You obviously must have come across people discussing too much about pros and cons of SLR, DSLR, P&S and so on. But, that’s only adding up to your confusion. Finally, you also have a bunch of well-wishers insisting you to go for a camera that offers the best picture quality but is not too expensive at the same time. Concern appreciated, but that’s not how you select the right camera. Keeping aside the price factor, there are numerous other pointers one need to consider while purchasing a camera. This article contains a few simple tips that will surely help you make the right selection no matter if you are an amateur or a pro.
Ask your self a few questions
Before, you get started with the hunt, there are a few questions you need to ask yourself. Why do I need a camera? What type of photography am I interested in? Am I a pro or just a newbie? What conditions will I be shooting in? Get the answers to all of these questions and you are now good to go.
P&S or a DSLR? Which One?
P&S stands for Point and Shoot, while DSLR is a short for Digital Single-Lens Reflex Camera, in case you didn’t know. So, what’s the difference? Technically speaking, there is a lot of difference, but lets keep things a bit simple. A Point and Shoot camera does exactly what the name suggests. You just point to a specific subject and click. That is it. A P&S camera does not require you to do too much than just aim at your subject and press the ‘shoot’ button. So, if you are an amateur or a mother just planning to click a few memories of your daughter’s first birthday, a P&S is a good one too begin with.
If you are a professional or planning to be one, a DSLR is definitely the right choice. So, how is DSLR different? A DSLR is packed up with some amazing features not to be found in a standard P&S. If you are a newbie, the former may seem a bit complicated to operate compared to the latter. Most importantly, a DSLR requires a huge amount of maintenance. So, go for a DSLR only if you know exactly how to handle it.
The ‘Megapixel’ Theory
“Looking for a good camera? Go for the one offering more megapixels.” Well, that’s true, but partially. Imagine an individual planning to buy a camera just to click a few random photos, not bothering too much about the ‘focus’ or the ‘zoom’ factors. Why would he want to opt for a 20MP camera, when a 10MP P&S can do the trick? Megapixels only affect the image size and the resolution. So, if professional photography is not what you are looking forward to, a 10MP camera would be good enough. You obviously won’t lose out on the picture quality. That’s a guarantee.
However, if you are a pro, don’t settle down for anything less than 20 megapixels. Professionals are always concerned about the details of the subject they intend to shoot. The resolution seems to make a huge difference when shooting professionally. A slight inadequacy may result into an error, which is unacceptable if you are a pro. So, if details is what you intend to focus on, go for the one offering more megapixels.
Does wildlife and nature photography excite you too much? Go for a camera with a better optical zooming capacity. An optical zoom brings you more closer to the subject to be shot. Higher the zooming capacity, more closer you can get to your subject. Professionals usually prefer cameras with a minimum zoom capacity of around 16X.
Not a professional? The ‘Zoom’ factor shouldn’t bother you too much. The one with 3X zoom seems to be just good enough for you.
The Final Word
So, you don’t just choose a camera based on the looks or the price alone. Select one solely based on the task you plan to take up. Of course, with a million models out there in the market, you may find it a bit challenging to make the right selection. Just follow the basics and you are sure to get your hands on something that rightly fits your interest.