20th May 2024

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With millions of views on TikTok, digital cameras are making a remarkable resurgence in a time when we thought smartphone cameras were everything and more.

While smartphone cameras have truly changed how we capture moments, people are embracing digital cameras again as they venture into content creation and rediscover the joy of experimenting with their creativity. 

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We spoke to Anthony Jackson, Training Specialist at Henry’s Camera to better understand this collective shift towards a more hands-on photography experience. 

How has the digital camera industry evolved? 

As the creator economy continues to grow, we’re starting to see shifts in devices to keep up with the demands. Initially, photography was the main focus of digital cameras but we’re starting to see a shift towards video as more people are vlogging and filming video content for social media.

“What are the exciting updates to this release? They are all video-related specs,” said Jackson. “With the introduction of higher resolutions such as 6K or 8K, not many people know that you can pull a still image from an 8K video and that’s about 35 megapixels.”

Being able to pull a still image from a high-resolution video is a huge plus for capturing those special moments. In the past few years, YouTube, TikTok and Instagram have fuelled the demand for cheaper digital cameras compared to more expensive film photography.

With some cameras getting more hype than others like the Canon G7X MK II and III is one of the few TikTok viral cameras, Jackson notes the real difference now than advertising in magazines back in the day is that more younger people are coming to buy cameras faster.

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“The way we take pictures is going to change and our core brands such as Canon, Nikon, Fujifilm and Sony were all focusing on resolution for a long period of time in order to pave the way forward and change photography forever,” he said.

Who is the driving force behind the resurgence of digital cameras?

The demand for digital cameras never died, said Jackson. 

iPhone cameras were and still are having their moment. But, millennials and Gen Z are driving this trend toward digital cameras again. It goes back to affordability and desire to shoot higher quality content added Jackson.

“We still have the traditional older woman or man coming in interested in printing photos they took on vacation with their families and wanting to see what Nikon is putting out today, but Gen Z is killing it in capturing an audience and monetizing it.”

For those creating content on YouTube, TikTok and Instagram, it comes down to the look of the footage. People want high-quality, professional-looking footage.

“What’s the highest quality I can get with the least amount of friction? That’s a question people ask themselves. Sony and Canon are making it easier to get good-looking videos and photos due to things like Menu Assist feature in the new Canon Rebels.”

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Whether you’re thinking about pursuing content creation or want to capture stunning pictures on your next vacation as memories, here are some digital cameras to check out.

Top digital cameras summary

Best for beginners: KODAK PIXPRO FZ45-BK 16MP Digital Camera
Best for beginners to intermediate: Sony ZV-1F Vlog Camera
Best lightweight: Canon EOS R100
Best splurge: Fujifilm X-T30 II
Top trending: Canon PowerShot G7X MKII
Best for beginners with a big budget: Nikon Z 30 with 16-50mm Lens

The cameras

Best for beginners: KODAK PIXPRO FZ45-BK 16MP Digital Camera

KODAK PIXPRO FZ45-WH 16MP Digital Camera.
KODAK PIXPRO FZ45-WH 16MP Digital Camera. Photo by KODAK

Why it’s great: A compact and user-friendly digital camera great for beginners to vlog or take photos. At an affordable price, it comes with face detection capabilities, red-eye removal, and one-touch video making it easy to capture moments on the go.
Key features: 16 MP, 4x optical zoom, 27mm wide-angle lens, 1080p HD video and AA batteries powered
Cost: $240
Where to buy: Amazon | Walmart

Best for beginners to intermediate: Sony ZV-1F Vlog Camera

Sony ZV-1F Vlog Camera for Content Creators and Vloggers.
Sony ZV-1F Vlog Camera for Content Creators and Vloggers. Photo by SONY

Why it’s great: Small, easy to use and a great next-step camera for creators to shoot photos and vlogs. It’s selfie-friendly and offers a range of exposure modes, image stabilization and noise reduction for videos and is quick to autofocus.
Key features: 20.1MP CMOS sensor, 20mm wide-angle lens, and built-in 3-capsule mic with windscreen.
Cost: $650
Where to buy: Amazon | Henry’s | Best Buy

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Best lightweight: Canon EOS R100

Canon EOS R100 RF-S18-45mm.
Canon EOS R100 RF-S18-45mm. Photo by CANON

Why it’s great: A small and lightweight camera that produces superior-quality images and full HD videos. It can capture bright images indoors without a flash due to the sensor size and features creative filters.
Key features: 24.1MP APS-C CMOS sensor, DIGIC 8 processor and record HD video at up to 60 frames per second and high-res 4K video at 24 frames per second.
Cost: $589
Where to buy: Amazon | Henry’s

Best splurge: Fujifilm X-T30 II

Fujifilm X-T30 II Mirrorless Camera.
Fujifilm X-T30 II Mirrorless Camera. Photo by FUJIFILM

Why it’s great: If you’re willing to splurge on a compact, mirrorless camera this Fujifilm one is a great option as has a stylish design and delivers professional-looking images that are true-to-life colour. It can also focus in as little as 0.02 seconds making it reliable for stills or videos.
Key features: 26.1MP X-Trans CMOS 4 Senor, high-speed focus and 4K video capabilities.
Cost: $1,250
Where to buy: Henry’s | Excellent Photo

Why it’s great: This is the camera that’s been taking TikTok by storm. A compact yet high-performance digital camera that produces superior images and enhanced functionality making it a great choice for professionals and beginners. The built-in flash is great for capturing those special moments in low light.
Key features: 20.1 MP, 1-inch CMOS sensor, 4.2x optical zoom, 3-inch touchscreen and built-in flash
Cost: $900
Where to buy: Henry’s | Excellent Photo

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Nikon Z 30 with 16-50mm Lens.
Nikon Z 30 with 16-50mm Lens. Photo by NIKON

Why it’s great: A compact, lightweight camera designed for beginners to vlog, stream and create content. It also has fast eye-detect autofocus mode and supports wireless photo and video sharing through the Nikon SnapBridge app so you can share on-the-go.
Key features: 20.9 MP APS-C sensor, 4K video recording, versatile 16-50 mm wide-angle zoom lens and equipped with dual microphones.
Cost: $1,050
Where to buy: Henry’s

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