A camera is a huge investment for most people. As such, it is important to choose the right camera for your needs since you are going to have it for a long time. There is no “one size fits all” camera in the world.You have to ask yourself what you are going to with the photos you take. Are you going to enjoy your photos on your PC? Are you going to make them part of a slide show on a large plasma screen? Are you going to make custom gifts with photos? What you are going to do with the photos you take will dictate to a large extent the type of camera you should choose.
Types of Cameras:
Different cameras are going to offer you different capabilities. This is very important for camera industries as they can comfortably produce a wide array of cameras. The types of cameras include:
- Point-and-shoot cameras- these are very basic and only serve the purpose of a digital camera. They cost around $200.
- Megazoom cameras- they are a step above point and shoots because they have a closer zoom (up to 10X). Apart from this, the other components are similar to the point and shoot camera. Megazoom cameras cost under $500.
- Mirrorless cameras- these are semiprofessional cameras which is still in development phases. They offer much more in terms of lenses and have few manual operations. One can get a mirrorless camera at about $600.
- DSLRs- these are currently the best digital cameras. They are very pricey with an entry level camera costing a minimum of $600. They produce high quality photographs and have a lot of manual operations. DSLRs are popular with professional photographers.
What are your needs?
We touched on this a bit above, but let’s go into some detail now. The first question you need to ask yourself is what will be the purpose of the camera. Do you want a camera to film home videos, take photographs of a concert or start a photography career? If you, for example want to start professional photography, it would be redundant to buy a point-and-shoot camera. If you want to take family pictures and relive holiday memories, it would not be advisable to buy the DSLR. This is because you may find the manual operations hard to follow. Also, buying the appropriate camera will save you a lot of money.
Lenses are very important
Lenses are a very important part of cameras. It is one of the things you can look out for when buying a camera. However, this does not apply to all digital cameras. For instance, the lens for a low level digital camera such as the megazooms and the point-and-shoot cameras do not matter a lot as they are almost similar. With mirrorless and DSLRs however, lenses are crucial. What determines the quality of a lens is the quality of the glass and the image it produces. This might be difficult to distinguish so here is an easier way. Look for a lens with a wide aperture and a good focal length (zoom).
Don’t worry about megapixels and zoom
Most people emphasize the megapixels of the camera as a vital consideration. However, there is very little difference in the megapixels range of digital cameras. Having a camera that can take a stunning photograph is more than enough. You could opt to go for the megazoom camera, by all means, do so. But you may end up using more cash than the amount recommended for a camera that is suitable for your use.