Photography 1001 : Lesson 1 – How to Pick Your First Camera

Supposed you have been taking photos with your smartphone for some time now, and you want to start taking your hobby more seriously. In order to create photos of higher quality, you need to get a professional camera; but you have no idea on which camera you should choose. So, here are a few recommendations for beginner photographers:


What types of camera are there?

For entry-level, people usually recommend beginners to get a DSLR or Mirrorless Camera for both take interchangeable lenses; but what are the differences? Which is better for you?



DSLRs are in general bigger and heavier, but that’s because they grant you full control on manual settings. Also, the larger size gives balanced support for bulky lenses, not to mention that there are a wide range of lenses to choose from, mostly from Canon and Nikon. They come with viewfinder that shows users clear and natural “optical” view of scene to be captured, albeit with a weaker autofocus in live viewing mode; but they perform better at tracking fast (moving) objects. If you are planning to take multiple pictures of an action to ensure you don’t miss “the moment”, note that DSLRs are slower in continuous shooting (less number of captured shots) than Mirrorless Cameras, or you can also see it as an opportunity to train you instincts for capturing “the perfect shot”. On the other hand, their larger sensors gives their images higher resolution and better quality, so if you are looking for getting a truly “perfect” image, DSLRs may be the choice for you. Last but not least, they tend to have a longer battery life, therefore supporting a longer shooting time.


Mirrorless Cameras

Mirrorless Cameras are smaller and lighter when comparing to DSLRs for they are mechanically simpler and equipped with less features. Their size and weight makes them more flexible to use when you are on the go, but at the same time makes it difficult for them to support bulky lenses. Also, they have a smaller variety of lenses to choose from, mostly by Panasonic, Olympus and Sony. For not all Mirrorless Cameras have a viewfinder, users need to rely on the digital display of scene to be captured, but in light of this they give faster shooting when using LCD screen viewing mode autofocus. They also give easier high-speed continuous shooting, suitable for capturing moments like jumping. However, they have smaller sensors, thus image resolution and quality not as high as that of DSLRs. Moreover, their smaller sizes make the room for battery smaller, thus they have a shorter battery life, and needs spare battery for longer shooting time.


In conclusion, it is crucial to consider the type of photography you are doing before getting your first camera; for instance, if you want to take sports photography, Mirrorless Cameras may not be your best choice as you may not be able to track and focus on the athlete on time.


Which model should I choose?

If you have decided to get a DSLR, Canon’s EOS 1300D EF-S 18-55mm IS II Kit would be a good choice. It has the lowest price among all DSLR Lens Kit and the lens is great for both close and wide shooting. It is relatively compact and easy to use. Moreover, the 1300D itself is compatible with all lenses of Canon, thus allowing future lenses upgrades.


If you prefer to get a Mirrorless Camera, we recommend Canon’s EOS M3. It is compatible with EF-M Lenses and over 60 EF/ EF-S Lenses via Mount Adapter EF-EOS M and its hot-shoe is compatible with External Speedlite Flash and Electronic Viewfinder EVF-DC1; you can change add-ons based on your needs. Not to mention its fast auto focus and lightweight is wonderful for carrying around and capturing short-lived moments.

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