As you all know by now, there are a lot of cameras roaming around the world with their own different traits, advantages, and weaknesses, yet it is not known widely enough that to pick just the right camera is crucial. Sometimes, a lot of the features of a camera are not used because the buyer simply did not look into the features specifically. There are a few pointers, that are important for you to consider, to start off your journey with a new camera.

First things first, willingly answer these questions below.

1. Where do you want to go and what activity do you want to do?

2. What objects or subjects are you interested in?

3. How big is your budget?

If you have answered those questions, you can start to search for the camera of your dreams. There are a lot of people who plan to buy a new camera just before they embark of a trip, or any specific activity. For example, if you plan on a month long adventure trip with just a backpack, you do need to consider the weight of the camera. To bring the many DSLRs is a bit of a burden, even though you may think that a DSLR would have the best quality. So the best choice would be to bring a a small and compact camera, that is also waterproof, such as the GoPro. But if your adventures do not involve water activities, a small and simple point and shoot cameras are all around with prices that are not that high, in addition with the famous mirrorless camera. The features and quality of the mirrorless camera is already proven and is small enough to bring around with you on your trip, and you can also change the lenses, just like you would in a DSLR.

Jürgen Matern / Wikimedia Commons [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

A mirrorless camera / Jürgen Matern / Wikimedia Commons [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

To take photographs of events, a good DSLR would do the trick. All the features are all in the camera, and they can easily help you out of tricky places, as well as the variety of lenses one can choose from, just choose wisely as those lenses do not come in a cheap price. And again, mirrorless cameras are also a choice to take pictures of events, especially if you are looking for a camera for your company’s events and what not.

However, in additional to these digital choices, I would also recommend to look into the analog SLR cameras, if you are going to or is interested in taking pictures of people. Just think of it as the DSLR of analog cameras, as they do have great quality and the lenses have impeccable focus on the specific object of subject you are taking. In other words, the face expressions and feelings can be simply transferred into the image you have taken with the analog SLR cameras. Look into the cameras brought up by Canon, Nikon, Yashica, and Pentax. Some are quite heavy, so these analog SLR cameras are not that mobile, yet are perfect for projects, photo books, photo essays and what not.

By Robert Taylor from Stirling, ON, Canada (Asahi Pentax Spotmatic II_0432) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

By An analog SLR camera, Robert Taylor from Stirling, ON, Canada (Asahi Pentax Spotmatic II_0432) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

But all in all, it all comes to how committed you are to your camera, and how much money you would be willing to spend for the camera. If you have answered all the questions above, you should work your budget from that and try saving up some money to be able to buy just the perfect camera. Last but not least, after buying the camera, don’t forget to explore all of its features, browse some more and see what that magical device can do for you.