Buying the Right Camera

January 16, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

People frequently ask what camera they should buy. My response is always: what are you going to use it for? If you’re only posting the images on Facebook or on the web, you certainly do not need a 25 megapixel DSLR; however, if you want to print 8x10’s, you’ll probably need something better than your iPhone camera.

 

 I have a friend who shall remain nameless, who recently purchased a point-and-shoot camera for hundred $199,  which he proudly pointed out, had a 20x optical zoom. To me, I couldn't think of a more worthless function on a point-and-shoot camera than a 20x optical.  If you're shooting at that focal length odds are that you're going to have tremendous shutter shake and ultimately, an unusable image. Additionally,  at the length the max aperture is probably f/5.6, which will require a shutter speed is going to be soo slow that your camera will select a super high ISO, that ultimately will result in an unusable image.

 

How often will he/she really can be shooting it that focal length? The only thing you'd be shooting would be sports or wildlife. Is a point-and-shoot autofocus really going to be the autofocusing capabilities to capture a fast-moving person or animal? Probably not!

 

My point I'm trying to make is that you should buy camera that meet your needs and not because it sounds good on paper.


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