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These days, a lot of people dream of trading their lame desk jobs for a Sprinter van and becoming an “influencer”:  living their lives on the road, camera in hand, filtering stunning landscapes through Adobe Lightroom. Next thing they know, their Instagram explodes and that scenic vista ends up on National Geographic.

Wouldn’t that be rad?

Well, the Nat Geo might be a bit of a stretch. But these days, thanks to the power of social media, even the average Joe can be an IG superstar. But you need to get started some place — so grab the hardware and start learning.

One of the best cameras on the market for someone getting their feet wet, but with plenty of capability for upward movement as you learn and get better at the art of capturing image, is the new Sony A6500.

Made of pro-level materials with a cropped sensor, it can be paired with the A-series Zeiss lenses that Sony uses across their entire professional level cameras. It also has a super compact form factor thanks to a premium Sony 24.2MP mirrorless sensor, resulting in a pint-size powerhouse with excellent low light capture. A long battery life allows for all-day performance, and an ultra-bright screen makes those noon shots easy to capture.

Lastly, a reasonable price tag of $1,098.99 means you can get started right away capturing beautiful photos or 4K video.

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