Advice on Camera Decision for first Interchangeable Lens Camera

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caitlinmacginitie New Member • Posts: 4
Advice on Camera Decision for first Interchangeable Lens Camera

Hello all,

This is my first time posting here so I apologize in advance if I am doing something wrong.

I am looking to get my first ‘real’ camera (had a Canon point and shoot many years ago but have since been relying on my smartphone) and need advice on what would be best for my purposes/budget. I have done a lot of research and reading about different cameras, but I am still stuck trying to make a decision.

I mainly take photos of pets and nature (plants and flowers, mushrooms, insects, etc., not so much landscapes). I would really like to be able to photograph birds, and am interested in trying macro photography as well, so whatever camera I choose would ideally allow me to do both.

I don’t care so much about video capabilities. I need a camera that is beginner-friendly, but not too limited in capabilities as I hope to be able to use it for a while. I am open to either DSLR or mirrorless. I don’t have any particular loyalty to a certain brand or system.

My budget is around $700 for both body and lens (it will be a gift from my parents so I don’t want to go too much above that).

I have been mainly trying to decide between the Canon EOS Rebel SL3 or the Canon EOS M50 Mark II, but I am unsure which would be best for what I want to use the camera for, or if another camera entirely would be better.

Any advice or feedback would be greatly appreciated! Thank you in advance,


Canon EOS M50 (EOS Kiss M) Canon EOS M50 II Canon EOS Rebel SL3 (EOS 250D / EOS Kiss X10)
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