When you decide that taking beautiful pictures is a priority. Your main focus will likely be finding and investing in the best cameras for photography that money can buy. But with a market filled with hundreds of cameras, how can you be sure about which camera is right for you?
When I started buying my first camera, I decided to take a more practical approach. Rather than researching the best cameras on the market, I asked myself three simple questions.
- What features do I need?
- What types of cameras can I use?
- What do I want to photograph?
It was the answers to these questions that led to my first successful purchase of the best camera for ‘me’. Four amazing cameras later and I haven’t looked back, this formula worked for me, and I want to inspire you today by showing you 3 simple things to think about before buying a camera and introducing you to some of the best cameras available for various purposes.
Step One – What Features Do I Need on My Camera?
Cameras are amazing machines that allow us to pause and share them openly with everyone around us. Cameras have evolved tremendously over the years and become;
- Your smartphone with touch screen, GPS, and editing in various
- Become a Point Shoot Camera with the dial and hybrid functions.
- Become an SLR (single-lens reflex camera) camera with optical image stabilization, superzoom, and interchangeable lenses.
- Become a DSLR (Digital single-lens reflex camera) with Wi-Fi connectivity, video capture, tilting LCD, and a larger image sensor.
To action cameras and drone cameras that bring new angles to adventurous photographers looking to capture action shots, underwater shots, or aerial shots.
Before buying any camera, we should know clearly about the features we want to have in our camera. There are hundreds of features available and more coming out with each new camera release. But having hundreds of features you never use in your camera won’t help you get a better picture. But they will add to the cost of your purchase.
Step Two – What Kinds of Cameras Can I Use?
There’s a camera out there for everyone; If you are interested in buying a camera, it is wise to first describe your level of experience, capacity to use technology, and dedication to learning something new. You must have a good internet speed to upload your document and photo online using Wave internet.
If you are a professional photographer or a very tech-savvy person, then almost any camera out there will be suitable for you to use as soon as you buy it. If you find that your technical skills are a bit lacking and you’re not interested in significant learning, then you may want to avoid DLSRs, mirrorless, and SLRs and stick with an easier point-shoot camera. If you are a complete beginner, then sticking with a smartphone where you just have to press the touch screen or a simple point and take a picture right away may be more suitable than the more expensive DSLRs on the market.
I know a lot of people who decide they want to get serious about photography and trade their high-quality point shoot camera for a big, expensive DSLR. Only to find out that they don’t have the dedication to learn how to make the most of a DSLR. Letting them use the same point and shoot settings they had on their old camera compared to a camera that costs 5 times the price.
Before making a major investment in a camera, you should be clear about your capabilities with the camera. Or your skill and dedication to learning how to use it.
Step Three – What Do You Want to Photograph?
Now if you have more experience with cameras than the average beginner. You probably already have a collection of images and can see and the themes going on in your images. Let’s take a look at some of the types of scenes and the suitable cameras to capture them well.
Do You Want To Take Photos To Display Online?
If your main focus is sharing selfies and casual photos on your social media profiles. You don’t have to spend too much for a top camera, the minimum recommended resolution is 1080px by 1080px, this equates to approximately 3 million megapixels (MP) and will give you bright and sharp images.
Some of the popular Nikon DSLR models are
- Nikon d7200 – 24 MP sensor, clear images in low light and has Wi-Fi.
- Nikon d5300 – Multi-angle LCD, GPS, and 2MP sensor.
- Nikon d5500 – Small, lightweight, and compact.
- Nikon d750 – 24.3MP sensor, shoots 6.5 frames per second.
- Nikon d810 – With a 3 MP Sensor, this is one of the highest resolution DSLRs.
Some of the popular Canon DSLR models are
- Canon Eos 7d mark ii – 20.2 MP sensor, High-quality photos, and videos.
- Canon Eos 5d mark iii – 22.3 MP sensor, and dual image processors.
- Canon Eos 6d – Full-frame lighter, 20.2 MP sensor, and smaller size.
It’s not the camera that makes the pictures great, that’s only part of the story. The real magic behind fantastic photos is the person holding the camera. It is you who must open yourself up to see the world around you and find the right framing to present your vision to the world. So, if you are a talented photographer, you will take great pictures with a disposable camera or SLR.