This Is the Best Digital Camera for Beginners (And It's Less Than $250)

Whether you're starting to dabble in photography or just want to take better-quality photos, the Canon Powershot is an excellent digital camera for you—and it has almost a five-star rating on Amazon.

Woman using a Canon digital camera to take photos.

Why the Canon Powershot SX530 Is Perfect for Beginners

This easy-to-use digital camera proves you don't need to spend thousands of dollars in order to take high-quality photos—and it comes complete with a battery, charger, lens cap, and shoulder strap. It's lightweight and great for taking on vacations; there's no more waiting until you get home to post your photos. All you need is the Canon Camera Connect app and a Wi-Fi connection to download your pictures (or you can do it manually by plugging the memory card—sold separately—into a computer). With its incredible zoom power (50x) and framing assist, you'll be able to capture clear and precise photos while shooting objects from far away or up close. Shake-correction technology and high-speed autofocus mean still objects can be crisp even without a tripod, and you'll never miss a moment when capturing action shots.

If your goal is to snap better images than you get with your smartphone, don't get stressed with the photography jargon. All functions are easy to learn, which makes this digital camera great for a beginner, according to one reviewer. "As a person who doesn't know much about photography, it has a ton of settings on it to make your pictures look however you want them to. Yet I still didn't feel it was overly-complicated so that I didn't feel comfortable using it (that is, if you read the instruction manual before-hand, which I highly recommend, as I learned a ton about features I had no idea existed!)"

Not only does the Canon PowerShot SX530 take breathtaking photos, it has full HD video functions, too. Simply press the movie button and start recording amazing videos that look good even on a big-screen HDTV. This digital camera retails for $379, but you can snag it on sale at Amazon right now for only $249.

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