Too Many Choices
If you search the internet for cameras, you are likely to be overwhelmed by all the offerings. There are also many traps that you can easily fall into such as buying too much camera for your skill level and the type of photography that you will be doing. Our goal with this article is to give you the information that you must know when purchasing a camera. We hope that with this information that you will buy the best camera for you and that you get many years of enjoyment from it.
My Sensor Is Bigger Than Yours!
If you have been researching cameras, then there’s no doubt that you have been introduced to the sensor size war that is brewing in photography circles. I will say that views on this subject have evolved over the years. What is a sensor? A sensor on a camera is what actually takes in the image. Typically, the large the sensor the more light and information can be encoded within an image. This is a great thing, especially if you shoot in low light or if you want to editing your images.
This good thing has been taken a bit our of proportion, where even Joe and Jane average think that they need a full frame camera to take great images. The truth is that unless you are going to be doing any form of RAW editing or blowing up your printed pictures to a very large size, you do not need a big sensor.
Another thing that is interesting is that micro 4/3 and APS-C cameras shoot great images, professional work has been done on these sensor sizes, there are a ton of great companies making cameras with this sensor in a variety of form factors and they are not that expensive.
So, what is your takeaway when it comes to sensor size– It matters but application is more important than anything. If all you are going to do is take snapshots of your family, then a full frame sensor is going to be overkill. If you want to try something a bit more artistic, look into micro 4/3 and APS-C cameras. You can find them at all price points and sizes that will lend themselves to travel and even for professional shoots.
It Is Your Lens Dummy
While it is so easy to get carried away with sensor size and even the look of a camera, one of the most important things in photography is the quality of the lens that you are using. Some cameras have a fixed lens that can’t be removed so you simply have to buy the right camera but with cameras that have a removable lens, your options are wide. Depending on your goals, a fixed lens zoom with a quality sensor is all that you might need. Some will be happy with a fixed lens, single focal length camera that makes quality pictures. Others might want exchangeable lenses so that they can choose which lenses they use, what quality and the price point.
For a vacation camera, I would say choose either a high quality fixed lens camera or a fixed zoom. Even if your camera can use a variety of lenses, choose a zoom for your vacation lens because packing light and being able to carry around just one lens is ideal. A zoom will allow you to get the perfect length for both portraits and landscape shots. Using a single lens with a fixed focal length is also fine. Most will choose either a 35mm, 50mm or 85mm and or equivalent based on their camera’s sensor size– The lenses represent shooting wide, shooting natural and shooting long.
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Determine how much you can spend on a camera and them use the information above to pick the best camera. A good photographer can do quality work on just about any camera if the light is right, if the subject is right and if they are willing to use the camera to its strengths. Photography is all about you, what you see and what you want to create. As much as you might start with finding the right camera, also learn more about photography, composing shots, using lights and controlling exposure. Such skills will allow you to get the most out of any camera that you should choose.
It is hard to buy a bad camera these days with all the online reviews and information about cameras. You should be able to use this information to find a quality camera that will perfectly fit the role that you will be using the camera in. Be it vacation, family events, snapshots, shooting your friends like mode, nature photography or landscapes. There are many cameras that will get the job done.