The Best Cameras for Beginners in Love with Photography

If you’re a beginner, then you’re in luck. We remember what it was like to fall in love with the picture taking process. We also know it’s very useful to be able to shoot quick videos for social media. With that in mind, we’ve gone through our Reviews Index to find the best cameras for beginners. We encourage you to look at everything this list can offer and carefully make the right purchase for you.

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This Is a Sturdy Storyteller: Panasonic 35mm F1.8 S Review

Some lenses are meant to add extra creative flare and others are meant to simply capture the scene as is. The Panasonic 35mm f1.8 S falls in the latter category. The 35mm focal length is a favorite for storytelling. Panasonic mixes that focal length with a weather-sealed and lightweight design that allows photographers to immerse themselves in the story. With this lens, the suppressed flare and minimal distortion help tell it like it is, rather than adding extra character.

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There’s a Weird Discovery in Our Updated Panasonic S5 Review

Our Panasonic S5 Review was just updated. Photographers who own one of the smallest full-frame cameras on the market are most likely enjoying it. It’s got weather sealing, good autofocus, and the CineLike image quality profiles. These help your photos look like Kodak movie-film without the need for a lot of editing. But the way they work is odd and makes complete sense at the same time. You can read all about it in our updated Panasonic S5 review at this link, or you can read the report below.

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Sturdy. Sharp. Slow: Sigma 150-600mm f5-6.3 DG DN Review

When the L-Mount Alliance formed, it allowed companies like Panasonic to jump into full-frame mirrorless with a list of lenses already available. But, one thing the L-Mount family was missing was a zoom, with optics from Leica topping out at 280mm and, later, Panasonic at 300mm. When Sigma started converting its line-up of lenses to mirrorless, however, the L-Mount family gained a super-telephoto, the Sigma 150-600mm f5-6.3 DG DN Sports.

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Want to Upgrade? These Are the 4 Best Cameras to Upgrade To

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The past few years have shown us several innovations in the camera world. Some of the biggest ones were the face and eye detection features. That went even further with the addition of artificial intelligence. But perhaps best of all is that full-frame cameras got smaller and better. So, if you’re a passionate photographer looking to possibly upgrade beyond your phone, consider these cameras. Best of all, we’ve reviewed all of these and more. Here are the best cameras to upgrade to

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What Is the Top Mirrorless Camera? I Shot with 5 Stunning Options

Buying a camera is a little like dating. Every camera has its annoyances — you just have to choose the one whose weird quirks are either endearing or ignorable. As the Reviews Editor at The Phoblographer, I test cameras for a living. Yet, when I decided I was done with my DSLR, I wasn’t quite sure in which direction I wanted to head next. To continue the dating analogy, I hadn’t had the this-is-the-one moment. I hadn’t yet fallen in love. I hadn’t found the top mirrorless camera for me.

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4 Fantastic Cameras for Black and White Photography Purists

The best thing to do is realize that you really love black and white photography. And with today’s cameras, you don’t need to do it in post-production only. Lots of cameras let you apply the settings to the RAW file. And what’s more, some cameras have black and white already baked in. We dove into our reviews index to find the best cameras for Black and White photography. Take a look at these!

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You Should Be Hyped for The New Panasonic 24mm f1.8

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Today, Panasonic is announcing their new Panasonic 24mm f1.8 S. This is for the Leica L-Mount–so you’ll be able to use it on their full-frame bodies like the Panasonic S5. We know some folks aren’t the biggest Panasonic S fans, but they’ve taken a major step forward with firmware updates. And if anything, this new Panasonic 24mm f1.8 S will work splendidly on the Leica SL2s, which I think is probably the best L mount camera. For sure, it’s designed for landscape photographers. But believe it or not, you’d be shocked. Panasonic provided us with portrait photos. That means that they’re just that confident about the image quality.

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The Panasonic S5 Can Come Bundled with this Fantastic Lens

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The Panasonic S5 is seriously one of the best cameras you can get on the market right now. And it can come bundled with the Panasonic 16-35mm f4. This lens is small, weather resistant, fast to focus, and has great image quality. Quite honestly, it has to be one of the best zooms for the system right now. But the Panasonic S5 has a lot going for it. The body is smaller than the Panasonic GH5. It also has the highly coveted Live Composite mode, currently making it arguably the best camera for AstroPhotography. Plus it has the Cinelike color profiles that look like Kodak movie film. You can apply those to stills too. Additionally, there have been lots of autofocus revamps, it feels great in the hand, and best of all, it’s incredibly weather-sealed. So what’s not to like? Truthfully, not a whole lot. This bundle is awesome. Check it out!

3 Cameras That Will Nail the Shot for Birding Photography

Birding photography is such a great way to have fun with your camera. 

One of the most satisfying things to do is to photograph birds in the wild. And appreciating nature is taken to the next level when photography is involved. These days, we don’t need extremely high-end gear to get better bird photos. Instead, you can do it with a decent lens and a powerful camera. So we dove into the Reviews Index to find the best cameras for birding photography.

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3 Fantastic Cameras with Image Quality That Looks Like Film

If you want the film look, you’re going to love these cameras.

There is nothing like the look of film. Some people think they know what it looks like using editing presets, but you’re better off doing it in the camera. Luckily, a few companies have begun to recognize this and built those looks right into their cameras. We dove into our Reviews Index to find some of the most unique and highest quality choices. There are more that can give you the look of film, but here are some of our favorites and the best we’ve tested.

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Get the Excellent Panasonic S5 With a Lens for Under $2,000

The Panasonic S5 with the 24-60mm kit lens is available for a steal right now.

