The Best Camera Strap for Mirrorless Cameras

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The metal hardware on this strap is worth mentioning, too.

Holdfast founder Matt Swaggart designed the metal hardware himself, giving it a custom look and feel. The hardware is stainless steel, too, so it won’t rust.

In other words, this is a strap that will look great, function even better, and give you the utmost in comfort for years and years and years to come. 

If you want the best camera strap for mirrorless cameras, look no further than the Holdfast MoneyMaker Solo!

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Best Entry-Level DSLR and Mirrorless Cameras of 2019

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The SL2 is also one of the smallest DSLRs available right now, so if you’re making the jump from a compact camera or a smartphone, this little guy won’t feel like a bulky, heavy camera in your hand.

Get an in-depth look at this camera in the video above by AdoramaTV.

Current Price: $599.00 with 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens

Read our Canon EOS Rebel SL2 review.

Editor’s Tip: Saving money when you’re starting out in photography is paramount. Now that the SL3 has been announced, the SL2 is an even more affordable entry-level camera. With that extra money in your pocket, consider buying an upgraded lens for your SL2. A good first choice is the Canon EF 50MM F/1.8 STM. A 50mm lens is incredibly versatile for stills and video, is small and lightweight, and with its big f/1.8 aperture, it’s great for low-light shooting as well.

Top DSLR Camera for Beginners: Nikon D3500

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Aside from the lack of LCD features, the D3500 offers superb performance for beginners.

Its sensor is widely regarded as one of the best of the entry-level bunch. It has a guide shooting mode that is basically a built-in camera assistant to help you capture the best shots by explaining different camera settings.

This camera also has simple, easy-to-use controls that are easy to learn, which makes it one of the best DSLR cameras for beginners. See what I mean in the video above by Jared Polin.

Current Price: $446.95 with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR Lens

Further Reading: DSLRs Are Still in the Game: Top 5 DSLR Cameras of 2018

Good Camera for Beginners: Nikon D5600

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As noted above, the D5600 is perhaps the best option if you want to future-proof your kit for a few years.

With the D3500 and the Rebel SL2, you might find that in a couple of years your skills are beyond what those cameras can handle. The D5600, though, can grow with you and provide you all the photo-taking power you need for years to come.

Learn more about this camera in the video above by RealWorld.

Current Price: $596.95 (body only)

Further Reading: Who makes the best DSLR camera for beginners: Canon or Nikon?

Editor’s Tip: When looking for the best entry-level DSLR, price should be one of the primary factors you use to determine which camera to buy. The more you spend on your camera, the less you have to buy lenses, and lenses are the more important of the two. In fact, after you get a good camera for beginners, start thinking about adding a good prime lens to your bag. If you shoot landscapes, a 24mm f/2.8 is a great option. If you shoot portraits, think about an 85mm f/1.8.

Other DSLR Cameras for Beginners

Other options for the best DSLR camera for beginners include the models listed below.

Nikon D3400

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The design of this camera is worth mentioning as well. It’s small and lightweight, and it looks great with a vintage vibe.

Don’t let its little body fool you, though. This camera is on the edge of a beginner and intermediate body, so it has the chops to work hard for you as your skills grow. That’s why I’ve listed it as one of the best mirrorless cameras for beginners!

Get a detailed review of the X-T100 in the video above by The Art of Photography.

Current Price: $499.95 (body only)

Further Reading: The Fujifilm X-T100 is a Great Camera (and Cheap Too)

Editor’s Tip: One thing to bear in mind with mirrorless cameras is that they have much smaller bodies than DSLRs. Though that’s great for saving weight and room in your camera bag, if you have large hands, you might find the smaller grips on mirrorless cameras to be less comfortable than those on DSLRs. Not sure what else to consider when shopping for a good mirrorless camera for beginners? Consult this DSLR vs mirrorless guide.

