The best camera for beginners

  • August 16, 2017
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You have decided that pictures you are taking with your phone no longer please you or you have made the decision to start building a career in photography or just found irresistible online contest and want to participate in it (like this one for example) – whatever the case you’ll have to choose a “real” camera. In this case you will need some basic advice before you invest your money in something you are not sure you will use. 

1.   The price

If you are a beginner, you don’t need something super expensive. Consider that together with the main device, you’ll have to put additional amount of money for other related stuff like bags, filters, cleaning supplies or even a tripod. You may think of them as non-necessary, but trust us – it’s better to protect and maintain your new asset in order to use it more.

2.   Megapixels

The more megapixels, the more information the photo will contain, however don’t overestimate their significance: 16 is more than enough for a beginner. It will take you some time to learn how to process your photos with the proper software, so in the beginning you won’t even need so much info-loaded images.

3.   Frames per second

Frames per second refer to the speed at which photos have been captured. This measurement is important if you want to shoot moving objects, like wild animals, sports events or toddlers.

4.   Flip screen

Although it’s not a necessity, if you plan to use your camera for vlogging or making videos, it is important to be able to see what you are filming right away.

5.   DSCL vs. Mirrorless

The next thing you have to decide is what type of camera to choose. We assume that you are looking for a digital device to narrow the search to something suitable for a beginner’s needs. Below you can see our pros and cons for two of the most popular types nowadays:

  

Feature

DSCL

+/-

Mirrorless

+/-

Price

Lower, but only without accessories

+

Higher

-

Size/Weight

Bigger and heavier

-

Smaller and lighter

+

Autofocus speed

Equal

Equal

Preview

Optical viewfinder – better with low light conditions

+

Electronic viewfinder, suffers in low light

-

Battery life

Longer life if works without using the LCD display; otherwise – similar

+

Shorter than DSCL if it doesn’t use the LCD display; otherwise – similar

-

Image quality

Equal

Equal

Durability

Equal, depends on the model.

Equal, depends on the model. Both have models that are shockproof, waterproof, splash-proof etc.

 

In conclusion

If you need something lighter you could take everywhere with you and that is more suitable for spontaneous shooting, street photography or making videos – mirrorless is better. If you need something for more serious dedication, art projects or modeling and you don’t mind bringing a lot of heavy equipment with you – choose DSCL. And don’t forget: in photography light is everything, just have patience and practice! VOUBS is a dedicated software for online contests where you can find many exciting opportunities to test your skills start now here: https://www.voubs.com/category/photography

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