As a photographer, I often get asked for advice on camera related questions, the main one being, which camera should I buy?

The challenge with this question is that it is quite general. It’s similar to asking someone, what computer should I buy? Or, where should I go for my next holiday?

The short answer is, it depends. Identifying why you want to buy a camera is an important starting point. Even before you start to look at different camera models, consider what type of photography you will be doing and what features are important to you. Clarifying your photographic needs or purpose will help you to select a camera that does what you want it to do.

With so many different camera options and models available, from point and shoots through to DSLRs, it’s really important to think about the following questions before you go shopping.

  • What kind of photography will you be doing? (travel, portraits, sports)
  • What is your budget?
  • Do you need a lightweight camera, or are you comfortable carrying a larger camera?
  • Do you need to use a range of lenses or would you prefer a fixed lens?
  • Is video an important feature?
  • What is your level of interest in photography? E.g. Do you want to develop your skills or are you happy to let the camera figure it all out?

I’ll write a bit more next week so stay tuned.

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