There are a few things to consider when looking for a camera.
1. What Do You Want To Do?
Family Snapshots? - Sports, Vacations? -Flowers & Insects; Macro?
Wildlife, Landscapes? - Abstracts, Fine Art?
- If shooting Fleeting Moments = Smartphones work just fine today
- Lasting Memories = You might want a "Real" Cameras
- Do You Facebook? Instagram? Need an OK image? = Smartphones do that today.
- High Quality Images for Fine Art or Advanced Photography = Digital SLR Cameras - even some of the new Mirrorless Cameras
- New Parents or Grandparents, Baby Random Cute Shots = Smartphones do the trick.
- Do You Want To Shoot Video?
- Blurry, OK-Quality, Low-Light Scenes = Smartphone
- Full HD Quality = Today's New DSLR and Mid-Range cameras
2. What’s More Important To You?
Ease Of Use?
Image Quality, Print Size?
Flexibility? Ability to changes lens?
3. Types of Cameras
Ultra-Compact & Compact
- Generally Not Much Larger
- Generally Larger/Better Lens
- Some Can Accept AA or AAA Batteries
- Most Are A Bit More Rugged
- Little Larger
- Fixed Lens
- Good Image Quality
- Larger - Easier To Hold Steady
- Able To Change Lens
- Can Accept An External Flash
- Ultimate Flexibility
- Unlimited Learning Curve
- Able to Upgrade & Keep Lens
Mirror-less & Micro Two-Thirds
- Newest Digital Cameras
- Small Compact Bodies
- Interchangeable Lens
- Lens Smaller Than DSLR
- Cost In between Hybrids & DSLR
4. Main Differences To Look For
Viewfinder or View-Screen?
Ease Of Use; Size Of Buttons?
Can You Figure It Out - Do The Controls Make Sense to you
If You Get Hooked On Photography
It Can Turn Into An Expensive Hobby
Other Stuff To Buy
- Memory Card - Card Reader
- Spare Batteries
- Camera Bag
No Matter What Camera You have
The Most Important Component...
- Learn To Operate Your Camera
- Choose Interesting Subjects
- Hold the Camera Steady
- Practice, Study, Repeat - HAVE FUN!
- Take Workshops!