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As a beginner photographer, you might be tempted to buy an entry-level DSLR or mirrorless camera when the smarter choice might be to buy a pre-owned or open-box high-end or mid-range camera from a few years ago. If you look, you can get plenty of high-quality camera equipment at reasonable prices, from full-frame to Micro Four Thirds and beyond.
Canon EOS M50 3
The EOS M50 is an effort to apply Canon’s strengths to an affordable, small, APS-C vlogging camera. Canon has a good reputation for superb color science and video performance. The EOS M50’s major flaw is its relatively small selection of EF-M lenses, however this is readily fixed with an adaptor.
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The EOS M50’s 24.1 MP sensor creates clear images, while the Dual Pixel autofocus system with face and point tracking works nonstop to maintain clarity. The EOS M50 performs nicely as a small all-arounder with a slightly larger sensor than its Micro Four Third competitors, able to capture 4K at 24 fps and 1080p at 60 fps. Of course, the small size and cheaper price meant giving something up.
The Panasonic Lumix GX85 is a fantastic all-purpose little camera
The Panasonic Lumix GX85 is a retro-styled Micro Four Thirds camera that fits all the functionality you may anticipate from a high-end gadget into an almost unbelievable small container. It is also known as the GX80 outside of the US and the GX7 in Japan. The Lumix GX85 makes a fantastic pocket camera that compromises very little for its size thanks to its five-axis in-body image stabilization, tilting touchscreen, and clear electronic viewfinder. The Lumix GX85 can capture 4K video at 24 and 30 frames per second and 1080p at 60 frames per second in addition to razor-sharp still images with true-to-life color reproduction.
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Fujifilm X-T10 2
A former mid-range camera from Fujifilm, the X-T10 is built on the same sensor and principles as the X-T1 flagship model. The X-T10 was introduced in 2015, therefore we are already well into the year 2023. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t a top-notch camera. With a wide ISO range for low light situations, the 16 MP X-Trans CMOS II APS-C sensor creates photographs with a professional appearance and good lighting.
The X-T10 can record video at up to 1080p 60 frames per second, however there are better options for video because it lacks in-body image stabilization. The X-T10 excels in still photography and ergonomics because of the wide range of film simulations and the abundance of configurable buttons.