Buying a camera is not entirely an easy thing for many people. Cameras are not generally a one-model-fits-all type of product, so it is hard for you to point to a single camera and say, “Get me this one!”
In fact, buying a camera is very complex task. With an array of sizes, features, designs and prices, you may end up disappointed unless you know what you need. So, before you head to buy a camera, go through various models, designs, and their reviews.
Here are a few important things that you should know prior to buying a camera
• Do not look for specifications of camera, as there is no spec to tell you which one is best. It is not necessarily correct that bigger zoom range and a higher resolution make the camera better. Do not look for the camera with highest megapixels or longest zoom range.
• Do not be anxious to buy the best in particular class, as the truth is that one camera seldom beats the others on the four major criteria, which are performance, design, photo quality, and features, usually within the budget. Instead, make sure to buy a camera that does not produce stellar photo quality.
• Do not buy anything blindly, try the camera before purchasing. You should look whether it fits comfortably in your hand, or is too heavy to carry around. The camera you are looking for should offer quick access to commonly used functions, and menus.
Types of camera
Usually, three types of digital cameras are accessible at the market: point and shoot, mirror-less interchangeable lens/compact interchangeable lens (MILC or CILC), and digital SLRs (DSLRs).
Point-and-shoot cameras – Plenty of the design in this range is available in the market. You can either go for affordable, easy to carry and simple to use compact shooter, or robust professional models with advanced shooting options and longer zooms.
Interchangeable lens cameras – This range of cameras provides superior quality of images, lots of creative options, and faster performance, in comparison to point-and-shoot cameras. However, if you are looking for these cameras, be ready to pay higher price.
DSLR cameras – If you are a professional photographer and looking to take full control over images, go for a DSLR. They offer most advanced features to meet the needs of experienced and professional shooters. Each of the DSLR cameras is compatible with different range of interchangeable lenses and camera accessories. However, they are more expensive and you have to pay the prices for body and lenses separately.
Professional photographers are advised to buy digital SLR cameras, as they produce high image quality and allow you full control over the photography experience.