Irish Christmas Gift Ideas: Beginner Cameras:  DSLRs vs Mirrorless DSLRs

Looking for inspiration for this year’s Christmas shopping? We’ve made this blog to try help with some suggestions of what to get your loved ones this holiday season.

Whether you are buying for a budding photographer, or an already experienced photographer, then we have something for you here at the Galway Camera Shop.

We are the only family run specialist photographic store in the west of Ireland. Operating since the late 70’s we are conveniently located on 1 William St, Galway, and have had our new online store recently launched.

Our first blog of the festive season concentrates on beginner DSLR and Mirrorless DSLR suggestions for Christmas 2023.

First off let us explain the difference between a DSLR and a Mirrorless DSLR. For the purpose of this blog I will keep this explanation as brief as possible. Mirrorless is newer technology, the camera body is designed without a mirror in it which a traditional DSLR has this allows for a more compact, lightweight camera body. Lenses are also lighter.

Both types are slr cameras which allows you to change lenses that you have on the camera body. This becomes an advantage as you can build a collection of lenses to suit particular styles of photography that the user wishes to engage in.

Traditional DSLRs also have 2 autofocusing systems depending on if your looking through the viewfinder or using live view. Mirrorless have developed faster autofocusing systems which is an advantage for faster moving objects.

Mirrorless have electronic viewfinders, which means you are looking at a digital image when your taking your photo. While traditional DSLRs have an optical viewfinder. For some people having an optical viewfinder is a preference

Mirrorless are far superior to traditional DSLR cameras when it comes to taking videos. This has made Mirrorless DSLRs very popular for the likes of sports clubs, vloggers, etc.


We will offer 2 suggestions of DSLR cameras below as well as 2 Mirrorless DSLR suggestions.



A great option for a beginner looking to get into more serious photography  is the Canon EOS 2000D DSLR camera kit. I’ve attached a link here with full details of this camera


This comes in a kit with a Canon EF-S 18-55mm IS lens, a camera bag, a 16GB SD card, and a half day training course online run by Canon with a professional photographer.

The 2000D shoots in Full HD video, has a fixed screen, has wi-fi and Bluetooth, built in flash as well as a shoe to take an external flash. Its autofocus can also fix on moving objects.

 The Canon EOS 2000D camera kit has everything you need to get you started and is fantastic value for money as this is the only slr camera that comes complete with a bag and SD card.


The Canon EOS 250D

The next model up from the Canon EOS 2000D is the Canon EOS 250D. The Canon EOS 250D is a DSLR that's stylish and portable. It has a grip to make it easier to hold without a tripod and it’s pretty lightweight too. The image quality is great considering its size, with its portrait and outdoor shots being the most impressive. There are plenty of automated scene modes too which make taking the perfectly balanced picture a breeze

This model shoots in 4k video, has an articulating screen, the 250D comes with the Canon EF-S 18-55mm IS lens , a built in flash, a shoe that can take an external flash, and a higher ISO range than the 2000D.


Here is a link to the Canon EOS 250D:


If you feel Mirrorless is more the route you would like to go then 2 suggestions I would make would be the Canon EOS R100 and the Canon EOS R50


Both models have similarities. They both come in packages either with a RF-S 18-45mm lens or as a twin lens kit with Canon RF-S 18-45mm and Canon RF-S 55-210mm lens. Both models shoot in 4k video, both models have Bluetooth and wi-fi capabilities.


They do have differences which are as follows:

  • TheCanon R100 has a Digic 8 sensor while the Canon R50 has a faster Digic X sensor
  • Both shoot in 4k video, but the Canon EOS R100 has a crop factor of 1.6 which reduces the field of view.
  • The Canon EOS R100 has a fixed screen, while the Canon EOS R50 has an articulating touch screen.
  • The Canon EOS R100 and R50 have built in flash. They both can take external flash. The R50 however can also take digital audio, and Canon microphones.

I’ve attached links for both The Canon EOS R100 and R50 here:

The Canon EOS R100 twin lens kit:


The Canon EOS R100 & RF 18-45mm lens


The Canon EOS R50 twin lens kit:


The Canon EOS R100 & RF 18-45mm lens

We hope this blog has been of some help. If you have any further queries then feel free to contact us on our websites contact page or call into us in Galway.

Have a merry Christmas from the Galway camera shop.


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