Photography Top Tips # 1
Cameras are everywhere, the device you are reading this blog on most likely has one, and the truth is you are never that far away from one. As a photographer and a bit of a self confessed camera geek, I am often asked to give my opinion on "which camera should I buy?” which is not always an easy question to answer.
Which camera is the best one for you can be narrowed down in two simple questions:
- What do you want to do with your camera...?
- What is your budget...?
Perhaps being light, portable and requiring minimal effort is important to you, or maybe it is a camera that allows you to take over more creative control. There is a camera out there for you. Below I've put together a quick run down of the main camera types to give you an overview of the different options available.
These have a fairly low cost fixed lens offering minimal control over any creative settings. Camera phones do have the benefit of always being with you and images can be quickly uploaded to social media or cloud storage. In short, a small discreet no fuss option.
Compact cameras offer that little bit more with a modest zoom range and some even offering options for manual controls. These cameras are still small and pocketable making them an ideal "point-and-shoot camera" with a little added flexibility.
These cameras are often mistaken for DSLR cameras as they encompass similar styling and include manual controls. The main difference between a Bridge and a DSLR is that the bridge camera has a single wide ranging zoom covering wide to super-telephoto focal lengths. This makes a good choice for someone that wants the look, feel and some of the functionality of a DSLR without the inital expense and ongoing costs of additional lenses.
The DLSR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) is the tried and tested camera design favoured by many enthusiasts and professionals alike. These cameras offer you the widest range of lenses and accessories. DSLR cameras give you full creative control over your shots and the ability to shoot in either JPEG or RAW file formats.
So back to the question of "which camera”, it really does boil down to what you want to do with your new camera and your budget. DSLR cameras offer a high level of functionality and will typically outperform the majority of the other camera types out there however this all comes at a cost.