In the market for a new camera? Here are some of our top recommendations:

uk_EV-NX3000BOHGB_001_Front_whiteSamsung NX3000

If the thought of a giant DSLR has your back and shoulder aching, as well as you wondering how often you’ll lug your new camera around if it can’t fit in your bag, then this camera may be just the ticket. Small, compact, and affordable, the Samsun NX3000 comes with a 16-50mm lens which is perfect for everything from shooting the city skyline to taking portraits of your kids. Combined with the small footprint, this little guy comes complete with a 20.3 MP APS-C sensor and a free copy of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, so you can get the most out if each and every photo.

At Amazon for $509

x6-flash.jpg.pagespeed.ic.INfQTwTQZrNikon D610

If you want to make the jump to a full-frame sensor, rather than starting off easy with a more consumer-friendly version and work your way up, then this is a great little number. Although the price tag is significantly higher than an entry-level camera, you’ll get a lot of use out of this 24.2 MP camera, and likely enjoy the crispness that comes with 6 frames per second when you’re working with kids.

At Nikon USA (body only) for $1999

70d_586x186_hero (1)Canon EOS 70D

Full frame might be a bit of a leap if you’re just getting started, but if an entry-level DSLR still seems a bit, well, entry-level, then this is a perfect alternative to jumping straight to full frame. The 20 MP APS-C sensor offers reliably crisp photos, and is an excellent choice if you also like to use your camera to shoot video. The EF mount allows you access to the entire range of great Canon glass, which you can take with you should you decide to go full frame later on.

At Amazon (body only) for $999

DMC-GM1KS_front_H_400Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

If getting the smallest camera possible is vital to your functionality as a photographer, this tiny, micro four-thirds camera is perfect. At just 279g, the lightweight, yet durable body can withstand rattling around in your purse when not in use, while the sturdy 24-64mm kit lens is a great choice for a new photographer. While it may cost a bit more to have such a tiny camera body, it’s worth the investment if it means you take more photos!

Available at Panasonic for $749.99

DMC-GF6KK_400Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

For the budget-conscious photographer, this little number offers big value in a small package, all for a great price. While you might not get all the bells and whistles of a more expensive compact mirrorless camera (like its cousin above), you will get everything you need to take great photos of your kids, all in a durable casing.

Available at BHPhotoVideo for $448

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