Our courses are suitable for owners of any make of digital camera equipment but should ideally be of the Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) type. Cameras known as SLT (transluscent mirror cameras) are also suitable as are some of the high-end mirrorless cameras such as the Fuji XT range, Olympus OM-D range and Panasonic G range.

Unfortunately, Bridge / Hybrid Cameras and Compact Cameras are not suitable for our courses.

If you haven’t yet bought a camera and are wondering which ones to consider, our article on choosing your first ‘proper’ camera may be of interest.


Cameras suitable for use on our courses include:

Canon 100D 200D 250D 350D 400D 450D 500D 550D 600D 650D 700D 750D 760D 800D 1000D 1100D 1200D 1300D 2000D 4000D 20D 30D 40D 50D 60D 70D 77D 80D 90D 7D 6D 5D 5Ds 1D 1Ds 1DX M5 M50 M6 Eos R and derivatives thereof (eg 5D3, 6D2, etc.)

Fuji XT mirrorless range with interchangeable lenses

Nikon D40 D50 D70 D80 D90 D300s D3100 D3200 D3300 D3400 D3500 D500 D600 D610 D650 D700 D750 D800 D810 D850 D5000 D5300 D5500 D5600 D7000 DF D2X D3 D3S D3X D4 D4S D5 Z50 Z6 Z7

Olympus OM-D mirrorless range plus E300 E420 E500 E510 E520 E620 E30 E3 E5

Panasonic Lumix G and GH mirrorless ranges with interchangeable lenses

Pentax KS-1 K500 K50 K5 K3 K1 Kr Kp

Sony A33 A35 A37 A55 A57 A90 A99 A200 A230 A330 A380 A290 A390 A450 A500 A550 A560 A580 A850 A900 A6300 A6500 A7 & A9 ranges


If your camera is not listed above please contact us for more guidance.


Not all camera types are suitable for our courses. The common types are:


A Typical DSLR Camera:

The lens is interchangeable. There will be an optical viewfinder. Our courses are optimised for these cameras and they are therefore suitable for all our courses.

Some high-end CSC/mirrorless cameras such as the Fuji XT range operate in a similar way to a DSLR but have an electronic viewfinder. These are also suitable for our courses.


Bridge Camera


A Typical Bridge / Hybrid Camera:

Looks similar to a DSLR but is generally smaller and the lens is not removable. The lens will usually retract part-way into the body when switched off. There will usually be an electronic (rather than optical) viewfinder.

These are not suitable for our Part 1 course but may be suitable for some of our activity days – please contact us.




A Typical Mirrorless or Compact System Camera (CSC):

The lens is interchangeable. There is sometimes not a viewfinder at all or if there is it is likely to be electronic.

Only high end versions of these cameras with manual functions and a viewfinder are suitable for our courses.





A Typical Compact Camera:

The lens is not removable and will usually retract fully into the body when switched off. There is usually not a viewfinder. A ‘pocket sized’ camera.

These are not suitable for our courses.




If you are still unsure whether your camera is suitable for our courses please contact us prior to booking.