Regardless of whether you are an amateur, semi-professional or professional photographer, buying a new camera is an important step for you. How to do it and make sure you settle for something that is truly suitable for you? Here are some tips to help you out:
The DSLR Dilemma
In general, DSLR cameras tend to be a bit more expensive than other types of cameras – and this means that most people who want to make the switch will want to think twice before doing it. Truth be told, investing in a DSLR (even if it’s not the most expensive one) can bring you tremendous benefits.
For once, these cameras actually do help you achieve a much higher level of quality for your photos. They start faster, they focus faster and they are not very noisy as well. Furthermore, they come with features that will allow you to upgrade your photography “game” – including the fact that you have a huge variety of lenses and filters to use with them and the fact that they will allow you to manually override certain functions. All in all, a DSLR is worth the money!
Point and Shoot Cameras – Why They Are Good and Why Not So Great
Point and shoot cameras are by far among the most commonly encountered types of cameras out there. Truly, they do come with some benefits. For once, they are small (unlike a DSLR, which can be heavy and space-consuming). They are inexpensive as well (OK, this depends on what exactly you want to buy, but overall, they are less expensive than other cameras). Furthermore, if you plan on shooting photos without too much hassle, they are great because they come with decent preset auto modes.
On the other hand, the quality of a point and shoot-made photo cannot be compared with what other types of cameras can do. Even more than that, the fact that you cannot adjust most of the controls and the fact that there’s a smaller ISO range with them can limit your creativity as a photographer as well.
Camera Buying Myths to Avoid
Sure, you must have heard a lot of things about what to buy and what not to buy. But there are two myths that are very common – and should be “killed” before you even start researching your options.
The first one is related to the idea that more megapixels automatically means better photos too. Sure, that used to be true up until 1-2 decades ago when most digital cameras came with a very low number of megapixels. However, today most of them are more than decent in that chapter and they will provide you with good quality (unless you want to shoot photos and print them on large sizes, which may need more megapixels).
The second one is related to the idea that the price dictates the quality. OK, a very cheap camera will never do the same things as a very expensive one. But when it comes to the “in-between” models, price should not necessarily be an absolute criterion to follow. Instead of doing this, research, read reviews and take the pro’s and the con’s into consideration before making a purchase.