How To Choose a Professional Camera
I Hope this article will be very helpful for them who are confused about where to start when it comes to choosing a good camera. And, so many times, people think that DSLR (cameras with interchangeable lenses) are the best cameras out, but this is not true. I will give you 3 tips to go about choosing a camera for yourself.
- Price Point – When purchasing a new camera for yourself, whether it be for your new business, blog or just everyday use from traveling around the world, having in mind the price point in which you are willing to pay is VERY important. Cameras can range from $200-$20,000+, and just because you bought a “really expensive” one, doesn’t mean that it was the best fit for you and your needs.
My first DLSR camera, the Nikon D3000 (now discontinued, however, the newer version is the Nikon D3400), was about $500-600 and it came with 2 lenses, a bag, and a memory card. Not long after purchasing that camera, I was introduced to a professional photography course that taught me the techniques of photography and functions of my camera, specifically how to shoot manually. After enrolling in that class, I bought my first lens for my new camera, a Nikon 35mm F/1.8, which was required for the course so we could manually manipulate all the camera functions (ISO, aperture, shutter speed). Being immersed in the professional photography world taught me SO much about the investment in GOOD equipment and how it’s very important to buy gear that you need to produce the images or video you’re looking to create. With that said, you should have an idea of how much you’re willing to spend on your camera and the potential lenses that will be needed to produce the outcome you’re looking for.
One of my best friends is a natural hair blogger and wanted a good camera to take shots of products, make HD video tutorials and have Wi-fi but didn’t want to spend over $800. I suggested the Canon G16 PowerShot because of its capabilities and her needs for the camera. Another great point and shoot option is the Sony DSC-RX100M III or the Canon G7x Mark II. I’ll explain why in more detail in the 3rd point below – so keep reading. You could also get a DSLR camera for around $500, such as the Nikon D3300 or Canon EOS Rebel T5, but I highly suggest purchasing an additional prime lens for your new camera as well for around $200. This will allow you to shoot amazing low-light and/or shallow depth of field images, making it more clean and crisp. For a Nikon – the first lens I’d suggest you buy is the Nikon 35mm F/1.8. For the Canon, it’s the Canon 50mm F/1.8.
- Purpose – I spoke to this above, but knowing exactly what you are wanting to do with your camera is very important when trying to find what’s best for you. If you’re looking to buy a camera for leisure travel, the specs of the camera would be different from a person that is looking to record HD videos or create product shots. With my first DSLR camera, I learned that shooting professionally was a bit more difficult because I wasn’t able to change my camera functions as quickly as I liked. For example, when I wanted to change my ISO based on a change in lighting during the shoot, I had to go into the menu option and change the ISO there. Whereas with a newer, more professional grade DSLR camera, there is a dedicated button for ISO on the camera body so I’m able to make faster adjustments. This option is probably only needed for a professional photographer because we make camera adjustments often throughout a shoot. After learning this, I upgraded to a more professional grade camera when I was able to make a larger investment (my second DSLR camera was a Nikon D300s)
If you are a blogger and/or business owner that wants to create images for your blog and social media platforms, having a camera that has a low aperture feature is one that I would suggest for you. Aperture controls the depth of field in an image and allows you to shoot a subject/object with a shallow depth of field or “blurry background”. A camera with low aperture capability would be one that has a lens that allows you to shoot at F 1.8-2.8 (“F-stop” and aperture are the same thing). Again, the Sony DSC-RX100M III, Canon G16 PowerShot, Canon G7X Mark II and Fujifilm X70 Digital Camera are all great cameras for this. If you do buy a DSLR, buying a lens that allows to you manually control your aperture is suggested, like the Nikon 35mm F/1.8, or Canon 50mm F/1.8
- Camera Features –Wifi is pretty self-explanatory. Many of the new cameras on the market have a feature that allows you to connect to its internal wifi network so you can easily share images from the camera to your phone or computer.Low-light/aperture capabilities are different from camera to camera, and in my opinion, this is one of the MOST important features to consider when choosing the perfect camera. The aperture controls the depth of field of an image as well as the ability to shoot in low light scenarios (dim rooms lacking natural light). The aperture or also known as “F-stop” is controlled by the lens capabilities on the camera.
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