The best camera for beginners in 2024

Our three pick of the best camera for beginners.
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Three of the best cameras for YouTube

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1. Best overall: Sony a6000
2. Best DSLR: Nikon D3500
3. Best compact: Lumix ZS100
4. Best vlogging: Sony ZV-E10
5. Best instant: Polaroid Now+
6. Best looks: Fujifilm X-T30 II
7. Best video: Canon EOS 250D
8. Social media: Lumix G100
9. For travel: OM-D E-M10 Mk IV
10. Best basic: PowerShot SX620
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The best camera for beginners is one that's more capable at photography than a phone, but won't cost as much as a new car, or be too complex for a newbie to operate. 

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Matthew trained as a broadcast engineer with the BBC in London and later switched to journalism and photography. He edited a number of magazines for Future PLC in Bath, before becoming a freelance photographer and technical writer in 2001.
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