When it comes to digital cameras, there are plenty of types for you to choose from. We have compact cameras, which are smaller and very easy to carry everywhere, and we have cameras with interchangeable lenses, which are bigger and require more than just a pocket to take it on your trip. You will need a bag for your lens, tripod, flashgun, batteries, cleaning tools, etc.
Digital camera world – Tips on buying a digital camera
In the digital camera world, there are so many options. The best way to do it is to think first about its final scope. Will you use it to simply shooting photos for your memories, for social networks – so everyone can see where you’re traveling, or you want to shoot more professionally?
Understanding your goal will lead to having the right tool for the right price.
Standard compact camera
This is usually a small, light, and reasonably cheap camera known as Point and Shoot. It is a basic entry model into the digital photography world. Standard compact cameras usually are fully automatic. In rare cases, offer manual exposure options.
Usually, they have a small zoom lens that folds into the camera, a built-in flash, and an LCD screen – no eye viewfinder. HD video recording, image stabilization, and Wi-Fi connectivity may be available with this type of camera. Usually, low-quality photos, but it is not a rule.
Some high-end standard cameras are expensive but offering excellent picture quality. These cameras are only limited by their unchangeable lens and sensor size when they are not full-frame.
Zoom compact camera
Like the standard camera with the only difference in their zoom capability, it can go to 30 x optical zoom or even more.
Adventure compact camera
Almost the same as the standard camera, plus they are waterproof, shockproof, and even freeze-proof. A sturdy build makes them very good for use in extreme conditions. On the other side, the limited zoom and exposure options and a small sensor lead to poor photo quality.
Digital single-lens reflex (DSLR)
These are high-end digital cameras divided into two main categories – hobby and pro. The hobby models have an entry-level APS-C sensor, and the professional ones come with a full-frame sensor. You can detach the lens and replace it with the needed one.
This is a considerable advantage, being able to use the right lens for the right task. These cameras are usually used by professionals or hobbyists who know what they are doing. Having a DSLR does not mean that your pictures will be great. You need knowledge and a lot of training to archive the best results.
Mirrorless interchangeable lens camera (MILC)
Great digital cameras, are similar to the DSLR ones, with some differences:
- Size and weight – which is very important when traveling, handling for a long time
- Mirrorless – As the term says, they don’t use a mirror system. The camera does not have an optical mirror or viewfinder but an electronic one that displays the camera sensor. The lack of a moving mirror reduces vibration, which may result in blurred pictures.
- In the newest models, they don’t use a mechanical shutter anymore. They are using an electronic one which is quieter.
- Lens are usually not compatible between DSLR and MILC, but they have dedicated ones. Anyway, there are adapters if you like some specific lens, so you’ll still be able to use them.
Mirrorless cameras are my favorite ones. They suit my needs being a traveler with outstanding picture quality and better maneuverability than DSLR. Please do not take it as advice, this is only a personal opinion, and it is only according to my needs.
Keep in mind…
Buying a professional camera will not necessarily lead to taking great astonishing shoots. If you have knowledge about photography and you’re looking to get better results, then that’s fine. If you don’t, but you are studying photography, again, it is okay. But if you don’t and are not involved in photography, buy a camera model that suits your needs.
A compact camera or smartphone will do the job for most people looking to have lovely photos from holidays, celebrations, or only outdoor/indoor images.
I hope you found this general presentation satisfying. It helps you make the right choice. Please comment below if you need further advice or if you want to add or ask something.
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14 thoughts on “Digital camera world – Tips on buying a digital camera”
Hi Condruzmf, thanks for the excellent summary. I have several cameras you mention, an iphone for general day-to-day use, a rugged waterproof, a high end compact (concert photography) and a DSLR for when i’m feeling serious. As you say, they’re all great in their own way. However it’s the photographer that makes the photograph great.
Great tips! So glad to read this. I take photos for products from time to time I use a professional camera for that, also use it for natural photos.
I love photography so have bookmarked this site so I can revisit!
Thanks for showing your interest. I will start next with some guidance through camera settings
Years ago, I bought a digital camera, one of the point and shoot types, as you mention. Digital cameras were relatively new back then and if I remember well, mine was of 7 megapixels which was very good at the time. I used that camera extensively, basically to take photos of products that I sold on my site but also for travel and family photos. At some point, I bought a smart phone which had more megapixels than the camera and it became obsolete. It was a nice Olympus camera though and I really made great use of it.
Nowadays, I am thinking of acquiring a more professional model as I have since began to be interested in photography as a hobby. I am no great photographer but am interested in learning and as you say, I think it justifies looking for something more robust. Thank you for the information provided. Kudos!
Photography has always interested me. There are so many moments that can be captured in life. The problems I always have with digital cameras are all the settings. Will you be doing a tutorial or post on what they all means? That would be extremely helpful. at least to me it would.
Thanks for your interest in photography. I will certainly write some guides for camera settings. Always happy to help, cheers
Great advice. For many like myself, not having the understanding of what tangibles to look for when buying a camera can lead to over/under spending. The choices can be overwhelming. This post has made decision making a list t less stressful.
Glad to be helpful, cheers
Very informative and descriptive article, thank you for sharing.
I have not any knowledge when it comes to digital products such as cameras, reading his article had giving me an insight and more in depth detail.
Have a great day and all the success, happiness and health that you desire, take care.
I enjoy photography as a hobby. I have often thought of taking some photography classes, but just haven’t had the time. I think I do fairly well without any classes though. I am the unofficial photographer of the family which is strange because my sister actually has a professional camera, has taken photography and takes awesome photos! She has never paid for school pictures of her kids. She does them all herself.
But I am the one that every year I would get a new camera and film (back in the day lol) for Christmas and I’ve always documented all holidays and family events. I am the one everyone is always yelling at to get the camera out of their faces.
I use my smartphone for pictures, but honestly I don’t like the quality of the photos. They are great for posting on social media and my website, but when you want to order larger prints like 8X10 up the photo quality just isn’t there. I do have a really nice digital, but I’ve been wanting to get a professional camera.
Thanks for the info! I look forward to further posts.
Just saying, take a look into Sony Alpha 7 or 9 series. When you’ll consider buying a new camera do not hurry, inform yourself. I bought for myself about two months ago the Sony A7RII and been never happier. Excepting the slow 5 / second continuous shooting ( which I don’t need anyway) it is really great full frame camera. I am not saying from where I bought it (not selling myself), but take care about the price. My Sony A7RII costs over 2000 GBP and I found it for about 1300… This is happening with all models. Please take care and inform yourself, need advise just ask. Good luck 😉
Thanks, I’ll have to look into it. Maybe you do a review on that camera. Sounds like a great review idea to me. I know the professional cameras are pretty pricey but even the 2k doesn’t sound too bad.
Hi Chas, my review about Sony Alpha 7RII is ready here. Cheers
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