How to choose the right camera to begin with?

DSLR Camera

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!

Compact cameras.

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!

Compact 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! 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.

6 Replies to “How to choose the right camera to begin with?”

  1. Hi Estefania.

    Thanks for the great article. For someone like me, who is not very knowledgeable in the field of cameras (I mainly use my smartphone 😉 this is some very valuable information.

    I used to have a nice little point and shoot Canon. A mirrorless as you call them. And I think I might look into getting a real camera again. After all, the photos I took with that one, was a lot better than the ones from my phone…

    Thanks again for the great information

    1. Hello Michael! thank you for the comment! I really appreciate it. I will continue giving you more information and do not hesitate if you have questions!!

  2. What a nice post you wrote! I really enjoyed reading it and I could not be silent about your post so I decided to leave my comment here and say Thank You! For sharing this quality post with others.
    Actually this is exactly the information that I was looking for about how to choose right camera and when I landed to your website and read this post, it answered all my questions in details.
    So I’m happy that you decided to write about this topic and share it with people. It’s very useful and can definitely be used as a great source for choosing the right camera

    I will come back to your website again for sure and I’m looking forward to read your new posts.)

    Thanks!

    1. Hello Ali!! Thank for your comment! I really appreciate your words!! I hope I can continue helping you in the future, I will bring more information about it and we will grow together in the photography word!

  3. Hey, great article!

    I currently have a Nikon D3400 DSLR. It has been my first “decent” camera and in all fairness I absolutely love it. It truly is a good allrounder. I love to travel and find myself taking more and more landscape photos and as any aspiring/keen photographer, I yearn for better quality. At the minute I’m still on the stock 18-55mm lens which is ok but I want better haha. So the question is – should I invest in a more expensive lens of go for one of these new mirrorless ones? If you think I should get a new lens and keep the DSLR, what would be a good lens for landscape?

    Also, I do a little wildlife photography. I currently have a sigma 70-300mm lens which is, to put it bluntly, awful!! No stabilisation and the focus is pretty soft. Suppose you pay cheap you get cheap! What would be a good replacement for this!?

    Thanks Anthony.

    1. Hello Anthony! thank you for your comment on my post!! We do have something in common, traveling and taking photos everywhere is one of my passions! Actually a Nikon D3400 DSLR is a great camera to begin with and for sure you could have it and use for several years since you can change lenses. You can definitely remain with this camera and invest in lens, I believe that is not worthy to invest in a more expensive camera if we are still learning the basics! So, give yourself the time to enjoy your baby and just play with the lens and the manual options! As you are interested in landscape I would recommend a Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G or maybe a Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G.

      I hope this info will help you!! do not hesitate if you have more questions!

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