Monday, November 26, 2012

Which Camera Should I Buy

The first question that needs an answer when one starts off as an amateur photographer is "Which Camera Should I Buy" ?

At this point in time  (Nov 26, 2012):  DSLRs produce the best results, in terms of picture quality. Mirrror-less cameras are taking off as well, but lack the breadth and quality of lenses that are available for DSLRs. Some point-and-shoots are good general purpose cameras as well, but there is always a combination of DSLR frame and lens that will produce a better image quality than a point and shoot for every shooting situation.

Among DSLRs,  there are several blogs/articles which talk in length about buying a Canon/Nikon/Sony/etc. While its worthwhile reading these, there seem to be a fairly equivalent choice of lens and frames on Canon and Nikon. You can buy either of these and not go wrong.

Choosing between a DX (cropped-frame) or a FX (full-frame) will be the next question. This depends purely on your budget. If you are just starting out and have money to spare, buy the FX. If you have been using the DX for a while and really like photography, buy an FX. For all other cases, get a DX camera. DX camera these days have enough pixles to have sufficient resolution in the images. The only limiting factor with a DX camera is that it crops the image that's produced by the lens. So, for the same lens with focal length "m" on an FX frame, the effective focal length on a DX frame will be approximately 1.5 times m. This means you will not get as wide an angle with DX frames as you will with FX. On the flip side, the same lens on a DX frame will give you more zoom automatically. If you are getting confused and don't understand what I just said - just buy a DX frame or just re-read this paragraph and then decide.

Remember : The lens matters more in the type and quality of the photos. So if you have cash to spare, get an FX, if you'd like to learn photography or save some money, get a DX camera.

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