• Image Sensor: CMOS Sensor
  • Resolution: 24.2MP
  • Display: 3-inch TFT color liquid-crystal monitor
  • Viewfinder: Eye-level Pentamirror
  • ISO Range: 100-6400 (expandable to 12800)
  • Connectivity: WiFi, NFC, USB, HDMI Type-C
  • Storage: SD, SDHC, SDXC, UHS-I
  • Dimensions: 129 x 101.3 x 77.6mm
  • Weight: 475g
  • Pros:
  • Picture quality
  • Good value
  • Beginner friendly
  • Cons:
  • None

Shooting For Beginners

Every photographer has to start somewhere and these days most of them start from their smartphones, or even instant cameras. But when you want to get serious or venture into the realm of hobbyists, you’ll have to get either a mirrorless camera or a quality DSLR camera. Cameras have come a really long way from before, and you can get incredible photos even when using entry-level options, though you do get more freedom and options as the price goes up.

Out of the box, the Canon EOS 1500D doesn’t give off a very professional feel at first. It has a bit of a plasticky texture to it, but its entirety is actually quite robust. As you get used to it, the camera starts to grow on you because it’s simple and does what it sets out to do. It’s a no-frills beginner-friendly camera that is perfect for those who are just starting out on their photography journey. The body came together with an EF-S 18-55mm IS II lens as a kit, which will be your best friend till you get better.

The camera is setup in a way that everything you need or have to do, can be done all with a single hand. All the important dials and buttons are always within reach and it’s so efficient that way. Whether changing shooting modes, popping up the flash, switching from the viewfinder to LCD, all of it can be done by either your thumb or index finger. The camera comes with three different Auto-Focus modes which are One-shot AF, AI Servo AF, AI Focus AF each of them serves their own purpose which you have to delve into yourself, but overall focusing is quick and accurate but a tad loud.

AF points may be of concern to some who would find that 9 AF points (Cross-Type) might be too little, but 9 points is just right at this price and for beginners. Of course, we won’t complain if Canon ever adds more AF points for their future entry-level models. Overall, the camera does take excellent photos and is incredibly user-friendly for beginners. For those interested in taking videos, you can even record shots up to 30p in Full HD but you’ll have to bump it down to standard HD 720p resolution to get 60p.

CHIP CONCLUDE: The Canon EOS 1500D is incredibly easy to use and just about anyone can jump in and start taking pictures that are rich in detail and colour.

(previously published in issue July 2018)