Top Mirrorless Camera for Beginners: Sony a6400

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Of course, those fancy features means that this is more of mid-range camera for enthusiasts, but a beginner with some gusto and time to learn how to use this camera will find it to be well-equipped and ready to tackle all kinds of tasks.

It has a moisture-resistant body and is rated to 200,000 shutter clicks, so it’s a camera that should last you a good, long while as well.

See the Sony a6400 in action in the video above by Dan Watson.

Current Price: $1,158.35 (with a 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS lens)

Further Reading: Top Accessories for Sony a6300, Sony a6400, and Sony a6500 

Good Mirrorless Camera for Beginners: Olympus OM-D E-M10 III

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This camera also has built-in 5-axis image stabilization.

Add to that 4K UHD video shooting and 8.6 fps burst shooting, and you have the makings of a great little camera.

See how the Olympus OM-D E-M10 III works in the real world in the video above by AdoramaTV.

Current Price: $649.00 (body only)

Further Reading: Best Still Cameras for Dynamic Range

Other Mirrorless Cameras for Beginners

If the above mirrorless cameras aren’t quite what you’re looking for, consider the following as good mirrorless cameras for beginners.

Sony a6000

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Type: Mirrorless 24.2-megapixel APS-C CMOS Sensor 3-inch 180-degree tilting LCD with 1.04 million dots 1080p Full HD video 6.1 fps burst shooting speed Canon EF-M Mount

Pros: Cheap ($449.00 with EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM Lens), easy to use

Cons: Limited features, no viewfinder

With that, you have a solid list of choices for the best entry-level DSLR and the best entry-level mirrorless cameras.

Any of these options would be great for a beginner, but keep in mind that if you have some experience, one of the more advanced cameras on this list will be the better bet for you.

2019 Top Cameras for Vlogging

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In other words, the Sony a6400 ticks all the boxes – it’s got a top-notch LCD, a microphone port, an excellent autofocus system, and it shoots 4K video. Learn more about this excellent camera in our Sony a6400 review.

Current Price: $898.00 (body only)

Editor’s Tip: Though you can buy an a6400 with a 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS kit lens, you’ll get better quality video if you opt for a higher-end lens. Give the Sony 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 a try instead. For shooting video, the 18-135 lens offers vastly superior optical quality, and the much greater reach of this zoom enables you to shoot wide-angle to telephoto footage.

Runner-Up Mirrorless Camera for Vlogging: Panasonic Lumix G85 

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Additionally, this camera has Dual Pixel autofocus, which gives you far better autofocus capabilities for video capture. This is especially the case when you’re filming moving subjects.

Again, though this camera lacks 4K video, it has a microphone port and its other must-have features are so good that it essentially makes up for it.

Current Price: $699.00 (body only)

Editor’s Tip: When shopping for lenses for the EOS 77D, consider investing in a Canon EF lens rather than a Canon EF-S lens. Though EF-S lenses are designed for use with APS-C cameras like this, they aren’t compatible with Canon full frame cameras. Since EF lenses are compatible with APS-C and full frame cameras, you can future-proof your kit with lenses that will work with a full frame rig, should you upgrade to one in the future.

Runner-Up DSLR for Vlogging: Nikon D5600 

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Like the EOS 77D, the D5600 does not offer 4K video capture, but it has an excellent 24.2-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, a 3.2-inch articulating touchscreen LCD, and a microphone port. Pick up a Nikon D5600 (body only) for $596.95.

Though there are plenty of other choices for the top cameras for vlogging, these four options are at the top of the heap if you’re looking for a camera that’s capable for stills and video, while also having a small price tag.

Editor’s Tip: A must-have for any vlogger is a gimbal of some sort. We’ll have more details on gimbals in an upcoming article, but I wanted to highlight the gimbal I use – the Feiyu AK2000 – because it has tons of features that make it incredibly useful for shooting video. The smart touch panel is handy for making quick camera adjustments, and it has stronger, updated motors that improve its performance. It also has 12 hours of battery life for those marathon shooting sessions!

