A number of people have asked me recently for an opinion on buying a camera.
I thought I would put my thoughts down on paper – just to make sure everyone gets the same info!!
There is no correct answer of course and coupled with the vast number of options out there – it can be quite a daunting task.
I would consider 3 important factors in finding the right bit of kit for you:
- How much are you prepared to spend?
It might seem an obvious one, but this could vary from around £120 for a quality compact camera to over £2500 for a top of the range DSLR ( Digital Single-lens Reflex Camera)version. Depending on which type of camera you chose, you may also need to consider whether you will want to purchase accessories to go with your main purchase. i.e extra lenses, tripod, flash etc.
- What do you want it for?
Holiday snaps or photographs you want to display on your wall? And everything in between! Wildlife, still, sports,landscapes, portraits ….the opportunities go on.
It would be challenging (but not impossible) to create a quality, 4′ wide landscape framed canvas to adorn your dining room wall, with a compact camera (or god forbid, a smart phone!).
You may not know exactly what you want to concentrate on – in which case something more versatile maybe more appropriate.
- How much control do you want?
There is a great range of point and shoot cameras available. Likewise if you want to be more adventurous – you may want something that allows you to move away from the auto button, and start to experiment manual options, which can give you many more creative alternatives and wow your friends!
So what are the options?
|Compact||Lightweight, cheap, auto functions||No viewfinder. A bit fiddly||Better shots than your smartphone|
|Bridge||Great zoom options,Viewfinder, some manual options||Can’t change lens, quality not a good as DSLR||Good for hobbyist|
|DSLR||Better quality outputs for print, change lenses, manual options||Bulky, cost, may need additional accessories||Professional images|
There are some great articles around which provide more detail underneath each type of option. Here are some links you may find useful;-
Finally, don’t discount the 2nd hand market. I have bought quality lenses, tripods and other equipment from reputable dealers. A number of professional photographers purchase used cameras which have been regularly serviced, at a fraction of their original cost. There are some fantastic deals around. Companies like Canon and Nikon are regularly bringing out new models, which means a healthy, active 2nd hand market for the bargain hunter. I have attached a link to MPB, a site which gives great service and value for new and used equipment.
Just a brief insight into some of the things you will need to consider when making your purchase.
I hope you found this blog useful and informative. Any feedback would be gratefullly received.