When it’s about electronics, there are always plenty of options out there. So, if you want to find the perfect one for you, you need to research a little before buying. There are many varieties of cameras are available nowadays. You do not need to worry about knowing everything before buying, but here are 10 things you should know if you want to buy a camera.
Choose according to your purpose:
Before you buy a really fancy camera, you should consider your purpose. Do you need the camera for professional photo-shoots? For vacations? Or you just need it for party photos or selfies? A phone camera can take party photos or selfies very well. But if you need it professional photo-shoots or some wild life photography, you might consider buying a DSLR or mirrorless camera.
Image sensors come in different sizes. The bigger the sensor size is, the better the quality of photos. It’s because the larger sensor can collect more photons. This makes the image clearer and reduces the graininess of the picture. Nowadays, some of the smartphones have a larger range of sensor size like many points and shoot cameras and the SLR, DSLR or mirrorless cameras have even larger sensors.
Megapixel counts usually mean how large you can make your image without enlarging it digitally. Megapixels basically matters when it is about the size of your final picture. So, if you need regular sized photos, moderate pixels can do the work. But shooting for billboards or murals will need a larger range of megapixels.
The larger range of megapixels means larger photo files. So, if you take pictures with a large RAW file size, you’ll need a camera with decent storage space. But you may not need to worry too much if you’re taking normal photos. You can always transfer and clear up space from your memory card. But professional photographers like sports or wedding photographers should consider buying extra storage space to be safe.
All you need to focus about lens is in its zoom and the aperture. Zoom is denoted in mm. Our smartphones usually has 24 mm fixed zoom. With the lens kit, 18-55 mm zoom lenses are given according to the camera. The aperture is what controls your depth of field, or, background blur. Lower aperture means more blur.
This means the time that your camera takes to open its stutter. Again, the more the range of shutter speed, the better. But of course, again, according to your purpose. Usually sports journalists need the camera with faster shutter speed.
ISO is basically the sensitivity to light of your camera sensor. If the number is low, it means less sensitivity to light. The higher number means high sensitivity to light. So, when you need to capture photos in a low a situation, the high sensitivity will help you to get a better exposed image!
Image stabilization helps you to reduce the blurriness from you image. So, it’s better to take this in your consideration before buying a camera.
Any camera can shoot videos these days. But if you want a stabilized video look for a camera which has a lens with OIS, or in-body image stabilization. Otherwise, you’ll have to carry a tripod with you all the time.
There’s not much to explain, but you should definitely check this before buying.
Enjoy preserving you precious moments!