I'm new to photography. In the past I took photos using cellphones. Cellphones are not professional cameras (are they?), so I want to buy a professional one. Because I have no idea what makes a good camera, I did some search on Google, but only to find huge variance in their price. For example these are 3 of the Google search results:

  • Panasonic $448

  • Nikon $1400

  • Canon $2900

I didn't search Made-in-Japan products specifically, but most of the results are Japanese products. However their prices still vary a lot. The cheapest one is $400 but expensive ones can go thousands of dollars. What makes the difference? I'm not asking for recommendation of a specific product, but I would like to have some tips about choosing a good camera that would not unduly restrict my skills. Still I'm wondering if all good cameras are made in Japan?

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    \$\begingroup\$ This question is too broad. Can you please define the criterias which are important to you? \$\endgroup\$ Dec 10, 2022 at 15:39
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    \$\begingroup\$ Hi and welcome. Unfortunately this is exactly the kind of question that this site is not for, per photo.stackexchange.com/questions/ask it is not for "open-ended purchase recommendations" nor "which camera/brand is the best". I expect that it will soon be closed. But I would advise researching the difference between interchangeable-lens cameras and non-interchangeable-lens cameras, between mirrorless and DSLR cameras, and between sensor sizes. Those are good places to start if you know nothing at all yet. \$\endgroup\$
    – wonderbear
    Dec 10, 2022 at 15:50
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    \$\begingroup\$ Moderator note: I have removed the links from this question because they are monetised links to install ad blockers. Please do not do that anywhere on Stack Exchange. \$\endgroup\$
    – Philip Kendall
    Dec 10, 2022 at 16:58
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    \$\begingroup\$ As @wonderbear has noted, this question isn't a good fit in its current form so I've closed it pointing to two of our canonical "first camera" questions. I will pick up on one thing though - "Cellphones are not professional cameras (are they?), so I want to buy a professional one.": there are no professional cameras, only professional photographers. Gear will not make you a better photographer. \$\endgroup\$
    – Philip Kendall
    Dec 10, 2022 at 17:01
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    \$\begingroup\$ Don't focus too much on where a camera brand comes from. It doesn't matter if you are buying a camera, a bicycle, or a car, all the manufacturers offer different products at different price points, with increasingly appealing/useful feature sets. (Mostly.) \$\endgroup\$
    – osullic
    Dec 11, 2022 at 14:14


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