As good as a smartphone’s camera can be, there will be a time that one will find it can still be somewhat lacking. That’s when realisation hits that it may be time to take the plunge for a real camera. Hold up, where would one invest their hard-earned cash into? A point-and-shoot is affordable, but it’s not much better than a smartphone. A proper professional camera has the ability of swapping lenses, but they tend to be in the thousands. Thankfully Canon has some great entry level models for its Digital SLR (DSLR) range, specifically the all-new Canon 1500DD. Paired with the 18-55mm kit lens, its asking price is only in the RM2000 range. Can this be a good starting point for budding photographers? Let’s find out.
As a replacement for the outgoing Canon EOS 1300D, the EOS 1500D is all for focusing on new users to the DSLR space. Thusly, Canon keeps this entry in the lightweight space in terms of design and handling. The layout is the usual minimalist take just so newbies do not feel intimidated when they’re using it. In turn, it also helps Canon in keeping the price tag on the low-side as well. Buttons are relatively within reach of one’s right thumb, with a dedicated flash button near the index finger. The features aren’t the only thing that tries to keep things light and easy – it’s literally light too, weighing in at 475g. While that might be a good thing for new users, it feels like a toy sometimes.
With a 24MP sensor included, the Canon EOS 1500D should easily cater to the needs of users that take pictures for hobby or fun. Of course, having a sensor that big means there is the added benefits of a overly large resolution images. This makes up for the aging Canon DIGIC 4+ processor since that particular aspect has a limitation of 3fps in burst mode. With an ISO range of 100 to 6400, this certainly is not a camera for low-light photography. As expected of a DSLR, there is a plethora of options to consider when using the dial, though new users are most likely to access the shutter priority, aperture priority, or manual modes later on. Personally, the dial turns with a satisfying click.
The Canon EOS 1500D features not only Wi-Fi but also a NFC connection as well. The former is now intuitive enough that it can be easily set up. Just install the appropriate app in the smartphone, connect it with the camera Wi-Fi, and it’s good to go! Just like that – instant image transfers. Personally, this function being is likely to a hit with those who must share on social media as they can now instantly share their professionally taken images of lunch on Instagram within minutes. As for those that want to record video, they can now capture it all on Full HD 1080p with this Canon entry. Of course, having the ability to change lenses, this is a great initial investment for budding or amateur cinematographers.
As the Canon EOS 1500D is exceptionally lightweight, it’s easy to feel the mirror moving when images are being captured. That means the dampening is not as good as the more professional and heavier entries. This can lead to motion blur as the camera is likely to shake a little due to the shutter firing. It took soe time to get used to it as there is now a need to brace the camera when taking a photo. When used outside, this sharpshooter performs admirably. Images are clear, with great colour reproduction even when capturing in JPEG. The included 18-55mm lens is a great balance for close-up or wide shots, especially for new users. When used indoors, it tends to struggle, even in a well-lit room.
Good for Beginners
The Canon EOS 1500D will struggle in dark environments, forcing users to bump ISO 800 levels and beyond; even so, it’ll have to do. This will result in noisy shots but it’s still better than the grainy photos from smartphones. This is due to the larger sensor and processor that DSLRs use. All in all, Canon seems to have produced a good photography system that is suited for new users It offers a nice balance of features and an affordable price point. Indeed, there are just enough functions on this camera that can teach users the basic of handling a DSLR. For most, this is a great jumping off point, especially if one never handled a proper camera that professionals use.
Canon EOS 1500D Image Samples
(Text by: Din)
Canon EOS 1500D
The Canon EOS 1500D is a good starting point for those who want to start dabbling with DSLRs.