Pho­tog­ra­phy - Which cam­era should I buy?

Provincial Living - - Contents - Visit Karen Al­sop’s web­site: www.sto­r­ Pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­pher Karen Al­sop an­swers ev­ery am­a­teur travel pho­tog­ra­pher’s burn­ing ques­tion…

As a pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­pher, one ques­tion I get asked time af­ter time is, “Which cam­era should I buy?”

In a world where new cam­eras ar­rive on the mar­ket al­most daily, how do we work out which one best suits our needs?

The pho­to­graphic land­scape is chang­ing. New cam­eras have be­come avail­able that are not only light­weight and por­ta­ble, but with im­age qual­ity com­pa­ra­ble to some of the best DSLRs on the mar­ket.

The new breed of “mir­ror­less” cam­era is small enough to carry ev­ery­where, but of­fers you full con­trol over your set­tings. It even al­lows you to change lenses, so you are not lim­ited to a fixed zoom as you are on a com­pact cam­era. Mir­ror­less cam­eras are smaller, sim­ply be­cause they don’t re­quire a mir­ror com­po­nent to cap­ture the im­age. In­stead, the im­age is recorded di­rectly onto the sen­sor.

This is all great news for travel pho­tog­ra­phy. The top of the range mir­ror­less cam­eras av­er­age around $2,000 – half the cost of an equiv­a­lent Dig­i­tal SLR, and a lot lighter!

I usu­ally rec­om­mend Sony’s range of cam­eras to trav­ellers look­ing for a good qual­ity, light­weight cam­era. Here are my top picks:

Sony A6000

A small crop sen­sor mir­ror­less cam­era that comes with a kit lens (16-50mm) Many other high end lenses avail­able to pur­chase 24 mega pix­els A good en­try-level mir­ror­less cam­era

Sony A7S

A high-end mir­ror­less cam­era that per­forms ex­tremely well in low light (shoot in the dark!) Less mega pix­els (12mp) than its sib­lings, so not ideal for land­scape pho­tog­ra­phers Best for travel pho­tog­ra­phers cap­tur­ing night scenes and also ex­cel­lent for video ap­pli­ca­tions

Sony A7R

A high-end mir­ror­less cam­era that is per­fect for scenic pho­tog­ra­phers 36 mega pix­els, en­abling you to print your im­ages in large for­mat

Fuji XT-1

A rugged weather-proof de­sign Stun­ning im­age qual­ity 16 mp – enough mega pix­els for most ap­pli­ca­tions, but not as high as some of the above Sony mod­els.

This new era of dig­i­tal pho­tog­ra­phy is so ex­cit­ing. Be­ing able to cap­ture qual­ity im­ages with a cam­era that fits in the palm of your hand has opened up a whole new world of pos­si­bil­i­ties… Seize the day, and happy snap­ping!

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