If you want a camera that you can pick up and use without having to page through the manual first, then this guide is for you. Some of the cameras in this guide have robust auto modes that let you ‘set it and forget it’, while others have clever interfaces to translate more complex subjects into easily comprehensible language, often with visual guides.

We’ve included cameras in various classes (and thus prices) in this guide, from compacts costing a few hundred dollars to a full-frame model that will produce much higher quality images but sells for around $999 body-only. Read on to see what we think is the most user-friendly camera on the market.

Our pick: Canon EOS M200

Canon’s EOS M200 is an approachable camera that is capable of excellent image quality and will just about fit in your pocket. The EF-M lens lineup offered by Canon and Sigma isn’t terribly varied, but there are good options available for most users. The controls are well-judged, and the touchscreen interface is polished and responsive. Is it the camera we’d recommend to career photographers? No, but in the right hands, it will produce similar photographs to some of the best options on the market.

While the Canon EOS M200 was our winner, there are several other easy-to-use cameras that are also worth consideration. We’ve listed them all out below with detailed breakdowns of their features and performance:

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