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Which camera to choose ?

The field of photography is constantly evolving and offers us more and more efficient cameras. However, each camera, no matter how good it be, has limitations. So it becomes difficult to know which camera to choose. Here we offer you an overview of the features of the main cameras to help you make a good choice. 

 

Compact, bridge, reflex, hybrid ? 

different types of compact digital cameras

 

As the name suggests, compact cameras are small in size and therefore easy to carry even in the pocket. They are affordable. Bridge cameras have a much larger zoom than compacts. And most models have a viewfinder. If a compact is less bulky, a bridge is a little bulkier, then, the even bulkier reflex cameras have a large body and lens that you can change. Thus they are equipped with a small or large receiver and offer better rendering in low light. Finally, there are compact cameras with interchangeable lenses. 

 

Here you can learn what the different types of digital cameras are. 

 

Browse the cameras to know which one to choose 

You can determine which camera to choose based on the settings that can be made on the camera from the body, including: 

  • Firstly, opening of the diaphragm
  • Then the shutter speed
  • The ISO sensitivity
  • Finally, the white balance

…and so much more. 

In fact, depending on the use that you want to make of your camera, these parameters are then crucial in order to obtain better shots and special effects in them. 

Thereby, when choosing your camera, be aware of the presence of a dedicated knob that gives you the possibility to easily switch from one mode to another. Some cameras, such as hybrids, offer access to these modes only through menus. 

The ergonomics of the chosen camera should also facilitate easy handling and quick access to the shutter release. different types of Bridges digital cameras

 

Test the shots to know which camera to choose 

So depending on the type of camera you choose, a compact camera, an SLR, a bridge, or a hybrid, you will have different shooting possibilities. 

On a compact model you will have camera assistants such as face recognition or automatic scene detection. However, overall, cameras incorporate several modes of manual, semiautomatic, or automatic shooting.

The size of the sensor 

An electronic sensor allows the digital camera to record the photo. So the image quality will be better depending on the size of the sensor and give you more creative possibilities. 

With a large sensor you can adjust the depth of field, better match the colors and contrasts of an image, and produce good image quality even if the brightness is low. 

You do not need to rely on the compacts to have a large sensor. Conversely, the reflex cameras have the largest sensor (FX/ APS-C). Then the size of the sensors in bridges and hybrids is different depending on the camera model. 

 

Which camera to choose according to the lens? 

The lens of your camera is very important, so it’s a good idea to know which one to choose. Depending on your needs you will have to take into account: 

  • The distance of the focal length of the lens. Is it a wide angle of 10 to 22mm, a standard of 15 to 85mm, or a telephoto of 100 to 300mm?
  • The flexibility of zoom or fixed focal length
  • Close focus
  • Maximal opening.

This is the lens that will greatly determine the image quality due to its ability to receive light and send the image back to the sensor. It is therefore necessary to choose it carefully according to the intended use. So there’re many models of lenses for reflexes or hybrids. Even on compacts you can read the features of the integrated lens to know which camera to choose. 

 

At the end of the day, after looking at all these points the last thing that will determine which camera to choose will be the available budget. For less than €200 you will be satisfied with a compact camera. If you want to buy a reflex or a hybrid at all cost, you will need to start at €300 to 400. 

 

Now you know which camera to choose. 

Thereby give us your opinion, and share your experience in the comments. 

And if you think that this article helped you, share it! 

 

Have a nice photoshoot!  

Lightroom and Photoshop Tutorials 

January 7, 2020

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