The Best Beginner Cameras for 2022 (Part II)

In this article, we'll take a look at some of the best beginner cameras for 2022 from Canon, Panasonic and Olympus, namely the Canon EOS Rebel T7, Panasonic Lumix GX85 and Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV.

Canon EOS Rebel T7 / Canon EOS 2000D

The Canon EOS Rebel T7 is a few years old now, but it's a fantastic value camera for beginners looking to start their photography journey. It's official name is Canon EOS 2000D, but depending on where you are in the world, it's also called the Kiss X90, the EOS 1500D and the EOS Rebel T7. This camera is built on the proven DSLR formula, but still offers up to 24.1MP images in gorgeous Canon colors. Below are the EOS Rebel T7's specs:

  • 24.1 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) Sensor with ISO 100-6400 (H: 12800)
  • DIGIC 4+ Image Processor
  • Built-in Wi-Fi Capability
  • 9-point AF System and AI Servo AF
  • 3.0-inch LCD with 920,000 Dots
  • Scene Intelligent Auto Mode
  • Full HD 30
  • Continuous Shooting at up to 3.0 fps

The Canon EOS Rebel T7 is also very budget friendly, coming in at less than $500. The latest iteration in the Canon Rebel series is the Canon EOS Rebel T8i and offers more features for a premium price. Canon's mirrorless option Canon EOS M200 is also a good place to start.

Panasonic Lumix GX85

The Panasonic LUMIX GX85 is a popular offering for the Micro Four Thirds system. The stylish rangefinder style camera can use any M43 lens, and Panasonic offers several compact lenses that any beginner can use. Below are the Lumix GX85's specs:

  • 16.84 Megapixels
  • 4K Photo feature
  • Post focus feature
  • 5-Axis Dual Image Stabilization
  • Live view viewfinder
  • Tilt 3.0-inch / 3:2 aspect / Wide viewing angle LCD
  • 4K 3840x2160: 4K/25p 100Mbps, 4K/24p 100Mbps
  • [Full HD 1920x1080 FHD/50p: 28Mbps, 50p recording

The Panasonic Lumix GX85 comes in either black or silver, and is bundled with different lens units for under $600. The successor Panasonic Lumix GX9 has more Megapixels, but is $200 more expensive. Those that prefer the DSLR experience can get the Panasonic Lumix G85.

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV

Another affordable option is the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV. This is Olympus' offering in the Micro Four Thirds system, and just like the Panasonic Lumix GX85 above, this camera will accept any MFT lens. Unlike the Lumix however, the Olympus EM10 comes in an SLR style body. Below are the OMD EM10 Mk IV's specs:

  • 20.3 Megapixel Live MOS Sensor
  • TruePic™ VIII Processor
  • Contrast Detection with 121 Focus Points
  • 5-Axis In Body Image Stabilization with 4.5 EV Compensation
  • 2.36M dot OLED Electronic Viewfinder
  •  8.7fps Mechanical Shutter
  • 4K Video, Nighttime Live Composite, 16 Art Filters with new Instant Film filter
  • Intuitive Touch Interface, Advanced Photo Mode, Shortcut Button, and Built-in Wi-Fi & Bluetooth

The Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV is also available in black or silver, and bundled with the M. Zuiko kit lens, comes in at $800. The previous version Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III is also still a good beginner camera at a lower cost. The rangefinder style Olympus PEN E-PL10 is also available, although it might not be as beginner friendly as these other options..

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