What dSLR Camera Should a Beginner Buy? – Tiny Tips 21

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.

There Aren’t Any More Really ‘BAD’ dSLR Cameras 

It’s true! You’d be hard pressed to find current dSLR camera that is a ‘bad’ buy. There are good imaging sensors everywhere! On phones, on micro four-thirds cameras, on APS-C format dSLR and Mirrorless Cameras, and on 35mm Full-Frame dSLR and Mirrorless cameras. You just can’t go wrong. So here’s my advice to you.

  1. Decide how much money you want to spend on your camera gear at this point in time.
  2. Pick a brand that you like: Nikon, Canon, Sony, Panasonic, Olympus – they’re all pretty darn good, and they’re all supported by major software players like Adobe, Capture One, etc.
  3. Don’t worry about the number of Megapixels the camera offers. Anything over 12 Megapixels has long been sufficient, and today everything, including your cell phone’s front facing camera offers image files that are over 8 Megapixels, and often go as high as 16 Megapixels.
  4. 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 possible even before you outgrow your camera body. Believe me on this. Canon, and Nikon probably have the best lens collections available.
  5. 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 (which seems to be – random choice with a preference for lenses made by Canon and Nikon), try it out at a local camera store. They’ll most likely have a demo piece ready just for customers like you, Except if you decided that you wanted a super expensive piece of gear that you most likely won’t be able to put to full use for the next 3-5 years! If you like how it feels in your hand, then it’s all good… Go buy it!
  6. 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!

Where to buy your dSLR Camera

Make your camera purchase on AmazonB&H, or Adorama and you’re good to go.