 

Best Bargain Full Frame Cameras

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Sure, the a7’s LCD isn’t touch-enabled. The camera doesn’t offer 4K video. There’s also no in-body image stabilization.

However, you can get a pre-owned Sony a7 in good condition for $550 (body only). That’s not bad for a full frame mirrorless camera with these features and specs!

Get more details about the Sony a7 and why it’s a prime choice as the best bargain full frame mirrorless camera on the market today.

Editor’s Tip: You can save even more money on an inexpensive full frame camera by trading in your current camera. If you don’t need two camera bodies, use the value your current camera has to offset the cost of a full frame or to fund another purchase, like an upgraded lens.  

Best Bargain Full Frame Cameras: Canon 6D Mark II

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It’s also an excellent camera for shooting video, if that’s something you’re interested in pursuing.

Of course, this camera is my favorite bargain full frame DSLR because of its price – $1,129.00 in excellent condition (body only). Considering this camera is less than two years old, that’s a fantastic price. 

Final Thoughts – Best Bargain Full Frame Cameras 

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As I noted earlier, there are plenty of other excellent and cheap full frame cameras.

But for me, the Sony a7 and Canon 6D Mark II offer the most bang for the buck, especially if you buy used. If you don’t know where to get the best used deals, read my MPB review.

In both cases, these cameras are loaded for bear with features that represent a significant upgrade from a crop sensor camera.

These cameras share the common feature of having a full frame sensor, but there are also many differences between the two. No matter which one you choose (or if you want something different altogether), be sure to do your due diligence so you get a camera that has the features you want at the price you need.

Learn More:

What to Do With Old Cameras and Lenses

 

Best Sony Cameras for Portraits

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Speaking of focusing, the a7R III has an ultra-fast hybrid autofocus system. Using 425 contrast-detect points and 399 phase-detect points, this camera can easily track a moving subject for beautiful action portraits.

See how the a7R III handles a portrait shoot in the video above by Manny Ortiz. 

The only issue with the a7R III is that it is spendy. At $2,798.00, it’s a serious investment, though you can often find well-cared-for used a7R III cameras for much less.

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So, while the a6500 doesn’t have the same resolution, ISO performance, or autofocus system of its big brother, it still has a weather-sealed body, 5-axis image stabilization for shooting handheld, and eye-detect autofocus as well. All that for a new price of $1,198.00 or a used price of $849.00.

Get more details about the Sony a6500 in the video above by Gear Glasses & Gadgets.

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In fact, the a6000’s autofocus system is fast, accurate, and has the same eye-detect autofocusing capabilities of the more expensive cameras outlined above.

Best of all, you can find a used Sony a6000 for barely over $300.00, so it’s by far the least expensive portrait camera on this list. 

From just $300.00 to nearly $3,000.00, now you have four solid choices for the best Sony cameras for portraits.

Learn More:

Top Accessories for Sony a6300, a6400, and a6500 

Did Sony Get It Right With the a6500? 

 

Gimbal Stabilizer for Mirrorless and DSLR Cameras

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Learning how to balance a gimbal is an important aspect of mastering videography.

In the video above by Hai Tran, learn precisely how to do just that.

In this example, he uses a Feiyu AK4000 gimbal, which has four points of balance. Not all gimbals are that complex, but it’s still good information to have to balance your particular gimbal.

Who Should Use a Gimbal Stabilizer?

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If you’re looking for a cheap gimbal that still provides you with the options you need to fine-tune your videomaking, this Neewer 24-inch handheld gimbal stabilizer is it.

The quick-release plate is adjustable, so you can compensate for the camera’s weight. You can also extend the body of the gimbal for improved balance.

There’s no eletronic motors at this price point, but the mechanical adjustment system works fine. Besides without the need for batteries, you don’t have to worry about running out of juice!

Price: $59.99 at Amazon