Best Cameras For Moms And Beginning Photographers

Disclaimer: I’m not a professional photographer. What follows is simply based on personal research and opinion designed to help other mothers and beginning photographers. This post contains affiliate links which help to support this blog at no extra cost to you. 

Best Cameras For Moms

Anyone can learn photography in the comfort of one’s own home with enough time, dedication and practice. I’m not a professional and used to take a lot of my photos by trial-and-error rather than technicality. I know that many mothers out there take photos like I did, without professional knowledge but through lots of practice and online tutorials. Today I’m much more experienced and knowledgeable about using a DSLR, especially after taking a one-on-one course with my blogger + photographer friend Diana Elizabeth. I highly recommend her coaching if you’d like to learn how to use your camera better.

If you’re a mother who wants to take better photos of her kids or a beginning photographer wanting to invest in a new camera, this post is for you. No technical jargon here, simply real life tips from one mother to another.

Best Camera For Moms And Beginning Photographers

1. Best point-and-shoot cameras

Point-and-shoot cameras are known for their compact size and easy-to-use advanced features. Most use an autofocus system, have built in flash, and offer burst shooting capabilities. The zoom lens is attached to the camera and is versatile with functions like built-in video recording, auto and manual controls.

If you want to buy a point-and-shoot camera I’d suggest buying a high quality one, because lower grade point-and-shoots may not be that much better than our smart phones. Therefore, having a cheap point-and-shoot may be redundant.

If you like the idea of having a point-and-shoot camera for ease-of-use, convenience and portability, I would recommend Sony or Canon. The image quality is fantastic, the colors are crisp and clear, and manuals are fairly easy to use. I’ve used both brands and was happy with both. Both have been on the market for many years and quality, durability and function have been tested by many users over time. The photo quality won’t be like ones from a DSLR or mirrorless, but better than what your smartphone can take.

Here are sample photos from a point-and-shoot in different light conditions. I used auto mode for all three, meaning I had the camera do all the thinking for me. This feature is very convenient for new photographers and makes it a great choice for moms on-the-go.

point and shoot camera quality

As you can see, photos are good quality but not superb. The details are still better than using a smartphone. These photos were taken nearly ten years ago and I’m certain the latest point-and-cameras take much better photos.

Check out these beautiful photos taken by my friend and photographer Diana Elizabeth with a point-and-shoot camera. She used Canon PowerShot G7  for these photos.

Canon PowerShot G7 quality

Canon PowerShot G7 quality sample

2. Best DSLR for moms and beginner photographers

Canon entry level DSLR ($500+)

For moms and beginning photographers, I’d recommend the Canon Rebel T7i.  This is a great option for anyone who wants to learn how to shoot with a DSLR camera without spending too much money. This is an entry level DSLR that is more compact than the professional ones but still take excellent photos. It has dynamic range, a clear and crisp lcd screen, image stabilization, and more. You can begin using it with the kit lens and invest in another lens or two as you get more familiar with the camera.

If I were to invest in two lenses, I would choose one zoom lens and one prime lens. Zoom lenses zoom in and out of course, and prime lenses only have one focal length. Zoom lenses are a must for moms, because kids move around a lot and you may miss a lot of shots without the zoom feature. However, I personally prefer the prime lens because the photo quality is usually better. You also get the nice bokeh (blurred background) effect more easily with a prime lens.

For an affordable zoom lens, I’d recommend the Canon EF-S 18-55mm IS STM. For a great prime lens, go for the Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM, which is great for kids’ portraits. I also have the Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM which is nice for portraits but better for headshots or other tighter photos. Between the two, the 50mm is more versatile.

Here are some photos I took with the Canon rebel series with the 18-55 lens.

Best DSLR for moms

Canon mid-level DSLR ($1500+)

If you want to invest a little more for a DSLR, Canon EOS 6D Mark II is another great choice. Once I got familiar with the entry level rebel series, I invested in the mid-level Canon 6D (used to be 7D). I invested in a nicer zoom lens for this camera Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS, which improved my photos. I spent another 2-3 years using this set up without buying another lens.

Here are some photos I took in 2011 with this camera.

Canon EOS 6D Mark II sample

Today I use a Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L for my blog work but don’t think this is necessary for anyone who isn’t using their photos for work purposes.

Pros of DSLR
  • Excellent photos
  • Interchangeable lens
  • Tons of options and functions such as shooting in manual mode and getting RAW images
  • Longer lasting battery
  • Stronger, more durable camera body
  • Great quality 4k video
Cons of DSLR
  • Cost: expensive body and lenses
  • Can get heavy and bulky
  • You need more than one lens

3. Best Mirrorless Camera

(Updated in Oct 2022)

Today I use the Sony A7 IV. This is great for both photo and video.

I recently bought a Fujifilm XT-10 and love it. It’s much more compact than my DSLR and still takes great photos. The Fuji mirrorless is my go-to camera and the only one I use when I’m traveling or spending time with my family. I find the DSLR too big for personal and travel use and would recommend other mothers to consider this option as well.

I’m still learning to use my Fuji X-T10. This is the more affordable version of the X-series, the better ones being Fujifilm X100T and Fujifilm X-T2. The X100T has a stronger weather-sealed body but I opted against it mainly due to price. These cameras have interchangeable lens which makes photography more versatile similar to a DSLR.

