I’ve had plenty of photographers tell me that the best digital camera is the one you have on hand, and for most of us, that’s our iPhone. And though you can take some high-quality photos in Portrait Mode, if you really want to get serious about photography (even if your own photos are just going on Instagram), it’s probably worthwhile to invest in a digital camera. But finding the best digital camera for you that’ll take the types of photos, or videos, you want can be tricky if you’re just starting out, especially since there are so many different types of digital cameras on the market with a lot of confusing letters and numbers.
So to give you a solid starting point to find your next camera, I talked with nine professional bloggers, vloggers, Instagrammers, and photographers about the cameras they use regularly or would recommend, based on their experience — because you don’t get hundreds of thousands of likes on Instagram without knowing how to take a good photo. Below, their most-loved cameras, organized by price, from just under $1,000 to total splurges.