Okay, this is incredibly exciting. The Panasonic S5 is currently the only full frame camera with the Live Composite feature. So if you want to shoot astrophotography, this is by far the best camera to do it with. You can get it with a 24-60mm lens for under $2000 right now. For what it’s worth, we rated the Panasonic S5 very highly. It’s the fastest autofocusing Panasonic camera on the market right now. It’s also very small and lightweight. Indeed, it’s a camera that you want to bring with you everywhere. Check out our review. But also be sure to go snag this deal!

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There’s A $300 Discount on the Great Panasonic Lumix S5! $1,697.99!

The discount makes the Panasonic Lumix s5 a Full-Frame bargain!

If you’re looking for a Full-Frame Mirrorless camera and want a bargain, have we got a deal for you. The new Panasonic S5 has just gone on sale. There’s a $300 discount on the body only (It’s just $1,697.99) and a $300 discount on the body with the 20-60mm kit lens ($1,997.99). We think that the Panasonic Lumix s5 is the bee’s knees when it comes to Full-Frame L mount Panasonic cameras. Find out more about this camera and the sale after the break.

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The Cost of Being Different. Leica 75mm F2 SL Review

This is probably the best portrait lens the L Mount has.

It took me a while to figure out the right headline for this review. The Leica 75mm f2 SL is a beautiful lens with wonderful image quality. Technically it’s not an odd focal length. If you put a 50mm lens on most APS-C cameras, you’ll get a 75mm focal length. If you’ve used Leica lenses for a while, you’ve probably used a 75mm lens. This is one of my favorite lenses for the SL lenses. In my mind, it’s one of the best portrait lenses for the system. Make no mistake; comparatively speaking, you’re probably paying quite the premium. But, at the same time, this lens has no comparison.

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The Panasonic 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 Macro OIS Is the Lightest Around

There isn’t a lens like the Panasonic 70-300mm f4.5-5.6 Macro OIS for L mount yet.

I’m going to be the first to admit that I’m really, really liking what the L Mount alliance is becoming. Like Android phones, there’s still a lot of fragmentation, but the pieces are starting to work better. And the new Panasonic 70-300mm f4.5-5.6 Macro OIS is a critical part of the puzzle. The L Mount needs more native lenses that are affordable yet good. I’ve got a ton of faith in this latest offering from Panasonic. Mind you, this doesn’t seem like a Panasonic Lumix S Pro lens, so it’s not their highest grade option. But they’re packing a lot of quality into it!

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We Reviewed These Cameras That Double as the Best Webcams

These cameras make for fantastic webcams, and we’ve tested them to be sure!

Everyone needs a solid webcam these days. The good news is that your current camera can probably do just that. During the pandemic, manufacturers have been giving their cameras more capabilities. One of those involves being a solid webcam. On our YouTube, we’ve been showing lots of videos to test the autofocus on these cameras. They happen almost weekly on our Pro Camera Reviews show. More importantly, we’ve used them with a variety of lenses. Some have more lag, others just don’t have autofocus that can keep up. So here’s a roundup of great cameras that double as the best webcams.

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A Reliable Workhorse. Leica SL 24-90mm F2.8-4 Review

I don’t like zoom lenses, but this is a good one.

For all intents and purposes, the Leica SL 24-90mm f2.8-4 demonstrates true innovation. That’s the case with Leica trying something new. The standard zoom is a 24-70mm f2.8 lens. The 70mm focal length always felt odd. As I’ve used them, I usually set the lens to certain focal lengths and work with those. I’ve always wondered why they couldn’t go to 85mm. Or why not create a 35-85mm f2.8 lens instead? Leica did something different with 24-90mm. This zoom contains much more usable focal lengths, in my opinion. Objectively speaking, this is a fantastic lens, but it failed to capture my heart and passion for this craft.

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Fall in Love Again. Leica 35mm F2 Summicron SL APO Review

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I love the 35mm focal length, and the Leica 35mm f2 Summicron SL APO is no exception to that rule. Mount it to your camera and go! You’ll have fun! You’ll know it’s there to stick by you through and through. Like many lenses for the L mount alliance, you’ll appreciate the lens for what it is, but you’ll need to understand that the L mount is still a pretty flawed system. Once it sorts itself out, this lens will be all that much better. However, you’d better make this the only lens you’ll ever use because it’s expensive.

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Review Update! The Panasonic S5 Is Decent for Street Photography Now!

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We’ve updated our Panasonic S5 review after firmware 2.0. Photographers who bought the camera are going to be happy. And better yet, they’ve also got some solid bragging rights. In the age of the pandemic, it’s not only a fantastic webcam, it’s also the only full frame camera with Live Composite. But this big firmware update primarily focuses on autofocus. And for photographers, you’ve got more L Monochrome modes. Those are fun, and help make using Panasonic even better. You should check out our Panasonic S5 review, but also go into our tests here.

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Try Something New. Panasonic LUMIX S 20-60mm F3.5-5.6 Review

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I’m sure I’m not the only one who thinks this; there’s something odd about the Panasonic LUMIX S 20-60mm F3.5-5.6 lens. Designed for their full-frame L mount cameras, this lens is a wide to normal zoom. And I get the intent of that. You’re making the lens smaller, wider, and keeping the same aperture range. But it’s still odd. A zoom lens that went from 28-70mm would be far more useful. Admittedly, it’s a good lens. You can explore with it and shoot vast, wide scenes. You can even shoot portraits that are good enough at 60mm. But you’re never going to experience true telephoto. And that’s one of the reasons why you buy real cameras. All of the high-end phones these days have “telephoto” lenses, which are normal focal lengths. And you might be asking why I’m sitting here even bothering with this lens. Well, that’s because it’s a kit lens option.

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