One glance in the camera category and it’s blaringly apparent that photographers love options…and lots of them! ISO, megapixels and flash…OH MY! Ultimately, only you are going to be able to pick out the camera that is best for you. Here’s six items that need to be thoroughly investigated in order to narrow down and make your searches more efficient.
Choosing the right camera
- USE: What ARE you going to use your camera to take pictures of? The type of photography you create directly correlates to the kind of camera you will need. A Point & Shoot camera will not have the same capabilities as a DSLR. Save yourself the heart ache by knowing what you are photographing before you make an investment and find you need to quickly upgrade or bought a camera with features you will never use.
CURRENT CAMERA: Do you like your current camera? Maybe you just need to upgrade to the newest version. Are you frustrated with your current camera? List out what your gripes are and divide and conquer. Perhaps a more advanced body of the same brand or switching brands completely is in the near future.
If this is your first big camera purchase, ask around to friends and family if you could come over and test out their camera. If you’re fortunate enough to have a camera store close by, stop in and check out what is on display.
- PRICE: We can now put a budget in place since we figured out what we are going to be photographing and which brand fits for you. While you might have a certain amount in mind for what you want to spend on a camera, do not forget any gadgets or extra gear you may want/need upon purchasing your new camera.
FEATURES: This could be a huge post on it’s own. There are SO many features to choose from and consider Here are a few that you should keep in mind.
- Manual Mode: If you do not shoot in MM now, having that feature will be important if you decide you love picture taking and want to take control of what your camera is producing.
- ISO: Having the ability to bump up your ISO allows you to take pictures in LOW light! This is a life saver for dark wedding receptions, concerts or indoors.
- Fast shutter speed: Mamas! This is the option you want to fully consider when photographing your VERY active child(ren)! If there isn’t an option for a fast shutter speed, burst mode is the other option that will help your balls of blur have some clarity.
- Flash: Most cameras come with flash built in. Entry level DSLRs have a flash built in, please double check. All other DSLRs will need an external flash.
- SIZE: You could also lump weight into this category. Do you want a camera that fits in your pocket? In a shoulder bag? Or needs a separate bag completely? If the DSLR has your name on it, you are going to need lots of space for camera and accessories…and this is where the weight factor comes into play. All those accessories get heavy in a hurry!
- MEGAPIXELS: Everyone is all giddy over the number of megapixels. What ARE megapixels? And why are they important? The higher the number of megapixels, the higher the resolution. Translation please? If you plan on printing a lot of large wall art (16×20 and larger) you will want the higher megapixel option. If you plan on printing the standard size gift prints, then you will not require a high number of megapixels.