Which DSLR is best for the beginner?

8th October 2016

As you may know, I run a beginners photography course every month or so, and a question I get asked a lot is which DSLR is best for the beginner. So, I thought I’d share some ideas’s with you, and who knows, maybe Santa might bring one for you!

There are lots of brands on the market. all excellent so it may be down to personal choice. I am a Canon user so may be slightly biased, but from speaking with other profession photographer friends, the Canon lenses and upkeep are slightly cheaper than Nikon, so that’s another tick for Canon.

So now you’ve decided on the brand, where do you buy? Depending on your budget you may opt for second hand or new. If opting for second-hand I would strongly recommend purchasing from a shop that offers a warranty and some form of back-up. Imagine your disappointment purchasing from eBay to find there is a fault in the camera or it’s functionality.

Many online companies offer excellent second hand bodies and lenses and they are graded 0-10 to give you an idea of their quality. One such company is WEX Photographic. They have excellent customer service too should there be a problem.\

If buying second hand, a good option is the Canon EOS 650D Digital SLR with can be picked up for around £300 for the body.

The 18 megapixel Canon 650D is the upgrade to the Canon EOS 600D and features 5 fps continuous shooting, Vari-angle touch screen, full-HD movies with manual controls, ISO 100-12800 standard, 25600 expanded.
The main improvements on the 600D include a touchscreen control LCD, a new ‘Hybrid CMOS’ sensor, DIGIC 5 Image Processor, built-in stereo sound for video shooting plus new scene modes including ‘HDR Backlight’ and ‘Handheld Night Scene’.

The EOS 650D produces files big enough to print at large sizes or crop for alternative compositions without sacrificing quality.

A good kit lens to start with would be the Canon 18-55mm and then perhaps add a 50mm prime to your arsenal for the lovely portraits of your children.

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For those purchasing new, I would recommend the Canon EOS 750D Digital SLR. This camera body retails for around £500.

The powerful Canon EOS 750D features a 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor for superb image quailty and customisable 19-point autofocus system which locks onto your subject when shooting sport, portraits or landscapes. Other features of the 750D include Canon’s fast DIGIC 6 processor, Full HD movies with cinematic depth of field, Wi-Fi and NFC connection, 3-inch vari-angle LCD.

The higher megapixel will enable detailed, high-resolution images with better dynamic range, lower noise and excellent control over depth of field.

Again, the 18-55mm and 50mm lenses are an excellent starting point. You could then also add a 55-200mm to really make sure you have every eventuality covered!


I hope you found this useful. If you are lucky enough to receive a new camera for Christmas and would like to learn how to use all the manual functions on it, why not come along to one of my beginner photography courses. I will be holding my next one in January so sign up to receive the newsletter with the notification of the date.