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May 30, 2019 - Comment

It’s is often said that the best camera you can have for the moment is the one you have with you. Your camera is a bit like a trusted friend, helping you to capture just the right moment. Just like in life, we choose our friends carefully.

To get the best camera/video recorder for your unique needs it’s best not to purchase a camera based on price alone. Taking a few minutes to answer some simple questions will help you find the right type of camera you should get for your budget.

Camera Needs

Looking for a reliable camera for your next outing? Whether you’re on vacation, shooting pics of the band or athletic events, or taking pictures for your blog, you may want to rely on something more than just your smartphone.

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Today’s digital cameras deliver high-quality images. There are hundreds of camera models available. Deciding which camera will give you the best results for your lifestyle can be made easy by answering just a few questions.

It’s is often said that the best camera you can have for the moment is the one you have with you. Your camera is a bit like a trusted friend, helping you to capture just the right moment. Just like in life, we choose our friends carefully.

To get the best camera/video recorder for your unique needs it’s best not to purchase a camera based on price alone. Taking a few minutes to answer some simple questions will help you find the right type of camera you should get for your budget.

Here are some questions you should ask yourself before buying a new camera

Four Key Questions

How do you plan to use your camera?

Producing content for scrapbooking is different than posting your pics on social media.

Social media sites require excellent resolution especially when posting video content.

If your primary objective is taking quality photos for social media you may be surprised at the high-quality images you can get from compact cameras.

Travel bloggers require light-weight cameras with features to capture excellent images in changing environments.

If you’re planning to buy a DSLR, be sure to find an elastic neck strap. This reduces the perceived weight of the camera when it’s resting and vibrations to the camera when moving around.

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How's your grip?

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If your hands are small you may find difficulty using a large camera.

Touchscreens allow an advantage in terms of ease of use.

It’s essential that buttons are easy to reach and well-marked. Competitive models come with great quality AF and zoom capabilities.

Mirrorless cameras weigh far less than DSLR cameras. You may be surprised at how much less, about two-thirds less!

If the human interface of the camera isn’t a good fit or if it’s too heavy, it will spend a lot of time in your closet. Be sure to read online reviews to get a good sense of a cameras’ usability.

What content will you be shooting?

If you’ll be shooting fast-paced action or long-distance photography, you will need more manual features and accessories to get optimal results. If you’re shooting travel blogging posts consider buying a 4K model for UHD image quality.

If shooting in a variety of conditions and subject matter you may consider DSLR cameras. They weigh a little more but have the flexibility of more manual features and interchangeable lenses.

Outdoor racing and sports photographers need to adapt to rapidly changing light conditions. Outdoor shooters use polarizing lenses to block glare and other features not available from compact cameras.

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Will you be shooting video?

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Many cameras now offer video recording. If you’re planning on vlogging you’ll need to select a model that will produce high-quality video and audio. 

Posting quality content to YouTube and Vimeo means you’re going to want gear with a full frame sensor. Sensor size is critical, allowing a finer image to be captured. Full frame sensors capture finer images than four thirds sensors.

Choosing a lens with a wide aperture will capture more light. Other considerations when shooting video are stabilization, Dual Pixel Auto Focus, battery life and Wi-Fi connectivity.

Tilting touchscreens are essential when recording video for live viewing in record mode.

It’s especially important to have a microphone input. Built-in microphones have limitations and pick up noise when handling the camera body.

Tips from the pros

If you’re planning to buy a DSLR, be sure to find an elastic neck strap. This reduces the perceived weight of the camera when it’s resting and vibrations to the camera when moving around.

If your taking more than a few pictures, it’s worth your time to make sure the camera you choose has WiFi, Bluetooth connectivity to easily transfer larger file sizes.

RECOMMENDED CAMERAS

Sony Alpha a6300 4K Digital Camera

Sony Alpha a6300 Mirrorless 4K Digital Camera with E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS Power Zoom Lens

Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ80 Digital Camera

EXCLUSIVE 4K photo combined with 4K video capture performance.
A favorite for bloggers and vloggers!

Nikon D5600 24.2MP DSLR Camera

A great all around DSLR and a favorite among bloggers and vloggers.

Exceptional low light images. Great for those sunrise and sunset photos!

Nikon Coolpix B500

A great camera for posting to social media.

Bluetooth feature allows for a constant connection to your smartphone for fast editing and posting of images to your favorite social media sites!

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