Camera Buying Guide
Many a times you buy the camera based on the budget, or by recommendation of the closed friends or relatives. Later when you compare your camera with others you feel that many features are not available in the camera and then you realized the camera you bought is very Basic.
But Don’t worry, this guide has been prepared by putting my self in your shoe. And thinking what if I want to Upgrade my camera? So this thought made me do some research on the internet (Google Baba) & then after reading, understanding & analyzing the data I decided to write this guide
This will help you to make a choice of your New Camera, as well as how to upgrade your existing Camera.
First thing first -
All the equipment's are based on their Features, e.g. If you buy a Car, TV, or any electronics device it has its own features, Cars are available in different models like Top end Model, Medium segment, etc., The specific feature of each model makes them identical.
So the Point which I want to highlight here is that you need to Check Features of the Camera. So lets look at the most common & necessary features of the Camera.
Frames / Second
Internal Memory Buffer
Now I have jotted down all the features, in my research I didn’t found any camera with all these features, because all these features has purpose pertaining to Photography joinder
Let see the functionality of the features and co-relate with your Photography Style before buying the new Camera
Megapixel - Basic 6-8 MP will also do the work if you are just going to upload the images on social media. We need to see effective Megapixel and Native Resolution. While buying the Camera.
Frame / Seconds - measures as "Continues Shooting Speed" - Basic camera has speed of shooting 3-4 frames per seconds, Now if you are in to Action Photography like Sports, Wildlife, Birds in flight, etc.. with Basic Camera you may not be able to capture all the action happening in the field. You need 10 FPS, 14 FPS to meet your goal.
ISO - This is very important feature in case you are in to Low Light photography like (Wedding, Night Photography, Wild Life, Events.)
Focusing System - It depends on Camera Type : DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) or Mirror Less. Each has its advantages and disadvantages, but from a normal photography point of view both are very good. If you are shooting wild life, Sports then DSLR is the right choice.
Auto Focusing Speed - Whenever Action Photography is involved, Auto Focusing Speed is very important, How fast it focus on the subject.
Auto Focusing Points - More Number of Focusing points you will get more control on the composition.
Mirror Lockup - Some of the entry level camera doesn't have this functionality. What it does, for extreme long exposure shots (Slow Shutter Speed) you can lock the mirror so that minor bump of the mirror will not add shake to the shot you are taking. If you are going for Mirror less camera, you don’t need to look for this feature.
Tilt View of the LCD - This is one nice to have feature, This is useful when doing completely ground level shots, like Birds, Animals, New Born kids, etc. or you wanted to take the Top Down view in the Event.
Battery Capacity #Shots - This is very important, you need to see how much shots you will get in single charge, Maximum Shots is preferred. So if you are shooting in such place where charging is not available, if you are using camera for Video shooting then larger Battery backup is required.
Memory Card - What type of memory card camera supports, SD Card or CF Card. Does Camera has Dual Memory Card Slot, so this will help you in backup kind of thing or you can shoot RAW image on one card and use second to capture JPEG image to quickly share with clients or to upload on social Media.
Internal Memory Buffer - When you press Shutter Release button completely, Camera takes the shot. And then it stores in its Internal Memory, then it writes it to Memory Card. This is helpful in Action Photography, so when you start shooting & camera can only store 4 images in its internal buffer memory then you may find difficult to take the shot of all the action happening on the field. This buffer number is showed in the right side corner of the view finder.
whit this guide now you can check what kind of photography need which features and accordingly you can find the best suited camera for you.