While more people buy expensive cameras the camera technology developed cameras for nearly every need. That makes an incredible huge jungle of cameras with different devices and technologies and a pretty hard decision. It took me more than a month to decide which camera is best for my journey. To give you a little overview what you should look for and how to make the your own decisions I prepared a summary of my research:
The best and quickest way to have great pictures you can upload for your Social Media presentation is your cell-phone. Seriously, I am not a big fan of Apple, but there is actually a lot you can do with this camera. Go and check the settings of your I-phone camera. If you don’t get along with those devices there is really no point in buying a better –more complex- camera.
Moreover your phone allows you to work with your pictures straight away and to upload them quickly.
My best advices for picture apps are VCL and Fotor. Both of them are free and have great tools to improve your picture.
Take a small digital camera with a good objective for advanced expectations. Just imagine if you strife though the foreign and suddenly you land on the most beautiful street festival you’ve ever seen – you want to take your camera and take instantly pictures and you want them to be good.
Do not buy a big huge camera where you have to set light, lens and so on yourself. You will be just disappointed that none of your pictures is light enough or not blurry. Good cameras for a quick picture like that are the Canon Power Shot SX410 IS. It is a light and small camera with a high quality and has a very good reaction on automatic focus – the camera sees often more than the photographer himself. If you go for Nikon digital cameras you even can switch to advanced lenses, which can be a nice option for improving- and hobby photographers.
If you go hiking, biking, camping, climbing, surfing and so on – Of cause what shell I say? Take the GoPro – It is an awesome camera: Small, robust easy and comes along with a lot of handy options to hold on. A cheaper option is the QuoMox. It is actually the same quality just cheaper and has fewer devices for holding on to. But mostly even works with the GoPro equipment.
If you looking for something to take advanced pictures with then take the Pentax Reflex Camera. It is the most robust version of Reflex Cameras. Heavy rain - no problem ;)
If you have advanced expectations on your pictures then take a reflex camera –it is still the best you can get. Take one where you feel yourself comfortable with, its always about playing with different tools – and even it is always better to learn how to handle those cameras, once you have a new one is also learning by doing. So go and visit a store check out how to handle the different brands. Also you should check on the weight and the way they fit into your hand. This can become very annoying; I have many friends who don’t want to bring their super cool cameras anymore just because they are so heavy and easy to break.
For landscapes you should take a bigger lens to zoom in and out. – But of cause if you go travelling: Not too big, it is heavy and easy to break.
I decided for the 18-105mm, which is a good middle thing. It is also the one, which is mostly recommended in forums and so on (although this shouldn’t be your criteria. You should take what is best for you)– Generally most of the reflex cameras come with 18-55mm Lenses, which is still a good option.
Awesome are those 55-300mm Lenses, but they are really just for advanced needs.
If you want to take portraits pictures then you actually should check for the smallest number on lenses you can get.
The general rule is as wider the lens as finer you can work with light, sharpness and blurry backgrounds.
The main difference in camera bodies is in the calculation of the picture. If you want the picture just like you see it as if you look i a mirror then it is a full format camera body. But seriously there are movies in cinemas, which are made with these cameras. I don’t think this is necessary for your pictures unless you are very professional. The price for those start with 1000€ without an ending for high prices...
The smaller version starts with 400€ up and recalculates the seen into the picture through the camera format.
Nikon just came up with a super light body from the D5500, which supports all treasures of the lazy ones: It has touch-screen, which makes switching between lighting time, lens and Iso super easy and fast. It has a turn-around screen and an improved holding curve so that it is actually lying better in your hand. – I decided for it, even though the quality is the same as the D5300. For me it simply was the best option of the criteria Quality, Weight and Handling.
The digital camera bodies are only calculating the picture on the screen. There is no more mirror in the camera which is reflecting light, colours,… – It just calculates those components directly on the screen.
Since I started to question how stuff I buy is made, I can’t stop. So I checked on Stiftungwarentest about the production conditions. Especially in the electronic devices section we have a huge problem with child-labour.
Unfortunately there is no guarantee that everything is right. But the Test showed that at least some Companies work more transparent than others, which is an important step in the right direction I guess.
Nikon never changed the click-in to fix different Objectives to certain Camera-Bodies, which becomes handy in the fast developing technological era.So it is easy to change between lenses and bodies as long as they are all Nikon.
Facts about Cannon: Cannon is one of the Leading Camera Labels with very high-developed camera technology. But they have a strict policy on "production secrets" and do not allow any controls or interviews with their workers.
Moreover it is not that easy to find compatible devices in the Cannon types. Mostly when you buy a Cannon Camera Body just certain Objectives fit to it. This is the same company policy - You end up buying a holy shit of money to those extra devices you will need.
Pentax is a very nice alternative to the two giants Nikon and Cannon. Unfortunately the filmmaking is not as good as with Nikon and Cannon. This can become a problem with the fast improving HD-screens.
So my Camera is the Nikon D5500 with a 55-108 lens. On top of that I brought an UV390 Protect Filter from Hama. Its a kind of glass which you pop on to the Lens. When you going travelling in very dusty and smoggy areas like me to Theheran for example then it is very good to protect your super expensice Lens, right?
Of cause there are also very big diffrences in quality. I decided not for the cheapest and also not for the most expensive. The cheapest one you get for nearly 10€ and it is actually just glass. From 30€ up you get a glass with a UV protection against extreme sun. From 50€ up there are some Filters which are also able to correct colours. This is handy when you take pictures of an cloudy sky. I personally don't like such corrections, because I want to control such things myself on the Camera. But this is just a Question you have to answer yourself :)
I would be happy to know if I could help you with this or if you have different experiences and advices? Maybe you let me know how you made your choice. I am always happy to learn more! :)