So the time has arrived for you to invest in your first camera after saving up for your new hobby which is without a doubt absolutely fantastic! But in a world of tech and complicated photographic jargon, there are a couple of things to consider before making your initial purchase and we hope to help you along the way...
Here are 9 things to consider when buying your very first camera:
- Budget - Cameras and camera gear can get costly very quickly, but we highly recommend investing in a good lens and photographic accessories over a very expensive camera body
- Features - You have to decide what the camera is going to be used for predominantly. Will it be for sports and wildlife photography, or perhaps you take a fancy to weddings and portraiture. The key features to look out for in the camera will drastically change your decision making.
- Lenses - You don't want to invest in a high quality and expensive DSLR lens when your next camera body might be mirrorless. Or you don't want to buy the wrong focal length lens for what you intend on shooting.
- Brands - Don't believe that one brand offers everything, there are many options to choose from.
- File types and sizes - If it is photography you're into, don't automatically assume that more megapixels mean a better camera, that is never the case. If it is video, be sure to know what video codecs are available in your camera and what is more prefered for your kind of work.
- Use alternatives before buying - There are many ways to get creative before actually spending your money. You can rent equipment before you buy to either make do with it or just try the equipment out. Alternatively, you can use what you have, even if it's your iPhone.
- Type of camera - If you're into photography, you need to understand what is currently on offer, you usually have options of either DSLR cameras or Mirrorless cameras. In the video world, you have many options as well that include DSLR camera's, Mirrorless cameras, Camcorder cameras or even Cinema cameras.
- Second-hand - Don't discard the idea of secondhand cameras, this could save you a lot of cash in the long term.
- Older Models - Each camera has had its time as a flagship model, don't disregard an older version as it has just been replaced, they are still fantastic pieces of kit that have a lot to offer.
Take a look at the video below by the YouTube channel: Cinecom.net on 9 Things You Should Consider Before Buying Your First Camera...