Are you thinking about purchasing a new camera, either for yourself or for someone you know, but don’t know where to start? Well, that’s why here. On this article, you’ll find the proper information and tips that you need to correctly choose your next camera.
First, let’s cut directly to the chase with some recommendations.
– For general use, cheap DSLR, go with the Nikon D3300.
– For a general purpose but still very compact camera, go with the Panasonic Lumix ZS100.
– For a bridged camera with superzoom functionality, grab the Panasonic Lumix FZ1000
– For a high end, advanced camera with lots of features, go for the Panasonic Lumix LX100
– For a professional enthusiast camera, go with the Nikon D750
– For the absolute best, most professional high spec camera, consider getting the Sony A7R II.
Now, with that out of the way, let’s go over some common general tips.
1. Specifications alone won’t tell you what the best camera is.
Not to mention few specs can even be taken at face value, as they certainly don’t tell you the whole story.
2. The MP (megapixels) or resolution of the camera’s mirror doesn’t matter either.
Unless, of course, you are a professional who knows exactly what he’s doing with all of the technical specs. However, if you’re of the more clean-cut common folk, the things that will matter more than the MP would be the sensor size, the image-stabilization, and the autofocus system.
3. Don’t worry about trying to buy the ‘best’ camera out there. You don’t need it!
The truth is, one particular camera would never in a million years meet every single criteria and requirement to be classified as the ‘best camera.’ Those four conditions being performance, photo quality, design, and features.
4. Make sure to try it before you buy it.
Make sure it’s not so large and cumbersome that you’d rather leave it at home, and ensure that you have a good grip on it that fits your hands comfortably if the camera itself is too big or too small. It should also provide easy access to the most widely known and commonly used features, such as ISO and shutter speed; you should not need to jump through hoops just to find those settings that you need to take the perfect shot.
However, this is not all. Let’s take a look at some of the more technical and more important considerations, as opposed to the simple basic ones. Remember, a camera is more than just a device that snaps a quick shot; every picture tells a story, and you can tell that story a whole lot better if you know what you are doing. That’s why we focused on the more gritty nitty nitpicking details for this next set of tips.
1. Do you need an interchangeable lens or a fixed one?
Well, this one depends on what kind of pictures you plan on taking. If you want a quick, small, cheap, light and easily portable and convenient camera that you can take pictures of birthday parties with, you can ignore this whole section and just get a straightforward and compact digital camera with a fixed lens.
If you’re a professional who takes nature or other kinds of genre pictures, or someone who is looking to get into the professional community, you’ll want a camera that can interchange lenses.
2. Make sure you know what kind of camera you need. If you plan on purchasing a professional camera for nature work, don’t buy a compact mirrorless camera; and the list goes on.
Buying cameras can be somewhat tricky business especially if you are just getting into photography. Not having done proper research before purchasing a camera would be detrimental to the quality of your photos.
You should read as much as you can about cameras, the way they work, and all of the technical aspects before making your final decision on a purchase. Good luck!