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:

  1. What will I be photographing with my new camera?
  2. What is my budget?

To answer the first question lets have a look at different types of digital cameras.


  • light
  • 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;

  1. Happy with the ease and stress free use of a compact.
  2. Ready to take everyday photography to the next level with a compact pro.
  3. 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;

  • Megapixels
  • 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.



Michael Zand Optometrist – South Yarra


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