Picking the right camera

Picking out a camera to buy can be very confusing and even stressful. There are a lot of factors to consider when purchasing a camera, as there are many features with cameras and it can seem like a lot of information to take in. Here are some suggestions that may help relieve some of the stress if you are in this situation for the first time:

Budget: I recommend setting your budget before you start looking and not letting yourself be talked into spending more than you absolutely need. Photography equipment can be very expensive, but you can often find used equipment in good condition for a fraction of the price. Some good places to look for used equipment include www.keh.com, Facebook Marketplace, and www.adorama.com. You can also consider renting equipment before buying it from companies like Lens Rentals (www.lensrentals.com). If you use sites like Facebook Marketplace or eBay, be cautious and meet in well-lit, public places with someone else present. While I have not personally had any bad experiences through any of these sites and have used them multiple times, you can never be too careful when dealing with strangers.

*I am not endorsed or affiliated with any of the previously mentioned companies or websites, I am simply referring to websites or companies I have personally dealt with.

Purpose: Consider what you plan to use the camera for and look for a model designed for that purpose. Different cameras are better suited for different types of photography, such as action, portrait, or landscape. While some cameras may be designed better for certain purposes, don't feel like you have to use a specific brand for a specific purpose. All entry-level cameras, for example, will be very similar.

Lens options: The type and variety of lenses available for a camera can be an important consideration. If you plan to shoot a wide range of subjects, look for a camera with a wide selection of lenses. This can be a nuanced decision, as it's not just about the number of lenses each company makes, but also about the availability of those lenses in your area. Consider the convenience of being able to get what you want when you want it versus having to wait for delivery.

User interface: Consider the user interface of the camera, including how easy it is to navigate and change settings, and whether it has features like a flip-out screen or built-in Wi-Fi that you find useful. Some screens and features may be more intuitive or user-friendly than others, so try out a few cameras to see what works best for you.

By considering these factors and taking the time to do some research and try out different cameras, you should be able to find the right camera for you.