What I love most about the Fuji X-T10 is its portability. It’s much smaller and easier to carry around as a busy mom. I love the look that reminds me of a vintage film camera. I also love the colors of the photos and the way the shutter sounds. To me it’s just a really sexy and fun camera. I also love its simulation modes that alter the colors so the photos look more film-like. These photos are taken in “classic chrome mode.” I love this less saturated, vintage film look.

Best Mirrorless Camera for moms
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Mirrorless camera sample images
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After using a DSLR for many years, learning this Fuji mirrorless is new and fun. I’ll post a more detailed review of this camera in the future.

Pros of mirrorless
  • Portability- much lighter and smaller
  • Excellent photos
  • Interchangeable lens
  • Tons of options and functions such as shooting in manual mode and getting RAW images
Cons of mirrorless
  • Body and lenses can get expensive
  • Shorter battery life
  • You need more than one lens (unless you’re buying single lens mirrorless)
  • Videos are not as great as a DSLR

As you can see, the three different types of camera offer different pros and cons. Therefore, it’s important to weigh out the options and choose a type that works best for your family and budget.

2019 Update: Canon M50 Mirrorless

I recently began using the Canon M50 mirrorless camera and love it so much! It’s compact and takes superb photos and videos. While it’s not as sharp as my Canon 5D, its great for the average user. It’s video function is excellent as well. I currently use this with the standard kit lens and love shooting with it. Be sure to purchase extra batteries because battery doesn’t last long, especially if you’re traveling and taking many photos.

So what is the best camera for moms?

There are pros and cons to each type of camera so this is hard to say. It really depends on individual user’s needs and goals. However, if I had to choose just one camera, I would choose the mirrorless because it offers the perfect balance between a DSLR and point-and-shoot.

Mirrorless cameras are more compact but take amazing photos that are DSLR quality.

Similar to a DSLR, you can experiment with various lenses as your photography improves. I have a full frame canon DSLR that I love, but it’s too bulky that I end up using my iphone most of the time. Also, the cost of body and lenses is too high for the average photographer.

There are some cons to a mirrorless camera compared to a DSLR, one being shorter battery life. For me this isn’t the biggest problem because I simply have to carry extra batteries if I’m on a longer day trip. You should think about which is more important- size or battery life- but for me as a busy mom, portability is more valuable.

My photographer and blogger friend Diana Elizabeth put together a very informative post about choosing the perfect mirrorless camera. Be sure to check it out if you’d like to know more about buying a mirrorless camera.

With all that being said, the best way to find out more information about each camera is to visit the website and read what other customers have to say about their experience. Personally, I tend to make my ultimate buying choice based on what other people just like me have to say. As opposed to simply taking a product at face value. Another place to find great information is within Youtube tutorial / review videos. Remember to research cameras with all types of services so you can choose which is best for you.

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Best Cameras For Moms And Beginning Photographers

Best Cameras For Moms And Beginning Photographers

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45 thoughts on “Best Cameras For Moms And Beginning Photographers

  1. I’ve got a DSLR that I wish I used more often but don’t take it out because a) the kids always want to “play” with it and b) it’s just a hassle to carry around along with diaper bags, strollers, etc. I may have to check out those mirrorless cameras! That sounds right up my alley!

  2. I love my Canon SL1 so much, it’s the bottom midrange cameras and it keeps up with me. I have a sigma 35 1.4, mostly because it makes food look heavenly! This is a great list!

  3. Sadly I have to greatly disagree about getting a mirrorless. After doing all our research my husband opted against it very quickly. The biggest factor being battery life. There’s a few other reasons too. I would opt for a DSLR instead.

    1. Ah- yes, I did hear the same thing about battery life. I actually use two batteries because of that. But I still love the portability and function of mirrorless cameras. What other reasons make you prefer the DSLR? Thanks for your input!

  4. I’m dying for a mirrorless camera! They are so much easier to pack whenever you travel and I’m definitely going to need one soon! Thanks for reviewing these!

  5. Love these tips! Canon is our families GO TO brand for cameras! Were always impressed with each new camera we get from them!

  6. I have a T3i that I’ve been using, and am fairly happy with it, but would love to upgrade as well as check out a mirrorless option. Thanks for such great information.

  7. this was really informative! I have the Canon 6D on my wishlist, but your photos are proof that you don’t need an expensive camera to get a great shot!

  8. I am a professional photographer, and so is my husband and after lugging our DSLRs (we’re NIKON people) around for years I am finally going to get my a mirrorless camera. Sony A5000 series.

  9. Hi Angela,

    Based on your reviews I got an awesome mirrorless for my birthday. First camera… husband went overboard lol. Looking for a mum friendly online course to learn how to use it properly as I live far from a city offering such things. . Is there anything you suggest?

  10. HI Angela,

    First of all, I am constantly in awe of your blog photos and am so thankful for this post. Thank you for taking the time to write this out for all the moms (and bloggers) who would love clear quality photos.
    Which camera do you use most for the blog? I so admire the photos in your Holiday Headache and Samsung posts.
    Habibi House

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