In The Market For A New Camera?

by Josh Odonnell February. 10, 2017 1896 views

What To Choose?

5 things to consider when looking to purchase a new camera.

There are so many digital cameras on the market that it can be confusing trying to buy one these days. Here are some tips to help you decide which is the best choice for you and how to ensure you will get the best results with. Before I begin, I want you to know that I personally shoot with an A7Rii, which is a mirrorless full-frame.  I mostly use only G-master and Zeiss lenses, because I get paid very well for my services.   However, please let me help you with selecting your own DSLR to start  with. .

1) The first step before you buy digital camera is to set a basic budget on how much  you want to spend on one. You need to be realistic about the fact you probably wont be able to get the best on the market. That's okay. 

2) Consider is your experience. Your level should have a big influence on your decision buying. There's no point in buying so much that you end up drowning in the sea of options once you've realized your own limitations. If you're mainly interested in perfecting selfies and the occasional vacation shot, then you should really consider buying a point-and-shoot, or just becoming an expert with the phone in your pocket. If that's you, keep an eye our for my next post on "Shooting With a iPhone." 

Of course, many "experts" will try to convince you to buy a DSLR so you can access full manual control over the ISO, exposure, and aperture process. I tend to disagree. Unless you're wanting to greatly advance your skills, you should save money and master what you already have.  I believe many people underestimate the abilities of their Phones and point-and-shoots. 

3) You need to consider what you will use your camera to capture before you set out to drop some serious coin on a new one. Think about what exactly you want to be shooting. Is it birthdays, portraits, night, businesses, landscape, adventure? For instance,  are you getting blurry photos at sporting events even after you've used the "sports" setting on your point and shoot? If so, you'll want to consider getting a camera that you can adjust the shutter speed. It's an absolute necessity for moving subjects. Don't believe me? Go take a photo of a moving car or a baseball player in morion with your iPhone. By the time it focuses on the subject, you've missed the shot.  With the new advancements of DSLR's, you can easily purchase one for far less than the cost of an iPhone these days. 

4) There are a number of helpful websites that give fair reviews and comparisons on DSLR's to help you decide which camera best fits your needs. Sites like, and

Of course, you can also message me at [email protected] and get my personal recommendations to suite your specific needs and budget.  

Speaking of budget- another thing to consider is price.   Remember that when you buy a camera there are often a list of extras that you may want to consider purchasing; including batteries and memory cards, tripods, bags, lenses, filters, editing software, etc..

5) Resist the temptation to go for the trendy looking, on-sale "specials" at your local box stores. Make sure that you've got as many of the features you want. Don't compromise for the sake of saving a few extra dollars. It's important to ensure that you don't settle for less than you are absolutely happy with. If you do, you'll end up not using it much, or spending even more later on down the road. Do your research and be certain that whichever you choose, it'll enable you to capture the moments you can't afford to miss.  

Please message me personally or comment to find out what's best for you.  

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