If you’re thinking about buying a camera this Christmas use these 5 questions to help you make sure that the camera you spend your money on, is the right one for you or your recipient.
HOW MUCH DO YOU WANT TO SPEND?
This reduces what you initially look at in the wide range of options that are available. It’s a good starting point to your search.
WHAT TYPE OF PHOTOS DO YOU WANT TO TAKE?
Do you want to shoot pictures of the kids, holidays, nature, sports etc? Knowing what you would like to be able to shoot with a new camera will help you identify the right features you need and prevent you buying the wrong camera.
IS 2ND HAND OR A PREVIOUS MODEL AN OPTION?
Purchase second hand cameras from a reputable source such as a local camera shop or online retailer who check the equipment and offer warranties - not ‘Mr Smith’ on eBay. Compare models if the previous version is available and see if it’s worth the extra money to buy the latest one.
HOW MANY MEGAPIXELS?
Megapixels is important in terms of the quality of your image but…all cameras of a certain type or range are likely to have the same size sensor in them. What makes the most difference between one camera and another are the features it has.
WHICH SIZE/TYPE OF CAMERA DO I WANT?
Compact - this is the area that has seen the most changes in recent years with the advances seen in cameras on smartphones. Today the compact camera will be more sophisticated in terms of what it does at a higher price tag.
Bridge cameras - look like a small SLR but with a fixed zoom lens. Often have very good zoom but at the expense of some other features.
Micro 4/3rd/compact system cameras - also known as mirrorless cameras. They have interchangeable lenses but are much smaller than an SLR.
Digital SLR’s - cameras with interchangeable lenses. Often referred to as a ‘proper’ camera!
Once you know the type of camera you want have a look for online blogs on the best cameras this year to help you further, visit a local camera shop or, of course, talk to a photographer!
This post also appears in the current edition of the Dunmow and District Bystander magazine. www.bystandermagazines.co.uk