Cameras come in three main categories; you have your ‘point and shoots’, ‘Digital Single Lens Reflex’ and the ‘Mirrorless’.

Point and shoots are snap shot cameras, this is where most people start there photographic journey.

These are great starter cameras but they do have a lot of limitations; they don’t have interchangeable lenses, they have small sensors and limited image quality.

Once yo decide that photography is your kind of hobby, you’ll want to move on to a camera that gives you a bit more flexibility with your creativity. Like interchangeable lenses and manual settings as well as a larger sensor to improve image quality.

DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) are the most popular choice for the professional as well as the entry level amateur photographers. With a larger sensor, variety of shooting modes, including full manual operation, a massive array of lenses and the option to shot in RAW format, capturing maximum data in each image.

Mirrowless cameras are a fairly new technology. They have the same features as the DSLR but they don’t have the internal mechanisms that the DSLR’s have, this means that the cameras can be made smaller and lighter. As with all new technologies they come with a higher price tag, but if size and weight is a consideration for you, then these are well worth a look.

Sticking with cameras for the moment, the thing to consider when selecting a camera is ‘Sensor Size’, forget about Megapixels, sensor size is what matters.

All entry level cameras have what is known as a ‘Crop’ sensor, the largest of these is the APS sensor and are reasonably priced.

The largest sensor is the ‘Full Frame Sensor’, these are the same size as the 35mm film  negatives and give a greater image quality. These cameras come at a premium price, although they are coming down in price as manufactures introduce newer models and technology improves.

Considerations when choosing a camera;

Price - this is always the guiding factor, everyone has a budget.

Sensor - the largest sensor size your budget with afford you.

Balance - the camera has to feel right in your hands.

Usability - have a look through the menu system while your in the shop, it has to make sense to you.

Make - most makes are similar in as far as taking a good image is concerned so don’t worry about popularity.

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