If you are thinking about buying a new camera, you may find they are more expensive than you first thought. That is because a proper, hi-tech camera is actually quite a complex gadget. We are not talking about the little piece of machinery on the back of your smartphone. A good quality camera is the only way to get proper, high definition picture and video. But, before you purchase your new camera to snap pics of yourself or anything else, there are a few questions you should ask.
Novice or Pro?
First, is this the first time you have thought about taking up photography, or have you been honing your skill for some time? If the answer is the former, then you probably love taking selfies of you and your friend on your phone and then messing with the effects. Now, you want to take it to the next step and fill your blog with photographs that you have taken with more professional equipment. But, since it is your first time we do not recommend spending a lot of money on an expensive piece of equipment. Instead, look for one that fits suitably within your price range and is not an investment. You can always upgrade once you get more into photography.
On the other hand, if you are already a rather good photographer you can look at a more expensive model. Then, you will have other questions to answer, such as the age-old choice, Nikon vs Canon. Both brands have advantages, and you will have to decide what is best for you.
What Are You Using It For?
Of course, what camera you buy will largely depend on what you are going to be using it for. For instance, if you want to take pictures of wildlife you will probably looking for a model with a good range and will need to get some specs on zoom. You will have to take into account whether you want an optical zoom or a digital zoom. The problem with a digital zoom is that it will make the pixels in your picture bigger, which will decrease the quality of your photographs.
Also, you need to think about where you are taking your pictures. If you are mainly shooting inside, perhaps even in the comfort of your own home, you can probably afford to buy a more expensive camera. But, if you are looking to take your camera on holiday, we suggest looking at cheaper models. That way, if it does get damaged or lost, you will have spent that much money.
There is a big problem with megapixels and it is similar to the problem with televisions. Suppliers use megapixels as a way to sell cameras to the unknowing public. Basically, because it is a bigger number we assume it is better. In some ways this is true but eventually you reach a an amount of which visible to the human eye, there will be no difference. This means that in some cases, even if you buy a camera with the ability to take more megapixels you will not be able to see the difference between an older model. Therefore, we suggest that you never buy a camera based solely on the number of megapixels. Megapixel are more a marketing buzzword than anything else.
Now that you know the ins and outs of buying a new camera, we hope you fall in love with photography as much as we have.