There are two options when it comes to upgrading from a smartphone to a dedicated camera. Compact cameras, such as the Canon PowerShot V10 vlogging camera, are light and portable and have a fixed lens, whereas interchangeable lens cameras, such as the EOS R100, EOS R50 and the EOS R10, give you the ability to expand your lens range. Most interchangeable lens cameras come bundled with a versatile kit lens, which is a great option for beginners, but also means you can add new lenses to your kitbag as you start experimenting and your skills grow. There are a range of lens options for different shooting scenarios, so find out which lens is best for your needs before buying, and also make sure the lens is compatible with your camera using Canon's lens compatibility guide.
Whether you want to shoot outdoors on a misty morning or in your bedroom, lighting is key to capturing quality results that match your vision. Cameras have larger sensors than smartphones, and this means they can capture less noise and better detail – especially in low light. Canon cameras use two sizes of sensor: APS-C and full-frame. Full-frame sensors are larger than APS-C sensors, but bigger isn't necessarily better. Because APS-C sensors are smaller, cameras can be made more compact and lighter, which is ideal for street and travel photography. The smaller sensor size also means more distant subjects appear larger in the frame, making APS-C cameras ideal for sports and wildlife photography. A full-frame sensor has a wider field of view, so a full-frame camera is ideal for sweeping landscapes, ultra-wide architectural interiors and astrophotography.
Entry-level Canon cameras house powerful features, but they also come with beginner-friendly tools to help you find the best settings in a host of different scenarios. Canon's popular Guided Mode interface shares on-screen explanations to help you quickly grasp the basics. Icons and pictures help you understand what a function will do, and you can easily navigate around the interface using a touch-sensitive screen or buttons. The entry-level Canon EOS R100 has a white menu with Mode guide and feature guide, which displays useful information about the mode or function being selected.
Visit Canon's product support page and search for your camera model to download manuals and user guides.