The advanced compact cameras that give you the best of both worlds

Advanced compact cameras are the middle ground between an interchangeable lens model, whether DSLR or mirrorless, and a smaller compact. Although they tend to look like interchangeable lenses, on the inside they are much more similar to compacts: you won’t see an advanced compact with a sensor larger than one inch.

However, by using smaller sensors, they can accommodate incredibly high zoom lenses in a much smaller space than a DSLR or mirrorless camera would need. For this reason, they are also known as “superzoom cameras”. Since the zoom range and sensor size are like a balancing act, you won’t find the longest zoom on the camera with the largest sensor, so before making a decision you will have to decide what matters most to you.

Sony Cyber-shot RX10 IV
The best of all

The Sony Cyber-shot RX10 IV is the best advanced compact camera… if you can afford it. Built with a relatively large one-inch sensor and a relatively long 25x zoom, it’s a luxury camera and comes the closest to offering the best of both worlds.

The sensor is the same from Sony’s popular RX100 line. The sensor’s size makes it perform well in low-light situations, and its 20-megapixel resolution produces excellent detail, even when making large prints.

With a zoom range equivalent to 24-600mm, the lens is both a good wide angle and a super telephoto; you can easily capture from landscapes to sports. The maximum aperture gives enough light to the entire zoom range, going from f / 2.4 to f / 4. That means you will only lose one light step when zooming in. Between that and the size of the sensor, the RX10 will easily outperform almost every camera on this list when it comes to taking photos when the light isn’t ideal. In addition, it is capable of focusing in 0.03 seconds and shooting a burst of up to 24 frames per second.

Panasonic Lumix FZ2500
Best Advanced Compact for Video

The Lumix FZ2500 also uses a 20MP one-inch sensor that produces outstanding images. Its lens is shorter than that of the RX10 IV, with a focal length equivalent to 24-480mm. The maximum aperture is f / 2.8 to f / 4 and allows for reasonably good performance when lighting conditions are less than optimal.

But where the FZ2500 excels is when it comes to making video. Despite being a 2016 model, it offers best-in-class features for a videographer. You can create two types of 4K, both Ultra HD (3,840 x 2,160) and DCI (4,096 x 2,160) at up to 30 frames per second. There’s also a 24 fps option, in case you’re looking for a more cinematic look. And video enthusiasts can take advantage of features like V-Log L, a color profile that preserves a higher dynamic range, plus 10-bit HDMI 4: 2: 2 to record externally. These are impressive features in an advanced compact.

The downside is that 4K comes from a 1.4X crop factor, which means you’ll lose some of the wide-angle image and some quality in low light, as the sensor size is smaller. Still, if you’re shooting video and need an easy-to-carry camera with a built-in long zoom, this is one of the best gear you can find.

Nikon Coolpix P1000
The best advanced compact with superzoom

The Nikon Coolpix P1000 likes to show off, taking the superzoom concept to a whole new level with its 125x lens. That’s a 24-3,000mm equivalent focal length range, a telephoto distance simply not found in interchangeable-lens cameras. With that you can take photos of the craters on the Moon. Sure, even with its powerful optical stabilizer, getting sharp shots at 3,000mm can be tricky without a tripod.

On the 24mm side, the P1000 offers a maximum aperture of f / 2.8, which is not bad, but as you close the shot it fades, reaching f / 8 when it reaches 3,000mm. That is, your ability to capture light when using the telephoto is one eighth of what you have on the angular side. Sure, it’s highly unlikely someone would need a 3,000mm zoom in a closed room, but being outdoors in less than perfect lighting situations could result in louder shots.

Light sensitivity is also limited by the smallness of the sensor. Behind that monstrous lens is a standard 1 / 2.3-inch 16-megapixel sensor, the normal size for a compact camera, although it’s backlit, which helps in terms of sensitivity. Speaking of video, you’ll get 4K at 30fps, but without the advanced features of the FZ2500.

In general, this is an interesting camera, although before buying it you should think about how much zoom you really need.

Canon PowerShot SX70 HS

The best advanced compact with superzoom for limited budgets

The Canon PowerShot SX70 HS extends your reach with an impressive 65x zoom; That’s equivalent to a focal length of 21-1,365mm! With wide angle and telephoto, it is capable of achieving perspectives that the RX10 IV and FZ2500 simply cannot. However, the downside is that it uses a much smaller sensor so the image quality won’t be as good, especially in low light.

