Over the next few weeks I will be bringing you a short guide to photography. This week we look at what camera you should buy?
You will probably fall into one of three categories:
1. Compact and extremely portable.
Compact digital cameras have been on the market for years and the majority take excellent pictures in a variety of conditions. Here are few things to look out for
• Battery – does it have its own rechargeable battery or does it take specialised or readily available batteries? If it takes rechargeable batteries why not pick up a spare (cheap generic versions for almost any camera can be found on ebay)
• Zoom – if you’re looking to take pictures from a distance or want to minimise your depth of field then look for one with a large zoom. 10x zoom on a compact equates to around 300mm telephoto lens on a traditional camera which is ideal for getting close ups while on safari. Be aware that the closer you zoom the more camera shake and the more likely you will blur your shot.
• Build quality – this is very important if your looking to jet set all over the world. Go for a respected make and ask friends and family if they have had any nightmares/brilliant cameras in the past. Go to a shop and try it out (remember you can always check the price on-line and the camera company will usually match the price).
• Memory card – check what sort it comes with. The most common is Secure Digital (SD) which are both highly compatible, robust and fairly inexpensive. Olympus cameras tend to use MMX cards which tend to be a little more pricey. Sony have their own memory sticks which are quite often twice the price of SD cards for the same storage capacity.
Caves – taken by James Campbell Adamson in Brazil
2. Digital SLR
For the more serious photographer with deep pockets. Ultimate flexibility with complete control of the camera and interchangeable lenses.
• Size of the sensor – cameras at the cheaper end of the market have smaller sensors, this will affect the size of your photograph making it appear smaller. A full frame sensor will let you take full advantage of both your lens and the light available.
• Canon or Nikon – if you are used to using one or the other then try and stick to it. You also maybe able to carry on using many of your lenses although the automated functions may not work. Of course there are many alternatives out there such as Sony, Minolta and Panasonic. They may not have been in the digital SLR game for as long but are catching up fast so don’t discount them.
• Other equipment – don’t forget that if you go down this road there’s going to be some more kit you’ll have to or want to buy. Camera bag, extra lenses, external flash, memory,
3. Film SLR
For the traditionalists if you have one of these or are thinking of buying one then I’m sure you’ll know what you are doing. The best quality currently available but with expensive processing costs.
Comparison and reviews and advice:
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