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How to Choose A Camera

Okay, so you wanted to do some photography works and you realized you need the most important equipment in photography - camera. So you while strolling around you keep on looking at camera stores and try to search for a good camera. You might also searched online and saw that and that. While trying to buy a camera, you are overwhelmed with so many brands and types of camera to choose from. So what will you buy? What's the best camera for you?

Well, there are three basic things to consider on how to choose a camera - your purpose, your level of expertise, and your budget. You need to ask yourself these questions:

Where will I use it? How good I am in using a certain camera? How much is my budget?

Answering those three questions will already give you an idea on how to choose a camera. Let's dig into them one by one to see the importance of knowing them before grabbing a wrong camera that will not be so much useful in your case.

First, where will you use it? Is it just for a personal use or commercial one?

If it is for personal use then do you think you need a very high end camera? Remember, professional cameras are relatively expensive and buying one might only end you up to not needing those camera's features anyway. In general, cameras for personal picture takings will just need a relatively simpler cameras like point and shoot digital cameras or semi-pro ones. It's like in going to your neighbor's house, you don't need an airplane. All you have to do is walk and you can reach that very near place.

In fact I have seen a lot of people holding a professional camera placed in their neck. I said, "Wow, that's pretty expensive!" But while they are taking pictures, the setting is just placed in the auto mode and they are not really using those professional features of their big camera. It's just more of showing to people that they own a professional camera and sounds funny to me. I'm not saying that high end cameras cannot be used in personal picture takings. I'm just saying that you don't have to use one in this situation.

If you're a professional photographer and you're doing events photography and what not, of course you know already what kind of camera you need to choose. Just match the features of the camera to the type of photography you do.

The next question that you need to ask on how to choose a camera is, how good are you in using a certain camera?

Of course you will not buy one that is so technical for you if you are still an amateur. Though it is true that everything can be learned anyway, I suggest using simpler cameras first before jumping onto bigger ones. As soon as you master that simple camera, then that's the time now that you can use now the more professional ones.

I think the most important thing to consider on how to choose a camera is your budget. How much can you spend really in this equipment?

No matter how professional you are in using cameras if you really don't have a big budget in buying best quality cameras, you really have nothing to do and it's really frustrating. Digital camera price ranges from about $100 to $40,000. Just find your budget in between and match it with your skill and purpose.

So how to choose a camera? You got three things - purpose, skill level, and budget. How to choose a camera is fairly easy if you know those things.

Now that you know how to choose a camera, how bout buy one now and use it as one source of your living.


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