A complete guide to choosing your camera

In this post I’m going to explain the differences between cameras en which one is best for what use. If at the end you still have some questions don’t hesitate to ask me. I’m also going to explain a bit about all the different media in which you can present your pictures.

So first of all how to choose your camera

If you decide to buy your first camera chances are you don’t know what to buy, but you probably think you need to buy a big ass camera to be able to do everything. But you probably don’t know about all the other options that are out there.

The first thing to do is to think about what the most important thing is for you. Whether it is the quality, if it is easy to use, the zoom or if it is for the lenses. You always need to take into account that no matter what kind of camera you are looking at there will always be high, middle and low-end.

Reflex cameras

I’m going to start with what is probably ons of the best known and probably one of the biggest groups, the reflex camera’s. These are mostly known and almost always seen as professional cameras. But as i said earlier there are always different classes. In this case it mostly depends on your budget but also if you actually see a professional future later on. If you do you probably wont’ look into my blog because I’m mostly going to focus on more of the amateur side of it. So the low-end cameras are more for the first time buyers or people who really want a reflex but know they won’t use it a lot.

Low-end

In this class you have different brands who make em. These brands will come back in every class. So the biggest brands are off course Nikon and Canon, Sony is a bit the underdog of this group. I’m going to state per brand the best camera’s in this class.

Nikon

So i myself used to be a Nikon owner i had the D3100 the only reason i changed is because it was dated. Nikon in the meantime is already at the D3400 which has a better quality, some more options, a higher iso and wi-fi and bluetooth on the camera. These options make it easier to share your pictures right away on your social medias.

They also have the D5600 which is a bit higher end than the 3400 but is still considered low-end. The difference between these two is that the D5600 has a rotatable screen which is easier to tak selfies and even, for small people like me, to take pictures quite high while still be able to see what you’re photographing. The rest of the specifications are similar and don’t really change.

Canon

Canon has the 1300D and the 750D in this segment. They are quite similar tho the Nikon ones and also perform the same. The biggest difference between nikon and canon is that Nikon is more made for photos and canon more for filming the focus is going to be faster on a nikon which is great for photos but when you film and try to focus it looks quite amateur even with a high-end camera.

Sony

Sony has the alpha 58 and the alpha 68, at the moment i have the alpha 68. The alpha 58 again is like the others i have talked about until now, but the alpha 68 is of a higher level for the same price. It will focus faster, the body itself is made like the middle-end cameras of canon and Nikon, which makes using it a higher pace a lot easier than with the past two. This is also the reason why i bought this one, if you are wondering why i bought this camera and not a high-end the answer is quite simple, i don’t have the money for a high end. The only thing the Sony ones are missing is built-in wi-fi.

Middle-end

Nikon

In this segment they have the D7500 which is the latest one in their semi-pro class. The difference with this one is that the body itself is more manageable but also quite a lot bigger. It is going to focus a lot faster and a lot more fluid as well. It is also going to Improve on quality even though the pixels don’t change

Canon

Canon has the 80D which again is quite similar tot this segments Nikon they always stay on the same level.

Sony

Alpha 77 is also quite similar, it has wi-fi, rotatable screen and faster than the other two.

High-end

Nikon and canon stay the leaders in the high-end segment, that’s the reason I’m not going to divide them here. Sony has some great cameras in this segment as well but not quite at the same level. All the cameras in this segment are called Full frame camera’s, if you want to know more about this wait till my next post where i will explain the basics about photography.

End result reflex

You probably noticed that i speak very highly about Sony, which is still often seen as the underdog. That is first of all because i have one myself, secondly i work in the photography aisle in a quite big store in belgium called mediamarkt, which literally translates to media store.

Compact

The compacts are together with what I see in the store the two best known types. But it is also known as a bad quality and worse than smart phone, which is in the low-priced at around 50-100 euros the case but those higher than that definitely not. In this segment the brand doesn’t change much so I’m not going to segment it even more.

Simple compact

In the simple ‘basic’ compacts you can almost say that no matter what you will go for they do the same. There are sometimes a few tiny little differences between brands but they are littaraly very small.

‘Premium’ compact

In the premium compacts nikon isn’t really a contender even it’s mostly a ‘fight’ between Canon, Sony and panasonic. Again here it’s better to just look at the camera specifications and not the brand. It depends more on what you look for, like a bigger zoom or you want it as small as possible it all depends on that so don’t stare yourself blind on what brand you should buy.

Bridge

Bridge camera’s are like the compats but on a larger scale with a way bigger zoom. Here the same principle count as in the previous segment don’t look at the brands to much.

Hybride

This is going to be the main subject of the next post since it is worth a whole post af explanations since it is such an amazing segment with so many possibilities.

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