Photography enthusiasts flood internet forums with oceans of debate over the world’s best camera. The debate is ongoing. After all, the truth is that there is no one best camera: different models will suit the varying needs, abilities and interests of each and every photographer.
The Absolute Beginner
There are a host of DSLR cameras suitable for beginners. I would recommend the Nikon D5200, an updated and simplified version of the much-revered D5100. Physically, it is solid with an elastic rubber coating that offers protection and a strong grip. The built-in menu is accessible and straightforward: different sections are even color-coordinated – for example, green is for shooting menus and blue for playback. The self-timer and continuous shots have dedicated buttons and the function button can be customized to allow beginners to have a good play without getting lost.
If budget is not an issue, many a pro photographer will probably agree that you can’t beat the Leica. This is the legend of all cameras, the golden tool of the greats, from Man Ray and Henri Cartier-Bresson to Helmut Newton. The Leica brand is renowned for its mechanism, ergonomics, performances, and quality of optical lenses – and it’s ability to break the bank. If you can, however, do. The LEICA M9 is considered by many as the world’s best digital camera for travel, nature, landscape, interior and outdoor photography.
The features are so simple that usage is a dream: none of the complex menus found in Canon or Nikon equivalents. In terms of portability, you will be hard-pressed to find a smaller or lighter DSLR!