First Steps With Canon

Updated: Apr 25, 2021

No camera is perfect for everyone. Some are too complex for beginners, some are better for vlogging and videos. Of course, sometimes the right choice is a camera that is affordable for you.

Landscape photographer, Dave Newton, took to The Photography Show Virtual Event this September to help photographers discover which Canon camera was right for them.

Dave Newton told viewers that the perfect camera does not exist and that it’s all down to the photographer’s individual needs.

“Everyone has different subjects they want to photograph, everyone has a different budget that they’re willing to spend, so picking the camera for you is a complicated and time consuming process”. Dave Newton covered four different Canon ranges throughout the video, suggesting the Power Shot G-Series range for beginners.

“Compact cameras are a great first step if you want to improve your photography.” Dave suggests that if you’re trying to move from smartphone photography to picking up a camera, a compact is the best decision.

A compact camera is a great first camera as it’s designed primarily for simple operation with automatic exposure settings, autofocus, and a built in flash.

Dave Newton even named a few promising options, including the G1X MarkIII, the G3X, G5X MarkII, and the G7X MarkIII.

The PowerShot G1 XIII is a great camera if you’re not limited to a budget. This high-end compact camera has a 24MP APS-C sized sensor, a 24-72mm equivalent F2.6-5.6 zoom lens, and a Dual Pixel autofocus.


The G3X is great for both video and photography with a 25x zoom, 1.0-type sensor, great low light capabilities, and sharp images every time.


The G5X MarkII has secure grips for such a small body and is an ideal travel and family camera with 4K video, a pop-up electronic viewfinder, and a 1.0-type sensor.


Finally, the G7X MarkIII is the third camera in a series of 1.0-type sensor compact camera aimed for photographers looking to upgrade from smartphone photography. This camera has a 24-100mm equivalent F1.8-2.8 lwns, a new stakced CMOS sensor, and a Digic 8 processor, promising better image quality and overall performance.


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