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DSLR & Mirrorless Camera Suggestions for Beginners | The Academy by Sophy Cee Photography

Updated: Oct 2, 2023

Embarking on a journey into the world of photography is an exciting step, and selecting the right DSLR camera can make all the difference in capturing stunning images. As a beginner, you might be overwhelmed by the vast array of options available. Fear not!


Before starting- full disclosure I am a Nikon user- I always have been. But I really don't necessarily think one brand is better than another. It really boils down to preferences and which camera feels best when you are holding it- at least that's what I go by. I am much more familiar is Nikon models so this guide has been put together by doing research.

holding my Nikon z6ii
Nikon z6ii


In this guide, I'll walk you through the top four DSLR camera suggestions for beginner photographers, with a mix of Nikon and Canon models. Remember, fancy features aren't a necessity for creating remarkable photos, especially when you're just starting out. (sourced from online recommendations)

  1. Nikon D3500: The Nikon D3500 is an excellent choice for beginners looking to dive into the world of DSLR photography. It's lightweight, user-friendly, and offers a fantastic 24.2-megapixel sensor. The camera's Guide Mode is a standout feature, providing step-by-step assistance for mastering different photography techniques. The long battery life ensures you won't miss out on capturing precious moments during extended shooting sessions. However, the lack of touchscreen functionality and limited video capabilities might be minor downsides for some users (but not a big deal IMO)

  2. Canon EOS R50: This mirrorless camera is user-friendly and light & compact in size (this is important to me). The EOS R50 features an intuitive touchscreen interface that's easy to navigate, allowing beginners to adjust settings and capture stunning images with ease. 24.1-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor: The sensor size allows for excellent image quality and low-light performance. ISO 100-25,600 (expandable to 51,200): The wide ISO range allows for shooting in various lighting conditions while maintaining image quality. 3.0-inch Vari-Angle Touchscreen LCD: The articulating touchscreen is highly convenient for framing shots at different angles and for touch-based controls.I bought this camera as a rental for photography basics and so far so good!

  3. Nikon D5600: The Nikon D5600 strikes a balance between beginner-friendliness and more advanced features. With a 39-point autofocus system and a tilting touchscreen, it's a versatile option for creative shooting angles. The built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity make sharing your shots a breeze. This is super fun because you can transfer it to your phone and share it with others right away. The camera's compact design might be a bonus for those who want a portable DSLR. On the downside, the absence of 4K video recording might disappoint users seeking high-resolution video capabilities. I don't think the absence of 4K video when you are starting off is a huge deal.

  4. Canon EOS 77D: For beginners with a bit more enthusiasm for photography, the Canon EOS 77D is worth considering. With a 45-point autofocus system (this is awesome!) and dual pixel CMOS AF technology, it offers impressive focus accuracy and speed, ideal for capturing moving subjects. The top LCD panel adds a professional touch, allowing you to quickly check your settings. While the EOS 77D boasts exceptional performance, its slightly steeper learning curve might be a challenge for absolute beginners.

It's important to note that the camera you choose doesn't need to be the fanciest or most expensive model on the market. As a beginner, your focus should be on learning the basics of composition, lighting, and framing. Great photos can be taken with any camera, as long as you understand its capabilities and limitations. The most crucial element is your creativity and the time you invest in developing your photography skills. So, don't get caught up in the technicalities; instead, enjoy the process of capturing moments and telling stories through your lens.


Now that you probably have a good idea on what you want to check out, don't forget to sign up for PHOTOGRAPHY BASICS course starting in September and taking place at Studio Arc in Beaconsfield.

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