What’s A Good Everyday Digital Camera To Buy?
I can’t tell you how many times I have been asked this question. I could say Nikon XYZ or Canon ABC, but in all honesty that would be lying. Here is a rough guide to help you wade through the digital camera market.
A good start is to ask yourself these 2 questions:
- What will I be photographing with my new camera?
- What is my budget?
To answer the first question lets have a look at different types of digital cameras.
- easy to carry around, can fit into your handbag, manbag or pocket
- point and shoot ease of use
- enough extra features to play around with if you want to
- its still better than a phone because of features like optical zoom and lighting options
Compact Pro / Bridge Camera / Micro SLR / Hybrid
There seems to be a lot of different names for this type of camera which is smack bang in the middle between a point and shoot and a big DSLR
- a mix between a compact an a DSLR
- lighter and more portable than a DSLR
- RAW shooting so images can be corrected later with programs like photoshop or lightroom
- higher image quality that a compact
- fixed lens
- greater zoom ratio (and improving all the time)
- great for taking the next step from a newbie to photographer
DSLR (Digital SLR)
- used by many commercial photographers
- heavier and larger than a compact and Compact Pro
- interchangeable lenses and shutter speed
- larger image sensor to create a higher image quality
- DSLR is just a body, lenses are purchased separately
- will most likely needs its own bag
After reading the above you need to decide if you are;
- Happy with the ease and stress free use of a compact.
- Ready to take everyday photography to the next level with a compact pro.
- Serious enough to carry a dedicated photography kit around and have the time to set up shots.
Before you start shopping – because you will be instantly overwhelmed at the choice, decide on your budget. Is it under $200, $300-$500, $600-$800, $1000-$1500, $3000 +…I think you are getting the drift here.
To narrow things down a little further you can now ask yourself what features are most important to you;
- View Finder
- Shutter Speed
- Zoom Options
- Robust Build
You now know the type of camera, the amount your prepared to spend and what features are most important to you. Its time to start looking
For a great online reference to see what choices are available to you, have a look at C|net Best Digital Cameras of 2015 . They are always updating their website.
If you prefer to speak to an expert in store I always find the people at Ted’s Cameras incredibly knowledgable and helpful.