How to Buy a Camera

Without any doubt What camera should I buy? It is one of the most repeated questions, and send us most, when someone asks us for advice on photography topics. A question difficult to answer with more even though, a priori, do not know the photo of the person who raises concerns.

So today we’re going to do, again, an effort to try to steer this difficult decision that every fan comes at some point in their life gadgetera.

We try to make a structure, feature by feature , emphasizing what we should look for, depending on what ye be looking for , find them your perfect camera.

Let’s see them:

  1. megapixel

See , I have said on many occasions, megapixels is not the most important feature of a camera , therefore, ignores relatively this feature. Virtually all cameras on the market today exceed the 10 megapixels , more than enough for any normal user.

Megapixels, the end of the day , all they give us is the final size of the photo, so you just have to take this into account if you plan to make large prints of your photos. And when I say big enlargements, I do not mean to 20 × 30 photos, but really big enlargements (poster size up).

The only extra benefit that can bring us to have plenty megapixels is the ability to reframe post photos with our favorite retouching program, which once again is a consequence of size.

What we look for when buying?

Well when buying a camera, according to A2zcamerablog, megapixels just must take them into account. If we seek a compact or bridge, 8-10 megapixels are more than enough and probably the sensor offers a better response than if we opt for more.

In an SLR it is different, but not much 10-12 megapixels is enough for 95% of users, unless pretend our room papered with photos, but do not think is the case.

  1. The objective


The goal, however, if it is a very important point to keep in mind and we have to look at several things:

  • The focal range, ie, what is the minimum position and the maximum zoom position, which will give us the coverage we have with the camera. If we seek to cover much field of view will look (the lower, more field of view) low numbers and if we take pictures from a distance, look for high numbers. Always we have to look at the 35mm equivalent focal range , in order to compare the different cameras.

For example, a camera with 24-120mm focal range covering more field of view than a 36-180mm, if however, the latter, it will go further when we focus on a distant object.

  • The optical zoom, which is given by the focal lengths of which we speak is the zoom before we sell manufacturers. If we continue with the examples above, the target will have a 5X 24-120 mm (24 × 5 = 120) zoom, like the 36-180 mm (36 × 5 = 180), however, has more angular (more coverage) and another telephoto (we can frame more distant objects).

For all this it is important to know that focal range leads our target so they know how to choose, what we are most interested in, an angular good, a good TV or a compendium of the two.

On the other hand, always fijaros in focal lengths and optical zoom, digital zoom never , that is useless (if you stretch professional is how post the picture on the PC and recortáis).

  • Luminosity, is the third point to consider in the end, especially if you like taking pictures in poor light conditions, or we do not like to use the flash.

And as we know the luminosity of the target? because through the f-number, also you can see in the front of the lens and the camera features. A lower number f, the greater the amount of light entering the sensor and therefore need less light. And against larger numbers f, less light will be.

In this feature there is no doubt, the brighter, the better, although it is a feature that is usually quite an impact on the price of the camera.

  • Finally we also need to know the quality of the lens, which is ultimately the features that most influences the quality of the image, but this is a complicated point. The most reliable, is perhaps the one hand have a look at the photos, to maximum size online, flickr for example, or on pages that perform in- depth analysis, and other trust a brand of proven quality, as Leica or any of the big names in photography.

What we look for when buying?

For once we know the characteristics of the objectives seems clear, but for this we need to know what type of photograph we like or intend to do.

If we like landscape photography, for example, we seek goals rather wide angle. If we are going to use the camera much in low light (indoors, night shots, etc.) find a bright lens (low F values). If we want a versatile camera, we look for a camera with a long optical zoom and focal range covering much, etc …

And the moment we got here. In a few days we will continue with the special, so stay tuned.