4 cameras photography noobs should put on their Christmas wishlist

Nothing beats practice, but excellent equipment can help you raise your game

Photography is hard. There, I said it. From figuring out what the fiddly buttons on a DSLR do to determining which aperture size and shutter speed work best for what you’re shooting, the science of photography can sure kill any artistic leanings. But get the right kit and the obstacles won't seem as massive as a telephoto lens. Here's a list of the best and easiest-to-use cameras to gift that super special photography noob in your life this Christmas. 

Canon EOS M100 (from RM2499)

The Canon EOS M100 sort of looks the part of a ‘serious camera’ without being overly complicated. It’s part of Canon’s EOS M series of interchangeable lens cameras that boasts DSLR-level precision, but it’s as easy to use as a point-and-shoot.

Featuring a 24.4MP APS-C CMOS sensor and Canon's DIGIC 7 image processor with Dual Pixel CMOS AF, the EOS M100 can capture moving subjects crisply and quickly. It's also super portable at just 300g and comes with a 180-degree tilt-up touch panel LCD screen and Creative Assist that simplifies the camera’s settings so you don’t have to faff about with them so much.

Videos are shot in Full HD at a maximum of 60p and the in-camera Combination IS function will ensure that your footage is judder-free, even when you're using a lens without image stabilisation. To share your photos on social media, just pair your camera with your smartphone via Wi-Fi, NFC and the Canon Image Gateway app.

Here's our hands-on with it if you're curious to find out more. 

The Canon EOS M100 is available with the EF-M15- 45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM kit (RM2499); and EF-M15- 45mm F3.5-6.3 IS STM + EF-M22 f/2 STM kit (RM3099). Comes in Grey, White and Black at all Canon Image Squares, authorised retailers and the Canon Official Store on Lazada Malaysia.

Sony RX100 V (RM4599)

For those who want the portability of a compact camera combined with some seriously cutting-edge tech that would make the most accomplished snapper weep tears of envy, there's the Sony RX100 V. This sharp shooter packs in a premium 1.0in type sensor, 24-70mm equivalent F1.8-2.8 lens, 24fps burst shooting with full autofocus and autoexposure capabilities, and 4K video recording - all in a surprisingly cute body.

Its monster sensor (relative to its size) makes low-light situations a walk in the park. And when paired with the nippy 0.05 second autofocus, fast-moving subjects are captured easily.

The RX100 V also shoots videos in 4K without the image quality loss that tends to happen with smaller 4K cameras.

Get the Sony RX100 V from Sony here or visit your nearest Sony Store or Centre.

Fujifilm X-A10 (RM1854)

For selfie hounds, the Fujifilm X-A10 mirrorless, interchangeable lens camera is the one to pick up. Featuring a 16.3MP APS-C sensor and a standard XC16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens, the X-A10 looks like its brethren, with the same classic, retro-chic look Fujifilm is known for.

This being a selfie-centric camera, the LCD screen can be flipped 180 degrees and when this is done, face detection is automatically switched on. With built-in Wi-Fi and a free companion app for Android and iOS, sharing your bomb selfies and other photos to your social media will be a snap. Pun totally intended.

You can also screw on a different lens if you feel like changing up your photography game, but remember to get the right mount as well.

Get the Fujifilm X-A10 from Harvey Norman or Shanshinki.

Leica D-LUX (Typ 109) (RM4745)

The posh-looking Leica D-LUX (Typ 109) doesn't come cheap, especially for those who are just venturing into photography, but you do get what you pay for. Featuring a large 12.8MP 4/3in MOS sensor, DC Vario-Summilux f/1.7-2.8 lens and an ISO range of 100 to 25,600, the D-LUX is makes quick work of shooting in different situations ranging from low-light to super sunny outdoor shots.

The star feature here is the camera's ability to capture NTSC or PAL UHD 4K videos at 30p or 24p, and the footage can be saved in MP4 for easy editing. The D-LUX also has NFC and WiFi on board, allowing for instant sharing between your camera and smartphone or tablet with the Leica Image Shuttle app.

Get the Leica D-LUX (Typ 109) here at Shashinki.