8 Great Cameras for Newbie Photographers

Photography is an excellent pastime. You can capture those special moments, including weddings, sporting events and anniversaries. You can also take pictures of great landscapes and portraits of loved ones. Your photos can be sold online for pocket change. Here are eight awesome cameras for those just discovering their passion.

1. Pentax Optio H90 [$149.95]

This camera has a built in auto flash. Several focus modes are available, including auto tracking AF, super macro, and pan focus. Powered by a rechargeable Li-Ion battery which takes up to 210 photos or records 85 minutes. This camera is SD and SDHC memory card compatible.


  • Resolution: 12.1 megapixels
  • Zoom: Up to 5x zoom

2. Sony NEX-3 [$599.99]

The resolution on this camera is nothing short of amazing. The Sony NEX-3 is a professional’s camera, but easy enough to use for the newbie. At least four autofocus modes, face detection and anti motion blur. Compatible with SD, SDHC and SDXC memory cards.


  • Resolution: 14 megapixel
  • Zoom: 34x in panorama mode

3. Olympus E-PL1 [$799.99]

Live view autofocus, multiple exposures and blur correction are all features of the E-PL1. This camera is great for the beginner who wants to become a professional. You have control over every aspect of the shot, including contrast, framing and art filters. Make adjustments on the fly with the Olympus E-PL1.


  • Resolution: 13.1 megapixels
  • Zoom: 14x zoom

4. Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3K [$349.95]

This camera has built in balance settings so you can get the perfect images. Plenty of scene modes, including self-portrait, night portrait, food, and party. There is exposure compensation as well as light metering. Your pictures are JPG, and moves are QuickTime Motion JPG. Has a built in flash with auto red-eye reduction.


  • Resolution: 10.1 megapixels
  • Zoom: 12x zoom

5. Canon Powershot D10 [$299.99]

Advertised as a waterproof, freezeproof and shockproof digital camera. This camera has a built in flash with auto red-eye correction. Shooting modes include fireworks, aquarium, underwater and night snapshot. You can add photo effects to your pictures and compensate for certain colors in the shot. Saves as JPG or MOV files and compatible with SD and SDHC memory cards.


  • Resolution: 12.1 megapixels
  • Zoom: 4x zoom

6. Nikon D3000 Digital SLR [$499.99]

This camera has a dust reduction system. It contains a built in flash and can take pictures in either portrait or landscape mode and can be connected directly to your computer with a high speed USB. It compensates for the exposure, with modes pre-programmed into the camera. This camera is great for the beginner who wants to point and shoot.


  • Resolution: 10.2 megapixels
  • Zoom: 3x zoom

7. Olympus FE-26 [$89.99]

The FE-26 has enough features to keep the beginning photographer playing with their new gadget for hours. There is autofocus tracking, correction for brightness, blur minimization and an awesome 12 megapixels for an economical price. Has advanced face detection. You can even add art filters to your shots, including pinhole, wedding and pop art.


  • Resolution: 12 megapixels
  • Zoom: 3x zoom

8. Casio Exilim EX-Z550 [$169.00]

Saves images in JPG, movies in AVI. SD and SDHC card compatible camera. This camera has multiple auto focus options, including intelligent auto focus. Red eye reduction is included, as well as a built-in quartz digital clock. An excellent all around camera. This camera can produce DVD quality video.


  • Resolution: 14 megapixels
  • Zoom: 4x zoom

Your imagination is your only limitation when it comes to these cameras. Experiment with some of the features like built in flash, autofocus and blur correction to get that perfect shot. Who knows? You might snap an award winning photo.

James Adams currently writes about developments in technology and reviews newly released hardware like the HP 351XL for a specialist supplier of HP cartridges based in the UK.

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