There is nothing more frustrating than using a knife as a screwdriver. Don’t laugh we have all done it at least once. When you use the proper tools it makes a world of difference. Same goes for choosing a camera.
I can’t tell you how many times I have seen someone go out and spend a chunk of cash on a flashy new camera and it ends up sitting in the box collecting dust. Usually, it turns out it’s not the right camera for their needs. The top culprits for this are too much camera, too little camera, or falling for the numbers game.
The numbers game is the biggest pitfall for most people. A good camera isn’t a trophy, it’s a tool. The highest megapixel number doesn’t always mean a better camera. The 8 megapixel camera phone can’t hold a candle to an 8 megapixel point and shoot. The lens is the biggest factor for the camera’s quality. A close second is the size of its sensor. When you cram 8 million pixels on a small sensor you lose light sensitivity, and you end up with a grainier picture.
Another problem that ties in with the numbers game is ending up with too much camera for your needs. The expensive cameras come highly rated because of all the bells and whistles. Most are larger and have features that the pros use. They come with caveats though. Like they can cost thousands of dollars and that doesn’t include the cost of a lens. They can be very bulky and if you are trying to take photos of friends in public, they tend to get a bit of attention. The other big problem that makes them frustrating is that if you just shoot in auto mode, the camera will expose for the light available. That is a good thing in prime conditions, but if you shoot in low light or shadows, like the average person, your pictures will look out of focus or blurry. All very irritating if you don’t plan on learning some basic photography skills.
On the other end of the pitfalls is too little for your needs. When you try to cut a corner and get a camera that is just ok, you will end up being in for an awakening. Yes, you will get decent pictures, but in the cheaper cameras you lose control over some settings. No manual focus, no manual exposure, and some feel like a toy. Which is good for a small, light camera you don’t have to think about, unless you want to get serious about photography.
Now, I swear, this all has a point. Your camera is an investment. Just remember, I’ve barely scratched the surface. These are just a couple of things that you should consider when looking at cameras. When you are paired with the perfect camera, you will have a tool you will want to use daily.
Keep an eye out for future posts where I make recommendations based on what I have used.