How to choose the Best Camera for a Beginner

We all start our journey of becoming a photographer somewhere. I am from the grunge metal generation, and Gen Z is what they call us, I think. So, we did not really have smartphones when I was of age.

I had a phone, it had a camera, but it was terrible. I used to borrow my “family camera,” a Sony Cybershot and tried clicking pictures of, well, everything.

The sunset, flowers, moving cars, portraits and everything else. Now, most of you own a smartphone and use its camera but naturally, they aren’t capable enough yet, and you wish to step up your game.

It is high time you get yourself a decent camera. Let me help you in finding top flip screen cameras under your budget. Here is “How to Choose the Best Camera for a Beginner”: 

THINGS TO TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION

  1. Price

As for most things in this world, a lot of it comes down to money. If you don’t mind spending more, go for the best of best and congratulations. Please get me one as well. However, assuming you aren’t the son of a billionaire, you might want to consider your budget and segregate it. That is right, segregate that money. If you spend all of your money on a camera, you will have no money left over for important things like a tripod, lenses, external flash, memory card and much more. 

  1. Types of Cameras

There are many types of cameras out there and an equal amount of users. There are casuals, those that are passionate about it and those that wish to pursue a career in the field of photography. You cannot use the same camera for wildlife photography and, say, moto vlogging. I mean, mounting a DSLR to your head can be done with enough effort but… why? So, the point being, it is important to know what kind of photography or videography you plan on doing because that will determine what type of camera is going to best suit you. Taking the moto vlogging example again, an Action Cam (like a GoPro) is the way to go. If you plan on taking pics of birds and other creatures, you will probably find a zoom lens to be your best friend.

  1. The Size of Your Hands

Yeah, you read that right. The size of your hands plays a major factor in helping you determine which camera is going to be the “best” for you. You are going to hold onto your camera for a long time, presumably. Using its buttons and dials and all that jazz. If it doesn’t feel comfortable, you are not going to enjoy your experience, a major hindrance in improving your skill as a photographer. A DSLR maybe be the best option for those with larger hands, while if you have medium-to-small hands, you might want to consider going for a mirrorless. This isn’t a strict rule, though. Always try them out yourself before assuming they won’t feel comfortable. 

  1. Future-Proofing

This point seems pretty self-explanatory. If you decide to go with, for example, a mirrorless or a DSLR, you are going to only be investing in their upgrades (Lenses) in the future. Not the camera itself. In situations like these, even an entry-level DSLR will last you a very long time. On the other hand, if you get a compact camera with a fixed lens, eventually, you will outgrow it. You cannot upgrade it and move it up to the level of your skill. I do not want it to come off as I am saying buying a compact camera isn’t worth it because even if you grow out of using it, it will always remain a decent backup or just remind you of when you started. With that said, these factors should be taken into consideration. 

  1. Your Circle

I have faced this issue, so I will address it. It may not be that important but nevertheless, my article, my rules. So, my sister and brother both have a Canon, but I decided to go with a Nikon. They always pitched in and bought expensive lenses together. Pretty smart. Can I use those? Nope. These lenses aren’t interchangeable, and it gets worse. If you go full-frame and they do not, the same problem arises. This may or may not be a huge factor for you; however, I felt it was necessary on my part to at least give it a mention. 

Conclusion

At the end of the day, just like with everything, you do not need the best of best to be good. You need to have skill plus decent equipment to be an absolute beast. Go with what doesn’t kill your pocket; feel nice to use and touch. This was “How to Choose the Best Camera for a Beginner.” Thank you!

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