The SX70 HS has the same basic design as its predecessor, but now has 4K video. It does not offer the advanced video features of the FZ2500, but for casual use it is more than sufficient.

But what really makes it attractive is its price. It costs about a third of the RX10 IV. If your main goal is to have a powerful optical zoom and image quality doesn’t matter that much, this option is great.

Panasonic Lumix FZ300

The best affordable advanced compact

The Lumix FZ300 trades all that zoom power for a faster constant opening. Its 25-400mm lens is the smallest on this list, but it has an f / 2.8 aperture that you can use even in close-ups. This is the only camera on our list where the sensitivity does not decrease when approaching the object.

However, since it uses a 12.1MP 1 / 2.3-inch sensor, its low-light performance is still inferior to others with 1-inch sensors. On the other hand, considering the difference in prices, that’s forgivable.

In addition, this camera includes other functions that make it attractive. It has 4K video, five-axis image stabilization, and a 12 fps burst rate; all within a splash-proof body that has an electronic viewfinder and a tilting touchscreen.

The 15 Best DSLR Cameras for Beginners 2020

The world of SLR cameras, like photography in general, is an exciting world with endless possibilities, in which we can find a large number of models for all kinds of needs, with features and functions for all tastes.

In this way, and depending on how you look at it, finding the reflex camera that best suits your needs can be quite simple, in case you are clear about what you are looking for and what your needs are, or very negative, in the case that is not so. But what is very clear is that there are as many models as there are types of needs.

However, it is not a problem that lacks a solution and an example of this is what we bring you today: a compilation with the best SLR cameras for beginners of 2020, in which we list a total of 15 different cameras, ideal for those who they want to take their first steps in the world of SLRs and they don’t know which to choose.

However, your needs may not be covered by a SLR and the camera you need is of another type. In case you want to clarify, we invite you to take a look at our compilations on the best compact cameras, the best underwater cameras or on the phones with the best mobile camera, which have the best cameras of 2020 of each type.

Best SLR Cameras for Beginners

Canon EOS 4000D
If you are looking for great value for money, the Canon EOS 4000D is your camera. It is a SLR belonging to the new generation of Canon low-end cameras, an ideal camera to start in the world of SLR cameras.

Among its main features we can highlight its 18 megapixel resolution, its full HD video recording capacity, its image stabilizer, its WiFi connectivity and its 436 grams of weight.


Canon EOS 250D

Another quite interesting option would be the Canon EOS 250D, a camera that stands out for its ease of use, belonging to the mid-range and, as with the Canon EOS 1300D, to the new generation of Canon cameras.

Its 24.1 megapixel resolution and its 4K video recording, accompanied by its 3-inch folding touch screen, its 1.5x optical zoom, its image stabilizer and its WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, will make your experience with it be unbeatable. Likewise, this can be found in a body with a total weight of 449 grams.

Nikon D750

As we have said before, the world of SLR cameras is a very wide world in which we can find a large number of types, models and, above all, brands. That is why now we bring you the Nikon D750, a reflex camera from the Japanese brand Nikon with great features, which stands out for having an enviable ISO sensitivity.

For its part, this camera has a resolution of 24.3 megapixels, Full HD video recording, 1x optical zoom, WiFi connectivity and a total of 750 grams of weight. Also, the Nikon D750 has a built-in 3.2-inch flip-up screen.

Pentax KP

With the Pentax KP we are going to talk about one of the SLR cameras of the Japanese brand Pentax, a brand that is possibly unknown to many people, but that offers high-quality products and that enjoy an enviable value for money.

This camera offers us a resolution of 24 megapixels, the possibility of recording video in Full HD, an optical zoom of 2.78x, image stabilizer, WiFi and GPS connectivity and a body with a total weight of about 642 grams, in addition to a 3-inch tilting screen.

Also, if you are a lover of adventure and action, the Pentax KP is your best option, since its body is resistant to dust and weather.

Pentax camera

Canon EOS 800D

This time we return with the Japanese brand Canon, bringing you the Canon EOS 800D.

It is one of the Canon SLR cameras with which we can enjoy a resolution of 24.2 megapixels, videos with Full HD quality, a 24.2x optical zoom, image stabilizer, WiFi, NFC and Bluetooth connectivity and a weight of 532 grams. In addition, it should be noted that the Canon EOS 800D has a 3-inch folding screen.