Hello everyone!! I hope you enjoyed my last post. Today we are going to focus on choosing the right camera to begin with. In fact, I believe this is a really personal choice and it depends a lot on what you want to do with the camera and what kind of photographer are you dreaming to be.
In a previous post ( Digital Photography-Basic Notions) I talked about the 3 existing categories: The compact cameras, the mirrorless and the DSLRs. Nevertheless, I give a small introduction to these categories. Now, I will be getting into the deep ocean of option and I will explain more in detail every category. Then, I will give my opinion about them, and finally you will be ready to choose and SHOOT!
Point-and-shoot camera! These are cheaper and was more easy to operate than the other ones, but they are really limited in terms of quality and photography fun! You can not do too much with them, but these are great to travelers who wants to save their memories, to get that photo of your love one that you will keep forever or even to make some fun videos!
Nevertheless, if you are really getting into photography and you would like to do some serious work, you will have to skip this category. Most of these cameras use focus free lenses or auto focus, automatic systems that choose the right exposure, and even some menus that helps you with more difficult light conditions. But everything is done by the camera! It is mostly her who will choose your final product and it might not be as good as you have in your mind!
Other than phone that has their own cameras incorporated, and to be honest, every day a new phone with a great camera gets out in the market, compact camera are the best-selling of separate cameras!
Mirrorless vs DSLRs.
So, with this category we enter in the semi-professional and professional photography world. As the name says, this camera does not have a reflex mirror, that is usually an important component of DSLRs cameras. The mirror helps to reflect the light up to the optical viewfinder. In mirrorless cameras, there is no viewfinder, so the imaging sensor is exposed to light at all times. This allows us to make a preview of the image, for example on an LCD screen. Actually, a compact camera is a mirrorless camera. However, this term is now generally used to describe digital interchangeable lens cameras either they have electronic viewfinders or no viewfinders. From now on, when I talk about mirrorless cameras, I will be talking about digital interchangeable lens cameras.
The mirrorless have a simply advantage over the DSLRs, without the mirror inside these cameras can be smaller and lighter than DSLRs cameras.
The right equipment for you.
In my opinion, the choice is mostly up to you! Depending on how much money are you willing to spent, how much of your time are going to invest in learning photography, what kind of photographer do you want to be, etc…! In general, I can say that mirrorless are lighter, more compact, faster and better for videos, but these are more expensive. DSLRs have a great lens selection but theses are complex and heavier.
Ready to shoot!
I hope that this post gives you a general idea of what camera will be appropriate for you. In future posts I will publish which cameras adapt to these categories and I will give you access to the links to find them easily on the web.
If you have any question, please don’t hesitate on leaving a comment below.