Today we’re talking about 2018’s best entry-level cameras. Being a new photographer and graduating from a smartphone to your first digital camera can be a stressful experience. You want to choose a model that sets your photos apart, but isn’t so manual and complex that learning how to use it is intimidating. Today, we’re going to talk about a few cameras that fit that sweet spot. This is the Nikon D3500 with a 18-55mm lens. It’s an easy to use DSLR camera made to feel comfortable and balanced in your hand. The body is lightweight and small, an asset if you’re carrying it with you for day-to-day use or on vacation. It can run laps around your smartphone camera; it features an 11 point autofocus for great action shots, has an Expeed image sensor to capture vibrant images, and a 24.2 Megapixel DX CMOS Sensor; the larger the DX SMOS Sensor, the wider your shots can be. Capturing beautiful images in full HD 1080P is as easy as pointing and shooting. If you can’t wait to get your pictures up on social media, you can connect the D3500 with your smartphone via Nikon’s free SnapBridge app. Once connected, your photos will populate in the app’s feed in real time. Next up is the Fujifilm X-T100 with a 15-45mm lens. This is a mirrorless camera which means it’s fully digital; it doesn’t have the mirror that most other cameras use to frame and capture photos. Because it’s mirrorless, it is considerably lighter and smaller than most other cameras making it incredibly portable. It has a retro look with an anodized coated aluminum top cover and is available in black silver and gold. It’s also WiFi enabled so you can stay connected and easily share photos and videos to your mobile device. Highly interactive, the camera features a touch screen menu and 180 degree flip and tilt screen. Getting back to specs, the X-T100 features a 24.2 Megapixel APS-C CMOS III Sensor–comparable with the D3500–and can capture a respectable ultra HD 4k video at 15 frames per second. If you want a quality beginner mirrorless that looks good around your neck, this is the one for you. Last but certainly not least, the Canon EOS M50 with a 14-45mm lens. Highlights include the ability to shoot 4k video at 23.98 frames per second, built-in 5 axis image stabilization, and a 24.1 Megapixel (APS-C) CMOS Sensor; if you’re keeping score, that’s slightly less than the D3500 and X-T100. However, this model makes up for it with it’s Dual Pixel CMOS Autofocus system that has 99 autofocus points, helping you instantly and easily capture your moment. The EOS M50 is also the most share-friendly of all three cameras; you can transfer data from your Canon to your smartphone via Bluetooth or–if you’re an Andriod user–using NFC.