Most first-time dSLR camera buyers ask around a lot, and do a lot of research before making their first (or second) camera purchase. They’re justified in their concern that they should not buy something that turns out to be a bad choice. I have good news for all such buyers. Beginners should buy the camera that they can afford immediately. They’re likely to get the most benefit from that decision. Here is why.
There Aren’t Any More Really ‘BAD’ dSLR Cameras
Digital cameras are no longer in the experimental phase. They’re now solidly established in terms of technology, and as a result, you’d be hard pressed to find any dSLR camera made in the last 5 years that is a ‘bad’ buy.
There are good imaging sensors everywhere! On phones, on micro four-thirds cameras, on APS-C & Full-Frame dSLR and Mirrorless cameras.
In short, you would have to work very hard to find a camera that is demonstrably bad.
So, instead, let’s look at how to find a camera that is the best fit for you:
- Decide how much money you want to spend on your camera gear at this point in time.
- Pick a brand that you like: Nikon, Canon, Sony, Panasonic, Olympus – they’re all good technically, and mechanically with only small differences between them. They’re all supported by major software players like Adobe, Capture One, etc.
- Don’t worry about the number of Megapixels the camera offers. Anything over 12 Megapixels has long been sufficient. Today most cameras, including your cell phone’s front facing camera offers image files that are over 8 Megapixels, and often go as high as 108 Megapixels.
- Look at the range of lenses that the brand (or third party lens makers) offers. This is probably the most important part of the purchase, because you’re going to want to expand your collection of lenses … possibly even before you outgrow your camera body. Believe me on this. Canon, and Nikon probably have the best lens collections available, but 3rd party manufacturers like Sigma, Tokina, Samyang and others have collections of cheap, yet good quality lenses too.
- Try out the ergonomics of the body you’re about to buy: Once you decide on a camera body based on the principles outlined above, try it out at a local camera store. They’ll most likely have a demo camera on show for customers to try out. If you like how it feels in your hand, then it’s all good… Go buy it!
- Don’t think about it any more: Just buy it. Every possible choice is a ‘Good’ choice. Like I said before … there are no bad choices anymore. The more time you spend contemplating the good and bad aspects of each of the 15 cameras that you’ve picked out, the less time you have to take photographs, and that’s what you should be doing anyway!