Photography - Which camera should I buy?
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:
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
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
A high-end mirrorless camera that is perfect for scenic photographers 36 mega pixels, enabling you to print your images in large format
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!