With a strong economy and some extra play money burning a hole in your pocket, you may be looking to upgrade your digital camera repartee. Unless you’ve been keeping up with the ever-changing DLSR industry, it may be difficult to decide what to get. Well, that’s why I am here…to sorta help. :)
So, let’s start with the most basic question: What DSLR camera brand is the best for photography? Well, the answer is simple. It depends.
I could honestly argue heavily for a number of brands – Nikon, Cannon, Sony, Fuji and even Hasselblad. Even then, there would still be no clear-cut winner. So I am going to attack this mystical Question of the Ages from two angles: What type of photos do you want to take, and do you currently own any photo equipment? (i.e. brand-specific lenses or batteries)
What Type of Photos Do You Want To Take
This has to be your first and foremost question. If you’re a die-hard sports mother looking to get shots of your future professional athlete, then you may want something that shoots at a faster frame rate and has solid auto focus. If you’re an adventure-seeking earth child who longs for beautiful photos that capture the essence of your soul, you may lean toward a camera that has better low-light capabilities and an upgraded High Dynamic Range (HDR).
However, if you are like 90% of the world you may just want a camera that is capable of zooming and can upload to your social media empire. Knowing the answer to this question before you start looking will help narrow your search path and, more importantly, save you $$$$ in the end.
Do You Own Any Photography Equipment
Sometimes this means nothing and sometimes it means EVERYTHING! If you currently own an *insert brand* starter kit from 8 years ago with a mostly plastic 18-55mm lens than it may be worth it to upgrade your kit. A shrinking and competitive DSLR market is forcing companies to improve kits (including lenses) in order to attract or renew consumers. This is a big win for you!
On the flip side, if you own or have received some higher-end equipment than it may be worth factoring this into your equation – especially quality glass. The fantastic part about photography is that quality equipment lasts and is relevant for a REALLY long time. I have a few lenses that are at least 20 years old, but are still some of the best lenses available. Likewise batteries, chargers, grips and separate flash units can all add up to a good amount of $$$$. You may want to think twice before you move on from something that is capable and effective, but may not have the latest bells and whistles.
The Big Reveal!
So…here are some final thoughts. If you have solid equipment from a good brand, really invest some time into considering a an upgrade to a lens or camera body before your seek out a whole new kit. If you an outdated, lower-end kit then take time to decide what type of pictures you want to take and work from there. Seriously, this is important! If you don’t have a camera kit at all, below are some slightly biased yet helpful recommendations for cameras starting under $1000.
Action: Nikon, to me, is tops when it comes to capturing action. Its prosumer cameras tend to have a higher Frames Per Second (FPS) rate with a solid auto focus (not the best, but solid). A more important reason is Nikon’s lens selection. Your lens is almost more important when shooting with speed, and Nikon’s glass is some of the best. So if you want to capture ESPN-worthy photos of your future Soccer star, Nikon should have a kit for you. A great recommendation is the Nikon D7500 starting at $899.
20.9 MP Sensor
Shoots at 8 FPS
Can capture 4k video (not that you’ll need it)
Has a tilt screen for easier use and built-in flash
Slap a DX-format 18-200 ($590) and shoot darn near anything with one lens – BOOM!
Landscape: For landscape imagery, Cannon seems to have cornered the market. The lower to mid-grade cameras have above-average sensor technology and its raw images tend to have more color saturation. Additionally, Cannon’s image stabilization is money during low-light and long-exposure situations. So, for the 21st Century Ansel Adams out there, Cannon should have a kit for you. A great recommendation is the Cannon EOS 77D starting at $699.
24.2 MP Sensor
ISO range of 100-256000
Built-in HDR, Time Lapse AND Wi-Fi
1080p video at 60 FPS
Ordinary Life: Final, for those just want a solid, all-around camera is this easy, has a flash and can get photos to social media quickly the answer is easy – Use Your Phone! Smart phone camera technology has come an incredibly long way. And for 90% if everything you will want picture of it is more than capable. So, do yourself a favor and save some $$$$ on this one.
You already own it
It will make your photos appear much better than they really are
Phones have built-in processing software
Invest in your retirement instead of wasting the new found cash…
That’s it for me! Check out the rest of my blogs here at RWPfotos and use the comment box below to let me know just how ridiculous, wrong, or spot-on I am. *Cough* Nikon is better *Cough*