March 12, 2019

Best Beginner Cameras UNDER $1,000!

I remember sitting in a college film class, watching other students present their projects when one project, in particular, stood out to me. “What the heck was that?!” I thought. The video was in focus on one subject, and then changed focus to another subject, all in the same scene. At the time, I didn’t know that what happened in this student’s film was called a rack focus.

Wikipedia describes it as,  “a rack focus in filmmaking and television production is the practice of changing the focus of the lens during a shot. The term can refer to small or large changes of focus. If the focus is shallow, then the technique becomes more noticeable.”

—Anyway, a simple rack focus perked my interest in learning about new cameras. So I turned back to the student who created this film, and I was like “GIRL. How did you do that?! What kind of sorcery did you use?!” and she went on to explain that she didn’t use the school’s camera’s (like the rest of us peasants) she used her own camera, a DSLR….a DSL what?! I had never used or knew the technical term “DSLR”. In fact, I just called them fancy photography cameras. I didn’t know that they took video, especially video like that. Poor girl didn’t know what she signed up for,  I started asking a zillion questions.

– What is it called?

– Where can I buy it?

– How much does it cost?

– WTF, why are they so expensive?

– Is there a cheaper version?

So I went home and did my research. I didn’t buy the newest DSLR on the market (because broke college student problems) I purchased what I could afford. Fast forward to now, and I couldn’t be more thankful for learning on that “starter” camera! Sure it wasn’t the nicest, most expensive camera on the market at that time, but it did its job and lead me down the path I’m still on today. For all those creative college students or newbies in the film/photography world who don’t want to break the bank, this is for you.


Ohhhhh Canon Rebels will always hold a special place in my heart. I started with a Canon Rebel T3i and half the time I was shooting in the wrong frame rate. Lessons learned people, lessons learned.

The Rebels are an excellent beginner line! The T7i is currently the newest one they have, but I’d have to say it’s the best of the bunch. They upgraded a lot of features and specs from the T6i, so I think it’s definitely worth purchasing this newer model.

Flip Monitor

Touch Screen

60fps (frames per second) at 1080 (HD)

Built in Wi-Fi

Built in Mic

DPAF (dual pixel autofocus)

Body only – $700


The first time I used an 80D I was pretty impressed with its capabilities! It was released prior to the T7i, so it falls short in some areas, but it still outperforms in others. In terms of video ability, my vote goes to the 80D. They both shoot in the same resolution however, the 80D it has a headphone jack, it is weather-sealed, and the option to add a battery grip—all which are great features for video.

Flip Screen

Touch Screen

60 fps at 1080

Built-in Wi-Fi

Built-in Mic

Headphone Jack


Body only – $999


This baby is the cutest little camera I have ever seen. It feels like a toy in your hands, but don’t let it fool you, the M50 has some great features! I’d recommend this camera for anyone who travels looking for a lighter setup. It’s so small and lightweight, you can really bring it with you anywhere! It shoots in 4K which is cool, but it is cropped. So if you were looking at this camera for vlogging purposes in 4K, you’re going to be disappointed. This mirrorless camera is also not compatible with EF or EF-S lenses. You can buy an adapter for around $100-$200, but it’s just something to keep in mind!

Flip Monitor

Touch Screen

4K Resolution (1.6 cropped)

60fps at 1080 

Built in Wi-Fi

Built in Mic

DPAF (not at 4k)

Body Only – $650



Something to acknowledge, if you don’t know by now I’m picking cameras generally based on their video functions. Photography is a whole different ball game that would require a completely separate post.

Overall, I think you’ll be happy with any of these cameras. If I had to pick one, I would choose the 80D, primarily because of its better specs in the video department. It really just depends on what you plan to use your camera for!

Always remember that it’s not necessarily the camera you choose that’s going to create stunning videos, it’s the person behind it! Keep creating friends!

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