Which Camera Should I Buy?

I get asked this question all the time, mostly by family and friends, but even geeky photographers like to know what gear I’m shooting with, so they ask.  My answer is always the same; What’s your budget?  They say it’s impolite to answer a question with a question, but what do I care?  Who are ‘They’ anyhow?  Right? The fact is that there are lots of really good camera manufacturers making lots of cameras with lots of different features on them.  If you add up the ‘Lots’, then you get exactly 2.3 Zillion choices, which is lots of choices.  So narrow down you search by setting a limit on what you’re willing to spend.

$200 is going to get you a really good point-and-shoot camera with pretty decent features, including video.  Double that budget, $400 and you’re going to start to get into the high end point-and-shoot / low end DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) cameras.  And the features are going to start to get confusing, especially when you’re willing to spend more than $500 on a camera.  The choice of swapping lenses figures into the equation, so at least be aware of that.  And video as a feature, which is the latest craze(y), is getting a lot of attention.

So start with a budget and then look at the features, start making a list of the features that you like / want to find the camera that fits you, not the other way around.  It’s out there, you just have to find it.

Canon, Nikon, Fuji, Olympus, Sony,… you’re going to have plenty of choices no matter which manufacturer your choose from, and they are all pretty much in the game.  I bang my nails into the wood with Cannons.  They work great, just like most of the other hammers out there (this is a metaphor, I treat my equipment very well) so please don’t get hung up on the name.

Happy Hunting.