I am a newbie - which camera should I buy??

April 02, 2017  •  2 Comments


Where is the pot of gold?? I need it to buy more gear!


Yeah Blog post No 2!

Now that I have told you my 'from clinic to camera' story I hope that many of you feel inspired to give your own photography a big boost. 

If you missed my first blog post you can read it here My first ever blog post :)

I recently asked for blog topic suggestions on my Facebook page. One topic that popped up several times was along the lines of:

"What is a good (and not too expensive) starter camera that a newbie can consider?"

This is great subject to start off the 'educational' subjects I intend to blog about, as all the tips and tricks I want to share with you are really of no use if you don't have a camera, right?

BTW - a phone is not a camera it is a phone. A camera doesn't ring, vibrate or give you the option to whatsapp. 

It is worthwhile keeping this in mind though right from the start. That way you can't say I never warned you :) 

It's true!



Photography is a journey - make sure you are off to a good start. 

I like to keep things simple and I promised these blogs won't be too long. Hence I will only suggest two cameras. A Nikon and a Sony.

That's because I shoot with a Nikon and know my Nikon models and because I think the Sony mirrorless cameras really needs to be considered by you as well. 

Of course Canon and other brands make cameras with similar attributes and of the same quality. I don't know enough about the different models to advise you on them. The Nikon vs Canon debate is really not worth having.....unless you are in the mood for an endless argument or you want to tease someone. 

Please also note that the 'not too expensive'  part is very tricky for me to judge. Your budgets will vary widely. I have had complete beginner come to my classes with pro level cameras!  Plus I am going to assume that you want to kiss auto goodbye asap and to learn to shoot in more advanced modes. I also will presume that you want to design and create your shots rather than just point and shoot. You need a camera which you won't outgrow too quickly. 

The two cameras (with a standard entry level lens) which I am happy to recommend, retail at around S$1000 - $1500. If this is out of your budget, then I would suggest you wait a while and save up. I would not want you to spend $600 - $700 on a camera that is soon going to frustrate you as your skill level increases. 


Some important general points first :

  • your camera is not a long term investment. If you start to really enjoy photography, want the highest quality pics and the latest features, then you will want to upgrade your camera sooner or later. Your first camera should be one that you use to the max to fine tune your skills. Then when you are a skilled photographer you will want a better camera body ( larger sensor, better functions such as autofocus, faster shutter speeds etc ) to maximise the quality of your shots not to make you a better photographer. Better gear does not make you a better photographer, but it will create higher quality images. Quality being higher resolution, ability to print them larger, possibly better colour rendition and so on. 
  • don't just think about the camera body. Your lenses will be the deciding factor in what style of photography you can do. Buying a camera that allows you to exchange lenses is paramount in my humble opinion. It allows you to buy the lenses which best suit your favourite type of photography. There is no point getting a wide angle lens if you enjoy bird photography. Also lenses are your long term investment. If you look after them properly they can last for many years. Some lenses even increase in value as they age.
  • Kit lenses ( the lenses that are usually sold as a set with your camera)  are cheap and mass produced. They have no value on the second hand market and they produce less sharp images. They will do just fine in the beginning though and they will teach you to maximise your skill level to compensate for some of their downfalls. Plus you can treat them poorly, take them anywhere and hence really practice a lot without worrying about damaging very expensive gear. 
  • You will outgrow your kit lenses quicker than the cameras which I will mention below and you will become obsessed with purchasing better glass. This may be a good time to warn you- photography is highly addictive! Unfortunately the price of a good lens will go up tenfold. Photography is an expensive hobby! Quality over quantity is a good mantra to follow if you want to stay happily married. 



And another quote. I hope you like quotes because I love them! 



But you have got to start somewhere so it's time to shop! 

If you want a great start to a beautiful journey then I would recommend these two cameras: 

                                                                                         NIKON D5600 - a DSLR - not too heavy not too light


                                                             SONY a 6000 a mirrorless camera - main advantage is it's smaller size if that is what you fancy


They both have lots of awesome features and allow you to take fantastic photos. I won't bother you with technical details, because if you are a beginner you are not expected/going to understand them. If you are not a beginner then you can easily google all the specs and reviews.  All I want to do is to reassure you that either one of these two cuties will serve you very well from a Beginner - Intermediate skill level. In the realm of photography these two are reasonably priced as well. 

 Join one of my classes once you own your new baby and I will show you how to get the most out of them. When I have classes available I will post them here Photography courses. You can choose to follow me there and then you will receive an email when I post new classes. 

Now I am a newbie in the blog world. So I need your help too. Let me know if this was a helpful post for you, what can I improve on and so on. Eduction is the key to success. I look forward to learning from you as well. 

12.15 am again! Good night. 













The best camera is the one that you have in your hand. Saying that, I disagree that a phone is not a camera. I can agree that the quality is not as good as a camera, but it's not about the equipment. It's about understanding the limitations of the camera and working around its limitations.
The camera is only as good as the one you take out. Is there anything a mirrorless can't do that a dslr can? I notice u haven't included any micro 4/3. Wouldn't it be a great choice too with good glass at a cheaper cost? Is there such a down grade in image quality?
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