Sunday, March 30, 2008

Got a new camera!

Yes it has been months, since I got my camera. Also took me a long time to decide upon one. I need to read though all user reviews and technical jargon to decide upon. Here I'm trying to consolidate my learnings for a better perspective. Choose your right cup.

Why you need a camera?
Primarily try to answer this question for yourself! Are you buying one since the old camera is outdated and does not possess any new features of the latest digital camera? One might seriously be trying to change a profession and take photography full time. Are you planning to gift some one! Or you have occasional memorable moments that you want to capture. Here I have organized the post based on the camera model

Sleek & Saxy
These are camera's that are going to be mostly on a home use where you would be covering a family get-to-gather. So it would me mostly indoor photography in lights and subject mostly would be human. A good flash is always required. Also the camera is assumed to shuffle multiple hands for taking a picture. Hence to make life easier a small get a camera thats slim and handy like Sony DSC T20. Easy to recharge and share. Convenience comes with cost, they are costlier than other home models.

Point & Shoot
These are camera that serve their purpose. They could be used for daily home usage as well as photo shoots that you would like to cover. Some of them comes with wide ranges of shooting modes, when explored would be really helpful. They also have long range of zoom and flash option. A good example would be Canon S5 IS. The spectrum of camera's is too large and it takes lot of time to decide which one to go for.

Semi Pro
These kind of camera's are your first step for promotion to becoming a pro. They are high end point & shoot camera that are aptly called 'SLR like'. Comprises most of the features of an SLR but not quite there. A panasonic Lumix is a nice example. They are costlier and starts giving you the trouble of maintaining them.

Pro or DSLR
When I was buying the only reason I din go for DLSR's was maintenance. You have the camera separate and the lens separate for them. Protecting the cash cow lens and the camera sensor from dust is painful is what I have read. But tell you what they are worth it when you try a shot with them. You def need to know some basic with Focal-Aperture-Shutter triangle to use them. Canon Rebel XTi would be a nice example (mind you lens is separate).

They are integral part when buying a camera. Take some time to shortlist some camera and compare them. There are some nice websites like dpreview or illustratedphotography that has all information that you need. Also user review is most important, Amazon or testseek is a good place for that.

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