I’ve found that when it comes to getting yourself a camera, a lot of people don’t know where to start.
Well the best piece of advice I can give, is to decide on what you want to get out of your camera. Sounds simple doesn’t it? If you’re as indecisive as I am then this is no easy task.
I have a point and shoot compact camera. Its great, you get clear images and I never have any problems with the features. But I wanted more. Depsite being an amateur photographer, I really wanted to get more experimental with my photos and see what I could capture.
As everyone knows DSLR cameras are top of the range, and they give much more freedom when it comes to adjusting the camera settings to experiment with the images you take. But if you want top of the range, you have to pay for it. While the prices are enough to scare you off, you have to consider what you get for your money. A good DSLR camera will cost anything from £400-£1000+. And there are some reasonable priced DSLR cameras out there. Heres a quick list of some of my personal pros and cons.
– Different shooting modes available
– Different lenses available (to buy)
– Good quality images/videos
– Taking care of Lenses
– Equipment soon takes up space in luggage
As you can see I have to spend a fair amount of money, make sure I have room to pack all of it, then make sure my lenses don’t get damaged while im travelling. Lenses aren’t exactly cheap to replace.
And then there’s the Bridge Camera. A Bridge Camera is the perfect middle ground between a basic “point and shoot” and a DSLR. They give you more freedom then a point and shoot -granted not as much as a DSLR – but they do come at a fraction of the cost.
The price of Bridge Cameras can vary anywhere from £30-£900+. Again depending on your budget you can get a decent camera for your money if you hunt around. Here’s another quick list of my personal pros and cons regarding the Bridge Camera.
– Allows more freedom to experiment in manual mode than point and shoot cameras
– Cheaper than a DSLR
– No need for lenses so takes up less room
– Depending on which camera, you’re limited to what you can do without lenses
You might have guessed I ended up going with a bridge camera. To be more specific, a Canon SX510HS. It was cheaper than a DSLR and much easier to get used to. Plus I didn’t have to worry about getting to grips with lenses while playing around with the camera.
So depending on what you want to get out of your camera depends on which one you should go for. As an amateur I personally think a bridge is perfect to get to grips with. It’s the next step up from a point and shoot and allows you to pay around with it and experiment. Then when you’re ready for more, you’ll be fairly familiar with the basics amd can move on to a DSLR and explore further.
If you prefer to jump straight to a DSLR then by all means do so, no question they are great cameras but make sure you take care of those lenses while travelling as dust/dirt can ruin them when they’re not in use.
I hope this article has helped. I’d be interested in hearing in which camera you prefer to use? Are you an amateur or an experienced photographer?
Thanks for reading!