H) x 4.0 (D) cm /
3.9 (W) x 2.3 (H) x 1.6 (D) in.

205g / 7.2 oz.

MSRP: US$599.99

 

 

Not sure which one to buy? Want a digital camera that gives you a bit more control? Check out our Buyer's Guide.

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