Helping other people get into photography is such a pleasure for me. This is why I searched for useful tips on how to choose your first camera if you’re a novice. I believe that it is best to have some knowing about technical aspects before making a purchase. There is a variety of products on the market with so many incomprehensible features which can give you headaches if you’re not a professional photographer. Digital cameras have been around for years now and products have developed so much that even if you don’t possess great knowledge you can still get wonderful shots. So, don’t worry if you still have no clue what to buy. I’ll give you some hints that you may use as shopping guidance for digital cameras.
Digital cameras come in different models, shapes and sizes. There are compact digital cameras, digital single lens cameras, bridge cameras and interchangeable lens cameras.
The compact digital camera or point and shoot is the standard camera, easy to carry around, fits perfectly in any bag or pocket and takes good photos when in need. Digital cameras with DSLR feature are more advanced because of their mirror inside the camera that flips the image up and down. These are used by professional photographers in general. Bridge cameras are a hybrid of compact and DSLR digitals without some features of the last and interchangeable lens cameras which offer same quality as DSLRs but with more compact bodies.
Before hitting the stores, you should find a mentor in photography or someone that already has a digital camera. This is very useful because you will get familiar with a specific brand or model and it helps a lot.
Although digital single lens reflex cameras offer shutter speed, aperture, ISO sensitivity which translates in beautiful photo effects the reality is that more than half of the work done by a photographer implies the help of a computer. Very good photos need filters and special effects which you can do with Adobe Photoshop. Plus, without those filters found on your camera menu, you can actually learn how to take great pictures. So, it’s not necessarily the case of spending a huge amount of money until you are more experienced.
Because you will want to carry your digital camera everywhere you go, my advice is to get a feel of the camera. Go to the store and test it, hold it in your hands and see what model catches your attention. Also, check some groups or online forums where you can post questions regarding cameras and photography.
In terms of budget, the more the better. But you can get plenty of quality with fair money. You can buy a refurbished or a used digital camera that works great for a beginner. I say you should rather invest in online courses and workshops that can prepare you for the art of photography, instead.