What is a Good Starter Camera for my Young Teen?

There are a few things to think about when purchasing a teen’s first camera.

What type of camera should you buy? Do you want a new or a used camera? How much money do you plan to spend? Where should you buy your first camera?

The main types of cameras are point and shoot, mirrorless, and DSLR.

Point and shoot cameras

They are convenient, pocketable and user friendly. Some point and shoot cameras are even waterproof and droppable. The quality and zoom will differ depending on the model and as the price increases the features will also. There are advanced point and shoot cameras that perform better in low light situations and have auto as well as advanced modes.


Mirrorless cameras

Mirrorless cameras are becoming more popular because they are small and light without sacrificing quality. Mirrorless cameras have interchangeable lenses with automatic and manual modes. Mirrorless cameras are very fast for continuous shooting for events like sports and wildlife, but also contain exceptional video capabilities. Some mirrorless brands are Panasonic, Olympus, and Sony.



This is what most people probably picture when they hear “camera.” It stands for digital single lens reflex and means the camera has a mirror which allows you to see your subject through a view finder. DSLR’s have interchangeable lenses, automatic and manual modes, and perform the best in low light. Some well-known DSLR brands are Canon and Nikon.


Ask yourself, “Do I want a new or used camera? How much am I willing to spend?” Our used inventory can be found *here* if you find a camera on our website that you think might fit your needs and budget, call up any of our stores and we can have it sent over for you to look at.


How much to spend? The saying “You get what you pay for” tends to ring true with cameras.  For instance, when comparing a $300 point and shoot to a $500 point and shoot the more costly camera will yield a better photo and have better features.  It’s important to think about what features will benefit you most? Waterproof? How much zoom? How well it performs it low light? Wi-fi? Touch screen?  Think about what features fit your needs best and ask a knowledgeable salesperson if there is a camera that fits those need and your budget.

Stop in any Creve Coeur Camera today and we can help answer any questions you may have. We want to get your photographer started in the right direction! Don’t forget the warranty!

-Crystal Fuller, O’Fallon, IL Store Manager

Once they have locked in on their gear, check out this blog from Dave, Columbia, MO Store Manager. He talks about engaging them into photography and where they should start.