I’ve Never Owned a Digital Camera – Where Do I Start?



The ease of Smart phones and the associated apps in taking photographs has almost made the actual camera obsolete. After all, who wants to carry along a camera as well as a phone when they supposedly do the same thing? In a weird way though, tinkering with these programs on one’s phone actually gets people more into photography than they normally would be, which in turn raises the need for more specific or advanced equipment – specifically a nice high-end camera. While it may sound hard to believe, not everybody has purchased a camera in their life so here’s how:


Know the Types

When looking through a real estate agent website you’ll notice that all the houses are indeed houses, but they are in fact completely different from one another. That’s kind of how the digital camera industry works. In fact, there are six different ‘types’ of cameras without even looking into many of the individual features of each:

  • Point and Shoot – a basic camera that operates just like it sounds without any special dialing in of settings.
  • Zoomable point and shoot – easy to operate but also features a zoom anywhere from 24X to 83X which is great for long distance shots at sporting events, concerts, or other long-distance shots.
  • Waterproof point and shoot – designed specifically for use underwater or in cold conditions.
  • Advanced – lenses don’t switch out but they do have manual controls and produce the best images for photo manipulation.
  • Mirrorless – feature interchangeable lenses and manual settings but no through the lens viewfinder capabilities.
  • DSLR – top of the line models with interchangeable lenses and through the lens viewfinders which display the subject exactly as the photo will appear.

Set a Budget

Just like if you would have a website builder create you a personal site, it’s important to have a budget before you start looking at features. Digital cameras can range from $100 to $2,000-$3,000 so it may be better to keep saving money for an advanced model rather than purchasing a device with fewer capabilities.

Define Your Intended Use

Knowing what kind of camera you want depends on what you’re going to use it for. For creating a library of personal family photos the lower-end products are probably ideal. If you plan on shooting in a number of different settings, spaces, and places or as a paid service it is likely better to go with a camera with a zoom and other features such as higher megapixels, a rechargeable battery, and a viewfinder (LCD or digital SLR).

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