Stop And Think: Things To Consider Before Purchasing Digital Cameras
Buying a new digital camera for your travels can be quite a daunting prospect. There are many DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) cameras that produce superb image quality and also a huge range of cheaper ‘point and shoot’ compact digital cameras that fit easily into any pocket of for those hipsters who bought DSLR but always on automatic mode.
There are also mid-sized hybrid ‘mirrorless‘ cameras, which I am personally using. I am not really the authority to give you tips on picking your weapon of choice but it is important to consider several factors before you shell-out some hard-earned money.
DSLR cameras got the widest variety of price range for a general-purpose cameras around and are the choice of professionals, photography enthusiasts and posers alike. That’s because of their unbeatable image quality (depending on the specs), which comes from their larger lens and image sensor as well as their precision-built components.
Compact cameras have a smaller image sensor and tend to be much cheaper. Their image quality is still quite impressive, however, and certainly good enough for most general-purpose photography (perfect for Facebook posting and selfies).
Hybrid cameras have more recently come on to the market and giving the bulky predecessors a run for their money. Basically, they are DSLR-quality cameras that are designed without the bulky internal mirror system of DSLR cameras. Their smaller size gives them extra portability although not quite the pocket-sized portability of a compact camera. Perfect for travelers addicts with low EQ in organizing .
Even inexpensive compact cameras come with an impressive range of features such as video capability, WiFi connectivity for uploading photos online or emailing them, face detection, smile detection and even shock proof and underwater capabilities for extreme junkies.
For those more interested in enhancing the quality of their photos, there are anti-shake settings, brightness, contrast, colour and sharpness controls on virtually all modern cameras. It can take a good few days to become familiar with all the different settings that even the cheapest digital cameras offer.
Many casual users don’t bother to delve too deeply into the features offered and just keep their camera on full auto setting. For those who want to understand what their camera can actually do, however, and who want to make sense of terms such as ‘aperture priority’ or ‘depth of field’ Wikipedia’s excellent article on digital photography is a useful source of information.
The grip is also a big factor, it is like choosing your first wand form Ollivander’s. For example shifters from DSLR to mirrorless cameras, it will bear an immense adjustment coming from a massive body and lens to micro four thirds. It really feels like shifting from macho beer mugs to tea cups. But I think it is just a matter of getting used to.
Now let us see if you can spot the difference, these four photos were taken using a DSLR, a micro four thirds, a point and shoot and a smart phone. Can you identify which is which?