You have decided that you want to get a digital camera, but have you thought through which camera to get and how to start learning to use one? Well, for beginners, digital cameras are usually all the rage. And while they may be a hot item right now, I would suggest you wait a little while longer before you go out and buy one because they have a reputation for being very expensive. However, it doesn’t have to stop you from looking into the camera that you really want.
For beginner digital cameras, the best ones will be built-in or come with some built-in sensors. The best ones will have various automatic noise reduction options, a manual exposure lock, and perhaps a manual focus option. As far as features go, the more features you get, the higher the price, so keep that in mind when shopping around. A good solid digital camera under a couple of hundred dollars, preferably less than that, and under a couple of hundred dollars, you can find a pretty good solid model that’s just right for you. Of course, that might be a bit of a stretch for some of you out there. If you can afford it, though, you’ll be happy you took the time to shop around for a good little camera.
However, if you have to go with a more expensive camera, make sure you take a couple of things into consideration first. First, the camera needs to have a high-end internal flash system. Fuji claims that their SLT series of cameras come standard with an internal HSS II flash, which I can support. The lens should be a good one as well. If you’re not going to be taking super high-speed photos (which most people in this line of work tend to specialize in), then a high-end lens isn’t necessary.
If you’re looking for a mid-level model, the Panasonic Lumix line of cameras would probably be a good choice. The Lumix lineup comes with a couple of different cameras: the Lumix model offers an entry-level point-and-shoot. The Lumix model offers a gimbalocked camera for those who want something a bit more professional. The latter has a built-in wifi connection, while the former doesn’t.
In terms of features, both cameras shoot in the E-mount format. They also offer shutter speeds of up to a full second, although the Lumix’s speed rivals those offered by Nikon and Canon DSLRs. When it comes down to image quality, though, the two cameras compete quite closely. I’ve had better image quality with the Lumix than I did with the Nikon, even at the wider angle on which the Lumix was mounted.
There are also a couple of different things to consider when choosing a lens for your camera. Most point and shoot models include some lens mount. However, in my experience, they lack sufficient lens selection to truly match the quality of those offered by professional brands like SLR, Nikon, and Canon. For this reason, I recommend focusing your attention mainly on the camera’s image quality instead of its lens selection. Additionally, many points and shoot cameras use “sensor” lenses composed of one or more tiny lenses mounted on the camera’s board.
When choosing a digital camera for beginners, you should also focus on features other than the camera body alone. For instance, many people overlook that a compact is just as useful (if not more so) as a larger, stand-alone camera. That’s because compact digital cameras, with their small size and lack of external controls, offer a quick and easy way to take great images. For this reason, I recommend looking at two or three compact cameras when shopping. Ensure they have an interchangeable lens, are compact, have a good sensor, have a good picture quality, and are inexpensive. After doing so, you should find a digital camera for beginners that meets all of these criteria.
As previously mentioned, one of the biggest issues in selecting a camera for a beginner is how many lenses are available. Some camera brands actually limit the number of lenses the user can purchase. In my experience, Nikon, Canon, and Olympus make this restriction very explicit. If you limit the number of lenses you can purchase, it is important to ensure that the camera has an auto-focus and manual focus feature. These are important features because you won’t want to adjust the focus while taking pictures constantly. The majority of digital SLRs have at least a semi-automatic focus and manual focus feature, so always check to see the current menu options before committing to the purchase.