Cameras too complicated. What happened to the days when you could walk into a store and buy the first thing that caught your eye? Do they not exist anymore? Unfortunately, they don’t, and that is down to technology. Thanks a lot technology! It has just made the process of purchasing a camera ten times harder. There is too much to take into think about and too much responsibility on the buyer’s shoulders. If you want to simplify the process, take a look at the tips below.
FIGURE OUT YOUR NEEDS
A lot of first time buyers especially get sucked into buying a camera that is beyond their needs. Why? There are two main reasons. The first is that they can’t help themselves and temptation gets the better of them. The second is that they simply don’t know what their needs are. Understanding what you want from your camera is the most basic of your needs and all it takes are a couple of quick questions. Like, what do you need it for? And, how seriously are you taking photography? Answer these questions and you’ll soon understand.
THINK ABOUT THE EXTRAS
It is important to consider extra accessories. Firstly, you might need extra accessories depending on your needs. But, more importantly, it could save you money. If you do need them, it will be cheaper to buy them as a package as you are more likely to get a discount. But, if you don’t need them and they are included in the price, you can buy the basic model.
SIZE ISN’T EVERYTHING
A big camera doesn’t make a great photographer. A lot of people think a bigger camera is a better camera, and that is a myth. If you want professional looking photos, you can get them from a small camera as long as the specification is what you need.
MEGAPIXELS ARE NOT EVERYTHING
In the early days of photography, megapixels were a big day deal. Not just because they were a fad, but because they did make a difference. The technology wasn’t as good so a difference of one or two megapixels could massively affect the result. Now, almost every camera offers at least five megapixels of quality, some even higher, so there is no need to lose sleep over them.
REVIEWS ARE IMPORTANT
Obviously, you cannot trust salespersons! Okay, that is not strictly true, but you have to take their advice with a pinch of salt. They are trying to make money off you after all. Reviews are a great alternative because they are written for you, the customer. If you can’t decide what model is better, a Canon or a Nikon, for example, search the web for impartial advice. A Nikon vs Canon review could be the difference between choosing a camera you love and one you hate.
GET HANDS ON
Try and get to know your camera before you make a purchase. There are very few retailers out there that won’t let you try before you buy, so take advantage. You want to see how it feels in your hands, how heavy it is etc. because it all equates to comfort level.
If your new camera is not comfortable, it is not the right one.