Choosing the right Camera

Choosing the right Camera: Picking out the right camera can be a bit daunting since there are so many which constantly change or get updated, then the question to you is what are you going to use it for, is it to carry around everyday in your bag handy for the opportunity where you wished you had a camera and a integrated cell phone wouldn’t do and taking your holiday snaps with… are you more into the outdoor taking long walks, sporting activities or are you serious and creative, these are just some of the questions you should ask yourself and  hope I can help you with. On my walks around the city I very often come across people carrying expensive cameras more as a prestige or fashion statement taking pictures in the automatic setting and not in anyway utilizing the camera to its potential or buying a camera that creates huge images and files which that fill up your computers hard drive and you manually have to downsize to be able to share and display on websites etc…

Today people wanting to buy a camera is faced with more choice than ever. There are compacts, ultra-compacts, bridge cameras (high-end live-preview digital cameras), small and large SLR cameras and then the professional larger formats in both digital and film. With new models being launched every few months, so how do you choose which one is right for you?

Today people wanting to buy a camera is faced with more choice than ever. There are compacts, ultra-compacts, bridge cameras (high-end live-preview digital cameras), small and large SLR cameras and then the professional larger formats in both digital and film. With new models being launched every few months, so how do you choose which one is right for you?

Choosing the right Camera

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Research whats out there

The best advice is to do your research by reading specialist photography magazines or going on the web, I will also try to help you here with my camera reviews and information about the different models. So you will find out if you want a compact, a super-zoom bridge camera or a system camera with a plethora of lenses and flashguns? Are you after the latest model or are you happy to buy secondhand? And we will se if you can draw up a shortlist of camera candidates.

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Try before you buy

Find a good camera shop and ask to see handle some different models. How a camera feels in your hand and to you is important, surprisingly, the feel of a camera is still quite distinctive, although specifications on amateur models are getting closer all the time. Is it too heavy for you? Will you actually carry it around? It’s no good having the latest camera if you just going to leave it at home…Before you decide on a camera take some pictures with your chosen camera and see how responsive it is before you buy. Does it take pictures fast enough for you? Do the images on the LCD screen on the back of the camera look the way you expected? Ask questions and take your time to decide, especially if you are buying expensive SLR cameras as it it is very costly changing from one make to another.

Investing in a SLR Camera

If you have decided to invest in a SLR (Single Lens Reflex) make shore you know what you want, There are so many makes and models out there, because jumping from one system to another can be very expensive. The two predominant makes are Canon and Nikon.

These two videos contain relevant information that are worth watching in helping you to see and understand what to look out for when you are shopping for the right camera.

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      On a recent trip to Tahiti I beleive I have tried about every kind of one-time use underwater camera on the market (i.e., Kodak Max Sport; Kodak Max Wet, and Konica Waterproof Camera and the Fuji). All of the cameras worked fine snorkeling, although I found the Konica and the Kodak Max Wet to be more difficult to use. [The Konica was a little difficult to see through the view finder with a mask on, and the Kodak Max Wet, most annoyingly had the strap and the photo button on opposite sides of the camera! A real disadvantage to a right handed person. As a result you essentially had to use two hands to take a photo, one to hold the camera and the other to depress the button. Any of these cameras will work fine for snorkeling, however the best were the Fuji and Kodak Sport. Keep in mind that all underwater photos will look a bit blue, however, snorkeling in the lagoon in Tahiti the blue was not really noticeable.Here’s the part I really like, now I admit, contrary to manufacturer recommendations, I did take both the Fuji camera and the Kodak Max Wet camera with me Scuba Diving. According to manufacturer directions the Fuji camera’s recommended depth is 17 feet [which is the deepest of any one-time use camera on the market]. On my dives we never went deeper than about 22 feet. The problem with diving with these cameras is the pressure you can take a photo just fine, but due to the pressure you will be unable to wind the film. However, I used the Fuji camera without any problems I was always able to wind the film and the photos came out wonderfully although they were blue. The Kodak Max Wet camera continually would freeze up, thus in order to take a photo you would have to snap the picture, go up several feet, wind the film then go back down not very convenient and as a result I took very few photos. Although the photos I did take with this camera came out well, although they too were blue. The other benefit to the Fuji camera is that it is easier to use in the water, the button to take a photo is much easier to handle and there is a very large knob for winding the film, which is especially handy if you are wearing gloves. The knob is a real drawback for both the Kodak Max Wet and the Konica cameras I found those two cameras to be much more difficult to wind and may be near impossible if you are wearing dive gloves. Also with the Fuji and the Kodak Max Sport, the strap, the button and winder are all on the right side, which makes this camera very easy to use for a right-handed person.In summary, if you go snorkeling I would recommend the Fuji camera or the Kodak Max Sport. And, if you do plan to go Scuba diving, give the Fuji a try.

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    hi I am looking for low a budget slr camera (for around 500$), that i can use for professional looking photos. what can you recommend? thanks, peter

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