You can buy basic digital cameras for as little as £50 while more advanced models can cost you up to £5000. The range of digital cameras is truly huge, with each model having different features from each other. That, of course, can make choosing the correct camera a very difficult task.
Digital cameras come in many different forms and cover many different needs. But which camera is best suited for you or as a gift for a friend or family member? On this page you will find a list of camera types, and links to buying guides that will help you find the right camera.
Which camera is best for me?
Today, the camera range is so vast that it is difficult to choose. Here are some tips:
What are you going to use the camera for?
The "best" camera is not necessarily the best camera for you. It is easy to take advice from friends, sales people, not to mention advertising. The thing is you won't necessary take better pictures just because you have a professional camera.
The most expensive camera is not necessarily the best for you. What's the point of a camera that has lots of fancy settings, if you do not know how to use them?
Be aware when visiting a high street shop and don't be "fooled" by the salesperson. Of course, you can grab a bargain in the sales, but it won't turn out to be a bargain if it doesn't suit your needs.
Check the Internet
Use the Web to find what kind of cameras are recommended for your needs and skill level.
It's not just about the camera
Be aware that photography is not just a camera, but you also need some additional equipment such as memory cards, battery, lens hood, and not least a lens. Such things should be accounted for in your budget when you plan to invest in a camera.
Tests and buying guides
Here you will find links that give you tips on buying that perfect camera.
It can be a jungle when it comes to camera types, but here is a simple overview of the different models:
- System camera can be defined as a camera forming part of a system in which different parts can be replaced, such as the lens, power grip, flash, remote control and so on.
- SLR is a type of system camera that has a mirror that reflects the light up to the applicant. Once the mirror is flipped up the picture is taken. SRL's come with an optical viewfinder, ie a window you look through to take a picture.
- A compact camera is a camera that is so small that it can comfortably fit in your pocket. Such cameras may well be divided into reasonable and expensive cameras. With the low-cost option, the settings are mostly automated, meaning the user will not require a lot of knowledge when it comes to the settings. With expensive compact cameras, the user usually has the opportunity to take pictures with totally manual settings - such cameras are aimed at professional users, or those who know a lot about cameras and taking photos.
- Medium format camera is a great camera with a large and exchangeable image sensor, providing very high image quality. Such cameras are usually quite expensive, and it's mostly just professional photographers who use them. A medium format camera using the format 2.25×2.25 inches (6×6 cm) or 2.25×3.5 inches (6×9 cm) is normally used by Hasselblad, Rollei, Kowa and Pentax cameras.
- Large Format Camera refers to a camera that uses the format of 4×5 inches (102×127 mm) or larger. This is larger than a so-called medium camera. The main advantages of large format cameras are high resolution, but this kind of camera was used around 1930 to 1950.
- Mobile Phone Cameras is a camera that is built into a mobile or smartphone. The quality is relatively good for the more expensive models, but they cannot compete with the compact camera.
Here you will find links to some of world's most recognised camera manufacturers.
Firmware is the software installed on the camera so it can work correctly.
The advantage of firmware is that it can correct any errors, and/or it may add new camera features.
However, one should think carefully before you install new firmware. The general rule is: do not change it if it is not broke. Sometimes new firmware upgrades can do more harm than good, especially if the firmware has not been tested properly by the developers, and may contain errors.
If you do decided to update the firmware of your camera, perhaps because the camera is not working properly, please visit the website of the manufacturer of your camera, and follow the instructions given there carefully.