If you are looking for a good entry level camera for someone who is of the “older generation”, i.e. for someone who is on a budget with limited pensions and annuities then these camera options may be of interest to you:
Point and Shoot
Olympus MJU Tough 3000 – A sturdy and solid point and shoot camera by Olympus which boasts a 3.6x zoom, 12 Megapixels, HD movie recording and HDMI control, and is water proof, shock proof and freeze proof – so it’s going to stand up to almost anything! A steal at around £99.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48EB-K – A great bridge camera which is designed to be a mix of point and shoot style and compactness, but improved features and functionality more suited to a DSLR. The Panasonic has an impressive 24x zoom, 12 Megapixels and HD video recording capabilities. This can be found for as low as £254.
Canon EOS1100D with Canon 18-55 IS Lens – A perfect started pack for anyone looking to invest in an SLR system. With improved visuals, build and performance, a basic SLR is leaps and bounds ahead of more advanced point and shoots. At only around £379 this kit has a 12 Megapixel sensor, impressive HD video recording capabilities and the ability to upgrade and purchase additional lenses.
Here at photography 101 we think it would be wise to invest in an SLR, and the Canon 1100D is the basic entry level camera which is ideal for anyone wanting to have all the advantages found with an SLR, but without the usual large price tag and bulky body. Once you have a basic DSLR, it is very easy to upgrade and move up to a more advance level of camera, suitable for professional photography or professional HD video production, such as the Canon 7D or 1D Mk4.