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ARE YOU BUYING A DIGITAL CAMERA FOR THE FIRST TIME? HERE ARE A FEW HELPFUL TIPS! (PART ONE)

For photography and video enthusiasts, buying the first digital camera is a special moment. Very often, someone earns and saves money for a long period of time to buy a camera that will help them take professional pictures and/or good videos.

If you are in such a situation, in this and the next blog we will offer you some important tips regarding what are the important things to keep in mind when buying your first digital camera.



THE DIGITAL CAMERA MARKET IS HUGE


If you have been searching for digital cameras online, you have probably realized by now that the offer of these products is huge. On the Internet you can find hundreds of models from different brands: Nikon, Canon, Sony, Panasonic, Fujifilm, etc. All of these manufacturers make great digital cameras and each camera has its own strengths and weaknesses compared to the others.

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The first thing to keep in mind is that when you buy a camera you can not buy the best one. Even if you buy the camera that many say is the best (although that is relative), chances are that in a few months some of the digital camera companies will release a new model that will be better than yours.


Therefore, when buying a camera, you do not have to look for the best, but it is important to look for and find something that will help you express your creativity.


Here are some things to keep in mind when buying your first digital camera:



PRICE: WHAT IS YOUR BUDGET?


In the past, there have been times when someone would approach me and say: “Hey, you do photography and video, let me ask you something. I want to buy a digital camera. I don’t want to spend a lot of money. Which camera would you recommend? ”My answer has always been:“ How much money are you willing to spend on a digital camera? ”


This is one of the first questions you must answer when buying a camera. The market is full of digital cameras that range in price from a few hundred dollars to tens of thousands of dollars. But what is your budget? If it is up to 500 or 1,000 dollars/euros - then you will know what to look for.


As with everything else in life, the rule is you get what you pay for. This does not mean that even with a relatively inexpensive camera you will not be able to take good pictures (because the main condition for taking good pictures is creativity), but the reality is that you should not expect professional features from a camera made for beginners.


Think again, what is your budget? This is the first important question you must answer before moving on to the features of the camera.



BRAND: WHICH ONE IS THE BEST?


Once you have decided how much money you are willing to spend on your digital camera, the next thing to consider is which brand to choose. There are different answers to the question "which digital camera brand is the best?" and in this blog we will not address that question because that can be relative.

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Instead, try to answer at least two other practical questions that should make your choice of brand easier. First question: if you have friends who are already using a digital camera, which brand do they own and use? This is important because if you have the same brand of digital camera as your friends, you will be able to borrow lenses from them (and vice versa) when you need them.


Another important aspect regarding the choice of the brand is the prices and the choice of lenses. If you want to get serious about photography and video, that means investing in different types of lenses in the future. Some brands have more expensive lenses than others. Also, for some brands there are many more lens options than others.



SENSOR: WHAT IS IMPORTANT?


Digital cameras have different sizes of sensors. The sensor is the part of the camera that receives light coming through the lens. Although there are many things that can be said about the different types of sensors, in this blog we will focus only on the practical things that should interest you when it comes to buying a digital camera.


Generally speaking, when it comes to sensors, the rule is that the larger the sensor, the better the image quality of the camera will be. This is so because larger sensors have larger surface areas and their capability of receiving light is greater.

How do you know what the size of the sensor is when choosing a camera? In the description of features you will come across expressions like full-frame, cropped sensor or micro-four third. Full frame is a phrase that tells you that the camera has a large sensor; cropped sensor means that the sensor is smaller than the large sensor; a micro-four thirds means that the sensor is almost twice as small as the full frame.


Although in many cases the size of the sensor will depend on how much money you are willing to spend on a camera, still if you are able it would be good to aim to buy a camera that has a full frame sensor. Because such a sensor is one of the factors that will significantly improve the quality of the pictures (and videos) you will take.



There are other aspects that you should pay attention to when buying your first digital camera. In the next blog we will give you some more important tips that will help you in making this important decision.



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